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Ash Barton Estate. Braunton. North Devon

Winter Holiday Breaks in Devon, UK

Even during the chillier winter months there’s still stacks to do in North Devon, from coastal walks and cosy pubs to indoor attractions and shopping. So it’s a great location for a winter holiday. And as they say: there’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes.

What to do in North Devon

Pull on your boots and a big furry fleece and go for a brisk winter walk. The South West Coast Path has some stunning coastal walks, including Baggy Point, Putsborough Marine Drive and Morte Point. And, of course, there’s the ever-popular Tarka Trail with its unmissable panoramic vistas.  

If your pooch is on holiday with you, nearby Croyde allows dogs anywhere on the beach from September to the end of April.

For a bit of culture, take a look at Broomhill Sculpture Gardens, which features over 300 sculptures in 12 acres of woodland. It’s particularly beautiful during the winter months.

Ideally, North Devon winter holidays are all about the great outdoors. But if you want something a little bit more indoorsy, pay a visit to a historical house like Arlington Court in nearby Barnstaple. It’s open Saturdays and Sundays right up to Christmas and has lots of Victorian festive weekends throughout the winter months including a Christmas fair, a wreath making workshop, and a festive trail. 

Winter shopping

Your North Devon winter holiday may well include the Christmas break. If gift buying is on the agenda, there are plenty of places to shop in the area, from local markets to big brand outlets.

Take a wander round Barnstaple’s Pannier Market. This famous indoor market is packed with stalls selling everything from handmade arts and crafts to antiques and collectables, as well as fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers.

Just outside Bideford is the Affinity Devon outlet shopping mall which houses a host of big brand names including M&S and Gap.

Winters at Ash Barton

Ash Barton looks beautiful all year round. But it looks truly magical during the winter months when there’s a smattering of snow on the ground.

Wrap yourself up and take a walk through our 25 acres of woodland, fields and gardens. It’s always invigorating on a crisp and sunny winter’s morning. Then spend your winter evenings snuggled up in our deep, comfy sofas, in front of a wood burning stove, sipping a hot chocolate (or something stronger).

Thinking about a winter holiday in North Devon? Get in touch to check availability.

As part of our end of year college trip we were lucky enough to get Ash Barton Estate as the perfect location and setting to say our final goodbyes. With this beautiful house, the shots that we got we amazing and so pleased with the outcome. None of us wanted to come home. Thank you so much for such a lovely house.

West Suffolk College

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