Things To Do2024-02-29T17:04:51+00:00

SAUNTON SANDS, NORTH DEVON

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.

North Devon has long been a mecca for British surfers, drawn to the variety of waves that break along its golden beaches. This stretch of coast, including Saunton Sands, is now a World Surfing Reserve, one of just 12 such places on the planet.

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.

THINGS TO DO IN NORTH DEVON

Wine Tasting2024-06-11T12:51:50+00:00

Step back from the sands and immerse yourself in the relaxed pace of Saunton Vineyard, nestled between Braunton and Saunton beach and with stunning views across the Atlantic.

Join us for a tour where you’ll discover how our vines and winemaking process are guided by low intervention methods to produce the finest Devonian wine. Our friendly guides will share the stories behind each bottle that reflect the unique terroir of the UNESCO biosphere reserve that surrounds the site.

Each tour also includes a tasting experience where you can sample three of the seven wines that are made at the vineyard and soak up the beauty of the surrounding countryside.

T: +44 (0) 7932 437037 | email: info@sauntonvineyard.com | sauntonvineyard.com

Shooting2021-09-12T11:24:36+00:00

Chalet Saunton provides a base for many shooting teams visiting nearby shoots over the years with the owner choosing to host his shoot parties at the property when he visits places like North Molton, Molland and the neighbouring Clovelly Estate.

To tailor the perfect shooting stay or to find out more get in touch with the team.

https://www.goodshoothotelguide.com/hotels/devon/chalet-saunton

Yoga2024-06-11T12:53:30+00:00

Here at Surf Saunton we have collaborated with some of the finest yoga teachers in the South West. Headed up by Sian Marie @yogawithsianmarie and Megan Alice @methodsofmeg we now provide yoga classes on the beach here at Saunton.

Our instructors at Surf Saunton teach a style of yoga called Vinyasa Flow, this practice links conscious breathing and fluid movement; conscious breathing to calm the mind, and asanas (yoga postures) linked by fluid movement to energise your body.

Each class will include, meditation, breath work, a wide variety of asanas and a Shavasana (a lying down, relaxing meditation). Our classes encourage you to connect with your breath, whilst strengthening the body and improving your flexibility and balance.

Classes are suitable for all ages and abilities, modifications will be offered where they are needed. Please make your instructor aware of any current injuries you have at the start of the session. (If below age of 12 please get in contact prior to booking).

Sessions run from April: Sat 9am. May-June: Sat, Sun, Mon 9am. July-Aug everyday 9am. Sept-Oct: Sat, Sun 9am. www.surf-saunton.co.uk/surf-lesson/yoga/

Golf – Saunton Golf Course2018-03-15T17:18:57+00:00

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.

 

Learn to Surf – Surf Saunton2024-06-11T12:28:16+00:00

The wave conditions at Saunton are perfect for all levels of surfing, widely regarded as the best location for learning to surf in North Devon. With the expansive 3 mile stretch of beach, crowds are spread significantly thinner compared to other beaches in the area, adding the benefits of greater space for learners and a safe environment to learn. Learn to surf at Surf Saunton, a world surf reserve.

All our Surf Lessons are put together on an individual basis, ensuring that all surfing abilities are catered to from beginners to the more advanced surfer.

T: 07719 105 500

Web: www.surf-saunton.co.uk/

Horse Riding – Woolacombe Riding Stables2024-06-11T12:52:44+00:00

Woolacombe Riding Stables nestles in the valley of Woolacombe. We are a British Horse Society and Pony Club approved equestrian centre. We were the first Riding stables in North Devon to become Clubmark accredited. Apart from the staff having their BHS qualifications, all full time staff have emergency first aid and child protection certificates.

We enjoy teaching and introducing adults and children to the joys of horse riding. All our pupils are encouraged to complete their Pony Club and British Horse Society achievement certificates in stable management and horse riding.

