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5 Star Holiday Home With Hot Tub, Swimming Pool and Hot Tub on North Devon Coast

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

2 bed Cottage in Abbotsham, Nr Bideford, Devon - Family Friendly but Oozes Quality for a Real Treat with Fabulous Panoramic Sea Views

This traditional Longhouse is full of charm and character. Completely modernised with great attention to detail but with climbing rose by the door, thick walls and stone fire place with a cosy wood burner – this is exactly what a cottage in the country should be!

Sleeps 4-6 in 2 bedrooms. Perfect for a family break, for two couples or even as a romantic escape of a single couple. Book with Southclay (sleeps 10-12) ref.E1158 or independently.

With beautiful bathrooms, comfy beds, well equipped kitchen and lots of little extras even the most demanding guests may be surprised to find, The Annex will be a treat whatever the weather, Summer or Winter.

Visitors will enjoy spectacular sunsets over the coast from the cottage and the hot tub in the garden, with shared tennis court and heated swimming pool (April-October) a stay here can be as active or relaxing as you choose. The A39 Atlantic Highway is easily accessible making this a convenient base for exploring the numerous rocky shores or the famous sandy surfing beaches and rural North Devon and North Cornwall. Enjoy quaint harbours, local visitor attractions or the coastal footpaths and cycle tracks. But on the edge of a delightful village, only 2 minutes walk to the thatched pub, church, village playing fields and the famous tourist attractions, The Big Sheep and The Ultimate High on the other side of the village you may decide not to get back in your car all holiday.

More Details

Jacquie Willoughby
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, German
Calendar last updated:
8 September, 2017

About Jacquie Willoughby

I was born a farmer's daughter and grew up in the village of Abbotsham. Having moved away, I was delighted to have the opportunity to come back and bring up my children here. I have three grown up girls, now 22, 24 and 26, who are mostly away now but my mum and my brother and two step children live close by and most of the rest of my relations are buried in the local church yard! I love living in North Devon and particularly in this wonderful village. It means we know everyone in Abbotsham, we have a great support network and in return we are passionate about supporting the local rural and business community. If you need any introductions or have any questions about where to go and what to do I am sure I will be able to help you.

Jacquie Willoughby purchased this cottage in 1992

Why Jacquie Willoughby chose North Devon

This house is in a fabulous location on the edge of the village with spectacular views over open countryside. We restored the house 20 years ago when we had a chance to move back to the village I was born in, a decision I will never regret. The house next door (Southclay) we built ourselves when the building plots came up for sale to protect our view by building a sunken tennis court rather than an extra 3-bed house! An even better decision - confirmed with every sunset. The Annex is actually on the end of our family home, adjacent to Southclay. Recently converted (the barn end of a Devon longhouse) it is a charming, stone, character cottage with its own hot tub. We still live in the other end of the house though my husband and I rather rattle around now the children have flown.

What makes this cottage unique

An exceptionally friendly village with a great community spirit, good local pub, church, chapel, village school and community play area and the Big Sheep tourist attraction at the bottom of the hill... Abbotsham has something for everyone with coastal and rural views to definitely write home about.

It is convenient to the main A39 highway (1 minute's drive) so excellent for cutting journey times and as a base for exploring the rest of North Devon yet from Southclay you would never believe a main road was nearby. It has only village traffic noise, a peaceful rural aspect and beautiful uninterrupted sea views.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Bideford in Torridge District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • 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 , Huge, fully tiled wet-room
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite to bedroom 1 with shower, basin and wc. Downstairs large wet room with shower, separate double ended bath, basin and wc.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: King-size double + 2 singles. A huge bedroom suite in the eaves with large corner sofa. Bedroom 2: (downstairs) Super king-size double can be split to make 2 singles (becomes a twin room). Both bedrooms have flat screen tv.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: One end of a traditional Devon Longhouse, the other end of the house is used by the owners. An entrance to the side of The Annex can be used to link to Southclay forecourt if both properties are rented by the same party or left locked and unused if rented independently. Well behaved pets may be accepted by arrangement but never allowed in the bedrooms. Outside: There is parking for two cars outside the property. To the rear is the patio with beautiful slate flagstones, private hot tub, garden furniture and a gas barbecue, accessed from the kitchen/diner and the lounge. Beyond (unfenced but with a safety cover) up some steps is the 10 meter, heated pool (April - end Oct) sun lounger terrace and tennis court and then green fields down to the sea. Utility Room: Separate utility cupboard with washer/dryer, clothes airer, iron and ironing board etc. Cleaning / Linen / Maid service: All linen and hand/bath towels are provided but please bring beach/swimming towels. A cleaning service, massage & babysitting can be provided at an extra charge by prior arrangement.


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5 Star Holiday Home With Hot Tub, Swimming Pool and Hot Tub on North Devon Coast
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this beautiful property. Jacqui the owner was warm and welcoming.

