Middle Marwood holiday house rental with beach/lake nearby, balcony/terrace and walking and log fire

Westcott Barton Farm House & Cottage

from £462 /night help Price for guests, Nights

Excellent 4.5/5

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Rear of Farmhouse, terrace and garden

House / 8 bedrooms / sleeps 18 Home 111447

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House / 8 bedrooms / sleeps 18

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

The main farmhouse is a Grade II listed, six bedroom, Devon longhouse with 2 bedroom Cottage opposit and other ancillary accommodation. In total groups of 20 plus can be accommodated.

Westcott Barton is steeped in history and has acres of grounds to explore with great walks from the garden into the countryside beyond. It is set in over 90 acres of grounds with lovely gardens, a stream, large ponds, open fields and forests all available for you to explore. You will feel as if you are in a different world!!

The house is set on two stories with six good sized bedrooms (some very large with room for travel cots or fold down beds). There is a large kitchen with Arga and set off from the kitchen is a snug (small TV room) with open fire. The lounge has a large open fire place with seating for eight people. The dinning room also has a fire with seating for 16. Logs are included in the price so enjoy those large open fires. There are three seperate toilets, two bathrooms and a shower room.

The accommodation can sleep 12 to 14 people (zip and link beds offer a good mix of twin and double rooms).

As well as the cottage (also listed on Holiday Lettings) which is opposit the main house and sleeps 4 to 6 people we have other ancillary accomodation for larger groups.

There is an orangery with a verandah which overlooks the gardens - perfect for tea and scones or an evening aperitif. There are relics from the farm's working life including a water wheel and threshing machine.

Nearby are the swimming and surfing beaches of Woolacombe and Croyde, Champion golf course at Saunton, shops and restaurants at Barnstaple (11.58km ). Summer cruises available to Lundy.

One of Devon's hidden treasures - just inland from Croyde.

As you approach down the valley into Westcott Barton there is a sense of stepping out of one world into one less complicated, more tranquil, and altogether more suited to a time spent relaxing and enjoying a break. Although only 7 miles north of Barnstaple, and a short drive from many of Britain's best beaches,we are wonderfully remote.

The valley is steeped in rural history and there has been a homestead here since Saxon times; it is even mentioned in the Domesday Book and was the home of the the Chichester family during the 17th century. The family dominated this part of North Devon during its heyday of trade when nearby Barnstaple was a major port.

The main farmhouse building is a Grade ll listed Devon longhouse around which a number of old stone barns are arranged as the nucleus of a large 95 acre former farm. Some of the barns have been redeveloped and offer ancillary accommodation to the Farmhouse. The Cottage across the farmyard is a recently redeveloped self contained holiday unit.

The gardens are beautiful, but once outside the garden gate the valley follows the meandering stream through ponds, ancient tracks, woodland and hilly pasture.

Size Sleeps up to 18, 8 bedrooms
Rooms 8 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms
Nearest beach Croyde / Woolacombe 6.1 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 5.79 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Exeter, Nearest railway: Barnstaple 11.58 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire
General TV
Standard Iron
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Washing machine
Furniture Dining seats for 18, Lounge seats for 9
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details outdoors

The two-acre formal gardens are laid out to lawns and flowerbeds; there is a large variety of interesting plants including many species of clematis and rose. This landscaped area exists on several levels and features three ponds stocked with many aquatic plants; there are plans to extend the formal garden to incorporate a fourth pond with a small island at its centre.

The garden is bordered by a meandering stream and overlooked by a thickly wooded slope; there is circular walk around this wood from which one can catch glimpses of the house and grounds. In addition, a public footpath runs through the property and allows access out of the valley into the surrounding countryside.

Leading on from the formal area are eighty acres of pasture land and a large well stocked fishing lake.

Shared private garden

The Devon region

Seasons come and seasons go,each bring contribution to the variety of animal, bird and plant life. Quiet walks can be enjoyed in the garden where the form and fragrance of flowers and plants enhance the fresh air whilst the sound of the stream is ever present. There is a woodland walk where the bluebells in spring create a magical effect.

