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Spacious 5-Star Holiday Home: Private Hot Tub, Pool, Wood-burner & Tennis Court

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Large house in Abbotsham, near Bideford, North Devon, England - Edge of Friendly Village. with Panoramic Sea Views

This large, contemporary detached house is furnished and equipped to an extremely high standard with great attention to detail. Rated by VisitEngland as 5 star GOLD! Visitors will enjoy spectacular sunsets over the North Devon coast to Lundy Island from nearly every room in the house or from the hot tub in the garden! With tennis court; safe garden; heated swimming pool (April-October); cosy wood burner for cooler evenings; internet; full sized pool table in the games room; a huge, well equipped kitchen; two lounge areas and a conservatory, this house is perfectly suited to a larger group which even for winter bookings has loads of room to spread out, to party, to do a jigsaw or just to snuggle up and read a book.

Sleeps 10 (+2 and cot) in 5 bedrooms but can be rented with our adjacent property The Annex making the total number accommodated a maximum of 18 (see property 8106946)

You will find the A39 Atlantic Highway is very easily accessible making this an incredibly convenient base for exploring the numerous rocky shores or the famous sandy surfing beaches and rural North Devon and North Cornwall and all the country pubs in between. Enjoy quaint harbours, local visitor attractions or the coastal footpaths and cycle tracks. On the edge of a delightful Devon village, only 5 minutes walk to the thatched pub, church, village playing fields and a popular tourist attraction at the bottom of the hill, you may, however, decide not to get back in the car for the whole holiday!

More Details

Jacquie Willoughby
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, German
Calendar last updated:
14 October, 2017

About Jacquie Willoughby

I was born a farmer's daughter and grew up in the village of Abbotsham. Having moved away, I was delighted to have the opportunity to come back and bring up my children here. I have three grown up girls, now 22, 24 and 26, who are mostly away now but my mum and my brother and two step children live close by and most of the rest of my relations are buried in the local church yard! I love living in North Devon and particularly in this wonderful village. It means we know everyone in Abbotsham, we have a great support network and in return we are passionate about supporting the local rural and business community. If you need any introductions or have any questions about where to go and what to do I am sure I will be able to help you.

Jacquie Willoughby purchased this house in 2003

Why Jacquie Willoughby chose North Devon

Southclay is in a fabulous location on the edge of the village with spectacular views over open countryside to the sea. We built the house ourselves including a sunken tennis court so that the sea view was maintained. We originally intended to move our family into Southclay, it was therefore built with a really high specification but having rented the property out for a couple of months in the first season never got around to the move as our repeat visitors begged us to keep it as a holiday let! The Annex is actually on the end of our family home, adjacent to Southclay. Recently converted (the barn end of a Devon longhouse) It is a delightful, stone, character cottage with its own hot tub. My husband and I rather rattle around in the other end of the house now the children have grown up but love to share the garden, the tennis court and the pool with our guests.

What makes this house unique

An exceptionally friendly village with a great community spirit, good local pub, church, chapel, village school and community play area and the Big Sheep tourist attraction at the bottom of the hill... Abbotsham has something for everyone and views of the coastline to definitely write home about! The coastal footpath and our local beach is accessible down delightful narrow Devon lanes and footpaths about 20 minutes walk away.

Southclay is convenient to the main A39 highway (1 minute's drive) so excellent for cutting journey times and as a base for exploring the rest of North Devon yet from Southclay you would never believe a main road was nearby. It has only village traffic noise, a peaceful rural aspect and beautiful uninterrupted sea views....

Guestbook comments from the owner

A haven of relaxation and calm, so much space and so well equipped, it seems you have tried to think of everything, what can we say but a huge THANK YOU JACKIE!

Great house, great views, great beaches, great surf, great fun, Great Britain!

What a fantastic holiday and a perfect place for a family 65th birthday. Plenty of room even for our 6 boys! Everything has been wonderful! keep our beds warm, we'll be back some time soon.

Back again! our summer wouldn't be the same without our reunion at your wonderful holiday home, it gets better and better - loved the hot tub!
Apr 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Bideford in Torridge District

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite to bedroom 1: marble with double bath, separate large shower enclosure, wc, bidet, basin. En-suite to bedroom 2 with shower, wc and basin. Family bathroom: large wet room with free shower, wc, corner bath, basin. Separate wc downstairs.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) + 2 on mattresses if required Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - superking double, en-suite. Bedroom 2 - king-size double, en-suite. Bedroom 3 - twin beds. Bedroom 4 - twin beds (+ sofa that can be swapped for foam mattresses, 2x 2'6" singles suitable for children only). Bedroom 5 - bunk beds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Underfloor heating throughout. Additional log burner in lounge for cosy evenings in the winter (logs provided). This house works well for two families, an extended family or groups of friends as there is plenty of living space to accommodate everyone without feeling crowded. The Annex (sleeps 4-6) next door ref.E5584 can be rented in conjunction or independently. Well behaved pets are accepted by arrangement but never allowed upstairs or in the main living room. Outside: Private parking for 4 cars plus a double garage with surfboards, buckets and spades, crabbing lines, windbreaks etc. Large patio and a fenced lawn to the rear with garden furniture, gas barbecue, private hot tub and tennis court. There is also access through a gate to a heated swimming pool (April - October) shared with the owner. Utility Room: Separate utility/drying room with washing machine and tumble drier, iron and ironing board and clothes airer. Cleaning / Linen / Maid service: All linen and hand/bath towels are provided but please bring beach/swimming towels. Cleaning service, massage, beauty treatments & babysitting can be provided at an extra charge by prior arrangement. In house catering for a special occasion or on your arrival can also be arranged. All rooms have a sea view with spectacular sunsets except bedroom 3 (country view and the sunrise)


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Spacious 5-Star Holiday Home: Private Hot Tub, Pool, Wood-burner & Tennis Court
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Excellent house with all the amenities we needed

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything, and Jacquie was very helpful. Unfortunately the internet wasn't working the weekend we were there but I think this was a temporary problem and to be honest it did us all good to be disconnected for a while. Pool and hot tub both lovely and lots of space in the house and garden for socialising. Highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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We love South Clay!

