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Award Winning Apartment Overlooking The Beach

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet


About the property

Apartment in Westward Ho! North Devon - Luxuriously Equipped, Overlooking The Beach, Great Base To Explore North Devon

Nautilus is situated just steps from the 2 mile 'blue flag' beach at Westward Ho! It makes a great base for exploring all that North Devon has to offer and is just 25 miles from Bude and the North Cornwall border. The apartments have won an award for exemplary design and the glass walls at both back and front make the most of the sea view and the town. With the main living/dining area on the top floor to make the most of the views and the bedrooms and bathrooms on the first floor, there are 3 balconies, with furniture on the largest - perfect for dining 'al fresco' or watching the sunset over the Atlantic. The apartment is exceptionally well equipped, with families of young children in mind as well as luxuries for a relaxing adult holiday. A true 'home from home', you will not want for anything when you stay at Nautilus. With professional interior design and equipped to VisitBritain 5* standard it has everything you need to ensure a truly memorable holiday. Local amenities.

Property Manager
Andrew Firth
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
19 September, 2017

About Andrew Firth

We both live in Oxfordshire, work full time (Andrew as a Director of a healthcare service & logistics company & Emma as a Chartered Accountant) and have owned 10 Nautilus since it was new.

Married for 16 years, we have 2 children, 1 (barmy) dog & 1 (bone idle) cat!

Our children have grown up with Nautilus so we have enjoyed digging in the sand on the beach, the local tourist attractions such as The Big Sheep and are now getting into surfing (we cannot recommend The North Devon Surf School in Westward Ho! highly enough) - we should have done it years ago!

Andrew Firth purchased this apartment in 2004

Why Andrew Firth chose Westward Ho!

We have owned the apartment from new and watched it being built.

What attracted us to it was the fact its virtually on the beach and its looks.

Its just as enjoyable in the summer when we can enjoy the long sandy beach as it is in winter when we can watch a storm from the comfort of the apartment.

What makes this apartment unique

The beach is almost on the doorstep, as are a number of shops, pubs and restaurants. The location is just so convenient!

There are numerous other apartments in Westward Ho! but arguably none are as striking or good to be in as Nautilus.

Guestbook comments from the manager

This was our second visit to apartment, the views are truly breathtaking from both levels, We enjoyed sitting on the balcony in the winter sunshine The owners are very helpful and provide a welcome pack which was greatly appreciated The apartment is modern, clean and a great place to relax and watch the ever changing scenery There are many great places to eat within a very short walk. The beach is wonderful for walks and rock climbing. We are returning in the summer when we look forward to learning how to surf
Feb 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Westward Ho! in Torridge District

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • beach
  • waterfront
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with bath/shower over, w/c and bidet. Shower room with wc and washing machine/tumble dryer.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The bedrooms and bathrooms are on the lower floor: Bedroom 1 with king size four poster bed, ensuite bathroom and fitted wardrobes. Bedroom 2 with twin beds and fitted wardrobe. Travel cot, z-bed and double sofabed also available. Hairdryer provided.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • bay
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: With professional interior design incorporating crisp cotton linen, big fluffy towels and meticulous attention to detail, the apartment is a wonderful place to stay in any season. The apartment is centrally heated for cosy out of season breaks. Fully equipped for babies and children including a travel cot, toddler bedguard, high chair, stairgates, cold water/microwave steriliser, baby-listening monitor, children's cutlery and plastic plates, cups, etc plus a wide selection of children's games and DVD's. Accommodation can be arranged to be flexible for families, couples or friends by using the double sofabed and / or the z-bed. Free broadband Wi-Fi is included. Outside: There are 3 balconies: the largest is accessed from the living room and has amazing seascapes across the Atlantic sea. With dining furniture, it is ideal for dining 'al fresco' and watching the sunset over the sea. There is also a balcony at the rear of the apartment, accessed from the dining area and with views across the town. The master bedroom has a balcony which also overlooks the Atlantic sea. The apartment has the advantage of secure car parking with electric gates for 2 cars, adjacent to the apartment. Utility Room: Contains iron and ironing board, stairgates for toddlers. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and towels (including beach towels and tea towels but excluding linen for the travel cot) are included and the property is cleaned prior to arrival. For bookings 14 days or more, linen and towels are changed weekly. Local housekeeper.


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Award Winning Apartment Overlooking The Beach
average rating of 4.875 based on 10 reviews

Overall impression - superb

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed staying at the apartment. Everything catered for - even opposite the ice cream van!!!

Out and about during the day, but a lovely place to relax in the evenings.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the excellent review. It's great to get reviews like this not only for us but our housekeepers as well as its a nice reward for the hard work which goes into making sure everyone has a good time at Nautilus. The ice cream van is always a good advantage to have!
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Great stay in lovely apartment

  • 4 of 5


  • Review Submitted: 03-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Listen to the sea...

