Stables Cottage in Tawstock, Near Barnstaple, North Devon, England
Situated in the middle of rolling, green fields, The Stables is a fantastic family property perfect for relaxing weekends or summer holidays. With enormous windows, this bright and spacious property provides a tranquil setting for a relaxing holiday in the North Devon countryside. Each room has been stylishly decorated with homely touches and comfortable furniture. The kitchen is very well-equipped with all the expected mod-cons, as well as a few you wouldn't expect, and next door is the fabulous dining table, catering the whole party. The lounge is large with areas for all the family or just relaxing with a glass of wine. The six bedrooms are split over both floors with a double and twin located downstairs and three doubles and a twin upstairs. Every room at The Stables benefits from underfloor heating and has been tastefully decorated in neutral colours. A tennis court is located in the middle of the cluster of the properties, which is available for all residents and provides for some wonderful fun for family days. Or get out and explore North Devon and everything that it offers, from the infamous coastline to the breathtaking moor. Relax on Saunton Sands or enjoy the sun, basking on Valley of the Rocks. The Stables is in an ideal location for everything you're looking for.
Top Traveller Review
A great place to stay.
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Guestbook comments from the manager
October 13 2013. Border and Jervis Family. Middlesex.
''We came here to celebrate my sixtieth birthday. What a wonderful venue, well equipped and very much a ‘home from home’. A great escape, hope to come back for another visit.''
August 28 2013. The Grahams. Hampshire.
''Two weeks in a super house and in a super location. There were six adults and five children for the first week and down to four adults and three children for the second week. The weather was mostly kind to us and we all loved the beaches. We all had lots of fun. Superb walking here too, especially the coastal walks. The house was large enough for us all to have space and to congregate as a family. Thank you for making our holiday.''
4.5 based on 6 holidaymaker reviews
Fantastic for Family Gathering
The Stables property was amazing! It's large and tastefully equipped, and Pat made us feel very welcome. There was even a homemade cake and wine when we arrived!! We loved the bedrooms and en-suites, although the mattresses in all rooms were noisy and not very comfortable. Mattress toppers would be a lovely addition. The twin room downstairs would benefit from a power point near the mirror for hairdryer use and the en-suite could do with a shaver point.
The large lounge, dining and kitchen areas were absolutely perfect for our family gathering! The kitchen is amazingly equipped with a washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, food processor, 5 ring cooker with double oven, large fridge/freezer and a wine/drinks cooler which was much appreciated as we were lucky enough to have fantastic weather for our visit and cold drinks were a must!
The communal games room with it's darts, table tennis, table football and air hockey was a joy to have as the children could take themselves off to play on their own. One very minor point, some of the table tennis bats are a little tired and need replacing. The tennis court is well maintained and was a great addition to this property. Even though these areas were communal, we didn't have to wait to use them at all which was brilliant.
We very much enjoyed our stay and would definitely recommend this property to anyone!
I stayed with 10 friends and family for my stag do. The stables gave more than ample space and excellent facilities of games room and tennis court. It was an excellent location close to essentials but still rural. We all had a fantastic time and were blessed with fantastic weather.
A great place to stay.
Very enjoyable holiday with our family
Well appointed property with everything you could want.
In a beautiful quite location but near to some great surfing beaches
The outside furniture needed a little attention and some general maintenance would benefit the property.
I would recommend this property for families the accommodation was ideal for us, four families. The games room and tennis court were good
The owner was extremely good. We enjoyed a lovely home made cake and coffee and wine that Amanda provided on arrival
Quality retreat in rural Devon.
A really quality property. Fantastic to have 6 rooms each with an en suite. This is a rare find. Lovely Victoria sponge on arrival! Property fully kitted out with everything you might need. Great space. My only criticism would be that it was not quite as clean as it could have been. I do accept that cleaning a big house like this must be a nightmare, but the first thing we noticed was the greasy dirt on the lamps overhanging the kitchen island.
Not to be too critical though - the place is huge and the outside space is brilliant.
