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Barnstaple is an historic market town in north Devon with a mixture of Victorian and Georgian architecture, it's close to both lovely beaches and coastline as well as the Exmoor National Park.

The town itself is quite compact and due to its pedestrianised shopping streets, easy and safe to get around.

If you want to learn more about the town and area visit the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon and the Barnstaple Heritage Centre should be on your to do list. Walking tours are another good way of finding out more.

You can also step back in time at the Pannier Market, which was built in 1855 and remains beautifully preserved. It is home to a different market every day apart from Sundays. For example, Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays are a must for fresh locally produced food, plants and flowers and lots more. Wednesdays are great for antiques and collectables.

Surfers will want to head to Bucks Mill Beach and Croyde Beach, which have developed as popular surfing spots in recent years. The long, golden sands at Cryode Beach also make it an ideal spot for families.

The Tarka Trail is a number of cycle paths and footpaths that cover the route used by Tarka the Otter, from the classic book of the same name by Henry Williamson. The figure of eight route is centred on Barnstaple. It covers 180 miles and takes in various landscapes including sandy bays, moorland, river valleys, woodland and cliffs. Walking routes vary from easy to more strenuous and cycle paths are traffic free and largely level. Bike hire is available.

Holiday cottages in Barnstaple are ideal for walkers keen to explore the area's natural beauty and families will enjoy the nearby coastline.

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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Charity Cottage Ref: HMA

This enchanting, 15th-century Grade II listed holiday cottage is set in the conservation area of Pilton, only 8 miles from sandy beaches, and is full of period charm with Elizabethan windows, studded doors, panelling, a four-poster bed and a beautifully walled 130ft cottage garden. Nearby Exmoor offers splendid walking and riding and pretty coastal towns. Golf, fishing and cycling locally. Shop and pub 100 yards.

Hall with flagstone floor. Living room with ornamental fireplace, wooden floor and 17th-century plaster ceiling. Beamed dining room with plank and munton panelling. Spacious, beamed traditional-style kitchen/breakfast room with flagstone floor and ornamental inglenook. Storage/boot room and utility. Original staircase to first floor: Two double bedrooms, one with four-poster bed and two window seats. Twin bedroom with window seat. Bathroom with Victorian bath and toilet. Traditional outside toilet.

  • Electricity by £1 slot meter
  • Full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Freezer
  • Large enclosed cottage garden with lawned areas and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Reserved parking (for 1 car); additional roadside parking
  • No smoking
  • NB: Well in garden. Young children may require supervision on stairs – wide-spaced balusters (6 inches wide)

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£346-£1155
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2

" Between coast and country ... a collection of designer cottages enjoying the best of both worlds "

Situated in a quiet and peaceful rural location on the edge of the pretty hamlet of Tawstock, these four attractive holiday cottages (refs HYA, HYB, HYC and HYD) are only 7 miles from the nearest beach at Instow and conveniently close to all facilities at Barnstaple. The properties have been converted from a range of old stone barns presented in a fresh contemporary style. With the owners living in the original farmhouse, they form part of the traditional farm courtyard, though Park Gate is no longer a working farm. Each holiday cottage is individual in design, well equipped and comfortable, with attractive furnishing fabrics and attention to detail. Each has patio doors from the living room leading to its own decked patio and lawned garden, perfect for al fresco meals while watching the sun set.
This is an excellent location for exploring the magnificent coastline of North Devon, from the ‘Golden Coast’ with fine sandy surfing beaches at Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton, to the rugged cliffs of Hartland Point. The coastal footpath offers superb walking with wonderful views of the dramatic shoreline, while inland the wild beauty of Exmoor waits to be discovered. Bideford Bay takes in its sweep along Westward Ho!, Hartland Point and the beautiful village of Clovelly – much loved by photographers. Instow and the old ship-building port of Appledore shelter in the mouth of the Torridge Estuary, and regular boat trips to Lundy can be taken from Bideford. Casual cyclists who fancy a spin in the countryside under their own steam will appreciate the Tarka Trail, a popular flat route that is easy to manage and runs from Meeth near Okehampton; it winds its way to Braunton and can be picked up at Barnstaple, just 2 miles from the cottages. There are plenty of places to visit nearby, including a number of family attractions such as The Big Sheep, Funderzone and The Milky Way which have covered amusements for children of all ages. At Great Torrington, there are the famous and stunning RHS gardens at Rosemoor. Whilst there, it certainly worth a visit to the Dartington Crystal factory glass works (7 miles), where molten glass is expertly fashioned into unique works of art by the glass blowers. Horse riding, golf, surfing lessons and fishing can all be organised locally. The nearby town of Barnstaple offers good shops and restaurants, a weekly market and pannier market, theatre, cinema and sports facilities. Shops 2½ miles.

