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Character Cottage - Village Location - Off peak & low occupancy rates available



Updated: 08-Oct-2016
Cottage in Bishop's Tawton, Nr. Barnstaple, North Devon - Good Location For Tarka Trail, Barnstaple, The Coast And Exmoor

Large cottage with a wood burning stove, in the heart of the old village. The cottage has 3 double bedrooms plus 1 twin and sleeps 8.

Peaceful setting with secluded gardens. We have a BBQ area with outdoor seating.

Excellent pub 100m away.

River walk across the road by the parish church. You can cycle towards Barnstaple to connect with the Tarka trail or hire cycles near the train station.

Good access to the North Devon beaches, with the countryside on your doorstep.

We can offer special rates in low season for stays in excess of 2 weeks for example if you are temporarily working in the area.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Hi, we are Jane and Peter Wickson and we currently own two rental properties in North Devon.

E4427 is a chalet forest lodge along the A377 towards Exeter about 15 miles from Barnstaple. This is a two bed rental lodge on a wooded location. The other, an old family home, is the cottage in Bishops Tawton that sleeps 8.

We currently live and work away from the area but hope to move back one day to develop a holiday business.

We are fortunate enough to regularly return to Devon to relax and catch up with family and friends.

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6 Reviews

based on 6 holidaymaker reviews



  • 5 of 5

The cottage exceeded our expectations, the pictures really don't do it justice. There were 2 families of 4 staying here and we had ample space. The cottage was immaculate and had everything you could possibly need to hand. We used it as a base to explore the surrounding area, we found some really nice beaches. Highly recommended!!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi thanks for such a thoughtful and highly praised reveiw. We always want to achieve provide our guests with an 'over delivery' but we will take some better photos! Many thanks Jane
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Summer holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time staying at this lovely cottage. Our party was 4 adults and 4 teenagers and there was plenty of room. The cottage is very well equipped and in an ideal location for a base to explore the surrounding attractions. We particularly enjoyed hiring cycles at Barnstaple station and cycling the Tarka Trail as well as surfing at Westward Ho! Jane sent us lots of information and was very efficient with making our booking. The outdoor spaces are sun traps, with ample barbecue facilities. I recommend this cottage, we will return!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Thank you for your kind review of our cottage. We are pleased that you found everything to be as you wished. Please do come again and enjoy our lovely county. Regards Jane
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Spacious, Warm Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay over Easter. There were 8 of us plus 2 dogs but we never felt short of space. The weather was not brilliant for us but we enjoyed returning to the cottage in the afternoons and stoking up the log burner and thawing out! The cottage is modern yet has retained its character and charm. It was spotlessly clean on arrival and well equipped. The enclose garden and patio area looked great and we were dying to try out the BBQ but the weather did not oblige. There is limited parking at the cottage but we parked in the near by Chichester Arms car park and had a wonderful meal there one evening. We attended the church across the road on Easter Sunday and received a very warm welcome - even being invited back for coffee with some of the locals. The cottage is in an excellent location. Many beaches are nearby and it is only 5 minutes from a huge supermarket. I am sure we will be returning for another family holiday. Our dogs both loved it too!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a great review thank you! It is an ogling battle with such an old cottage but we hope to provide the versatility of accommodation and updating the cottage yearly. We try to keep the old and the new in harmony and keep the place a cosy retreat for your holiday. We would be delighted to see you again. Jane.
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Fantastically Warm and Cosy Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We have just had a great Christmas Holiday at this superb cottage and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone planning to stay in this area of Devon. The cottage is beautifully maintained and is surprisingly large without losing any of its vintage character. It has four large bedrooms that quite easily housed 4 adults and 3 teenagers.

The cottage is a 1 minute walk from one of the best pubs in the area, 'the Chichester Arms' and is located within easy striking distance of some of the most fantastic beaches and coastline in Devon, we regularly visited Croyde Bay, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe as well as hiring bikes to cycle the Takar Trail.

We look forward to our next visit.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your outstanding review we try very hard to keep it as we would wish a rental to be but always welcome positive input for enhanced enjoyment of the facilities(within reason) We look forward to welcoming you and your family/friends again.
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Lovely cosy cottage with friendly owners!

  • 5 of 5

On arrival we were just wowed by the size of this cottage. Much bigger than it looks in the pictures and managed to accommodate 5 adults, one child and two dogs but still plenty of room to manoeuvre...

The booking was smooth with good communication from the owners and helpful tips for our stay. We didn't manage to see everything we hoped so will be returning next year for two weeks and hope the availability to re-book is there.

