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Fabulous Victorian Seaside House Modernised 2011 By Architect-owner - The Buttery



Updated: 24-Nov-2015
House in Mortehoe, Nr. Woolacombe, North Devon, England - At Centre Of Charming Village Surrounded By National Trust Land, Short Walk To Secluded Beach

The Buttery is a wonderful self-catering holiday home in Mortehoe, near Woolacombe, North Devon. We bought this property in the village's Victorian 'crescent' in July 2010 and have worked non-stop since then until July 2011, together with our excellent builder Pearce Barnstaple, to create what we feel is an ideal holiday home in a perfect North Devon village. The Buttery is now our own much-loved family holiday home and is also available for rent. If you choose The Buttery for a holiday we aim to make you want to come back again and again.

Details for holiday home The Buttery, 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, 3 Bathrooms, 1 Separate WC

Bedroom 1 and 5 have double beds. Bedroom 2 has double sofabed (a comfortable bedroom, and/or use this 'snug' with its flatscreen TV, DVD etc as TV room, office, library). Bedroom 3 has bunkbeds. Bedroom 4 has 2 singles.

Ground floor WC, 1st floor en-suite Jack-and-Jill walk-in-shower/WC to bedrooms 1 and 2, 2nd floor bathroom with bath and separate shower enclosure and WC. 2nd floor bathroom en-suite to bedroom 5 with bath, showerhead, WC.

Kitchen: glass splashbacks, stainless steel worktop, oven, 5-ring hob, fridge, freezer, washing machine, microwave, large extendible dining table for up to 18, electric blender.

Back entrance leading to outdoor laundry hanging area. Utility with plenty of space for coats, wetsuits etc. Washing machine. WC.

Front room: a wonderfully light-filled room. Triple sofa, double sofa, hi-fi with Ipod dock, DAB etc. Table football and extra dining chairs stored in understair cupboard.

  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I am an architect living in London. I know North Devon well, having holidayed here and worked on design projects in the area. Mortehoe has always struck me as a gem - amazing location and people, and not spoiled by excessive tourism. When in 2010 my husband Dominic and I had the opportunity to buy a run-down hotel/restaurant in the terrace at the heart of the village we jumped at the chance. The next 12 months were incredibly busy and satisfying ... with a huge effort by excellent local builder and a lot of design, structural work, conservation, inspiration and management, The Buttery was reborn as our own holiday home, which we are also going to rent out. We hope to have a lot of the same guests renting year after year. We would welcome you to our house in Mortehoe!

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Guestbook comments from the owner

My friends and I trawled through many websites featuring houses for rent in Devon before creating a shortlist of 5 favourites. We then voted and Cromlech House came out top. Fantastic well equipped house in a picture perfect location. We found Cromlech House a terrific place to stay, in the beautiful village of Mortehoe. The house has great character, is large and spacious and met all our needs. It has a great sized kitchen for cooking, eating and socialising in. Great TV and Wifi facilities. The location of the house is ideal and surrounded by little shops, 3 pubs, a restaurant and a Cream Tea cafe ... what more do you need. We loved the house and were very comfortable in it. We thought the village was just picture perfect with all the little shops and of course the wealth of pubs. We had a lovely meal in the Chichester and another in Rockleigh. Also a cream tea in the little cottage and fish and chips from the takeaway shop so did our bit to support local businesses. We would certainly recommend Otter cycle hire in Braunton. We took bikes for the afternoon 1pm to 5pm for £9 each however while out called the office and extended our time to 8pm for just another £3 per bike. During July and August they are open until 8pm. We did a 16 mile round trip which took us to a cafe to be recommended in Fremington and back? The trail also runs past The Braunton Inn which is also to be recommended with it's large outdoor eating area. There are other both shorter and longer routes you can do passing places of interest and with many places to stop for refreshments along the way. We would also recommend a visit to the quaint village of Croyde which also has a great beach. Dominic, the owner runs a very smooth operation with excellent communication throughout every stage of the booking, the holiday and very prompt repayment of the security deposit after the holiday. We couldn't fault the house, the location or the service we received from Dominic. We hope to return again soon. We have friends who are looking to visit the area from Cardiff so certainly will recommend your house. Sheila M, East Kilbride.

Dear Dominic and Iona, We had SUCH a wonderful stay! The house was gorgeous, everyone loved it, and the area is just amazing. The boys loved being a stone's throw from the pub ;) It was just what the family needed. It was one of the most amazing experiences, you could be anywhere in the world sat on that beach watching the sun go down. We're big travellers but the others in our group barely venture out of their hometown, it was a great experience for all. I think we will definitely be staying again! So a HUGE thank you for sharing your beautiful home. / TripAdvisor: “A little piece of heaven” 5 of 5 stars eviewed 16 July 2013 for a stay in July 2013. A beautiful house in a fabulous location! Lovely views in a great village atmosphere, a stone's throw from the pub.
Aug 2011
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8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews



  • 5 of 5

The house was absolutely incredible, very clean, modern, spacious and

true to the photos. In a great location, in the heart of Mortehoe,

with a range of places to eat and drink. A 5 minute walk to the beach

(slightly on a hill), or a short 5 minute drive to Woolacombe beach.

The owners could not have been more helpful or friendly. Would

recommend to anyone wanting somewhere near the beach, whether friends

or families.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A fantastic stay!

