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Umberleigh, within easy reach of the Devon coast.
Umberleigh, within easy reach of the Devon coast.

Self Catering Holiday Cottages in Umberleigh

Umberleigh is one of the best-kept secrets in North Devon. This pretty village is on the banks of the River Taw with lovely walks, fantastic views, excellent fishing and a good array of cottages to rent. Despite its charm, tourists bypass the quiet village in favour of bustling Barnstaple, just six miles away, which makes Umberleigh the ideal choice for holidaymakers who want a peaceful place in which to relax and enjoy exploring North Devon’s glorious countryside and coastline. Everything you need is within easy reach, from beaches like Westward Ho!, Woolacombe and Croyde, to shops, pubs and attractions. Read on for 8 essential things to know about Umberleigh that will help you to make the most of your stay. Read more

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50.970438, -3.921927

Beautifully presented, this spacious stylish holiday retreat offers the opportunity of experiencing a taste of county life on an estate in the heart of North Devon's 'Tarka' countryside. Superb views and excellent facilities available from the nearby hotel make Stable Cottage in Devon a welcoming holiday home all year round and a great self-catering base for exploring the areas many attractions.

Weekly guide price:
£750 to £1695

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.970438, -3.921927

A spacious family-friendly self-catering holiday home sitting in the village of Chittlehamholt in the heart of North Devon's rolling 'Tarka' countryside on a country estate. With a fantastic outlook and wonderful views, Fairways East is a great rural retreat for family gatherings and friends reunions.

Weekly guide price:
£995 to £2595

8  |   4  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.993197, -3.961458

Harebell offers lots of original character, beautifully wrapped in Five Star Gold luxury. Perfect for families, friends and also couples who like a little extra space around them, Harebell nestles amongst 27 acres of glorious Devon countryside and offers all the right ingredients for relaxing as well as exploring, with the fabulous beaches of Croyde, Woolacombe and Westward Ho! within easy reach. Barnstable with a good range of amenities is close by and The Rising Sun at Umberleigh for a meal out is just a mile away. Tourist board rating: 5 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£705 to £1805

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 5 Star Gold

50.993197, -3.961458

Stable is the ideal getaway for families and if you have more than one family then you can also book the barn next door! Set in 27 beautiful acres of Devon countryside and within easy reach of stunning beaches like Woolacombe, Croyde Bay and Westward Ho!, each of the two luxurious barn conversions comfortably accommodates up to six guests. The Rising Sun at Umberleigh is just over a mile away, while Barnstaple and the River Taw are a short drive or bike ride from the property. The atmosphere is relaxed, and the standard of accommodation is reassuringly high with everyone, including the canine members of the family, made to feel very welcome. Tourist board rating: 5 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£925 to £2425

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 5 Star Gold

8 reasons to holiday in Umberleigh

  1. Some of the most picturesque North Devon views are in and around Umberleigh. The village’s medieval arched bridge has provided a safe crossing place for centuries. It makes a fantastic subject for a photo and, if you stop in its centre, you’ll have far-reaching views up and down the River Taw.
  2. Umberleigh is on the Tarka Line, the scenic railway that has linked Barnstaple and Exeter since 1854. It is a fantastic way to enjoy the views if you don’t want to walk or cycle, or if the weather is wet. The traffic-free Tarka Trail starts in Barnstaple and is ideal for both walking and cycling. There is a bike hire company at Barnstaple Train station, Tarka Bikes, to make it even easier to enjoy this famous route.
  3. There is a safe paddle point on the river, just under the bridge on the right side bank as you face downstream. It is a good spot to launch your kayak and canoe.
  4. The River Taw at Umberleigh is an excellent spot for salmon and Sea Trout fishing, with the season running from March to September. Fly fishing is legal all season, but spinning is only possible until 31st March. Fishing permits are for sale at the Post Office.
  5. Devon’s country pubs are fantastic, and Umberleigh is fortunate to have several within easy reach. Two pubs favoured by locals for the quality of their food and choice of local ales are The Golden Lion and The Old George, both of which are two miles south of the centre of the village and easy to reach on foot, by car or on a bicycle. Two miles north in Chittlehampton is the popular Bell pub, or head east to Torrington and the Duke of York Inn.
  6. If you or your partner has a hobby that’s got slightly out of control, then you will sympathise with Tim Isaac, whose father’s collection of tanks, weapons and war memorabilia grew so large that he turned it into the Cobbaton Combat Collection. Tim and his family care for an enormous array of items ranging from the Boer War to the First Gulf War, some of which have received a second lease of life in films and battle re-enactments. The museum also has a shop, cafe and picnic area.
  7. Why walk alone when you can walk with a llama? The owners of Watertown Llamas have been breeding these woolly walking-buddies since 2004 and offer two-hour llama treks between April and October. It’s ideal for those whose kids roll their eyes at the prospect of a walk with parents, and a unique and memorable way to see the Devon countryside.
  8. King Athelstan built an elegant manor house and chapel in Umberleigh in the early 900s, using it as his royal residence and place of worship. Sadly, little remains apart from one wall of the chapel, which is now part of a farm building on a privately owned property. However, the Medieval monuments from the chapel were saved and moved to St Mary’s Church in nearby Atherington, which is a beautiful building dating from 1202.
It’s always the right time for a holiday in North Devon, and with somewhere as lovely to stay as Umberleigh, there's every reason to plan your visit now.