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A Delightful Period Cottage With A Sunny, Enclosed Garden

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Lovacott, Barnstaple, North Devon, England, UK - Quiet Location Just 3 Miles South Of Barnstaple

The cottage lies in the hamlet of Lovacott, just south of Barnstaple. Barnstaple offers a large variety of shops, pubs, restaurants and leisure facilities. A few miles away are some of Devon's best sandy beaches ideal for surfing and other watersports. Bideford is 5 miles away and here you can find the famous Tarka Trail cycle track. Just yards from the front door is footpath ideal for walks that can lead to a cosy, country pub a mile away. The cottage has four bedrooms and sleeps 7 with an additional sofa bed option in the second lounge/snug. There is a downstairs shower room and wc, a family bathroom on the first floor and an ensuite shower room to the main bedroom. There is a large kitchen/diner with range cooker, a separate utility room, a comfortable lounge with log burner and a second lounge/snug with toys/games/Wii/TV/DVD. The cottage has unlimited Wi-Fi. There is a large sunny garden with a patio area with table and chairs for alfresco dining and a selection of toys/games in the shed.

Claire Lewis
Member since: 2011
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This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
22 May, 2018

About Claire Lewis

I live in Somerset with my husband, three children and black Labrador. We love North Devon, and really enjoy our visits to Marsh Cottage where we can always relax and have fun! I love to hear all the positive comments from guests about how much they have enjoyed their stay and I am always delighted when guests come back again and again.

Claire Lewis purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Claire Lewis chose Barnstaple

We love the North Devon coast - it is easily accessible and has a variety of beautiful sandy beaches - great for surfing and body boarding. The Tarka Trail cycle track is a favourite place for cycling. We enjoy dog walks from the front door including, our favourite a circular walk which encompasses the Hunters Inn, Newton Tracey- even the kids like this walk! We chose this area because the cottage is in a beautifully peaceful hamlet, although within a few minutes you can be in the bustle of Barnstaple which has a good choice of leisure activities, cinema, shopping and restaurants.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage is easy to reach - just three miles from the main Atlantic highway. It is instantly relaxing and ideal for adults, kids and dogs! The garden is great for Giant Jenga, a bit of football, dogs to explore and we think, perfect on a sunny evening to eat and drink on the patio! The cottage has a relaxed feel whether in the summer with doors and windows flung open or in the winter -cosy with the log burner. Having two lounges and a large kitchen means no one is on top of one another, there is plenty of space for all. The cottage has unlimited Wi-Fi. The guests repeatedly comment on the cleanliness and high standard of fixtures and fittings at the cottage and we feel it is a real home from home.

Guestbook comments from the owner

A wonderful stay, the cottage is totally beautiful. Very comfortable and instantly relaxing. We had a great time. Thank you, thank you. The toys were a star attraction for our 2 year old. Mrs Geis

We take a cottage every year at this time. This cottage is the best to date. Fully equipped, peaceful location and finest weather. Mrs Craddock

Lovely, lovely cottage and brilliantly equipped, especially all the toys for the children. We were very sorry to go home! Mrs Cochrane
Aug 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Barnstaple in Horwood, Lovacott and Newton Tracey

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Main bathroom: bath, sink, WC and heated towel rail. En-suite to bedroom 1: shower, sink, WC and heated towel rail. Downstairs shower room, sink, WC and heated towel rail.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with kingsize double bed, en-suite, walk in wardrobe, travel cot/ changing mat and hairdryer. Bedroom 2 with double bed, Bedroom 3 with single bed, Bedroom 4 with 3' bunk beds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
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
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Maximum 2 dogs. No smoking property. Outside: There is off-road parking for two cars. Interesting, enclosed, sunny garden with plenty of lawned areas. Patio area with large extending table with reliner chairs and parasol. Utility Room: Utility room with fridge/freezer, washing machine, iron, ironing board, clothes airer, first aid kit and highchair. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bedlinen, bath and hand towels, tea towels and oven gloves are provided. Weekly cleaning. Other: Second lounge/snug : Sofa bed and comfy beanbags, TV/DVD, Wii console with selection of games, variety of board games, books and toys.


