One of our local villages, Braunton, has a heritage centre, surfing museum, library and supermarkets as well as other shops and services. Four miles farther on is the 'capital' of North Devon, Barnstaple, with its historic Pannier Market and along the coast from Woolacombe is the pretty village of Mortehoe.
The nearby holiday resort of Ilfracombe has a picturesque harbour with surrounding Tors and offers a host of activities. From here you can take boat trips along the coast or a day trip to Lundy Island on board the MV Oldenburg.
You will probably also want to explore the Exmoor National Park - Lorna Doone country - a fifteen mile drive from your holiday cottage to the north, and the famous village of Clovelly with its steep cobbled streets. And if that's not enough, there are plenty of local visitor attractions - from roses to rollercoasters - to appeal to everyone.