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The Location

The pretty village of Kentisbury lies just outside Exmoor National Park, and only 10 miles from the beautiful golden beaches of Woolacombe, Croyde and Putsborough. This quaint countryside setting is the perfect central destination for a North Devon holiday with many of the region's attractions within easy reach.

Kentisbury is surrounded by countryside, from the rolling hills to the patchwork fields, home to spring lambs and wildlife. The village has its own small shop selling a variety of daily essentials, as well as a fully operating service station.

Less than a five minute drive from Ford Hill Cottage is the Kentisbury Grange, a luxury hotel featuring the Michael Caines restaurant The Coach House. Encircled by glorious gardens and open countryside the restaurant is a wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion or memorable evening out with friends and family.

Other nearby restaurants and pubs include the Pyne Arms, The Old Station House Inn and the Black Venus. There is also a wide range of places to eat and get take-out in the local village of Combe Martin, which is only a few miles away.

Combe Martin is a lovely seaside village with its own beautiful beach, perfect for families with young children, or friends in search of a little peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of some of the larger more well-known beaches. Combe Martin's beach is a great mix of shingle and sand, making it ideal for playing in rock pools and sunbathing, as well as a number of water sports, including sea kayaking and snorkelling. At sunset look out across the horizon and watch for the dolphins which can often be seen playing in the cove.

The village of Combe Martin has one of the longest high streets in the country and features a good range of shops, pubs and restaurants. There is also a bank, pharmacy and small supermarket mixed in with pretty gift stores for finding souvenirs.

For a more extensive shopping experience, the seaside town of Ilfracombe, and North Devon's capital Barnstaple, are only 10 miles away. Alternatively, the historic city of Exeter is around an hour's drive and has a wonderful array of shops, a stunning cathedral, and a maze of underground passageways, which can be explored.

Kentisbury is nestled just on the edge of Exmoor, which is a great place to spend a day roaming the moors, admiring the views or enjoying a picnic. Home to the red deer and Exmoor pony, the National Park is guaranteed to provide a memorable day out whether you are exploring it on foot or by car.

If you would prefer to see the North Devon coastline, the South West coast path is easily accessed in Combe Martin. Travel west on the path to see the wonders of Lee Bay and the Braunton Burrows, or travel east to Heddon's Mouth and the Valley of the Rocks. Alternatively, there are many beautiful walks around Combe Martin, including those nearby the Hangman Hills, which feature some of the tallest cliffs in England.

Along with the abundance of walks in the local area surrounding Kentisbury, guests staying at Ford Hill can also enjoy excellent cycle routes, including the Tarka Trail, as well as a cluster of British Horse Society registered riding stables offering horse rides across Exmoor or along the coastline. Fishing can also be experienced locally.

There is a wealth of golden beaches scattered along the North Devon coastline from award-wining Woolacombe to the surfers' paradise Croyde. Spend the day building sandcastles, learning to surf or soaking up the sun before enjoying an evening in one of the wonderful pubs or restaurants, including the Red Barn in Woolacombe, The Thatch in Croyde or The Pier at Westward Ho!

For something a little different discover the amazing beach curries on sale at Barricane Beach, which lies just beyond Woolacombe. Take your own wine and blanket and relax on the sand as the sun sets behind the sea.