Spring is one of the most magical times to enjoy the stunning beaches and countryside surrounding our luxury cottages. Milder weather and longer evenings offer the perfect opportunity for woodland strolls, trips to North Devon’s top family attractions, and invigorating sea-based activities. After a day exploring the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty around our 60-acre coastal grounds, you’ll be ready to unwind in your bespoke holiday cottage and fall asleep to the sound of the Atlantic. Whether you’re seeking fun-packed family days out or a romantic afternoon on the coast, here are a few of our recommendations on how to make the most of North Devon this spring.
Hit the waves
Our bespoke accommodation is a stone’s throw from the golden, Blue Flag beach of Westward Ho!. The waves here break onto a gently sloping, sandy bottom, making it the perfect spot for surfers of all levels. Spring also offers some of the year’s best conditions. North Devon Surf School is one of the country’s longest-established surfing schools. Located just metres away from the ocean, it offers heated changing rooms, showers and an on-site café to warm up in after a bracing dip in the sea.
Westward Ho! is the only beach in North Devon to have been awarded the Blue Flag – only given to the cleanest, safest beaches. This glorious stretch of golden sand is more than two miles long, making it a paradise for sunbathing, building sandcastles, swimming and surfing. Backed by a unique pebble ridge and the wild dunes and grasslands of Northam Burrows Country Park, it’s also an amazing spot for long walks along the shore and watching the sunset.
Visit a local Seaweed Festival – 29th May 2022
If seaweed floats your boat, then pop over to this quirky local festival which is hosted in the historic fishing village of Clovelly. Combined with live music and storytelling, the Seaweed Festival is held to promote seaweed for its immense health and nutritional benefits. In a multitude of colours, textures, shapes and sizes, it is tasty, full of minerals, fibre without calories and is the best salt substitute. It is a very informative event, with activities suitable for all to enjoy. Such as “Know your Seaweed” talks by Emma Gunn, craft activities and workshops with Artycrafts and Sciencedipity (make your own seaweed slime). The Seaweed Health Foundation will provide information and a talk on the benefits of seaweed for food and health. Adam Reeve, who forages local seaweed, will do a seaweed gel demonstration and foraging talk. Also there will be a cooking demonstration by Zoe Sing from Ebbtides.
Explore the Southwest Coast Path
At 630 miles the Southwest Coast Path is Britain’s longest National Trail. Walking the entire path during your mini-break might be a little unrealistic, but you can explore one of its most spectacular sections within a few miles of our accommodation. The path runs from our grounds right through Westward Ho! with stunning views across Bideford Bay, towards Lundy Island. Our cottages have private access to the spectacular South West Coast Path. Spring on the North Devon coast tends to be quiet, despite the rapidly increasing temperature, so there’s no better time to enjoy this world-famous walking route. Head east over towering cliff-tops towards the pretty market town of Bideford, or west, to the enchanting fishing village of Clovelly.
Grab those wellies and get the festival feeling
Billed as Devon’s most family-friendly festival Pigstock takes place a field less than 2 miles away from our cottages.
Beachside festival vibes with Ocean Fest 2022
If you could bottle a beachside festival and pour it out each year against the backdrop of a sun-drenched Atlantic, then the multi-award-winning GoldCoast Oceanfest might be just the brew to choose. It’s big enough to create a great party atmosphere, yet small enough to not be overwhelming. It’s big enough to create a great party atmosphere, yet small enough to not be overwhelming.
Oceanfest blends a potentially intoxicating, eclectic and laid-back mix of quality music, exhilarating surf, action-packed sports, locally sourced food and family friendly fun. Located in the village of Croyde which is about 20 miles from Westward Living.
Enjoy a family day out at The Big Sheep
Following its winter hibernation, this award-winning attraction opens its doors once again. The Big Sheep offers visitors of all ages the chance to feed lambs, ride ponies and enjoy thrilling rides – all just a short drive from our luxury cottages. Don’t miss the sheep race or sheep-shearing display!
See spring in bloom at Hartland Abbey
The scenery on the Hartland Peninsula is some of North Devon’s most dramatic. A short distance from the rugged coast is Hartland Abbey, an extravagant, historic house set in beautiful gardens. Visitors can enjoy the Abbey’s circular walk to the sea, which is particularly magical in spring, as the ancient woodland route is carpeted with primroses, bluebells and wildflowers.
We want to make sure you have an unforgettable time during your stay with us, so we'd be delighted to provide personalised recommendations on how to make the most of your spring holiday by the sea.
Wow Kala’s cottage is amazing, peace and tranquility with amazing views. The cottage it’s self is beautiful, a sense of that home from home feeling
We got married here last year and returned this summer for our first anniversary. I can not justify in words how wonderful this place is.
We loved our stay, the cottage has stylish decor and furnishings and its right on the South West Coastal footpath with wonderful views, great for early morning and late evening walks to see the sunrise and sunset.
A totally relaxing and romantic stay, we loved the hot tub and views. It was so peaceful and perfect, just what we needed