Surfing is big business in Devon with the sport estimated to be worth upwards of £50 million a year to our economy.

Thousands of visitors head to the region to hire surfboards and wetsuits before hitting the waves at some of the counties best loved beaches (and maybe even the odd secret spot – but I won’t mention them here).

You can’t just stay at a hotel while on a surfing trip – where would you hang your wetsuit or stash your board? No, it just wouldn’t be right.

So we took a look at some of the coolest properties available to rent through the trendy AirBnB wesbite near Devon’s best surf spots.

1. Beach Breeze at Croyde, North Devon

It's fair to say this place offers unrivalled views over Croyde Bay
It’s fair to say this place offers unrivalled views over Croyde Bay

What they say on AirBnB:

Situated on the quieter side of Croyde in an elevated position Beach Breeze is an impressive setting for a break on the North Devon coast with fabulous views of Croyde beach, Baggy Point and Lundy.

This two bedroom annex is well equipped and enjoys its own private garden space for you to relax taking in the spectacular views that surround it.

Take a leisurely wander to the beach that awaits below or to the thriving surfing village of Croyde (5-10minutes) with a selection of shops and eateries.

It has a modern and cosy interior
It has a modern and cosy interior

Main features:

  • Stunning views
  • microwave
  • washing machine
  • dishwasher
  • oven and hob
  • large screen TV
  • free parking
  • Wifi

Where to surf – Croyde beach:


Arguably the most popular surf spot in Devon – and, we think, one of the best in the UK.

Croyde’s unique location means that on its day this beach break can offer ‘A’ frame waves and stunning hollow barrels – meaning in good conditions it is often rather crowded.

There are plenty of surf schools and hire spots in the village for those who want to learn or develop their skills.

However, beginners beware that a big day at low tide is for experienced surfers only – unless you like the feeling of salt water being forcibly inserted into your eyes, ears and nostrils.

2. The Lookout at Woolacombe, North Devon

Hot tub? Yes please!
Hot tub? Yes please!

What they say on AirBnB:

The Lookout, Parade House. Our luxury 4 bedroom, self contained apartment, has been recently built and is part of the prestigious Parade House development, in beautiful Woolacombe, Devon.

Here you will find luxury self catering accommodation, with a large open plan living space and unique glass dining room.

You can also enjoy your own enclosed terrace with 6 man hot tub and you’ll have unrestricted views of Woolacombe Beach, which is just a 30 second walk from Parade House.

The stylish interior
The stylish interior

Main features:

  • Six person hot tub
  • stunning views
  • access to gym, spa and pool
  • free parking
  • babysitting service
  • Wifi
  • indoor fireplace
  • outdoor BBQ/grill

Where to surf – Woolacombe beach:

Recently voted the best beach in the UK, there’s a reason thousands of people flock to this stunning three-mile sandy stretch year after year.

Flanked by Morte Point to the north, Baggy Point to the south and rolling burrows behind, Woolacombe’s natural beauty is undisputed.

It also offers a nice mellow wave which is perfect for both beginners and people looking to further their surfing skills.

Due to the size of the beach, there’s usually plenty of space so those feeling a little less confident will always be able to find a quiet spot.

3. Chocolate Box Cottage at Putsborough, North Devon

What they say on AirBnB:

Cosy listed cottage with original features and log burner set in private garden by the beach.

Large lounge and dining area. Two well appointed bedrooms with garden views. Bed settee (Natuzzi) in the lounge for a 5th guest.

Lovely kitchen with top range appliances. Bathroom with large jacuzzi bath and shower over. Large gardens with patio table and chairs, bbq, play area.

The cottage has free wifi, full sky TV, and access to our private tennis court. There is parking for two vehicles. Dog Friendly (surcharge applies please ask).

The garden and play area make this a perfect choice for families
The garden and play area make this a perfect choice for families

Main features:

  • Large garden
  • free parking
  • private tennis court
  • BBQ
  • Sky TV
  • Wifi
  • Dog Friendly
  • childrens play area

Where to surf – Putsborough Beach:


Puts, which is the far end of Woolacombe beach, deserves its own special mention in this list.

Why? Well, as well as the fact it’s usually pretty quiet and there’s a nice little cafe down there, Putsborough is unique because it shelters waves from those pesky south-westerly winds.

Baggy Point, which juts out into the Bristol Channel between Woolacombe and Croyde, offers a safe haven from gusty blow outs and makes Putsborough a favoured spot when the winds pick up.

