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Imagine a different, wonderful and magical world of bygone days in unspoilt North Devon

Whilst on holiday for the first time in North Devon in 1993, I discovered Welcombe and the Old Smithy Inn. I tried to curb my naturally enthusiastic and impulsive nature but was overwhelmed by the stunning unspoilt scenery and the warmth of the Devon locals, who love a chat and the slower pace of life ~ forever the romantic, it was love at first sight. Within a few weeks I completed on my first of many holiday homes.


Five very comfortable self catering (dog friendly) holiday bungalows -
Hollyhocks; Robins Nest; Foxgloves; Sea Breeze and Little Nod.
(2 bedrooms, 1 dble; 1 twin, sleeps 4, plus cot available)
Located in private grounds and gardens, surrounded by superb valley scenery, with private parking bay.

Nearby :

Beautifully newly furnished and spacious, 3 bedroom accommodation, sleeps 5, 1 dble; 1 twin; 1 single, plus cot available, private and enclosed patio garden with furniture, private parking bay (dogs not allowed in Annexe, but often booked with Caravan site, or Tent field together, which are dog friendly).

Caravan/Motorhome site (Must be a member of Caravan Club of Great Britain) - (Dog Friendly)

Also, adjacent, Tent Field (Dog Friendly)
* Leddon Lodge Farm Annexe, Tent Field, or Caravan Field are often booked together*

Holidays at Leddon farm

Marsland Valley - Approach Track to Marsland, by foot only

Marsland Mouth  -Holidays at Leddon farm

Marsland Mouth - 'A truly stunning location ' Ronald Duncan's (Poet, Author, Playwright) family home, West Mill, still in the ownership of the Duncan family

Welcombe Valley Wonderful for walking - Holidays at Leddon farm

Welcombe Valley - Beautiful, wild and stunning. Wonderful for walking.

Welcombe Mouth Stepping Stones  - Holidays at Leddon farm

Welcombe Valley - 'Stepping Stones' - Adjacent is a free car park. The approach road to Welcombe Mouth is unmade as is the cliff path down to the beach.
Walk the Heritage Coastal Footpath. Spectacular waterfall on beach. No loo facilities.

  - Holidays at Leddon farm

Welcombe Mouth Waterfall

 Marsland Mouth - Holidays at Leddon farm

Marsland Mouth

 Marsland Valley - Holidays at Leddon farm

Marsland Valley - Wonderful walking area and secluded beach. Please watch for the tide coming in.

Marsland Mouth -  Ronald Duncan's hut looking out to sea  - Holidays at Leddon farm

Marsland Mouth - Ronald Duncan's hut looking out to sea

 Welcombe Mouth Beach - Holidays at Leddon farm

Welcombe Mouth Beach

Set in this beautiful and unspoilt valley location, Welcombe Beach (Dog Friendly) offers sand and sea bathing, popular with surfers, dramatic waterfall in the cliffs which line the beach, and for walkers, miles of spectacular heritage coastal footpath. Free car park on the cliff top.

Visit our very beautiful village 13c Thatched, Old Smithy Inn, our well stocked community shop, on the approach road to the village, run by residents, on a volunteer basis, for guests and the local community. Also, a very interesting working pottery and our ancient and very quaint 13C St. Nectan's Church.

The Old Smithy Inn Welcombe

The Old Smithy Inn

Our beautiful village, Thatched, 13C Old Smithy Inn is just a few minutes walk from the bungalows and within a short distance of Leddon Lodge Farmhouse Annexe. The Inn is set in lovely gardens for outside dining with good home cooked food. Also, very popular with guests during the winter months with the warmth of the cosy Inglenook fires.

* Bed and Breakfast available * Musical events throughout the year * Please check out For events, B and B, or to make a table reservation.

Places to Visit

Images of Clovelly

Clovelly Village, a step into the past ......

Discover the timeless village of Clovelly, where the steep, cobbled streets tumble down past white cottages to the tiny deep harbour ..........

A privately owned village, in the ownership of one family, reputedly the most beautiful village in the UK. You cannot purchase property here, only rent, but generations of families never leave, and rarely come up for rental.

