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Charming Farm Cottage, Tennis Court & Far Reaching Views Of Devon



Updated: 22-Oct-2016
2 Bedrooms (1 kingsize,1 twin) 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4.

Escape to this charming south facing cottage, part of an old hilltop Devon farm with far reaching views across rolling Devon countryside. It is far from busy roads and the stresses of every day life, yet the Atlantic coast is only 15 minutes away.

The cottage is lovely and warm and has a secluded south facing garden and free use of a private tennis court just 30 paces away!

Torrington market town is only 3 miles away and has all the amenities you will need including family butchers,bakers, grocers , gift shops , tea shops , art/music centre (The Plough) and even it's own small market.

R.H.S. Rosemoor Garden is 4 miles away and has 65 magnificent acres of gardens to explore.

The Atlantic coast nearby has great surf as well as surf/kite surfing schools , miles of sandy beaches and the fabulous coastal pathway not to mention North Devon's own Hockings ice cream vans!

Inland there are the two National Parks ,Exmoor and Dartmoor both within easy reach for walks and out door adventures.

The Torridge River and estuary are well known for bird watching and fishing, there are also 9 golf courses in North Devon , the closest of which is 3 miles away (Torrington).

Find tranquillity roaming the ten acres of fields and woodland on the farm or simply relax in the private, enclosed, garden with a cup of tea and one of Torrington's famous Chelsea buns!

Fresh and bespoke, recently renovated, the cottage has character.

Sleeps 4 with 2 cosy bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (one with power shower, one with a bath/shower), an airy lounge with beams and open plan kitchen with locally sourced slate work tops and a ceramic hob and fridge. There are plenty of books , games and DVDs/CDs for relaxed evenings in too.

The mezzanine bedroom has 2 single beds and has far reaching views to the west.

The cottage is lovely and warm and has radiators in each of the main rooms with underfloor heating in both bathrooms..

The cottage is private and peaceful and has an altogether 'away from it all' feel to it . Nearby ( but quite separate) is the traditional shepherd's hut which can also be rented (prop number 1163020/E14229) The main farm is just up the lane.

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

We wanted to bring up our two children in the countryside. We love the sea and walking on the moors and were attracted to North Devon because of its away from it all feel. We like to support our local towns, Instow and Torrington which have all the shops we need and are very friendly. We all play alot of music, Alastair -violin and flute, Jenny -cello and double bass , Cathy - piano and banjo and Jim - guitar and drums and have got to know lots of musicians locally.

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Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and a bit of Italian!

14 Reviews

based on 14 holidaymaker reviews


Lovely peaceful rural cottage

  • 5 of 5

A return visit, as enjoyable as before. Cottage well prepared and clean, kitchen very well equipped, double bed comfy.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tranquil and well appointed rural cottage.

  • 4 of 5

We had a couple of lovely days here,very quite and peaceful.The owners were on hand should we of had any problems ( we didn't! ) Good walks from the door and always some activity going on in the surrounding fields.The cottage is light and airy with a great deal of thought given to making our stay comfortable and stress free. Many thanks.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great little find!

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely place to stay and escape. We had an amazing break. Location is great and easy to get to beaches, town etc. Definitely would consider coming back. Cottage is very nicely kitted out with lots of information available for visitors. Thanks!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you - lambs are arriving thick and fast now!
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A great find!

  • 5 of 5

A cosy yet bright and airy cottage in a peaceful location. Well equipped with fantastic views. Although close to the farm it is private and has a fenced garden deal for children and for dogs.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks - love your dogs!
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A little slice of heaven!

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a wonderful week's stay at this great little cottage. The location is perfect for exploring all areas of North Devon - from Appledore, right up to Lynton & Lynmouth. The cottage itself is extremely comfortable with a secure garden for our Border Terrier. It's been really tastefully furnished and we loved the extra touches like the small vases of fresh flowers. The peace and quiet of the surrounding countryside was so relaxing and the views just beautiful.

We also enjoyed the invite to an evening of French country dancing. Lovely people and great musicians!

We would highly recommend a stay here.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou you guys and we were most impressed with your dancing talents!!!
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Great dog friendly cottage away from it all

  • 5 of 5

Just got back from a fantastic stay at this little gem of a cottage, we are a couple who took our three dogs with us, it couldn't have been a better venue for us, fields to walk the dogs in the morning enclosed garden for them with absolutely awesome views, we only saw Cathy on the first day to welcome us which is so nice to be left alone to get on with it Cathy and her family have obviously put a lot of thought together when putting this place together.

