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16th Century Thatched Cottage in an Acre of Mature Gardens

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Updated: 21-Jan-2017
  • Sleeps 13
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

thatched cottage in Littleham, Nr. Bideford, England, UK - Nestled In a Beautiful, Peaceful, Rural Valley

Hollands is a grade II listed, 16th century thatched farmhouse set in an acre of beautiful, mature gardens in a secluded North Devon valley. Located 5 miles from dramatic National Trust coastline, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a UNESCO biosphere reserve, this really is a wonderfully unspoilt, undiscovered part of the South West. 2 miles from the historic market town of Bideford, we are close to lots of local attractions: beaches, cliff walks, fishing villages, moors, great pubs, working farms. This family home is full of character and period features. The main house dates back to the 1500s and is of traditional Devon long house construction. Oak beams, cob walls, ledge and brace doors and even horse hair plaster in some rooms are complemented by fresh Farrow and Ball colours, quality antique furniture and paintings throughout. With contemporary bathrooms, LCD TVs, broadband wifi, DVDs, board games, etc, every creature comfort has been considered.

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About the Owner

Victoria & Tom Shard
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
21 January, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

"what a wonderful place this is. we are so sad to leave tomorrow. the children have loved it & have been so safe. the kitchen has seen many large family means & heard much laughter."
Oct 2009
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Guestbook comments from the owner

"what a wonderful place this is. we are so sad to leave tomorrow. the children have loved it & have been so safe. the kitchen has seen many large family means & heard much laughter."
Oct 2009
  • 1 of 1

6 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)


Beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for letting us stay in this charming cottage. It was full of character, beautifully clean, and easily accommodated us all for our family reunion for my husband's 40th birthday. We loved the gardens, the location, ample parking, the well stocked toy cupboard- everything was absolutely brilliant!

We loved exploring the area and found so much to do locally including Westward Ho! Putsborough and Appledore.

We've had a brilliant holiday and would highly recommend staying in this wonderful cottage.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A traditional home and wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

We hired Hollands for two birthdays and three families with young children, we had a truly amazing time. The house was perfect for us all the men could escape to watch tennis, the children where outside playing in the beautiful gardens and we had lots of lovely places we could sit and chat watching the children. Having grown up in Australia Hollands gave me a true experience of a British home and was picture perfect!!!! Thank you to the owners for making such a lovely holiday home and also having such classic books in your library. The guest book went back to the 16th century also a magical book to read, very quirky.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Perfect, cosy would go back 100%

  • Review Submitted: Apr 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
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A truly lovely stay. Everything as described and more. All beds ready and the house clean as a pin.

  • 5 of 5

We had a long weekend with the family. The house is absolutely right for this. Toys for the children comforts for the adults. The kitchen really sells this house it's warm and welcoming

No. Complaints at all and we would certainly visit again and stay longer.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house in wonderful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying at Little Hollands and again, it didn't disappoint. The house feels more like a home, and had everything we needed to make our stay comfortable. We had wonderful days out to the beautiful North Devon coast and then always enjoyed coming back "home" at the end of the day. We hope to visit again and would highly recommend this property for large family gatherings.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wow!! Blew me away!!

  • 5 of 5

The property is a show stopper!!!! Despite the pictures,I was truly blown away on arrival. Super clean, panoramic views of the country side and the perfect place to relax. Would highly recommend this property,worth every penny!! The ping pong table is a nice touch!! 🏓🏓 X

  • Review Submitted: Oct 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
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Activity and Interests

Car: recommended


We're in an Area of outstanding natural beauty. Beaches are a quick hop in the car. Our favourites are Instow 15 mins sandy, kids, very safe; Westward Ho & Northam Burrows 15 mins sandy, surfing, kids; Speke's Mill Mouth 20 mins rugged, unspoilt, perfect for experienced surfers; Saunton Sands 25 mins sandy, surfing, kids, Welcombe Mouth 30 mins rugged, unspoilt, rock pools and wonderful cliff walks; Saunton Sands 35 mins, sand dunes, surfing: Croyde 40 mins, sand, surfing: Sandy mouth, Cornwall 45 mins rugged, sand, surf, rock pools, beautiful cliffs.


Being so remote, a car is essential.


If you don't fancy a beach, there are plenty of amazing walks through Dartmoor and Exmoor National parks, along the South West coast path, Clovelly or closer to home in Littleham. Cycling enthusiasts will love the Tarka Trail, naturalists Lundy Island. Diving, sea fishing, game fishing and horse riding are all popular here. The weather isn't important in North Devon as there is so much to keep you occupied. Bideford is our nearest town 10 mins drive where you will find pubs and shops.

Further Details:

North Devon has become a haven for foodies too. Both Tom and I love good food so we've researched great pubs, restaurants and farmers' markets. Bideford has a number of lovely restaurants, Lathewells being one; great food, lovely staff in a very relaxed atmosphere. The Duke of Iddesleigh, delicious pub food in a beautiful old pub (won CAMRA best in North Devon).The Royal George , Appledore, serves great fish and has a lovely view of the water. The Coach and Horses, Buckland Brewer, good food, cider and darts. Further away, but worth it, is The Old Smithy at Welcombe, locally sourced food with a pretty beer garden (one of our favourites). In Appledore, you can buy fish straight from the boats. Bideford farmers' market has great local produce, Second and fourth Saturday of each month. Morrisons and Asda are 10 mins drive and Sainsbury's a 20 min drive. It's always worth checking out the Pannier markets in Bideford and Barnstaple for locally grown vegetables and produce.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Winter 2017
4 Jan 2017 - 17 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring 2017
18 Mar 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2017
15 Jul 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
Contact Victoria by email for availability. We ask for a 25% deposit to secure the booking then the remainder 4 weeks before holiday. We send you via e-mail a Hollands Hand book and a things-to-do document so that you are well prepared for your stay.

Changeover Day:
Weekly bookings are Saturday 3pm to Saturday 10am but please ask - we're flexible when we can be. We also offer long weekends.

Notes on prices:
Long weekends are also available, based on a 4 day stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 21-Jan-2017
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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys


  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Two contemporary bathrooms. Bathroom 1 with power shower. Bathroom 2 with spectacular views over the valley. Cloakroom with WC.


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 9/13 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 4 large double & 1 single bedroom, all beautifully furnished, with Egyptian cotton bed linen and white towels. 2 sitting rooms, each with a double sofa bed plus 2 small children's bedrooms.


  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: Being so remote, it's also perfect for a group of friends for a long weekend. Outside: Hollands is very child friendly. It's been a family home for years, so it's very safe. There's loads of space inside to run or crawl about and the acre of gardens are perfect for hide and seek. Set in a sheltered valley, these mature English cottage gardens are full of secret hideaways and suntraps. They are a bird lover’s paradise. Swallows and house martins nest in the eaves, pheasants roam around the garden, while buzzards and a barn owl hunt in the adjacent field. The acre of gardens are yours to enjoy undisturbed. A very peaceful setting for a relaxed lunch. Tables, chairs and BBQ provided. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen, towels, heating, electricity and logs are all included in the price. Other: There's also a 2nd kitchen and boot room downstairs. Relax with a DVD from the library in the 2nd sitting room.

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