If you’re looking for a luxury, family and dog-friendly holiday escape without the overcrowded tourist traps, consider North Devon for your next staycation. This gorgeous corner of southwest England offers stunning coastal scenery, historic villages, delicious food and drink, and plenty of opportunities to explore the great outdoors – all without the crush of visitors you’ll find in many other summer hotspots.

The perfect base is Chalet Saunton – overlooking more than 3 miles of golden Saunton Sands, which is one of Britain’s top surfing beaches, and one of only 12 global World Surfing Reserves.

The chalet provides 6 modern, luxury apartments, plus the Penthouse, sleeping up to 40 people in total; making it ideal for large gatherings .

There are a range of activities available in the immediate surrounding area of the chalet, including water sports, horse riding & golf. However if you wish to venture further afield you may consider visiting one of the several areas of interest in North Devon.

Visit Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe, a traditional seaside town dating back to the 12th century is just a 20 minute drive. Stroll along the Victorian seafront, have some classic fish and chips, and take in the dramatic cliffs and rocky beaches. You can also visit Tunnels Beaches, a series of Victorian hand-carved tunnels in the cliffs giving access to sheltered pebble bathing pools.

Visit Exmoor National Park

Alternatively, for a more outdoor experience, head to Exmoor National Park one of the smallest and loveliest of Britain’s national parks. Exmoor’s wild moorlands, wooded valleys, and plunging coastline offer excellent hiking and pony trekking opportunities. Don’t miss the picture-perfect villages of Lynton and Lynmouth, connected by an iconic Victorian cliff railway. Exmoor is approximately a 30 minute car journey from the Chalet.

Visit Woolacombe

For a different day on a different beautiful beach, consider visiting Woolacombe, home to one of Britain’s best beaches. This 3-mile long expanse of sand and dunes is perfect for sunbathing, swimming, surfing, and other beach activities without the overcrowding you’d find further south. Just inland, the rolling hills and winding lanes make for fantastic cycling routes.

While you are exploring North Devon, no staycation would be complete without indulging in some of the region’s stellar food and drink offerings. Be sure to sample creamy Devon fudge, farm-fresh ice cream, locally brewed ales and ciders, and the freshest locally caught seafood ranging from Devonshire crab to Lundy Island lobster.

To find some local places to eat and drink, and more information on activities in the area, visit Things To Do on our website.

With its breathtaking scenery, outdoor adventures, cozy villages, and mouthwatering cuisine, North Devon has all the makings of a perfect UK staycation off the beaten path. Escape the crowds and discover this tucked away gem of rural England. Check our availability and book your next escape today.