4. Broadeford Barn at Braunton, North Devon

What they say on AirBnB:

Broadeford Barn is a spacious barn conversion close to the beautiful north Devon coast.

The large bedroom has a double bed and a single bed and a chair bed.

Downstairs there is underfloor heating in the open plan living room and kitchen.

It is in the beautiful Caen valley with its clean river & is dog friendly with a fenced field for exercising your dog.

It has that cosy cottage feel, perfect for relaxing after a hard day in the water
It has that cosy cottage feel, perfect for relaxing after a hard day in the water

Main features:

  • Wifi
  • underfloor heating
  • free parking
  • located near Woolacombe, Saunton and Croyde beaches

Where to surf – Saunton beach:

Another stunning north coast beach, Saunton is overlooked by the famous art deco Saunton Sands hotel.

This huge beach offers a super mellow wave with slow-rolling walls of water which offer beginners the perfect chance to stand up and ride a wave.

However, due to this long ride, the paddle out here can be VERY long and test even the strongest of arms.

Can get a bit crowded on hot summer days and at weekends.

5. The Surf and Yoga Studio at Bantham, South Devon

The studio sits in an idyllic location
The studio sits in an idyllic location

What they say on AirBnB:

The bright and sunny Studio is situated in a quiet and picturesque valley a mile from the award winning Bantham beach.

With a yoga platform in the garden and surrounded countryside, its the perfect retreat for couples, yogi or a small family looking for a relaxed getaway near the sea.

Owned by an artist, it has a quirky shabby chique interior with an open plan living space, breakfast bar and balcony overlooking the valley.

The quirky interior at the surf and yoga studio
The quirky interior at the surf and yoga studio

Its beautiful setting and location make it a perfect place to retreat to.

Main features:

  • Wifi
  • central heating
  • free parking
  • patio
  • countryside views

Where to surf – Bantham beach:

Due to the conditions needed to create good waves, most of Devon’s surfing beaches are on the north coast – except this little beauty.

Bantham, located just up the road from Salcombe on the south coast, is a haven for local surfers – meaning on its day it can be pretty busy.

But when the swell is up, and particularly at mid and low tide, Bantham boasts waves between two and 12 feet.

A word of warning though, the nearby River Avon means there’s is a strong rip tide at work here.

6. Number 17 at Lynmouth, North Devon

Number 17 is right by the river Lyn
Number 17 is right by the river Lyn

What they say on AirBnB:

Number 17 Tors Road, has been recently refurbished to a high standard throughout with a contemporary countryside finish.

The property is laid out over three floors, the cosy living room has a corner sofa and open fire, ideal for the cooler months and the well equipped kitchen diner is ideal for preparing evening meals and also has a door to the enclosed courtyard, perfect for an evening glass of wine.

The amenities of the picturesque coastal village of Lynmouth are only a very short walk including an a choice of individual shops, tea rooms, restaurants and pubs.

The famous water powered Cliff Railway provides easy (and unforgettable) access to the twin village of Lynton perched high above the cliffs.

Country living meets surf chic in this stunning property
Country living meets surf chic in this stunning property

Main features:

  • Wifi
  • Near to the surf
  • Fireplace
  • newly refurbished

Where to surf – Lynmouth beach:


When the conditions are just right – which admittedly isn’t that often – Lynmouth offers one of THE best waves in the UK.

But be warned, this is a strictly experts-only beach!

The point break offers long, high quality left-hand waves which you could easily imagine seeing in surf magazines – because they often are.

But the rocky outcrop and boulder-bottomed beach means this really is a wave for experienced surfers only.

7. Lodge with a pool near Westward Ho!, North Devon

The swimming pool outside the lodge
The swimming pool outside the lodge

What they say on AirBnB:

This property comes highly recommended and would suit a variety of holiday requirements.

There is exclusive use of an outdoor hot tub (extra charge) which has stunning views of the North Devon coast.

Two further en suite bedrooms are available for larger groups.

The swimming is only available between mid April and Mid September.

The lodge boasts a modern interior
The lodge boasts a modern interior

Main features:

  • Swimming pool
  • hot tub
  • air conditioning
  • Wifi
  • BBQ grill

Where to surf – Westward Ho! beach:

Along with Woolacombe, Westward Ho! is arguably the best beach for beginners.

It’s long, open, lifeguarded (in summer) beach boasts nice slow waves.

There are plenty of local surf schools offering tuition to beginners, which means in the summer months it can be overcrowded.

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