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Holiday Cottages and Luxury Self-Catering Holiday Homes in Braunton

Self-Catering Cottages in Braunton for Rent

Braunton holiday cottages are perfect for visitors who want to be near sandy beaches while experiencing life in a traditional Devon community. This welcoming village is located in the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, two miles from a rugged stretch of coast. Most holiday cottages in Braunton are located near the village centre, where a variety of cafes, pubs, groceries, and other independent businesses can be found. The Caen Stream meanders through Braunton before crossing the surrounding woods and farmland and joining the River Taw. You will notice beautiful historic architecture in the village centre, including St Brannock’s Church, where carvings of Braunton’s origins can be seen.

Due to its proximity to the famous surf spots of Saunton, Woolacombe and Croyde, Braunton is a hub for surfing in the region, with numerous surf shops and the Museum of British Surfing. Within a few miles of Braunton cottages, there are many fascinating historic sites, including Braunton Great Field, one of the few remaining medieval open-field systems. Directly to the field’s south, Braunton Burrows is a wild expanse of grassy dunes, crisscrossed by footpaths. Within walking distance of Braunton cottages to rent, the Burrows are a renowned nature reserve, with rare plants and wildlife, as well as a golf course and rifle range.

Saunton Sands lies to the north of the dunes, with some of the region’s best surfing conditions. This magnificent sweep of golden sand stretches for three miles, providing plenty of space for long walks, sunbathing and swimming. There is a car park, a couple of cafes, and a clifftop hotel where you can enjoy a coffee or a bite to eat while the waves roll into the bay below you. Holiday homes Braunton are close to many of North Devon’s best family attractions, including Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, and Watermouth Castle. The South West Coast Path can be reached just two miles from the village, at Saunton, and the breathtaking landscapes of Exmoor National Park are a scenic drive eastward. Perhaps the most idyllic stretch of The Tarka Trail also runs right past holiday homes Braunton, covering 32 miles between Braunton and Meeth.

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What Makes Braunton Cottages to Rent Special?

• Stunning beaches near Braunton holiday cottages

• Easy access to the South West Coast Path

• Set amid unspoiled countryside, with rolling hills, farmland and wooded valleys to explore

• Typical Devon community with fairs and other events

• Historic architecture, such as St Brannock’s Church, within walking distance of cottages Braunton

• Pubs, cafes and restaurants within walking distance of holiday rentals Braunton

• A stone’s throw from Braunton Burrows nature reserve, where rare plants and wildlife can be found

• Near family attractions such Watermouth Castle and Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park

• A short drive from the moors, coast and wooded valleys of Exmoor National Park

What is There to Do on Croyde Self-Catering Holidays?

• Explore the village by foot.

• Swim, sunbathe and surf at Woolacombe, Croyde or Saunton – all a short drive from Braunton cottages.

• Spend the day hiking across clifftops on the coast path, just two miles from holiday cottages Braunton.

• Enjoy a pint of local ale at one of the village’s historic pubs.

• Cycle on the Tarka Trail, on the doorstep of holiday rentals Braunton.

• Take a long walk through the grassy dunes of Braunton Burrows.

• Access the South West Coast Path at Saunton.

• Treat yourself to fish and chips at Squire’s.

• Browse Braunton’s many independent surf shops, and the Museum of British Surfing.

• Horse-ride through the idyllic countryside surrounding the village.

• Walk your dog to Crow Point.

• Delve into Braunton’s history at the excellent museum and information centre.

• Shop for fresh produce at Butcher’s Row, in the neigbouring market town of Barnstaple.

• Have a family day out at Combe Martin Wildlife Park, a short drive northeast from holiday cottages in Braunton.

Where Can We Stay on Self-catering Holidays in Braunton Devon?

• Pitch a tent at one of the village’s campsites.

• Rent a caravan at a holiday park at neighbouring Croyde or Woolacombe.

• Book a room at Saunton Sands Hotel.

• Browse our selection of cottages Braunton.

