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Ash Barton Estate. Braunton. North Devon

Devon Family Holidays

Families come in sorts of shapes and sizes these days. They’re often extended or blended and sometimes they join up with other families, so all the kids have someone to play with. The question is: when you all want to go away together, on a big Devon family holiday, where are you going to stay?

A one of a kind family holiday   

The answer is Ash Barton. With enough bedrooms to sleep 35+, a large and welcoming kitchen, and a dining room that seats 30, we’re big enough for even the biggest families.

The house is set in 25 acres of woodland, wildflower meadows and fields and gardens. So there’s plenty of space for the kids to roam around and have adventures. And collecting eggs every morning from the Ash Barton hens is always a highlight. 

Plus, our huge games barn, with its heated indoor pool, table tennis, snooker table, badminton and air hockey, means you’ll only see the kids at dinner if you’re lucky.

Things to do Devon

If you want to venture out, there’s lots for families to enjoy in North Devon all year round.  

The Tarka Cycle Trail is 30 miles long. But the six mile section between Branuton and Barnstaple is perfect for a family bike ride and kids of all ages. As you cycle along the banks of the Taw keep an eye out for the local wildlife.

Family holidays in Devon are all about the seaside, and there are plenty of sandy beaches to choose from, right on our doorstep. With three miles of sand, Woolacombe is known as one of the UK’s best beaches for families. Take your buckets and spades and build sandcastles for hours. Or if the kids fancy a bit more action they can take surfing or boogie board lessons. Saunton Sands with its long straight sandy beach is perfect for learning to kitesurf. While Putsborough Sands, at the western end of Woolacombe Bay, has an abundance of rock pools to explore.   

If the kids are into animals, The Big Sheep Theme Park is a brilliant day out for all the family. As well as sheep shearing, horse whispering and lamb feeding, there are also pony rides, farm safaris and a soft play barn to enjoy. Plus you get to spend the park’s currency: Ewe-ros.

Our favourite North Devon family attractions

  • Surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing
  • Funder Island
  • Woolacombe Riding Stables
  • The Big Sheep Theme Park
  • Milky Way Theme Park
  • Watermouth Castle and Theme Park
  • Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park
  • Fruit and Nut Nature Trail
  • The Tarka Cycle Trail
  • Model Railway in Lyn

I have very much enjoyed our stay here. The house and its facilities were outstanding and catered for all 27 of us! There wasn't a moment of boredom. Pete was fab when we needed help around the manor, very efficient and accommodating. We will miss him and the eggs!! Very sad to leave. Thank you again.

Charlotte (part of the Hutler, Hickman, Swain, Wright, McGilliuray, Showell and Vincett families!)

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