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Tidicombe House – Home 216853 Farmhouse

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 12 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Tidicombe House – Home 216853

Excellent Excellent – based on 31 reviews

  • Farmhouse
  • 4 bedrooms
  • sleeps 12
  •  min stay varies

Farmhouse / 4 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 12

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner


Hear birdsong, the bleat of sheep, the odd tractor, a whisper of breeze,

Silence.... with no background hum of traffic.


Marvel at the brilliance of stars in a truly Dark Sky......with no city glow to dim them

Tucked away down a private lane - in sight of Exmoor & 5 miles from the sea.

Our 5 acres of garden, woodlands & meadow offer a central base close to Arlington Court (N.T.), Wistlandpound Reservoir and Blackmoor Gate - the western gateway to Exmoor National Park.

A peaceful Holiday Cottage, away from holiday crowds, yet within easy reach of North Devon's famous surfing beaches, sandy coves, dramatic cliffs, glorious moorland and numerous visitor attractions.

The Old Farmhouse has been our well-loved family home for 25 years.

We hope it will feel like your home, during your stay.

Guests call it 'a real home-from-home' or 'a Happy House'.

Children say it's 'magical'.

Hear birdsong, the bleat of sheep, the odd tractor, a whisper of breeze,

Silence.... with no background hum of traffic.


Marvel at the brilliance of stars in a truly Dark Sky......with no city glow to dim them

Tucked away down a private lane - in sight of Exmoor & 5 miles from the sea.

Our 5 acres of garden, woodlands & meadow offer a central base close to Arlington Court (N.T.), Wistlandpound Reservoir and Blackmoor Gate - the western gateway to Exmoor National Park.

A peaceful Holiday Cottage, away from holiday crowds, yet within easy reach of North Devon's famous surfing beaches, sandy coves, dramatic cliffs, glorious moorland and numerous visitor attractions.

The Old Farmhouse has been our well-loved family home for 25 years.

We hope it will feel like your home, during your stay.

Guests call it 'a real home-from-home' or 'a Happy House'.

Children say it's 'magical'.

Well, it may not be Hogwarts, but it does have lots of character & places to explore!

'City kids', especially, relish the space and freedom - with no traffic or neighbours to worry about!

Our traditional Devon Farmhouse provides spacious accommodation for parties of 4 - 12 (+ 2 Cots).

Farmhouse, Cottage & Barns date from the 18th c, maybe earlier.

A real character property full of beams and Country Cottage charm.

There are even roses and honeysuckle round the porch!

The Main windows face south - making it light & sunny - with beautiful views across the wooded Valley.

Thick stone walls keep it cool in hot weather and with full central heating & most windows double glazed, it is always warm and cosy -even in the depths of winter.

So - If the weather turns grey - you can toast your toes in front of a cheery log fire, curl up in an armchair with a book, play games or watch an old movie.

At Christmas and New Year we decorate the house with boughs of greenery, twinkly lights and traditional decorations, plus, of course, a real Christmas Tree.

With logs crackling in the Inglenook fireplace, our guests often comment: the old Farmhouse looks just like a Christmas Card!

Main Rooms:

Downstairs 2 large oak-beamed rooms with large windows looking onto the front garden, open off the Entrance Hall, which displays masses of local information.

The spacious 'Old Kitchen' is well-equipped and offers a round (extending) dining table plus comfy sofas round the log burner + small TV/DVD & Radio/CD.

Well-stocked book shelves and a dresser cupboard choc-full of games, jigsaws, puzzles etc. - for children and adults.

The Big Sitting Room has an Ingle Nook with log burner, lots of comfy chairs (incl sofa bed) and a traditional flagstone floor with rugs & a huge antique table which comfortably seats 12++.(see photo)

Our Home Cinema System has 42” TV, BluRay DVD with optional 3D (plus adult and child sized specs)

Wii with games. CD/DAB radio/iPod dock.

This cosy room easily accommodates12, but having separate rooms for different choices of music/TV can sometimes be useful!!

2 bathrooms: one at each end of the house, at the foot of (2) small carpeted flights of stairs leading to the bedrooms.

One has shower + standard bath, the other has a lovely old bath which is long and deep enough to lie down in.

Bring bubbles for a relaxing holiday soak!!

Bedroom A (large room): 1 pine double + single divan.

Bedroom B (medium room): 1 pine double (photo)

Bedroom C (smaller room): 2 pine singles

Bedroom D (very large room): 1 pine double, 1 pine single, pine bunkbeds, pine Cotbed.

All beds are adult size. Our 2nd cot (standard-size) will fit in Room A or we have a travel cot which will also (just) fit in Bedroom B.

