Spotlight on… Woolacombe

woolacombe beach

Voted Britain’s Best Beach by Trip Advisor in 2015, Woolacombe boasts a 3 mile long sandy beach, facing the Atlantic Ocean and has ranked as 4th best in Europe and 13th best in the world.

A hugely popular destination for surfing and family holidays and is part of the North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The beach water quality is monitored regularly by the environment agency and meets its highest standards.

It is no wonder that locals are very proud of this beach, as well as many other smaller coves surrounding the area.

We have many wonderful properties easily accessible for Woolacombe, and we feature two of them here.

Pickwell Barton

pickwell bartonOverlooking Woolacombe and Putsborough beaches is Pickwell Barton – a family friendly farm with a very welcoming approach. Jane and her family are very proud of their personal touches, including fresh flowers in both of the cottages and the high standard of cleanliness throughout. They are always on hand for help, but give you the privacy you need.

Surrounded by beautiful views, Pickwell Barton is a sheep and arable working farm, and visitors are able to assist with the collection of eggs, and the feeding of the lambs.

The farm has special offers year round, including free car parking at Putsborough beach. It is a stunning holiday destination, with visitors returning year after year. There is plenty to do in the local area from surfing and kayaking to local walks and a dinosaur park, and not forgetting sandcastle competitions, farmers markets and the fantastic Oceanfest, which we have spoken about in our previous blog post.

Visit their facebook page for up to date news and photographs, including a local barn dance raising funds for the local children’s hospice. We are thrilled to have a delicious chocolate biscuit cake recipe that Jane has given us – which will follow soon!

Widmouth Farm

widmouth farm cottages

Widmouth is lucky enough to have it’s own private beach, just a 500 yard stroll through a couple of fields.

Only 15 minutes from Woolacombe on the South West coastal footpath, the farm consists of 11 cottages dating back to 1800, which are full of character with low doorways and curved walls.

The farm has alpacas, pigs, goats, sheep and poultry. It is very dog friendly, with all the ground floors on all the cottages having hard floors and washable rugs. Family friendly too, there is a wealth of history surrounding the farm and the local area.

Nearby is Berrynarbor, a lovely village with 2 good pubs and a community run shop selling local produce from the farm next door. Chambercombe Manor is just 2 miles away, which is known for not only being mentioned in the Doomsday book, but also being the UK’s most haunted house and runs tours and overnight stays.

We have the most wonderful recipe below from Liz at Widmouth Farm – an unusual curry dish called Bobotie, made with local minced lamb.


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