Maple is a pretty cottage with country views from the kitchen window and benefits from a spacious entrance hallway. The bathroom has a decorative sea theme, created in the unusual pictures. Outside, there is a lawned area leading from the decked patio.

One step to spacious entrance hallway. Large open-plan living/dining room with patio doors to decked patio. Modern kitchen. Cloakroom with toilet. First floor: Three bedrooms; one double with en-suite shower room and toilet, one twin and one single with additional pull-out bed (for +1). Bathroom with toilet.

  • Additional cot

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Video
  • Radio/cassette/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Garden with decked patio, and furniture
  • Large shared communal lawned area
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Play area with swings
  • Tennis court
  • Games room
  • Cycle storage

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£691-£755
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Harvest Cottage Ref: E3987

Set amidst tranquil Devon countryside, these attractive cottages boast outstanding views over a valley teeming with wildlife and shared enjoyment of an indoor swimming pool and children’s pool, open all year round and heated to around a delightful 30°C. A Jacuzzi and sauna offer an opportunity to relax and unwind whatever the season, whilst the 8 acres of shared grounds afford plenty of space for gentle strolls and picnics. There is also an all weather tennis court as well as a games room with pool table and table tennis and, for children, a large, outdoor play area. North Hill Cottages sit within a short drive of Devon’s famous golden coast – miles of sandy beaches at Woolacombe, Croyde, Putsborough, Westward Ho! and Saunton. These glorious beaches are a paradise for surfers of all ability levels, with boards, wetsuits and expert tuition available at most locations.
Just 3 miles away is Barnstaple, north Devon’s ancient capital whose charming blend of old and new combines a fascinating glimpse of times gone by with exciting browsing in the indoor Green Lane shopping centre, its Pannier Market and its theatre which is the centrepoint of the annual North Devon Festival. At the railway station, one can pick up the famous traffic free Tarka Trail and bicyle hire is available from Fremington Quay, just up river. Close by is Bideford, a historic fishing port and market town with steep, narrow medieval streets and a busy quay from where visitors can enjoy a two hour boat trip to Lundy Island. Also within easy reach is Braunton nature reserve, a beautiful ‘lunar landscape’ wilderness of sand dunes, noted for its rare and exotic plants.
Within easy reach are the glories of Exmoor National Park – among its numerous attractions are the charming coastal resorts of Lynton and Lynmouth, linked by a unique water-powered funicular cliff railway; the National Trust’s mesmerising Watersmeet – a woodland gorge with beautiful walks where the East Lyn River meets Hoaroak Water; Badgeworthy Water – the supposed hideout of the notorious ‘Doone’ family; Dunkery Hill – at 1705 ft, the highest point of the moor; and the ever popular town of Minehead – a traditional seaside resort and the start of the West Somerset Railway. There are splendid National Trust properties at Arlington Court, Dunster Castle and Knightshayes Court. This is wonderful walking country too. Magnificent views can be savoured amidst the tantalising beauty of Exmoor National Park and all along the North Devon Coastal Path. With its soaring cliffs, quaint harbours and long stretches of beach, almost entirely made up of designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, north Devon’s fabulous coastline is a joy to explore.
Riding, sailing and golf are all readily available locally, and fly fishing can be enjoyed at Blakewell Fisheries, conveniently located at the end of the drive leading to the cottages. Pubs serving food and a good choice of shops are found in Barnstaple, 3 miles. Comfortably furnished, warm and welcoming, and enjoying an excellent range of facilities as well as easy access to a host of attractions, North Hill Cottages are the perfect choice for year round holidays and special breaks in north Devon.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floor. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Cot. H/chair. D/washer. F/freezer.

All properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel inc). Oil CH inc (£2.50pd 29th May-30th Sep). Elec, bed linen and towels inc. DVD. M/wave. Shared laundry room with w/machine and t/dryer (honesty box). Garden furniture. Shared BBQ. Parking. NB: Unfenced pond in garden.

