Lux­u­ry sole-use’ for­mer hotel on the seafront in the heart of Ilfracombe

Ilfra­combe, Devon 

For­mer bou­tique hotel now avail­able for large fam­i­ly gath­er­ings and spe­cial occa­sions. 14 en-suite bed­rooms sleep­ing up to 35, huge lounge with bar, con­ser­va­to­ry over­look­ing the sea, din­ing room for 30, large games room with table ten­nis, pool table, table foot­ball, Xbox and large screen TV.

Large par­ty house’ sit­u­at­ed in the heart of Ilfra­combe just a few min­utes walk from all the ameni­ties includ­ing the seafront, the­atre, cin­e­ma, fine din­ing restau­rants and harbour.

Spe­cial Features

One of the most strik­ing build­ings in Ilfra­combe, The Habit was orig­i­nal­ly known as the Cres­cent House Hotel. It opened in 1863 and still con­tains many orig­i­nal fea­tures in addi­tion to its hand­some façade over­look­ing the land­mark Cap­stone Hill and sea front. 

When we bought the build­ing in 2018 it had under­gone an exten­sion ren­o­va­tion and had been run as a very suc­cess­ful bou­tique hotel. How­ev­er, we had a dream to use it as a sole-use’ hotel ie a big par­ty house for fam­i­ly get-togeth­ers, reunions or spe­cial birthdays. 

Our concierge’ lives 2 min­utes away and is on hand dur­ing your stay to help with any­thing you need from beau­ty treat­ments to restau­rant recommendations. 


Ground floor

As you enter from Fore Street you will be walk into the fab­u­lous hall­way with grand staircase. 

Off the hall­way is the for­mer ball­room – now the Par­ty Room / Lounge. A big fea­ture of this room is a large bar (we can stock it for you if you like!). There is also a large TV, sound sys­tem, sofas, chairs and tables and this room is a fan­tas­tic par­ty venue. Doors lead out from this room to the top lev­el ter­race with chairs and tables, patio heaters and fab­u­lous sea views. A spi­ral stair­case takes you down from here to the gar­den, park­ing area and seafront.

Off this room is the din­ing room with seat­ing for 30 and more won­der­ful views. This leads to the split-lev­el con­ser­va­to­ry which gives you anoth­er access to the gar­den and park­ing area. This is the per­fect place for morn­ing cof­fee or a glass of wine.

The large com­mer­cial style kitchen is off the din­ing room with 2 large com­mer­cial fridges, 2 range cook­ers and 2 dish­wash­ers. Plus all the cook­ing equip­ment and uten­sils you could pos­si­bly require.

On the Low­er Ground Floor there is a very large games room with table foot­ball, climb­ing wall, table ten­nis table, pool table, and large screen TV. There is also an Xbox and Wii U.

There are also gents toi­lets on this level. 


The bed­rooms are on 3 lev­els all with lux­u­ry ensuite bath­rooms or show­er rooms. All have TVs and 9 have sea views. Rooms are dec­o­rat­ed with a fresh and con­tem­po­rary feel, and no two are alike. Room five on the seafront side is paint­ed baby blue, with white linen, and a mini chaise longue. Oth­er rooms have a more deca­dent style, with chan­de­liers, deep plum hues and roll-top baths. 


The Habit has a love­ly ter­race and gar­den offer­ing fan­tas­tic views over the sea and Cap­stone Hill. There is an out­side kitchen, BBQ and Piz­za oven plus plen­ty of tables and chairs and out­door heaters. The per­fect place for al-fres­co parties!

Load­ing map…

Local Area

A short stroll from Ilfracombe’s attrac­tive har­bour, gal­leries and restau­rants, The Habit is sit­u­at­ed on high­er ground at the junc­tion of Fore Street and the gen­tly curv­ing Som­mers Cres­cent – which leads down towards the sea front and harbour.

Ilfra­combe is a pop­u­lar North Devon resort which attracts fam­i­ly vis­i­tors as well as the surf set’ which is drawn by the Atlantic rollers at near­by Woola­combe, Croyde and Saun­ton Sands. 

Set in the heart of the North Devon and Som­er­set coast­line the Coastal Path runs through the town link­ing vis­i­tors with any num­ber of ham­lets, coves, inlets and villages. 

It offers some of the finest coastal scenery in the coun­try, along with its own har­bour, sandy beach and hid­den coves. 

The area is always bustling with a tra­di­tion­al sea­side atmos­phere com­plete with the charm­ing har­bour, pave­ment cafes and off­beat shop­ping streets. 

Damien Hirst who hails from the area has loaned the town his 20m tall stat­ue, Ver­i­ty who stands on the end of the pier. This has result­ed in more and more tourists into the town and it is fast becom­ing known for being the place to go in North Devon if you are inter­est­ed in art and / or good food. There are many gal­leries in the town and Fore Street boasts the only Miche­lin Starred restau­rant in North Devon 

Essen­tial Information

  • Sleeps 35 peo­ple in 14 bed­rooms Bed Linen is provided
  • 9 Baths
  • 5 Showers
  • Din­ing table for 30 people
  • Pets allowed Well behaved dog(s) allowed down­stairs only

Short breaks?

Week­end breaks are avail­able all year except dur­ing the peak Sum­mer Sea­son. Prices are 57 of the week­ly price and will start at 4pm on Fri­day till 11am on Monday

Changeover day


Facil­i­ties and Amenities


  • Fam­i­ly Rooms: 5
  • Dou­ble Rooms: 7
  • Twin Rooms: 2
  • Cots: 1

11 king­size rooms — 3 of which have two addi­tion­al sin­gle beds mak­ing them ide­al fam­i­ly rooms plus a twin, triple and quad room.


  • WiFi/​Internet

For your entertainment

  • TV
  • DVD play­er
  • Games con­sole
  • Stereo sys­tem

In the kitchen

  • Cook­er
  • Microwave
  • Fridge
  • Freez­er
  • Dish­wash­er
  • Wash­ing machine
  • Tum­ble dryer
  • Kitchen table
  • High chair provided


  • Gar­den
  • Terrace/​patio
  • Gar­den furniture
  • Bar­be­cue
  • Park­ing

Near­by Activities

  • Beach
  • Water­sports


Dates Price
10th Apr 2019 — 30th Apr 2019 
1st May 2019 — 30th Sep 2019 
Win­ter 201920
1st Oct 2019 — 30th Apr 2020 
Christ­mas and New Year
20th Dec 2019 — 3rd Jan 2020 
Sum­mer 2020
1st May 2020 — 30th Sep 2020