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Beach Cove Coastal Retreat is part of our exclusive Bouja Luxury Boutique Breaks Collection.
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Commanding stunning views from its beautifully landscaped setting overlooking Newberry Beach, this park, sits just a short stroll from the delightful North Devon village of Combe Martin.
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Situated on the picturesque North Devon coastline, near the sandy Woolacombe beach, Golden Coast is ideal for family holidays.
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Grattons Cedar Lodges are set within a quiet picturesque hillside garden location on the edge of the village of Berrynarbor.
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Ilfracombe Holiday Park offers accommodation on the outskirts of Ilfracombe, a picturesque holiday resort with a wealth of independent shops, surrounded by award-winning beaches and Exmoor National Park.
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Enjoying stunning panoramic views over the beautiful North Devon countryside, Manleigh Park sits close to the quaint village of Combe Martin, just a few minutes’ drive from glorious sandy beaches.
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Set on a low cliff boasting spectacular ocean views, Sandaway sits just a short walk from its own renowned private beach, close to the charming traditional village of Combe Martin.
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Stowford Village

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In the heart of the North Devon countryside and set amongst 500 acres of mature woodland you’ll find the stunning Stowford Village.
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Cornwall Visitor's Guide

Ilfracombe, a charming seaside resort in North Devon, offers a unique blend of coastal life, contemporary arts, and vibrant dining scenes. Stroll along its picturesque harbour, explore the Tunnels Beaches, or catch a show at the Landmark Theatre. Foodies will relish the fresh seafood served at local eateries, while thrill-seekers can dive into water sports or coastal cliff-top walks. An intriguing fact: Ilfracombe is home to artist Damien Hirst's towering sculpture, Verity, which gazes out to sea. Seeking a cosy retreat or an action-packed group holiday? Opting for a lodge or cabin stay in Ilfracombe promises an unforgettable escape.

Why Take Your 2024 Lodge Break in Ilfracombe?

Ilfracombe, a coastal town on the North Devon coast, is a gem that's often overlooked. It's got character, with Victorian architecture and a picturesque harbour that's been the town's heartbeat for centuries. In 2024, Ilfracombe is upping the ante with new attractions and events. The Sea Ilfracombe Maritime Festival, with its sea shanties and local seafood, is a must-visit. Lodges offer a private, homely base, a stark contrast to the sometimes impersonal hotel experience. They're tucked away in serene spots, often with stunning views. What's unique? Ilfracombe is home to Damien Hirst's sculpture, 'Verity', and the Tunnels Beaches – hand-carved in the 1820s.

If you're visiting Ilfracombe with kids

Absolutely, Ilfracombe is a playground for children. With beaches, rock pools, and boat trips, the kids won't get bored. The Ilfracombe Aquarium is a hit, showcasing local marine life. Lodges are ideal for families, offering space and flexibility. Plus, many have on-site facilities like pools and play areas.

  1. Swimwear and towels for beach days
  2. Sturdy shoes for exploring coastal paths
  3. Waterproof jackets – just in case!
  4. Binoculars for bird watching
  5. Buckets and spades for sandcastle competitions
  6. Board games for cosy evenings in

Pet Friendly Ilfracombe Adventures

Ilfracombe rolls out the red carpet for pets. Many lodges have enclosed gardens, perfect for your furry friends. For a pint with your pup, head to The Thatched Inn – they love dogs. And don't miss out on Fore Street Café for a bite; your dog can join you. Tips? Always check beach pet policies, as some have seasonal restrictions.

Dog walking ideas in Ilfracombe

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Tunnels Beaches 0.5 Historic & Coastal EX34 8AN
Ilfracombe to Lee Bay 2.5 Rugged Cliffs EX34 8LR
Torrs Park Varies Woodland & Views EX34 8AZ
Watermouth Cove 1.5 Wooded Valley EX34 9SJ
Capstone Hill 1 Panoramic Sea Views EX34 9EQ

Romantic Breaks for Couples

If you're looking to fan the flames of love, Ilfracombe is a gem for couples seeking a romantic getaway. Picture yourselves in a cosy lodge, perhaps one with a pamper pack waiting, filled with treats and spa essentials. Many lodges in Ilfracombe offer these thoughtful touches to make your stay extra special. For those who fancy a bit of luxury, consider lodges that boast on-site spa facilities; it's a fantastic way to unwind together. Dining out is a treat here, with local restaurants serving up fresh, sea-to-table dishes in intimate settings. And let's not forget the allure of a hot tub under the stars – it's a must for any couple looking to relax and reconnect.

