A good location can make or break a holiday, and Smythen Farm is in one of the best areas in North Devon, with easy access to many beautiful surrounding towns and villages.
Situated on the fringe of Exmoor National Park, Smythen Farm enjoys one of the best locations in North Devon for scenic walks on the spectacular coastline and visits to the area's towns and villages. Here's a quick guide as to what's nearby…
The selection of Holiday Cottages at Woolacombe is varied. If you are after a holiday apartment or a large holiday cottage sleeping up to 10 people, if it is in the centre of Woolacombe Village or on a Farm, with stunning views or if you require a cottage that is pet friendly, Woolacombe has a great choice of self catering holiday accommodation to choose from.
Croyde and Georgeham are nestled on the North Devon coast between Braunton and Woolacombe, both villages provide a wonderful opportunity to have a really enjoyable self catering holiday in a North Devon coastal village.
Croyde and Georgham have lots of holiday cottages to choose from whether the self catering cottages in the heart of the villages or in the surrounding countryside, such as Smythen Farm Holiday Cottages.
Berrynarbor is a quaint village nestled in the Sterridge Valley just 2 miles from Smythen Farm; known for the flower pot men hanging from the village's lamp posts and houses.
Berrynarbor features a tea room and post office, and a pub call Ye Olde Globe which serves good ale and reasonable food. The village also includes a well stocked village shop and St Peters Church, whose tower dates back to the 15th century.
Combe Martin is a large village 3 miles away, full of amenities and claiming to have the longest village high street in the country at 2 miles long.
The most popular feature of this village is the beach which is a mixture of sand, pebbles and rock pools, but at low tide the pebbles give way to large areas of quality sand. A few secluded bays are within a short walk from Combe Martin, including Sandy Cove and Newbury Beach, both of which are ideal for rockpooling. Combe Martin is part of the North Devon Voluntary Marine Conservation Area which stretches all the way to Woolacombe.
Combe Martin has numerous pubs, cafes and restaurants, as well as a host of outdoor activities including horse riding, fishing, golf, surfing and cycling. Walking is also a popular activity in Combe Martin; footpaths and circular walks dot the landscape providing spectacular walks along the coast. The South West Path, stretching 630 miles long, passes through Combe Martin whilst en route to the South West Peninsula, and this route also forms part of the Tarka Trail.
Combe Martin has numerous pubs, cafes and restaurants, as well as a host of out door activities including, horse riding, fishing, golf, surfing and cycling.
Footpaths and circular walks which dot the landscape provide picturesque walks along the coast. The South West Path, some 630 mile long passes through Combe Martin whilst on route to the South West Peninsula, this route also forms part of the Tarka Trail. The scenery is spectacular including the coastal views whist capturing the archaeology of the area.
Less than 5 miles from Smythen Farm, Ilfracombe is a seafaring town steeped in history.
The town and local area feature many sporting facilities including golf, swimming, fishing, sailing, scuba diving, cycling, walking and clay pigeon shooting. Ilfracombe also boasts a number of quality restaurants from traditional fish and chips to 5 star cuisine.
Barnstaple is the main town in the area, located about 7 miles away, with major high street shops, quality restaurants and the famous Pannier market.
Barnstaple has been North Devon's main market since Saxon times, when this then fortified town was considered important enough to be one of only four "Burhs" (or Boroughs) in Devon. These days the market exists as the infamous Pannier Market, built in Victorian times and featuring an ornate glass and timber ceiling that spans 107 feet. Renowned for its high quality local produce, Pannier Market has become one of the top food markets in the UK and even featured in the Independent newspaper's Top Ten Food Markets list. Market days are as follows:
Monday - General Goods, Crafts and Collectables. Tuesday - General Goods and Local Produce. Wednesday - Antiques, Collectables and Books. Thursday - General Goods and Local Crafts. Friday & Saturday - General Goods and Local Produce.
There are a variety of restaurants, cafes and pubs in Barnstaple providing good quality food and drink, which makes for an indulgent day out.
Monday - General Goods, Crafts and Collectables
Tuesday - General Goods and Local Produce
Wednesday - Antiques, Collectables, Antiques and Book's
Thursday - General Goods and Local Craft's
Friday - General Goods and Local Produce
Saturday - General Goods and Local Produce
Lynton and Lynmouth are two villages just 20 minutes' drive from Smythen Farm, perched on the north coast of Exmoor National Park.
The villages are joined by a unique 1890’s water operated cliff railway, with Lynmouth located in a gorge 700ft below Lynton. The surrounding countryside comprises spectacular cliffs, hills, wooded valleys, rivers and waterfalls making it an area of outstanding beauty, often referred to as Little Switzerland.
Smythen Fam Holiday Cottages is on the fringe of Exmoor, an extensive National Park covering relatively wild open and unspoilt countryside.
It is situated in the northern part of Devon and West Somerset and covers 267 sq miles extending from the Brendon Hills in the east to Combe Martin in the west.
The beaches of Woolacombe, Saunton, Croyde, Braunton and Putsborough are the best beaches that Devon has to offer, all within 20 minutes of Smythen Farm Holiday Cottages. Bideford is home to The Big Sheep park and Milky Way Adventure Park.
Dartington Crystal factory can be found near Great Torrington, and the famous fishing village of Clovelly can easily be visited on a day trip from here.
“Thanks for a lovely cottages very cosy. Easy to find way to places. Lovely and warm cosy bed. Thanks for a nice quiet place to stay and great to have access to the donkey field and woods down the lane for easy walks. Pool great and very warm. Woolacombe and Saunton Sands great for open space.
Great location to Explore North Devon.Thanks again
Tescos not far away.
Sawmills very good for food.
We had a brilliant week here at Smythen Farm, with beautiful views. The children enjoyed the swimming pool which was lovely and warm. The play area was a great hit as was the visit from Bill and family to drop off Easter Eggs. We were made to feel very welcome by Bill and Catherine and nothing was too much trouble.
Watermouth Castke was a good day out and you can return for £2.50 each. Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park was a good day out. My favourite da
“Had a fantastic stay in Seaview cottage, Catherine and Bill were both lovely and extremely helpful. The games room and the pool were used a lot by both families as the weather wasn’t too good. We all loved the donkeys and the ponies too.
The beaches at Woolacombe were beautiful and the girls went on a beach hack from Mullacott riding stables which was fantastic. The staff were really helpful and friendly and the horses were all very well behaved and suitable for
“This our 3rd – we have bought each of our children and grandchildren since 2010. Each time we have had a wonderful time, the kids love the freedom and we love the views and the quiet.
Keep up the good work Bill and Kathryn , I am sure we will be back – ypu have a great place here, the new pool and games room are great.
Thank you for a lovely week
Honey Pot is a beautiful, compact cottage ideal for couples. Honey Pot is dog-friendly and fully equipped for a comfortable break in North Devon.
Primrose Lane cottage is a dog-friendly, compact cottage. Boasting a double bedroom, Primrose Lane cottage can sleep up to 3 with a pull out sofa bed ideal for children
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
Located in the courtyard, Honeysuckle Cottage is dog-friendly and ideal for families of up to 4.
Sea View cottage is a superb, dog-friendly holiday cottage with stunning views across the North Devon coast. Ideal for families of 5. The bedrooms have the amazing view across the Sterridge valley and the Bristol Channel to Wales
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
Fisherswood Cottage is a large and spacious cottage with beautiful vaulted ceilings. Sleeping up to 5 guests.
Forest View Cottage is a large, spacious cottage ideal for large families. This cottage is dog-friendly and can sleep up to 6 guests.
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.