  • 5 of 5

We loved having the balcony doors open and being able to hear the sea on the pebbles /stones on the beach rolling with the waves.

The apartment had all we needed, especailly as we ate in one night. It was clean, everthing worked, the beds were comfortable and the shower was excellent. It's our first trip to Westward Ho and whilst town is quite small, the beach is great. We may well visit the area again and will definitely check if Nautilus is free.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments; its always great that guests enjoy Nautilus and Westward Ho! as much as we do. We'd be delighted to welcome you back.
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Fabulous views and well equipped flat!

  • 5 of 5

This apartment had everything I could ask for - fabulous views and all the amenities I needed for a 10 day stay. The location was easy to find and having parking available made it so easy. There are lots of restaurants and shops within a minute's walk which was very convenient. I have rented a lot of flats in Europe and this was one of the best equipped ones I have stayed in. For example, lots of dishes and cutlery plus everything you would need to cook in (self--cater) which I did most of the time. At the start, I wanted to enjoy the balcony but, when the weather turned and got inclement, it just made sense to eat in! I highly recommend this property. While I never met the owner, I did phone him a couple of times and he was a friendly and helpful. It was all great!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What can I say other than thank you for the review. We are always so pleased when guests enjoy Nautilus as we think its great but we are biased so its good to get an independent viewpoint! We'd love to welcome you back at some future date.
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  • 5 of 5

Best holiday apartment we have stayed in.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review and its great when our guests enjoy Nautilus - we'd love to welcome you back soon!
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  • 5 of 5

Perfect view and a better bed than we have at home!

Very comfortable stay and the Firth family are thoughtful to the last detail!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so pleased that you enjoyed Nautilus, especially at Christmas and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Have a great 2017!
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Nearest Barpub
30 Metres
Almost next door
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
North Devon Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
20 Metres
Next door
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
Car: recommended


The beach can be reached in approximately 30 seconds from leaving the door! This is a wonderful 2 mile stretch of golden sand which is 'blue flag' accredited and is backed by the famous pebble ridge. Behind this is a nature reserve known as Northam Burrows. There is a surf school at Westward Ho! as well as kite-surfing.

Within 30 minutes drive are the well known beaches at Woolacombe, Putsborough and Saunton as well as the world renowned surfing beach at Croyde.


Westward Ho! is on the North Devon coast just off the A39 between Barnstaple and Bude. A car is recommended although Westward Ho! is well served by public transport.

The nearest train station is in Barnstaple (13km).


The nearest town is Bideford which is approx. 10 minutes away by car and the regional centre is Barnstaple which is approx. 20 minutes away by car.

There are many fishing villages close by, including Appledore, with it's small steep lanes and a good selection of fish resaurants. Clovelly, is also nearby, with it's steep cobbled streets which are inaccessible by motor vehicles.

Hartland Point is a short distance away by car, with it's famous lighthouse and beautiful scenery.

Further Details:

There are a number of shops including a post office, butchers, bakers, pharmacy and 2 small supermarkets less than 3 minutes walk from the apartment.

Westward Ho! makes an excellent central base from which to explore the surrounding area. There are some shops and restaurants within the village itself and many more to be found within a 10 minute drive along the coast in either direction.

The diversity of the natural landscape in North Devon provides an enormous variety of opportunities for outdoor activities such as walking, horse riding, golf, surfing, fishing, wind-surfing, sailing and boat trips.

There is a wealth of other attractions and places to visit including:

* Days out for children - theme parks, wildlife, dinosaurs, gnomes, butterflies, diggers and castles

* Local markets - with a variety of food, drink, arts and crafts

* Historic houses - including the National Trust Houses at Arlington, Tapeley Park and Dunster Castle

* Gardens - RHS Rosemoor Gardens, Dr Smart's beautiful garden at Marwood and the National Trust's Knighthayes Court house and gardens

In fact there is so much to see and do that one holiday is not enough! We are sure that you will want to keep coming back to North Devon year after year to enjoy all that there is on offer.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Westward Ho!, Devon

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Late Autumn
27 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
22 Dec 2017 - 28 Dec 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
New Year
29 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Please call or e-mail to double check up to date availability. Payment can be by electronic transfer or cheque. 50% rental fee payable at the time of booking to secure dates. Final balance payable eight weeks before arrival. A £100 refundable damage deposit is payable (with final balance) for all bookings, which will be refunded to you following satisfactory inspection of the apartment. Welcome pack provided on arrival. Housekeeper lives locally.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Friday (flexible out of season). Short breaks available October through to May. 25% discount for 2 people October to May (excl. school holidays). Early booking discounts. Arrival time is 4pm, departure time is 10am.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.
A 25% discount is given for 2 people staying during the period 1 October - 31 May, excluding school holidays.
Out of season short breaks are available between 1 October and 31 May.
Early booking discounts of up to 9% are available when booking more than 3 months in advance - please contact us for details.
10% discount on the 2nd week of a 2 week holiday.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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