  • 5 of 5

South Clay was a fantastic place to stay for a weeks family holiday which included 7 adults and 4 children, ages ranging from 20 months to 60+ years. The house is extremely spacious, very well equipped, and sparkling clean. On arrival, all the basics are provided so you could literally arrive with your suitcase, drop anchor, (go to the pub?) and shop the next day if needed. Good shopping is available a short drive away. The amazing facilities, which were all well maintained and in exellent condition, meant that when we weren't out and about, there was always something for everyone to do. There is so much to do nearby, and nothing is far away. Our big disappointment is that we didn't discover the Tarker Trail earlier in the week! The oysters from The Shack in Westward Ho! are a must. The pub in the village was great; walkable, good beer, good food, child friendly and also dog friendly. They do a Sunday carvery which we missed but it looked amazing.

Jacquie was very welcoming and whilst we didn't feel 'watched', she was always there and very helpful if we needed help or had any questions.

We all highly recommend South Clay, and hope to return again some time. Thankyou Jacquie and Steve.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for finding time to write a lovely review Mel. You have a lovely family, we look forward to welcoming you all back to North Devon again.
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Oustanding Property with all you could wish for!

  • 5 of 5

My family booked this for a surprise 60th birthday weekend away and I could not have wished for more. The house is fantastic with so much space and so beautifully equipped. The views from the master bedroom are to die for! Furnished superbly and immaculately clean, we felt at home straight away, the hot tub was a huge hit - just wish it had of been summer so that we could have taken advantage of the tennis court and pool. The owner was very helpful and thorough. The only fault was that we only spent the weekend here and that is just not long enough!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a lovely birthday - thank you for taking the time to write such a super review :-) Very best wishes to you and your family for a great Christmas
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Excellent base for North Devon holidays

  • 5 of 5

Our group (8 men) had a wonderful walking holiday based at Southclay. The property is spacious, well equipped and well situated for our walks. (Two of our walks were on Exmoor, an hours drive away, but well worth it). We are all members of a tennis club, so the court, in good condition, was well used. Ah, and that hot tub after a long coast hike... This was our fifth annual walking holiday, and we all voted the property the best yet. Very highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Jon. Come back and visit again soon! (How can Portugal possibly compete with North Devon and Southclay?)
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Fantastic Weekend Away

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic weekend away in November, the weather wasn't brilliant but the hot-tub made up for it!

The house was lovely and in a great location for hiking, sightseeing and really handy have a large Asda near by.

I certainly will be back and would recommend Southclay to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Lee - a weekend at Southclay is great but isn't long enough - so glad you are hoping to come and visit in the summer for a week. We look foreword to welcoming you back!
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Southclay is Brilliant

  • 5 of 5

Everything is perfect at Southclay. The house, location and facilities are excellent and the welcome fantastic. Jacquie could not have been more accommodating - every guest review mentions the cream tea she served on arrival and it was a memorable way to start a wonderful week. There's plenty to do in the locality and no-one could fail to enjoy a holiday here (even though the weather can never be relied upon!)

We'd go there again like a shot!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh NO! You really shouldn't tell everyone about the cream tea - it puts me under such pressure to try and make sure my scones rise! (Only my most special guests get a cream tea anyway so I am really glad you enjoyed it!) Thank you for taking the time to write a review David - you and your lovely family would be very welcome back anytime. Jacquie
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Bristol or Exeter
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Family-friendly thatched village pub 5mins walk
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Royal North Devon (links course)
Nearest Train
11 Miles
Barnstaple Station
Nearest Motorway
45 Miles
M5 Turn off at Junct 27 to Barnstaple & N Devon
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Great food at village pub (probably need to book)
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Rocky beaches 2km but sandy beach only 5mins drive


There are sea views from nearly every room. Children and adults will love the sandy beaches, the rock pools and the cliffs of North Devon and North Cornwall. Famous for it's surfing and kiting beaches and traditional fishing villages (Appledore and Clovelly) most of which can be reached by car between 5 and 30 minutes.


Bristol and Exeter are the South West of England's main airports. A choice of car hire is available at both with driving times to Southclay: 2 and a half hours and 1 and a half hours respectively.

Barnstaple is the nearest train station, 20 minutes from Southclay. There is an infrequent bus service or it is an easy taxi ride.


Near by, Bideford (2.5 miles) has town amenities, restaurants and delightful quayside where boat trips are available to Lundy Island.

Further Details:

The area is famous for water sports and activity holidays including, surfing, sailing, water skiing, kiting, diving, rock climbing, horse riding, fishing and more, whilst walkers and cyclists will enjoy the famous Tarka Trail, the idyllic countryside and the coastal footpaths. Golf at the Royal North Devon (the oldest links course in England) is only 3 miles along the coast.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Bideford, 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
October Half Term 17
13 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £25 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/New Year 17
22 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £25 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Please contact Jacquie for a booking form and confirmation of prices. 1/3 deposit and completed booking form secures the booking if more than 8 weeks before holiday, otherwise full payment is required.

Changeover Day:
Friday is the preferred changeover day (may change over Christmas/New Year) Mondays or Fridays is the usual changeover for short breaks, although we do try to be flexible where possible off season

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds. All heating and laundry included. At Christmas and New Year Christmas decorations are also included. Discounts may be available for late bookings where there is still availability, please enquire. Short breaks are available off peak or when there is late availability - please enquire.

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.
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