Houses for sale in Saunton, North Devon

Welcome to Saunton

This pretty little hamlet sits behind a world-famous beauty spot – magical Saunton Sands, a three mile stretch of soft golden beach that is so remarkably unique that it’s starred in numerous films and music videos from artists including Olly Murs and Robbie Williams. The beach can be particularly inspiring in the early morning, with mists hugging the sea and the sun just starting to emerge.

The homes around Saunton are highly sought-after, as this is considered a very special place to live. Though part of the attraction of this hamlet is its peace and quiet, there are shops and cafes at the beach and it’s just a short drive to larger Braunton and the regional centre of Barnstaple.

This pretty little hamlet sits behind a world-famous beauty spot – magical Saunton Sands, a three mile stretch of soft golden beach that is so remarkably unique that it’s starred in numerous films and music videos from artists including Olly Murs and Robbie Williams. The beach can be particularly inspiring in the early morning, with mists hugging the sea and the sun just starting to emerge. The homes around Saunton are highly sought-after, as this is considered a very special place to live.

Saunton Sands Beach

Saunton Sands beach stretches three and a half miles towards Crow Point, at the mouth of the Taw Estuary. Perfect sand and lines of Atlantic rollers head towards the beach, backed by the impressive terrain of the dunes of Braunton Burrows. Even on a glorious sunny day there’s plenty of room for everyone, with surf conditions suitable for all ages and abilities. The sandy dunes make a fabulous play area. Dogs are permitted on the beach all year round, but not allowed at the busier eastern end of the sand. 
The beach itself has good facilities, including Sands Restaurant, cafe and shop, as well as showers and surf equipment for hire. Sarah Whiteley’s Surf School, ‘Walking on Waves’, is based at the beach and offers board hire and lessons, and kitesurfing and kayaking is also available. There is also a Landeez all terrain wheelchair, suitable for less able bodied visitors, which can go anywhere on the beach, even into shallow water. The chair can be booked in advance. 

The beaches at Croyde (2 miles), Putsborough (4 miles), and Woolacombe (7 miles) are also nearby. 

Activities and events

Saunton is the perfect choice for anyone who loves surfing and watersports, but living here also gives you the opportunity to pursue a multitude of sports or interests. Golfers are well catered for at Saunton Golf Club, with its two championship courses, and there are a number of other outstanding golf courses in North Devon. Saunton lies on the South West Coast Path, which offers stunning views along the coast and across the whole of the bay to Lundy Island. Cyclists enjoy the many lovely coastal roads and inland lanes, and nature lovers are fascinated by the nearby UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and the largest sand dune system of its kind in Europe. 

The hamlet of Saunton is a peaceful spot, but events are always going on nearby should you wish to seek them out, particularly in Croyde and Braunton - check out what’s on offer in wider North Devon too.

Natural beauty

Saunton is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is known for its abundance of wildlife, flora and fauna. Of course, the fabulous beach, with its fascinating burrows, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and the largest sand dune system of its kind in Europe are Saunton’s most famous natural beauties – but just inland you’ll find an abundance of beautiful countryside to enjoy and explore. Saunton Down forms the backdrop to the coast, overlooking Croyde Bay on one side and Saunton Sands on the other, and a walk along the South West Coast Path passes through all these stunning natural features.

Amenities

At Saunton Sands beach is the Sands restaurant, cafe and shop, and perched on the hillside above is the four star art deco Saunton Sands Hotel, a favourite venue for weddings and celebrations, and with bars and restaurants that are open to non-residents.
Doctors, dentists, primary and secondary schools, nursery facilities, supermarkets and a bank can all be found in Braunton just two miles away. North Devon’s regional centre of Barnstaple is just seven miles from Saunton, and there you’ll find the area’s main business, commercial, entertainment and shopping venues. The North Devon Link Road can be accessed at Barnstaple, and provides a link to the M5 at Tiverton, Junction 27. Barnstaple train station offers services to Exeter in around an hour, and Tiverton Parkway Station has regular mainline services to London Paddington in just over 2 hours