About Ilfracombe and Combe Martin
Two hundred years ago Ilfracombe was a fishing village and Combe Martin a mining camp. Mass tourism in the Victorian era changed all that. Admittedly, the seams of silver in the hills to the east of Combe Martin had mostly been worked out and the smelting mills, belching forth choking arsenic-laden smoke were mostly defunct. Suddenly, with the arrival of paddle steamers from South Wales and Bristol, and a railway line via Barnstaple, holidaymakers from the factories and mills of the Midlands and the North, and from the coal mines and iron works of South Wales, came to spend their holiday week in these newly created resorts on the Atlantic coast of Devon.
And now, in the 21st century these resorts, which see few arrivals by sea and none, directly, by rail, are experiencing a renaissance in tourism due to their proximity to a coastline seething with every possibly watersport you could imagine. Surfing, kayaking, coasteering, kite-boarding, scuba diving, power boat racing, shark fishing, shore angling, water-skiing, jetskiing and much more. And that's just the sea. There's the coast path and bridleways: horse riding, mountainbiking and some of the finest coastal walks in dear ol' Devon.
Availability Note: Bracketted numbers after date, eg (4,6), refer to sleeping capacity of cottages still available.
Short breaks when available, minimum 3 nights @ £215 to £455
Dovedale Cottages in Hele Valley
Hele Valley Holiday Park, Hele Bay, Ilfracombe, EX34 9RD. Tel: 01271 862460. Fax: 01271 867926. Website: www.dovedale-cottages.co.uk
Dovedale Cottages are ideally situated on the North Devon coast within the peaceful, sheltered valley of Hele, only 20 minutes walk to Ilfracombe town and harbour, and 7 minutes walk to Hele Bay Beach and Village.
Weekly Tariff: £310-£875. Electricity/Gas: included. Bed Linen: included.
Units: 4 Cottages. Bedrooms: 2 (1double, 1twin), 3 (2double, 1twin bunkroom).
Sleeping: 4, 4, 6, 6. Open: All year round. OS grid ref: SS 534 474
Availability (week beginning Saturday):
Self Catering accommodation in Ilfracombe and Combe Martin