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Detached, Single Story Garden Cottage, In Quiet Countryside On Exmoor's Edge

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Property type cottage
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About the property

Cottage in Kentisbury Nr. Barnstaple, North Devon, England - A 5 Minute Drive To The Seaside Village Of Combe Martin And 30 Minutes To Glorious Sandy Beaches

Want peace and quiet but with easy access to magnificent beaches and remote moorland? Want to sit out, eat alfresco, listen to evening birdsong, watch for owls and bats and wonder at the dark starry skies above? Want to discover good places to eat out and the local fresh farm produce and yesteryear charm of the pannier market in Barnstaple? Want to visit the coastal villages of Clovelly, Appledore and Lynmouth or discover the Valley of the Rocks, Porlock Weir or Lorna Doone country? Enjoy surfing, swimming, cycling, horse-riding, walking or just want to chill out? Then come here! This detached, single story garden cottage is situated in quiet countryside on the edge of Exmoor National Park. It is just a 10 minute drive from the seaside village of Combe Martin and 30 minutes from the beautiful long sandy beaches of Woolacombe, Saunton and Croyde. The South West coastal footpath passes 5 minutes away while in the other direction lies Exmoor with its hills, wooded valleys, dramatic cliffs and winding rivers leading into the heart of the moor. This is a delightful rural retreat in easy reach of well-renowned sandy beaches for surfing and swimming as well as exhilarating Exmoor for walks, wildlife an cycling. Well equipped and full of character inside and out and set in a delightful private garden with views over pretty countryside.

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Ginny Humphreys
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
15 September, 2017

About Ginny Humphreys

.We are Ginny and Colin Humphreys and live in the main house, The Thornes. Garden Cottage has been variously an outside privvy, a laundry, an office for archaeologists and latterly extra accommodation for family or visitors.

Ginny Humphreys purchased this cottage in 1980


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Barnstaple in North Devon District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with WC and shower. No bath.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: One double bed.
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Outside: As the name suggests, Garden Cottage is set in it's own mature garden within the grounds of a larger house and sheltered by an old high stone wall. There is a sheltered private sitting area with garden table and benches and a cheminea for romantic evenings under the night sky. Other wooden chairs rest on a raised lawn overlooking the rural view. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included.


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Detached, Single Story Garden Cottage, In Quiet Countryside On Exmoor's Edge
average rating of 4.470588 based on 17 reviews
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Absolutely beautiful

  • 5 of 5

We booked to stay for 4 nights , and found the cottage very easily , the beauty of the cottage must be experienced , everything was so clean , all you could hear were birds singing , and on a couple of occasions a peacock was spotted walking in the garden, Ilfracombe and Bideford are both within easy reach by car , We would not hesitate to stay again , a credit to the owners.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Alan, we're very pleased that you had a good stay.
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Not a cold and wet weather property

  • 3 of 5

We had a wet and windy week, throughout the whole period the windows were covered in condensation, water was blown under the front door and this encouraged visitations from slugs. We were not impressed to find slugs on towels hanging on the towel rail.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Small studio type, cottage, clean and cosy. Great view, very nice garden.

  • 3 of 5

Clean little cottage, great view and nice space to sit outside. Great beaches and walks not too far away. Appliances, heating, shower all in perfect working order. We were surprised there was no bedroom as mentioned on the HomeAway website: Comfortable bed, small dining table, 2 chairs, a fauteuil, a sofa and the only cupboard all in one room. More like a studio albeit with a separate small, well equipped kitchen. The big house was rented out but that was no problem. Small parking space for two cars, difficult not to block the bridle path as asked. We didn't see the owner, she sent us a few mails with info. A nice place from which to explore and enjoy beautiful North Devon.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely quiet location. Small but well equipped accommodation.

  • 3 of 5

A lovely isolated location. The accommodation was cosy and well equipped. Would definitely go again.

It's well worth putting out food on the bird table to see the host of wildlife from around the area.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely peaceful setting in beautiful coutryside.

  • 4 of 5

Very quiet, comfortable and restful.....just what we wanted.

We had to share an eggcup! and missed having a tongs for cooking.

Full size fridge which was great for chillinv the wine!

All in all a very pleasant holiday thank you.

Great information pack left by the owner.

Heather Knowles

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay, Heather. Apologies for the missing eggcup!
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Beautiful countryside stay

  • 4 of 5

Very relaxing stay surrounded by beautiful countryside. The property had all we needed for a base to explore North Devon. The highlight really is the wonderful view you get from the property. It is also really conveniently located between Exmoor and the beaches of North Devon so meant we were never travelling far.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: necessary


The fabulous sandy surfing beaches of Woolacombe, Saunton and Croyde are a 30 minute drive away. Nearer to home are the beaches around Combe Martin, just 10 minutes by car. The South West Coast Path passes nearby, a 5 minutes drive away with walks along the dramatic cliffs on the North Devon coast. Lynton and Lynmouth with the cliff railway are 20 minutes drive and the pretty seaside villages of Appledore and Clovelly are within easy reach.


The use of a car is essential as the area is rural and public transport is negligible. Exeter airport is 50 miles and Bristol about 100 miles from here. The property is about 30 miles from the M5 motorway and takes approximately 50 minutes.


The nearest shop is within walking distance but Combe Martin the nearest village is a 5 minute drive. Barnstaple, a historic market town with a pannier market and thriving high street is 10 miles away. Ilfracombe, with it's attractive harbour and spectacular 'Verity' a Damien Hirst sculpture, is also 10 miles away.

The property is set just within Exmoor National Park.

Further Details:

Several National Trust properties are nearby. Arlington Court has beautiful gardens, parkland, lakes and wooded hills for wandering through or striding across.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Barnstaple, Devon

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Bookings can be made by email or phone. Full payment will be required on booking.

Changeover Day:
During the summer change over day is Saturday with arrivals from 2.00 and departures by 10.00. Short breaks can be flexible.

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.