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Putsborough Manor Holiday Cottages

Walk to Beach – Private Tennis Court – Full Sky TV Package –  Free Wifi


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Beautiful, self catering holiday cottages by the beach at award winning Putsborough Sands, North Devon.  

Our cottages and beach are child friendly and dog friendly!

Only 400m from Putsborough Sands, one of the finest (multi award winning) golden sandy beaches in the UK.  Putsborough Sands is located at the southern end of Woolacombe beach and only a mile from Croyde Bay, our beaches offer some of the finest surfing in the South West.

Putsborough is a beautifully unspoilt hamlet of listed buildings in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty,  surrounded by National Trust land with breathtaking views and numerous walks, and the South West Coastal Path running right past the door.

Our blue flag beach is ideal for children, with gently sloping golden sand which stretches along the coast line, towards the resort of Woolacombe, for 2.5 miles. It is dog friendly all year round (a dog free area is available). There is a beach shop selling hot and cold refreshments and food, and beach goods. Showering facilities and toilets are provided at the beach. Everything you need for a great holiday!

The popular surfing meccas of Putsborough Sands, Croyde beach and Saunton Sands are very close by, there is a path/bridal way to Croyde approx 3/4 mile. Woolacombe is also close by, either a couple of minutes drive or a leisurely walk along the beach.

North Devon is one of the country’s top destinations for holidays at any time of year.

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Around & About

The Beaches

The Beaches

North Devon is blessed with some of the countries best beaches, most look out towards the West and the Atlantic Ocean with the island of Lundy set on the horizon. There are plenty to do on our beaches, whether it be walking or water sports or just to feel and see Nature at her finest!

Multi award winning Woolacombe and Putsborough Sands is a 2.5 mile stretch of golden, gently sloping sandy beach, with glorious sand dunes to walk and explore.

Croyde Bay is popular with surfers all year round and is busy in the summer months with holiday makers.

Saunton Sands is 4 miles of golden sandy beach stretching from Saunton Ridge and the famous deco Saunton Sands Hotel to the mouth of the River Taw. Crow Point sits at the far end and behind the beach is the world famous Braunton Burrows.

South West Coastal Path

South West Coastal Path

There are many superb walks, especially on the South West Coast Path (South West Way) which runs right past our cottages. It is the UK’s longest waymarked long-distance footpath along coastline at 1,014 km (630 miles) – much of which is owned by the National Trust.

The path runs along North Devon’s finest, golden sandy beaches and dramatic cliff tops, mostly located on the North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including Putsborough and Woolacombe Sands, Saunton Sands, Westwood Ho and of course the ever popular surfing beach of Croyde Bay. There are some fantastic views out to the Atlantic Ocean, Lundy Island and Wales.



Away from our beaches there are castles and grand houses to visit, there are country towns and pastel coloured fishing villages to discover, and beautiful gardens to explore. Some of these include:

The wonderfully preserved Clovelly Village and Harbour, with its cobbled street leading past beautiful cottages down towards the harbour and its pebbly beach.

Lynton and Lynmouth two villages on the coast, one above the other, known by the Victorians as Little Switzerland. Lynton is an attractive village and 600 feet below is  small harbour of Lynmouth. The two villages are linked by a famous and ingenius cliff railway which is well worth a ride. Walks include up the river gorge to Watersmeet and west along the coastal path to the Valley of Rocks with its wonderful scenery and flock of wild goats.

Country Houses and Gardens include Arlington Court, and Tapeley Park (gardens).  There are also family days out like Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, Exmoor Zoo, The Big Sheep and The Milky Way.

Surfing / Water

Surfing / Water

There are a variety of water sports available in the North Devon area; from surfing, kite surfing, stand up paddle boarding, body boarding and swimming.

Surf schools offering tuition and shops renting out or selling all the necessary kit are nearby at Putsborough, Croyde and Woolacombe.

Other water sports available include jet skiing, boating, kayaking, diving, and coast steering.



There are many types of fishing available in the area, you can fish straight off the beaches or hire a boat in Ilfracombe Harbour for some sea fishing.

Coarse fishing is available at Riverton Fisheries or Slade Reservoir near Ilfracombe.

Trout fishing is available at Blakewell Fisheries or Dulverton Lake and River.

