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Stunning location in the heart of North Devon

Cottage | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
  • Car advised
  • Nearest beach 0.5km


SOUTHWOOD is a character 4 bedroom Devonshire cottage dating back a couple of centuries. Originally two cottages, Numbers 11 & 12 have been 'knocked through' on the ground floor with the two original stairways remaining. A perfect character cottage for those looking for a tranquil retreat, this delightful cottage is surprisingly spacious and well presented throughout. This layout makes the cottage ideal for two families or couples wishing to holiday together, allowing both to have their independent upstairs areas and bath or shower room. This spacious cottage is perfectly situated in the middle of the quaint village of Bucks Mills, perched above the stream and just a few minutes walk from the beach. The narrow winding lane through the village passes a few whitewashed cottages and ends up in the village square as a 'no through' lane. Hence the village is quiet and peaceful without passing traffic. Southwood has a lovely private south facing garden with woodland views and the sea just visible from the 'upper lawn'.

Southwood is a cottage just full of character and warmth with beams, low ceilings, stone floors and other traditional features.


The characterful sitting room has a traditional fireplace and wood burning stove to keep you warm on cooler evenings (initial log supply provided). The house is also heated by efficient night storage heating. Comfortable sofas and chairs seat 8 people and entertainment includes a flat screen TV with FreeSat, DVD, Hi Fi and ipod dock. Wifi internet access is included.

The large dining room provides access from the sitting room to the kitchen. A table seats 8 people, with an attractive dresser and character fireplace. A high chair is provided.


The kitchen is very well equipped, facilities include a ceramic hob, 2 built in ovens, dishwasher, large fridge, freezer, microwave, washing machine, toaster, kettle, crockery and kitchen utensils. There is also a table and chairs, window seat and character fireplace.


Bedroom 1 with double bed.

Bedroom 2 with double bed.

Bedroom 3 with twin beds.

Bedroom 4 with bunk beds.

White bed linen is provided for all the beds, and two fluffy white towels are provided per person.


Downstairs is a shower room with shower, hand basin and WC.

Upstairs you will find a bathroom with bath, hand basin and WC.

Both have heated towel rails and heaters.

Two white fluffy towels are kindly provided per person. Please bring your own beach towels.


The cottage itself is in an elevated position above the lane and stream, with views to the field and woodland opposite and down the lane.

A pretty south facing garden has lawned areas and a terrace outside the kitchen. There is a small upper lawn perfect for catching the evening sunshine in summer, and from here you can just see the sea. The sea is only a few minutes walk away down the cliff path.

Garden chairs, a bench and a large sun umbrella are provided. There is plenty of storage in the out building.

On-street parking is available for 1 car in the lane close to the hedge near the property. Another car can park in the large car park up the lane (5 minute walk).

E & OE

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Bucks Mills 500 m
Will consider Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 2.5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Exeter 98 km, Nearest railway: Barnstaple 27 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden
Access Parking
Further details

Location - Bucks Mills; Pets - Yes; 4 bedrooms; Sleeps 8; Post Code EX39 5DY; Ideal for families, children, friends, couples; Changeover day: Saturday during peak weeks (otherwise flexible); WiFi included; TV; DVD Player; FreeSat; Woodburning stove; Initial logs supplied; iPod docking station; Private garden; Heating & electricity included; Electric oven & gas hob; Dishwasher; Washing machine; Fridge; Freezer; Microwave; Duvets, pillows and linen provided for 2 doubles and 4 singles; Parking for 1 car in the lane by the Southwood gate

The West Country region

The North Devon coastline is a walkers dream come true with rolling hills as far as the eye can see and coastlines so unspoilt they are picture perfect.

There are few places in Britain that lay claim to such a beautiful combination of stunning landscapes. A coastline of spectacular cliffs, secret coves and golden beaches together with a hinterland of wild moorland, sparkling river valleys and lush rolling hills make North Devon and Exmoor a very special place to visit.


WALK TO - The Bucks Mills beach is only a few minutes walk from the cottage and is a mixture of rock pools, pebbles and usually quite a lot of sand at low tide (this can vary from year to year). Fishing is everywhere along this coast - including on the Bucks Mills beach where mackerel and bass can be caught in large quantities. Walking is popular in this area, the North Devon Coastal Path passes through the village of Bucks Mills. There is a licensed village shop and post office just 1.5 miles from the centre of Bucks Mills at Bucks Cross.

The nearest pub, The Hoops at Horns Cross is a healthy walk away via the cliff path or just a couple of miles by car. The Hoops is a traditional pub providing fine ales, good food and special fish nights.

CYCLE TO - The Tarka Trail offers miles of flat cycling along the old railway lines of North Devon. Bicycles can hired in Bideford, Torrington and other places along the route. There is a licensed village shop and post office just 1.5 miles from the centre of Bucks Mills at Bucks Cross.

DRIVE TO - There are many other beaches nearby: Instow, 10 miles away, has a wide beach with sand dunes. Westward Ho! is 9 miles away has 2 miles of golden sand. Other great beaches for surfing or sandcastles are approx 40 mins by car: Saunton Sands, Croyde, Sandymouth, Bude, plus many more.

here are various golf courses nearby, catering for all standards: The Royal North Devon at Westward Ho! (the oldest in England), Hartland Golf and Country Club, Torrington and Saunton.

The nearest town Bideford is just 8 miles away, it has a superstore, a couple of other supermarkets, retail park offering big brands at discount prices, library and general town amenities. Barnstaple (15 miles away) has a station, a larger selection of shops and a cinema complex. The neighbouring valley (6 miles by road) is famous fishing village and harbour of Clovelly. For rainy day activities for children The Big Sheep, Atlantis Adventure Park and The Milky Way are all just minutes away by car and provide fun for all ages.

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6 Jul 2014


"lovely cottage but needs tlc"

Southwood cottage in Bucks Mills is a very well proportioned 8 berth cottage.There was six adults and two dogs in our party, plenty of room. It is in a lovely quiet location , unfortunately access to … More

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