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 Biosphere Reserve, the only UNESCO-designated biosphere reserve in the UK.
There are many superb walks, especially on the South West Coast Path (South West Way), 1,014 km (630 miles) the UK’s longest waymarked long-distance footpath along coastline – much of which is owned by the National Trust. North Devon has some of the finest,multi award winning, golden sandy beaches in the UK all 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. Away from the beach there are castles and grand houses to visit, there are country towns and pastel coloured fishing villages to discover, and beautiful gardens to explore.
Whatever your interest there are plenty of activities at any time of year!
Local activities include excellent golf courses, horse riding, boat/fishing hire, clay pigeon shooting at the renowned South West Shooting Club, Lundy Island ferry trips from Ilfracombe or Appledore, there are several adventure/children parks nearby, and National Trust properties to visit. The beautiful and dramatic landscape of Exmoor is also close by. The area is rich in beautiful villages and towns to visit. Our cottages always have plenty of information on display to give you lots of options.
Putsborough Manor and Putsborough Manor Cottage, and Putsborough Manor Barn are grade II listed thatched stone and cob buildings dating from at least the 15th century, with origins reaching back to Doomsday.
Putsborough Garden Cottage is a newly built stone and slate bungalow and set within the beautiful listed walled garden, this was once the kitchen garden of Putsborough Manor. It has been sympathetically built out of local materials to a very high standard.
Located within both an area of outstanding natural beauty and conservation area, and also adjoining the heritage coast and national trust land our cottages are truly in an outstanding spot in terms natural beauty. Combine this with our blue flag beach and the other local facilities on offer and you have a winning combination.
There is very good access to the area with a new dual carriageway joining the M5 from Junction 27 and the new ring road and bridge at Barnstaple.
By Car – M5 take Junction 27 then take A361 to Barnstaple stay on A361 to Braunton, then B3231 through Saunton to Croyde. From centre of Croyde take road signposted Putsborough Beach, follow this road for approx 1.5 miles at T junction turn right and follow road downhill turn left before the ford and you have arrived at Putsborough Manor.
Activities near Croyde
Croyde is a beautiful destination and great for a number of things, including walking holidays, rural/countryside retreats, beach and lakeside relaxation, cycling holidays or a delightful winter sun break.
If you’re interested in sports, there are plenty of things to do near Croyde to keep you active! They include tennis in town, watersports, horse riding, fishing and golf within 30 mins drive.
Our Local Shop
Our village shop in Georgeham, is well stocked with a selection of excellent goods including fair trade and local produce. It also stocks newspapers and magazines, local information, tide timetables, fresh bread, fruit and vegetables as well as all the usual post office facilites.
There are lots of great places in the area to eat out ranging from a Devon cream tea overlooking Croyde bay at the National Trust’s Sandliegh Tea Rooms to the many regionally acclaimed restaurants in the area. Following is a small selection on offer; Damien Hirst’s The Quay in Ilfracombe, Kentisbury Grange with renowned chef Michael Caines, The Mason’s Arms in Knowstone (Michelin Star), our fantastic French Bistro du Coin in Braunton, artisan pizzas by Stoned either in Braunton or mobile in Croyde during the summer, or the Boathouse in Instow.
We have lots of recommendations depending on what you are looking for just ask us when you get here. But here are just a few that you might want to book before you get here to avoid disappointment.
The Rock Inn
Our great local seventeenth century pub in the village of Georgeham, which serves excellent pub food (the Sunday lunch is a must!). The Rock is family friendly and has a good children’s menu. As it is very popular it is well worth booking a table especially at the weekend in high season. They can seat large and small groups as they also have a light and airy conservatory at the back of the pub that can accommodate groups of up to 70. To book a table call 01271 890 322.
The Kings Arm
Our other great local pub in Georgeham, also serves excellent pub food and a great Sunday lunch (all day until 6pm). It is family friendly with a childrens menu. There is great live music unsually from local artists either Thursday or Friday evenings. To book or enquire call 01271 890240.