Woolacombe and Mortehoe Cottages

Woolacombe is world class. If you don’t believe us, check out Trip Advisor. They recently voted it the best beach in the UK. Also, it often appears in lists of the world’s best beaches. It’s easy to see why. It has easy access and is clean and beautiful, with great surf and good facilities. The sands stretch for a few miles south towards Putsborough and are a great place to walk the dog, ride a horse, surf or laze the day away. Marine Drive, a National Trust owned road above the dunes, gives access to the centre of the beach and has great views. Perfect for a sundowner.

Woolacombe itself is a Regency resort with an elegant hotel and beautiful sea facing villas. It also has shops, restaurants and pubs and is a great place to stay and play. Head to Barricane Beach for fantastic local seafood cooked street style on the sands. It’s the best way to watch the sunset.

Continue north from Woolacombe, past Barricane and Grunter beaches and you’ll come to Mortehoe, a tiny village adjacent to Morte Point. The area is rich in maritime history – and shipwrecks - that can be traced at the Heritage Centre. The Norman Church is worth a look too. As with everywhere else on the  coast here, the coastal walking is excellent.

Further round the coast you’ll find Lee Bay, a cove that’s punctuated with rocks, rock pools and sand. At low tide it’s possible to walk to Sandy Cove, an isolated stretch of shingle. The village and valley are often called ‘fuchsia valley’, as the hedgerows and woods come alive in the flowering season in a riot of red. There are lots of walks nearby, especially through Borough Valley, one of Devon’s steep and wooded ‘combes’, and the coastal areas either side are owned by the National Trust. So it’ll stay that way for generations to come. Enjoy it!

Take a little time to browse through our selection of holiday cottages in Woolacombe and Mortehoe. We’re certain you’ll find something just right for a truly special Devon holiday.

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