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£894-£894
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2

This enchanting Grade II thatched cottage is tucked away in a totally secluded rural setting, surrounded by fields and open countryside. Perfect for enjoying the glorious tranquillity of Devon countryside, Sweet Bay is detached, set in its own courtyard with a small ‘sun trap’ garden. Refurbished by the neighbouring owners, modern day comforts have been creatively blended with old world charm providing a characterful, cosy retreat. Ideally located for many fun days out for all ages - Exmoor National Park, Tarka Trail, Bideford, RHS Rosemoor and fabulous beaches of Instow, Westward Ho!, Saunton, Woolacombe and Croyde. Barnstaple 3 miles. Shop 2 miles, village pub 1 mile.

Beamed living room with wood-burning stove in inglenook fireplace, wooden floor. Well-equipped beamed kitchen/dining room with elec range cooker and slate floor. Small sitting room with day bed and TV. Large utility. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Three bedrooms; two double with 5ft bed, and one twin. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Three Freeview TVs
  • Two DVDs
  • Stereo/CD
  • iPod dock
  • Electric range included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed courtyard with small garden and furniture
  • Use of 3-acre field
  • Parking (3 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Stream bordering grounds

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£558-£1299
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Willow Cottage Ref: E3992

Set amidst tranquil Devon countryside, these attractive cottages boast outstanding views over a valley teeming with wildlife and shared enjoyment of an indoor swimming pool and children’s pool, open all year round and heated to around a delightful 30°C. A Jacuzzi and sauna offer an opportunity to relax and unwind whatever the season, whilst the 8 acres of shared grounds afford plenty of space for gentle strolls and picnics. There is also an all weather tennis court as well as a games room with pool table and table tennis and, for children, a large, outdoor play area. North Hill Cottages sit within a short drive of Devon’s famous golden coast – miles of sandy beaches at Woolacombe, Croyde, Putsborough, Westward Ho! and Saunton. These glorious beaches are a paradise for surfers of all ability levels, with boards, wetsuits and expert tuition available at most locations.
Just 3 miles away is Barnstaple, north Devon’s ancient capital whose charming blend of old and new combines a fascinating glimpse of times gone by with exciting browsing in the indoor Green Lane shopping centre, its Pannier Market and its theatre which is the centrepoint of the annual North Devon Festival. At the railway station, one can pick up the famous traffic free Tarka Trail and bicyle hire is available from Fremington Quay, just up river. Close by is Bideford, a historic fishing port and market town with steep, narrow medieval streets and a busy quay from where visitors can enjoy a two hour boat trip to Lundy Island. Also within easy reach is Braunton nature reserve, a beautiful ‘lunar landscape’ wilderness of sand dunes, noted for its rare and exotic plants.
Within easy reach are the glories of Exmoor National Park – among its numerous attractions are the charming coastal resorts of Lynton and Lynmouth, linked by a unique water-powered funicular cliff railway; the National Trust’s mesmerising Watersmeet – a woodland gorge with beautiful walks where the East Lyn River meets Hoaroak Water; Badgeworthy Water – the supposed hideout of the notorious ‘Doone’ family; Dunkery Hill – at 1705 ft, the highest point of the moor; and the ever popular town of Minehead – a traditional seaside resort and the start of the West Somerset Railway. There are splendid National Trust properties at Arlington Court, Dunster Castle and Knightshayes Court. This is wonderful walking country too. Magnificent views can be savoured amidst the tantalising beauty of Exmoor National Park and all along the North Devon Coastal Path. With its soaring cliffs, quaint harbours and long stretches of beach, almost entirely made up of designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, north Devon’s fabulous coastline is a joy to explore.
Riding, sailing and golf are all readily available locally, and fly fishing can be enjoyed at Blakewell Fisheries, conveniently located at the end of the drive leading to the cottages. Pubs serving food and a good choice of shops are found in Barnstaple, 3 miles. Comfortably furnished, warm and welcoming, and enjoying an excellent range of facilities as well as easy access to a host of attractions, North Hill Cottages are the perfect choice for year round holidays and special breaks in north Devon.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floor. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft four poster), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Cot. H/chair. D/washer. Freezer.

All properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel inc). Oil CH inc (£2.50pd 29th May-30th Sep). Elec, bed linen and towels inc. DVD. M/wave. Shared laundry room with w/machine and t/dryer (honesty box). Garden furniture. Shared BBQ. Parking. NB: Unfenced pond in garden.

