Find the perfect self-catering holiday cottage in Ilfracombe, North Devon with My Favourite Cottages. The Victorian harbour town of Ilfracombe is a popular tourist destination all year round and has some excellent holiday homes ideal for families and couples. Due to its popularity, Ilfracombe’s self-catering cottages do get booked up in advance, so it is well worth booking your favourite Ilfracombe holiday cottage early.
Historically, Ilfracombe was a prominent Victorian resort, and the Regency and Victorian architecture still dominates the town today but as its popularity has grown so has the more obvious seaside, seafront attractions. The odd combination make Ilfracombe the vibrant, lively town it is today. More recently, Ilfracombe has become synonymous with culinary excellence with an array of restaurants within in the town, and many of which can be found near the harbour, not far from Damien Hirst's famous “Verity” statue, the tallest in the UK. Thomas Carr 1873 on Fore Street has been awarded a Michelin star, booking will be required.
Ilfracombe also has its own private beach, “Tunnels” beach, which is open to the public and was created by Welsh miners in 1830’s to give the town access to Crewkhorne Cove. The beach provides safe swimming and secluded sun-bathing in the heart of the town. Nearby is the award winning Woolacombe Beach, which offers 3 miles of golden sands and is a fantastic day out. Just a few miles along the coast from Ilfracombe is the pretty village of Lee at Lee Bay, a beautiful cove with a lovely sandy beach at low tide and excellent rock pools where the children can go “crabbing” for hours. Lee also has a great pub the Grampus which serves great local food and beer and often has live bands. If looking to venture further afield, Ilfracombe is the starting point for many sea safaris, as well as a boarding point for the MS Oldenburg on its way to Lundy Island.
Learn more about Ilfracombe in our Ilfracombe Holiday Guide before viewing our collection of holiday cottages in Ilfracombe and the surrounding areas below.