The local pub is a stones throw and after a couple of visits we were on first name terms. Watching the sun set from the pub garden and sharing a bottle of wine was right up our street! The cottage is ideally located for travelling around. we managed to fit in a day in Croyde rock pooling (also surfers paradise), Ilfracombe, Woolacombe, Bideford, a couple of trips walking up Codden Hill with the hounds and a leisure centre day when it rained.

The staff in the local butchers are so friendly and supply quality meats for the BBQ provided along with essentials like eggs and milk.

This place is well worth a stay and can't wait to return again ourselves :)

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As this was our family home for a number of years we like to provide our guests with that ambience of cosiness all year round. The village has a special feel of history and community and the businesses are long established. It benefits from being in a beautiful rural location next to the river Taw and Codden Hill yet close to Barnstaple and the Tarka Trail and the coast. We welcome guest comments to be able to maintain the best holiday experience. Jane & Peter
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Cosy cottage

  • 4 of 5

Just spent a lovely 4 days here over October half term. We were 2 families and the 4 bedrooms were split perfectly for this - 2 doubles and 2 twins - all very comfortable. We loved the log burner in the lounge and this was lit every evening, which made it really cosy and plenty of seating for us all. The kitchen is a good size with all equipment you would need and the dining table easily seats 8 people. We even managed a bbq for Halloween in the great bbq area outside (very Spanish we thought). As described by the owners, the parking is very tight but we managed to squeeze our 4x4 through the gateposts onto the drive and our friends left their large 7 seater on the road, which was fine. Very pretty area for walks with the dogs as village is right on the Tarka trail. We went to the beach at Croyde Bay as good for surfing and dogs allowed in Winter. Clovelly also worth a visit which was about 45 mins away. Barnstaple only 10 mins away for good shopping.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 6, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

This was our family home for 15 years until 2009.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Exeter at 40 Miles Nearest Barpub : Chichester Arms at 100 Metres Nearest Golf : Saunton at 12 Miles Nearest Train : Barnstaple at 2 Miles Nearest Motorway : M5 at 40 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Chichester Arms at 100 Metres Nearest Beach : Instow at 12 Miles


Croyde beach 12 miles. Instow 10 miles, Tarka Trail 1.5 miles cycle ride.


Exeter airport is 1.5 hrs away.

Bristol 1.5 hrs away


Barnstaple town centre 2 miles.

Exeter 32 miles.

Exmoor 15 miles.

Further Details:

Barnstaple offers a good choice of supermarkets, shops, restaurants and takeaways.

There is also a swimming pool nearby, a leisure centre and the excellent Tarka Tennis centre in Barnstaple.

Good train links between Barnstaple and Exeter.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Rate 6 2016
10 Sep 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 7 2016
29 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas Rate 2016
17 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 8
1 Jul 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
9 Sep 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
16 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £200
Pet Fee £20

Booking Notes:
Book directly with the owner. 25% deposit required on booking which is non refundable and the balance 4 weeks prior to your holiday. Dogs are welcome at a cost of £20 per dog per week. Bring your own towels.
Changeover Day:
Saturday from 4pm for arrival and vacate by 10am on day of departure.

Notes on prices:
We charge a supplement of £50 extra per adult per week if there are more than 4 adults in the party up to a maximum of 8 adults.
Prices include gas and electricity bed linen and cleaning. You can also use wood from the log store. Rates for short stay (3 night min) either weekend or weekdays are £175 per night. Please note this is not available during peak holiday times.

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From the Owner

We decided to rent this property rather than sell it as we love the location and the village. You can easily cycle to Barnstaple from here and pick up the Tarka Trail for a day out. There are plenty of good walks nearby and a great village pub less than 100m away. It is an easy car journey to the supermarket 5 min drive and Barnstaple with its wide range of individual and other shops. Good access to the North Devon beaches, with the countryside on your doorstep. There is a good train service to Exeter.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • village


  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower)
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Upstairs bathroom with bath and hand held shower and WC. Downstairs bathroom with walk in shower and WC.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 2 bedrooms with double beds and one bedroom with twin beds with zip and link option into a double bed. One twin bedroom in a separate wing.


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The main staircase leads to the two double bedrooms and another that can either be two small singles or a double. A bathroom with hand held shower and WC. Across the dining room another staircase leads you to a twin bedded room. Downstairs cloakroom with large walk-in shower. Outside: Main garden with sun most of the day (assuming its shining) and a small Silver Birch tree for shade. Back garden with BBQ area under cover plus a Webber BBQ. Towels are not included please bring all your own for the house and beach. Other: Dining area adjacent to kitchen with large farmhouse wooden table seating 8. Board games supplied. We charge a supplement of £50 per adult per week if the party is more than 4 adults up to a maximum of 8 adults.

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