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£973-£973
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Stable Cottage Ref: HGGQ

In the heart of the North Devon countryside, this converted detached barn is an ideal holiday retreat in which to relax and enjoy the delights of the area. It lies adjacent to the owner’s home and has a spacious layout with exposed beams, oak floors and modern conveniences, making it ideal for any time of year. Situated 1½ miles from the village of Bratton Fleming and 8 miles from the larger town of Barnstaple, it offers an excellent base to explore the surrounding area. The Exmoor National Park and rugged coastline between Ilfracombe and Lynmouth are a short drive, and the fantastic beaches at Croyde and Woolacombe are within easy reach. Shop and pub 1½ miles.

Beamed throughout. Spacious living room with wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Well-equipped kitchen with tiled floor/dining room with wooden floor. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: Two bedrooms, each with en-suite shower room and toilet, one double and one twin.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Shared, landscaped grounds
  • Parking (for 2+ cars)
  • Secure cycle store
  • Natural spring water supply
  • Pet free of charge
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday

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£470-£1336
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2

" Between coast and country ... a collection of designer cottages enjoying the best of both worlds "

Situated in a quiet and peaceful rural location on the edge of the pretty hamlet of Tawstock, these four attractive holiday cottages (refs HYA, HYB, HYC and HYD) are only 7 miles from the nearest beach at Instow and conveniently close to all facilities at Barnstaple. The properties have been converted from a range of old stone barns presented in a fresh contemporary style. With the owners living in the original farmhouse, they form part of the traditional farm courtyard, though Park Gate is no longer a working farm. Each holiday cottage is individual in design, well equipped and comfortable, with attractive furnishing fabrics and attention to detail. Each has patio doors from the living room leading to its own decked patio and lawned garden, perfect for al fresco meals while watching the sun set.
This is an excellent location for exploring the magnificent coastline of North Devon, from the ‘Golden Coast’ with fine sandy surfing beaches at Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton, to the rugged cliffs of Hartland Point. The coastal footpath offers superb walking with wonderful views of the dramatic shoreline, while inland the wild beauty of Exmoor waits to be discovered. Bideford Bay takes in its sweep along Westward Ho!, Hartland Point and the beautiful village of Clovelly – much loved by photographers. Instow and the old ship-building port of Appledore shelter in the mouth of the Torridge Estuary, and regular boat trips to Lundy can be taken from Bideford. Casual cyclists who fancy a spin in the countryside under their own steam will appreciate the Tarka Trail, a popular flat route that is easy to manage and runs from Meeth near Okehampton; it winds its way to Braunton and can be picked up at Barnstaple, just 2 miles from the cottages. There are plenty of places to visit nearby, including a number of family attractions such as The Big Sheep, Funderzone and The Milky Way which have covered amusements for children of all ages. At Great Torrington, there are the famous and stunning RHS gardens at Rosemoor. Whilst there, it certainly worth a visit to the Dartington Crystal factory glass works (7 miles), where molten glass is expertly fashioned into unique works of art by the glass blowers. Horse riding, golf, surfing lessons and fishing can all be organised locally. The nearby town of Barnstaple offers good shops and restaurants, a weekly market and pannier market, theatre, cinema and sports facilities. Shops 2½ miles.

More suited to a larger family group, careful thought and attention to detail has gone into giving Oak a cosy ‘home from home’ atmosphere. An unusual full length window in the main sitting area gives clear views of the countryside beyond and there is a large decked patio leading down to a lawned area, where pleasant balmy evenings can be enjoyed.

Two steps to main entrance. Spacious living room with gas woodburner in central fireplace and patio doors to decked patio. Three steps up to dining room and large modern fitted kitchen with large range and breakfast area. Two bedrooms; one double wtih 24in flatscreen TV and one twin. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Four bedrooms, all with sloping ceilings; one double with en-suite bathroom with toilet, two twin and one bunk. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Gas woodburner included
  • Additional cot
  • Range included
  • Freezer

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Video
  • Radio/cassette/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Garden with decked patio, and furniture
  • Large shared communal lawned area
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Play area with swings
  • Tennis court
  • Games room
  • Cycle storage

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£2113-£2113
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1
Stepps Farm Ref: HNNM