When we have visitors, the two of us live in the lower end of the white Cottage (see last photo), a traditional 'Devon Longhouse'. The two buildings do not overlook each other - thus giving us (both!) privacy.

However, we are on hand if you need assistance, require local information or just feel like a chat!

We are always happy to put on the kettle, spread out the map and point out our own favourite paces in this beautiful area.


We prefer the personal contact of making bookings with our visitors directly.

It is quick and simple!

Tell us you would like to book.

We email you booking form and bank details - or you can pay by cheque.

You return completed booking form & make online transfer of one third deposit (or full payment if booking less than 2 months ahead)

We email our receipt and date for balance payment.

6 weeks before arrival you transfer remaining two-thirds balance, & we email our receipt for full payment and directions on how to find us!

We hope you will decide to come and stay in the Old Farmhouse.

- we assure you of a warm Devon welcome!

Cheryl and Edward Thornburgh

Location description from owner

The England region

The Grounds and Surrounding Area:

The Farmhouse has a pretty south-facing private walled garden at the front, which is a real sun-trap.

The garden path leads from the front porch out into the main (paved) farmyard - with plenty of parking.

At the rear, the back door leads from beside the kitchen into a paved area with terraced flower beds and built-in brick BBQ.

Three steps lead up into the pretty rear garden, which has picnic tables, lawns, mature trees and lots of flowers.

Behind this, is a large wildflower meadow, an informal Volleyball/Badminton Pitch, Football Goal, a Willow Dome and a rather splendid lime tree which makes a great kids' den.

Half an acre in all, so plenty of room for young ones to run around and let off steam - and no neighbours to complain about noise.

Subject to parents taking responsibility, we have tried to make the guest gardens child-friendly and we treat them as your own private space during your stay

Beyond these, we invite you to explore the winding trails through the rest of our 5 acres of gardens, woodland and meadow (asking that an adult always accompany little ones as there are also ponds and some fragile structures). We even provide you with an illustrated map - which has been used for several treasure hunts!

Our land and original farm buildings form an 'island' surrounded by the grazing pastures of Tidicombe Farm, a working hill farm with sheep and cattle. With lots of wildlife, plenty to please young animal lovers - especially the baby lambs of Spring/Easter !

There are many delightful public footpaths in our immediate area (we provide maps/guides) and one actually passes through our property. One way leads across the fields to an excellent award-winning Farmshop, selling local produce. (5 minutes by car)

The opposite direction leads down through our valley (with exquisite views), crosses the tiny River Yeo (watch for salmon) and up the other side to the village of Bratton Fleming.

Just past the farmshop, is Wistlandpound Reservoir (6 minutes drive)- now a pretty Country Park where you can fish for trout or walk the delightful perimeter track (wheelchair, push chair and kids bike friendly) - with picnic tables, bird watching hides, carved wooden puzzles for children and usually a nice lady selling coffee.

At the end of this road is The Old Sation Inn at Blackmoor Gate. A large Pub/Restaurant catering for families with kids menu, outside seating, llamas and a play area. They also do a take-away service (useful if you don’t want to cook - or just want their excellent chips. Its only 7 minutes by car) They give our visitors 10% discount and also sell a few basic food supplies.

Half a mile away is Arlington Court, the former home of the Chichesters, now run by the National Trust with an interesting house, beautiful grounds and their famous Carriage Museum.


Local towns Barnstaple, Bideford, South Molton, Lynton/Lynmouth and the Victorian sea-side resort of Ilfracombe are all within 15-30 minutes drive. Each has its own distinctive character and history (all have museums) and as well as general shopping, the first three offer regular Pannier Markets selling local produce.

Eating out
Many excellent restaurants ranging from the glamorous, e.g. Damien Hurst’s Ilfracombe harbour-side eaterie and tapas bar, to cheerful family ‘chippies’ frying local fish.
Most Country Pubs, including several near us, serve good food.
Cottage Tea Gardens serve toasted teacakes and wicked but wonderful Devon Cream Teas...with scones and jam and clotted cream...yum!

Eating in
The nearby Old Station Inn (7 mins) has a family restaurant serving a wide range of good value food and has a take-away service. It also sells a basic range of foodstuffs.
Even closer, is our local award-winning Farm Shop (a few minutes drive or a pretty walk across the fields by the footpath)
There are also Village Stores at Kentisbury and Bratton Fleming (10-15 mins)

There are several interesting Historic Houses and Gardens in the area.
Within a mile is Arlington Court, owned by the National Trust.
The ancestral home of the Chichesters (who once owned Tidicombe), it has lovely grounds and walks, an interesting house, walled garden and a renowned Carriage Museum. They offer Bat Watching and lots of summer activities for families.

