Tunnels Beach House

A light-filled and luxurious retreat for group breaks, elevated above Ilfracombe's historic beach for magnificent coastal views.
  • Sleeps: 12
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights

Featured on the Channel 4 show Homes by the Sea, and the BBC’s Coast Series 4 Reversions, Tunnels Beach House is a unique and spacious Devon retreat for up to 12 guests.

Complete with two gorgeous balconies, and an al fresco dining patio for celebratory feasts, there’s plenty of bright, breezy space for everybody to relax in… and that’s before you’ve even set foot inside.

Set over three levels, and facing the scenic Torrs Walk, you can enjoy mesmerising views of the coast and the shimmering Bristol Channel, whether you’re in the ground-floor bedrooms, or upstairs in the lounge area, which features huge bi-folding glass doors on both sides.

There are three of those aforementioned ground-floor bedrooms; one kingsize with a glorious en-suite bathroom (the free-standing bath with TV is an ideal setting for evening indulgence… just add a glass of bubbles!) There’s also an elegant double room with a sofa bed, and a twin – all with beautiful sea views.

Take the turret-style spiral staircase up to the first floor, and prepare to be astounded by the panoramic views you’ll encounter there… of the pretty town on one side, and the sweeping coastline on the other.

Enjoy both sides from the comfort of the large sofas, and when the coolness of the evening arrives, simply light the wood-burner to feel ridiculously cosy. Mealtimes are taken care of in the stylish, well-equipped kitchen, and there’s a scenic dining area here too, just in case you don’t feel like going outside.

Head back down to the lower ground floor, where you’ll discover a second lounge area with a TV and surround sound system, a ‘hidden’ kitchenette that’s ideal for late night snacks, a double shower room, and two garden-view bedrooms.  

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At a glance

  • A unique, TV-featured three-storey Devon retreat for up to 12 guests, elevated above Ilfracombe’s historic Tunnels Beach, directly opposite the Torrs Walk.
  • The house boasts two balconies, a south-facing garden, and an al fresco dining patio, while inside await two lounge areas and five scenic bedrooms.
  • The town and coast are within easy strolling distance, complete with shops, pubs, restaurants, and places of interest.


  • Family Friendly
  • Large Groups
  • Seaside Breaks


Three-storey beach retreat, sleeps 12 guests.  Entrance hallway to ground floor.  Three sea-view bedrooms: 1 kingsize with en-suite bathroom, free standing bath, shower, WC, TV.  1 double with sofa bed and TV, 1 twin.  Bathroom with bath and WC. Utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer, balcony access.  Separate WC.  Turret-style staircase to first floor.  Open plan lounge/kitchen/diner: full-height glass doors on both sides with balcony access, electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, coffee machine, breakfast bar with stools, large dining table with seating for 12, large sofas, TV/DVD with surround sound system, wood-burner. Stairs to lower ground floor: lounge area with seating, TV, surround sound system.  Kitchenette with fridge, dishwasher and storage, direct access to garden.  Two garden-view bedrooms: 1 master kingsize suite with TV and attached children’s twin, direct garden access, 1 double with TV and garden access.  Shower room with double shower and WC.  South-facing garden: furniture, charcoal barbecue.  Off-road parking for 3 cars.

Local Activities

Coastal walks, beaches, swimming, watersports, historic sites, shops, pubs, restaurants, theatres, iconic artwork

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One of these is the stunning kingsize master suite, with an attached children’s twin, and a cosy double… both with direct access to said south-facing garden. What could be better than enjoying a morning coffee out there, as you listen to joyous birdsong and contemplate all the fun you’re going to have during the day ahead?

The high street and seafront are both a short stroll away, peppered with intriguing independent shops, bars, and restaurants – not to mention Damien Hirst’s Verity statue.

The fascinating, 19th century hand-carved tunnels that gave Tunnels Beach its name are close by too, complete with family-friendly water pools. Oh, and if you’re in the mood for an invigorating amble, how about traversing that beautiful Torrs Walk?

You’ll have a decision on your hands when you return to Tunnels Beach House at the end of yet another wondrous day… sit out on one of the balconies with a tipple, or enjoy a sizzling sunset supper in the garden? 

(It’s a tough old life!)

Things to note

Regrettably, pets are not permitted.

Where you'll be staying

Ilfracombe, Devon

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