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Cottage Quiet Rural Devon Surrounded By Fields And Countryside

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Thatched Cottage, Nr Tawstock, Barnstaple, North Devon - Peaceful, Rural Location, Within Easy Reach Of Beaches And Exmoor National Park

Sweet Bay Cottage an original Devon Long House - A detached, thatched, cottage, situated within easy distance of Barnstaple, tucked away in peaceful, rural tranquility at the end of a 'No through road'. Set amidst glorious Devonshire rural countryside, surrounded by fields and country footpaths. Just 1.5 mile to the local village pub, ten minutes to the nearest beach and a short drive to Exmoor National Park. The cottage is 5 star ETC rated, set in its own courtyard wth off road parking and a small fenced garden to the immediate front of the cottage. Additional orchard/garden areas to the rear of the cottage with bbq area and views across rural countryside, a perfect spot to watch the sun set on a summers evening. Modern furnishings merge with the heritage of the building offering a comfortable home from home, cosy with woodburning stove for winter breaks, logs are provided on site. Pets are most welcome, safe walks across fields and country lanes from the cottage doorstep. Ideal spot for keen cyclists and safe storage for bicycles provided on site.

Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 June, 2018

About Sandi

Steve, Sandi and Amelie Masters.

Sandi purchased this cottage in 1999

Why Sandi chose Barnstaple

Steve originally bought Tennacott Farm in 1999, bought for its remote and peaceful location, something about Tennacott appealed to Steve even though it was almost completely derelict, the cottage had been empty for some years and Tennacott was no longer a working farm. Rat infested and falling apart, he set about renovating the cottage to its former glory, one room per year! The courtyard and barns remained also in a terrible state of disrepair. Steve and Sandi met in 2003 and in 2006 decided to put everything into completing the renovation project. Some hard work and efforts later and in 2008 the main bulk of the project was completed, which included replacing the roof on the cottage to its original order with thatch and renovating and tidying the barns and courtyard.

What makes this cottage unique

The property is ideally located, within easy reach of Barnstaple, with its amenities, market, shops, theatre, restaurants etc, yet is so rural and quiet that you really do get away from it all and relax.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The accom was spacious and very well equipped, every last detail had been considered by the neighbouring owners who were very welcoming and helpful. The property was in an excellent location, very quiet but all amenities of Barnstaple were close enough. This is a very picturesque area with excellent walking in North Devon and on Exmoor. April 2009.

The property was of an exceptionally high standard, a great deal of thought and consideration had gone into what was available.A real family cottage, kitchen very well equipped. Beds very comfortable, lounge very comfortable and cosy with real fire. Bathroom was first rate and delightful. October 2009.

The location is very tranquil with lots of freedom to wander around as you please. The owners were very friendly and helpful. March 2010.

Sweet Bay Cottage was absolutely beautiful, it was superbly refurbished. Location ideal and we would not hesitate to recommend such a relaxing and comfortable cottage to anyone. July 2010.
May 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Barnstaple in Tawstock

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • 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 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Modern bathroom with designer bath, wc, double basins and shower cubicle with electric shower on the first floor. Separate shower room with wc on the ground floor.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king bed Bedroom 3 with twin beds, linking to Bedroom 2 with king bed. Ground floor, small play room with single day bed to offer flexibility for sleep arrangements. Two travel cots provided. Inflatable toddler bed available on request.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Perfect holiday destination for those wishing to bring along their dog/s. Surrounded by fields, open countryside and a maze of footpaths. Central heating included (Oil). Woodburning stove, logs provided. House towels provided. Please bring own beach towels. Great location for children to enjoy the countryside. Pet Pigs, Hens and Alpacas on site, guests welcome to help feed the animals and collect eggs. Swings and Trampoline on site. Outside: Small, garden to the front of the property, set to lawn with garden furniture provided. Overlooking enclosed courtyard, offering private space and ample parking. In addition, three meadows and an orchard for guests to roam as they please, great for dog walking or ball games. Utility Room: Fully fitted utility with belfast sink, microwave, fridge-freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and access to separate shower room/wc. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Full bed linen high grade egyptian cotton with pretty bed covers provided. All house towels provided and first supplies provided. Change of linen provided for two week bookings. Other: Small TV room/playroom, with single day bed.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Amazing cottage, perfect for a retreat to get away from it all

