Barn Cottage Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms)
This is a pleasant, light and airy cottage reached by steps up to the barn converted in the 1970s and used happily by families and couples alike over the years. Entrance through the large kitchen, which is fully equipped and two steps take you up to the rest of the cottage. The large sitting room has views over the Bray Valley and the 3 bedrooms comprise, No. 1 double bed, No. 2 full-size bunks; No. 3 single bed, and bathroom with bath, basin and W.C.
This cottage is enjoyed by couples out of the school holiday period, and we give a 20% discount for 2 people, at this time.
Visitors staying here park their cars at the top of the drive.
Brayford is a pleasant village, nestling in the valley, and there are lovely walks around the river and up to the Church. The pubs are 3 miles from here in all directions - all of which offer good food - and we also have in the village a POP-UP Restaurant! (Dinners only, with 24 hours notice). 10 Miles from the coast at Combe Martin.
Interesting and traditional old country house set in unspoiled Devon countryside surrounded by sheep (and some horses). The cottages have been converted over the years from staff quarters and are simply and adequately furnished. They have oil central heating and electric fires. Both cottages have three bedrooms. The Barn Cottage faces south and has lovely views. The entrance is into the, fully-equipped, kitchen, then up 2 steps into the spacious sitting room, from which one reaches the 3 bedrooms. The double bedroom is spacious; the bunk bedroom sleeps 2 and there is a single bedroom plus bathroom with bath.
The gardens are very spacious and shared by everyone.
We have a full-size badminton court
and lots of space for children to play outside: areas for football, cricket, bowls, croquet and always a cluster of hens, bantams and ducks to talk to and feed and tame sheep. Little Bray House was once part of the working farm.
The farm belonged, until the 1920s, to the Acland Farmily from Killerton House and all the surrounding land likewise. Now we have 7 acres. A lovely place for children to play hide 'n' seek and have lots of "old fashioned" fun. The badminton court also has in it a ping-pong table. Brayford is on the edge of Exmoor and it has a small play area for children by the village hall, and also the river banks are great for picnics. Otters have been seen and kingfishers. Visitors love to spend days wandering over the moor, taking picnics to eat by the rivers or to amble into Dunster and then on to the Somerset coast and enjoy Minehead, Porlock and surroundings. Or to go directly to the large surfing beaches of Saunton Sands and Woolacombe. The small beaches are wonderful to clamber down. Combe Martin and Lynmouth are favourites with children and their fishing nets! Good pubs. Exmoor is well worth exploring - always quiet and beautiful with many excellent walks, deer spotting and Exmoor ponies can also be seen. Fun to explore on a bicycle too. Marvellous walks around Simonsbath and a coffee shop and pub in the village; also Exford, Dulveron, Withypool, Tarr Steps - all quiet and beautiful and fun for everyone. Riding schools in these places.
DO COME AND EXPERIENCE PEACEFUL UNCHANGED EXMOOR - SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER ARE ESPECIALLY MELLOW AND LOVELY HERE
Top Traveller Review
**A gem of a find, in the heart of North Devon**
It is really important to us that our guests go home feeling refreshed.
Also, it is a joy to share our peaceful corner of Devon with families who,love the countryside.
About the Owner
About Margaret Hartnoll
LITTLE BRAY HOUSE IS IN A VERY BEAUTIFUL UNSPOILT PART OF NORTH DEVON.
THE AUTUMN IS DELIGHTFUL HERE, QUIET AND MELLOW - IDEAL FOR AN EXTRA HOLIDAY BEFORE THE WINTER SETS IN!
We have been living at and running Little Bray House holiday cottages since 1977.
Wonderful environment here - fresh air, dark skies lit only by stars and the moon, spectacular fauna and flora. We wake up from April to September to see swallows shoot across the lawns.
We love to share our unspoilt environment and OFFER DISCOUNT TO COUPLES OUT OF SEASON. PRICES ARE ALWAYS REASONABLE
We have enjoyed living OFF THE BEATEN TRACK and have made garden furniture for many years. In addition to being creative in the management of our house and gardens.
CHILDREN love the ENID BLYTON lifestyle.
OLD CAR OWNERS WELCOME.
ALSO WALKERS AND SURFERS! Our family enjoy all these bonuses and easy access to modern life, if required!
