Morte Point during winter

AUTUMN & WINTER

Crisp days & golden sunsets

With miles of soul-stirring coastline and rugged countryside within easy reach, Woolacombe is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Devon and the whole of the South West. You'll find no shortage of magical places to any time of year, but come autumn, the crowds vanish – leaving behind a quiet elemental landscape, alive with seasonal colour, that’s yours for the taking.

 

Visit the coast in autumn or winter you’ll discover a soul-stirring tapestry of rolling pastures, surf-perfect waves, wild moorland, and deep wooded valleys. Enjoy cosy evenings, golden sunsets and deep slumber in your beachside home.

Discover all the season's best bits...

 

SURF'S UP

 

It's wave season!

North Devon, and particularly Woolacombe, has some of the finest surfing in the UK. Strong westerly swells from the Atlantic Ocean roll in to our long, gently shelving sandy beaches. There's no doubt about it: the best time to surf is autumn. In September and October, the water is still warm, the waves are crisp, and you’ll get some early winter swells all to yourself.

 

Hit the waves in autumn or winter to avoid the hordes on boards - by the end of the October half-term the crowds have gone, and for a few months of the year, it becomes possible to go surfing with just a few other surfers for company.

 

When you stay with us it’s possible to walk, board under your arm, to Woolacombe beach to hit the waves or beachside parking is available. This is one of Devon’s best surfing beaches. If you don't like to paddle far to get out to the breaking waves, beach break here is known as "middle beach" - basically it's anywhere left of the stream.

 

Our top surf spots…
 

Woolacombe Beach

Woolacombe Beach

ON YOUR DOORSTEP

One of the UK's most famous beaches is just  a board-under-arm stroll from your Beach Retreat! With a very forgiving beach break, Woolacombe is excellent for beginners. Point break is to the right but be careful of rocks.

Saunton Sands

Saunton Sands

25-MINUTE DRIVE

Take the coast path from Woolacombe or the footpath via Mortehoe, signposted Rockham Bay. There are steep steps down to the sands, but it’s worth the work!

Putsborough Sands

Putsborough Sands

2-MINUTE DRIVE

Lee village is 3 miles west of Ilfracombe. At low tide follow the causeway across rocks 300 metres via carved steps to a second cove on the left. 

WAVE WATCHING

Nature's cinema

Here on the wild North Devon coast we regularly experience all four seasons in a single day! Come and stay in the winter and you're most likely to get front row seats to catch mother nature at her most wicked. Wrap up warm, head out and watch her raw power unfold.

 

Or for a more up-close experience with the waves, why not take a trip to Lundy Island? This rocky outcrop has resident seals all year-round, but pups are born between September and November, so autumn is a great time to go. Our friends at Wild Frontier Charters offer a great selection of unforgettable experiences and trips to this wild and craggy seal paradise. There is also a ferry, MS Oldenburg, which usually sails daily until late October (weather permitting).

 

Watch the waves…

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Woolacombe Dunes

ON YOUR  DOORSTEP

Perfect for sunsets, the dunes are just a short stroll from your apartment, so pull on your poncho and get out there! If you're lucky you'll spot the North Devon Red cows that graze the sand dunes - helping to manage the scrub naturally.

Morte Point

Morte Point

FOR THE WALKERS

Once notorious for smugglers and wreckers, this stretch of coastline is now a great place to get away from the crowds watch the waves crash from cliffs, rocky headlands or hunker down in a sandy bay. Take a walk from Morte Point towards Bull Point and look out for seals.

Lynton & Lynmouth

Lynton & Lynmouth

WHERE THE MOOR MEETS THE SEA

If the weather is pretty grizzly, The Pavilion Dining Room is the perfect spot to hunker down. Located on the first floor of the Exmoor National Park Visitor Centre, next to the famous cliff railway, you'll find breath taking views and tasty treats.

