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Cumbrew Cottage

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
  • Car advised
  • Nearest beach 4km

Cumbrew Cottage was built circa 1890. It retains much of its original character, with its ornate entrance porch with Victorian tiled floor, sash windows, pine window shutters, ornate picture rails, exposed brickwork etc.

The house and garden have been described as a 'safe haven'. Once you shut the gate and walk down the few steps, you could be anywhere at all. There is a feeling of a secluded hideaway cottage and garden.

It is a perfect winter retreat with its wood burning stove in the lounge and open fire in the dining room.

Despite this feeling of 'having escaped', the cottage is just five minutes walk from Bideford town centre with its many restaurants, pubs, shops and fascinating quay.

The closest beaches are just five minutes drive away, with the diversity of Instow, Appledore, Northam Burrows and Westward Ho!

Slightly further afield, but within easy reach are the surfing beaches of Croyde, Woolacombe, Puttsborough, Saunton, Bude etc. Exmoor and Dartmoor National parks are easily reached. The area has many and varied local attractions for all age groups.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Sandymere/Westward Ho! 4 km
Will consider House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 300 m
Nearest travel links Nearest railway: Barnstaple 16 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other High chair
Outdoors Private garden, Bicycles available
Further details indoors

The cottage is a charming character home.

There is an open fire in the spacious dining room with attractive marble floor tiles. Large pine dining table seating six. Also, two comfy armchairs for a quiet read or time out.

The lounge benefits from a wood burner, a three seater and two seater sofa with solid pouffe and two beanbag cubes. An ipod docking station is provided.

The staircase is open plan, so care is needed with small children. A stairgate is available.

The kitchen and utility room is very well equipped, with all the items you would have at home. Plenty of crockery and cutlery. There is a professional Range style cooker.

Double bedroom with wardrobe, bedside table,lamp, mirror, hairdryer.

Triple bedroom with double bed, single bed with guest bed under. Bedside tables,dressing table reading lamps,mirror. hairdryer.

The garden is secluded and well stocked -there is a decking area with garden furniture and outside lights.

'Z' bed, travel cot, highchair, bed guard, stairgate and child's toilet seat with step are provided. Also two adult bicycles for use and one bodyboard plus bucket, spade, cricket bat, ball, boules etc.- all in shed.

Further details outdoors

Parking is not the best. I always manage to park closeby, or if difficult in next road up hill, where there is an alley through to my lane. it is fine to unload and load outside house.

Secure garden with decking area, which has a patio table, parasol and four chairs.

Outside security light and light to decking and garden..These may be switched off upon arrival; switch on in dining room and shed.

Further details

Linen is provided, beds will be made up ready for your stay.

Please bring your own towels.

No smoking inside cottage please.

Please replace any logs used.

Please repair any bicycle tyre punctures!

In the unfortunate event of an unforseen breakdown of an appliance or service, I shall do my utmost to rectify the matter as soon as possible, but am unable to provide compensation for any such occurence.

The West Country region

Bideford is an ideal base for exploring North Devon and indeed the whole of the West Country. Exmoor National Park is within easy reach, with its quaint villages, spectacular coastline and unspoilt landscape. Dartmoor National Park is also a feasible option to visit with its many attractions. The places easily accessible to visit are many and varied. For walkers, the South West coast path and The Tarka Trail are right on the doorstep.The Tarka Trail is ideal for leisurely cycling, great for families, as it is level and safe. Bicycle hire is available in Bideford.

The unique and charming village and harbour of Clovelly is closeby, with its narrow, steep, cobbled streets.

Hartland Quay is an area of outstanding natural beauty with a rugged, magical attraction.

Appledore, with its quaint cobbled streets and Fisherman's cottages is a five minute drive away - as is Instow with its relaxed, charismatic feel.

The popular surfing beaches of Croyde, Puttsborough, Woolacombe, Saunton, Bude etc offer wide expanses of sand within easy reach.All have life guards during the summer months.

There are smaller, hidden away coves a plenty also, for those who prefer.


Bideford is an ideal base for exploring North Devon. The nearest beach of Sandymere/Northam Burrows (also a country park with wild ponies and a golf course- the oldest in Britain) is a five minute drive away - this is a large quiet, sandy beach backed by a pebble ridge, where kiteboarding,kitesurfing, kayaking, bodyboarding and surfing are popular sports.It is also a great area for walking (dogs are permitted). Westward Ho! is at the far end of this beach with more 'traditional' seaside entertainments.

Bideford itself is an Elizabethan port and market town, steeped in history. The quay is fascinating with an interesting stream of small and large vessels. There are regular ferry crossings to Lundy Island, which is well worth a visit.

There are numerous restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs in the town with many character village pubs a short distance away.

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Review 1-7 of 7

27 Mar 2014


"Not the best use of hard earned money!"

