Croyde holiday cottages are a stone’s throw from a spectacular beach, where surfing, sunbathing and swimming can be enjoyed. The village of Croyde lies on a wild stretch of the North Devon coast, a few miles north of the market town of Barnstaple. Croyde self-catering holidays are popular among visitors who want to make the most of the region’s rugged coast, rolling hills and wooded valleys. The South West Coast Path runs through the village, crossing towering clifftops while providing breathtaking views across the Atlantic Ocean, toward Lundy Island. The path runs south, to Saunton Sands and the Taw estuary, and north to Woolacombe, Lee and the Victorian resort of Ilfracombe. Most holiday cottages in Croyde are in the village centre, where a gentle stream meanders past a graceful church and rows of historic, thatched homes. There is a small grocery selling a variety of local produce, and a scattering of cafes and restaurants.
Croyde holiday lets are also within walking distance of three cosy pubs – the Thatch, the Manor House, and Billy Budd’s, where local ales and great food can be enjoyed. On the doorstep of holiday cottages in Croyde, the beach is a stunning sweep of sand and rock, framed by a pair of jagged headlands and backed by grassy dunes. There is loads of space for sunbathing and building sandcastles, and lifeguards maintain safety during the summer months. Croyde is one of the UK’s best surf spots, producing long, barreling beach-break waves in the right conditions. For beginners staying in Croyde holiday rentals, there are a couple of good surf shops in the village, where boards and wetsuits can be hired. At the northern end of the beach, Baggy Point is managed by the National Trust and home to a lovely tearoom with views across the bay. Croyde holiday homes are close to many of North Devon’s best attractions. Family friendly Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park is nearby, with wolves, lions and an incredible collection of animatronic dinosaurs. Marwood Hill Gardens, Watermouth Castle and Exmoor National Park are all a short drive from cottages to rent in Croyde.
• Sandy beaches near Croyde holiday cottages to rent
• Great surfing conditions at Croyde Beach
• Set in a region of great natural beauty, with farmland, woods and valleys to explore
• South West Coast Path on the doorstep of your holiday home in Croyde
• Pubs, cafes and restaurants in the village centre
• Spectacular views across the Atlantic, toward Lundy Island
• Street food stands, such as Lola’s Wings
• Beautiful architecture, including historic thatched cottages and Croyde Baptist Church
• Wild landscapes of Exmoor National Park a scenic drive westward from holiday cottages in Croyde
• Near the charming market town of Barnstaple, and the resorts of Ilfracombe and Combe Martin
• Hire equipment from one of the village’s surf shops and catch a few waves.
• Hunt for crabs in the rockpools at Croyde Beach when the tide is low.
• Take a stroll to the coast from your holiday home in Croyde.
• Treat yourself to tea and a slice of homemade cake at the National Trust café, at Baggy Point.
• Watch the sun set with cocktails on the terrace at Blue Groove.
• Enjoy a hearty pub meal and a pint of ale at The Thatch, on Hobb’s Hill.
• Book a day of horse-riding at Roylands Riding Stables.
• Explore the neigbouring villages and sandy beaches of Woolacombe and Saunton Sands, both a short drive or walk from Croyde cottages to rent.
• Look out for seals and dolphins while hiking on the South West Coast Path.
• Watch live music at the annual Ocean Fest.
• Eat at one of the street food stands which serve food at Croyde during the summer months.
• Visit the Tunnels Beaches and Damien Hirst’s Verity Statue in the seaside town of Ilfracombe.
• Shop for local produce in the market town of Barnstaple, a few miles south of Croyde holiday homes.
• Pitch a tent at one of the village’s campsites.
• Rent a caravan at a holiday park, such as Ruda.
• Book a room at one of Croyde’s hotels, such as Combas Farm.
• Choose a property from our selection of Croyde holiday lets.
• Browse our Croyde holiday cottages dog-friendly selection.