Several excellent Open Gardens include wonderful RHS Rosemoor and Marwood Gardens.
A little further afield (but a pretty drive and great 'day out') is the dramatic Eden Project with its vast climatic ‘Biomes’ enclosing tropical rainforest and other ecosystems.

The Arts
A lot of Artists and Musicians live in North Devon and we are well served with Theatres, Cinemas and numerous Art and Crafts Galleries, including the superb Broomhill International Sculpture Garden & Restaurant.
Various venues offer regular live Music and Theatre and there are various themed Music and Arts Festivals throughout the year. e.g. The Lynton Jazz Festival in June, Art Trek open studios in July and the North Devon Show in August.

Numerous public footpaths cross unspoiled countryside, moorland, and follow Coast and River Estuaries (including the Tarka Trail which can be explored on foot or by hired bicycle).
One footpath crosses our farmyard, goes down the valley, across an old stone bridge and up past the pub into the village of Bratton Fleming. In the other direction it crosses fields to arrive at the local farm shop.
There are many others close by, including one through the pretty woods of ‘Frog Street’ and a lovely scenic path round Wistlandpound Reservoir and Country Park (4 mins by car). The Reservoir also offers fly fishing (rainbow trout).

Many of our guests bring bikes. We are on a Sustrans Cycle Route which offers hills, but for those who prefer level cycling, there are pretty, traffic-free cycle routes, along the Taw and Torridge River estuaries.

Boat Trips
Fishing trips, Coastal tours and day trips to Lundy Island.

Golf courses, Sea/Freshwater Fishing, Surfing, Windsurfing, Riding, Cycling (Tarka Trail with bike hire), Paragliding, Sailing, plus excellent indoor facilities for Swimming, Tennis, 10 pin bowling, Gym/Fitness Studios etc.

Holiday Attractions for both adults and kids (many are under cover):
Fairground Rides - Adventure Parks - Farm Parks - Falconry & Sheepdog Displays - Wildlife Parks - Animatronic Dinosaurs - Sheep Racing (yes, really!) - Glass Blowing at Dartington Crystal - Quad Biking - Train Rides and Railway centres - Tropical Adventure Pool - Brass Rubbing - Pottery throwing - Working Beehives - Cider Making - Paintball - even ‘Barometer World’ and The Gnome Reserve (visitors wear red pointy hats) - so all tastes and weather are catered for!

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • 2 Cots available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed Single Bed
    Bedroom 2: Double Bed
    Bedroom 3: 2 Single Beds
    Bedroom 4: Double Bed Bunk Bed Single Bed
    Beds in other rooms: Sofa Bed
  • 2 Family bathrooms


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Video player
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users


Check in time:17:00, Check out time:10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This owner does not use online booking. Please contact them and they will be able to offer you a secure way to pay for your stay. Never pay for your holiday rental by wire transfer (such as Western Union or Moneygram) as this type of payment is untraceable.
No smoking at this property
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About the owner

Cheryl T
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21 Mar 2017
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Languages spoken: English

This Farmhouse has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 12. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 11 Apr 2012. Located in Barnstaple, it has 31 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £650 to £1550.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 21 Mar 2017.


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“Fabulous little countryside bolthole”

Reviewed 28 Mar 2016

Stayed here over New Year as a large group of 3 families with young children. It's fabulously peaceful and very well equipped and the owners are very obliging. The farmhouse is quirky and the decorations over the festive period were lovely. The 2 log burners are a great addition to winter nights and were roaring away on our arrival along with tea and homemade cakes!! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and for the kids the old farmhouse was unforgettable (especially the double staircase). Much fun was had by all despite the poor weather on a couple of days. Well located for touring the sights of Devon. Wouldn't hesitate to return.

“Hidden Devon Gem. Great find”

Reviewed 12 Aug 2015

My daughter who arrived before us text me to say'Fabulous'. Tidicombe is a large homely farmhouse which accomodated our party of 8 adults and 3 children, comfortably and easily. The 2 bathrooms essential for us too. As keen historians, it kept us fascinated with the architectural history, lots of interesting outbuildings too. The gardens, badminton field and meadow giving us plenty of scope for family play. The little ones loved it. The decor reflects Cheryls artists flare and is sympathetic to the architecture. We made use of the generous supply of logs on a chilly eveniing, using one of the log burners. The heating and hot water always available, needed as late July was colder than usual. Our only regret is that we only stayed for 1 week. Hope to come again as there is so much to do in the area. Recommend. Croyde Bay, Arlington Court, Dunster Castle. Loads of info provided by Cheryl and Edward too.

