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Barnstaple

What do you see when you imagine the West Country? Is it a pretty thatched holiday cottage to rent in Devon with a flowering garden, sandcastles and the seaside, or maybe contented cows chewing lazily in rolling green fields? Perhaps your favourite image of Devon is a pint of locally brewed ale and a roaring pub fire, or maybe you like the idea of getting lost in winding lanes that meander through ancient towns and villages to fishing boats bobbing in the water. Barnstaple has all of this, giving visitors the benefits of a thriving riverside market town and a location close to both the coast and the countryside. Read more

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51.075395, -3.943949

Surrounded by gorgeous countryside, fantastic walking and cycling routes and just a short drive to beaches such as Croyde, Woolacombe, Saunton and Westward Ho!, a holiday at the Tallet really does have something for everyone. Located a ten minute drive from Barnstaple, this house sleeps ten guests in five bedrooms and has a hot tub, patio for alfresco dining and wood burning stove for cosy nights in. Enjoy days on the beach, exploring Exmoor National Park or simply sit back and relax in beautiful surroundings.

Weekly guide price:
£515 to £1580

10  |   5  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.097179, -3.872588

Escape to the country in this romantic cottage-style apartment. Set in ten private acres with lakes and ponds, Acorn Retreat is ideal for couples who are searching for somewhere special to stay - a home-away-from-home where you can relax in comfort and style. Located on the border of Exmoor National Park, Acorn Retreat is a haven for wildlife and a great self-catering choice for those who enjoy walking, exploring or simply lazing on one of Devon's many glorious beaches.

Weekly guide price:
£686 to £770
Short breaks from £98 per night

2  |   1  |   1  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 4 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.095383, -4.005055

Beautifully presented, this stylish barn conversion provides contemporary holiday accommodation and sits on the edge of the Exmoor National Park in the village of Goodleigh. Within easy reach of Barnstaple, Devon's stunning coastline and the areas many attractions.

Weekly guide price:
£325 to £945

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday

51.049982, -4.062793

With its peaceful location by the 'triangle' in the heart of the picturesque village of Tawstock, quiet garden and ample room to sleep six to eight people in three bedrooms, Triangle Cottage is a much loved holiday retreat for families, friends or couples. Barnstaple is around a mile and a half away, while the Tarka Trail is only two miles, giving you plenty of attractions, easy access to fantastic beaches, lovely walks and all the right ingredients to simply relax and unwind in this beautiful corner of North Devon.

Weekly guide price:
£650 to £1200

6-8  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

51.109823, -4.089131

Imagine yourself relaxing in an outdoor hot tub with far-reaching views over fields to the Taw and Torridge Estuary, or curling up with a good book or a box set in front of the log burner. Barnstaple, Croyde, Saunton and Woolacombe are all within easy reach, as is the Exmoor National Park and attractions like Marwood Gardens and Exmoor Zoo. The owners of Springfield Linney have transformed a former farm building into a stylish North Devon holiday cottage that sleeps up to four people in two bedrooms and offers a high standard of accommodation for couples, families and friends.

Weekly guide price:
£535 to £1130

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

50.943096, -4.084357

With lots of extra special touches, The Garden Cottage is a wonderful bolt-hole for two available to rent for holidays from early spring through to November. A beautiful scenic countryside setting and convenient location make this an ideal retreat for exploring the many attractions of Devon (including the coast!), Somerset and even Cornwall.

Weekly guide price:
£295 to £510

2  |   1  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

51.073422, -4.110443

Weavers Cottage is perfect for families (or couples) and is located at Muddlebridge House within large grounds close to both Barnstaple and Instow in Devon. There are an abundance of attractions and glorious beaches a short drive away, along with miles of coastal footpath for walkers to explore, The Tarka Trail for cyclists and plenty of sand for those who prefer to simply relax. Excellent on-site facilities include an indoor pool, games rooms, play areas and a sauna.

Weekly guide price:
£570 to £1145
Short breaks from £114 per night

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.047784, -4.070839

Sleeping up to ten guests, Number Six Corffe Cottages is perfect for friends or families who want to relax and unwind holidaying in North Devon. Located on the outskirts of Tawstock, the cottage is one of a collection of luxury holiday homes sitting on the Corffe Estate just a short drive from Barnstaple with excellent on-site facilities including a shared heated indoor pool, all weather tennis court and five acres of grounds. Within easy driving distance of the glorious beaches of Woolacombe, Ilfracombe, Croyde and Westward Ho!, along with Exmoor's stunning national park, you can be as lazy or active as you wish on your holiday at Corffe.

