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.
Channel Vista Guest House
Woodlands, Combe Martin, EX34 0AT. Tel: 01271 883514.
A quality guest house in the lovely seaside village of Combe Martin, only 3/4 minutes walk from south west coast path, beach and local amenities. All rooms en suite, with freeview TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Ideally situated to enable you to visit numerous attractions in the area. Licensed bar, children and pets welcome. Non-smoking throughout.
Bed & Breakfast per night: from £31 per person.
Evening meals: £12 per person (book in advance) .
Bedrooms: 3 double, 1 single, 1 twin, 1 family suite (two rooms). Bathrooms: 6 en-suite.
Parking for 6. Open: All year except Xmas and New Year.
Brambleside Bed & Breakfast
Shute Lane, Combe Martin, EX34 0HA.
Tel: 01271 883375 or 07891 647949. Website: www.brambleside.net
Brambleside offers quality bed and breakfast accommodation in Combe Martin, with beautiful countryside views. Tucked away in a quiet lane in the heart of this small seaside village, just a 10 minute walk from the sea-front and the coast path. A generous bedroom, with en-suite facilities and French doors leading onto a private patio area, provides the luxury and comfort for your stay. Ideally situated for exploring the stunning coastline, wonderful beaches, Exmoor National Park and the many attractions that North Devon has to offer.
Bed & Light Breakfast per night: single occupancy from £40.00; double room £72.00-£80.00.
for full English Breakfast add £5.00 per person.
Bedroom: 1 super-kingsize double/twin. Bathrooms: 1 en-suite shower room.
Parking for 2. Open: All year round.