North Devon Beaches

When you stay at Tawstock Court you are only a short drive from some of the finest beaches in the UK. North Devon beaches are some of the largest, picturesque and unspoilt offering year round enjoyment.

The beaches of North Devon offer year round long walks on miles of golden sands, surfing that both beginners and experts can enjoy and lots of fun for all of the family! Alongside the beautiful and famous beaches that are listed below there are also many other beaches that are to be found and explored along the beautiful and dramatic North Devon coastline.

Saunton Beach

Saunton Sands is a long stretch of sandy beach backed by the impressive Braunton Burrows a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Saunton Sands is a popular beach with both surfers and families due to the long stretch of water perfect for swimmers and surfers.

There are a range of places to eat at Saunton including the Beachside Grill. There are toilets and beach shops plus disabled access. Dogs are allowed on the beach all year.


Woolacombe Beach is one of the finest beaches in the West Country and often voted the best beach in the UK. It’s a great beach for families and surfers attracting thousands of people each summer to this beach and its trendy resort.

The  length of the beach means it is possible to find quiet places in the surf even at the height of summer. At the other end of the beach is Putsborough. 

Croyde Beach

Croyde Bay is very popular with swimmers and surfers and is thought of as one of the best surfing beaches in the world. 

There are good rock pools at either end of the beach several public footpaths around the village and in particular walks to Baggy Point which offer spectacular views. There are a number of places to eat in the village. Dogs allowed October to April 

Westward Ho!

With a range of amusements, activities, shops and play areas Westward Ho! is a popular family beach.

Made up of a long sandy beach backed by a pebble ridge with Northam Burrows Country Park accessible at one end. The beach is popular with windsurfers surfers and swimmers. Dogs are permitted from October to April on the whole beach and all year round at the Northam Burrows end.

St Michael’s Room

St Michael's Room Coming in 2019When we purchased Tawstock Court we were very aware of the special place that St Michael's school held for many thousands of past students who had attended the school over the course of 70 years at Tawstock Court. As part of our plan,...


Every spring we are blessed to have the most wonderful display of bluebells in our woodland. It is the most perfect setting for a unique woodland wedding.

John Soanes Lantern Restoration

In 2015 we undertook restoration work on the Sir John Soanes lantern that is an integral part of the Tawstock Court building. When we first took over the building there were a number of leaks in the ceiling and a lot of the plasterwork had been damaged through water ingress.