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Cottage for two in private lakeside grounds, Exmoor, North Devon. WiFi

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage for two in beautiful lakeside setting. Relax or explore Exmoor's stunning scenery

Acorn Retreat, is unique in its setting of 10 acres of lakes and river. It lies 1/4 mile from the village of Brayford and approached by a track through farmland. The apartment is spacious, well equipped and recently renovated to a high standard. Its the only holiday letting unit on the property so you will be assured of a private and peaceful stay. It is attached to Oakmead House but has its own private entrance and garden as well as full use of the 10 acre grounds. The super king sized bed with quality linen definitely adds ultimate comfort. The cottage style apartment is well as stocked with local maps and guides. It is light, sunny and airy in summer; cosy and warm in winter.

The 10 acres of grounds, once a trout rearing farm but now in private use, is bordered by the river Bray and comprises 2 lakes and several ponds, trails through the grounds, a hide for bird watching and picnic tables throughout. There is abundant wildlife - wild Red deer, herons, kingfishers, otters and many different birds can be seen. Our lakes have some brown trout and you are welcome to fly fish for trout both on the lakes and on the river in season at no extra charge.

The mature gardens and woodlands are magnificent from early in the year, beginning with snowdrops, primroses and drifts of daffodils, then a succession of Rhododendrons and Azaleas and followed by the flowering shrubs and herbaceous plants. A large area has been planted this year with wildflowers. This is ongoing work - if interested we can help you identify the different species.

A good base for exploring Exmoor and the dramatic North Devon coastline and countryside, but not too far from the full facilities of the old market towns of Barnstaple and South Molton. There is good walking, surfing, golf, fishing and horse riding in the area. There are gardens and National Trust Properties to visit and many other attractions. See our website www.oakmeadhouse.co.uk for full details. Also one well behaved dog welcome.

Facilities include WiFi. Sky TV, Binoculars, telescope, bikes and surfboards for your pleasure.

More Details

Ms Linda Davis
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, German
Calendar last updated:
21 October, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

I found acorn retreat to be everything we hoped for in a holiday rental and more .Excellent accommodation stunning location ,friendly owners.

graham, Derby, August 2012

Easy to find, ideal location for both Exmoor and the north Devon and Cornish coasts, has every thing you need and moor in the property and great grounds to walk in. The near by pub has good food and beer try the steak and ale pie!!!

phill , Poole Dorset, August 2012

Mrs Joanne Lewis 06/04/2012...09/04/2012

Fab property, ideal for a quiet weekend away from the city and away from the noise. Very quiet, property owners were very pleasant, furnishings and the property was excellent. Close to the coast and to local markets and only 15 minutes to a supermarket to top up for food, drink etc. Ideal forpets as well. 5* really.
Feb 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Barnstaple in North Devon District

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
Location Type:
  • lake
  • rural
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite to bedroom. Spacious with large shower, sink, wc, electric towel rail. Washing machine hidden away in cupboard.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 bedroom, with king-size bed) Notes on bedrooms: I en-suite bedroom with king-size bed. Duvet, bed linen and towels provided. Rural outlook from window - sometimes a glimpse of deer in the fields across the valley. Electric wall radiator.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • surfing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Strictly no smoking please! 1 well behaved pet welcome. Dogs must not be left unattended in the accommodation, or allowed on the furniture and must be under control in the grounds. Regret we are unable to accommodate children. Outside: The living room opens directly on to the cottage's own sloping garden with lawn and shrubs and extensive views across neighbouring farmland and the grounds. There is a raised decking area with table and chairs. There is also full use of the 10 acre private lakeside grounds, bordered by the river Bray. You will find pretty walks on the leat path next to the river, around the lakes and by the lily ponds. Feel free to picnic or enjoy a glass of wine in a tranquil place of your choice. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Electricity, gas, linen and towels all included. The cottage is not serviced during your stay. Three assorted size towels, per guest, and king-size bedding is supplied per week (replaced for a 2 week stay), but please bring your own beach towels.


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Cottage for two in private lakeside grounds, Exmoor, North Devon. WiFi
average rating of 4.928571 based on 15 reviews

The Perfect Peaceful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

I booked this cottage for the Easter weekend as a birthday present for my partner and we had the most amazing three nights - we only wish we could have stayed longer! The cottage was absolutely perfect - the bed was the most comfortable we've ever slept in and the fire in the living room made it so cozy in the evenings. It is set within beautiful grounds and is so peaceful, waking up to the sound of birds every morning instead of traffic was absolute heaven. We did some fantastic walks from Tarr Steps to Dulverton and Withypool and it is in the perfect location for day trips to Lynton and Lynmouth and Woolacombe. Linda was the perfect host - available if we needed her but completely unobtrusive meaning it really felt like we had privacy. She couldn't have been friendlier or more welcoming and we will most definitely be staying here again!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, thank you for that lovely review. Its easy to be the perfect host when you have such inspiring guests - loved your enthusiasm for the area. I am sure you would have romped up Everest if it was in Exmoor. Would love to see you both again. Linda and George
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The Perfect Get Away

  • 5 of 5

I booked this holiday as a surprise for my dads birthday and parents anniversary. Prior to them arriving Linda was very helpful and kind giving me lots of information about the cottage and the area and arranging a payment plan with me to make payment a little easier.

