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Tamarisk Beach House | Luxury Self-Catering | Woolacombe Bay

Tamarisk Beach House

Woolacombe, Devon, UK

Impeccable interiors, salty air and panoramic views over Woolacombe Bay make Tamarisk Beach House an idyllic retreat for families looking for luxury self-catering by the sea in North Devon. This warm and traditional seaside home occupies an unrivalled location in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where you can drink in the intoxicating ever-changing sea views from dawn until dusk.


In an enviable spot, Tamarisk Beach House overlooks the award-winning golden sands of Woolacombe Bay. Built in the 1930s, this self-catering seaside retreat has opened its doors to a wealth of characters, from Hollywood stars to American service personnel in the Second World War. Spend balmy days relaxing on the beach or unwinding in the tiered garden, children kept quiet spying on pods of dolphins in the surf. When the Devon weather turns tropical, gather around the dining table with a banquet of cheese and wine and prepare for dramatic thunderstorms to illuminate a violet sky.


Drawing inspiration from the Arts and Crafts era, Tamarisk Beach House oozes style with flirts of Art Deco elegance and modern luxury. Promising beach-side living with a sumptuous twist, look forward to lazy mornings watching the sun hazily shimmering on the water. Pull up a pew at the kitchen island with a steaming coffee before gathering around the dining table with fresh orange juice and thick wedges of toast and a backdrop of blue. In the evening, melt into one of the sofas with a family movie before wending your way to bed.


Sunbathing in the day or stargazing at night, the balcony is the place to be. For water-lovers, seasoned surfers will be seduced by the Atlantic swells and excellent surf spots close by, while rookies can hire a board from one of the local surf schools under friendly, expert guidance. Ensconced by nature, there is abundance of activities for the family; cycle the Tarka Trail, fly kites across the three-mile stretch of Woolacombe Bay's golden sands on the doorstep or run through the purple heather of Exmoor's National Park, listening out for the rutting stags as they lock antlers, sending echos through the woods.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 8 guests (6 adults + 2 children) from £2,995 per week
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsOne ground floor double bedroom, one first floor double bedroom with en suite bathroom and shower, one first floor double bedroom with en suite shower room, one first floor twin (perfect for children). One ground floor family bathroom and separate WC.
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  • FeaturesOutdoor shower
  • PetsSorry, no pets
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: FridayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyBabes-in-arms and children are very welcome. One cot and one highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesTamarisk Beach House has parking for up to two cars on the driveway and an extra car on the road. The drive is shared with the owner who lives next door in the adjoining property. The kitchen is well-equipped for a self-catering stay with a dishwasher, two fridges, a freezer, electric oven, microwave, washing machine and tumble dryer. There is also an outdoor shower, perfect for washing off sandy toes.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper including sparkling juice and West Country goodies, TV, Blu-ray DVD player, WiFi internet, gas barbecue, board games, tea towel to keep with Woolacombe beach design, luxury linen and towels...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Private cateringDiscover your options for private dining and fully catered breaks.
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
  • RestrictionsWhilst children are very welcome, babies over the age of six months are included in the overall occupancy
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Tamarisk Beach House is a family-friendly self-catering holiday home in Devon
Enjoy extensive sea and beach views across Woolacombe Bay
The stylish kitchen is fully equipped

Prices & Availability

Please note, availability for this property is to be confirmed by Unique Homestays on receipt of your enquiry


Think seagulls, sandcastles, ice cream and blue seas – Woolacombe has long been a popular family beach in North Devon, with a host of wildlife opportunities on the doorstep as well as those famous golden sands.

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Getting there

  • On the Map This luxury beach house sits the outskirts of Exmoor National Park in Woolacombe, 4.7 miles from Croyde and 5.7 miles from Ilfracombe beach.
  • By Car From London, take the M4 toward Bath, take M5 South and follow the directions provided to the property. Tamarisk Beach House is approximately 4.5 hours from central London.
  • By Train The nearest train station is Barnstaple, exactly 14 miles from the property.
  • By Air International airports can be found at Bristol or Exeter.

From the owner

“I truly believe Tamarisk Beach House is the most unique coastal retreat, with its unrivalled coastal setting and sea views. It´s no wonder Lady Chichester chose Woolacombe as her summer holiday residence all those years ago!”

From the owner

Built in 1937, I knew I had to have this stunning Arts and Craft house. For me, it was the pretty fireplaces, unique coastal location and magnificent views which closed the deal. I revelled in the opportunity to renovate it and undertook a mammoth two and a half year transformation.

The house was in quite a neglected state, but luckily the original fireplaces and maple floors were still intact. I wanted to ensure the 1930's charm remained, but also bring Tamarisk up-to-date with modern conveniences, new furnishings and Art Deco style.

