Ilfracombe is the ideal location for a cottage holiday, and the perfect place to do as much or as little as you want.
This traditional holiday resort forms a gateway between the Exmoor National Park to the east and the beaches of North Devon's golden coast to the west. Whichever way you wander you'll find stunning scenery, seaside fun, rural tranquility and centuries of historical interest.
"There's a continental air about ilfracombe's quay, where more pubs, restaurants and shops provide a place to watch the world go by"
White-washed houses, grand Victorian villas and terraces typify Ilfracombe's genteel elegance and timelessness, but this is a resort with a contemporary edge too, offering a choice of top class restaurants and galleries, an iconic theatre and busy nightlife.
High street shops, farmers' markets and independent retailers will appeal to those shopping for holiday mementoes, and in summer the main streets and promenade come alive with colour from magnificent floral displays.
And there's a continental air about ilfracombe's quay, where more pubs, restaurants and shops provide a place to watch the world go by, while from the heritage harbour you can catch a boat to the magical Lundy Island, a place of outstanding natural beauty.
Many fine and award winning beaches are within easy reach of our Ilfracombe holiday cottages (visit www.marsdens.co.uk for details), from secluded coves to wide stretches of golden sand with crashing surf. For the ultimate seaside experience visit The Tunnels, a network of hand-carved tunnels leading to unique sheltered beaches and a tidal Victorian bathing pool.
6 – 14 June Victorian Week www.ilfracombevictoriancelebration.org.uk A celebration of Victorian era with stalls, shows processions and lots more for all the family.With the grand finale of fireworks set to music over Capstone Hill to mark the end of the event.
12 Aug Rescue Day on the Pier An annual event displays by the Emergency services services, RNLI and RAF search and rescue helicopter.