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Torridge Valley Coach House

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 9 reviews

Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Our self catering holiday apartment is set in the heart of Tarka Otter countryside and is surrounded by beautiful countryside and lovely woodland walks.

The village of Weare Giffard nearby follows the beautiful River Torridge for over a mile and was featured in the film 'Tarka the Otter'. Just over a mile away the Tarka Trail provides miles of magnificent walking and cycling (six cycles available for guest use). Just a 40 min stroll away the charming village pub offers meals, and the village green with children's playground and cricket pitch is a comfortable walk further on.

The amenities of Torrington including indoor swimming pool, golf course, Rosemoor Gardens and Dartington Crystal are a ten minute drive away.

Take the bicycles and cycle to Bideford (25 mins). From here continue on the Tarka Trail which follows the River Torridge to the estuary village of Instow. Here you can laze on the beach and in the sand dunes or enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants that line the quay.

From Bideford you can take a trip on the magnificanet Oldenburg to Lundy Island. You can enjoy the fantastic scenery and photo opportunities and particpate in activities such as snorkelling safaris, guided walks and diving. You may even spot the world famous puffins.

From the property there are six beaches within an hour's drive the nearest being Westward Ho (10 min drive).

Size Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Westward Ho / Instow 10 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Exeter, Nearest railway: Barnstaple 20 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player, Staffed property
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Safe, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, 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), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Private fishing lake or river
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Originally the staff quarters for the old Trout Farm the property sits in the heart of a working farm where guests can enjoy full use of the 2 acre grounds. The small lake creates a magnificent centrepiece and is currently being lovingly restored by it's present owners. The lake is NOT stocked with Trout. The apartment is accessed via steps and is situated on the first floor. Dining area comfortably seats six. Two bedrooms one smaller containing bunk beds and other with double bed and wardrobe space. Double sofa bed is available in the lounge area. The open plan kitchen area has electric oven, grill, four ring hob and fitted cupboards with part granite worksurface. Bathroom has toilet, basin, bath with shower over. All rooms have magnificent exposed beams and ceilings. Ample parking for two/ three cars. Available for enjoyment are four adult mountain bikes, three children's mountain bikes and three sets of adult golf clubs complete with pull along trolleys.

Further details outdoors

There is a private garden to the side of the coach house where there is seating and barbeque area. A gas barbeque is availabe for the guests use. Picnics can be enjoyed along the riverbank. Adults & children are welcome to help with feeding our pigs, ducks and chickens. In the summer months there is a vegetable garden where guests can pick some added extras for dinner (supervised) and we have a help yourself policy to our delicious free range eggs.

Further details

The central heating is only available to guests throughout October to March. In the Summer months an electric oil filled radiator is available in the unlikely event that heating is required. The property would not be suitable for people with walking difficulties. There are many water features including large fish tank, stream, bridge and of course lake so those with very small children may not deem the property suitable. Supervised children will enjoy the property immensely. There is no fishing available at the property.

The Devon region

A holiday in North Devon will not disappoint. It has some of the most stunning coastlines and beaches in Britain and boasts rolling hills a plenty. North Devon's diversity is reflected in the towns and villages that make up this unique area. The area caters for every type of visitor, whether you prefer sleepy hamlets hidden amongst the rolling hills, traditional market towns or vibrant coastal resorts offering a wide range of amenities.

Weare Giffard

WEARE GIFFARD - A classic street village on the eastern bank of the River Torridge. It has a long and fascinating history and a rich present and glowing future. Tarka Otter country at its best. 20 mins walk / 30 mins to pub.