We stayed at this cottage and I have to agree with the other comments from the other "Terrible" rating.First the good. There were some good period features in the cottage such as the wooden… More

27 May 2013


"Delightful cottage with period charm"

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the cottage, not at all run down as the previous guests had stated. Clean, comfortable and very well equipped. Heating soon warmed up the cottage on cooler nights, mak… More

23 Apr 2013


"We nearly came home the day we arrived!"

The only reason we stayed two nights and didn't walk out on arrival was nothing to do with the cottage but because we'd come a long way and on day 2 the sun shone, we went for a walk and after a glass of wine wouldn't risk the drive home! We arrived on a cold Monday afternoon to a freezing cold house we lit the log burner immediately but it took until Wednesday morning to warm up so we sat in our coats to keep warm. The house itself was clean enough on the surface but the footstools were filthy and ripped, there was a dirty dressing gown on the back of the bathroom door, the toothbrush pot was dirty and the shower curtain filthy, the log burner had the last guests half burnt logs and ash in it and the insides of the kitchen cupboards and crockery were not clean. There was also someone else's food in the freezer and fridge! The house is a bit run down but we could have put up with that but the cleanliness we could not. It is also situated about 200 yards from the local rubbish truck yard so we were awoken at 6am by the trucks rumbling by. We returned home early and sent an email to the owner to complain but unfortunately no refund for our early departure was given which was very disappointing. We have stayed in some beautiful cottages all over the UK and always been delighted with the standards, unfortunately on this occasion we were not. We won't be returning

I felt that I needed to respond to this review as it is a very unfair totally negative view of Cumbrew Cottage. The guest in question emailed me a week after they left my cottage,after I had refunded their deposit, requesting a refund of their last night's stay as they decided not to stay the last night. At no point did they attempt to contact me during their stay to discuss any issues; had this been the case then I would have tried my best to resolve any issues immediately. They suggested that I either refund me a night's money or they would write me a bad review. I found this rather inappropriate.
It was an extremely cold snap during their stay and I appreciate that stone thick walled cottages take a while to heat up, but once they do, they retain the heat very well. Usually this is not a problem, as the gas central heating is efficient in the cottage and with the log burner too, it is in normally toasty.
I was very concerned about the comments made regarding cleanliness, as I have not had complaints regarding this before and have had the same cleaner for several years now.
To investigate this, I visited my cottage over last weekend to do an inspection.
Re. 'somebody else's food in fridge and freezer'; I found both to be clean; the fridge had a bottle of tomato ketchup, a jar of mint sauce and a bottle of sweet chilli sauce in it. The freezer had a bag of chips, some ice cubes and a bag of peas in it, which I have now thrown away. My kitchen cupboard has a few non-perishable items in, left by other guests, which most guests are happy to share.
I always leave dressing gowns on the back of each bedroom and bathroom door; one of these had a mark on the bottom edge of the sleeve. I have now removed these, to save a recurrence of this.
I have also removed the toothbrush pot to save a recurrence of a smear of toothpaste being missed.
The shower curtain did need washing and I have replaced this with a new one.
The two beanbag footstool cubes were getting a little grubby and have now been emptied of beans and washed. Neither was in the slightest bit ripped. The solid footstool had a seam which had come apart by about one inch, which I have now repaired.
I have checked all the crockery and cutlery in the house and it is perfectly clean. I have to rely on guests to wash the dishes well, as my cleaner cannot go through all items of crockery and cutlery checking that they have all been washed up thoroughly.
I also have to rely on guests who have used the log burner to clear it of ashes and half burnt logs after use.
I have emptied all the kitchen cupboards and cleaned them, there were a few slight marks on a couple of the shelves.
I have tended the garden.
The porch and upstairs landing were looking a little 'tired' so I have arranged for these to be decorated next weekend.
The photos of my cottage are very realistic and are an accurate portrayal of how it is.
I am more than happy to answer any questions honestly before any booking and I will always do my utmost to resolve any issues promptly and apprpriately if they should occur.

20 Jun 2012


"Great home base for exploring Devon and Cornwall"

The friendly, helpful owner was a pleasure to deal with. The spacious, well-appointed cottage soon felt like home. Instructions for getting everything up and running were clear and easy. The 300 yard/… More

17 Jun 2012


"sisters road trip"

The property was wonderful. a real home from home. The Cottage was so well equipped. There were games, books, DVD's , local map and places of interest. There was even a couple of rain coats to bo… More

29 May 2012


"a lovely cottage for relaxing holidays"

This cottage is in a great location, well appointed, and is ideal for chilling and relaxing, entertaining friends or just sitting back and reading a good book.… More

10 Jan 2012


"Lovely, warm, spacious cottage"

We stayed here between Christmas and New Year 2011. Two adults, two kids and the dog! Lovely cottage with big lounge and dining room both with real fires! Massive kitchen really well equipped, you really dont need to bring anything. The lounge has tons of videos and dvds. Two large bedrooms and nice bathroom. Great location 5 minutes walk from town. Not much garden but hey cant have everything. Reasonably priced and excellent comms from owner. Recommended.

Review 1-7 of 7

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