Located in the quiet unspoilt countryside that lies behind North Devon’s picturesque coastline, Stepps Farm offers good sized accommodation that is ideal for a large family or group. The detached house has been renovated but retains its charm with exposed beams and wood-burning stove in the living room. The large kitchen/breakfast area is ideal for getting everyone fed and ready for a day on some of the local beaches or exploring the surrounding countryside and attractions. There are four reception rooms to give everyone enough space to ensure a relaxing holiday. The very generous master bedroom has en-suite facilities and the other bedrooms and bathrooms are all finished to a high standard. Outside there are plenty of sitting-out areas to enjoy and the large paddock area is ideal for a game of rounders or football or to observe the local wild life, if you are quiet! The house is situated in the pretty hamlet of Middle Marwood, however there are numerous attractions within easy reach of the house including the Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, Watermouth Castle and the Lynton to Lynmouth cliff railway. At Saunton, Croyde and Woolacombe, some of the best and cleanest surf beaches in the country can be found, as well as many smaller coves and bays. Exmoor and the South West Coast Path are located close by and on a clear day the views of the surrounding coast and countryside can be spectacular from these well known walking areas. There are National Trust properties at Arlington and Knightshayes, the RHS gardens at Rosemoor, Great Torrington and Marwood Gardens 2 miles away. Bikes can be hired locally to explore the Tarka Trail and there is good fishing available for both game and sea fishing as well as golf courses to suit all abilities. Shop 4 miles, pub 1 mile.

Spacious living room with wood-burning stove. Sitting room. Large dining room with tiled floor. Spacious well-equipped kitchen with breakfast area and tiled floor. Utility. Games room. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 6ft bed, TV and en-suite shower room with toilet, one with 5ft bed, TV and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Three twin bedrooms, one with additional set of bunk beds (for +2). Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Three Freeview TVs
  • DVD
  • Radio/iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large enclosed lawned courtyard garden with patio, furniture and side garden
  • 1 acre of natural grounds
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Secure cycle store
  • Games room
  • Snooker table
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: 6 steps to side garden

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£1135-£2948
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0
The Stables Ref: HJJB

This impressive south-facing barn with exposed beams has all a family or group of friends need for a great holiday. The barn boasts six bedrooms all with en-suite facilities and televisions. Beautifully refurbished in a fresh contemporary style, white cotton linen and white towels add to that special feeling. The south-facing patio with teak table and chairs are ideal for al fresco living with countryside views.
A short distance away are the beaches at Westward Ho! and other beaches nearby include Saunton, Croyde, Putsborough and Woolacombe. This area offers plenty to do for all ages including the Big Sheep and Milky Way amusement parks, RHS Rosemoor and cycling on the Tarka Trail, crabbing at Appledore and golf on numerous nearby courses.
Exmoor is not far away to enjoy some memorable days exploring the moors. Lynmouth, which has a unique water-powered cliff railway, and Watersmeet are popular destinations. Just off the North Devon Coast lies Lundy Island and there are day trips leaving from Bideford and Ilfracombe during the season.
Other places to visit include Arlington Court, Marwood Gardens, Dartington Crystal glass factory and Tapley Park. Horse riding, quad biking and watersports are all available locally. Shop 21/2 miles.

Spacious living room with gas fire. Dining room with wooden floor and patio door. Five steps to large well-equipped kitchen with range (for cooking). Two bedrooms, each with en-suite shower room and toilet; one double with 5ft bed, one twin bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: Three double bedrooms; two with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, one with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom and toilet. All bedrooms with TV.

  • Gas fire included
  • Electricity, full gas underfloor heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Seven TVs (one satellite)
  • DVD
  • Radio/cassette/CD
  • Range included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • American-style fridge/freezer
  • Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • External games room with table tennis, table football and darts
  • Shared tennis court
  • Friday to Friday

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£2601-£2601
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Thatch Cottage Ref: HDDA

With VisitBritain’s ‘4 star gold award’, this charming 300-year-old, Grade II listed, thatched cottage nestles within the half-thatched rural village of Chittlehampton with its village square and welcoming inn. One of a pair, Thatch Cottage is built from stone and cob and restored and equipped to a very high standard. The beautiful surrounding Devon countryside offers thatched cottages, lovely views, quiet villages and so much more within easy reach. Exmoor is nearby with waterfalls, walking, cycling, ponies and zoo. The excellent Tarka Trail for more car-free cycling and walking is 30 miles of former railway, with cycle hire, running around the Taw estuary only 20 minutes away. Also within easy reach are the many superb beaches of the Golden Coast of North Devon, Croyde, Saunton and Woolacombe, for sandcastles and surfing, several excellent golf courses including the championship links course at Saunton, fishing on the Taw, renowned gardens, NT properties and sleepy, unspoilt villages with inns. The historic market town of South Molton, the "gateway to Exmoor", is nearby, with its regular markets, tea shops, restaurants, antique shops and swimming pool. Barnstaple is within easy reach, with its cinema, theatre, pannier market and variety of shops. Highbullen Hotel (3 miles) offers a 20 metre indoor pool and good gym for a low daily fee. Thatch Cottage is in a truly wonderful holiday location for all interests. Shop 300 yards, village inn serving food 200 yards.