  • 5 of 5

Immaculate inside and out. The property had everything you desired. The owner greeted us and was warm and friendly, nothing was too much trouble for her. Thoroughly enjoyed the facilities on offer. We will definitely return this little gem of a property, we loved it!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you had a fabulous week despite the weather. I did hear you went to Hartland (my favourite place in the world on a stormy day!) Do come and stay again soon :-)
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  • 5 of 5

We loved The Annex, it had everything a family of 4 needed. Both our children loved the pool and the jacuzzi. Jacquie and Steve were the perfect hosts. Highly recommend The Pig On The Hill for Sunday lunch (book in advance).

Jason, Julie, Casey & Kaiden

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Julie and Jason Thank you for the review. You MUST come back soon! Jacquie
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Fantastic Holiday

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic cottage in a beautiful part of North Devon. The cottage was spotlessly clean on arrival and every home comfort was catered for. We certainly made use of the pool and hot tub and even had a few games of tennis!

We would certainly recommend this holiday home to anyone wanting a luxurious break away. Owners very helpful and only next door if you require anything.

Overall a first class holiday experience. We shall be returning.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Have just noticed your thoughtful review on Owners Direct - thank you! We would love to welcome you back next year - you know you are welcome anytime! Best wishes Jacquie
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  • 5 of 5

Amazing property with lovely views, very modern and clean! set in a beautiful area. with a very lovely and welcoming host!

We absolutely loved it, can not wait to come back soon!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Dave, I have only just noticed your review on Owners Direct.... thank you! Getting booked up for 2016 already - please do come and visit us again - we would love to welcome you back.
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Lovely week in Devon

  • 5 of 5

The Annex is gorgeous - 5 of us stayed there during half term. The property was beautifully clean and a proper home from home, we were 3 adults and 2 teenagers - there was ample space for all of us! We made great use of the pool , hot tub and tennis courts which were a real bonus. We spent most of our time at the beach so did not look round Bideford too much so can't really comment on that but we did eat at the local pub and that was great. Jacquie the owner is lovely and on hand if you need her ....all in all we had a great weak.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for making time to write a review Jo, we would love to welcome your family back to The Annex any time.
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Cosy cottage in lovely setting

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable cottage with beautiful views towards the sea from the back. We enjoyed playing tennis and relaxing in the hot tub. In a quiet village location, yet not far from Bideford and the nearby beaches at Westward Ho! and Croyde Bay. Also close to the Tarka trail - ideal for walking or cycling. We had a wonderful holiday and would definitely recommend Southclay to others.

  • Review Submitted: May 15, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Bristol or Exeter
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Family-friendly thatched village pub 5mins walk
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Royal North Devon (links course)
Nearest Train
11 Miles
Barnstaple Station
Nearest Motorway
45 Miles
M5 Turn off at Junct 27 to Barnstaple & N Devon
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Great food at village pub (probably need to book)
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Rocky beaches 2km but sandy beach only 5mins drive
Car: recommended


There are fabulous sea views from this cottage. Children and adults will love the sandy beaches, the rock pools and the cliffs of North Devon and North Cornwall. Famous for it's surfing and kitting beaches and traditional fishing villages (Appledore and Clovelly) most of which can be reached by car between 5 and 30 minutes.


Bristol and Exeter are the South West of England's main airports. A choice of car hire is available at both with driving times to Southclay: 2 and a half hours and 1 and a half hours respectively.

Barnstaple is the nearest train station, 20 minutes from Southclay. There is an infrequent bus service or it is an easy taxi ride.


Near by, Bideford (2.5 miles) has town amenities, restaurants and delightful quayside where boat trips are available to Lundy Island.

Further Details:

The area is famous for water sports and activity holidays including, surfing, sailing, water skiing, kitting, diving, rock climbing, horse riding, fishing and more, whilst walkers and cyclists will enjoy the famous Tarka Trail, the idyllic countryside and the coastal footpaths. Golf at the Royal North Devon (the oldest links course in England) is only 3 miles along the coast.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Bideford, Devon

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
September 17
1 Sep 2017 - 12 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest
Oct Half Term 17
13 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/New Year 17
22 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £25 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Additional Guest Fee £25 per person per night
Pet Fee £20
Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Please contact Jacquie for a booking form and confirmation of prices. 1/3 deposit and completed booking form secures the booking if more than 8 weeks before holiday, otherwise full payment is required.
£100 cleaning and breakages deposit is required with the booking but returned promptly after departure if the property has been left tidy and without breakages more than normal wear and tear.

Changeover Day:
Friday is the preferred changeover day (may change over Christmas/New Year period). Mondays or Fridays is the usual changeover for short breaks although we do try to be flexible if possible off season.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds. All heating and laundry included. At Christmas and New Year Christmas decorations are also included. Discounts may be available for late bookings where there is still availability, please enquire. Short breaks are available at a discounted rate outside peak periods or when there is late availability - please enquire.
The quoted price is usually for four guests, there will be an additional charge of £25 pp per night for additional guests. (max +2)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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