CROYDE TRAVEL GUIDE
Helping You Plan Your Holiday In Croyde North Devon
Explore our Croyde travel guide which is jam packed with ideas to help you plan your holiday in Croyde North Devon, then sit back and relax safe in the knowledge your holiday is prepared and all taken care of, ready for you to relax and enjoy when you arrive. If you forget to plan in advance, its not a problem as all of our self catering holiday cottages in Croyde North Devon come supplied with leaflets and folders stacked full of useful information on Croyde events nearby and the latest Croyde news to help you maximise your holiday experience and never miss a thing.
All of our Croyde holiday cottages are within walking distance of Croyde Beach with its fantastic facilities.
Croyde Beach Facilities:
Surfboard hire and Deckchair hire
lifeguards (April - Oct)
Disabled access to the beach
Nearby local village shops (Walking distance)
Baggy Point National Trust with car park
Traditional Trust Tea Rooms
In our Croyde travel guide below you will find;
Our Personal Recommendations | Our BEST Croyde Holiday Cottages | Interesting Things to Do in Croyde | Croyde Shops | Where To Eat In Croyde | Dog Friendly Places to Visit in Croyde | Car Parking in Croyde | Croyde Facilities | Croyde History |
Our Personal Recommendations
We frequently get asked by guests for things to do in Croyde so, our top personal recommendations are as follows;
Try your hand at Surfing Croyde, it was bound to be at the very top of our list wasn't it! The vast majority of our guests book a holiday in Croyde to grab a surfboard and jump on a wave, even if you are a complete beginner and have never experienced surfing Croyde before we have some of the best surf schools in the region ready to take you in and teach you the ropes.
Baggy Point overlooks Croyde with crashing waves and dramatic cliffs, this stunning coastal walk will take you along the South West Coastal Path to see North Devon like you never have done before. Its breathtaking scenery is not only one that will take your breathe away but also provides opportunities to surf, climb and coasteer. Why not grab a cream tea from National Trust Sandleigh Tea Rooms before or after your walk and make it extra special.
Our BEST Croyde Holiday Cottages
For a holiday home in Croyde with a difference take a look at Bridge Cottage which is located right in the heart of the village, our highlights for this property are that it has a bubbling hot tub Jacuzzi, log burner for cosy evenings and is styled with a modern twist whilst retaining its Characterful cottage heritage. Bridge Cottage in Croyde is one that guests fall in love with, the property is in demand and books quickly so grab it quick if this one is the one for you.
For a holiday home with a spectacular unrivalled sea view that you can wake up to every morning and think 'OH WOW!'.... Then Stables in Croyde is the choice for you, Over looking the magical Croyde Bay this property feels the sea breeze from Croyde and has an incredible decking space with breathtaking views.
Always achieving fantastic reviews and providing guests with both home comforts and modern conveniences, Ladywell House in Croyde has a really stylish modern edge in design that blends beautifully with the quirky extras this large property features; A hot tub Jacuzzi, Games room with pool table, outdoor pizza oven and a children's TV lounge. This home is also adapted for wheelchair users and is dog friendly, so it is definitely a winner in our eyes.
Discover our full selection of Croyde holiday cottages, whether you are searching for Croyde holiday lets that are homely and well equipped to provide comfort after a long day exploring the North Devon region or looking for Croyde holiday lets that are modern and stylish we have one to suit you.
Interesting things to do in Croyde Bay North Devon
Croyde deckchair cinema hosts film evenings from the Croyde village hall, this is not your average cinema this is a Croyde deckchair cinema, enjoy this unusual and quirky twist on your typical Odeon you are sure to have a lot of family fun here. Behind the Croyde village hall is a play park for the children to burn off some steam with a variety of equipment and toilets are nearby.
Croyde Ruda holiday park has amusement arcades if you are looking to win some prizes with the kids, or looking for some shelter from the odd showers....lets be honest it is the UK and we are not always blessed with sunshine like Spain. Day passes are also available at Croyde Ruda holiday park at certain times of the year, subject to park numbers for use of the swimming pool and on site facilities.
May Cottage Tea Rooms is in the heart of Croyde with a fresh selection of yummy cakes and freshly made savouries, Situated in one of the traditional thatched cottages in Croyde this really brings you back to the natural heritage that we all know and love about Croyde.
Visit Croyde village in June and experience Oceanfest music festival, taking place every year for a full weekends entertainment. Croyde festival welcomes surfers and families to get involved with live music, entertainment, local food produce and surfing compeitions. Croyde festival Goldcoast, has welcomed many different acts over the years and we are sure they will keep providing entertainment for years to come.
Croyde for a small village offers a wide range of shops, we are often surprised when we come to list them at how much of a range the croyde shops cover. Croyde has a local village post office providing general convienence items, Surfing shops like Redwood surf shop and Saltrock clothing brand, an art gallery and craft centre which also stock beach items and The Old cream shop and tea garden which also stock pasties, gifts and local produce.
