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Fabulous Victorian Seaside House Modernised 2011 By Architect-owner - The Crescent (Buttery + Cromlech jointly)



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 Crescent (Buttery + Cromlech jointly), 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20, 5 Bathrooms, 1 Separate WC

The Buttery and Cromlech House are two adjacent houses (was once a single 10-bedroom hotel), which we rent out jointly as 'The Crescent'. This gives a total of 9 bedrooms sleeping 18 or 20. More property info on Owner's website.

  • Sleeps 20
  • 9 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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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7 Reviews

based on 7 holidaymaker reviews


Great Holidat Base and Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in both the Buttery and Cromlech ( together the Crescent) and it accommodated our large family group ( 7 months to grandparents) in bright airy rooms, well appointed in both houses. Rear and front galleries to the properties added an extra little sun time for the non-active. There is no garden area which is fine if you get the good weather but could be a drawback otherwise. The houses were roomy and well equipped in terms of kitchen, and utility rooms. Access between the two by the rear was easy and the main dining in the Buttery accommodated us all for meals in the evening. The whole place allowed for time together and private time as people wanted it. The village of Mortehoe is a delightful place and base with a little bit of everything in terms of meeting needs, post office, shops, national trust property, pubs with the Chichester Arms being excellent to drop in or eat as we did. The towns of Ifracombe and Woolacombe are easily accessible. Parking for tow cars right outside the property is very tight but workable and extra spaces can be obtained through the owners. On that level Dominic is very attentive to his clients. Nothing was too much trouble and any questions were answered by email promptly and efficiently. There is plenty of information in the house in the pack to give you some sense of the whole place too. Good surfing, good beach-combing, good walks, good souvenir shopping, good holiday. Really pleased with the whole experience.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for the useful feedback. Great to hear that the property worked well for your broad age range! :) D
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Brilliant accommodation for big groups

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely brilliant stay at the Crescent. It was great, family friendly, accommodation for a big group, with really nice extra touches like lots of games and books, places to hang the wetsuits and body boards to use. Dominic the owner couldn't have been more helpful, and provided lots of information in advance of our stay. It was only a short (although slightly hilly!) walk down to Woolacombe beach to enjoy the sand and surf and there were lots of lovely things right on the doorstep too - pub, deli, delicious fish and chips! Would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very happy to hear of your positive experience, and of what you liked about the house!
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Beautiful, well equipped house in a great location

  • 5 of 5

I loved my first visit to The Crescent and Mortehoe. The houses had everything you could want including somewhere to hang and dry wetsuits. They are well located near the beach and coastal walk.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

The propery is perfect for families and groups of friends. Fantastic location, epic interiors (kitchens are brill), good living rooms!

Seperate utility room is great for wetsuits/anything water related.

A fantastic stay

  • Review Submitted: Jan 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to hear that the house suited you! :)
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Great houses, beautiful village!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing stay - the houses were so well equipped for the 12 of us to cook a feast. The kitchen dining rooms were perfect spaces to socialize yet there was plenty of space for those who wanted to sneak off for some peace and quiet. Great facilities - love the number of toilets and bathrooms, which made it very easy for us all to get showered after a surf at woolacombe. The village shops and nearby woolacombe had everything you could want to stock the fridge. Would definitely come back again!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We would love to welcome you back to Mortehoe!
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Paradise whatever the season...

  • 5 of 5

This is my second visit to The Crescent. It will not be my last. Each time I have stepped through the door, I feel as though I have come home (from home). The kitchens are plentiful in their communal feel - accommodating without a groan a good rabble of people young and old. The living rooms are comfortable and easy to live in - sunlight being the main feature. There are so many bedrooms, each slightly different in feel and design. Fantastic bathrooms, kit and linens - you will not want to go home (from this new home). Charlotte x

  • Review Submitted: Jan 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Charlotte, thanks for the very encouraging review! Dom
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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
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
Full payment required 6 weeks before arrival date. 25% 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

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 24-Nov-2015
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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
  • Games
  • 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
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure


  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Bedroom 6
  • Bedroom 7
  • Bedroom 8
  • Bedroom 9


  • 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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