We recently came back from a great little getaway to North Devon and have listed below for you 10 Things to do in and around Ilfracombe.
For the Devon days out page, I wanted to begin with Ilfracombe as we have very fond memories of our ‘baby moon’ there. I booked a little hotel with its own pool and great views. I envisaged us relaxing poolside, drink in hand, nipping in and out of the glorious pool when the heat was too much (!)
Alas, the weather was unfortunately not the kind that called for pool dipping of any kind in an unheated outdoor pool. My hormonal reaction to this ridiculously cold swimming pool was amongst the biggest of my pregnancy flip outs. As I sobbed poolside, Roy observed with a look of genuine fear. The same look that flashes across the face of all fathers- to-be at some point. From his point of view, the ship christened ‘do not wake the beast’ had sailed and he was into full damage control mode. He did what any sane man would do in the circumstances to mollify the ‘big situation’ (me) and calmly (albeit hesitantly) stepped into the freezing pool. He stayed in there long enough until I felt confident in the fact that ‘we had made good use of the pool’ and he uttered soothing comments through chattering teeth… ‘the water really is lovely ’ … ‘Blue? No they can’t be! It’s great in here!’.
This was probably the moment that Ilfracombe earned a special place in my heart… sat poolside, stroking my swollen belly, watching Roy turn a peculiar colour and taking in the magnificent views. Flashback below 🙂
So, due to our fond memories we were very much looking forward to going back and I was uber excited when a lovely campsite kindly offered us some accommodation so that I could begin my venture into North Devon. We stayed in a lovely caravan that had the most beautiful views out over the coast where Bella would sit and happily dolphin spot (with Mummy) and giant girl-eating sea monster spot (with Daddy). We loved everything about our stay at the family run Lydford farm and here are some of the highlights…
- The views…absolutely beautiful! The pictures don’t do them justice but we felt very lucky to wake up and see such loveliness.
- The cutest shop ever! Opens for an hour in the morning, and an hour later in the afternoon stocking essentials. In the morning, you can buy the most delicious freshly baked pain au chocolates and croissants for your breakfast.
- The location – We were able to explore loads from Lydford farm without ever feeling like we were driving too far, and even when we did get in the car the scenery made it part of the trip anyway. You can walk to Watermouth Castle in 15 minutes from the site (Bella is slow and easily distracted by leaves so it’s probably less than this), and from there, if you cross the road you arrive at Watermouth Harbour. If you did want to explore further by foot you can pick up the South West coast path. It is also just a 10 minute drive into Ilfracombe.
- Attention to detail – The caravan was stocked with everything that you would need for your ‘home from home’ and was spotlessly clean. There are 50 individually marked pitches available for tents, touring caravans and motor homes and they ALL have stunning views! They also offer 2 beautiful self-catering cottages available to rent throughout the year.
- The play area – We had an action packed few days but when we were at the site, Roy would wander down to the shop in the morning to pick up our freshly baked goodies. The shop is just by the play area so he would take Bella along leaving me time to pack our picnics. It has swings, a climbing net and a couple of little bouncers.
- They are very family friendly – Set on a 100 acre organic farm they are super friendly, very helpful, and they welcome all family members including dogs with a large dog run field easily accessible from the site.
If planning a visit to Ilfracoombe, here are 10 ideas for things to do in the area
1 Visit Watermouth Castle – I had never heard of this attraction before our visit to Lydford Farm, but, as it was within easy walking distance of the site, we wanted to try it. It is, whilst being one of most enjoyable family days out that we have had in a while, I have to say a very quirky attraction! There was loads of things to enjoy in the castle before we made our way out into the beautiful gardens & grounds to find a theme park! We have never been anywhere quite like it…In a good way!
2 Enjoy picnics – So obvious but you really will be spoilt for choice with beautiful spots all around to sit and take in the views.
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