The stables are situated at Eastacott Farm and visitors can ride over 200 acres of countryside as well as additional rides across the sand dunes at Woolacombe and over the 3 mile long stretch of golden sandy beach.

www.woolacomberidingstables.co.uk

Walking – South West Coastal Path2018-02-24T21:30:54+00:00

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.

Cycling – The Tarka Trail2018-02-24T21:30:54+00:00

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.

National Trust – Arlington Court2018-02-24T21:30:54+00:00

The National Trust’s Arlington Court is an intriguing Regency house and collection of horse-drawn vehicles, set in a picturesque gardens.

Lundy – via Boat or Helicopter2018-02-24T21:30:54+00:00

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.

Fishing and Boat Trips2018-02-24T21:30:55+00:00

If you’re on the hunt for Wild Life then hopping on to the Ilfracombe Princess will give you the chance to see Dolphins, Porpoises and Seals.

PLACES TO EAT IN NORTH DEVON

The Farmers Arms2024-06-11T13:05:37+00:00

Everything – from Executive Chef Ian Webber’s menu to the homemade cordials and locally sourced beers – is crafted with skill and care.

The incredible dishes created by the team are a result of produce from our own Birch Farm.

T: +44 (0) 1237 439328 | email: farmers.arms@woolsery.com | The Farmers Arms

The Muddiford Inn2024-06-11T12:56:55+00:00

Chef/proprietor Phil Wild and wife, Arden, took over this village Inn in November 2021 and following major renovations, the couple have recently re-opened its doors.

Phil is an enthusiastic and dedicated supporter of local suppliers, and this is reflected on his menus where you’ll find local game, meat, fruit and vegetables and fresh fish delivered daily.

Phil’s long and illustrious career as a chef includes working in iconic British inns and hotels, having started his career at the Michelin-starred Carlton Elite Hotel in Switzerland. He achieved numerous accolades in country house hotels including the famous Sir Christopher Wren’s House Hotel, Windsor where he was Executive Head Chef for 10 years. Phil then moved to Marbella where he ran his own restaurant for 3 years before returning to the UK to run his own successful pub/restaurant which was awarded 9/10 for food by the Daily Telegraph.

The Wilds’ have restored the Inn to its rightful place at the centre of the community offering a relaxing place to meet, eat and drink, in the beautiful North Devon countryside.

After a successful career Phil is now returning home to where it all started.

T: +44(0) 1271 624868 | email: info@muddifordinn.co.uk | muddifordinn.co.uk

01271 624868

The Pyne Arms2024-06-11T12:47:58+00:00

The Pyne Arms is a beautiful and characterful traditional country pub set in the foothills of Exmoor National Park. Originally a post office, it then became a public house in 1951, to which it still stands today as The Pyne Arms. Ellis and Amie Pannell became the proud owners of in September 2012, and since opening the pub has become very popular with locals and tourists alike, gaining both local and national awards in addition to becoming one of the top pubs in the country in the Estrella Top 50 Gastropubs awards.

T: +44 (0) 1271 850055 | Pyne Arms, East Down, Barnstaple EX31 4LX | www.pynearms.com

Tiffin Indian Kitchen2024-06-11T12:51:08+00:00

Welcome to Tiffin Indian Kitchen and Bar.

We are a family run restaurant at the centre of Barnstaple in the Grade II listed Building that used to be the one of the oldest pubs in town!

Inspired by Indian working class lunch boxes, we have created a small seasonal menu from snack plates to curry pots for everyone to enjoy!

Plenty of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options available!!

T: +44 (0) 1271 452570 | email: 70holycow@gmail.com | www.tiffinindiankitchen.co.uk

Blue Groove, Croyde2021-08-19T18:02:48+00:00

If you don’t know us already, we are a laid-back cafe/bar/restaurant in the heart of Croyde serving up an eclectic menu with a great variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

Favourites include our locally-landed fish specials, homemade curries, sharing platters, mussels, steaks, burgers, hearty breakfasts and array of nutrient-dense healthy dishes.

