|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
The Orchard Cottage was once the old Estate Office and has a variety of features remaining from over the years and so is a mixture of "periods". The entrance is through the cheerful, fully-equipped kitchen (with washing machine) into the spacious sitting room. T.V. There is a spiral staircase to the three bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has a double bed; Bedroom 2 has twin beds and Bedroom 1 has a single bed. The bathroom still has the early 20th century bath and basin, plus more modern W.C. and airing cupboard.
Parking is just outside the cottage, and also, opposite the cottage is the gateway to the ducks and hens in the Orchard. Sometimes we have tame sheep.
There are several walks around the house and the village, including the possibility of joining the Tarka Trail.
We have old cars, which we take out in the summer months, and welcome OLD CAR ENTHUSIASTS. Also we are delighted to welcome CYCLISTS. From Barnstaple there are cycle routes along the waters' edge for miles.
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
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
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.
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.
We have stayed twice now, both times in orchard cottage, the location is beautiful and you can walk from the cottage. The owners were very helpful and friendly. It takes about 10 to 15 mins to get to Coombe Martin, there are pubs nearby too. Would definatly recommend, we will go back again one day.