Set amongst the beautiful North Devon countryside with its peaceful rolling hills and patchwork fields is Yetland Farm. This beautiful working farm and its holiday cottages is ideally located for exploring North Devon's award-wining golden beaches, seaside villages and family-friendly attractions.
Just a mile from Yetland Farm is Combe Martin, which lies on the edge of the Exmoor National Park. This quaint village is reputed to have one of the longest high streets in the country, but it is its wonderful child friendly sandy beach with pretty rock pools that really sets it apart and makes it a true North Devon gem.
Combe Martin's small sheltered beach is perfect for all the family with some of the best rock pools in the county, kayaking, fishing, swimming and crabbing all readily available. You may even spot the odd dolphin playing in the waves. Combe Martin also has an abundance of shops and cafés, which make it a great place to sit back and relax.
For those that love walking, Combe Martin is the ideal starting point for seeing the real beauty of the South West Coast Path. From the top of Great Hangman, which has the tallest cliffs in Britain, there are breathtaking views that are sure to keep photographers busy for hours. As well as views of the coastline, Lundy Island and Watermouth Bay, on a clear day you can see all the way across the Bristol Channel to Wales. Footpaths around Combe Martin can lead to traditional packhorse bridges, lime kilns and golden beaches sheltered by sand dunes. Some of the best walks in the area include those to Holdstone Down, Trentishoe Down, Heddon's Mouth, Hillsborough and Sherrycombe. For more information on these walks please see our Things To Do page.
Another pretty village nearby is Berrynarbour, which lies just two miles from Yetland Farm. This characterful village has plenty of charm with its beautiful cottages adorned by flowers and an excellent pub, 'Ye Olde Globe', at its heart. There is also a village shop and post office, a quiet play area for children and a traditional tea room.
Exmoor National Park can easily be accessed from the cottages and provides plenty of spectacular scenery whether you are exploring it on foot, by bike or from the comfort of your car. Made up of valleys, heathland and woodlands, Exmoor provides plenty of opportunities for a memorable day out. Some of Exmoor's most popular attractions are just across the border in Somerset, where you can visit Tarr Steps with its historic clapper bridge, stroll the cobbled streets of Dunster, where at Christmas their candle-lit evenings are truly magical, or climb Dunkery Beacon to admire some of the best views of the National Park and coastline. Back in Devon, why not see where Exmoor meets the sea at the Valley of Rocks on the outskirts of Lynton; look out for the herds of goats that roam the hills, or watch a game of cricket at one of the more unusual and arguably most beautiful grounds in the country.
For three miles of golden sands visit the award winning beach at Woolacombe, located just a 15 minute drive from Yetland Farm. Set along the South West Coast path in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Woolacombe is one of the most loved beaches in the world, as recently voted for on Trip Advisor; it was also named number one in the U.K, beating off stiff competition from those in Cornwall, Wales and Dorset. This family friendly beach is perfect for everyone, from young children wanting to build sandcastles, to teenagers seeking to learn a new water sport; even adults will find peace and quiet for sunbathing and relaxation.
Water sports are part of daily life at Woolacombe with lessons available for all abilities. Learn to ride the waves on a surf board or, when it's quiet, try your hand at kayaking or stand-up paddle-boarding. There really is something for everyone.
Other beaches around Woolacombe include Barricane, which is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest thanks to the many Caribbean shells that are found in the inlet, Combesgate, a smaller golden beach perfect for swimmers and surfers, and finally Grunta, which is great for rock pooling.
After a day on the beach experience the lively atmosphere of Woolacombe village with its array of cafés, pubs and restaurants, many of which have live music playing during the summer months.
Situated between Woolacombe and Combe Martin is the lovely Victorian town of Ilfracombe, which has become increasingly popular with visitors over the past decade. The seaside town has been adopted by contemporary artist Damien Hirst, who has built a restaurant along the quay, opened two art galleries and donated his bronze clad 70 foot statue 'Verity' to stand proudly over the harbour.
Ilfracombe's harbour is a mecca for tourists in the warm summer months with ice cream parlours, sea food restaurants and quaint Devon tea rooms lining the narrow streets; perfect for relaxing and watching the world go by.
To explore North Devon's coastline by boat, set sail from Ilfracombe. There are trips to Lundy Island, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and Marine Nature Reserve, as well as fishing expeditions, sea safaris and coastal cruises.
In June, Ilfracombe celebrates its past with a colourful Victorian Week. Locals dress up in traditional outfits before taking part in a parade along the high street. The week ends with a wonderful firework display.
Other attractions in Ilfracombe include its theatre, which has a good range of live shows on offer all year round, a cinema and an aquarium. One of the town's other hidden gems is the award-winning Tunnels Beaches, which are home to a tidal pool where children can play safely, a stylish café and indoor soft play centre.
For guests staying at Yetland, you will find a reasonably sized Tesco on the outskirts of Ilfracombe together with a number of the major banks on the high street. Combe Martin itself has a small supermarket, pharmacy and Lloyds bank.
Barnstaple is North Devon's largest town and is packed full of activities for every season. The traditional market town has a lovely high street, which has a good range of shops and restaurants. There is also a wonderful Pannier Market where locals sell their produce, a multi-screen cinema, leisure centre, tennis centre and popular theatre.