Margaret Hartnoll purchased this cottage in 1977
Why Margaret Hartnoll chose North Devon
WE BOUGHT OUR HOUSE MANY YEARS AGO AS A CHALLENGE AND A DIFFERENT WAY OF LIFE.
IT IS A BUSY LIFE AND EVERYONE AROUND IS FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL.
What makes this cottage unique
This area is fun for children and families
It is also quiet and a good central place to stay for couples too.
Out of season we offer 20% DISCOUNT on our weekly rent FOR COUPLES. TWO WEEKS IN JULY LEFT BEFORE THE SCHOOLS BREAK UP!!
FLY FISHING upstream, both banks, during the season. Permit required.
GOOD LOCAL PUB: The Poltimore Arms, 3 miles away, where there is also a shop.
MANY EXCELLENT PUBS AROUND, MANY OFFERING MEALS.
BLACKMOOR GATEL OLD RAILWAY INN IS GOOD FOR CHILDREN
EXCELLENT VILLAGE SHOP at Bratton Fleming, 3 miles away.
Church and Chapel services each Sunday.
HENS and DUCKS live in the Orchard; tame sheep. Horses to talk to - they live next door.
SURFING BEACHES ARE AT SAUNTON SANDS AND WOOLACOMBE - EASY TO REACH. (30/40 mins.)
CROYDE IS BEAUTIFUL - KNOWN FOR ITS RIP TIDES. SO CARE HAS TO BE TAKEN WHEN SWIMMING OR SURFING.
MANY SMALLER BEACHES - DETAILS IN COTTAGES.
EXMOOR ZOO IS NEARBY.www.exmoorzoo.co.uk
BEAUTIFUL CLOVELLY, www.clovelly.co.uk
BARNSTAPLE PANNIER MARKET www.northdevon.gov.uk/pannier market
BIDEFORD PANNIER MARKET, www.bideford-tc.gov.uk
DARTINGTON CRYSTAL,TORRINGTON. www.dartington.co.uk
LEARN TO SURF,Croyde: www.surfsouthwest.com
BROOMHILL ART HOTEL - SCULPTURE - www.broomhillart.co.uk
We value telephone calls to confirm bookings, and these should be followed by approximately one-third deposit, payment on arrival.
Fuel costs (i.e. central heating oil and electricity used) is paid at the end of each stay. We charge cost price for units used.
FOR COUPLES, THERE IS A DISCOUNT IN APRIL.
VERY GOOD VALUE HOLIDAY, REASONABLE AND COMPETITIVE RATES.
Saturday is our change-over day. We ask that guests leave before 10 a.m. and arrive after 3 p.m.
Notes on prices:
Please telephone to discuss prices.
Out of the school holiday season we offer 20% discount to couples who wish to stay.
(2 traveller reviews)
**A gem of a find, in the heart of North Devon**
A beautiful cottage in the stunning countryside of North Devon. A short drive from gorgeous beaches and most activities / tourist locations. We stayed with our 3 children, who didn't want to leave and who had free reign to explore in safety! Margaret and Christopher couldn't have been more pleasant and welcoming. All the facilities you need and the accommodation is gorgeous. Perfect for a peaceful retreat with the family and/or as a couple looking to escape the fast pace of everyday life. Thank you so very much! We are re booking for later in the year xx
Well worth it!
Love this place - hope to visit again.
The cottage was exceptionally clean, and we had a warm welcome from the owners.
Each of the beds looked so cosy! I could have slept in any of them. The view from the main room is outstanding - I would have loved to have time to sit on the comfy sofa with a cuppa, a book and just enjoy the view!
We appreciated being able to take our dog with us.
The decor is great and simple enough for us not to be scared to use the place!
From the Owner
“WE BOUGHT OUR HOUSE MANY YEARS AGO AS A CHALLENGE AND A DIFFERENT WAY OF LIFE. IT IS A BUSY LIFE AND EVERYONE AROUND IS FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL.”
Activity and Interests
SEPTEMBER IS A WONDERFUL MONTH TO SEE EXMOOR WITH THE COUNTRYSIDE COVERED IN HEATHER AND WONDERFUL MELLOW LIGHT. PERFECT FOR ARTISTS!