The streets are far too steep for motor vehicles, which to this day is still vehicle free. (Parking for visitors is just outside of the Visitors Centre). There is a charge for entry to the village, which helps with the maintenance of this special village. Your entry fee covers parking, and other facilities provided by the Clovelly Estate, as well as admission to the 20 min. film show which tells of the fascinating history of Clovelly. Also, admission to the Fisherman's Cottage, Kingsley Museum and Clovelly Court.

For centuries the main form of transport were donkeys. Clovelly still has its resident donkeys and children can enjoy rides in the summer season. All goods in the village are now transported by sledge, from groceries to furniture, especially during the winter.


VISIT THE VISITORS CENTRE - To learn more of Clovelly's famous smuggling, wrecking and piracy history.

STABLE YARD - Watch skilled crafts people at work creating beautiful items of printed silks and pottery.

FISHING is still a part of village life - Take a fishing trip, cruise the coastline, or join an excursion to Lundy Island.

COASTAL WALKS - one of the best ways to appreciate the stunning setting of Clovelly is to walk along 'Hobby Drive'.
Walking through the woods gives magnificent glimpses of the harbour. Ask at the Visitor Centre for a leaflet on Coastal Walks.

CLOVELLY COURT GARDENS AND CHURCH - Ask for directions at the Visitors Centre. The walled kitchen gardens are open to the public. The Parish Church of All Saints dates from the 13th century.


 Coastal path Welcombe

The Coastal Path at Welcombe

 Coastal path Welcombe


Welcombe Beach

Welcombe Beach

Walk down through this beautiful valley to discover this wild and rugged coastline of North Devon, offering stunning coastal footpath, sand and sea bathing, waterfall, popular with surfers.

Free car park.

Visit the nearby MARSLAND VALLEY, popular with walkers, beach area, watch for the tide coming in.

 St. Nectan's Church, Welcombe

St. Nectan's Church, Welcombe


A few minutes walk from the Old Smithy Bungalows , our village pottery, so interesting to see the potters at work. Ceramics, stoneware, earthenware, raku pottery and glassware for sale.

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WELCOMBE Community Shop

Welcome's community run shop managed for the community and visitors by local residents on a volunteer basis.
Hours : Monday - to Saturday : 9 - 1 pm
Monday and Thursday morning : Post Office facility
** Located on the approach road into the village on the left hand side.

Dog Friendly Attractions

Please see the websites below for Dog Friendly Attractions in Cornwall and Devon


Hartland Point Lighthouse

With the ionic lighthouse, enjoy dramatic views and walks including part of the South West Coastal Path. Snacks available at 'The Point' outdoor cafe.


Visit this stunning location - The Hartland Peninsula with its huge cliffs, sand and rocky beach on the South West Coastal Path. On a clear day you can see Lundy Island and in good weather, dolphins and seals can be seen in the bay.
Perched on the side of the cliff, visit the Hartland Quay Hotel for a meal. Dogs on leads are welcome but not on the actual beach. Many films and TV shows have been filmed here. Visit the Shipwreck Museum and gift shop. In the summer, schools from London and the cities visit to practice their rock climbing skills on the steep cliff face. ** Take care when approaching the 'winding' cliff road and then further down to the Quay, slow driving essential.

Hartland Quay

Hartland Quay


Award winning Hartland Abbey - A beautiful stately home in the same family ownership for generations. Experience heritage and family memorabilia, gardens, beach walk and tea rooms, serving cream teas and light lunches. The Abbey Estate has frequently been used as a film location - BBC's 'Sense and Sensibility', Rosemunde Pilcher's, The Shell Seekers, BBC's 'Antiques Roadshow' and 'The Night Manager', The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society' and BBC's 'Gold Digger' were all filmed here. For events, exhibitions and summer theatre, - TEL: 01237-441496/234

Open: March - October. DOGS on leads in grounds.

Hartland Abbey

Hartland Abbey


Morwenstowe,EX23 9SR

Rectory Farm Tea Tooms
Rectory Farm Tea Tooms
Rectory Farm Tea Tooms

Built in the 13th century with slate floors, open fires, original oak beams, salvaged from local shipwrecks and antique furnishings. I have always loved it here and families drive for miles to visit this very special place - daily freshly baked scones, home made jams and clotted cream straight from the farm to your table.

