Top places to live in Devon Croyde
Longing to live in a picture-postcard village with access to sand, surf and sea? Croyde is a well-known magnet for surfers and families not just for its unspoilt natural beauty but its laidback vibe. Yet, despite its remoteness on the North Devon coast, its cool reputation with the London crowd mean family homes come at a premium. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
The surf, baby! Croyde is one of the few seaside villages where, although it’s remote, you can you find a fully-functioning community all year-round. Nestled on the north Devon Atlantic coast, this thatched village has a gorgeous golden beach and awesome pubs and eateries, and although you do get summer tourists, they’re cool surfer dudes and families – just here for the waves and dunes like you.
Foodies are well-catered for as there are two Muddy faves in the village, including the cosy Thatch (amazing nachos!) and the post-beach pizza and burger pitstop Billy Budds. Or if it’s cream tea you’re after (and home-made jams), The Old Cream Shop and Tea Garden.
There’s a village post office, an in-house bakery and takeaway coffee and babychino (they do guest roasts). The local stores has just closed but has been taken over by New Coast Kitchen, currently doing takeaway – one of the few places in North Devon you can get a bao bun. Or for surf gear and hire, there’s Ralphs and a few holiday shops but if you want a supermarket and more choice, it’s in the car for the short four-mile drive to Braunton along the coast.
Braunton does a nice little number in boutiques and coffee shops, including Muddy’s fave Heartbreak Coffee (fab doughnuts) and Wanderlust (gorgeous handmade jewellery). Between the two, there’s an award-winning spa hotel where you can get a membership at Saunton Sands with three floors of pampering for ya.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
According to Zoopla the average is hefty £571K and a 4-5 bedroom house will set you back £750-£900k. If that’s beyond your budget, check out busier Braunton just 10 minutes inland where you get more bang for your buck. Also worth getting on your radar is nearby Georgeham with its popular primary school. Good local agents include Webbers in Braunton and Taylor Underwood.
Choose from West Buckland near Barnstaple (check out our review), a medium-sized co-ed boarding and day school for 3 to 18 year olds or Kingsley School at Bideford (Muddy review here) small, single campus co-ed Boarding and Day school for kids aged 3 to 18. Both run daily school buses from Croyde.
BEST KEPT SECRET
Croyde hosts an annual music festival Goldcoast Oceanfest, attracting some pretty impressive headliners for their 20th anniversary in 2019, including Jess Glynne, Chase and Status and Razorlight.
A bit of a trek, so more for the entrepreneurial home-worker or someone who has a more occasional commute. You can get to London Paddington in just over two hours from Tiverton Parkway, an hour’s drive away. Exeter is an hour and a half via the A377.
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