Discover family holidays in North Devon

We are proud to say that the Beach Retreats are one of the best places for family holidays in Devon. Offering flexible self-catering accommodation in Woolacombe is our passion.


We all remember childhood holidays to the  seaside and we understand your wish to create the same sense of special for your little ones. Every  element  of your family break at the  Beach Retreats is designed around you so you can  make a happy home-from-home in our family holiday apartments.

Come, make our place your place. Feel the warmth of the sand and the cool  rush of the Atlantic between your toes...



Self-catering in Woolacombe

When you want to book a seaside adventure for your family there's a lot to think about to make sure you choose the perfect family holiday apartment in North Devon. After all, this is where you'll all rest after fun days poking around in rockpools, exploring Exmoor and discovering the best of the coast. It's also where you'll enjoy some downtime when you want a chilled day by the outdoor swimming pool with the chance to put your feet up.

Privately-managed, the Beach Retreats are a little cluster of self-catering apartments, specially designed for family holidays in North Devon. Sleeping 4-6 guests, they have 2 bedrooms and either a family bathroom (Beach Retreat Flats) or a family bathroom plus an extra shower room (Beach Retreat Apartments). They each have a spacious open-plan family lounge-diner and kitchen as well as either a large balcony or spacious patio. Layouts vary - some of our self-catering accommodation has bunks in the Master Bedroom enabling these homes to sleep up to 6 guests.


Here are some sample floor plans...

Beach Retreat Apartment

Beach Retreat Flat


Perfect for little legs (and short attention spans!) all our family holiday apartments and flats are less than 5 minutes' walk from Woolacombe beach. When you stay with us your family break in the Beach Retreats will include:

All the essentials


Open plan living


Space to relax


Stretch out


Chill out by the pool


For your convenience


We provide all bedding and bed linen, one bath towel per person, tea towels and a dishcloth. A hairdryer, small iron and ironing board are also provided. All kitchens consist of a kettle, microwave, toaster, electric hob & oven. Up to two pups can stay with you in selected apartments and flats - find out more.



Things to do in North Devon

The beauty of family holidays in North Devon is the mind-boggling array of things to do. For all ages and interests there is something they will love. Just a flip and a flop from your family holiday apartment is Woolacombe Beach. Home to three miles of sandy goodness, it has surf-perfect waves, cute beach huts and lifeguards from mid-June to the end of November. You can leave your car at your apartment, so there's no need to worry about parking or sandy car syndrome!


Spend days enjoying sandy scavenger hunts, foraging for shells and hunting for rockpool treasures. On rainy days, hit the waves - you're going to get wet anyway, so why not? Woolacombe has a thriving surf community so it's not unusual to follow a pod of surfers as they plod barefoot back from the beach, boards tucked under their arms, reminiscing about the ones that got away! For when you want a bit of adventure, there's...



Off the beaten track




Fun for all ages


Image by Austin Neill
Hit the waves


Image by Jess Snoek
Go puffin spotting




Open May _ September

Family holidays in Devon are not complete without a heated pool! The Mini Lido is a little haven exclusively for guests and families staying in the Beach Retreats. The swimming pool with its sun-bleached decking and comfy loungers is at the heart of the Beach Retreat village.


The Beach Retreat Flats are just around the corner, whilst the Beach Retreat Apartments offer direct access and poolside views, so you can easily pop inside for a bite to eat or a siesta.


“As we are a large family with grandchildren, we opted for Self Catering. The apartments were airy, well stocked and had stunning views of both our own lido, the Devon hills and the beautiful beach. Our group’s ages were from 2 years to 78 years - and there was something for everyone.” 

- Sarah C, TripAdvisor

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Registered Office: 30 Bear Street, Barnstaple, North Devon, EX32 7DD
Registration Number: Woolacombe Bay Hotel Ltd 1370970

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