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was everything we hoped for and more. It's very spacious, immaculately done throughout with everything you should need and Sandi and Steve are the perfect hosts,making us feel very welcome. Lovely touches with fresh eggs left plus tea, coffee, milk and sugar. We aim to make this a yearly treat!

Thankyou again Sandi and Steve x

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful lovingly restored cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Quiet and remote, a perfect getaway for friends or family. Sandi was great from the initial booking and throughout our stay. Comfortable, cosy and close to the stunning scenery that North Devon has to offer. Lynton and Valley of Rocks definitely recommended for the walking and the views and Woolacombe beach to blow the cobwebs away. Would wholeheartedly recommend Sweet Bay Cottage, will definitely be coming back but will be staying for longer next time.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage in a lovely setting

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful rural Cottage in the heart of the Devonshire countryside but within easy reach of Barnstaple and surrounding beaches. Sandi and her Husband were wonderful hosts, always on hand but never intrusive. Despite the poor weather we had great fun visiting Peter and Gordon the Pigs and Rebecca and Phoebe the Alpacas. The Cottage was very Dog Friendly with a cosy log burner in the lounge, a sizeable kitchen/dining area and a delightful bathroom. Due to the weather we couldn’t walk to the local pub but the Cottage was so lovely that it didn’t really matter! Would definitely go again!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Mar-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for such a lovely review of Sweet Bay Cottage, It was great to meet you all and we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay and had a relaxing weekend. We look forward to welcoming you back again one day. Sandi & Steve
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Newton Tracey
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Northam Burrows, Westward Ho!
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
35 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Newton Tracey
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Car: recommended

Sweet Bay Cottage is set in rural tranquility, yet just a short drive to the beautiful North Devon Golden Coast beaches, which offer something quite special, some of the most beautiful coastline to be found in the UK. The cottage is situated within ten minutes of the nearest beach Instow and a few minutes more from Saunton, Westward Ho!, Croyde, Putsborough and Woolacombe. The most fabulous surfing beaches to be found in the region. Ten minutes from Bideford and a little further to Exmoor National Park, Clovelly, Rosemoor RHS Gardens and many local National Trust properties. Barnstaple the nearest main town is 4 miles drive and has a host of shops, restaurants, cafe's, cinema, bowling, swimming pools, leisure centre, tennis centre, train station etc.


Exeter airport 1hr. Bristol airport 2hrs. Newquay airport 1.5hr.

Train links to Barnstaple, Tiverton and Exeter.

A car is recommended to fully appreciate the area.


Barnstaple 3 miles

Tawstock 2 miles

Newton Tracy 1 mile

Bideford 8 mile

Braunton 6 mile

Exmoor National Park 15miles

Further Details:

Nearest supermarkets 3 miles

village pub 1.5 miles

selection of restaurants 3 miles

Nearest town with all amenities, banks, shops, restaurants etc 3 miles


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Barnstaple, Devon

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring 2018
11 May 2018 - 12 Jul 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Summer 2018
13 Jul 2018 - 13 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0

Booking Notes:
Deposit (non-refundable) £150 payable on booking, full balance at least eight weeks prior to arrival date.

Changeover Day:
Weekly change over day is Friday arrival 3pm+
Short breaks of 2, 3, 4 , 5 nights accepted which can start on any day, please enquire for price and availability.
Discounts for under occupancy or short breaks, please enquire

Notes on prices:
Please always contact us for short break prices and offers during off peak season.

We ask for £150 (non refundable) deposit to secure your chosen date and full balance is payable at 8 weeks prior to holuday date.

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.
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