F170 - Lower Cowley Farmhouse
Cottage | 7 bedrooms | sleeps 16
2 miles west of Parracombe, in its own deep, typically Exmoor valley of a river rushing through oak woods and meadows to Hunters Inn and the sea at Heddon's Mouth, an 18th cent. farmhouse with integral indoor heated swimming pool (24' x 12' x 2'6" to 5' deep, available 28 March to 31 October) surrounded by 10 acres of its own naturally beautiful grounds including garden (barbecue), woods, orchard, the river, unfenced lakes, meadows and pathways. Terrace with lovely moorland views of Holdstone Hill and Trentishoe. There is a studio in the grounds with decking over a small lake. Lots of public footpaths, leading via woods and stream to dramatic cliff walks along Nat. Trust heritage coastline and to Heddon's Mouth.
The main part of the house is original; two wings were added later. Hall with cloakroom (loo/washbasin); living room with huge ox-roasting inglenook (woodburner); second living room (approx. 27' x 18') with open fire, grand piano, wood floor, step down to French windows to terrace with wonderful views to the high moorland of Trentishoe Down. Pretty fitted kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, electric range with double oven) with farmhouse-style table/chairs seating 6 in centre; boot room (freezer); scullery (sink, washing machine, tumble drier); loo (washbasin); door to swimming pool. Dining room with oak refectory table (seats 14, can be extended with smaller table, by arrangement). Single bedroom. Two staircases (stairgates) up to six more bedrooms, all with pretty views – the master double (5' bed) with balcony, a double with 5' bed and washbasin, a double with single futon (linen available, by arrangement) and washbasin, another double, and two twin rooms, three bathrooms (suites, one plus bath-shower), two with separate showers. 1 TV/1 VDU/2 DVDs/2 videos (good selection of videos), record player. Also available from May to September by arrangement (£300 per week) is Trout Cottage, a self-contained annexe for two. Internal and external access to open-plan living/dining/kitchen (hob) with 6 steps down to a double bedroom with en suite shower-room (suite).Open-fronted barn with table tennis. Spring water. A fabulous place with beautiful scenery for total seclusion, peace and quiet; no light pollution, wonderful night skies. Arrival after 2pm. Damages Deposit £500.
|Size||Sleeps up to 16, 7 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Private indoor pool, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private indoor pool|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, Telephone|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (5), Double beds (4), Cots (1)|
|Other||Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private indoor pool, Shared garden|
|Further details indoors|
Please bring your own beach towels.
The agent has its own star rating system to quantify interior quality, comfort and ambience. This property has been rated 4 star.
The West Country region
North Devon: its coast is perhaps the most varied of all, from Hartland Quay with its tremendous cliffs and multi-coloured rocks like dinosaurs' backs, via car-free Clovelly village tumbling to the sea, and the estuaries of the river Torridge (where Tarka lived) and river Taw, and Braunton's wilderness of sand dunes (all good for birdwatching), to the best sand/surf beaches in Devon at Saunton (the West Country's best golf course too), Croyde and Woolacombe, all the way to Exmoor.
The main town is Barnstaple - busy, thriving, not too big. The Tarka Trail cycleway (bicycles for hire) follows, very attractively, the river Torridge from deep inland to the sea and on past Instow's good beach and lovely cricket ground to Bideford, from where Elizabethan merchantmen sailed. From Hartland Point's lighthouse, great views to Lundy Island - and from Ilfracombe ships (day trips) to it. In Appledore unusual ships are built and its heart is very pretty. Inland, woods and fields roll, sometimes steeply, with streams, rivers and farms, almost totally unspoilt - as is most of the coast. Its north-west, stretching from Hatherleigh to Hartland, is Devon's least changed, least visited, least inhabited part, a country of big fields, some forests, gently undulating, with long, long views beneath big skies where old men in their vegetable gardens look up as a car passes. Holsworthy is the main (very small) town, with square, market, firm purpose. The river Tamar rises in the Tamar Lakes (watersports, fishing). The roads are straighter and less high-hedged than most in Devon - and emptier.
Parracombe: tiny village (great pub, medieval church with famous Georgian interior, PO/shop, pottery) near Exmoor's dramatic coast in a valley midway between Lynton/Lynmouth, 8 miles, and Combe Martin, 6 miles. This is steep, dramatic, deep-valleyed, farming, wooded and moorland country: very beautiful. Wide sandy beaches at Woolacombe and Croyde, about 12 miles.
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6 Mar 2014
"Splendid House in an idyllic location"
We spent xmas at Lower Cowley Farmhouse, with family from France, Singapore and various locations in the UK. 4 generations were present for the week and I have to say the accommodation was perfect for… More
Thank you very much for your lovely review, I am so glad that you and your family enjoyed your Christmas holiday at Lower Cowley Farmhouse. I very much hope that we will see you again in the future.
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