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Grade 2 Listed Georgian Townhouse

Bedrooms 6
Separate WCs1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet


About the property

Holiday Home in Bideford, North Devon, England - Historic Town Location, Minutes from Quay, Park and Shops

Waterloo House dates back to 1815 and has an interesting history. It was once a boys school and has the remains of the old Bideford potteries in the garden walls. The house stands proudly in a Georgian terrace and looks out over a beautifully manicured bowling green. Situated in a no through road with limited traffic, there is parking outside the property (with permits) and in the sports ground a few steps away. The house stands on 3 floors with ample accommodation for 12 people. There are 6 bedrooms, (4 doubles and 2 twins), 3 reception rooms, a good sized kitchen, and a games room. In the garden you will find space and seclusion with steps leading up to a sun terrace. Bideford is affectionately known as 'The Little White Town' and has an interesting maze of narrow streets to explore with many fine Georgian and Victorian buildings. Some delightful shops and cafes are just a few minutes walk from the house and there is also a very pretty park complete with paddling pool.

Gaynor Cox
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 June, 2018

About Gaynor Cox

We live in a small village in North Cornwall where we also run Stewarts House Holiday Cottages. Having self catered on holidays ourselves over the years with our own family, we had an idea of what we wanted to offer in a holiday home. With a few years experience behind us now and with local knowledge we can help our guests get the most out of their holiday. It's important to us that our guests enjoy their stay and we will always be on hand if needed.

Gaynor Cox purchased this house in 2004

Why Gaynor Cox chose Bideford

We bought Waterloo House in 2004 and could not believe that a house of this size had not been split into flats or changed beyond any recognition. We realised also that the house is quite unique for this area and there are very few quite like it. The history books tell us it was once a boys school, and that the old Bideford potteries were once in the land which now occupies the back garden. These cottages were knocked down but you can still see the remnants of the fireplaces in the walls. Although the house has lots of space it has a warm and cosy feel, being part of a terrace helps. It has some lovely full length Georgian windows which allow the light to flood in. The views directly over the towns bowling green are delightful and in distance you can see the new Torridge bridge.

What makes this house unique

If you are trying to cater to lots of different needs, Waterloo House may have the answer. A central town position for easy shopping and doorstep activities for teenagers and younger people, whilst the beaches and countryside are a very easy short drive away. For a town position we are fortunate with the parking, even in high season. Although the local council has imposed some restrictions in recent years, we can allocate each booking a permit for 1 car and additional cars will be able to park in the sports ground opposite. If you need to rely on public transport, the buses can take you to Barnstable and beyond. We are fortunate that the house is in a quiet no through road and there seems to be little traffic noise for a house as central as this.

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Plenty of space for all the family and a perfect central location suits all the different requirements of our family' M. Wilburn.

'Children loved the games room which gave the grown ups their own space to relax' Mrs Young.

'Lovely old Georgian property with a homely feel' Mrs King.
Nov 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
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please note that we do not take damage/cleaning deposits however we reserve the right to charge the lead guest for any damage or extra cleaning costs.
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • town
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet , Ground floor w.c
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Large spacious bathroom on first floor.
  • Bathroom on first floor with bath, separate shower, and wc. Ground floor wc and cloakroom.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , Ground floor bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , Second floor bedroom with vanity basin
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , Second floor bedroom with vanity basin
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , Second floor bedroom with vanity basin
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , Second floor twin room
    Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed , Second floor twin room
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with double bed and vanity sink. Bedroom 3 with double bed and vanity sink. Bedroom 4 with double bed and vanity sink. Bedroom 5 with twin beds. Bedroom 6 with twin beds.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The house is generally very warm and has gas fired central heating as well as a log burner in the main living room. There are 5 bedrooms on the second floor with 1 bedroom on the ground floor should any guest have difficulty with 2 flights of stairs. The house is suitable for families and groups and we will always try to accommodate any special requests. Parking permits are required to park outside the house during restricted hours. These are in limited supply but can be issued for 1 car per booking per week. Additional cars can be parked in the sports ground opposite at £2.50 per day. WIFI available. Outside: Waterloo House benefits from a large walled garden with seclusion and privacy. There are two parts to the garden divided by an arch way. Nearest to the house is a large patio with an outside table and chairs for dining and further back is a grassed area. From the first floor kitchen, patio doors lead out onto a sun terrace (a real sun trap) with steps that lead down to the patio part of the garden. For a town garden it is very peaceful with just the gentle hum of town life but mostly the sounds of seagulls can be heard. For children and dogs, the old stone walls prevent any escapees, so a little peace of mind for their owners. History is evident in the garden with the remains of the old pottery fireplaces visible in the walls. Utility Room: Washing machine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Bedlinen can be provided at £10 for doubles and £5 for singles. Towels can be hired at £5 per set. The property will be cleaned with beds made up if required for the guests arrival. We encourage recycling. There is no cleaning service during the rental. Other: Dining room on first floor has a large pine table for 8 with a serving hatch from the kitchen, French windows look out to the bowling green. CD Player. Games room on the ground floor with table tennis, toys, sofa and TV for games consoles.


