Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
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)|
|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|
|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.
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.