AS WELL AS BEING SITUATED NEAR EXMOOR AND WALKING COUNTRY, AND THE UNSPOILT NORTH DEVON COAST, WE ARE ONLY 1 hours' DRIVE FROM EXETER - or you can travel to this city easily by TRAIN FROM BARNSTAPLE and enjoy the attractions and culture there!
A car is needed.
North Devon is a beautiful unspoilt county and we are close to Exmoor and the coast.
You can walk, cycle or drive anywhere and enjoy the beauty of the countryside and coast without spending any money.
We are giving you below some ideas of places of interest but please do come and find your own peace.
To Combe Martin, the longest high street in England, meeting the sea at the end and the start of the coastal walks, takes 20 minutes (10 miles).
Exmoor Zoo is very popular and nearby.
To Lynton and Lynmouth, Valley of the Rocks (12 miles) takes 25 minutes. Very beautiful and two good fish and chip shops!
Woolacombe and Saunton Sands (approx. 16 miles) takes 30-45 minutes.
Instow beach takes 30-40 minutes.
Ilfracombe and Lee Bay, approx. 35 minutes - 16 miles.
Heddons Mouth, 15 miles, approx. 25 minutes.
Porlock Bay, Minehead, 25-35 miles, approx. 50 minutes.
Minehead is completely different from North Devon and has Butlins there plus, this year, a Big Wheel for the summer. Lovely steam train rides.
The nearest airports are Exeter and Bristol.
There is a railway station at Barnstaple.
Plymouth is a channel port, and journey from there to us takes 2 hours.
The two market towns of Barnstaple and South Molton take 20 minutes by car and both are full of interest, both have small museums.
Ilfracombe and Barnstaple have theatres and cinemas. Also a cinema at Lynton.
Ilfracombe is approx. 16 miles from Brayford, takes 35 minutes.
Brayford has a Church and Methodist Chapel, both have services to which everyone is warmly invited. Also a play area for small children near the Village Hall.
Lovely to picnic by the river in the village.
Exeter is 40 miles, 1 hour or by train from Barnstaple. Beautiful cathedral and Quay.
Taunton is 40 miles and takes 1 hour from Brayford.
NATIONAL TRUST HOUSES - all interesting for children too are at:
Arlington Court, N.T., 10 miles. Lovely house and walks for the whole family - walks, eccentric collections, national carriage collection.
KILLERTON HOUSE about 25 m. from us - houses an excellent Fashion through the Ages collection;
KNIGHTSHAYES COURT, 20 m. - also Victorian and interesting.
Our nearest town is South Molton, and there is a market there on Thursday and Saturday mornings. There are many individual shops including a health store and also Sainsburys. There are several banks in the town and hairdressers. The Quince Honey Farm is excellent and informative on bees.
Barnstaple is a larger market town and the general market is on Tuesday and Saturday mornings and every day during the summer there are stalls in the historic Pannier Market.
Both towns have excellent restaurants and swimming pools and museums.
There are good restaurants in pubs around, including The Poltimore Inn at North Molton, The Black Venus at Challacombe, 7 miles from Brayford and the Old Station Inn is O.K., 8 miles away, which is children friendly. Near Ilfracombe there is Watermouth Castle and Theme Park.
Exmoor Zoo is 8 miles away and there are childrens' attractions at Combe Martin and Ilfracombe, including an aquarium at Ilfracombe .The R.H.S. garden at Rosemoor is in Torrington, where there is also a good museum and the Dartington Crystal Glassworks.
The National Trust has properties at Killerton, Knightshayes, Arlington Court and Dunster Castle- all easy to reach. There are many gardens open to the public, including the beautiful garden at Marwood, which is a few miles out of Barnstaple.
Other lovely gardens are at Castle Hill, Clovelly Court, Tapeley Park and Docton Mill.
For children, the Big Sheep and Milky Way Adventure Park, near Bideford, are popular.
At Croyde, apart from the beach, "Cascades", the family adventure pool is open to the public.
Inland there is the popular Combat Museum at Cobbaton and Broomhill Sculpture Gardens near Barnstaple, where there is also a fine continental restaurant.
Bideford is another interesting and pretty market town, and further on is Hartland Peninsular - very spectacular - and one can also visit Hartland Abbey, the Cheristow Lavendar Farm and lots of opportunities for cream teas.
