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Picturesque and Characterful Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


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.

Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
11 July, 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!

Why The Owner chose Torridge

Great for a relaxing and peaceful break.

A mass of interest for your families and teenagers alike - rock pools, surfing, fishing and breathtaking scenic walks.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Buck's Mills in Torridge District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Books
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
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.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(21 traveller reviews)

Picturesque and Characterful Cottage
average rating of 4.8095236 based on 21 reviews
Muscatine, Iowa

Quaint, quiet and picturesque, this cottage stay gave us the perfect British experience.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 3 nights and really enjoyed the cottage and the location. It was great to walk down to the beach made of large pebbles. The cottage provided everything we needed in a truly quaint style. The owners were very easy to work with and we highly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review. I'm guessing it might have been neap tides as the beach does reveal a reasonable amount of sand at low tide and a lot more when the tides are springing
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We loved all the improvements that have been made at the cottage

  • 5 of 5

We've been staying in Driftwood for decades and can honestly say this was our most comfortable visit yet. The weather left a little to be desired but the new carpets and airy nature of downstairs with the new doors have brightened things up tremendously- well done and thank you! We look forward to our next relaxing stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really glad you enjoyed the stay and the improvements. We look forward to welcoming you back again next year!
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Beautiful location, well appointed and comfortable

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely break, but sadly no hot water at all during our stay. Thank goodness it wasn't too cold!!

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the feedback. I wish you had alerted us to problem with the hot water as we could have fixed it straight away: apparently a bad electric storm affected a number of properties in the area causing thermostats to blow. Everything is now fixed. I'm pleased you found the cottage comfortable.
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Princes Risborough

Lovely & Relaxing

  • 4 of 5

We found this charming cottage to be lovely and relaxing and in a beautifully peaceful part of north Devon.

Would love to come back again.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review and we really enjoy welcoming guests back to Driftwood: the majority of our guests are regulars and they receive a preferential rate for their subsequent bookings.
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Excellent Stay

  • 5 of 5

Great cottage, lovely garden and fantastic position. It couldn't have been better. Everything you need. I would love to stay again!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really glad you enjoyed your stay and the cottage - the garden is certainly a wonderful feature. We look forward to welcoming you back again next year!
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Pretty location and central

  • 4 of 5

A very pretty old cottage with heaps of character and steeped in history located in bucks mills. The property suffers from A little damp, smell of damp and needs a little TLC in the kitchen. Maybe this is worse in the wet or winter months? Hot water not very hot. Lots of Cobwebs and furniture needs moving when cleaning, maybe not up to our exacting standards on cleanliness. Despite this, the cottage is fully catered in terms of crockery, cutlery etc. Not too small and the outside toilet is so very useful when you have children! Caretaker extremely helpful and owners are very accommodating. Really tranquil spot and although cannot park at property parking is close enough. The nearby community church St Anne's is lovely and very welcoming. The location allows you to explore the region easily. You do need a car though as not too close to amenities.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review. As we mentioned at the time the cottage is being fully redecorated as we write this replay - it was a shame we were unable to get this completed over the winter. We are excited about the upgrading we're undertaking of what is a very old building and are confident your reservations will be answered.
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Hoops Inn
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Royal North Devon
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
50 Miles
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Bucks Mills
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 & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Buck's Mills, Devon

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
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 of £50 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 4pm on a Friday with check out by 10am on the following Friday.

Dogs: I'm afraid we no longer accept dogs in the cottage as we have renewed all the carpets.

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 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.