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Charming cottage, 5 mins walk to beach, private garden Bucks Mills, North Devon

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Bucks Mills, Nr. Bideford, North Devon, England, - 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'. 5 Mins Walk to Beach with Rock Pools and Sand. Own Garden

Melinda's Cottage is a typical North Devon fishermans stone built cottage with own garden and many character features - grade 2 listed, few minutes walk to beach. Available for self-catering holidays all year round and short breaks at short notice and ‘out of season’ (min. let’s 2 - 7 nights).

Melinda's cottage s situated in the small peaceful village of Bucks Mills. North Devon. There is a 'no through road' to beach. Day visitors do not drive into the village and park outside the village. If you are staying in our cottage you can drive into the village and park in the road outside the cottage. Ideal location for walking, the North Devon coast path goes through the village. Swimming and fishing from beach which is a 5 minute walk from cottage. Good centre for touring North Devon, many local attractions and lovely walks etc. The RHS garden at Rosemore, the Big Sheep, Appledore are some of the attractions which are worth visiting. Clovelly is close by and Bideford is 9 miles away. There is no shop or pub in the village but the nearest village shop is about 1 mile away. Bideford has many good small shops, a Pannier market and 2 supermarkets, Barnstaple (18 miles) has larger shops and is a very interesting town to visit.

Cottage is over 150 years old and is very well equipped but still retains some character features, including the original coal burning ‘Bodley’ range which can still be used. It has two bedrooms - bedroom 1 king size double bed and bedroom 2 adult sized bunk beds. Bathroom with usual facilities with bath, electric heated towel rail and electric bathroom heater. All electric kitchen, ceramic hob cooker, washer dryer, microwave etc. Sitting/dining room with satellite T.V., radio, games, etc. Fully equipped for four people. Heating by modern storage heaters, all electricity, including storage heaters included in rent.

Own garden, parking in layby outside cottage.

Free WiFi in cottage.

Beautiful walks from cottage, the North Devon Coast path crosses the village. Children (and adults) love the beach with a mixture of sand and rock pools, fishing and swimming.

The cottage is available for holidays at any time and short breaks (minimum let 2 nights, out of season or at short notice). Price from £295 per week and £85 per night.

More Details

Joanna Stevens
Member since: 2012
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Calendar last updated:
18 May, 2018

About Joanna Stevens

Bucks Mills was one of our favourite villages and beaches and we were very excited when we saw that most of the village cottages were being sold to pay death duties. We bought the cottage when it was auctioned and used it for family and friends, we now also let it but it is still used by our family and grandchildren.

Joanna Stevens purchased this cottage in 1983

Why Joanna Stevens chose Buck's Mills

Bucks Mills is my favourite village and cottage. We have had some lovely family summer holidays here and also winter weekends.

What makes this cottage unique

Superb unspoilt village location on quiet

' No through road' to beach. Own garden and parking in road outside cottage. Cottage is over 150 years old and is grade 2 listed.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We were very lucky with the weather, a few showers but plenty of sunshine too. Beautiful walks with incredible views. The cottage is just right for a walking holiday
Sep 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Buck's Mills in Parkham

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • We realise accidents do happen some times, we do not charge a deposit for breakages but please leave a note and either replace item or leave money.
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Electric heated towel rail. Electric bathroom heater.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - Adult sized bunk beds
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , King size double bed. Storage heater.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - king sized double bed. Bedroom 2 - adult sized bunks. A high chair is provided. Bed linen is not provided but can be supplied,inc towels, for extra £40 per week and beds will then be made up for your arrival.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: We have owned the cottage since 1982. When our children were young we used to often stay at a pub in Iddlesleigh and Bucks Mills and the beach was our favourite place to visit. We were surprised and delighted on one of our visit to find most of the cottages in the village were for sale. They were being sold to pay death duties for the Pine-coffin family. My wife went to the auction and managed to buy the cottage we wanted. We used it ourselves and lent to friends but when the children were older we decided to let it. We still go as often as possible and our son and family now take their children. We have tried not to change the cottage and it still has its original character. We have stayed in many self catering cottages and we try to provide everything you need for a super holiday in our cottage. Sorry but we no longer accept pets Outside: Own private garden with picnic table and benches. Few minutes walk down lane to beach (no through road). Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are not included in rent but can be hired (£40 pw) and beds will be 'made up' for when you arrive. Property is cleaned and inspected after every let but we expect you to leave it as you found it. Electricity is included on rent. Other: Own private garden, parking in no through road outside cottage


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Charming cottage, 5 mins walk to beach, private garden Bucks Mills, North Devon
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

We really loved this picture postcard cottage and in a special setting.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cottage in peaceful location.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely stay

  • 5 of 5

Lovely village and cottage. Joanna was very helpful with instructions and recommendations before our trip. We stayed at Melinda's Cottage while walking the South West Coast Path. We were comfortable during our stay and enjoyed learning about the history of the area and people.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay at Melinda’s Cottage. I hope you had a relaxing evening and a good nights sleep before the next leg of your walk. Joanna
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Lovely cosy little cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cosy little cottage. Comfortable and well equipped. Great location and really helpful owners. Highly recommended !!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review and we’re very pleased that you found the cottage cosy in spite of the snow and cold. We look forward to welcoming you again soon. Jo and John
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Lovely snug cottage away from it all

  • 5 of 5

We visited the cottage in late October, and despite the cold weather were extremely snug and comfy. The location is very secluded and away from the main roads but there is still lots to do in the area. The kids loved Halloween at the Big Sheep and my wife and I enjoyed visiting Covelley and the Gnome reservation.

