Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
LITTLE TORRINGTON MALLARDS COTTAGE OVERVIEW
MALLARDS is one of a group of three self catering cottages - situated just a few miles from the historic Cavalier town of Great Torrington in a truly idyllic rural location but just half a mile from the Bideford to Okehampton road. Approach is via a single track lane to a gravelled open area in front of the cottages. The cottages have been converted from agricultural buildings to modern high standards yet retain a lot of their original features and charm like ceiling beams, tongue and groove doors with traditional metal latches, exposed woodwork and stonework. They are all centrally heated and have an excellent range of facilities including bathrooms with full size baths and showers. They also have modern well-equipped kitchens and living areas. As the lane is a 'no through road' there is no passing traffic to intrude on the tranquility. There is ample parking and each cottage has its own patio area that is illuminated at dusk.
As this is a rural location, dogs are most welcome, (there is a nominal charge and a maximum of 1 per cottage). The solitude of these cottages makes an ideal venue to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and enjoy an 'at one with nature' experience. There is an abundance of bird life and wild fowl, as well as many miles of country lanes and footpaths to ramble or explore by bicycle. All bed linen, bath and hand towels are provided free of charge, internet access, central heating and electricity are also included.
As you enter through the semi glazed front door there is an immediate feeling of warmth and cosiness, largely due to the warm coloured abundance of natural wood and exposed ceiling beams. Without doubt, the main feature of the open plan living area is the large feature fireplace with original bread oven. The perfect place to relax into the double sofa or either of the comfortable armchairs.There is an electric imitation wood burner in place of the original fire grate. A large flat screen TV, DVD player, music system including CD as well as a selection of DVD's, CD's and books are provided. Double french doors open out onto the private patio area.
KITCHEN / DINING
The open plan kitchen, dining and living area create a great social space. There is a small step (of only a few inches) down to the kitchen area. Solid wood farmhouse style units add to the rustic feel, whilst the kitchen itself is fully equipped with a comprehensive selection of pots, pans, crockery and cooking utensils. There is an electric hob with a single oven and grill, microwave, coffee machine, 2 slice toaster, fridge with icebox as well as a stainless steel sink. The oval dining table provides comfortable seating and dining space for 4.
Upstairs, ceiling beams and wooden doors abound, there is a wall mounted full length mirror conveniently located on the landing.
Bedroom 1 is the master bedroom and a good sized double aspect room that overlooks the gravel frontage, but best of all, a fantastic elevated view of the rolling hills in the distance. The metal framed good sized double bed is shouldered by drawer storage space and bedside lamps. There is a full sized wardrobe providing plenty of hanging space. A vanity mirror and clock radio are thoughtfully provided. A travel cot can be provided for this room on request.
Bedroom 2 is a comfortable twin room with pine beds and a window looking out to the surrounding copse. The coordinating wardrobe and 4 drawer chest and central bedside table with lamp ensure that there is no lack of storage space.
A clock radio and wall mounted mirror are useful touches.
The first floor family bathroom has a wood effect laminate floor that tones well with the bathroom suite. This comprises a full size bath with hand held shower plus electric shower. There is also a W/C and wash basin. A mirror fronted bathroom cabinet and light with shaver point is also provided for your convenience. Halogen downlights enhance the warm feeling of this room.
The cottages are situated on the edge of a Shire Horse Washing pond and used to be part of the Smytham Manor Estate. This pond and the surrounding area are home to a myriad of wildlife including our own breeding pair of Moorhens and more recently a family of Mallards.
The pond is securely fenced from the immediate garden and patios to ensure safety for all. Well away from the pond is a private childrens play area is with swings, seesaw and wendy house. Each cottage has its own secluded patio with wooden garden furniture and seating for all, perfect for bathing in the tranquility of solitude or al-fresco dining, although you may be joined for dinner by friendly Mallards or Moorhens! Through a 5 bar gate, and still on private land, there is a communal picnic table and brick built barbeque (please note that the washing pond is unfenced in this area).
SHARED UTILITY AREA
A washing machine, tumble drier, dishwasher and freezer can be found in the shared utility room and are freely available for guests to use. A portable charcoal barbeque and tools along with games equipment and a windbreak are provided for guests convenience Although barbeque charcoal is provided, guests are asked to use it on a use and replace basis for the benefit of all. For added convenience a payphone is located in this room with the property managers freephone number provided.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Exeter 50 km, Nearest railway: Barnstaple 16 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||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|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), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Swing set|
AT A GLANCE
Location - Near Little Torrington; Pets - Yes; 2 bedrooms; Sleeps 4+; Post Code EX38 8PT; Ideal for families, couples, 50+; Changeover Day: Saturday during peak weeks (otherwise flexible); TV with freeview; DVD player; DVD Selection; CD/Radio Sound System; Board Games and Book Selection; Oven; Hob; Fridge with ice box, Microwave; Kettle; Toaster; Iron and Ironing Board; Central heating; Linen provided for 1 x double, 2 x singles; BBQ (charcoal); Garden table and chairs; Off road parking for 1 car; Bath and Hand towels included; Travel cot/High Chair available free on request (only space for travel cot in Bedroom 1); Garden with childrens play area,Cream Tea provided for your arrival.
(Washing Machine; Tumble Dryer; Freezer; Dishwasher and payphone located in shared utility area)
The West Country region
The surrounding area has much to offer. Within driving distance is Atlantic Village outlet shopping centre, Tapeley Park, Instow, Appledore, The Big Sheep, Dartington Crystal, Clovelly, Bucks Mills, The Milky Way adventure park and the historic market town of Bideford with its open-air and pannier markets. Just a short hop over the Torridge is the large market town of Barnstaple with all high street conveniences, cinema, theatre, museums, and pannier market. From Barnstaple one is in easy reach of many magnificent North Devon beaches including Croyde, Woolacombe, Saunton Sands, Braunton Burrows and Putsborough, all famous surf spots.
WALK TO -The renowned Tarka Trail is only 500m away which is a public footpath/cycle path built on the bed of the disused Okehampton to Barnstaple railway line. It follows the course of the River Torridge for much of it's length and joins up with the North Devon Coast Path at Bideford and Barnstaple.
CYCLE TO - cyclists can enjoy the network of tranquil country lanes that weave throughout the lush green countryside. Whilst, Just a few miles away, access is available to over 30 miles of the Tarka Trail route between Braunton and Meeth. The trail, using the old railways of North Devon and passing through the largely unspoilt landscape, is safe for cyclists of all ages and abilities. Meanwhile, the miles of public footpaths make this a ramblers and mountain bikers paradise.