Weekly guide price:
£1275 to £3295

10  |   5  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

51.075395, -3.943949

Escape to the romance of The Shepherd's Shed, a charming glamping shepherd's hut within walking distance of The Castle Inn and village shop in Landkey, and close to Barnstaple, North Devon beaches and Exmoor National Park. Guests can sleep happily in the cute hut with a double bed and cosy log burner, surrounding themselves with stunning views and a garden that includes an outdoor hot tub and covered barbecue area. The Shepherd's Shed is ideal for a holiday in any season, being warm and welcoming to couples and solo travellers, including those with a dog. 

Weekly guide price:
£351 to £624
Short breaks from £130 per night

2  |   1  |   1  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

51.047784, -4.070839

Perfect for couples (one or two) and families, Corner Cottage has two en-suite bedrooms (one on the ground floor) and enjoys the benefits from being nicely tucked away from the other cottages on Corffe Estate, whilst having use of the excellent facilities including an indoor pool and tennis. Sitting on the outskirts of the Devon village of Tawstock, Barnstaple is a short car ride away and the glorious beaches of Woolacombe, Ilfracombe, Croyde and Westward Ho! are within easy reach, as is Exmoor National Park. The perfect self-catering retreat for a relaxing holiday in North Devon with an abundance of attractions within easy reach and excellent amenities on the doorstep.

Weekly guide price:
£550 to £1350

5  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

51.073422, -4.110443

Thatchers Cottage is one of seven holiday cottages located in extensive grounds close to Barnstaple and picturesque Instow. With excellent on-site facilities including an indoor pool, sauna and two games room, there is plenty to keep adults and children amused, and a host of attractions close by including glorious golden beaches, coastal walks and the Tarka Trail offering miles of traffic free cycling.

Weekly guide price:
£715 to £1495
Short breaks from £115 per night

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.047784, -4.070839

Perfect for families, this welcoming self-catering retreat sleeps up to six guests in three bedrooms (the twin en-suite room is accessed off the double, plus there is a separate double bedroom) and is perfectly placed on Corffe Estate in a tranquil setting in North Devon. Guests have the use of excellent on-site facilities including a fabulous indoor pool, tennis court, five acres of grounds (including play areas for children) and a hot tub - all the right ingredients for the perfect holiday! Exmoor National Park and popular beaches are within easy driving distance including Woolacombe, Ilfracombe, Croyde and Westward Ho!

Weekly guide price:
£570 to £1300

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

51.047784, -4.070839

Just outside Tawstock and a short drive from Barnstaple, Corffe is a wonderful estate with nine holiday cottages and a magnificent Georgian country house which sleeps up to 20 people. Corffe House can be rented on its own or together with some or all of the cottages to accommodate larger parties for events like weddings. With beaches like Woolacombe, Ilfracombe, Croyde and Westward Ho! as well as the Exmoor National Park nearby, a holiday at Corffe is one of endless fun. The grounds have an all-weather tennis court and adventure play area, and there is also an indoor swimming pool and spa bath. Corffe House also has a cinema room with pool table for relaxed evenings watching films or challenging your friends and family to a game. Whether you're there for a long weekend to celebrate an occasion with your extended family and friends, or sneaking away for a romantic week in the beautiful North Devon countryside, Corffe has the perfect self-catering property for you.

Weekly guide price:
£5250 to £7850

18-22  |   9  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

51.107098, -4.165535

Stylish and modern throughout, this single level holiday home is a golfers, walkers and beach lovers dream. Saunton's 36 hole course and superb sandy beaches are close by, and there are a good choice of shops and restaurants, as well as the Tarka Trail within walking distance. Perfect for relaxing or visiting the many attractions and beaches of North Devon.

Weekly guide price:
£600 to £1125
Short breaks from £86 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.087332, -3.999805

The Old Piggery is a beautiful rural holiday home close to Barnstaple and within easy reach of the North Devon coast. You can walk from the cottage to Goodleigh village pub and it sleeps six people and includes level access to the garden and a fully-accessible bedroom and wetroom on the ground floor. It's an excellent choice for a family self-catering holiday as you're within a short drive of beaches, towns, attractions and Exmoor National Park. If you're craving the opportunity to unwind in beautiful surroundings, this lovely barn conversion will not disappoint. 

Weekly guide price:
£440 to £1160
Short breaks from £110 per night

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

51.167550, -3.986952

Sitting on the edge of the Exmoor National Park, this beautifully presented holiday cottage is an ideal choice for anyone wanting to explore the North Devon Coastline and its stunning sandy beaches with Combe Martin, Croyde and Woolacombe (amongst others) within easy reach.

