|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
This cottage occupies the top two floors of the converted carriage barn, is furnished throughout in pine, and has the following accommodation (bedrooms are all upstairs): master bedroom with kingsize bed, ensuite shower/wc, fitted wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside cabinets. Two twin-bedded rooms. Main bathroom with bath (shower over bath), wc and wash-basin. Comfortable open-plan sitting/dining room with well-equipped kitchen (Zanussi electric cooker with ceramic hob and twin fan oven, fridge with freezer section, microwave, toaster, kettle and a full range of units and equipment). Easy chairs/sofas. Dining-table and six chairs. Colour TV(Freeview) and DVD player; radio/cassette/CD player; vacuum cleaner, steam/spray iron and ironing-board. Garden view.
The oldest parts of Muddlebridge House are believed to have been one of several small local potteries, some of which existed well into the 20th century. A major extension was added to the original building in the late 18th century, at the same time as two stone stable blocks and a carriage/hay barn. The stables and barn were converted in the mid 1980's to form the seven cottages, each self-contained with its own unique character. The cottages are comfortably furnished, mainly in pine, with open-plan living-rooms providing sitting, dining and modern well fitted kitchen areas. The resident owners also offer Bed and Breakfast accommodation in two very spacious and comfortable rooms/suites in the main house between Easter and October.
Graham and I moved to North Devon in 1992, having fallen in love with the area. We had both been working in the south-east for a few years,dreaming about running a holiday cottage complex. When Muddlebridge came on the market we decided to 'take the plunge'. Our three children, now adults,really appreciate that they have been brought up in a special place, with its unique rugged landscape and proximity to some of the best surfing beaches. Many of our guests must agree because they return regularly and some have become firm friends.
Ruth Macdonald purchased this cottage in 1992
We could have bought a property in any part of the country but kept returning to the south-west,particularly the north coast of Devon. There are not only beautiful, sandy beaches but also spectacular cliffs with stunning views,pretty villages and delightful gardens. Although near open moorland, especially Exmoor, the nearby market town of Barnstaple is only 45 miles from the cathedral city of Exeter.
Muddlebridge House is situated less than three miles from the historical town of Barnstaple,one of the most accessible towns in the west-country.Set in a semi-rural location,it is close to shops and restaurants,with the coastal village of Instow only four miles away. The property is accessed by good, fast roads and there is also a nearby bus-stop for those who want to use local transport. There is an indoor swimming-pool (28'x14') with a sauna cabin accommodating up to six people. The two acres of enclosed gardens is mainly grassed, offering a play-area with wooden play-house,wooden play-boat, trampolines,swings, climbing-frame and a selection of ride-on toys.The Tarka Trail, incorporating the South-West Coastal Path and the Westcountry Way cycle route passes nearby, at the restored quay.
A wonderful,relaxing place! The children have loved having such great grounds to play in and the swimming pool. It was hard to drag them away to go and visit places! A great holiday!
We have all enjoyed a lovely week staying in Thatchers Cottage. The facilities
at Muddlebridge have been used by all of the family,both old and young! From the beautiful gardens and swimming-pool through to the play-area,pets corner and play-house. This is an excellent place to stay and all have agreed that we would love to return again to Muddlebridge in the future. Would definitely recommend to family and friends.
Very friendly hosts,fantastic children's garden,well-equipped cottage. Making a perfect base to explore the area.
Cottage bookings are usually from Saturday to Saturday, except at Christmas and New Year. Short breaks of 3, 4 or 5 nights (priced at 60%, 70% and 80% respectively of the applicable weekly rate) are available outside of school holidays. Bookings of a full week, made within 10 days of arrival, are discounted by 10%. To make a reservation, we ask guests to check availability by telephone/email. A deposit of 25% is required (max £100) with the balance payable four weeks prior to arrival.
Cottages and facilities are available from 3.00pm on day of arrival and should be vacated by 10.00am on day of departure. Saturday is the usual changeover day, but we can often be flexible out of main school holiday periods.
Notes on prices:
Prices include heating and electricity, bed linen (but not towels), wifi and use of the facilities. A cot with safety mattress can be provided without charge when it is required instead of one of the designated bed spaces; if it exceeds the number of bed spaces, there is a weekly charge of £30. The communal washing machines and dryer in the Laundry Room are coin operated. Pool and football tables are 20p per game. The sauna is operated by a £1 coin, providing a 30-40 minute session.