  • 5 of 5

A very enjoyable stay. Beds are very comfortable, house is very clean and inviting, and all rooms have a welcoming feel. The balcony is perfect for a morning breakfast, and I loved having the piano in the front room to play on. Will be back for more!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review. Great to hear that you might return. :)
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The Buttery was fantastic

  • 5 of 5

Upon our arrival at the Buttery the whole group (3 years-54 years) were really pleased with the accomodation. The children loved the toys and bunk beds, whilst my teenage daughter loved the 'den' bedroom with the double futon as it gave her privacy and a massive TV to watch all week. The Buttery kitchen became the adults evening drinking venue and also had everything you could ever need for preparing meals for a large group. The wetsuit drainer in the the utility was well used and stopped everything else getting wet.

The pub over the road; the Chicester we found served the best food and drink. Also the Beach Cafe on Barricane Beach was really good.

The owners were extremely helpful and attentive to our queries; I would definately recommend the Buttery and very much hope to return.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to hear that the holiday went so well! :) Dom
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Great house in a fabuluous location

  • 5 of 5

Large, well equipped and well furnished house within walking distance of beaches and set in a small village with good facilities, including pubs and shops. Fantastic coastal and inland walks on the door-step.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for review, glad you liked the surrounding area and the house.
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Amazing Holiday - Can't Wait To Come Again

  • 5 of 5

A group of 9 of us stayed here at The Buttery as a holiday to celebrate the end of our university term. All of us agree it was a better week than any of us could have imagined - we were unbelievably lucky with the weather, with sun nearly every day - but even on the first day, which was foggy and wet, we had a fantastic time. The house is beautiful, very well equipped and spacious - not only does it sleep ten, but also accommodates them well, so all of us could sit around inside happily without any treading on toes! The views are also spectacular from here. As stated, the beach is only 20 minutes walk away - closer, if you feel like clambering over some rocks - and Barricane Beach is the closest to the house, which we found just as beautiful, but much less crowded on warmer days, than Woolacombe. The village is lovely, with pubs, takeaways and corner shops available to meet our every need.

On top of everything else, the owner Dominic was incredibly helpful and friendly, and always replied to all our questions and queries quickly.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thrilled to read that the week went so well! I hope that some of you will join our growing ranks of repeat visitors! :)
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I've left a bit of my heart in Mortehoe!

  • 5 of 5

I loved the house, the village and the beautiful countryside around it. It was such a peaceful few days and a great place see friends, surf and take some time out.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
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From the Owner

If you don't know Mortehoe - come and discover it! An ideal place for a family holiday, golfing holiday, walking odyssey, cycling, dog-walking, socialising .... relaxing all year around.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bristol at 97 Miles Nearest Barpub : Chichester Arms pub at 20 Metres Nearest Ferry : Ilfracombe to Lundy Island at 6.6 Miles Nearest Train : Barnstaple at 13 Miles Nearest Motorway : M5 Tiverton at 45 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Rockleigh at 50 Metres Nearest Beach : Grunta at 697 Metres Car: recommended


10 minutes very pleasant walk to Grunta Beach - a bit longer to get back up the hill! Walking distance to other great beaches at Combesgate, Barricane and Woolacombe, and 20 mins drive to Croyde beach.


Buses pass the house (to Barnstaple). National Cycle Route 27 is also directly outside the house. Nearest rail station: Barnstaple. Airports: Exeter, Bristol. Driving: M5, North Devon Link Road.


At the heart of North Devon's best village! 10 mins drive to Ilfracombe, 30 mins cycle to Ilfracombe via disused railway, 20 mins drive to Barnstaple.

Further Details:

Landline phone: free outgoing calls to UK landlines. Other calls (very cheap int'l calls) will be itemised and deducted from your damage deposit. Non smoking.

Guestbook comments:

Have been exploring the area - its simply sensational. House is a dream, reflects brilliantly on u both. Everything is beautiful and perfect. Had a truly fantastic time, thnx so much. A lovely week in your beautiful house.

Jill, Tunbridge Wells.

We all really enjoyed our week in Mortehoe. The Buttery is an ideal place to stay, and we are certainly intending to visit again.

Diane, Birmingham.

We had a great stay and really enjoyed sharing your property. We would not hesitate to come back. We thought the property was finished well with a refreshing modern simple feel to it that made it very relaxing.

Rory, Tunbridge Wells.

The house presented well and was very comfortable. A great kitchen, good beds and nice bathrooms.

Andrew, London.

We had a great weekend in Mortehoe and you and Iona have done a very good job of renovating the Buttery.

Mary, Twickenham.

We had a really good holiday and very much appreciated the excellent accommodation at The Buttery. Everything was very comfortable.

Andrew, Bristol.


Rental rates

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Full payment required 6 weeks before arrival date. 20% booking deposit payable when you decide to book. £200 good housekeeping
deposit payable when making full payment. Deposit will be returned within 4 days of end of tenancy. This house has only been made available in Aug 2011, so there is good availability. Update Nov 2011: to date we've had fab tenants and high occupancy, never had to retain a penny from anyone's deposit ... Thank you Owners Direct! Iona and Dominic.

Changeover Day:
Fridays in high season. Some flexibility out of season.

Notes on prices:
See owner's website link mortehoeholiday.co.uk for more info including graph of seasonal pricing variations. Our preferred payment is by electronic transfer, but if you need to you can pay by cheque and if your booking is at least 3 weeks in advance.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

Carefully designed for style, comfort, convenience and fun!

Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


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


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library


  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • resort
  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront


  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5


  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Cleaning/Linen/Towels: Our excellent changeover/cleaning team will ensure that all is spic and span. Bedlinen and towels are included. Both houses have solar thermal panels on roof. This automatically supplements the gas boiler with carbon-free energy whenever the sun is shining. Outside: Front of house is on Mortehoe's lovely Victorian terrace leading down the hill to the sea. There is also rear access to house... path leads leads down the hill towards the sea. So you can get to the beaches by the front or the back of the house.

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