Weekly guide price:
£425 to £1095

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

51.095777, -4.044137

Just a stone's throw from Exmoor National Park and long sandy beaches, Courtyard Cottage is set in gorgeous North Devon countryside on the outskirts of the market town of Barnstaple. Perfect for walking, cycling or surfing holidays, or simply enjoying some time out in a beautiful setting, this tastefully decorated holiday cottage is an ideal self-catering getaway for couples or small families. Sleeping four guests in two bedrooms with a wood burning stove and underfloor heating it is cosy all year round.   

Weekly guide price:
£978 to £1500
Short breaks from £112 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

51.090095, -4.001035

Modern comforts meet rural charm in this lovely holiday cottage in the North Devon village of Goodleigh. Goodleigh Cottage sleeps six people in three beautifully decorated bedrooms and features an upstairs open-plan living area with a vaulted ceiling and stunning countryside views. It's only ten minutes from Barnstaple and within easy reach of beautiful beaches and Exmoor National Park. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom holiday home sleeps up to six people and is ideal for families, extended families, and friends. Bookings are available all year round, with guests able to enjoy fantastic walks and bike rides from the door. 

Weekly guide price:
£540 to £1669
Short breaks from £77 per night

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.075395, -3.943949

Hen House is a spacious holiday home in a quiet location close to Exmoor National Park and only 10 minutes from Bideford. The dog-friendly, ground-floor property sleeps two people in one bedroom and has superb views from every room except the bathroom. It boasts a big sun deck with sun loungers and an outdoor hot tub, while indoors is kept cosy in winter with a log burner. North Devon beaches like Westward Ho! and Croyde are only half an hour away, and Ilfracombe, Appledore, and Lundy Island are also within easy reach. 

Weekly guide price:
£344 to £639
Short breaks from £93 per night

2  |   1  |   1  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.087197, -3.999934

Does a rural holiday cottage near the North Devon coast sound like your dream holiday? If so, you'll love Higher Meadow in Goodleigh. The two-bedroom self-catering property is a five-minute walk from the village pub and only 3.5 miles from Barnstaple. It's great for couples and families as the second bedroom has twin single or one king-sized bed. It's convenient for beaches like Saunton Sands and Westward Ho!, attractions like The Big Sheep and Milky Way Adventure Park, and other great locations, including Exmoor National Park, Instow and Appledore. 

Weekly guide price:
£465 to £1025
Short breaks from £67 per night

4  |   1  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

Holidays in Barnstaple

Barnstaple has everything on the doorstep. Self-catering holidays are simple thanks to the excellent array of shops and places to buy local produce to prepare yourself, as well as quality cafes, pubs and restaurants who serve seasonal menus for those meals when you want a break from cooking. There has been a market on the site of the famous Barnstaple Pannier Market since Saxon times, making the present early-Victorian building seem almost modern in comparison!

While in Barnstaple you can visit the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon, Exmoor Zoo, and the beautiful gardens and magnificent collections at Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum. Other local attractions include the Cobbaton Combat Collection, Lynton and Barnstaple Railway, Hartland Abbey & Gardens, and Castle Hill Gardens.

Being one of the biggest towns in Devon, there is usually something interesting happening in terms of culture and music. Barnstaple is home to The Factory, one of the largest music venues in the county, and the town’s pubs frequently have live music on over the weekends.

Many visitors to Barnstaple come not only for the fun of the town but also for the beauty of the natural landscape. There is a beach for everyone nearby, whether you want to build sandcastles, surf and kiteboard, escape the summer crowds, or settle back in a deck chair to admire a fantastic view. Beaches close to Barnstaple include Combe Martin, Hele Bay, Instow, Lee Bay and Tunnels.

Exploring is simple thanks to wonderful waymarked trails that include the South West Coast Footpath and the Tarka Trail, the latter of which can be used by both cyclists and walkers. Cross the River Taw from Barnstaple to Tawstock along the medieval Grade I listed Long Bridge and climb Codden Hill for views that will take your breath away, or head inland to Exmoor National Park and lose yourself in the wonder of its big sky views. Slightly further afield but still well within easy reach for a day out are places like Clovelly, Minehead, Dunster Castle, Combe Martin, Bude and Tintagel.

Whether your idea of excitement is walking across beautiful terrain from sunrise to sunset, finding the best country pub and your favourite Devonshire ale, strolling through elegant gardens and magnificent country houses, celebrating music and culture, or finding new and exciting ways to get your adrenaline rush, you can make your holiday dreams a reality.