Living room with electric woodburner and oak floor. Modern well-equipped kitchen/dining room with beamed fireplace. Cloakroom with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Two single bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electric woodburner included
  • Electricity, heating, bed linen, towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Radio/CD (small library)
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Additional fridge
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed garden, furniture
  • Ample parking
  • Books/games
  • Complimentary bottle of Cava
  • No smoking

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£290-£1053
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
The Granary Ref: W42648

Forming a wing of the owners’ farmhouse, The Granary provides a quiet countryside setting from which to explore North Devon’s stunning coastal and moorland attractions. Dramatic cliffs and rocky headlands are interspersed by sheltered bays. Both Woolacombe and Croyde Bay have long sandy beaches and from nearby Baggy Point there are wonderful panoramic views of the bay to Lundy Island. Nearby Ilfracombe’s busy fishing harbour offers boat trips to Lundy Island in the summer, while further along the Exmoor coast the attractive towns of Lynmouth and Lynton are popular with holidaymakers. Shop 7 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 single. Shower room with toilet.

Woodburner in living room included. NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. Friday to Friday (from 2015).

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£196-£593
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Shippon Cottage Ref: E3993

Set amidst tranquil Devon countryside, these attractive cottages boast outstanding views over a valley teeming with wildlife and shared enjoyment of an indoor swimming pool and children’s pool, open all year round and heated to around a delightful 30°C. A Jacuzzi and sauna offer an opportunity to relax and unwind whatever the season, whilst the 8 acres of shared grounds afford plenty of space for gentle strolls and picnics. There is also an all weather tennis court as well as a games room with pool table and table tennis and, for children, a large, outdoor play area. North Hill Cottages sit within a short drive of Devon’s famous golden coast – miles of sandy beaches at Woolacombe, Croyde, Putsborough, Westward Ho! and Saunton. These glorious beaches are a paradise for surfers of all ability levels, with boards, wetsuits and expert tuition available at most locations.
Just 3 miles away is Barnstaple, north Devon’s ancient capital whose charming blend of old and new combines a fascinating glimpse of times gone by with exciting browsing in the indoor Green Lane shopping centre, its Pannier Market and its theatre which is the centrepoint of the annual North Devon Festival. At the railway station, one can pick up the famous traffic free Tarka Trail and bicyle hire is available from Fremington Quay, just up river. Close by is Bideford, a historic fishing port and market town with steep, narrow medieval streets and a busy quay from where visitors can enjoy a two hour boat trip to Lundy Island. Also within easy reach is Braunton nature reserve, a beautiful ‘lunar landscape’ wilderness of sand dunes, noted for its rare and exotic plants.
Within easy reach are the glories of Exmoor National Park – among its numerous attractions are the charming coastal resorts of Lynton and Lynmouth, linked by a unique water-powered funicular cliff railway; the National Trust’s mesmerising Watersmeet – a woodland gorge with beautiful walks where the East Lyn River meets Hoaroak Water; Badgeworthy Water – the supposed hideout of the notorious ‘Doone’ family; Dunkery Hill – at 1705 ft, the highest point of the moor; and the ever popular town of Minehead – a traditional seaside resort and the start of the West Somerset Railway. There are splendid National Trust properties at Arlington Court, Dunster Castle and Knightshayes Court. This is wonderful walking country too. Magnificent views can be savoured amidst the tantalising beauty of Exmoor National Park and all along the North Devon Coastal Path. With its soaring cliffs, quaint harbours and long stretches of beach, almost entirely made up of designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, north Devon’s fabulous coastline is a joy to explore.
Riding, sailing and golf are all readily available locally, and fly fishing can be enjoyed at Blakewell Fisheries, conveniently located at the end of the drive leading to the cottages. Pubs serving food and a good choice of shops are found in Barnstaple, 3 miles. Comfortably furnished, warm and welcoming, and enjoying an excellent range of facilities as well as easy access to a host of attractions, North Hill Cottages are the perfect choice for year round holidays and special breaks in north Devon.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Cot. H/chair. D/washer. F/freezer.

All properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel inc). Oil CH inc (£2.50pd 29th May-30th Sep). Elec, bed linen and towels inc. DVD. M/wave. Shared laundry room with w/machine and t/dryer (honesty box). Garden furniture. Shared BBQ. Parking. NB: Unfenced pond in garden.

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