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…
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…
is the new going out
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...
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…
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!