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Picturesque and Characterful Cottage



Updated: 08-Apr-2017
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Washing machine

About the property

Cottage in Bucks Mills, North Devon, England, UK - Quiet Hamlet with its Own Beach, 5 Mins Walk down the Cliff Path

The cottage dates back over two centuries and has been sympathetically restored so that it retains many of the original features, which are blended with modern amenities including wooden double glazed windows. There is a welcoming wood burning stove and further heating is provided by storage heaters and radiators in the bedrooms creating a cosy atmosphere in spring, autumn & winter. The cottage has been owned by the same family for the last 55 years and is maintained very much as a family cottage. Bucks Mills dates back as a small fishing village to the Spanish Armada when folklore has it that the village became populated by the survivors from one of the Spanish galleons shipwrecked off Bucks Mills. Over the centuries the village has changed little and remains completely uncommercialised. There are about 25 cottages, most of which are holiday properties but there remains a core population of permanent residents who ensure there is a community spirit outside of the main holiday season.

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About the Owner

Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
8 April, 2017

About The Owner

A brother and sisters team who are third generation owners of the cottage. It is very much our family holiday home with many happy memories over the decades. We hope that our visitors will also experience the magic and charm of Bucks Mills and leave with their own happy memories - it seems to work as we have people returning year after year to the cottage!

15 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(15 traveller reviews)


Cute cottage full of character

  • 5 of 5

Great cottage in a gorgeous location

  • Review Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely, clean, cosy cottage

  • 5 of 5

Lovely, quiet cottage with everything you need. Great log burner and welcome gifts were much appreciated! We only stayed 2 nights but could happily have stayed for longer. Coastal walks and local woods were lovely.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous cottage

  • 5 of 5

This is a stunning cottage, within a beautifully tranquil setting. It is well-stocked, clean and comfortable. We will definitely be returning!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful setting for a very relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

Perfect cottage and setting for a relaxing family break. The cottage is comfortable and cosy and a very short walk to the beach which is great for kids with sandy areas and many rock pools. Will definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect place

  • 5 of 5

It was a wonderful peaceful cottage in an amazing setting. It had everything we needed for a family of four. It was lovely to be able to walk down to the beach in a matter of minutes and the boys aged 6 & 8 loved the rock pools. The boys also loved the little ice cream window in one of the nearby cottages, they went everyday to get an ice cream. We will definitely be back and highly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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Cosy cottage in idyllic setting

  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect cottage for a quiet getaway or family holiday. You find the cottage down a winding road nestled at the bottom a valley in a small picturesque hamlet. The tucked away nature of village results in it being very peaceful with no traffic and plenty of space to enjoy on the beach, just a stones throw from the cottage down a relatively steep pathway. The beach is full of character with historic lime kilns, impressive cliffs and a quaint national trust artists cottage. When the weather was good we were able to enjoy days rock pooling, picnicking and paddling in the shallows.

Despite the secluded nature of the village itself, there are plenty of amenities within easy reach. A small convenience store is at the top of the hill at Bucks Cross and an ASDA just up the Atlantic Highway. Nearby Bideford also has a range of butchers and bakers etc. offering some nice local produce.

The village itself provides a perfect base for exploring the local area and beyond. We undertook many walks from the village to Clovelly, with a stop at the Red Lion and also to Peppercombe with a stop at the Hoops Inn that I would also recommend for a meal. Other activities nearby include the Tarka cycle trail. We hired bikes from Torrington and being a disused railway line it has the bonus of no hills.

There are many nice pubs, cafes and restaurants within an easy drive from the village. We ate two lovely meals at the Pig on the Hill near Westwood Ho! and The Boathouse near Instow which serves deliciously fresh seafood on their specials menu.

The cottage itself is very clean and perfectly sized. The master bedroom is particularly nice and I have never slept so well in the peace and quiet there. The kitchen is quite small but well equipped and the living room is perfect for relaxing in the evenings, especially with a nice fire going in the log burner and a game of scrabble from the cupboard under the stairs.