This award winning tea room had been in the same family since the 1950's - In a truly beautiful setting within a short walk of the stunning coastal footpath and adjacent to the historic Parson Hawker's, St. John The Baptist Church.

In decent weather you can enjoy lunch in the gardens. ** (Dogs allowed in the gardens only)

Parson Hawker's - St. John the Baptist Church

Visit the historic St. John the Baptist Church, adjacent to the tea rooms.

The church was made famous by the eccentric Parson Hawker, visit his legendary hut built in the side of the cliff face, where he wrote many of his poems. This Parish was a smugglers haunt and ship wrecking history which is evident in the church yard of many sailors who drowned at sea, and don't forget to walk the level 10 min. walk to the cliff tops and take in the views.

historic St John the Baptist Church
The Coastal path at Morwenstowe, a few minutes walk from the Church and Rectory Farm Tea Rooms

The Coastal Path at Morwenstowe, a few minutes walk from the Church and Rectory Farm Tea Rooms

Devon Cream Teas -Places to Eat in North Devon

Places to Eat

The Old Smithy Inn

WELCOMBE. Tel. 01288 331305

For table reservations tel. 01288 331305
Look up musical events,

Music Festival: 2024, date to be confirmed.

Docton Mill Gardens and Tea Rooms

(situated between Spekes Mill Mouth and Elmscott). Tel. 01237 441369

Opening times : 15th March - 5th October. 10 am - 5 pm. -

Located in this stunning valley just 1000m from the coast and the famous Spekes Mill Waterfall. The history of the mill is fascinating dating back to Saxon times. Explore the surrounding beautiful gardens also the woodland gardens. There has been gardens at Docton Mill since the 1930's.

Lana's Tea Room

Visit Lana's award winning tea room, the menu includes home made soups, sandwiches, pasties, salads not forgetting their award winning cream teas.

All food is locally sourced and vegetables grown in their kitchen gardens.

Please try Lana's speciality locally caught fresh crab salad and crab sandwiches/rolls, massively popular.
** Dogs allowed on short leads **

 Lana's award winning tea room Freshly Cooked Food
Spekes Mill Mouth Waterfall

Spekes Mill Mouth Waterfall

Dog Friendly Beaches

Instow beach and sand dunes dog friendly Beach

Beautiful Instow beach and sand dunes


One of my favourite beaches I have visited over the years' - Instow is in an absolutely stunning location, miles of sandy beach where you can watch the world and boats go by - Visit the excellent Commodore Hotel and take in the superb direct views of the ocean. Amazing food - freshly caught fish served most days for lunch or that special evening dinner, afternoon cream teas, or morning coffee. For adventurous walkers you can walk the 'Tarka Trail' to Bideford or hire a cycle locally.

Welcombe Beach

Welcombe Beach


I have walked the coastal path many times over the last 25 years and walking boots are absolutely essential. Discover this totally wild, rugged and unspoilt valley - electricity was not installed in Welcombe until 1960 - You certainly feel you are still stepping into the past .....

The lane which runs alongside the Bungalows takes you 500' down into the valley to the beach. Free car park on the cliff tops. Welcombe Mouth Beach is a quiet Secluded spot on the North Devon Coast. Welcombe Mouth has a dramatic waterfall in the cliffs that line the beach. The main upper foreshore is pebbles, with sandy areas and rows of linear rock formations exposed as the tide goes out.

The area is a SSSI known for its marine wildlife, found in the many rock pools that form in the exposed geology of the rocks that cross the beach. The Beach is also famous for the geological formations of the striated and folded rocks that make up the cliffs and the rock formations on the beach.

