The Chalet Saunton is situated in one of the most desirable locations in the country, with the gorgeous family and pet friendly beach only a few minutes’ walk.
The three-mile-long Saunton Sands sits just beyond North Devon’s two other famous beaches, Croyde and Woolacombe, and is backed by the spectacular Braunton Burrows, a UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserve, and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Saunton and the local area is ideal for partaking in many varied activities, including several water-sports, golf and horse riding. There really is something for everyone, and most of them can be enjoyed without getting in the car.
Chalet Saunton is the perfect place to stay when it comes to golf breaks in North Devon. Ranking at number 61 in the World’s Best 100 Courses and hosting arguably two of the best links courses in the country, The Chalet is just a few hundred yards up the road. Saunton Golf Club has two 18 hole courses located in the depths of Braunton Burrows, bringing spectacular views and ever-changing conditions. It has been described as a ‘wonderfully absorbing challenge’ by Sir Nick Faldo.
A wonderful day out for all of the family is a trip to Broomhill Sculpture Gardens and Art Gallery. Located just North of Barnstaple in one of the most stunning valleys in North Devon, it is surrounded by hundreds of acres of woodland and enclosed by its own stream. Established in 1997, it has organically grown into one of the largest permanent collections of contemporary sculpture in the South West of England. Broomhill hosts over 300 sculptures on site, all placed within their natural environment amongst the beautifully cultivated gardens.
Learn to surf with former British and European Champion; Sarah Whiteley, who provides lessons at one of the best surfing beaches in the UK, Saunton Sands. In the summer, when the beach is busy, we recommend the Surf Safari experience where you will be driven 2 miles up the beach in the Walking on Waves Landrover allowing for an uninterrupted surf lesson miles away from the crowds.
Whether you’re looking for a fun family holiday activity or just looking to try something different then Roylands Riding Stables are a great option. They offer safe and enjoyable horse riding, beach rides, and pony trekking experiences to suit your requirements.
The South West Coastal path runs along every beach in the South West of England. In fact, the Chalet, Saunton is located right on the path. With 630 miles of superb coastline to be explored there is so much to see.
With 32 miles of dedicated cycle paths all the way from Braunton to Meeth with Barnstaple, Instow, Bideford and Great Torrington in between, the Tarka Cycle Trail follows the journey of Tarka the Otter in the classic tale written by Henry Williamson.
The National Trust’s Arlington Court is an intriguing Regency house and collection of horse-drawn vehicles, set in a picturesque gardens.
Lundy Island lies just off the coast of North Devon. The three-mile long island can be seen from the Chalet on clear days and is well worth a visit. A wealth of peaceful and unspoiled nature and wild life can be the perfect getaway from the busy crowds in the height of summer.
Le Bistro Du Coin in Braunton, just a short drive from The Chalet, is a relaxed, French style restaurant that offers traditional food and wine in an authentic setting. The menu offers a fine selection of wines and aperitifs to choose from as well as a selection of fantastic local beers. Le Bistro Du Coin caters for those with special dietary requirements.
T: 01271 813897
The Quay is situated in the picturesque North Devon coastal town of Ilfracombe. Visitors are offered stunning views of the sea and harbour, and given the unique opportunity to dine alongside original artworks by British artist Damien Hirst. The restaurant is famous for its fresh, locally sourced produce. Dishes are simply presented from a menu that takes inspiration from classic British and European cuisine.
T: 01271 868090
The Coach House by Michael Caines, is a culinary experience that will change the way you think about restaurant dining. A masterpiece of contemporary rustic design and innovative yet classic cuisine, the celebrated restaurant was awarded three AA Rosettes in 2017 and Gold for Restaurant of the Year in the South West Tourism Awards 2016 for the second year running.
T: 01271 882 295
Described by Michelin guide inspectors as ‘A simple, homely restaurant, run by an experienced local chef who trained under Nathan Outlaw. Ultra-fresh seafood is the focus, with dishes only confirmed once the day boat deliveries come in. Cooking is skilled.’ Recently awarded a Michelin star for the 2017 Michelin Guide, Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room in Ilfracombe, quality and comfort is paramount. They believe that fine dining is best enjoyed in a relaxed and unpretentious environment.
T: 01271 867831
One of the most popular venues for food and drink in the Saunton area is The Thatch. Located in Croyde, just around the headland from the Chalet, the Thatch is a pub that is packed full of character. With a menu crammed full of classic pub grub as well as a vast collection of ales and cocktails, there’s really something for everyone, for any meal.
T: 01271 890349
Situated in the very heart of Braunton At One offers a relaxed informal all day cafe trading up to a slightly more refined restaurant by night. Whether you are looking for a romantic meal for two or a social gathering with family and friends, At One can cater for all your requirements. Breakfast coffee and cake, lunchtime sandwiches, sharing platters and easy mains giving way to evening dishes to suit all tastes and Braunton’s laid back feel.
T: 01271 814444
Re-opened and revived in 2010, The Kings Arms has grown back into it’s rightful place in the heart of the vibrant community of Georgeham, North Devon.
T: 01271 890 240
The Rock Inn is a cosy 17th Century Inn located in Georgeham, North Devon. The Rock hosts an extensive wine list and five cask marque real ales. On the menu there is only the best fresh, locally sourced produce that is cooked to order. We strongly recommend Sunday Lunch where there is usually a choice of five roast options. Book well in advance to avoid disappointment!
T: 01271 890 322
SQ Bar and Restaurant is located in the heart of Braunton, North Devon. Set in a former Gas Showroom and most recently a bank, the building has been transformed into a contemporary and stylish bar, restaurant and roof terrace. Serving a range of affordable British cuisine and variety of wines, beers and cocktails, SQ offers a glamorous and sophisticated backdrop to a comfortable and relaxed dining experience making it the epitome of casual fine dining.
T: 01271 815900
The Beachside Grill is located on Saunton Beach, just a short walk down the path from the Chalet. As well as fantastic views and outstanding service, on the menu, you will find a unique blend of quality sourced ingredients, smoked and grilled to perfection. The Beachside Grill is also a great location for functions and parties.
T: 01271 891288