Thanks to the village’s modest size, letting a cottage in Croyde guarantees being near the coast. Croyde Bay is a spectacular sweep of sand and rock, with plenty of space for building sandcastles, sunbathing and hunting for crabs in the rockpools at low tide. The beach is backed by grassy dunes, and framed by the craggy cliffs of Down End and Baggy Point. Many surfers rent cottages in the area, due to the renowned waves which can often be found at the beach. In the right conditions, reef-breaks and hollow beach break waves are available for experienced surfers, although the bay also produces great waves for learners, particularly during the summer months. There are a number of reputable surf schools, including Walking on Waves and Croyde Surf Academy. Croyde holiday cottages are also within walking distance of a number of good surf shops where boards and wetsuits can be bought or hired, including Ralph’s and the Little Pink Shop.
There are a variety of good places to eat and drink in the village, within walking distance of Croyde holiday cottages to rent. The Drop In is a popular kiosk for a pre or post-surf coffee, on Down Lane, at the southern end of the beach. On the opposite side of the bay, at Baggy Point, Sandleigh Tea Room and Garden is the place to go for homemade cake and tea, with spectacular sea views. Coffee Point, May Cottage Tea Rooms, and The Old Cream Shop and Tea Garden are all popular among locals and visitors staying in Croyde cottages to rent. Billy Budd’s on Hobb’s Hill is a lively pub serving good beers, burgers and pizza. Nearby, The Thatch is a traditional, family-friendly inn with an extensive menu of pub classics. Also located on Hobb’s Hill, Blue Groove serves cocktails and delicious food, prepared with fresh, local ingredients. In the neighbouring village of Georgeham, there are two cosy, old pubs, The Rock Inn and the King’s Arms, both of which are known for serving excellent food. A short drive or scenic walk from holiday cottages to rent in Croyde, Devon, there are a variety of pubs and cafes in Woolacombe, many of which are on the seafront, with far-reaching views along the coast. Saunton Sands Hotel is a lovely spot for a coffee or bite to eat, overlooking the surf. Street food stands can often be found in Croyde during the summer, including Lola’s Wings.
Croyde Village Shop and Post Office sells groceries, newspapers and buckets and spades. Within walking distance of Croyde holiday lets, it is located in the centre of the village and sells a good range of local produce. There is another grocery in the neigbouring village of Georgeham, and a slightly bigger one in Woolacombe. The nearest supermarkets to Croyde holiday homes are in the village of Braunton, where there is a Co-Op and a Tesco Superstore. A little further afield, the market town of Barnstaple has a range of independent shops, while Ilfracombe is home to galleries and gift shops.
Cottages to rent in Croyde are near many of North Devon’s best attractions. A scenic drive eastward from the village, Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park is a great family day out, with lions, wolves and animatronic dinosaurs hiding in the woods. Watermouth Castle is another family-friendly attraction in North Devon, with rides and gardens to explore. There are many historic sites in the area, including Marwood Hill Gardens, where 20 acres of beautiful grounds await discovery. The seaside town of Ilfracombe is a short drive eastward from Croyde cottages to rent, with elegant Victorian architecture and a range of independent shops. The town is home to a variety of attractions, including the Tunnels Beaches, an excellent aquarium, and the artist Damien Hirst’s Verity sculpture, located at the Quay, overlooking the waves. Further east, Exmoor National Park is a wild expanse of moors, wooded valleys and rocky coast, frequented by wild ponies and deer. The park is a paradise for long walks and wildlife-watching, and is scattered with pretty villages, including Lynton, Lynmouth, Simonsbath and Porlock. South of Croyde holiday cottages, the pretty market towns of Barnstaple and Bideford are well worth a visit. To their west, you will discover the picturesque fishing village of Clovelly, where a tangle of narrow lanes descends to an ancient harbour and rocky bay. Nearby, hidden coves and towering clifftop walks can be discovered on the rugged and remote Hartland Peninsula.