If you venture out
Ravendere Retreats is situated in a 12 acre woodland in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Home to many deciduous and evergreen tree species including beech, ash, hazel, Douglas fir, horse chestnut and cedar, there is an abundance of wildlife to observe and admire. From snowdrops in January to a carpet of bluebells in late spring, no matter which season you visit you'll be surrounded by beautiful nature.
If you fancy exploring, the woodland has a meandering footpath that forms a loop taking approximately 20 minutes to walk. Hidden gems include the ruins of an old cottage, secluded picnic spots with valley views and a tranquil trickling stream. If you're lucky you'll catch a glimpse of the deer herd as they make their daily commute through the woodland.
1 mile | 15 mins walk | 3 mins by car
Lee Bay village is a short walk from Ravendere Retreats along the quiet village road. In the heart of the village is St Matthews Church, built in 1835. Adjoining the Church is ‘The Old Schoolroom’ now a Craft Gallery. Opposite the church stands the Village Hall and Pixie Meadow, home to many a summer Village Fete!
Enjoy a local Tarka beer at our friendly village pub, The Grampus and sample the seasonal menu which uses ingredients from their very own vegetable patch. Gin lovers, be sure to try their hand crafted Grampus Gin. Made with botanicals foraged from Lee Bay including barberries, rock samphire, hops and lemongrass - it's rather delicious!
1.5 miles | 25 mins walk | 5 mins by car
Lee Bay Beach is a wonderfully secluded and sheltered rocky cove surrounded by rolling Devonshire countryside. The beach lies within a designated area of outstanding natural beauty and is regarded by some as 'the jewel in the crown of Lee'. With sandy shores at low tide and an abundance of rock pools this dog friendly beach is just a stroll away from Ravendere Retreats, through the village and over the grassy meadow.
The beach is perfect for picnics with plenty of sheltered spots. It's a popular spot for canoeists, kayakers and swimmers, but please be aware there are no lifeguards and the area is known for its strong currents. The beach disappears at high tide, so check tide times before you visit!
2.5 miles | 10 mins by car
At the heart of Ilfracombe is a small fishing harbour surrounded by a picturesque backdrop of cliffs. The coastal town boasts a good selection of independent shops, greengrocers, butchers and bakeries. The harbour is home to a fantastic fish and chip shop as well as a fishmonger, whose boats land freshly caught seasonal fish and shellfish.
There are also a number of mouth watering Michelin star and artisan restaurants nearby who use local, fresh ingredients such as fish and seafood from the harbour, quality Exmoor meats, exceptional cheeses and local fruit and produce. Ilfracombe harbour is buzzing with activities such as boat trips, fishing trips, day trips to Lundy Island and coastal cruises, where you can see dolphins, seals, porpoises and sea birds nesting on the cliffs.
4.2 miles | 15 mins by car
Renowned for its vast expanse of golden sand and having won numerous awards, Woolacombe has long been recognised as one of the best beaches in the UK. The Atlantic current results in fantastic surf, attracting novice and professional surfers all year round. Woolacombe beach is dog friendly and there are a variety of bars and restaurants. It's an idyllic place to spend the day - enjoy a picnic, go surfing, paddle boarding or kayaking.
The coast itself is part of the North Devon Voluntary Marine Conservation Area, home to many rare and diverse species. Enjoy coastal walks amongst the sand dunes and wild flowers, or relax on a sun terrace with cocktail in hand enjoying views of the sun setting over the ocean.