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A Delightful Period Cottage With A Sunny, Enclosed Garden
average rating of 4.818182 based on 23 reviews

Beautiful cottage in perfect setting.

  • 5 of 5

Had a great week at Marsh Cottage. Lots of room for the family and dog but cosy in the evenings with the log burner going. A very well equipped, clean and comfortable cottage that I would have no hesitation in recommending to anyone wanting a holiday in this beautiful part of the world. Ten mins to Instow beach and lots of walks from the doorstep. Great village pub nearby.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the 5 star review! It is always nice to hear guess have loved their stay. We pride ourselves that the cottage is cosy and warm in the winter and cool and sunny in the summer, making it ideal to visit at any time of year. Always welcome.
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Lovely property

  • 4 of 5

Had a super weekend in this well appointed cottage.

  • Review Submitted: 08-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cosy cottage great location

  • 4 of 5

The cottage had everything. Location great for beaches and exmoor. Local beach instow was a real find.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review - so pleased you enjoyed not only the cottage but the wonderful location. Always welcome.
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Comfortable cottage in lovely location

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 plus dog have just returned from a week in Marsh cottage. The cottage was very comfortable and extremely well equipt. The owners have thought of everything from dog bowls to footballs and cool bags! It was extremely clean and very warm -despite storm Doris. Would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great, delighted you enjoyed your week despite Doris joining you! Always welcome.
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Well presented family and dog friendly Devon home

  • 5 of 5

A real home from home. Lots of lovely Christmassy touches to make our stay enjoyable.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm please you had a lovely Christmas and happy new year. I hope to welcome you back again to Marsh Cottage.
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Lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

Excellent accommodation -- everywish catererd for - great facilities -- good standard -- will return 😀

  • Review Submitted: 12-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: recommended


The area is famous for golden sandy beaches. Westward Ho! (8 miles), Woolacombe (15 miles) and Croyde (15 miles), are perfect for surfing, sailing, kite flying, water sports or a picnic and sandcastle making. Appledore (8 miles) and Instow (5 miles) are lovely fishing villages to wander round too.


Use of a car is essential. The nearest airport is Exeter (57 miles) and the nearest train station is Barnstaple (5 miles).


Nearest pub is at Newton Tracey 1 mile. The nearest supermarket is Sainsburys at Roundswell, Barnstaple (3 miles away). Barnstaple 3 miles, Bideford 5 miles, Great Torrington 7 miles, Exmoor National Park 20 miles.

Further Details:

Supermarkets, shops and a variety of restaurants in Barnstaple and Bideford. Food market in Barnstaple in historic pannier market (worth a visit). Local pub within a mile. Gardens to visit: RHS Rosemoor (Torrington) and Marwood (nr Barnstaple). Great walks along the coast and on Exmoor, with good pubs as well. Boat trips from Ilfracombe - fishing, sight seeing, or to Lundy. Riding from various stables on Exmoor. Cycling on the Tarka Trail (old railway line). Lots to do if weather not perfect: The Big Sheep (all weather entertainment park - near Bideford). Atlantic Village factory outlets (near Bideford). Clovelly - famous picturesque fishing village, used for film sets (west of Bideford).


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Barnstaple, Devon

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Late Spring
13 Apr 2018 - 24 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
half term
25 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
early summer
1 Jun 2018 - 21 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
mid summer
22 Jun 2018 - 19 Jul 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Peak Season
20 Jul 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
31 Aug 2018 - 20 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
21 Sep 2018 - 18 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
October half term
19 Oct 2018 - 1 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Nov 2018 - 13 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
14 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20

Booking Notes:
Weekly bookings but short breaks may be available on request. Prices worked on 3 nights - 60% of weekly rate, 4 nights 70% of weekly rate, 5 nights 80% of weekly rate. Bookings can be made by email or phone. We require a non-refundable deposit of 20% at time of booking and request full payment 8 weeks before arrival. Dogs are charged at £15 for first dog, £10 for second dog: maximum 2 dogs.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is normally Friday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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