Large tent pitch
- Sleeps 6 (max 4 adults, 5 children)
The Owner Says
About Little Meadow
Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs (on leads) – yes. Groups, mega-size tents and huge motorhomes – no.
The closest attraction to the site is Watermouth Castle (01271 867474), a large stately home with old-fashioned exhibitions inside and a theme park behind – good fun for children. Just the other side of nearby Combe Martin, the Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park (01271 882486) is a zoo-cum-theme park with a dinosaur slant – including some fantastic roaring animatronic creatures, alongside seals, monkeys, a spot of falconry and whatever else they have been able to squeeze in. In the opposite direction you can explore the rockpools at the unique Victorian Tunnels Beaches in Ilfracombe (01271 879882), and enjoy the landscaped seafront nearby, with its Landmark Theatre, which doubles as the local information centre. Ilfracombe also has a couple of museums that are worth visiting on rainy days – the Ilfracombe Town Museum, on the seafront, (01271 863541) and a small aquarium in the harbour (01271 864533), not to mention the long- standing Walker’s Chocolate Emporium (01271 867193), which makes and sells its own chocolates and sweets. For a beautiful, tucked-away coastal spot, check out Barricane Beach at nearby Woolacombe, a lovely inlet that is the final destination for millions of small shells that are whisked here from the Caribbean. Woolacombe Beach itself is a beautiful spot, whether you are surfing or just beach- lounging – the latter is best done at its far end, known as Putsborough Beach, where a lovely café overlooks the sea. Further around the headland there are the glorious expanses of Croyde and Saunton Sands – and the dunescape of Braunton Burrows just behind, which is a fabulous natural soft-play environment for kids.
Food & DrinkThe on-site shop sells milk, cheese, eggs and home-made cakes. For a real culinary treat why not try La Gendarmerie (01271 865984). Gazpacho (01271 862545) offers fabulously authentic paella cooked by a Spanish chef; Espresso (01271 855485) is a seafood restaurant famous for its crab and lobster dishes – all caught locally. Brit-art wonderboy Damien Hirst’s Number 11 The Quay (01271 868090), both fly the flag for modern British cuisine, and the latter has great sea views from its main dining room, as well as a convivial downstairs bar with outside tables. Try also the renowned Sri Lankan curry shack pitched on the edge of the sand at Barricane Beach during the summer months. There’s not much in Combe Martin itself, although the large Pack o’ Cards pub (01271 882300), halfway up the long high street (Britain’s longest in fact), does pub grub and has a nice beer garden with lots of activities for kids. Within walking distance, The Old Sawmill Inn (01271 882259) is a perfectly serviceable family pub down the hill near Watermouth Bay.
Little Meadow is located at Watermouth, Ilfracombe, North Devon EX34 9SJ