Places you might like to visit include: The Eden Project (2 hours), Lundy, The Garden House, Exmoor, ArlingtonCourt,RHS ROsemoor, Dartington Glass, Quince Honey Farm, North Devon's sandy beaches and spectacular cliffs. All of thse are within easy reach.

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Westcott can easily occupy you for days; explore it at your leisure. The breathtaking landscape and outstanding wildlife offer the perfect photographic opportunities for even the most inexperienced photographer. Alternatively, why not set up an easel, unpack your watercolours and capture forever the beauty that surrounds you? Or just relax and enjoy the peace and quiet!

However, should you want to venture further afield, Westcott is an excellent base from which to explore North Devon, from National Trust properties and gardens to the coast and the moors. Arlington Court is only a few miles away; this Regency property was bequeathed to the National Trust by Miss Rosalie Chichester in 1949; here, between May and September, visitors can view Devon's largest colony of Lesser Horseshoe bats via the 'batcam'. Even nearer are the famous Marwood Hill Gardens which can be reached by walking the footpath from Westcott Barton. En route, why not stop at the 14th Century Marwood church and admire the sundial which shows the time in Jerusalem and the main capitals of 18th Century Europe? For the keen gardener, the RHS gardens at Rosemoor are not to be missed.

The nearby town of Barnstaple, which straddles the River Taw, is one of England's oldest boroughs and was for centuries a major port and shipyard. Vestiges of its prosperous past can be seen in the quiet backstreets. A few miles beyond the estuary are Tapeley Gardens which are rich in rare plants and offer spectacular views of rivers and hills. Also within easy reach of Westcott Barton is the small town of Braunton; here one can visit the 13th century church which has many unusual roof bosses and carved benchends. For sunny days, Woolacombe Sands and Croyde Bay offer flat yellow beaches which have Blue Flag status.

Birdwatchers, cyclists and ramblers will find many places of interest. For birdwatchers, Chapel Wood RSPB reserve is only a few miles from Westcott. Another perfect spot for ornithologists is Braunton Burrows; this designated UNESCO biosphere stretches for four miles along the north side of the Taw and Torridge estuaries. Here one can see the largest sand dune system in the UK which has a very diverse plant community.

Many sea and marsh birds can be observed; this is a stopping place for migrating waders in spring and autumn, and, in winter, merlins, harriers and short-eared owls are among the birds of prey which hunt here. Along the coast to the North, one can stop off at Baggy Point, a jagged slate headland good for viewing seabirds

A boat trip to Lundy Island is highly recommended; once there, one has time to view some of the 425 recorded bird species including puffins, razorbills and peregrine falcons. For the energetic, it is possible to walk around the whole island and still manage to catch the boat home! For the geologist, Lundy's granite and slate formations are of interest; it was from here that the granite for the Embankment in London came. Should you tire of chasing birds why not see them in captivity at the Bird of Prey Centre at the Milky Way Adventure Park in Bideford?

For cyclists and walkers, the nearby Tarka Trail offers 32 miles of traffic free tracks; cycle hire is widely available. For ramblers, there are 80 miles of coast path and 700 miles of Exmoor footpaths to investigate! Other interests are well catered for in North Devon; these include golf, horse riding, surfing and angling.

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Review 1-3 of 3

9 Aug 2013


"A beautiful place. Historic, tranquil and fun for the whole family"

We stayed in both the House and Cottage, with a party of 18. The House is stooped in history, with plenty of space for the kids to make as much noise as they want, and the grandparents to enjoy a quite drink, all at the same time. The cottage is beautifully presented, and very comfortable. The gardens are lovely, and the walk down to the various fishing ponds, as well as over 90 acres of fields to explore, allows the stay to be both extremely varied, and entertianing for the whole family. The staff were very friendly and always willing to help, yet always remained inconspicous. Westcott Barton is hidden away from the bustle and bustle of everyday living, and is a wonderful break from fast paced modern technology that controls our lives today. Very quite and secluded, as well as being safe for the kids to run around and explore without having to worry about traffic. There are also a number of fantastic surfing beaches within 20mins drive, which were thoroughly enjoyed by all. We have every intention of returning for another stay at Westcott Barton.

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