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Charming Farm Cottage, Far Reaching Views Of Devon , a rural escape!

Bedrooms 2
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Parking


About the property

2 Bedrooms (1 kingsize,1 twin) 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4.

Escape to this charming, freshly refurbished, 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! You can roam the fields the cottage stands in although you might come across the occasional sheep!

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 adjustable radiators in each of the rooms.

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

Cathy Bremner
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and a bit of Italian!
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Calendar last updated:
17 September, 2017

About Cathy Bremner

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.

Cathy Bremner purchased this cottage in 1994

Why Cathy Bremner chose North Devon

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!

What makes this cottage unique

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!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Barnstaple in North Devon District

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • 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
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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
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. 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!


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Charming Farm Cottage, Far Reaching Views Of Devon , a rural escape!
average rating of 4.85 based on 20 reviews

We'll be back!

  • 4 of 5

A great week in North Devon. Good location to visit all of the North Devon coast.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Peaceful, rural location

  • 4 of 5

Lovely peaceful location with great views across the valley. The house is clearly beautifully looked after, and there is a real sense, from all the information, the hand-drawn maps and the sheep-adorned card that the owner really cares and wants to make sure you have a pleasant stay.

Nearest beach is Westward Ho! which is about a twenty-minute drive. Not a lovely town but a great beach, lots of space and good for swimming, body-boarding and surfing.

Nearest pub is in Great Torrington, which is a short drive but a long walk.

The tennis court is a lovely addition, but would benefit from an hour's work clearing the brambles that have grown through the fence!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage in a perfect landcape for relaxed holidays

  • 5 of 5

Shepherd's cottage is really the perfect place to relax. There is plenty of space for the children to run around and a great view in a green setting. The cottage is furnished in style with a very convenient kitchen. The owner are very pleasant and helpful. We enjoyed our holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a good time !
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Cozy, Quiet and The Perfect Little Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful few days away in this wonderful cottage. Owners were so friendly and inviting, and the facilities there were top notch. Sitting outside with a drink and the only thing you can hear is the farm animals opposite is a rare thing.

Got a little lost on occasion but that did mean we got to explore some of the stunning local villages and scenery. Our little classic Volvo as perfectly bimbling around the countryside and to all the local beaches. fantastic!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ah Glad you had a good time and thanks for the kind words!
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An idyllic retreat

  • 5 of 5

We were warmly welcomed to this idyllic retreat which has great views and quietness, but equally only a short driving distance from Torrington and elsewhere in north Devon. The cottage is wonderfully relaxing and comfortable with a well equipped kitchen. The bed is comfortable and there was plenty of hot water for showering. To be surrounded with only fields of lambs and bird song was just so delightful. A truly lovely stay and hopefully to be repeated.

  • Review Submitted: May 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! Hope to see you in Devon again!
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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
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3.4 Miles
Great Torrington
Nearest Ferry
5.1 Miles
Nearest Golf
3.4 Miles
Great Torrington
Nearest Train
7.4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
33 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3.4 Miles
Great Torrington
Nearest Ski
558 Miles
Glencoe (Scotland)
Nearest Beach
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!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Barnstaple, Devon

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
3 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
late autumn
29 Oct 2017 - 16 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
xmas/new year
17 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
early spring 2018
7 Jan 2018 - 24 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
early summer 2018
25 Mar 2018 - 16 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
summer 2018
17 Jun 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2018
2 Sep 2018 - 15 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Xmas/new year 2018
16 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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