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Beautiful Watermouth Cove with its harbour, stunning scenery and surrounding woodland makes an ideal holiday or break

Offering idyllic self-catering holiday cottage accommodation on the stunning

North Devon coast between Combe Martin & Ilfracombe.


Local Area & North Devon


View of Watermouth Cove towards castle, the grounds of which contain self-catering holiday cottages


North Devon enjoys a mild climate with many palm trees, and fuchsias flowering throughout the year. Ilfracombe, which is only two miles east

of Watermouth Cove, enjoys one of the highest average year round temperatures in the United Kingdom (per Daily Mail survey 2001).

5 day Weather forecast in Watermouth
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Getting to Watermouth Cove
Arts & Crafts

Day Trips from North Devon
Eating Places including Local Pubs and Deliveries
and Festivals
Family Attractions
Historic Houses and Gardens
Links to other North Devon websites

Exmoor and Lynmouth area
Markets & Shopping

Sport & Leisure

Watermouth Cottages and castle with Hangman Hills in the distance.

Getting to Watermouth Cove [EX34 9SJ]




The quickest and easiest route to Watermouth Cove is via the M5 leaving the motorway at junction 27 and taking the A361, the North Devon Link road (NDL), towards Barnstaple. After passing the roundabouts for Tiverton and South Molton, at the ‘Little Chef roundabout’ turn right onto the A399, signposted Combe Martin, Ilfracombe, Lynton and Lynmouth. At this  junction there is a brown leisure signpost to Watermouth Castle, 17 miles away.   



The scenic ‘Tarka Line’ from Exeter to Barnstaple connects with Intercity trains to the rest of the country. Watermouth Cove is a short bus ride from Barnstaple - ask for Watermouth Castle.



National Express together with the local bus service serve the North Devon area including Watermouth Cove. Buses between Barnstaple and Combe Martin stop at Watermouth Castle and The Old Sawmill

pub in Watermouth. In the summer months there is an open top tourist bus between Barnstaple and Watermouth Castle. However, buses are not frequent in this rural area, and a car is a much easier way

of getting around to see the sights and local attractions. 


Coming from overseas?
Fly into London Gatwick. Easiest way is to hire a car - journey is around four hours.

Alternatively by rail there are connections from Gatwick via Reading and Exeter - current fare is around 65 return.


Exeter Airport
Flights to / from Exeter [1.5 / 2 hours from Watermouth] as follows:

Austria, Salzburg – Flybe
Canada. Toronto – Transat
France, Bergerac, Brest, Chambery & Paris – Flybe
Holland, Amsterdam – Flybe
Ireland, Dublin – Flybe
Switzerland, Geneva – Flybe


Bristol Airport

Flights to/from Bristol [2 / 2.5 hours from Watermouth] as follows:


Belfast – Flybe & Easyjet

Cork – Aer Arran

Dublin – Ryanair & Aer Lingus

Shannon – Ryanair
Belgium, Brussels - SN Brussels

Bergerac, Bordeaux, Toulouse – Flybe

Nice – Easyjet

Paris – British Airways
USA, New York – Continental

Berlin – Easyjet 

Bremen – OLT

Dusseldorf, Frankfurt & Munich – BA

Hamburg – Easyjet & OLT
Holland, Amsterdam – KLM & Easyjet

Geneva – Easyjet

Zurich – British Airways




Watermouth Cove Cottages, in the lee of Watermouth Castle, offer the ideal escape, with self-catering accommodation. Well behaved pets are welcome in all our properties.


Watermouth Cove offers visitors a wide range of accommodation, including self-catering cottages and lodges, camping, caravanning and hotel.

Berrynarbor, just a few minutes drive from Watermouth, is a prize winning village overlooking the beautiful Sterridge Valley - with a first class restaurant and an historic Inn.

Ilfracombe, a couple of miles west of Watermouth Cove, has Rapparee, Hele Bay and Tunnels beaches, with delightful walks and gardens. There is an exceptionally scenic coastal golf course and boat trips are available for fishing and to visit Lundy Island. Ilfracombe has a swimming pool and tennis courts.

Close by are the beautiful sandy beaches of Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton Sands.


  • Barclays in Ilfracombe

  • HSBC nearest is at Woolacombe (open 9-3)

  • Lloyds in Ilfracombe and Combe Martin

  • Natwest and Barclays in Ilfracombe

  • Londis in Combe Martin has a multi bank 'hole in the wall'

Day Trips from North Devon

See also Lots to Do for more ideas!



Picture of Dunster village and castle


The Tarka Line at BidefordRailways

Further information on the area

Watermouth Cove click here.

Picture of Bideford Station

Courtesy of Pat Evans, North Devon Focus.


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Pets Welcome at Watermouth Cove Cottages:

Our cottages are pet friendly. Well-behaved dogs and other pets are welcome in our self catering holiday properties.

Please call us on 01271 883931 for information and colour brochure or e-mail