Local Cuisine and Dining Experiences

Ilfracombe's local cuisine is a celebration of the sea, with fresh seafood taking centre stage. You can't visit without trying the catch of the day at a seafront eatery. For a pint and a hearty meal, The Thatched Inn is a hit with locals and visitors alike. Families looking for a welcoming spot should check out The Pier Brewery Tap & Grill, known for its friendly atmosphere and tasty grub. Couples might prefer the more refined La Gendarmerie, where the ambiance and exquisite dishes make for a perfect romantic evening.

For a good night out

Ilfracombe's nightlife might surprise you with its variety. For live music and a vibrant atmosphere, The Ship and Pilot is a local favourite. If you're after a more laid-back vibe, George & Dragon offers a selection of local ales and a cosy setting. For those who enjoy a bit of competition, The Lantern often hosts quiz nights that are a blast for groups. And, of course, you can't go wrong with a stroll along the harbour, where the night air and sound of the waves provide a natural backdrop to your evening.

Fishing

Ilfracombe is a haven for anglers, with both sea and freshwater fishing available. Here's a quick list of some top spots:

  • Ilfracombe Harbour - Sea fishing (EX34 9EQ)
  • Slade Reservoirs - Coarse fishing (EX34 8NW)
  • Mullacott Fisheries - Carp and coarse fishing (EX34 8NA)

Outdoor Adventures

For those who love a bit of adrenaline, Ilfracombe doesn't disappoint. H2Outdoor is your go-to for water-based fun, offering kayaking, coasteering, and paddleboarding. Prices vary, but you can expect to pay around £40 for a half-day adventure. They're open seasonally, so check ahead for availability. On land, Keypitts Off Road Adventures provides quad biking and 4x4 experiences, with prices starting from £35. It's a thrilling way to explore the rugged North Devon countryside.

Shopping and Souvenirs

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Ilfracombe Art & Craft Society's Gallery Art Gallery Local Artwork EX34 9BZ
The Cotton Tree Boutique Clothing & Gifts EX34 9DJ
Chocolate Emporium Confectionery Handmade Chocolates EX34 9EQ
Ilfracombe Harbour Market Market Various Local Goods EX34 9EQ
Spice & Rice Delicatessen Speciality Foods EX34 9HL

Remember, Ilfracombe is more than just a pretty face; it's a place where memories are made, be it through a romantic lodge stay, a night out with friends, a fishing trip, an outdoor adventure, or a shopping spree for unique keepsakes.


Top lodge breaks for 2024 in Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe Holiday Park, Cornwall

Driving Distance: About 2 minutes (0.70 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 4 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Ilfracombe Holiday Park is a serene retreat on the edge of the charming resort town, offering high-standard apartments with well-equipped kitchens and spacious living areas, perfect for sightseeing and exploring the stunning North Devon coastline.

Who will love these lodges? Families, couples, and pet owners will find this park ideal. With its popular onsite restaurant, the Monkey Puzzle, and facilities like an indoor heated pool and sauna, it caters to those looking for a mix of relaxation and activity. The soft play area and children’s clubs during school holidays make it a hit with kids.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Enjoy SPA treatments, a swim, or a sauna session (note seasonal closures). The Monkey Puzzle Restaurant offers delightful dining experiences. For entertainment, there's an indoor play area for children and activities during school holidays.

What's nearby? Stroll along Ilfracombe promenade for coastal views and visit the 12th-century harbour or the St Nicholas Chapel lighthouse. Exmoor National Park is a short drive away, offering breathtaking landscapes and outdoor activities. (Driving time to Exmoor: approximately 30 minutes)

Accommodation options: Choose from standard apartments like the Seashore Apartment 2, suitable for families or groups up to 4, or opt for a romantic getaway in the Sea view studio apartments, ideal for couples. Pet-friendly options are available, ensuring your furry friends can join the holiday fun.


Beach Cove Coastal Retreat, Cornwall

Driving Distance: About 5 minutes (1.53 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 2 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Beach Cove Coastal Retreat is a tranquil sanctuary offering a collection of stylish beach hut style havens and apartments with direct access to Hele Bay, perfect for a romantic and luxurious coastal escape.

Who will love these lodges? Couples seeking a romantic retreat will adore these beach huts and apartments. The chic vintage interiors and the option of a private hot tub in select accommodations add to the exclusive and intimate atmosphere.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The retreat is all about relaxation and enjoying the coastal setting. Some accommodations come with a hot tub, offering the perfect spot to unwind and soak up the sea views.

