Orchard Cottage Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms)
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.
Top Traveller Review
Cosy and friendly
About the Owner
About Margaret Hartnoll
LITTLE BRAY HOUSE IS IN A VERY BEAUTIFUL UNSPOILT PART OF NORTH DEVON.
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! Wi-fi.
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 10% DISCOUNT on our weekly rent FOR COUPLES.
FLY FISHING upstream, both banks, during the season. Permit required.
GOOD LOCAL 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 - LUNCHES 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.
(1 traveller reviews)
Cosy and friendly
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.
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
Most people know South Devon beaches but NORTH DEVON is a hidden treasure. The coast is wilder and, although some beaches are popular with surfers, e.g. Saunton Sands, Woolacombe, Croyde Bay, they are a pleasure for everyone. Also, hidden beaches and coves can be found all along the coast, especially if one enjoys walking.
EXMOOR is full of charm. Walking is great, also horse-riding and cycling. The little towns and villages on Exmoor are a delight, e.g. Dulverton, Exford, and walking at Simonsbath, Tarr Steps is a joy all year round.
For gardeners the county is full of interest especially as the R.H.S. has its own garden near Torrington, ROSEMOOR. Also gardens near Barnstaple are Marwood Hill and National Trust, e.g. Arlington Court, Knightshayes and Killerton. There are garden festivals, e.g. one at Powderham Castle, near Exeter, 28-29 April.
The Exeter Festival of Food and Drink is 29 April to 1st May. Exeter is an hour from us and the train journey from Barnstaple to Exeter is a pleasure. The Devon County Show i and is held 18 to 20 May and all ages enjoy this. Children always love the animals and tractors!
Another beautiful North Devon village is Clovelly, a steep climb down to the sea through exquisite old cottages. Here there will be a Seaweed Festival on 4th June! At the bottom of the climb to the sea is a splendid pub.
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 10% DISCOUNT on our weekly rent FOR COUPLES. Quiet walks. FLY FISHING upstream, both banks, during the season. Permit required. GOOD LOCAL 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 - LUNCHES www.broomhillart.co.uk”
- Dining Area
- pets considered
- 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.