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Gold Winner of the Visit Devon Tourism Awards for Best Self Catering Establishment 2012 & 2013. Our ten luxury self catering holiday cottages in North Devon are a must for guests wanting a country home from home

Our luxury self catering holiday cottages

Set in the Unesco Biosphere at Duckhaven Stud, Westward Ho! Where luxury & location matter most!

All of our luxury self catering holiday cottages have achieved the prestigious Visit England star ratings in 2013 including 4 star, 4 star gold and 5 star and 5 star gold for Royal Celerity & The Paddocks

A Warm Welcome

Westward Living Holiday Cottages are perfectly situated for guests to enjoy all the delights that North Devon has to offer. Comprising of fourteen luxury converted stables & cottages, Westward Living is located within  60 acres of grounds at Duckhaven Stud, a former working thoroughbred stud farm in Westward Ho! North Devon. 

All of our luxury self catering holiday cottages have achieved the prestigious Visit England star ratings ranging from 4 star through to 5 star gold.  Our award winning couples cottages are perfect for a romantic retreat or honeymoon and with a choice of four; Kalas CottageRoyal CelerityThe Paddocks and Dream Cottage there is a cottage to suit every couple.  Our family cottage sleep between 3 guests and up to 8 guests and Smiley CottageThe Farriers Furlong The Gallops have both been purpose built to provide luxury accommodation with disabled access and wet rooms.  We also offer 3 dog friendly properties within our collection.  New for 2016 are our 2 new extra large family cottages Furlong The Gallops both of which have 4 double bedrooms and sleep up to 8 guests per cottage.  In summer 2016 many of our cottages will have the addition of a hot tub!

Each luxurious countryside cottage is fully equipped to the highest standard, making it a true home from home for your North Devon holiday.  From the delicious cream tea in your cottage on arrival, to the friendly hosts on hand, Westward Living will offer a perfect relaxing escape for families and couples seeking a taste of idyllic Devon life. 

Set in the UNESCO Biosphere and within one of the few remaining Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the cottages offer direct access to the South West Coastal Path.  On a clear day you will enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Clovelly, Lundy Island, Westward Ho!, Saunton Sands, Exmoor and the Torridge Estuary. If you are lucky you will catch a glimpse of foxes, badgers, and roe deer.

We are in a great location for exploring the North Devon Coastline and have private direct access to the famous South West Coastal Footpath.  There are two great family restaurants within walking distance of the cottages and a large selection of restaurants and eateries in the village and in nearby Bideford. The village of Westward Ho! is situated just a mile away, where you will find abundance of shops, restaurants and the golden sand of the famous Westward Ho! beach which has recently been awarded the famous blue flag for the 13th year running.

As well as access to the 60-acre grounds and South West Coast Path, our facilities include indoor and outdoor children's play area, heated indoor plunge pool (open April to September) and award winning wedding and events venue Ocean Kave.  

We also offer DIY livery for horses and welcome assistance dogs. For more information about finding your dream seaside holiday in North Devon please contact us.

For those who prefer “surf” to “turf”, we offer the Seahorse Apartments, three luxury seaside apartments in the nearby village of Westward Ho!

Gold Winner of the Visit Devon Tourism Awards  for  Best Self Catering Establishment 2012 & 2013



Our Awards

Our award winning holiday cottages in Westward Ho! North Devon have been recognised regionally and nationally by the most prestigious Tourism authorities in the UK.

Awards and Achievements in 2013

Best Self Catering Establishment
Westward Living holiday cottages received the Gold Award for Best Self Catering Establishment in Devon and will be attending the South West Tourism Awards in February. Later in the year Westward Living have been invited to represent the South West in the Visit England Tourism Awards.

Tourism Superstar & Customer Service
Our very own tourism superstar Matt Druce was honoured with the Gold Award in the 2013 Devon Tourism Awards for his ongoing contributions to excellent customer service and continued and continued expansions of the guest services and facilities available here at Duckhaven Stud. attending the South West Tourism Awards in February and has also been nominated for the Tourism Superstar for English Tourism Week.

Winner of Winners
In recognition of the outstanding contributions made by Westward Living to develop and regenerate Westward Ho!, putting our picturesque seaside village back on the map as a top UK coastal destination, Westward Living were honoured with the coveted winner of winners award at the 2013 Devon Tourism Awards.

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence
We were delighted to be awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellece in 2013. The award celebrates hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. Winners of the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website, with only the top 10 percent receiving the prestigious award.

Awards and Achievements in 2012

Best Self Catering Establishment
Westward Living holiday cottages received the Gold Award for Best Self Catering Establishment in Devon and attended the South West Tourism Awards in early 2013, where we were awarded the Bronze Award for Access for All and Silver Award for Self Catering Establishment of the Year.


"Just wanted to say a big thank you to you and Chris for arranging for us to check in early, this was hugely appreciated with two babies in tow! We were able to get them settled and have a relaxing afternoon." Janet Adams


"What a brilliant find, this was the perfect and much needed escape  we were looking for, you have really thought of everything!  We are already planning our next trip back to Dream Cottage."

Tony and Sue Palmer, Hants

"What we loved most about our holiday in your beautiful Star cottage was the attention to detail, from the lovely furniture to the box of toys for Connor and all the really useful tourist info made our stay so hassle free and fun – thank you."

Kelly and Mike – Liverpool

"From the moment we spoke to Kathy when we booked, Luke and I knew this was going to be a great holiday, thank you all so much for everything especially for fixing the car!!!!!! Warm Winter was so comfortable and the most comfy bed we have ever slept in, the perfect place for our Christmas getaway.   See you next Spring"

Luke and Chloe Parsons – Berkshire

"We love the new look Silca Blanka cottage it was great before but now its amazing.  Thanks to you all for another great week and especially to Alan and Matt for the horse tour, We’ve got some great photos of Jenny feeding Silca Blanka a carrot!"

Jim and Liz Overton – Derby

"Royal Celerity is officially our favourite holiday cottage ever, you  guys made us feel so special, all the little touches is what make you stand out from the competition……….."

Karl and Emma – Geneva

"We had a wonderful honeymoon in Paddocks, we love the huge Jacuzzi bath and don’t want to go home…….."

Ann & Dave  - Cardiff

"Wow what a great time we’ve all had, Sadlers cottage, we loved everything about this holiday and the cottage  was ideal for our family to spend some quality time together, your customer service is first class!"

Gossey family age range  from 0 – 93!

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