Would strongly recommend to others.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay at our cottage and thank you very much for your lovely review. We think Bucks Mills is a very special place. Jo and John
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Lovely, snug cottage in peaceful setting.

  • 5 of 5

This cottage has a warm and welcoming feel and is the perfect place to get away from the stresses of modern life. There are numerous walks of varying length straight from the front door and the beach with a mixture of sand and rock pools at low tide is a five minute stroll away through the pretty village.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks William, I'm so pleased to hear that you managed to escape the stresses of life in the solitude of Bucks Mills. There's no doubt that it is a very special place. Hopefully you'll return to Melinda's Cottage in the future. Jo Stevens
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Excellent place to stay

  • 5 of 5

My family really enjoyed it here,you are in between everything from beaches to pubs,we will be booking again thanks

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and we are really please that you enjoyed your holiday in our cottage. We also think that Bucks Mills is a very special place and we look forward to welcoming you again. Regards, Jo & John
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Nearest Airport
68 Miles
Exeter Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
The Hoops
Nearest Ferry
57 Miles
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
North Devon Golf Club, (oldest course in England)
Nearest Train
17.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
52.8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.7 Miles
Merry harriers, Mad Hatters restaurant
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Bucks Mills
Car: recommended

Coast/Beach/situated within 'North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'

5 minute walk to beach. Beach has sand patches and rock pools - children love it. Super walks from cottage along footpaths and Coastal Path. It is suitable for beach fishing and fishing trips can be booked in Bideford and Clovelly.


A car is recommended but not essential. The nearest bus stop is about 1 mile with buses to Bideford, Barnstaple and beyond in one direction and Bude in the other. National Express buses run from London to Bideford and then local buses stop at Bucks Cross (1 mile from cottage).

Nearest airport is Exeter - 68 miles/109 km away.


Bideford 9 miles

Barnstaple 18 miles

Clovelly 4 miles

Further Details:

The village has an interesting history, at one time most of the inhabitants were called Braund, rumour has it that they were descendants from a Spanish survivor from the Spanish Armada and the cottages were build from wreakage from Armada ships. The Burton Art Gallery in Bideford is worth a visit as it also has a museum of Bideford and district. There is a lot of details about two artists, Judith Auckland and Mary Stella Edwards, who lived in Bucks Mills. There is also a very good restaurant in the gallery. When we first went to Bucks Mills there were three Braunds still living there, Noel, Stella and Grenville who ran the village shop with his wife Edith. Sadly they have all left and the shop is closed. Many Braunds lived in our cottage, the last one being Melinda who lived there from 1930 - 1972 with her husband who was a chaffeur. Noel told us that one family who lived in our cottage had nine children!

There is a thriving Braund Society ( and Braunds and their descendents all over world keep in touch. They have an annual reunion with various events including dressing in period clothing. One year a victorian village school was set up on our lawn complete with 'victorian' children.

The North Devon Coastpath crosses the village, so it's possible to walk it in both direction. The village of Clovelly one way or through woods and fields to Peppercombe in the other directions. There are other delightful footpaths in all directions from the villahge.

There is a shop in the next village for papers, pasties and some groceries about 1 mile away, but all major supermarkets will deliver online orders. Bideford is 9 miles away and has two supermarkets, many restaurants, Atlantic Village (outlet shopping).

Available to rent for holidays from £295 per week. The cottage is also available for short breaks out of season and at short notice, from £85 per night, min two nights (price for cottage not per person) - this price includes heating and electricity.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Buck's Mills, Devon

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
5 May 2018 - 25 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer break
26 May 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
14 Jul 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
8 Sep 2018 - 21 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
22 Sep 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
20 Oct 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Nov 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:

Please email or telephone owner to book: 01458 850349 U.K. callers, or 00 44 1458 850349 International callers.
We ask for £100 deposit for each week booked and the balance 6 weeks before start of holiday. Pay by cheque or bank transfer.
Short breaks out of season or at short notice are available from £85 per night (min. 2 nights).
Electricity included in rent. No linen or towels provided but can be hired for £40 per week and beds will be 'made up' for when you arriv

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday but any day November to February to suit you. Short breaks can start any day to suit you. We ask visitors not to arrive before 14.00 and to leave by 10.30 please to allow time for checking and cleaning.

Notes on prices:
Available for holidays & short breaks from £85 per night. If you have to cancel we are happy to refund money paid if we are able to relet the cottage for the period you have cancelled.

Prices are for the cottage (not per person). Electricity is included in rent. Linen and towels are not supplied but can be provided for £40 per week & beds will then be made up for when you arrive.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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