Absolutely brilliant holiday! The accommodation and garden was fantastic for our large group and the location was perfect for visiting the local beaches.
Would definitely recommend and hope to stay again next year :)
Fabulous property for a large group
The Stables was immaculately clean on our arrival and there was complimentary wine and cake as an unexpected bonus. It's a beautifully appointed and spacious property with an ensuite for all six rooms and a lounge large enough for everyone to congregate. There a well equipped kitchen and a good outside area in which to barbecue or sit to enjoy the sunshine and eat out in good weather. It was a great centre for exploring the North Devon area and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The two local pubs recommended for meal out were excellent. We would not hesitate to recommend the property and may well consider going again in the future!!
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
There are many footpaths, including the South West coastal path within easy reach of the cottage, making it an ideal area for walkers. Cyclist can also benefit from the Tarka Trail, which stretches from North Devon to Dartmoor and water sports lovers will be able to take advantage of the excellent waves at the North Devon beaches.
The nearest beach to The Stables is Instow beach which is a short twenty minute drive away from the village of Tawstock. This family friendly beach lines a quaint village and looks out over the estuary and Appledore and is perfectly placed for a fantastic sunset. Or venture further afield and test out the North Coast at Saunton and surfing haven, Croyde. There are also amazing walks along the North Devon's Coast such those at Baggy Point and The Valley of the Rocks.
Exeter airport is on average an hour's drive away. Bristol airport is approximately two hours drive away and is generally a larger airport with more destinations. A car is recommended when staying at the cottage and can be hired if one is not already available as, although Tawstock is a stunning area, there is so much more to discover around North Devon.
The closest town to the cottage is Barnstaple, which lies just ten minutes away from Tawstock. And the coast is just beyond that. In the opposite direction, the historic city of Exeter is a mere hour away and boasts brilliant shopping and interesting features such as the cathedral and canals, you can also catch a train from Barnstaple to Exeter, if you don't fancy the drive.
A large Tesco is situated just ten minutes drive away in Barnstaple, which also hosts many impressive restaurants of all styles. There also all the major Banks and ATM's around the town, as well as a multi screen cinema and theatre.
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided ...
- Tumble Dryer ...
- Washing Machine ...
- Wood Stove
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Table Football
- Game Room
- Ping Pong Table
- Satellite / Cable
- children welcome ...
- non smoking only
- pets considered ...
- wheelchair accessible ...
- live theatre
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
- mountain biking
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower)
- Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom 5 - Toilet, Bath (no shower)
- Bathroom 6 - Toilet, Bath (no shower)
- Toilet - Toilet
- En-suite with bedroom 1 with shower. En-suite with bedroom 2 with shower. En-suite with bedroom 3 with bath. En-suite with bedroom 4 with shower. En-suite with bedroom 5 with roll top bath. En-suite with bedroom 6 with roll top bath. Groundfloor WC
- 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
- Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
- Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
- Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
- Bedroom 5 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
- Bedroom 6 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - downstairs with king-size bed. Bedroom 2 - downstairs with twin beds. Bedroom 3 - upstairs with twin beds. Bedroom 4 - upstairs with king-size bed. Bedroom 5 - upstairs with king-size bed. Bedroom 6 - upstairs with king-size bed.
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Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Tennis balls and racquets are available to use, there are also a few surf boards, buckets, spades and windbreaks. WiFi is included in the price. There is underfloor heating throughout the whole property and a hair dryer is provided in all the bedrooms. Unfortunately pets are not allowed in this property. Outside: Outside of this fantastic property there is a large patio with two large tables, perfect for making full use of the properties BBQ. Soak up the sun in the loungers dotted around the patio. There is also a communal tennis court that is ideal for warm summer days and evenings with the whole family, or let the kids run riot amongst the timber play area, where they'll find a slide and two swings. Other: The beautiful dining room hosts an enormous 12 seater table, the perfect shape and size for everyone to enjoy. Each stunning window is framed with trimmed curtains falling down to the stunning oak flooring. There is also a brilliant games room available.