A mile from the good food pub at Welcombe and in total privacy, a single-storey house with sedum roof and superbly tranquil views to the sea at Welcombe Mouth (½ mile). The whole area (mostly owned by Nat.Trust and Cadbury Trust) is a haven for deer, badgers, birds, butterflies and wildlife in general. Approached along 150 yards of hardcore track, 3 acres belonging to it, mostly left to provide wildlife habitat. Flat grass area with picnic bench looking down to the sea (toddlers must be supervised). Inside, stylishly rustic with high, exposed roof beams and most rooms enjoying great views. Porch for boots/coats with tumble drier; open-plan living/dining/fitted kitchen (microwave) with oak floor, comfy leather sofas, huge fireplace (woodburner), handmade oak table, TV/DVD and glazed doors to garden; utility room with dishwasher, washing machine, fridge-freezer. Hall to three bedrooms – two double (5' beds with footboards), and one with bunks (bottom bed 2'6") plus single, all with composite flooring (rugs). Bathroom (suite plus hand-shower) and shower-room (suite, power-shower). Spring water. Arrival after 4pm. A brilliant place for chilling out.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2)|
|Other||Towels provided, High chair|
|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.
Welcombe Mouth: cove (rocks and sand at low-tide, great surfing) between spectacular cliffs in one of the most unspoilt parts of the West Country, and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Coast path, great birdwatching. Welcombe hamlet (community shop, good food pub, pottery), 1 mile. Hartland (large village with shops and pubs), 10 miles; Bude, 12.