We also pride ourselves on superb barista coffee, smoothies and milkshakes, and of course, a perfect Devon cream tea with fluffy homemade scones, lashings of proper West Country clotted cream and jam.

Our bar is well-stocked with local ales, ciders and beers on tap, a sweet selection of spirits and shots as well as menu of classic cocktails.

T: 01271 890111

Web: https://www.blue-groove.co.uk/

New Coast Kitchen, Croyde2021-08-19T18:04:04+00:00

Food, drink, atmosphere

At the heart of New Coast Kitchen is our passion for great flavours and the highest quality ingredients.

Our menus will change with the seasons, as we experiment with new dishes, and as we make new discoveries. 

T: 01271 316026

Web: https://newcoastkitchen.co.uk/

The Boathouse, Instow2021-08-19T18:00:11+00:00

Overlooking golden sands and the confluence of the Taw and Torridge rivers, The Boathouse in Instow is a beach bar and restaurant with a serious passion for great food, fresh fish, fine wines and good times.

Start your day with a fresh ground coffee prepared to barista standards by our friendly team.

Or come in for lunch or an evening meal and enjoy our seasonally evolving menu, reflecting the fabulous produce available from both local day boats and our extensive network of suppliers.

And if you’d like to bring your four legged friend, please note we’re dog friendly, with your canine companion welcome to join you at tables booked in our bar or on our famous ‘Top Deck’.

T: 01271 861292

Web: https://www.theboathouseinstow.co.uk/

The Royal George, Appledore2021-08-19T17:53:01+00:00

The Royal George, perched by a slipway in the gorgeous north Devon fishing village of Appledore, has been beautifully renovated by its current owners to offer contemporary casual dining with a side of invigorating estuary views. With 180-degree vistas across the waters, the best seats in the house from which to watch gig rowers training (or the lifeboat being launched) are next to the huge floor-to-ceiling windows.

T: 01237 424138

Web: https://trgpub.co.uk/

Instow Barton, Bideford2021-08-19T17:44:35+00:00

Instow Barton provides friendly hospitality in its unique Devon Farmhouse.

Situated only minutes from Instow beach, it is within easy reach of both rural and coastal amenities.

The restaurant at Instow Barton is run by Caroline and Colin pride themselves in serving quality cuisine with a predominantly French influence, using homemade, home grown locally sourced produce.

T: 01271 860845

Web: https://www.instowbarton.co.uk/

The Kings Arms, Georgeham2021-08-23T13:50:13+00:00

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.

We are all about quality of food, drinks and most importantly hospitality.

T: 01271 890 240

Web: http://kingsarmsgeorgeham.co.uk/

The Rock, Georgeham2021-08-23T13:52:07+00:00

The Rock Inn is a friendly 17th Century Inn in Georgeham, and boasts five cask marque real ales, and an extensive wine list. Our fantastically fresh food is cooked with passion and flair, and is served either beside our cosy fireside bars or in our bright and airy conservatory. But don’t just take our word for it, come and see for yourself.

Book well in advance to avoid disappointment!

T: 01271 890 322

Web: https://therockinn.biz/

SQ, Braunton2021-08-25T16:48:59+00:00

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.

T: 01271 815900

Web: https://www.sqbarandrestaurant.com/

Beachside Grill, Saunton2021-08-23T13:55:52+00:00

Overlooking North Devon’s famous Saunton Sands beach, Beachside Grill offers a unique blend of quality sourced ingredients, grilled to perfection and served in a chilled indoor/outdoor space or to takeaway with you.

Our menu has tempting dishes to please everyone’s tastebuds and a brilliant selection of options suitable for vegans, vegetarians and coeliacs. We’re open for meals or simply a coffee or beer by the beach.

T: 01271 891288

Web: https://www.beachsidegrill.co.uk/

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