STAYING IN

is the new going out

WOOLACOMBE

Sometimes there are days when you just don’t want to ‘wrap up warm and get out there’, days when you’d rather just cosy up and take some time out!

 

Your Beach Retreat is the perfect cosy home-from-home so you can just pack your favourite book and just snuggle up but, for when you need a hand beating the winter blues, Woolacombe is blessed with an award-winning spa and private cinema. Just a short stroll from your coastal home, both are located in our sister property: the Woolacombe Bay Hotel.

For cosy days by the coast...

Alchemist Spa

Alchemist Spa

ME-TIME

Book an indulgent spa treat to replenish dry skin, rejuvenate your soul, and cure all cold weather woes. Treatments are vegan-friendly & cruelty-free.

Alchemist Spa

Neo Cinema

SHOWTIME LUXE

Neo Cinema is a plush hideaway for up to 30 guests. Sink into a plush sofa and catch the latest blockbusters or a classic favourite. Snacks & G&Ts available.

Neo Cinema

Rasul Experience at Alchemist Spa

Rasul Experiences

DEEP DETOX

The rasul is a self-administered, heated spa experience. Step into the tiled chamber and apply hand-harvested muds while steam opens your pores.

Rasul Experiences

HIT THE SHOPS

for lovely local gifts

Nothing beats a special, unique, hand-picked souvenir to help remember a cherished trip to the coast. North Devon is blessed with more than its fair share of artists, designers, and local makers. If you’d like a little retail therapy, or perhaps to get ahead with your Christmas shopping, there are lots of lovely places to visit.

 

Some of our favourites…

Wanderlust Life Jewellery

Wanderlust Life

JEWELLERY

Located in Braunton, browse and watch Wanderlust Life’s own makers creating their popular understated jewellery by hand, in their beautiful studio/shop.

Wanderlust Life

Arts Crafts & Curios - Woolacombe, Devon

Westcountry

ARTS, CRAFTS & CURIOS

ARTS & CURIOS
Just a short walk from your Beach Retreat, this little lair of lovely has a huge selection of gorgeous homeware - many designed by the owner, Jo Allum.

Westcountry

Echo Beach Gallery in Devon

Echo Beach

GALLERY

Promoting the local talent base, Echo Beach is a creative hub for established & emerging artists, ceramicists, sculptors and photographers.

Echo Beach

ROAD TRIP ROUTES

Take to the open road

If you feel like getting out and exploring a bit further afield, North Devon has all the essential ingredients for the perfect road trip. Beautiful ever-changing scenery, dramatic seascapes and you’ll always get a warm welcome in the pretty towns and villages.
 

Stop and enjoy a cream tea, stretch your legs with a clifftop stroll or throw one of our favourite pitstops – Heartbreak Hotel Coffee – into the mix. This quirky, eco-friendly cafe is very popular with locals and visitors... this could have something to do with the doughnuts. With new specials each weekend you'll find some of the most creative fillings you've ever come across!

Heddon's Mouth Cove

Heddon's Mouth

GO ON A COASTAL ADVENTURE

 At  only 16.5 miles, this jaunt could easily be completed in less than an hour, but we recommend stopping off in pretty Ilfracombe and Coombe Martin before taking this gentle stroll to where the sea meets some of England's highest cliffs.

Heddon's Mouth

Simonsbath Exmoor National Park

Sinonsbath

HISTORIC
MOORLAND

A small village in the centre of Exmoor, this is just a 40-minute drive, via coast or country. Once you get there, a stroll along the River Barle will provide plenty of spots for a dip - pack your swimmers for wild swimming!

Sinonsbath

Porlock Weir

Porlock Weir

PRETTY EXMOOR VILLAGE

Snuggled between the rolling hills and the sea, the twisty streets of Porlock are filled with characterful cottages, shops and galleries, pubs and tea rooms. Follow the road along the coast to the small harbour hamlet of Porlock Weir

Porlock Weir