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From Old Maids you can set out for a day’s walking and experience some of the most breath taking scenery along the coastal paths of North Devon. Along the coast towards Combe Martin you will find the tallest cliffs in Europe at the strangely named Great Hangman Little Hangman hills. You are also only a short drive away from the National Park at Exmoor, where the more experienced walkers can roam for miles on uninterrupted moorland.

Remedial Massages

Qualified sport and remedial massage therapist Louise Patrick is able to offer both a 30 or 60 minute massage session for guests staying at Old Maids Cottage. Louise is able to help relieve work related stress with a remedial massage, as well as work with guest suffering postural problems.

Remedial massage has been proven over the years to be a fast and effective way of dealing with minor soft tissue conditions by assisting the body’s own natural repair process.

The benefits of remedial massage include an increase in blood circulation, restoration of muscle length and balance, improvement to posture, release of tension and stress and a reduction in muscle stiffness and pain in areas such as the neck, back, shoulder and chest, many of which are the result from work related posture issues and muscle tension.

Call Louise on 07805 161517.


Old Maids is only a few miles away from some of the best surfing in the world with the beaches of Woolacombe, Putsburough, Croyde and Saunton only a few miles away. If you are a novice you can have lessons at all of the beaches and the Nick Thorne surf school is highly recommended, Nick Thorne Surf School.

You can also Kite Surf on most of the beaches.


North Devon is a Mecca for cyclists of all capabilities, the hilly countryside provide plenty of challenges for the more serious cyclists but we are also blessed with the Tarka Trail which offers level cycling for miles, from Braunton to Torrington, taking in some amazing scenery along the way.

Horse Riding

There are stables nearby, where you can take a horse for the day and enjoy riding in some of the most lovely countryside in the UK. If you’re really lucky you might be able to ride along the miles of golden sand at Woolacombe Bay from Woolacombe to Putsburough.

Places To Go

There are so many interesting places to visit all around North Devon. From Lee the seaside towns of Woolacombe and Ilfracombe are nearby and offer plenty of amusement for all ages. Both towns have fantastic restaurants and lively bars as well as cinemas, and Ilfracombe has the famous Landmark theatre.

The main town for the region is Barnstaple which is only 30 minutes away and has great shops, and everything you would expect of a large town. It has a newly renovated leisure Centre and swimming pool. Barnstaple also has the main railway station where you can get the train to Exeter for a day out.

North Devon is not really about city life and it is the countryside and coastline that make any holiday in the area very special. There are beautiful villages all over North Devon from quaint rural communities to trendy fishing villages full of art galleries and craft shops, like Appledore and Instow.


The town of Woolacombe sits at the far right hand corner of Woolacombe Bay, with a glorious sandy beach stretching 6 miles to the west to Putsburough beach in the left hand corner of Woolacombe bay. This is a surfers paradise and no matter how busy the beach might get you can always find a patch of water to practice your board skills. Woolacombe is a lively seaside town with great bars and restaurants and a summer only night club, for those looking to dance all night.


If you’re looking for more shops and facilities then Ilfracombe is a larger town, with more to offer in terms of cinemas and a unique looking theatre – The Landmark. The historic, Victorian seaside town has some wonderful original Victorian architecture which contrasts with the seafront shops and bars. Damian Hurst has a harbour restaurant on the quay which is well worth a visit.

Combe Martin

This quaint North Devon seaside town claims to have a street with more pubs than any town in England along with another 20 that we know. The town not only has plenty of bars and restaurants but a lovely, harbour beach, which is completely safe for children to play and swim and if you’re lucky you will even be able to swim with the local friendly dolphin! Around Combe Martin you have amazing coastal walks and the highest cliffs in The UK at Hangman and Little Hangman.


Further down the coast the beautiful surfing village of Croyde is a Mecca for surf lovers or for those simply wanting to do a spot of shopping. The village has some great pubs, notably The Thatch and some stylish restaurants. But Croyde is really famous for its lovely beach and great surfing and if you’re not that active it’s a great beach for simply sitting and watching.


Barnstaple is the main town in North Devon and dates back to Viking times, so there is plenty of history in the old buildings and even a very small castle which wouldn’t have been very hard to storm. The town has plenty of shops, bars and restaurants, a multi-screen cinema and thriving theatre as well as a modern leisure centre with 25m swimming pool and large gym. So perfect for a day out for all the family.

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“Perfect Peace! Birdsong. No traffic. Comfy settees and beds. Cosy evenings around the fire. Batteries recharged. Thank you for a lovely weekend. We hope to be back soon. P.S The welcome hamper was much appreciated, we enjoyed the goodies!”

April 2013, Thelma and Dan Smith

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