What's nearby? Explore Chambercombe Manor, known for its smuggling past (20-minute walk), or venture to Ilfracombe harbour (5-minute drive). Woolacombe and Saunton Sands beaches are within easy reach for beach days. (Driving time to Woolacombe: approximately 15 minutes)

Accommodation options: The retreat provides a range of beach hut style accommodations, such as the Larkstone Elegance Premier and Driftwood Premier Sea View Cabin, ideal for couples. Many offer stunning sea views and some feature hot tubs for that extra touch of luxury.


Grattons Cedar Lodges, Cornwall

Driving Distance: About 9 minutes (4.08 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 4 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Grattons Cedar Lodges offer a peaceful hillside garden setting in Berrynarbor, with stunning valley and sea views, close to Exmoor National Park and the best beaches in North Devon.

Who will love these lodges? Ideal for couples and small families, as well as dog owners with up to three pets allowed. Those looking for a tranquil escape with easy access to outdoor activities and natural beauty will find Grattons Cedar Lodges perfect.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The lodges provide a children’s play area, a dog walking field, and a laundry room. The focus here is on enjoying the natural surroundings and the quiet garden setting.

What's nearby? Exmoor National Park is just a mile away, offering a plethora of outdoor pursuits. The South West Coastal Path is nearby for scenic walks. (Driving time to Exmoor National Park: approximately 20 minutes)

Accommodation options: The cedar wood lodges, such as Lynton Lodge and Clovelly Lodge, are cosy and quaint, perfect for couples. For small families, the Barricane Lodge offers additional space with a double and a twin room.


Golden Coast Holiday Park, Cornwall

Driving Distance: About 10 minutes (4.38 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Golden Coast Holiday Park is set in a picturesque valley near Woolacombe beach, offering a range of accommodation options and a plethora of on-park facilities and activities suitable for the whole family.

Who will love these lodges? Families and groups looking for an action-packed holiday with plenty of on-site entertainment will enjoy Golden Coast. The park's facilities cater to all ages and interests, from swimming pools to bowling alleys.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? With indoor and outdoor pools, seasonal entertainment, a wave surfer simulator, and more, there's no shortage of activities. Dining options include The Old Mill pub and a beach bar.

What's nearby? The famous Woolacombe beach is close by for surfing and sandcastles. Local attractions offer discounts to park guests. (Driving time to Woolacombe beach: approximately 10 minutes)

Accommodation options: From the Surf Wave Apartment 2, which is pet-friendly, to the luxurious Ocean Tide Villa 3 with a hot tub, there are options for groups and families of various sizes. The park also offers villas and caravans with modern amenities.


Don't Miss These Fantastic Days Out In Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe Harbour

  • Opening Times: Accessible at all times
  • Prices: Free
  • Postcode: EX34 9EQ
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Ropery Road Car Park

Ilfracombe Harbour is a picturesque spot that's perfect for a leisurely stroll or a boat trip. It's a hit with families and photographers alike, thanks to the stunning coastal views. Check out the quirky shops and cafes along the quay. If you're into sea excursions, consider booking a trip to Lundy Island. The best time to visit is during the summer months when you can enjoy the bustling atmosphere and outdoor dining.

Web: visitilfracombe.co.uk


Tunnels Beaches

  • Opening Times: Varies seasonally
  • Prices: Adults £2.50, Children £1.95
  • Postcode: EX34 8AN
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Bath Place Car Park

Tunnels Beaches offers a unique beach experience with hand-carved tunnels leading to sheltered coves. It's a family-friendly attraction with tidal pools that are safe for kids. History enthusiasts will appreciate the Victorian charm. There's also a lovely café and a play area. Visit during low tide to explore the rock pools. Remember to bring water shoes to navigate the pebbly shore comfortably.

Phone number: 01271 879882 | Web: tunnelsbeaches.co.uk


Ilfracombe Aquarium

  • Opening Times: 10 am - 5 pm daily
  • Prices: Adults £5, Children £4
  • Postcode: EX34 9EQ
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Ropery Road Car Park

The Ilfracombe Aquarium is an indoor attraction that showcases local marine life. It's an educational day out for kids and adults who are curious about the underwater world. The exhibits are well-maintained and informative. They've recently added some interactive elements that enhance the experience. To avoid crowds, try visiting on a weekday morning.

