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

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Offering idyllic self-catering holiday cottage accommodation on the stunning North Devon coast between Combe Martin & Ilfracombe.



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Well-behaved dogs and other pets are welcome in our self catering holiday cottages on the beautiful North Devon Coast

Watermouth Cove


Watermouth cove looking towards the castle and Watermouth Cove Cottages



An area of outstanding natural beauty on the North Devon coast.

Romantic Watermouth Cove is a rocky inlet, situated on the unspoilt North Devon coast, two miles to the east of Ilfracombe, and two miles west of Combe Martin, close to the village of Berrynarbor.

The cove is sheltered from the prevailing south westerly winds and offers a peaceful anchorage for small boats and yachts. 

Over the centuries the rugged North Devon coast with its cliffs and secluded inlets became well known area for smuggling. Watermouth Cove was an ideal isolated landing point and there are stories of its use by smugglers to avoid the ‘Revenue Men’.

Watermouth cove with castle in the background



























Watermouth Cove is overlooked by Watermouth Castle. The castle built in 1825 is now a family theme park and popular tourist attraction.


Watermouth Cove is an ideal and peaceful base from which to explore the varied scenery, entertainment and activities offered by this relatively unspoilt corner of rural England. Click here for more information on the area.





View of Watermouth Castle and Hangman Point


Veiw towards Watermouth Castle with Combe Martin bay and Hangman hills behind. hills


Watermouth Cove is a popular place for mooring yachts and boats. Visitors are welcome to take their boats there and use the slipway.

When the tide is out you can walk out past the breakwater. Two streams run into the harbour so bring your jelly shoes or wellington boots!

For walkers in the West Country,  the South West Coast Path and the Tarka Trail are readily accessible, as they are combined at Watermouth Cove - only 200 yards from Watermouth Cove Cottages. The Tarka Trail, its name emanating from Tarka the otter whose exploits were based in North Devon, covers most of the county. 


The North Devon coast is offically recognised as AONB (area of outstanding natural beauty) It offers spectacular scenery, beautiful beaches, woodland and moorland.

North Devon's coastal scenery is both rugged and dramatic. Rocky outcrops, with emotive names such as Hangman Point, Morte Point thrust out into the sea.



Hangman Point at Sunset   

Hangman Point and Combe Martin bay at Sunset, North Devon coast


Watermouth Cove is also on the fringes of Exmoor - Lorna Doone country. This beautiful moor teems with wildlife, from red deer to birds of prey, and of course the famed wild ponies.


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 Cove, 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 visiting Lundy Island.

Ilfracombe als has a swimming pool, tennis courts, local museum, aquarium, theatre, cinema plus a wide range of cafe and restaurants.


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

The major surfing beaches of Woolacombe and Croyde on the northwest tip of Devon are only a short 15 minute drive away.

Surfers can take advantage of last minute special savers for short breaks when the surf is up! 


Weather in Watermouth - 5 day forecast


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


Watermouth Cove Cottages are situated beside the grounds of Watermouth Castle, just 200 yards from Watermouth Cove. A rural idyll yet within a few minutes drive of the resorts of Combe Martin and Ilfracombe with a wide choice of pubs and restaurants. 


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.



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Watermouth Cove Cottages courtyard showing Driftwood and Seashell.

Watermouth Cove at low tide. Next to castle and Watermouth Cove Cottages.

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