North Devon Beaches

The beaches of Woolacombe, Saunton, Croyde, Braunton and Putsborough are some of the best beaches that Devon has to offer, all within 20 minutes drive of Smythen Farm Holiday Cottages.

If you're looking for self-catering holiday cottages in North Devon, Smythen Farm is the perfect location for you! Read more below on some of the best beaches around Smythen Farm.

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Sandy Bay Beach

The closest beach (and our favourite here at Smythen Farm) is Sandy Bay, only 2.5 miles away from our cottages. It is such a picturesque beach that it's hard to believe it's in the United Kingdom rather than somewhere far more exotic.

The sand is slate-coloured and perfect for making making sand castles; there are also rock pools ideal for children to spend hours with a net. The view is beautiful and best of all the beach is not used by many people. The only down-side is the 244 steps leading down to the beach, which means a decent workout on the return journey...but it is well worth it!

Notes: Toilets are not available. There is ample parking at the top of the path down to the beach.

Distance from Smythen Farm: 2.5 miles
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Woolacombe Sands Beach

Woolacombe Sands is an award-winning beach, with three miles of beautiful golden sand bordered by sand dunes.

The water is famous for surfing and windsurfing, but it is also great for children, with lifeguards ensuring safe family swimming during the peak season. At one end of the beach lies the resort of Woolacombe with beach hire, stores, fish and chip shops, restaurants, hotels and toilets, and at the other end is the village of Putsborough.

Notes: Woolacombe has plenty of car parking and is wheelchair friendly.

Distance from Smythen Farm: 7 miles
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Putsborough Beach

Putsborough Beach is at the south end of Woolacombe Sands and is perfect for families and young children, with popular activities in summer including sand castle building, bathing, surfing and windsurfing.

Notes: A car park and café is situated at the beach, but it is not as busy and commercial as Woolacombe.

Distance from Smythen Farm: 9 miles
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Croyde Beach

Croyde is another beautiful sandy beach, not as large as Woolacombe, but well catered for by the village of Croyde, which has three pubs, shops and cafes.

Like most North Devon beaches, Croyde is ideal for families with youngsters and in summertime has lifeguards manning the beach, which is famous for its surf.

Notes: Croyde beach is wheelchair friendly and offers decent car parking.

Distance from Smythen Farm: 10 miles
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Saunton Sands Beach

With three miles of golden sands backed with huge sand dunes, Saunton Sands can be found 12 miles south of Smythen Farm Holiday Cottages.

Manned by life guards in the summer, the water is perfect for children to paddle in, as well as for surfing, windsurfing and general family beach life.

Distance from Smythen Farm: 12 miles
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Westward Ho Beach

Westward Ho! borders the town of Bideford and is about 20 miles from Smythen Farm.

Approximately two miles of sandy beach, Westward Ho! is famous for its pebble ridge, which is sandwiched between the beach and the Northam Burrows Country Park. Holidaymakers and locals all enjoy the beach which is ideal for surfing, canoeing and kite-flying. This area is home to a variety of birds, insects and wildflowers. The Royal North Devon Golf Course borders Westward Ho! beach.

Notes: Croyde beach is wheelchair friendly and offers decent car parking.

Distance from Smythen Farm: 20 miles
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Honey Pot Cottage
Honey Pot Cottage

Honey Pot is a beautiful, compact cottage ideal for couples with a small child. Honey Pot is dog-friendly and fully equipped for a comfortable break in North Devon.

  • Sleeps: 3. Rooms: 4
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Primrose Lane Cottage

Primrose Lane cottage is a dog-friendly, compact cottage which has just been fully-refurbished to a high standard. Boasting a double bedroom, Primrose Lane cottage can sleep up to 3 with a put-up bed suitable for children.

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Buttercup Cottage
Buttercup Cottage

Buttercup Cottage is an ideal cottage for families, especially those with fury members as its dog-friendly. Located in the courtyard, Buttercup cottage can sleep 4

  • Sleeps: 4. Rooms: 4
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Honeysuckle Cottage

Located in the courtyard, Honeysuckle Cottage is dog-friendly and ideal for families of up to 4.

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Sea View Cottage

Sea View cottage is a superb, dog-friendly holiday cottage with stunning view across the North Devon coast. Ideal for families of 5, Sea View has been fully refurbished to a high standard. The bedrooms have the amazing view across the Sterridge valley and the Bristol Channel to Wales

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Sunalways Cottage
Sunalways Cottage

Sunalways Cottage is a spacious, family-friendly cottage sleeping 5 with beautiful views of the Sterridge valley. The vaulted ceilings give a large bright spacious living area

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Fisherswood  Cottage
Fisherswood Cottage

Fisherswood Cottage is a large and spacious cottage with beautiful vaulted ceilings. Sleeping up to 5 guests, Fisherswood Cottage has recently been refurbished to a high standard throughout.

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Forest View Cottage

Forest View Cottage is a large, spacious cottage ideal for large families. This cottage is dog-friendly and can sleep up to 6 guests.

  • Sleeps: 6. Rooms: 4
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Meadow Sweet Cottage
Meadow Sweet Cottage

Meadow Sweet is dog friendly and the largest cottage at Smythen Farm. Book this cottage early as its well sort-after for large families or 2 families sharing. Meadow Sweet boasts stunning views across the Sterridge Valley.

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