Location & things to do

If you're looking for a place to stay in Umberleigh, Country Ways Holiday Cottages are ideal. This family-run business offers a range of comfortable and well-equipped cottages that are perfect for a relaxing countryside break. The cottages are located in beautiful surroundings, with easy access to all that Devon has to offer.


Situated in the North Devon countryside is the small village of Umberleigh. This pretty village is surrounded by rolling hills and green fields and is ideally located for exploring North Devon. North Devon’s many award-winning beaches and popular towns and villages are within easy reach.

Umberleigh is home to a variety of shops, restaurants and pubs making it a great place to enjoy a self-catering holiday. The village also has a railway station that can take you to Barnstaple & Exeter or beyond.  You could even take a journey to the Bideford Railway Heritage Centre where you can see a collection of period steam locomotives, carriages, and other railway memorabilia.

Exmoor National Park

A visit to Exmoor National Park is a must when staying in North Devon. The 267 square mile national park is easily accessed from Country Ways.  Exmoor offers a variety of scenic trails and routes for walking, hiking and cycling, as well as the chance to spot some of the local wildlife such as the famous red deer or Exmoor ponies.

The Tarka Trail

If you looking to get out on your bike but don’t like hills, then why not head to the Tarka Trail.  This is North Devon’s 180-mile walking and cycling route that follows the former railway line.  Beginning in Braunston and ending in Meeth. The trail is a great way to see the Taw and Torridge estuaries and is largely traffic free.


For golf enthusiasts, Libbaton Golf Course is just up the road from Country Ways.  Or why not try The Royal North Devon Golf Club in Westward Ho?  Having been founded in 1864, it is thought to be the oldest course in England. The club offers a challenging and picturesque 18-hole golf course. As well as a clubhouse with a bar and restaurant. Pictured below is another fabulous Devon course. The Newquay Golf Course has stunning coastal views.

Nearby Attractions

Nearby family friendly attractions include RHS Garden Rosemooor (15 minutes away from Country Ways) which is beautiful throughout the seasons and often has special events. The National Trust’s Arlington Court on the edge of Exmoor, The Big Sheep near Westward Ho,  Watermouth Castle near Ilfracombe and Exmoor Zoo.

Many attractions are open all year round and offer a discount on tickets purchased in advance.

The Beaches

Of course a trip to North Devon would not be complete without visiting one of its beautiful beaches. Whether you sunbathe on the golden sands of an award-winning beach or go rock pooling at one of the smaller, hidden away coves. There really are no better places to make memories. The large beaches such as Westward Ho!, Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton are popular for water sports and have lifeguards on patrol in the main seasonal months.  North Devon’s smaller & hidden beaches also provide plenty of fun for all the family no matter what the season. Dogs are also allowed on some of the North Devon Beaches, information, and details of these will need to be checked.

Booking & Contact

We hope you have fallen in love with Country Ways and are now looking to book your holiday in North Devon at one of our beautiful holiday cottages or bell tents. The easiest way to book is via our online booking calendar, however, you can also book via email or by calling 01271 377 432. We look forward to welcoming you to Country Ways in North Devon very soon.