2½ miles from Holsworthy, you have all the lovely farmhouse (except the ground floor to the left of the porch) of a delightful farming couple's 75 acre working farm, ½ mile of good concrete private drive from the road. Quite large, very pretty, enclosed garden (lawns, flowers); large clean farmyard; indoor heated swimming pool (24' x 12' x 4' deep) and jacuzzi in a barn opposite the house, games barn (table tennis, pool table), adventure playground (swings, climbing frame, children's trikes). You are welcome on the farm and can feed the hens and pet animals. Pony rides available nearby (by arrangement). The sea/sand/surf at Bude, 10 miles, or Sandymouth (excellent Nat. Trust beach), 14.
Inside, very attractive, comfortable, well-maintained and spacious - all good-sized rooms. The porch/front door in picture is yours alone; long hall; peaceful, pretty living room with inglenook fireplace (woodburner), TV/DVD and French windows overlooking the garden; dining room (TV) with big table seating 11, leading up a step to smart, well-equipped fitted kitchen (dishwasher, washing machine, tumble drier, microwave, fridge-freezer, 5-hob range-style cooker/double oven) with French windows to garden; loo. Upstairs (stairgate), four bedrooms – a double plus bunks (2'6") with en suite shower-room, a double plus 2'6" single bed with en suite shower-room, another double (washbasin), and a twin (washbasin); bathroom (suite plus hand-shower). A much praised place, hugely enjoyed by both families and gatherings of grown-ups.
|Size||Sleeps up to 11, 4 bedrooms|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
|Luxuries||Private indoor pool, Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private indoor pool|
|General||Central heating, TV, Games room|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Cots (1)|
|Other||Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private indoor pool, Private garden|
|Access||Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|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 4 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.
Holsworthy: main town of this sparsely-populated, unspoilt farming area: small but important, down-to-earth yet lively with good market, attractive square, shops, pubs. Golf course and leisure centre (indoor swimming pool). Fishing, sailing, windsurfing on Tamar Lakes, 4½ miles; river fishing not far. Sea/sand/surf/tennis/golf/walking at Bude, 9 miles.