Where to Eat and Drink Near Holiday Cottages in Braunton Devon

You will find a variety of great places to eat and drink in the village centre, within walking distance of Braunton cottages. There are a number of historic pubs, such as the Williams Arms, a 16th century thatched inn serving a popular carvery. On the opposite side of the village, the Mariner’s Arms is a traditional pub with a pool table and an excellent range of local beers. Wild Thyme is a friendly cafe at Caen Shopping Centre, serving breakfasts, coffee and smoothies. For an evening meal near self-catering cottages in Braunton Devon, The Siam Bistro serves delicious Thai Food. Nearby, Squires is one of the region’s best fish and chip shops, while the Corner Bistro has a reputation for serving exceptional dishes prepared with fresh, local ingredients.

Where to Shop Near Rental Cottages in Braunton

You will find a variety of shops in the village centre, around Exeter Road and Caen Street, a short walk from cottages in Braunton. John Patt’s Fruit Shop is a family-run greengrocer on Exeter Road, next door to a health food shop, Nourish Foods. A few doors along, there is a small Co-Op supermarket, and there is a Tesco Superstore on the edge of the village, a short drive from holiday cottages in Braunton Devon. There are a number of surf shops in Braunton, including Tiki, Second Skin, and Hunter Boardwear, selling surfboards, wetsuits and clothes.

Where to Surf Near Your Braunton Holiday Home

Braunton holiday cottages are particularly popular among surfers, thanks to the village’s close proximity to some of the region’s best waves. The beautiful family-friendly beach of Saunton is two miles west of the village, with three miles of sandy shore. Saunton provides excellent surfing conditions for beginners and longboarders, thanks to the slow, gently peeling righthanders which breaks below the cliffs at the northern end of the beach. Walking on Waves is a reputable surf school based at Saunton, providing all the equipment and guidance beginners need to catch their first wave. Letting cottages in Braunton are also a short drive to Croyde, a renowned beach-break which is popular among more advanced surfers, with fast, hollow waves in the right conditions. To Croyde’s north, Woolacombe is another vast stretch of sand, backed by dunes, producing consistent surfing conditions for surfers of all levels.

Family-Friendly Attractions Near Holiday Rentals Braunton

Many of North Devon’s best family-friendly attractions are located within a few miles of holiday cottages Braunton. A short drive northward from the village, Watermouth Castle is a fun-packed theme park set in the grounds of an ancient castle. Nearby, Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park is a unique zoo with lions, wolves, train rides, a fossil museum and life-sized animatronic dinosaurs. A little further afield from Braunton cottages to rent, the Big Sheep is an animal-themed amusement park featuring sheep-racing and rides, while the Milky Way offers rollercoasters, play areas and wildlife displays.

Historic Homes and Gardens Near Holiday Rentals Braunton

A short drive from Braunton holiday cottages, Arlington Court is an impressive Regency house, set amid beautiful gardens. The interior houses an incredible collection of art and furniture, including a hidden masterpiece by William Blake and the stunning Beauvais Tapestries. Marwood Hill Gardens are also well worth a visit, with 20 acres of stunning grounds and a tearoom. Further afield, Hartland Abbey is a magnificent 18th century mansion with gardens and a woodland walk to the coast.

Other Towns and Villages to Visit Near Holiday Cottages Braunton

Best known for their sandy beaches, the villages of Croyde and Woolacombe are just a couple of miles from holiday cottages in Braunton, with independent shops and a few excellent places to eat and drink. Five miles east of cottages to rent in Braunton, Barnstaple is a historic market town with a pannier market and Butcher’s Row, where fresh produce can be bought. Ilfracombe is also nearby. This charming seaside resort is home to elegant Victorian architecture, the Tunnels Beaches, an aquarium, and a working harbour where Damien Hirst’s striking Verity statue looks out to sea. The twin villages of Lynton and Lynmouth lie on a spectacular stretch of coast, with art galleries, a cliff railway and a bustling harbour.

Walking Routes Near Cottages Braunton

The Tarka Trail runs through Braunton, providing 180 miles of cycle and footpaths, some of which follows a disused railway track through an area of great natural beauty. The South West Coast Path can be accessed at Saunton, two miles north of Braunton. This renowned route covers 630 miles on the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, with towering cliffs, hidden coves and ancient fishing villages to discover. Exmoor National Park is a scenic drive eastward from Braunton holiday cottages, with wild moors, wooded valleys and a rugged coast, crisscrossed by many paths and bridleways.