With such a diverse variety you are sure to pick something up, or why not check out Croyde Village craft market which is held weekly in the summer for homewares and locally made items.
Where To Eat In Croyde
The area prides itself on providing not only great service but fantastic selection of places to eat too, from small Bistros like Hobbs, family friendly pubs like the Manor to larger restaurants such as The Blue Grove. Croyde has plentiful selection for such a small village, including an Ice cream parlour in the summer months. To do them justice we felt a separate page on our website just to highlight them all would be helpful for guests searching for where to eat in Croyde.
Dog Friendly Places in Croyde
Dogs are permitted on Croyde beach in certain months (October - Easter) but there are plenty of other ways to exercise your dog while on holiday in Croyde. Baggy Point with its breathtaking clifftop walk, you can even trek as far as Putsborough if your feeling very adventurous or why not head towards dog friendly Saunton beach on the coastal path and countryside road.
If you are searching for a dog friendly pub to sneak off to instead of that walk, then The Thatch, Billy Buds or The Manor are the places for you. All serving freshly prepared food and local ales these are sure to tick all of the boxes.
Car Parking in Croyde
If you are planning to spend a day at Croyde beach, Downend car park is the spot for you as it is the closest car park to the beach, Just cross the road and your there, what could be simpler. If your wanting to spend more time in the village then there is on street parking in the centre of the village or the main village car park is behind the Croyde village hall or perhaps you are undertaking that Baggy Point walk we mentioned earlier, there is the National Trust car park very close to the start of the walk.
Both Downend car park and Croyde village hall have toilet facilities with disabled access and baby changing cubicles.
Croyde village takes its name from a Viking raider who settled in the area around 794 and went on to become Croyde's ruler, the Viking raider was called CRYDDA which evolved into the village of Croyde as we know today. Cride is Celtic for stream or river which as you know runs through the village of Croyde itself. Croyde is believed to be from the pre Saxon era settlement and it is evident when you take a close look at the older parts of the village.
Beach themed annex that is perfectly positioned overlooking the beautiful golden sands of Croyde beach.
This two bedroom annex is well equipped, with modern beach decor, mezzanine master bedroom with vaulted ceiling and a funky family bathroom with large walk in shower and bath perfect for washing off after a day spent at Croyde beach. Beach breeze enjoys its own private decking area for you to relax and take in the spectacular sea views that surround it. Take a leisurely wander to Croyde beach that awaits you below or to the thriving surfing village of Croyde (5-10minutes) with a selection of shops, eateries and local vibes.
9.8 out of 10
Magical moments are made waking up to magnificent uninterrupted sea views across Croyde Beach from The Stables
If you're looking for coastal side beach living in a truly spectacular location, look no further with unrivalled panoramic elevated sea views of Croyde beach , Stables is just what you're looking for. Magical memories are made from the second you wake up until the second your head hits the pillow with magnificent uninterrupted sea views from this incredible house.
Internally; Enjoy four lovely decorated bedrooms (Two benefiting from sea views) and beach themed styled living with a cosy log burner.
Externally; Laze around soaking up the coastal breeze on the decking area with sheltered glass screen and take in those splendid 180 degree views of Croyde beach, Baggy Point and toward Lundy Island.
Stables is set in one of the most desirable area of Croyde with the beach on your doorstep. Whether you want to have a family day on the beach or try your hand at surfing, you really couldn't be in a better position. The village is a short walk with pubs and cafes to suit every taste, perfect for those lazy evenings where you don't feel like cooking.
10 out of 10
Relax in the hot tub at this beautifully presented detached cottage tucked away within the heart of Croyde
This spacious detached three bedroom cottage has a contemporary design twist whilst retaining its heritage character. It's the kind of home from home that's makes heading back from the beach as much fun as the rest of the day, you'll have the use of the warming log burner and the private bubbling hot tub* making this cottage a little more special.
If you're keen to make the most of the setting and dine al fresco during your holiday, you'll find a table and chairs to make it easy to tuck into those family feasts in the fresh air while the family relax. Tucked away your positioning could not be any greater, as you are in the heart of the village without being disturbed from the hustle and bustle. Fancy a trip to croyde beach, it is a handy 10 minute walk from the cottage giving you the best of both worlds.
9.9 out of 10
Beautiful 1675 traditional cob farmhouse restored to the highest standard providing modern luxuries
Decorated and restored to the highest standard, Mill Farm in Croyde is located within the heart of Croyde village with an easy level 15 minute walk to the Croyde beach. This home from home offers four fantastic bedrooms, three well appointed bathrooms, two sitting rooms with open fires, a kitchen fully equipped to cater for big numbers and a large dining room at its heart. This property is perfect for active outdoor holidays; There is a hot shower outside for washing down sandy surfers and a large hot rock sauna to revive wet walkers and goose-bumpy golfers.
