K3 - Orchard Cottage
Cottage | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
in Stoke, a detached, thatched, Grade II listed, 16th cent. house with courtyard, enclosed garden (barbecue) and indoor heated swimming pool (28' x 16' x 3' to 7' deep) with decking (table/chairs) overlooking garden. Small lawned garden with big ash tree. Games room (table tennis, pool table). Lovely walks through Hartland Abbey's woods to the sea.
Formerly owned by the Abbey, the house has been beautifully converted, lovingly restored, furnished (some low doorways). Slate-floored hall (6' ceiling); loo (washbasin); comfortable, beamed living/dining room with inglenook fireplace (woodburner), TV/DVD, Welsh dresser, pine dining table; very well-equipped fitted kitchen (dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, fridge-freezers) with tiled floor and stable doors to back patio and courtyard; 2 steps down from kitchen to twin bedroom (TV); second living room with inglenook (woodburner); double bedroom (TV/DVD); two shower-rooms (suites). Stairs (stairgates) up to three more bedrooms – a beamed double with ceiling to apex, one with double plus single bed, and a single. Bathroom (suite plus hand-shower). Tumble drier in shed.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Private indoor pool, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private indoor pool|
|General||Central heating, TV, Telephone, Games room|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (2)|
|Other||Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private indoor pool, Private 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 3.5 star.
The West Country region
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.
Stoke: little village with outstanding church, ¾ mile from spectacular cliffs at Hartland Quay (hotel/pub, rocky cove beach with low-tide sand). Excellent sandy beaches at Westward Ho!, Bude and Instow, all within 20 miles. Hartland (shops, pubs), 1½ miles via pretty lane. Clovelly (traffic-free cliff-top village), 5. Bideford (port town), 15.
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