CLOVELLY - Step back in time at the picturesque 14th Century harbour. The beach is a pebbled beach set in the middle of the peaceful harbour. 30 Mins Drive

INSTOW - Pretty estuary village which lies on the banks of the River Torridge. Its wonderful scenic views make it a favourite haunt for artists whilst fishermen enjoy catching bass! It is also a place for watersports and sailing enthusiasts. 15 Mins Drive

APPLEDORE - Where the River Torridge & River Taw meet the Atlantic. The village is full of history, with watch towers, look-outs, a smugglers tunnel, fishermen's cottages, captains' houses and a quay overlooking the meeting point of the two rivers. Away from the quay the narrow streets, hidden lanes and cobbled courtyards preserve the intriguing history and transport the imagination back through the centuries. 15 Mins Drive

WESTWARD HO - On a narrow strip of land beneath the wooded hillside and golden sands of Bideford Bay, lies this wonderful little seaside resort that has been a popular family holiday destination since Victorian times.

The village is fronted by over two miles of golden sand and is protected by the famous pebble ridge and long promenade. 15 Mins Drive

BARNSTAPLE - Barnstaple is the commercial centre of the region, combining sophisticated shopping with the bustling atmosphere of markets and speciality shops. The modern Green Lanes Shopping Centre compliments the traditional Pannier and Craft Markets held since 1855 in the Pannier Market Hall. Around every corner there are pretty little alleys and courtyards, as well as the unusual Butchers Row, a line of open fronted shops selling speciality foods from meat and fish to laver and traditional clotted cream. 25 MIns Drive

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Review 1-9 of 9

11 Nov 2014


"Just what we needed"

We loved our week at Torridge Valley Coach House. The piglets were a hit with our two small boys, as was the location which gave them plenty to explore. The accommodation suited us perfectly and was… More

19 Oct 2014


"Peaceful location to explore North Devon"

lovely coach house in peaceful surroundings. Stayed for 4 days and made use of the bikes cycling into Bideford to work off the Devon cream tea. The Coach house is a warm and comfortable retreat but ea… More

2 Sep 2014



We had a lovely week here, highly recommended. I can only echo the other reviews, lovely property, so clean and homely. Lovely location, very peaceful but central for driving off elsewhere. Perfect … More

29 Sep 2013


"Best Holiday Ever"

The coach house was amazing, clean well equiped with every you need.wonderful home made scones and wine on arrival. The host Ruth and Ali were superb, went out of their way to make my holiday the best… More

31 Aug 2013


"Lovely, welcoming people and property :)"

We loved the Coach house, it was a perfect base from which to explore North Devon. When we arrived the coach house was comfortable and welcoming with attention to detail which was much appreciated aft… More

30 Aug 2013


"Lovely accomodation, beautiful surrounds but still near to lots of attractions/towns"

We were attracted to this accommodation as it was in a good location and it is all on one level but the clincher was being able to hand feed and even oil their Kune Kune pigs!! Please be warned, when… More

11 Aug 2013


"Unique property in beautiful location ideal for exploring North Devon with friendly hosts"

After seeing the coach house on a holiday lettings website we contacted the owners Ruth and Alistair to ask a few additional questions. From the moment we made contact we could tell the hosts were going to do everything to help us have a great time. We were not disappointed! The coach house was in a quiet unspoilt location with no passing traffic and was comfortable and well equipped - the ideal location for exploring North Devon. Each day before we went out and when we came back our kids would dash up the road to see the pigs and then go and sit by the old trout farm. We also had access to 5 bikes and lots of beach stuff (wind break, bucket and spade, bats balls etc) which we made good use of. It was these little "extras" that drew us to this letting and helped make this a wonderful holiday. Our hosts Ali and Ruth were very friendly and helpful when we needed them.

16 Jun 2013


"Comfortable, peaceful and well-equipped"

This bright, clean and spacious apartment provided a comfortable base from which to explore North Devon. There was ample space for our family of 5 and the unit was well equipped with kitchen and bathr… More

5 Nov 2012


"Fantastic 5* Stay - The Perfect Cottage!"

From the moment we arrived my girlfriend and I has an amazing time! From the complimentary Eggs and Wine on arrival to the moment we left... this was a perfect short break and really brilliant value … More

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