Woolacombe beach was used in World War II for training exercises for the D-Day landings, and the house was used as an officers’ club for the many American service personnel who were sent to Devon. My friend, and previous owner of the house, bought Tamarisk in 1959. She came from a family of actors and her uncle was Victor McLaglan, an old black and white Hollywood movie star in the 1920s who won an Oscar for The Informer in 1935. Tamarisk has an air of understated glamour to reflect these old Hollywood links.

I relish seeing guests enjoy the house as their own.

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Woolacombe with an insider’s perspective.

Wonderful Woolacombe

To Do

Wonderful Woolacombe

This popular seaside destination hosts an amazing range of watersports including surfing, kayaking and coasteering. Take a boat trip to Lundy Island, experience a coastal wildlife cruise or saddle up and go horse riding across the sand dunes.

Damien Hirst Verity Statue

To See

Damien Hirst Verity Statue

Ilfracombe is the largest harbour on the North Devon coast and is beautifully picturesque; the perfect subject for some holiday snaps. The Damien Hirst Verity Statue will also be of particular interest to modern art lovers.

Buckets and Spades

To Do

Buckets and Spades

With no less than three miles of sandy beach just a short walk away, the young (and young at heart!) will be entertained for hours building sandcastles, playing games of cricket on the sand and splashing about in the fresh sea waters.

Rockleigh House, Mortehoe Devon

To Eat

Rockleigh House, Mortehoe Devon

Dee Yendell is a fantastic cook and her services are highly recommended. She creates excellent home-cooked food with brilliant puddings, great for those with a sweet tooth. A real favourite amongst visitors and locals alike.

Guest Testimonials

This was a wonderful, very comfortable, very clean, well-equipped house of a high standard. It was ideal for a family group. The owner made us feel very welcome. There are lovely views over the bay.

A lovely house within a short distance of the beach which was great for the children. Great touch with the Willy Wonka bed linen and toys provided, both of which were much appreciated by the younger members of our party.

We have had a very memorable family stay, thank you. We really appreciated how welcoming the house was on our arrival. The location is stunning! The house was perfect for our eleven week old new addition and we also celebrated an engagement and even a ´dream job´ offer whilst we were here. Would recommend Watersmeet Hotel for afternoon tea too! Thank you!

We wanted to celebrate our very special silver wedding anniversary, just the two of us with a view of the sea in a wonderful house. We are fortunate to have travelled the world for business and pleasure, however this is the best house we have ever rented. Our five days here will remain very special in our hearts. We will be back!

We have thoroughly enjoyed our all too brief stay in this wonderful house. There was everything, and more that we could possibly need to make this break a wonderful experience. We were lucky with the weather and because of this we were able to enjoy our breakfast on the balcony whilst watching the surfers. Thank you!

We all felt the property was very homely, well decorated and had every facility one needed. The owner made us feel very welcome and we had a memorable time. We really couldn´t fault the location and the sunsets were fantastic.

In many ways the picture in on the website did not give it Justice to the home´s beauty. As soon as you walk in the door, you feel every penny was worth it. Stylish and homely great and unusual.

What a wonderful way to bring in the New Year! Three generations having fun and laughter in an amazing house and location. Thank you so much Trisha for your warm welcome, hamper, wine and beautiful home. The views are stunning and a great time was had by all.

This is our second stay in this wonderful house and it´s just as perfect as the first! We had great weather too! We concur with all of the comments that have gone before about Rock Inn and the excellent service. It was lovely to see Tricia again, an incredible lady and friend. We´ll be back!

Tamarisk Beach House provided a wonderful home for all three generations of our party. The views were fabulous even when the weather was a little wet. It is set in a great location and the owner Trisha was very welcoming.

We feel privileged to have stayed in Trisha´s stunning home which has achieved the balance of comfort and style superbly! The views from the balcony are wonderful come rain or shine and to wake up to such a vista is just fabulous. The sea was far warmer than we expected and the surf was fun. Rockleigh takeaway is a must if you, like us, can´t tear yourself away from this amazing place. Thank you Trisha, you have been absolutely lovely!

The house is set in an outstanding location with great views. Woolacombe beach was superb, especially if you walk further towards Putsborough. We booked bikes at Otter Bike Hire in Braunton and cycled the Tarka Trail 16 miles to and from the cafe at Frimington Quay. The surfing lessons were great too.

Tamarisk Beach House exceeded our expectations. The owner was very warm, friendly and informative; I think she really made our stay extra special- thank you.

Unique extras

Enhance your stay with a unique experience from one of our preferred suppliers. From professional in-house chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and wine delivered to the door, see what’s on offer for your bespoke escape.


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