Ilfracombe holiday cottages
Ilfracombe is a charming north Devon town that is perfect for a family holiday. An Ilfracombe holiday rental is an affordable way to holiday on the coast, and there's plenty to do in town. One of the highlights of is Ilfracombe Museum – the museum has a host of exhibitions on maritime history, Ilfracombe, Africa, South America, and much more. There are exhibits you can touch, you can try tapping out Morse Code on a real machine, and go brass rubbing. Ilfracombe also has its own aquarium, and a unique beach; named Tunnel Beach, it is only accessible via some tunnels, hand carved out of the rock in the 1820s. The beach has some of the best rock pools in the UK. Children of all ages will appreciate all of the things you can do and see with a holiday cottage Ilfracombe.
If you're brave enough, take a tour of Chambercombe Manor, a haunted 11th century country house with beautifully restored furniture and fittings; there are a few resident ghosts, and many guests report experiences such as feeling suddenly queasy, being pushed by an invisible force, and hearing drawers slam shut. You can do an overnight ghost tour: guests are taken around the house by a guide who tells the story of the house and attempts to make contact with spirits!
If you rent a Ilfracombe holiday cottage, then a trip out to Lundy Island is a must. The island has had an interesting yet turbulent history and was taken over countless times by pirates, and is now famous for its wildlife. The name Lundy is said to have come from the Norse word for “puffin island”, so keep an eye out for those, and bird lovers will appreciate being able to see all sorts of seabirds such as kittiwakes, razorbills, and shags. Some birds that have been spotted on Lundy have never been seen anywhere else in the UK.
Lundy Island is also home to grey seals, who all like to rest on Seal's Rock, just north of the island, and you can even go scuba diving and see them up close. Lundy is one of the best places to dive in the UK, with clear waters and an amazing range of underwater flora and fauna. There are also plenty of walking trails on the island, and you can see sights such as an ancient burial ground and a cave once used to hold prisoners. While you're there, buy some special edition Lundy puffin stamps, which come in the values of ½ puffin and 1 puffin, to send postcards to the mainland.