I was reluctant in posting this review because I want to keep it secret and be able to book anytime just for ourselves.

The holiday just went to quick.

And the boys enjoyed the ginger breadmen

Thank you Cathy.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks guys , life is so busy for us all these days , its so important to just escape! Love to those crazy friendly dogs!
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From the Owner

The farm had been in the same family for many generations and when we discovered it nothing much had changed. We even found the old cooking pot which used to stand above the open fire! We fell in love straight away and the farm's renovation has given us a life long project ever since!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Exeter at 45 Miles Nearest Barpub : Great Torrington at 3.4 Miles Nearest Ferry : Bideford at 5.1 Miles Nearest Golf : Great Torrington at 3.4 Miles Nearest Train : Umberleigh at 7.4 Miles Nearest Motorway : Tiverton at 33 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Great Torrington at 3.4 Miles Nearest Ski : Glencoe (Scotland) at 558 Miles Nearest Beach : Instow at 7.1 Miles Car: necessary

The Shepherd's cottage lies In the heart of Devon countryside between Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks , five miles from the Atlantic coast , away from the tourists yet close enough to beaches and surf ( Westward Ho!, Saunton Sands , Instow, Croyde ) as well as miles of free National Trust coastline ( great walking and stunning views!)

Close by, the pretty market town of Great Torrington still has family butchers , grocers and bakers (oh the aroma of fresh baked buns!) as well as pubs and cafes and its own small market. There is also the lively Plough Arts Centre with live music, theatre and film and it's own restaurant.

Popular nearby attractions include the magnificent R.H.S. Rosemoor Gardens, Dartington Crystal Glass Factory, the Barnstaple and Bideford Pannier market ( food and antiques), Torrington 1646 (civil war re-enactments) and for the more active the Tarka Trail cycle route (30 miles of scenic cycle path), North Devon Surf School, kite surfing,sailing, golf (9 beautiful courses), PGL and Skern Lodge out door adventure centres, quad biking, paintball survival, fishing (freshwater and sea), climbing wall, the Milkway indoor children's adventure centre , The Big Sheep farm experience for kids and grownups!

There is plenty of outdoor and indoor entertainment to suit all age groups and all weather and alot of it is free!


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
4 Sep 2016 - 29 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
late autumn
30 Oct 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
xmas/new year
18 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
early spring 2017
8 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
early summer 2017
2 Apr 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
summer 2017
2 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

We ask for a £100 non refundable deposit to reserve the cottage , the remaining payment is due 6 weeks before your stay. We are pretty flexible about change over days apart from in high season when Saturdays are best . Just let us know your suggestion and we'll try to help.

Arrive anytime after 2pm and check out time 10am

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Updated: 22-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

We love living on top of a hill , there's lots of light and big views. We are away from the coastal tourists yet close enough to decide to go for a quick swim in the evenings after work! Whenever we feel in need of culture our local lively art centre , The Plough, gives us live music/cinema/theatre etc so we have the best of both worlds. Also there are lots of cosy pubs serving real ale where we can go after our out door adventures!

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Activities Guide
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 60 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • The ensuite bathroom , has a jolly view of the garden and bespoke internal shutters for privacy, There is a lovely powerful shower, underfloor heating, shaving point,loo and basin. The downstairs bathroom has a view of the garden. It has underfloor heating and a bath with shower head and loo,basin,shaving point.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot
  • The main bedroom is white washed with a high ceiling and has a kingsize bed .There is a large window with internal shutters. The doors are bespoke. There is a chest of drawers and good lighting for night time reading or more subdued lighting should the mood take you . White linen and Scottish wool rugs give a cosy feeling to the room. The radiator keeps it a very comfortable temperature and can be altered for day or night comfort. There is an ensuite shower room (see below) The second mezzanine bedroom is up a short stair case, there is a solid wall dividing it from the lounge so it remains private. There are two single beds and a chest of drawers . The sky light looks out over an expanse of Devon countryside to the west. There is a radiator, with individual temperature settings on it.


  • Deck Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs


  • Self-catering


  • A note about the elderly and infirm ; there are 5 steps down into the garden and one step up into the cottage, the second bedroom has a short flight of stairs up to it, but the first bedroom is on the ground floor. A note about young kids; there are two small sets of stairs (as above) and an upstairs window you might want to consider. Baby sitting can be often be arranged in school and university holidays at £20 for the evening. Pets are welcome, there is even a stable but don't forget there are sheep on the farm, so dogs need supervision at all times! A beach towel is a handy extra to bring as our white towels don't fair well on the beach! We have a lovely big barn which is ideal for music/band practice!

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