Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
On the edge of Northam as pavements become a country lane, turn into a short, private, hardcore lane, drive through big wrought iron gates and you discover a handsome, detached brick house converted from an old coach house. It and the adjacent main house were built by the architect to the Duke of Bedford in 1881 for his own grand residence. All are surrounded by mature gardens and trees with meadows beyond. You have your own large, enclosed paved area to the front and side (table/chairs). Living room with woodburner, TV/DVD and French windows to front; step down to large kitchen/dining room (dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, freezer, larder fridge, electric cooker/gas hob); ground-floor loo (washbasin). From hall, steep stairs up to two generous-sized bedrooms – a double (5' bed, footboard) with en suite shower-room (washbasin) and door to garden terrace, and a twin (washbasin); shower-room (suite). Brilliantly placed for birdwatching, kite-surfing, golf, horse riding or just relaxing quietly.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 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||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1)|
|Other||Towels provided, High chair|
|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 3.5 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.
Northam: village (church, pub, cafés, shops, golf) along the Torridge estuary (Tarka Trail); 625 acres of wild habitat to walk at Northam Burrows Country Park. Appledore, 1½ miles. Huge, sandy beach at Westward Ho!, 1½. Lundy Island boat trips from Bideford quay, 2.