Our award winning holiday cottages in Westward Ho! North Devon have been recognised regionally and nationally by the most prestigious Tourism authorities in the UK.

2021 - Westward Living at Duckhaven Stud Wins 2021 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for Specialty Accommodation

This achievement celebrates businesses that consistently deliver fantastic experiences to travelers around the globe, having earned great traveler reviews on Tripadvisor over the last 12 months. As challenging as the past year was, Westward Living stood out by continuously delighting travelers.


2018/2019 - Winner of Best Wedding Events Team in South West of England (The Wedding Industry Awards)

2018 - Gold Award for Self Catering Holiday  Provider at the South West Tourism Awards

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2019-  We’re pleased to announce that Westward Living has been recognized with a 2019 Certificate of Excellence for the sixth year running this award is based on the consistently great reviews from our guests.

Devon Tourism Awards 2017


We were over the moon to scoop two prestigious awards at the Devon Tourism Awards glittering ceremony in November 2017

2017 - Gold Award for Self Catering Accommodation Provider
2017 - Gold Award for  International Visitor Experience


Venus Awards
2016 -  National Winner of Business of the Year

Purple Angel accredited
2016 - We are very proud to have received our Purple Angel badge  in recognition for the team at Westward Living at Duckhaven Stud having successfully participated in the Purple Angel Scheme. We often welcome many guests who have loved ones in their groups with dementia, as an inclusive accommodation provider we were grateful for this opportunity to find out more. For more information about Purple Angel and supporting people with dementia please click here.

TFA - Tourism for All
2016 All our team are undergone training on the key areas of accessible tourism, how it feels, how its measured and what it really means to disabled individuals so we can ensure a fantastic holiday experience for everyone.

FINALIST - South West Wedding Awards 2016 Best Venue


TWIA Wedding Industry 2015

WINNER of the BEST NEW WEDDING BUSINESS 2014 at the West country Wedding Awards

National Finalist – Best Newcomer in the wedding industry 2014

Visit England
All of our properties have been previously awarded at least 4* to 5* Gold award for self catering accommodation.

Best Self Catering Establishment - Devon Tourism Awards
Westward Living holiday cottages received the Gold Award for Best Self Catering Establishment in Devon and will be attending the South West Tourism Awards in February 2013. 

Tourism Superstar & Customer Service - South West Tourism Awards
Our very own tourism superstar Matt Druce was honoured with the Gold Award in the 2013 Devon Tourism Awards for his ongoing contributions to excellent customer service and continued and continued expansions of the guest services and facilities available here at Duckhaven Stud. attending the South West Tourism Awards in February where he won the Gold Award.

Winner of Winners
In recognition of the outstanding contributions made by Westward Living to develop and regenerate Westward Ho!, putting our picturesque seaside village back on the map as a top UK coastal destination, Westward Living were honoured with the coveted Winner of Winners award at the 2013 Devon Tourism Awards. 

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence
We were delighted to be awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellece in 2013/2014/2015/2016/2017/2018/2019/2021. The award celebrates hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. Winners of the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website, with only the top 10 percent receiving the prestigious award.

Bronze  - Access for All category in the South West Tourism Awards 2013

Silver Award for Self Catering Establishment of the Year - South West Tourism Awards 2013.

We have exceptionally high Standards of Cleanliness and are Super Safe

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Proud to be a Member of the Professional Association of Self Caterers UK

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Wow Kala’s cottage is amazing, peace and tranquility with amazing views.  The cottage it’s self is beautiful, a sense of that home from home feeling
Tripadvisor Review
We got married here last year and returned this summer for our first anniversary.  I can not justify in words how wonderful this place is.
Camilla E, Suffolk
Tripadvisor Review
We loved our stay, the cottage has stylish decor and furnishings and its right on the South West Coastal footpath with wonderful views, great for early morning and late evening walks to see the sunrise and sunset.
Fiona & Jerry
South Hampton
A totally relaxing and romantic stay, we loved the hot tub and views. It was so peaceful and perfect, just what we needed
Nick and Emma
South Kensington