“The perfect place for a relaxing get away”

Reviewed 29 Jul 2015

I would 100% recommend this as a lovely location for a get away. The house is beautiful, the owners put in fresh flowers from the garden in every room and had made us cake and tea on arrival. They are wonderful people, very kind and helpful. The gardens are stunning, the house is fully kitted out with everything you could possibly need, whether it's rain or shine. The house is very clean, the beds are comfy, the location is great. It's an incredibly peaceful place surrounded by rolling hills, lovely countryside and a short drive to the beach. There was a large group of us and we had the best time. Thank you

“Beautiful cottage in idyllic scenery.”

Reviewed 29 Jul 2015

We really enjoyed our trip to tidicombe house, the house is absolutely beautiful and the gardens were even better, lots to explore outside the cottage which is tucked away down a farm track, so peaceful and relaxing. All the bedrooms are individually decorated and comfy to stay in with wonderful views. We made full use of the volleyball and badminton court and the outside seating area is perfect for eating breakfast in the sunshine or bbq. House is fully equipped with everything you could possibley need for your stay, there is even a cupboard full of beach games and boards. Beaches are only a short drive away and house is 10 minutes drive from Barnstaple to stock up on supplies if you need to. We enjoyed a takeaway meal from the local pub too. The owners were very welcoming and helpful, they gave us some great tips on the best places to go. we would love to come back again.

“This is the one! Stop searching, book it! you won't regret it!”

Reviewed 28 Jul 2015

The service was far from good, it was excellent! Cheryl and Andrew are the best hosts ever. They have the best balance between privacy and involvement. We enjoyed every minute of our stay. The house is the perfect size, not too big, neither small, cosy and plenty of space for everyone to be confortable. Very clean and with all the commodities needed for a relaxing stay. The garden surrounding the house is beautiful and lovingly designed, with hidden away spots and even a volleyball/football pitch. I strongly recommend it! Also, if any musicians going, ask Edward to join you on a jam-session, excellent songwriter!

“Lovely stay”

Reviewed 26 Jul 2015

Had a very nice time at Tidicombe house, the owners were very helpful and friendly. The house is cosy inside with all facilities. Very comfortable stay and we spent a lot of time in the very large garden because of the nice weather. Nice to watch the house martins busy at work on a summer evening.

“Brilliant - that's why we went back again this year!”

Reviewed 25 Jul 2015

Great place to stay with everything you could want. Cheryl and Edward are excellent hosts and nothing is too much trouble. This was our second year of going and we were as happy this year as last. Thank you.

“Family get together”

Reviewed 21 Jul 2015

This older house is in a beautiful setting surrounded by countryside. Cheryl communicated very well about everything, from directions to access the house to bedding setup. The house is very well equipped with things to do in wet weather (which is probably fairly common) eg board games, as well as outdoor activities (badminton court, maps of walks). We had 8 family members staying and its the ideal house for larger groups with 2 bathrooms, 4 bedrooms. There are plenty of chairs, crockery and space for a larger group our size. A lovely place to stay to experience north Devon, 3 nights just wasn't long enough!

“Absolutely brilliant - perfect for this type of accomodation!”

Reviewed 21 Aug 2012

Had a really wonderful week here. The owners, Cheryl and Edward, are charming and helpful. The house and gardens are great, 2 large living rooms with log fires already set up to light before we got there. Bedrooms are very comfortable, heating works really well and kitchen is well equipped. While nicely "away from it all", it does not take long to drive to some nice small towns and villages on the coast. Can't recommend it enough, and will definately go back if I have a chance. John Tyler

“Wonderful, idyllic hideaway”

Reviewed 3 May 2012

My husband and I stayed at Tidicombe house for the second time last Whitsun with our two children (4 and 7 at the time) and my parents. The house is lovely; really cosy and just what you might imagine a traditonal farmhouse cottage to be. Cheryl and Ed made us feel very welcome, and it was lovely to see the photo album of how they renovated Tidicombe house. The gardens here are truly beautiful. It has a real 'secret garden' kind of feel to it, with different areas to explore and little hideaways to sit and read a book in; we had great fun playing tracking and hide and seek too. I love the quietness and the beauty of the place, and the fact that it is still so close to some of the best bits of Devon. We really enjoyed days out in Woolacombe, at Dartington glass, the Milky Way and Linton and Lynmouth. It was lovely to just spend the day around the house and gardens too though. We've had two lovely, memorable family holidays at Tidicombe so far, and I'm really looking forward to going again soon.

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