Access to Welcombe Mouth is from the small carpark adjacent to the South West Coastal Path. Dogs are allowed on the beach all year. The drive to the beach is along narrow lanes

Grid reference: SS 2125 1796 Latitude/longitude: 50.933316N and -4.5452240W



Marsland Mouth is a remote pebble beach on the border between Devon and Cornwall. Marsland Water a small stream flows across the beach - the stream marks the border between the two counties. The beach is part of the "Steeple Point To Marsland Mouth" SSSI and is close to the Marsland Valley Reserve, managed by the Devon Wildlife Trust known for the rare Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterfly.

Access to Marsland Mouth Beach is only available by foot or boat via a steep walk from the Coastal path that runs from Duckpool Beach to Welcombe Beach. Please watch for the tide coming in.

Grid reference: LR SS209174 Latitude/longitude: 50.928490N and -4.548772W

Marsland Mouth Beach

Marsland Mouth Beach

Bude canal going out to sea.  Bude beach  seasonal   designated areas dog friendly Beach

Bude canal going out to sea. Bude beach is seasonal for dogs with designated areas


Discover the town of Bude offering many restaurants, cafes, tea shops, gift shops and boutiques - miles of sandy beach - Visit the very pretty canal area which is lined with restaurants and cafes or feed the resident ducks.



Location: Bude

Facilities: Beach shop/cafe, Toilets, Car park

Sandymouth Beach is a large pebble and sand beach located on the north Cornwall coast. Sandymouth Beach is a National Trust owned beach popular with surfers throughout the year. The beach has dramatic coastal views from the car park. The 200m walk down to the beach follows a sloping path through a steep ravine, to steps at the edge of the beach - (not recommended for the less mobile or families with small children).

Sandymouth is a dog friendly beach that is open all year, with vast expanses of level sand at low tide. Sandymouth has toilets and a cafe, and lifeguards on duty in the peak season.

Sandymouth Beach

Sandymouth Beach - Bude

Family holidays with a dog Sandymouth Beach

Magical family memories

Dog Friendly Beaches - Both North Cornwall And North Devon, have many beaches that are open to dogs and their owners throughout the year.

Local Vets, Pet Services & Pet Supplies

 holidays with a dog in Devon


Breezelyn Luxury Boarding Kennels

nr Bude
Tel. 01288 361680



WELCOMBE Pet Services

Tel. 01288 331068. M. 07974 507190


Welcombe Pet Services

What ever your Pet needs, we can help!

Dog walking

We will walk your dog as often as you like, whether daily or as a one-off. Let us send you photos of the walk so you can see just how much your dog is having a great time

Pet sitting

Let us look after your pet at your home or holiday accommodation. We can sit with them for as long as you like, or visit any number of times a day

Pet transport

Would you like us to tow your horse box? Take your pet to the vet and bring them home? Transport your pet to somewhere locally or arrange the logistics for a trip across the globe?


Tamar Vets

9, The Strand, BUDE, EX23 8QU. Tel. 01288 354796
North Road, BRADWORTHY, EX22 7TJ. Tel. 01409 241539


Penbode Vets

Stratton View Business Park, Holsworthy Rd. STRATTON, EX23 9NR. Tel. 01288 353766
Ashleigh House, BRADWORTHY, EX22 7SZ. Tel. 01409 241241

Stable Door Pets

Thorne Farm Business Centre, Kings Hill, Bude, EX23 OLU Tel. 01288 354274.


Mon. - Fri. 9 - 5 pm. Sat. 9 - 12pm

"Dedicated to caring for man's best friend"


Welcombe Pet Services

Dogs of Great Style

Thorne Farm Business Park, Bude
Tel. 07813 779705

Dog Grooming and Pampering Spa.

Jennifer's Dog Grooming Services

Wood Cottage, Landcross, Bideford.
Tel. 01237 425626

Lily's Dog Grooming and Hydra Spa

Bude-Stratton Business Park, Bude.
Tel. 07538 127722

The Dog Shed Bude, Grooming and Pamper

21, Broadclose Hill, Bude.
Tel. 075131 344670.

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Dog Friendly Holiday Cottages in Devon and Cornwall

Dog Friendly Devon Holidays specialise in holidays in and around Welcombe, Clovelly, Bude and North Cornwall and offer a range of dog friendly properties.
Sandra Fearon, Proprietor -
tel: 01237 451989 - Mob: 07900 571423

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