About a mile from Swimbridge, at the end of a short gravelled drive, two single-storey cottages and games room made from ancient barns in 6 acres of garden, wildlife ponds, meadows and woodland. The owners (nearby) enjoy sharing the enchanting grounds with visitors. There is nothing formal here; the garden has been created from meadow and old farmyard since 1984, dovetailing sympathetically with the environment. Good walks from the cottages (lovely views to Exmoor, Dartmoor and Lundy Island and of sunsets within a 10 minute stroll). Excellent for the garden/wildlife enthusiast, a delightful spot. Each cottage has its own private gravelled area in front (picnic table, barbecue), extending to a communal grassed ball-kicking/playing garden (gated). Inside, both cottages have high beamed ceilings, deep solid oak sills and access to the games room (table tennis, darts, tumble drier). The Shippon: 4 steps (handrail) up to entrance to fitted kitchen/dining room (slimline dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, fridge-freezer) with archway to attractive living room (open fire, TV/DVD). Two bedrooms, one at each end of the cottage – a double, and a twin. Bathroom (suite plus bath-power-shower).
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Games room|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1)|
|Other||Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, 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 3 star.
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.
Swimbridge: valley-village (church, pub, PO) 4 miles from Barnstaple (North Devon's 'capital' on the River Taw estuary - birdwatching, shops, restaurants) and about 6 miles from Exmoor. Splendid sandy beaches at Saunton (superb golf, surfing, dunes) or Instow (Tarka Trail biking, lovely cricket ground), 10 miles, or, slightly further, Woolacombe, Croyde.