Chic beach chalet with 3 bedrooms and a hot tub, just behind Croyde's sand dunes.
4 + 2 kids
This contemporary-chic cabin offers indoor-outdoor living at its most relaxed. Going with the grain of the original 1960s chalet, it’s been completely restored with a dramatic black weatherboard exterior. Inside, beautiful modern furnishings, en vogue greys, pinks and greens, and expansive windows that flood the space with natural light. Think cool Scandi summer house, on the coast of North Devon.
With 2 almost-identical double bedrooms and a bunk room, it’s ideal for friends or families. You don’t have to be a surfer to stay here, but if you’re game for catching waves on a surf or body board, you’re in the ideal spot – the path to Croyde Bay winds right past the door. Alternatively, it’s a short drive to Woolacombe’s little bays for sheltered sea swims and shell seeking, and you’re right by the Tarka Trail for cycling along stunning coastline. Or just chill out here. Drink your morning coffee to the soundtrack of the sea, and dip in and out of the hot tub. Easy does it.
Getting here: best to drive
The chalet was a sensitive restoration of an old building. It is well insulated, with electricity from a green supplier and an electric car charging point.
- Surfing: you’re right on one of Devon’s best surfing beaches. Croyde Bay is our go-to for beginners who want to attempt the waves – you can book lessons or hire boards locally. Or just bring body boards for an easier rush!
- Croyde village is a 5-minute walk. Grab a post-swim refuel at the street-food vans in summer (we love Tambapanni’s incredible Sri Lankan fare), or head to Blue Groove café for a laid-back lunch.
- Walk around the headland to National Trust’s Baggy Point, where you can brave coasteering or just enjoy the views.
- Bring bikes to cycle a stretch of the 180-mile, traffic-free Tarka Trail to Instow. Or follow the path in the opposite direction, behind Putsborough beach to Woolacombe, stopping off at The Porthole for great coffee and cake.
- For hands-down the best fish and chips in the area, visit Squires in Braunton. From there, it’s just a 10-minute drive back to Saunton Sands if you want to eat them from the paper, accompanied by a sea breeze.
- Secluded Barricane Beach, with its tidal rock pools and cowrie-lined shore, is the most romantic place to watch the sunset. Take picnic blankets and make this your early evening dinner spot, with a take-out curry from the little beach café (served 5-7pm).