Combe Martin is
a village, civil parish and former manor on the North Devon coast
about 4 miles (6.4 km) east of Ilfracombe. It is a small seaside
resort with a sheltered cove on the north-west edge of the Exmoor
National Park. Due to the narrowness of the valley, the village
consists principally of one single long street which runs 2 miles
(3.2 km) between the valley head and the sea.
At one time there were nine pubs: The Castle, The Dolphin, the
Fo'c'stle, the George and Dragon, the Lion Inn, The London Inn, The
Marine, the Pack O' Cards and the Top George. As part of the annual
Carnival celebrations, there was a wheelbarrow race over the length
of the village, competitors having to stop at each pub and consume a
glass of beer before continuing. From 2008 onwards the wheelbarrow
race has been replaced by a Fun Run and alcohol free wheelbarrow
parade. The wheelbarrow race was reinstated in 2009.
The annual procession "The Hunting of the Earl of Rone" features the
rare hobby horse of England and a character called the Earl of Rone.
The Hunting of the Earl of Rone takes place over a weekend,
finishing with a two-mile procession along the main street,
featuring, as well as the 'obby 'oss and Earl of Rone, a Fool,
"Grenadiers", drummers and music, a donkey, and hundreds of dancers
in festive dress.
Four Star "Highly Commended" guest accommodation, on the edge of
Exmoor and only three miles from the breathtaking North Devon coast,
nestling in the North Devon hills and with two acres of gardens.
17th Century Devon Cottage with former 19th Century mill.
Winter Breaks and Murder Mystery weekends, 2 Course Suppers.
We offer 1 Super King or Twin, 1 King Size, 1 Double & 2 Single
An ideal base to visit Combe Martin, Ilfracombe (and see Damien
Hirst's Verity on the Quayside), Lynton & Lynmouth, Woody Bay
Railway, Arlington Court, Exmoor, Woolacombe and Barnstaple or just
relax in the gardens with a Cream Tea.
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