Fly fishing tuition is available locally.  Ask for more information…



Horse Riding

Horse Riding

Horses are allowed on both Putsborough / Woolacombe Beach and Saunton Sands and the area has many bridal paths.  There are horse riding stables in Croyde and Woolacombe, and the bridal ways of Exmoor are not far away!



Golfers are perfectly placed to enjoy a round or two on some of the best courses in the country – North Devon is blessed with some excellent courses. There are the twin courses of Saunton Golf Club, the East Course was established in the 1880’s and is in the Top 100 Courses of the World.

“I am a huge fan of Saunton” said Nick Faldo in a recent testimonial for Saunton Golf Club. “Framed by magnificent sand hills, it is a classic links course where the character of the terrain and the vagaries of a near ever-present wind combine to create a wonderfully absorbing challenge.”

Royal North Devon at Westward Ho! can rightly claim to be the cradle of English Golf. Founded in 1864, it is the oldest golf course in the country and is regarded as the St Andrews of England. The course is as tough as any of the UK’s better-known links and is ranked at number 69 in Golf Monthly’s Top 120 Course Rankings and it also features in Golf World’sTop 100 courses in the world that every golfer “must play”

The Burrows

The Burrows

This area is renowned as having some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK, with Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks to explore and is host to the Braunton Burrows.

The Burrows is the heart of North Devon’s BiosphereReserve, the only UNESCO-designated biosphere reserve in the UK. Braunton Burrows is a prime British sand dune site, the largest sand dune system (psammosere) in England. It is particularly important ecologically because it includes the complete successional range of dune plant communities, with over 400 plant species. The short turf communities are very rich in lichens and herbs, and the dune slacks are also rich. The many rare plants and animals include 14 with UK Biodiversity Action Plans. For example, this is one of only two sites in the UK for the Amber Sandbowl Snail Catinella arenaria, which is found on the wet dune slacks.

The Burrows are very special and are designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, a National nature reserve, a SSSI, a Ramsar site, a Special Area of Conservation, part of the North Devon AONB and the North Devon Heritage Coast.

A Bona Fide Winner! 5 Stars!

Left on Nov 17, 2015 for a stay in Nov 2015
We stayed in Putsborough Manor Barn with our dog for a long weekend in November. It is a perfect little place to get away, go for windswept walks on the beautiful nearby beach, sit back and relax and venture out to some of the area’s fine drinking/eating establishments. The cottage is fantastically presented with everything you need and feels like home straightaway. Indeed, you feel like you are missing out when you are not spending time there! In a very convenient location, we don’t have a bad word to say about it. Well worth a stay and definitely requires a re-visit. Spot on!!

Reviewed for a stay in November 2015 at the Barn

“Another fantastic holiday at Garden Cottage”
5 of 5 stars
Come back for the second year running, and just as lovely as last year. The cottage is of a very high standard and a beautiful location. We took our elderly parents who both use wheel chairs and there was plenty of room to get them about. The dogs loved the walks and the beach is one of the best I have ever seen.

Thanks to the owners, they are available if you need them, but you do feel very private and can be left alone if you want.

I have no hesitation in recommending this cottage to anyone that is thinking of booking.

Reviewed for a stay in July 2015

Reviewed for a stay in July 2015

Putsborough Manor Cottage

“Perfect Cottage”

What a find, perfect location for the beach just a walk through the sheep. The cottage was cosy, beautiful and had everything we could need and more… Very comfy beds for all of us too. Having a tennis court was a treat for our 2 boys as well. Claire was so helpful and friendly. We are looking at dates for next year already and will be booking up, just a shame we can’t stay the whole summer.

Reviewed for a stay July 2015

Reviewed for a stay July 2015

Beautiful Putsborough and Barn.

Putsborough Barn is a great place to enjoy the wonderful beach and surrounding area. The Barn has been recently converted and it is very well equipped – dishwasher, washing machine, and plenty of kitchen equipment. Barn has Wifi and Sky TV. Nice size kitchen / diner, a double bedroom with on-suite and a twin on-suite room.

It is a 5 minute walk to the amazing Putsborough beach via a field. We stayed there with two young children and they loved it. Great base for walkers to explore the area.

Reviewed recently for a stay in June 2015

Reviewed recently for a stay in June 2015