If anyone were considering a holiday in Bucks Mills I would certainly recommend it. The village is lovely for just relaxing in while also providing the perfect base for exploring North Devon. Better still is this lovely cottage with comfortable furnishings and characterful features and garden.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Exeter at 30 Miles Nearest Barpub : Hoops Inn at 2 Miles Nearest Golf : Royal North Devon at 9 Miles Nearest Train : Barnstaple at 15 Miles Nearest Motorway : M5 at 50 Miles Nearest Beach : Bucks Mills at 50 Metres Car: necessary


Bucks Mills beach at low tide, beyond the pebble shoreline, reveals a maze of rock pools and sandy inlets. Westward Ho! (9 miles) has over two miles of golden sand. Other great surfing beaches can all be reached within 30-40 minutes by car and include: Saunton Sands, Woolacombe Bay, Putsborough Sands, Croyde and Sandymouth.


Bucks Cross (1.5 miles) has a small licensed shop and post office. The closest major supermarkets can be found in Bideford. Clovelly (5 miles) is a picture-postcard fishing village clinging to a steep hillside on the North Devon coast, visible from Bucks Mills. Westward Ho! (9 miles) is a wonderful little seaside resort that has been a popular family holiday destination with over two miles of golden sand. Bideford (8 miles) - is the closest main town with all facilities and amenities.

Further Details:

Cycling: the Tarka Trail with miles upon miles of cycling along the old railway line into North Devon, various points to hire bikes. Sailing: North Devon Yacht Club at Instow. Walking: North Devon coastal path, Exmoor and Dartmoor. Fishing: takes place everywhere and keen fisherman can always be seen down on Bucks Mills beach landing mackerel, bass and many other fish. Great Days Out for the family and people of all ages include: The Big Sheep, The Milky Way, Lundy Island, Dartington Crystal. Great local pubs with loads of tradition and some of the country’s finest ales. Devon Cream Teas available everywhere and a must!

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring 2017
28 Apr 2017 - 25 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Whitsun 2017
26 May 2017 - 8 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 1
9 Jun 2017 - 29 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
summer 2
30 Jun 2017 - 13 Jul 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
14 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn 1
1 Sep 2017 - 14 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Autumn 2
15 Sep 2017 - 12 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
October Half Term 2017
20 Oct 2017 - 2 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £50

Booking Notes:
Please check availability by phone. A deposit of 20% is required to secure the booking. The balance is required 2 months prior to the commencement of the let. A refundable deposit will be held to cover breakages and is returned after a satisfactory post rental inspection.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is a Friday with the cottage available from 6pm and guests must have vacated the property by 1pm. Outside of the main holiday season weekend lettings can be booked and there is more flexibility around days and timings.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week/day in UK Pounds.
Pricing includes: linen, electricity, logs and a cleaning inspection after the rental. Weekly rental starts from 6pm on a Friday with check out by 1pm on the following Friday.

Payment is via bank transfer with the full amount due two months before rental starts. A deposit of 20% is taken upon booking unless it is within the two month period in which case the full amount plus a security deposit of £50 is due for payment.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 08-Apr-2017


Property Type

  • cottage


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair


  • Television

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village


  • churches
  • library
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • A newly modernised, centrally heated bathroom with bath, shower, WC and wash basin. Heated towl rail and airing cupboard. Separate outside WC.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: double room with queen size double or twin beds and radiator. Bedroom 2: twin room with two single beds and radiator. Bedroom 3: back room with two cabin beds and radiator.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome


  • Outside: The large garden has a full range of garden furniture and in the summer can be quite a sun trap especially as the walls make it very sheltered from any sea breeze. Utility Room: A washing machine and separate tumble dryer are stored in the shed. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Guests are asked to keep the cottage clean and tidy and there is an expectation they will leave the cottage as they would wish to find it. Cleaning is provided at the end of the rental period. Other: There is a separate dining room with extendable oak dining table that can comfortably seat 8 people.

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