Phone number: 01271 864533 | Web: ilfracombeaquarium.co.uk


Ilfracombe Art & Craft Society's Gallery

  • Opening Times: 10 am - 4 pm (closed Sundays and Mondays)
  • Prices: Free entry
  • Postcode: EX34 8EQ
  • Est. time required: 1 hour
  • Nearest parking: Ropery Road Car Park

Art lovers will enjoy the Ilfracombe Art & Craft Society's Gallery, which features works from local artists. It's a great place to find unique souvenirs and gifts. The gallery hosts different exhibitions throughout the year, so there's always something new to see. Pop in to admire the creativity and maybe even meet some of the artists.

Web: ilfracombeartandcraftsociety.co.uk


Ilfracombe Museum

  • Opening Times: 10 am - 5 pm (April to October), reduced hours off-season
  • Prices: Adults £3, Children £2
  • Postcode: EX34 8AF
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Hillsborough Road Car Park

The Ilfracombe Museum is a treasure trove of curiosities, from maritime history to exotic artefacts. It's a quirky spot that's surprisingly engaging for all ages. The museum is compact but packed with interesting displays. They often have special events and activities for kids, so check their schedule before you go. It's a great rainy-day option.

Phone number: 01271 863541 | Web: ilfracombemuseum.co.uk


Capstone Hill

  • Opening Times: Always open
  • Prices: Free
  • Postcode: EX34 9EQ
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Larkstone Lane Car Park

For the best views in Ilfracombe, take a walk up Capstone Hill. It's a bit of a climb, but the panoramic views of the town and coastline are worth it. Photographers, you'll want to bring your camera for this one. It's also a popular spot for watching the sunset. There's no better way to end a day of exploring lodges in Ilfracombe and the surrounding area.

Web: visitilfracombe.co.uk


Remember, when planning your trip to Ilfracombe, consider staying in one of the many lodges available. They offer a cosy and comfortable base from which to explore these attractions and more. Happy travels!

FAQs

This is our first lodge break, what will it be like?

Expect a cosy retreat with all the comforts of home, plus a few luxuries. Many lodges in Ilfracombe offer stunning views, private hot tubs, and are just a stone's throw away from the charming town and rugged coastline. It's a chance to unwind, explore, and enjoy the natural beauty of North Devon.

What should I pack when visiting Ilfracombe?

Pack for adventure and relaxation. Bring comfortable walking shoes for coastal paths, swimwear for the beaches or your lodge's hot tub, and a camera for the breathtaking scenery. Don't forget layers – the weather can be unpredictable, and a waterproof jacket is always a good shout.

Can you park outside the lodge?

Most lodges in Ilfracombe have dedicated parking spaces, often right outside your accommodation. It's super convenient for unloading your gear and makes day trips around North Devon a breeze. Just check with your lodge provider to confirm parking arrangements.

What if it rains during my lodge break?

No worries, Ilfracombe's got you covered. There's plenty to do indoors, from visiting the Ilfracombe Aquarium to exploring the Tunnels Beaches. Plus, a rainy day is the perfect excuse to chill in your lodge, maybe with a book or a board game.

Can I get food delivered to my lodge?

Absolutely, Ilfracombe's got a decent selection of takeaways that deliver. From classic fish and chips to exotic Thai, you can enjoy a variety of cuisines right at your lodge. Some local restaurants also offer delivery services, so you can sample local dishes without leaving your cosy nook.

Is Ilfracombe a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Definitely! Ilfracombe has a charm all year round. Off-season means fewer crowds and often lower prices. It's perfect for a peaceful getaway. Plus, the winter waves and autumn leaves are something else. Just remember that some attractions may have reduced hours or be closed, so do check ahead.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

You bet. Lodges in Ilfracombe pride themselves on cleanliness and hospitality. Your hot tub will be prepped and ready for you to dive in. They're usually cleaned and checked before each new guest arrives, so you can soak away stress with peace of mind.

Are there any pet-friendly lodges in Ilfracombe?

Yes, there are! Many lodges welcome furry friends, so your pooch won't miss out on the holiday fun. Just make sure to check the pet policy when booking, as some places might charge a little extra for cleaning or have specific rules for pets.

What local attractions should we not miss?

Don't miss the Ilfracombe Harbour with its quaint shops and cafes, or the unique Verity statue by Damien Hirst. For a day out, Exmoor National Park is a short drive away, offering stunning landscapes and wildlife. And for a bit of culture, check out the Landmark Theatre for shows and events.

How accessible are the lodges for those with mobility issues?

Many lodges are designed with accessibility in mind, offering ground-floor bedrooms, walk-in showers, and ramps. It's best to discuss your specific needs with the lodge provider before booking to ensure they can accommodate you comfortably and safely.

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