The Watersmeet Hotel in Mortehoe near Woolacombe, North Devon is an excellent base for all sorts of exciting outdoor activities.
If you’re a keen golfer you might like to know that two of the country's finest links courses are on our doorstep. The Saunton Sands Golf Club was established over 100 years ago and its two Championship courses, the West Course and East Course, have been listed in Golf World, and Golf Monthly magazines' 100 Best Courses in the UK.
We can arrange for you to play the West and East Course, both 18-holes, on different days, or alternatively, in the summer months it's possible to play them both on the same day. There are plenty of things to keep non-golfing partners busy too around Mortehoe and Woolacombe.
The South West Coastal Path runs pretty much past the doorstep of the Watersmeet Hotel. Whether you head north in the direction of Mortehoe or south towards Woolacombe Bay there are fantastic walks, long and short, affording breathtakingly beautiful scenery. We particularly love the walk to Bull Point Light and around the promontory of Morte Point often lashed by wild Atlantic waves. After just a few minutes’ drive you'll find yourself surrounded by the wild, untamed beauty of Exmoor and Lorna Doone country. With its dramatic scenery and abundant wildlife it is a paradise for lovers of the countryside. We have lots of information about local walks at Reception and can help you choose the best walk for you.
Combesgate Beach and Woolacombe Bay, both of which are on our doorstep, have been voted two of the best surfing beaches in the UK - rivalling Newquay Bay and Watergate Bay. In Woolacombe we are very fortunate to have the Nick Thorn Surf School - a highly acclaimed centre of surfing excellence. If you're new to the sport why not take the opportunity of learning to surf at one of the top surf schools in the UK. You can sign up to a group, or a one-to-one lesson, and you can expect to stand comfortably on your board by the end of a two-hour session.
Imagine cantering through the surf along the 3 mile strand of Woolacombe Bay. It's an invigorating and adventurous experience and another way of exploring this fantastic coastline. We can arrange hour long treks at the local riding stables in Woolacombe, which are approved by The British Horse Society.
There is so much to see and do is this fascinating corner of North Devon from visiting the famous Victorian seaside resorts at Lynton and Lynmouth to taking a boat trip to the remote Isle of Lundy - known for its abundance of flora and fauna. We’ve put a list of ideas together for you so take a look at our recommended Days Out section for more information.
There's plenty of exciting wildlife to see around Mortehoe, Woolacombe and this corner of North Devon. From the coastal path you can see numerous seabirds. There's a seal colony at Morte Point and in the summer months you may even see dolphins swimming in close to shore as well. On Exmoor there are the wild ponies plus plenty of opportunities to see birds of prey. You can join a wildlife cruise at Ilfracombe or take a day trip to wild and remote Lundy Island where you might get a chance to see basking sharks and puffins.
There can be no better spot than the Watersmeet Hotel for a healthy and relaxed family holiday. It's a place where your children can enjoy fresh air and freedom and those simple pleasures of holidays of yesteryear.
On Combesgate Beach, directly below the hotel, children can go rock pooling, shrimping, paddling, boogie boarding or play beach games. Our teenage guests are always keen to try their hand at surfing, or even coasteering, and in Woolacombe Bay you'll find one of the UK's top water sport schools.
Just a short stroll along the coastal path is the timeless village of Mortehoe. It was once a quiet Victorian seaside village and, actually, hasn't changed that much since. It has an eclectic collection of period properties, a 'village store' a lovely old church and a couple of traditional pubs where you can enjoy local ales.
A few minute's walk around the bay in the other direction is the bustling seaside resort of Woolacombe. There's something nostalgically charming about Woolcombe - it has retained a 1950's air and is a great place to buy an ice cream, eat fish and chips or buy a boogie board. The award winning beach is over 3 miles long - so there's always enough space for everyone!
This probably doesn't belong in our 'activities' section as such - but on a sunny afternoon or evening we really recommend you make the short walk along this stunning piece of coastline to the village of Mortehoe. This former Victorian seaside resort hasn't changed much over the years and there's a wonderfully authentic village pub that serves local Devon ales.