9.6 out of 10
Super stylish large property with superb facilities; Hot tub, pool table, log burner, pizza oven and TV Room !
Designed with family life firmly in mind, this detached large cottage that sleeps 12 is a home from home stylish property offers something for everyone whether inside or out. Children will enjoy exploring the large enclosed garden and the cinema room, with games and books, whilst parents enjoy al fresco dining with the use of the pizza oven or relaxing amongst the bubbles of the Jacuzzi *hot tub.
Inside, the house is finished to a beautifully high standard that makes it easy to enjoy relaxation time in style. you'll also discover a SKY Q Multiroom TV with sports and Netflix in the lounge and a pool table in the conservatory to brush up your skills. Ladywell makes the perfect place to dine with friends and enjoy long leisurely meals made easy with the well equipped kitchen to cook up a culinary masterpiece and the dining room comfortably seats twelve so you can gather the group for that catch up dinner at last.
For those days that are all about the beach enjoy a leisurely short stroll along the footpath to the golden sands of Croyde beach, that offers great surfing opportunities and time to unwind before returning home to relax. If you are looking for the perfect family holiday cottage that sleeps 12 with hot tub and that added dash of luxury, Ladywell is the choice for you.
9.4 out of 10
Trendy open plan designed chalet a short stroll across the dunes to Croyde beach, Perfect for all beach lovers!
Refurbished and redesigned this attractive chalet is situated in the peaceful location of Leadengate, a highly desired West Croyde location, with easy access to Croyde beach through the dunes that back onto the property. You'll have your pick of fascinating days out exploring the area. Why not wander the nearby section of The South West Coast Path and Croyde beach by taking in the views on foot?
Thanks to the stylish open plan design of the living, kitchen and dining space, Swallows has a spacious feel that makes it perfect for relaxing as a family while watching Netflix or a DVD from the selection provided. On a warm day, you can step straight from the living area and out onto the patio, and that means plenty of opportunity to while away sunny days sitting back in the sun with a glass of something chilled. Bliss.
9.9 out of 10
Modern, attractive and spacious surfers retreat in Croyde, well equipped property with plenty of home comforts.
Internally, Rockpool offers a good standard of furnishing throughout, is well equipped bright and airy. The property benefits from underfloor heating which is perfect for returning back from a winters surf and warming your toes.
Externally, this property benefits from a terrace decking area to the rear, perfect for relaxing and enjoying a barbecue after a long day exploring the various attractions that North Devon has to offer.
Ideally positioned for a short walk to both Croyde Beach and to the thriving surf based village centre with a selection of pubs and shops. Rock pool is a home from home and its location provides a great base for a family holiday in Croyde.
9.7 out of 10
Charming and sophisticated reverse living home with great facilities; Hot tub, fire pit, games table and more!
Shippenrill in Croyde is the perfect choice for guests that enjoy the style and sophistication of a boutique hotel, but prefer the privacy and convenience that self-catering offers. Treat yourself to a quality experience, the accommodation is excellent and the location is ideal for parking up and from then on wandering on foot to all the amenities that Croyde has to offer.
Internally, the 6 bedroom holiday cottage is cosy with traditional features while having a modern touch with a selection of stylish bedrooms on the ground floor, one En-suite. You'll find an open plan kitchen living area on the first floor with access to the garden through two sets of French doors that fill the room with light. Relax and unwind with a glass of wine around the cosy wood burner or a enjoy a game of table football.
Externally, the property has a large lawned area and patio with a table tennis table and garden furniture with a table and chair selection perfect for enjoying the afternoon sun and moments when the bubbling hot tub* calls.
10 out of 10
Looking for beach side living in a spectacular location with unrivalled panoramic sea views, then this is it!
Stables and Beach Breeze are two fantastic properties that help create magical memories for large families perfect for celebrating a special occasion , enjoy being surrounded by the sounds of the waves from Croyde beach below and the captivating sights of the magnificent uninterrupted elevated sea views while having a glass of something chilled from this highly desired prime location in Croyde.
Enjoy two fabulous luxury cottages by the sea with a total of 6 bedrooms that are all beautifully styled (Two benefiting from sea views) and beach themed styled living with a cosy log burner. Lazy around soaking up the sea breeze on the private decking area with sheltered glass screen and take in those splendid 180 degree sea views of Croyde beach , Baggy Point and toward Lundy Island.
Both these luxury cottages by the sea are on the same grounds next to one another and are set in one of the most desirable areas of Croyde with the beach on your doorstep. Whether you want to have a family day on the beach or try your hand at surfing, you really couldn't be in a better position. The village is a short walk away with pubs and cafes to suit every taste, perfect for those lazy evenings where you don't feel like cooking.
Both properties can be booked individually as well as together.