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Grade 2 Listed Georgian Townhouse
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Excellent size and very well equipped

  • 5 of 5

Brilliant for a family get together or friends going away together. Dogs loved the garden.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Perfect Family Holiday

  • 5 of 5

Waterloo House is spacious and comfortable. Lovely airy bedrooms, a magical garden and a great patio area. An abundance of crockery, cutlery and kitchen equipment. Tea towels, washing up equipment etc., all provided. We went as a family of twelve to celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary - with our three children and five grandchildren whose ages range between 1year and 13years. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed our week and loved the house. They all want to book it again next year.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your week at Waterloo House and will look forward to hearing from you again if you wish to re book for next year.
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Westward Ho!
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
50 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Car: not necessary


Westward Ho! is about 2 miles west of Bideford and offers wide sweeping sands with a good surf. Follow the river Torridge from Bideford for about 3 miles and discover the sailing village of Instow with sheltered waters and a sandy beach ideal for paddling and dog walking. On the opposite side of the Torridge estuary you can see Appledore with it's smugglers cottages and fishing boats. Travel south along the A39 to discover the rugged Hartland coast and to the North, the renown Croyde Bay.


The use of a car is ideal to see the area but by no means essential. It is possible to take a train to Barnstable and then travel by bus or taxi to Bideford which is about 11 miles. The nearest airport is Exeter about 50 miles away. Plymouth is the nearest port and travel time by car would be about 1 hour 30 mins. The local bus service from Bideford to surrounding villages and beaches is very good.


Bideford lies along the river Torridge in North Devon and is about 11 miles south of Barnstaple. Being close to the North Cornwall border the Hartland coast with it's rugged coast line and pretty coastal villages of Clovelly and Bucks Mill are worth visiting. Torrington is an historic town 8 miles inland with the Dartington glass factory offering fascinating tours and the starting point for the Tarka bicycle trail that continues for 30 miles through Bideford and on towards Barnstaple.

Further Details:

Bideford has everything you that you could need during your holiday. Supermarkets, small independent shops, cafes, restaurants, banks, petrol stations, garages and a tourist office. There is a pretty park with a childrens play park area, tennis courts and a paddling pool. And also a museum and an art gallery with a delightful coffee shop. Along side the park a renovated quay side is perfect for a stroll to watch the boats and cheer on the local gig club. The booking office is also here for boat trips to Lundy Island, a beautiful nature reserve off the North Devon Coast. For families, The Big Sheep offers lots of animal fun and for the more adventurous there is a mountain boarding school, both only 2 minutes drive from the house. Shopaholics are catered for with, Atlantic Village, a discount shopping centre built on the outskirts of the town. Bicycle hire is available across the bridge in Bideford to take advantage of the Tarka Trial where you can cycle or walk either the inland route to Torrington or along the coastal way to Barnstaple. Adventure schools such as Skern Lodge can offer day activities from climbing to surfing, and canoe and kayak lessons are available on the Torridge in Bideford.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £30

Changeover Day:
Saturday is the changeover day for high season weeks. All other dates can be flexible.
Arrival time is from 3- 4pm and the departure time is 10am.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds and is based on self catering. Prices available for groups of 6 please enquire. Bed linen can be provided at £10 for doubles and £5 for single beds. Towels can be hired at £5 per set.Well behaved dogs are accepted by prior arrangement only and the weekly charge is £30 per dog per week.

Damage and Cleaning:
We do not charge a damage or cleaning deposit however we reserve the right to charge for any damage caused or excess cleaning required after the guest has vacated. We ask guests to report any damage and replace or pay for any damage caused during the rental.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.