Laundry cottage is a charming, two bedroom, Victorian, terraced house on the outskirts of Ilfracombe, within easy walking distance (less than a mile) of the town centre and famous tunnels beach. The cottage benefits from a quiet location with plenty of street parking and is only a 10 minute drive to the beach at Woolacombe. The beach is 2 miles long and great for surfing and walking at all times of year.
Ilfracombe itself is a quaint old harbour town, with many shops, restaurants and pubs, plus a few good wine bars and even a theatre and a cinema! There are lots of activities on offer all year round. You can go sea-fishing, or take a day trip along the coast or to Lundy Island from the harbour. Ideal base for visiting Exmoor or the many beaches and walks along the North Devon Coast. Also good for golf, riding, sailing and cream teas!
NEW from October 18th 2012 -come and visit Verity, Damian Hirst's controversial new statue on the Harbour. We think she is rather fabulous at 20m high.
The cottage is on the South West edge of town on the road to Lee, along a rural valley with the Torrs on one side and the Cairn on the other. Access to walking on the Torrs and to the local reservoirs is about 100 metres up the road, as is the bus stop. It's also only a 20 min walk into the town itself.
The cottage has a lovely homely feel and lots of personal touches as it is used by its owner on a regular basis. Many holiday guests also return year after year. A few of the recent comments from the guest book;
'As soon as we walked through the door we thought Wow! a real home from home. Our first time in North Devon and we have had such a good time exploring the area' June 2012
'Beautiful week, loved the cottage and felt so much at home. Great place to use as a base to explore North Devon' July 2012
'We really enjoyed our stay at the cottage. Our boys didnt want to leave. We loved the beaches at Croyde, Woolacombe and Saunton. We really appreciated the well equipped kitchen and we would love to come back' August 2012
'A great place to stay to explore North Devon. Lovely homely cottage with everything we have needed. We will be back!' Sept 2012
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Woolacombe 4 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Exeter 70 km, Nearest railway: Barnstaple 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Downstairs there is an open plan layout with lounge diner that has plenty of seating including a double sofabed (should flexible sleeping arrangements be needed). There is wifi, flat screen tv with DVD and video player as well as cd/radio unit and games cupboard to keep everyone occupied.
The bright and cheerful fully fitted kitchen is well equipped for cooking and the lovely blue bathroom has a bath with good overhead shower. Both rooms get lots of natural light in the day.
Upstairs there is a large sunny double bedroom with a walk in wardrobe and a pretty room with sturdy bunkbeds ( suitable for adults and children) at the front.
For those with small children there is also a pull out single futon bed if you have a child that needs to sleep in your room. There is also a travel cot and high chair in the property. Please note the stairs are open but a portable stairgate is provided.
|Further details outdoors|
There is a small but attractive west-facing meditterranean-style patio garden which is perfect for eating breakfast or having a glass of wine after a hard day on the beach. Its lovely and sheltered so you can soak up the sun on the two sun-loungers or have a BBQ. There is also an outside tap for washing wetsuits and a covered patio with line to hang up them to dry.
Free Parking is available on the road outside.
Available from Fridays for weekly lets
Weekends and Short breaks possible at most times of year (generally outside of school holidays)
North Devon Has some of the most beautiful and breathtaking scenery with lots of things to do at all times of year.
The Tarka Trail (180 miles of walking and cycling routes through stunning countryside) offers the energetic a perfect opportunity to explore the highways and byways of North Devon. You can download a range of easy-to-follow cycle route to print out and enjoy and there are several local bike rental places if you don't fancy bringing your own bikes.
Exmoor National Park also offers the walker a unique landscape to explore and the coastal towns of Lynton and Lynmouth are a short drive away. The Coastal path can be picked up in many places and walked in sections.
For total peace and quiet and a truly memorable experience there is Lundy Island, a three mile long island, 12 miles off the North Devon coast. A paradise for wildlife watchers it also has a marine reserve which you can dive off. Boats go several times a week from Ilfracombe in summer.
North Devon also has several golf courses, with the championship courses at Saunton and the Royal course at Westward Ho! Locally we have courses at Ilfracombe and Willingcott and a number of driving ranges. Plus pitch and putt and lots of crazy golf courses!
The mild climate in North Devon means we have some wonderful gardens to visit. Marwood Gardens is a delight. Arlington Court (NT) has large gardens and the house of the Chichester family. Docton Mill in Hartland is in a delightful valley. RHS Rosemoor gardens at Great Torrington have matured into a selection of specialist areas as well as the original gardens.
For the energetic why not have a go at Quad Biking, Clay Pigeon Shooting or Horse riding.
The area also has a wealth of family orientated attractions including, The Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park, Milky Way, The Big Sheep, Dartington Crystal, Torrington 1646, Clovelly village and Watermouth Castle.
Ilfracombe is in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, nestling snugly amongst the rugged cliffs of the majestic Atlantic coast. The beautiful and breathtaking scenery of the North Devon coast surrounds this charming natural harbour. The harbour is now home to Verity, a stunning 20ft high bronze statue by Damien Hirst, erected in October 2012.
The town has grown up around the harbour where today fishing vessels share anchorage with pleasure craft, and from where the M. S. Oldenburg regularly sails to Lundy Island, twelve miles off the coastline. The resort has been popular since the 1830’s when the Victorians started to visit the area and much of the architecture today is a reminder of the Victorian era. Many of the large, elegant buildings, have since been converted into hotels. With its array of shops, cafes and bars, Ilfracombe has plenty to do and see.
Ilfracombe is the base for many varied festivals. The town has a growing reputation for its floral displays and has been the proud winner of many awards in the “Britain in Bloom” Competition. Each year the streets are awash with colour from June to October with baskets, tubs and planters everywhere. There are several local beaches, the most sheltered being the Tunnels Beaches, transformed in recent years by new owners. Sea bathing pools and beach with access carved out under the imposing cliffs which were once frequented by Victorian holidaymakers.
There is a great local museum, small aquarium, theatre, cinema, indoor swimming pool, crazy golf and a host of other attractions nearby, including a haunted house!