After my parents unfortunately had to leave the cottage I had a long chat with them about there get away so I could write an accurate review and they just loved everything about their stay. In particular the grounds the cottage sits on and the fantastic hosting skills they received was mentioned. My dad would have happily have moved into the cottage (and he also couldn't stop talking about the bed) =]

All in all this getaway was worth every penny and I am so overjoyed my parents had a fantastic time. I would just like to thank Linda again for everything she has done for me and my parents and hopefully one day I might get the chance to come and stay with you too.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kealey thank you for those kind comments and it was a pleasure helping you with this lovely surprise for your Dad. Yes he did love that Super king sized bed 'best he'd ever slept in' he said.
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Cracking cottage and Exmoor gave us great weather.

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for making our much deserved break wonderful. Best bed I've ever slept in - and weren't we lucky with some great weather, walked our socks off across Exmoor. Great lunches at the White Horse, Exford and sitting by one of your lakes in total privacy with our picnic just made it.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for those kind comments. You were lovely guests.
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  • 5 of 5

We went for a Christmas break. The cottage was fabulous. Lovely decor and immaculate. We had our dog with us and, being Christmas, the owners Linda and George had gone out of their way to make our stay amazing. Home made mince pies on our arrival, (which were the best I've ever tasted) beautiful decorations and a bottle of bubbly. They'd even gone to the trouble of tieing a bow around dog treats for our dog. The grounds are beautiful and we loved all of it. Thank you so much Linda and George.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Absolutely stunning!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Acorn Retreat, didn't want to come home! The cottage was tastefully decorated, spotlessly clean and more than adequate for the two of us.

Linda and George were so welcoming (thank you for the yummy eggs!), and more than happy to share their wonderful property with us. They always had time to stop and chat, but not at all intrusive, encouraging us to explore every inch of the beautiful grounds.

I don't think we have stayed anywhere as perfect as this! Thank you.

You will not be disappointed staying here!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: How very lovely of you to write such appreciative comments. Thank you. The eggs are from our rare breed chickens: Old English Pheasant Fowl - who only lay a limited number of eggs in the year so you were privileged they decided to provide your breakfast. Thank you also for bringing such great weather with you !!
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  • 5 of 5

We booked this cottage as a last minute short break and it was lovely. Linda and George were extremely accommodating, the property was well equipped and clean and the grounds were lovely.

Couldn't fault anything, I would highly recommend this little retreat 😀

  • Review Submitted: Mar 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Tracey for those kind words, so happy you both had a good time and thank you for leaving the cottage spotless. You a star guest. Linda
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
Poltimore Arms, Black Venus, New Inn.
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Barnstaple or Tiverton
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Poltimore Arms, Black Venus, many in South Molton
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Combe Martin, Saunton Sands, Woolacombe.
Car: necessary


Sandy beaches with surfing (Woolacombe, Saunton, Puttsborough) approx 15 miles.

Pebble beaches and dramatic cliffs (Lynmouth, Combe Martin) approx 12 miles. SW Coastal Path, Tarka Trail, Coast to Coast, Cycle routes 25 and 3.


Exeter airport approx 50 miles.

Tiverton Parkway station approx. 20 miles.

Barnstaple Station approx. 10 miles.

Car essential for getting around the area.


Brayford village 1/4 mile. Barnstaple 9 miles. South Molton 7 miles.

Exmoor National Park on doorstep.

Further Details:

Many good pubs serving food in the area. Good shopping, restaurants etc in nearby towns. National Trust properties and beautiful scenery all nearby. Moorland and spectacular coastline. Walking, surfing, horse riding, golf, fishing, boat trips, wildlife watching. RHS Rosemoor, live theatre.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Barnstaple, Devon

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Winter 2018
1 Nov 2017 - 31 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring 2018
1 Apr 2018 - 8 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
We check our emails frequently through the day/eve and will always reply promptly. Sorry we do not have the technology for instant replies!
Cheques to L. Davis to the house address, BACS details by email and for Card payments please ring for best security.
30% Deposit payable within 4 days. Balance due 6 weeks before the holiday start date.
If holiday date is within 6 weeks of the booking date, the full amount is payable at time of booking.
T & C's can be found on our website www.oakmeadhouse.co.uk. Dogs are charged at £20 per week.

Changeover Day:
Weekly changeover day is Friday. Short breaks available off-season only, minimum 3 nights Nov to March.
Short breaks sometimes available main season, last minute, if a vacancy occurs: prices % of relevant weekly rate.

Notes on prices:
Inclusive of light, heat, bedding and towels.

Short breaks available off-season, Nov to March: minimum let is 3 nights @ £195, 4 nights £225, 5 nights £260.

Short breaks sometimes available main season or Christmas time, last minute, if a vacancy occurs. Prices charged at % of relevant weekly rate.

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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