Day Cruises to Lundy Island are from Bideford or Ilfracombe in the summer and the sailing time is about 2 hours each way.
CINEMAS IN BARNSTAPLE AND LYNTON: Scott Cinemas, Barnstaple, 0300 124 0275. LYNTON CINEMA: 01598 753397.
From the Owner
“This area is fun for children and families It is also quiet and a good central place to stay for couples too. Out of season we offer 20% DISCOUNT on our weekly rent FOR COUPLES. TWO WEEKS IN JULY LEFT BEFORE THE SCHOOLS BREAK UP!! Quiet walks. FLY FISHING upstream, both banks, during the season. Permit required. GOOD LOCAL PUB: The Poltimore Arms, 3 miles away, where there is also a shop. MANY EXCELLENT PUBS AROUND, MANY OFFERING MEALS. BLACKMOOR GATEL OLD RAILWAY INN IS GOOD FOR CHILDREN EXCELLENT VILLAGE SHOP at Bratton Fleming, 3 miles away. Church and Chapel services each Sunday. HENS and DUCKS live in the Orchard; tame sheep. Horses to talk to - they live next door. SURFING BEACHES ARE AT SAUNTON SANDS AND WOOLACOMBE - EASY TO REACH. (30/40 mins.) CROYDE IS BEAUTIFUL - KNOWN FOR ITS RIP TIDES. SO CARE HAS TO BE TAKEN WHEN SWIMMING OR SURFING. MANY SMALLER BEACHES - DETAILS IN COTTAGES. EXMOOR ZOO IS NEARBY.www.exmoorzoo.co.uk BEAUTIFUL CLOVELLY, www.clovelly.co.uk BARNSTAPLE PANNIER MARKET www.northdevon.gov.uk/pannier market BIDEFORD PANNIER MARKET, www.bideford-tc.gov.uk DARTINGTON CRYSTAL,TORRINGTON. www.dartington.co.uk LEARN TO SURF,Croyde: www.surfsouthwest.com BROOMHILL ART HOTEL - SCULPTURE - www.broomhillart.co.uk”
- Away From It All
- Farm Holidays
- Sports & Activities
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room
- Washing Machine
- Dishes & Utensils
- Dishwasher ...
- Pantry Items
- Hob ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Game Room
- Ping Pong Table
- children welcome ...
- non smoking only
- wheelchair inaccessible
- autumn foliage
- live theatre
- recreation centre
- bird watching
- horse riding
- outlet shopping
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- laundrette - serviced
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- fly fishing
- freshwater fishing
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Golf ...
- Notes on accommodation: The accommodation is comfortable, cheerful and clean and each cottage has a television, cooker and microwave. We supply linen but not towels (unless for overseas visitors). Little Bray House was a working farm until the 1960s and has welcomed visitors for the last fifty years. Firstly as a guest house, then as self-contained flats and for the last 30 years as country cottages under the management of the present owners. The surrounding area is lovely to explore on foot. There are benches and tables on the lawns, and picnics are encouraged. The owners are around to answer questions and to advise on places to visit etc. While there are lots of tourist "attractions" all over Devon, walking and exploring costs nothing and can be done in most weathers! The cottages have details of places to visit in folders and lots of books to read, also jigsaw puzzles to tackle. Only 10 miles from the beach at Combe Martin, and 15 from Lynton and Lynmouth - a favourite destination. Outside: The house is set amongst lovely natural scenery, there are lawns to enjoy and walks all around. There are tables and benches available at all times and these can be taken to wherever one wants to sit - either with other guests or privately. There is a lot of space for everyone to enjoy and children to meet up and have lots of fun, playing football, cricket, croquet etc. If it is raining there is the indoor play area, i.e. badminton court, where soft ball games are played and ping-pong. This is an area of great natural beauty and bird-watchers are in their element. Also a delight for artists to sit and paint quietly. Exmoor is a "dark" area - i.e. the skies are still dark at night only lit up by stars and the moon. FLY FISHING, trout are usually quite small. LICENCE needed to fish and fishermen enjoy the peace and the possibility of seeing otters and other wildlife along the riverbanks. Brayford has a play area and "Millenium Garden" for picnics! Lovely Church and Chapel.