Places to eat…

Corner Bistro
8 The Square
EX33 2JD
01271 813897

At One
1-3 Caen St
EX33 1AA
01271 814444

The Williams Arms
EX33 2DE
01271 812360

Squires Fish & Chips
Exeter Road
EX33 2JL
01271 815533

The White Lion
North St
EX33 1AJ
01271 813085

The Sands Cafe Bar
Saunton beach car park
EX33 1LQ
01271 891288

The Manor
39 St Mary’s Road
EX33 1PG
01271 890241

The Thatch
EX33 1LZ
01271 890349

Blue Groove
2 Hobb’s Hill
EX33 1LZ
01271 890111

The Rock
Rock Hill
EX33 1JW
01271 890322


Gulfstream Surfboards

Gulf Stream surfboards are completely handmade with total commitment to the art and craft of high quality surfboard manufacture. Created in Croyde and made in Woolacombe, North Devon since 1993 by shaper/ owner Julian Matthews.

“When I started Gulf Stream I realised that surfers really do want a unique product made specifically for them. So, as well as our range of ‘off the peg’ boards, I decided to create an easily accessible ‘made to measure’ service. The customer gets all of the usual benefits from our use of the finest materials added to exclusive access to the design process and of course the signature Gulf Stream look.

“Our aim is to bring together the finest techniques of traditional surfboard manufacture with the innovations of modern professional surfing.”

The result is a comprehensive range of ocean going surfboards with all of the advantages of owning a Gulf Stream – unique shape, bespoke art, resin detail and fine finishing.

Saunton Golf Club

Formed in 1897 the Saunton Golf Club has been estabished for over 100 years. There are two championship courses – the East and West Courses – which have been listed in Golf World and Golf Monthly magazines’ 100 best courses in the UK. Visitors are normally accepted weekdays and weekends after 9.30am by prior arrangement, with late bookings subject to availability. Telephone the Secretary’s Office on 01271 812 436.

There is a full bar, with catering facilities.

The dress rules at Saunton are fairly informal, however, the following rules apply: no denims, tee shirts, sleeveless shirts or trainers on or off the course, shorts must be tailored and no shorter than 3 inches above the knee, sports socks or knee-length socks must be worn on the course.

Go and challenge yourself in the blustery westerly winds!

Nick Faldo says about Saunton Golf Club:

“I love links golf and, though I rarely get an opportunity to visit the West Country, I am a huge fan of Saunton. I’ve no doubt that if the East Course were located on the coast of Lancashire or Kent it would have hosted an Open Championship by now.”

Here is a link to their website: Saunton Golf Club.

Barnstaple Pannier Market

On Tuesday, Fridays, Saturday Barnstaple Pannier Market is full of local food and produce. While you’re there make sure you have a look along Butchers’ Row at the delicatessens, fishmongers, bakers and – of course – butchers’ shops.

For further information about the Pannier Market and what’s on when you can visit the website by following this link:

Barnstaple Pannier Market

Saunton Sands

Saunton Sands beach is just a mile and a half from Kingsacre House and is perhaps our favourite beach in the world! Three miles of beautiful, west facing, sandy beach backed by Braunton Burrows — the largest sand dunes in Britain. Stroll along the beach enjoying the big skies and rumbling of the Atlantic rolling in, have a picnic, paddle into some of the best longboarding waves in the country or kitesurf if it is windy. Whatever you do there – and whatever the weather – you’ll not fail to fall in love with the place.

Saunton Sands’ expansive scenery means that it has often been used for filming. In “A Matter of Life and Death” David Niven was washed up on to Saunton Sands, Robbie Williams’ “Angels” video was also filmed there and it pretended to be Normandy in Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” (it was also used for their “A Momentary Lapse of Reason” album cover).

The facilities are excellent. There is a large car park (the cost is seasonal but roughly £3 to £6 depending on the month and time of day you arrive), toilets with outdoor showers for rinsing yourself and your wetsuit, The Sands Cafe / Restaurant, Beach shop and cafe and, maybe most importantly, Surfed Out surf shop and hire centre. The beach is very safe which makes it a great choice if you’re learning to surf.

To get to Saunton Sands turn right out of Kingsacre House and follow Saunton Road for a mile and a half, where the car park will be signed to your left.

Learning to Surf?

If you want to have a go at surfing this is one of the best places in the country to be. There are a number of suitable local beaches and a host of surf hire centres and surf schools.

The first thing we would like to mention is surf etiquette! Remember, there are a lot of good local surfers around who want to enjoy the waves when they appear. There are also likely to be a lot of children splashing around in the shallows. Please try to recognise your skill level, your place in the water and look out for and respect other water users.

The best beaches for learning are Saunton Sands, Croyde and Woolacombe. They have the best facilities and Croyde and Woolacombe are lifeguarded in the summer months (a red & yellow flag designates a lifeguarded area and a black & white chequered flag designates a surfing zone). Ask the lifeguards if you are not sure where you should be.

At Saunton Sands it’s easy: park up, walk into Surfed Out’s hire shop and within a few minutes you can be strolling down towards the water in your borrowed wettie, Mini Mal under your arm and the Beach Boys singing in your head!

Here are some links to useful surfing information —>

Surf equipment hire:

Surfed Out Saunton Surf Hire

Little Pink Shop – Croyde

Hunter Surfboard Hire – Woolacombe

Surf shops:

Surfed Out – Surf Shop, Braunton

Loose-Fit – Surf Shop, Braunton

Gulf Stream Surfboards – Braunton

Tiki – Braunton

Surfing Tuition:

Walking on waves – Sarah Whiteley’s Saunton based surf school

Surfing Croyde Bay

Surf forecasts / surfcheck:

Eyeball Surfcheck – North Devon surf report and webcams

Magic Seaweed – surf forecast

Second Skin

The Second Skin Surfshop is based in Braunton within a few miles of the surf breaks of Croyde, Saunton, Woolacombe and Putsborough. They have extensive experience in the wetsuit market and have specialised in surfing suits for over thirty five years and can ensure that you’ll get the correct size, style and thickness for your requirements. They stock over 150 new surfboards, secondhand surfboards, and 300 wetsuits and they pride themselves on choice, customer service and sound advice.