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Thatched Cottage in the Heart of Rural North Devon



Updated: 28-Nov-2016
Cottage in High Bickington, Umberleigh, Nr. Barnstaple, North Devon, England - Country Walks from the door, with Dartmoor, Exmoor and the North Coast within Easy Reach

A grade II, five-bedroom thatched cottage in the rural North Devon village of High Bickington, Umberleigh, which sleeps 11 (+3), and has 3 bathrooms. The large living room has a wood-burning stove, and the farmhouse-style kitchen-breakfast room has a range cooker and 8-burner hob. The ground floor also has a snug and family room. Open countryside is within 2 minutes walk, and Exmoor, Dartmoor and the North Devon coast are all within easy reach, as is RHS Garden Rosemoor. The village has a small shop, two pubs and a Post Office.

On your arrival you will be greeted with a homemade Devon Cream Tea!

  • Sleeps 12
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are Joe and Sarah Sidders, owners of Rambler Cottage, parents to three small children who are all now of school age. Joe is deputy head of a senior school on the outskirts of Bath and Sarah is an artist and textile designer. Sarah grew up in Devon and Joe has followed suit with a love for the west-country and Scilly.

Year round we aspire to spend many happy sun filled days on the North Devon beaches teaching our children to surf and return home with finds from the tide line to use the space in Rambler Cottage to be creative! We love

Winter warming by the wood burner with mulled wine, and cooking seasonal roast dinners with local meat in a home perfect for socialising which coincidently has enough chimney breasts to hang a stocking for everyone in the extended family.

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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews



  • 5 of 5

Lovely house in a quiet spot, plenty of space for 3 generations of the same family (including 5 children) to watch TV/ read/ enjoy some peace and quiet. Very well equipped kitchen and plenty of room to sit all 10 of us around the table (not shown on the website). The cream tea on arrival was delish. Loads to do within an hour's drive, we did: Lundy Island (gorgeous); Castle Drogo; Lynford Gorge; Baggy Point and Woolacombe and a day cycling on the Tarka Trail. All brilliant and we could easily have filled another week or two.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you had a lovely stay, thank you for your kind words and for looking after the cottage. Best wishes Sarah
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Excellent, spaceous large cottage full of charrm.

  • 5 of 5

Arrived early with the consent of the owners. The village church bells were ringing when we arrived, the bell ringers were having their annual bell ringing competition. Its was a very pleasant experience.

Rambler Cottage is charming with plenty of space for a large family.

We found on arrival a huge bag of continental chocoates together with a beautiful plate of fresh home made scones, jam and clotted cream - yum yum. Thank you.

The cottage is excellent value having all essential requirements. The villagers

were very friendly.

Rambler Cottage is truly welcoming.

One small point please treat the cottage to a new vacuum cleaner.

Gill Carr, Julie, Suzi and families

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Gill, we're so glad you had a nice break. Best wishes Sarah
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Great cottage,really well equipped. Good base to explore North Devon.

  • 5 of 5

The Cottage easily accommodates large families. Lots of space so you don't feel on top of each other. It is very well equipped, even has toys for young children. Village is lovely, 2 pubs and a post office. Chip van on Tuesday and Thai on Fridays.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words, we're so glad you had a good time. Best wishes
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From the Owner

Sarah grew up on just the other side of Dartmoor and Joe has followed with a love for the south-west. Wanting to own a property that we can escape to from the busyness of day-to-day work and the school run we looked to what we feel is the hidden secret of central north Devon. With amazing beaches, moorland and a diversity of interests all within easy reach we always eagerly anticipate our next visit.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Exeter Airport at 45 Miles Nearest Barpub : The Old george Inn at 50 Metres Nearest Golf : Libbaton Golf Club at 1 Miles Nearest Train : Umberliegh Station at 5 Miles Nearest Motorway : M5 at 28 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Weirmarsh Farm at 2 Miles Nearest Beach : Saunton Sands at 17 Miles Car: necessary


Saunton Sands, Croyde, Woolacombe and Westward Ho! (large, sandy beaches famous for their surf) 30-40 minutes by car

Appledore and Instow (beautiful quayside villages) 30 minutes by car


Although Umberleigh railway station is 7 minutes by car, a car is pretty much essential for getting around. Cars can be hired from Exeter station and airport

By car: 3 hrs 45 from London, 3 hrs 15 from Birmingham

By train: 3 hrs 20 from London to Umberleigh (5 mins drive), 1 hr from Exeter

By ferry: 1 hr 30 (by car) from Plymouth, 2 hrs 10 from Weymouth, 2 hrs 30 from Poole

By air: 1 hr (by car) from Exeter airport


2.6 miles (7 mins) to Umberleigh, and railway station

7.6 miles to the nearest point on the Tarka Cycle Trail

8.6 miles to RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington

9.6 miles to Barnstaple

10 miles to South Molton (gateway to Exmoor)

22 miles to Okehampton (gateway to Dartmoor)

Further Details:

High Bickington has a small village shop in the Post Office, as well as two excellent pubs which both serve food, and both within easy walking distance. There are also some fantastic pubs in the surrounding villages.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Winter breaks
31 Oct 2016 - 21 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas/New Year
22 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
early summer
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Summer 2017
22 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
50% reservation deposit on booking.
Please contact owner for more details
Please visit our website www.ramblercottage.co.uk for more information on the property and surrounding area.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is our preferred changeover day for summer 2016, but the rest of the year this is flexible.

Notes on prices:
We can offer a 10% discount for every bedroom not used outside of peak seasons.
Well behaved dogs are most welcome.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 28-Nov-2016
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From the Owner

Rambler Cottage is packed full of historical features and offers a cosy yet spacious feel that is perfect for us as a family to relax and be creative in. Family walks are a favourite past time, and many can be found direct from the door and a little further a field in a variety of landscapes: open moorland, coastal cliff tops, ancient woodland, deep river valleys and slightly tamer on the Tarka Trail.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys


  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 250 sq. ft.


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, This is a nice size family bathroom.
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure, An ensuite to Bedroom 1
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet, This is on the ground floor
  • Shower room 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, This is an ensuite to bedroom 3
  • En suite shower room to bedroom 1 with WC, shower and basin En suite shower room to bedroom 2 with WC, shower and basin Family bathroom with WC, bath, shower attachment and basin Downstairs WC


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, King Size bed with an ensuite shower room
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed, Double Bed with south facing windows
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed, Double Bed with an ensuite shower room
  • Bedroom 4 - 3 Single Bed, Family Room, one bed can change into a double day bed.
  • Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed, The two single beds can be pushed together to form a double
  • The 3 double bedrooms are all of good size with enough room to put a travel cot up in, 2 are bigger than the 3rd. 2 travel cots are available. All bedrooms require access by stairs, bedroom number 1 is on the 2nd floor. All stairs access can be restricted by stairgates/doors. The twin room is a cosy room and doesn't really have extra room for a travel cot. Bedroom 4 is a triple room where one of the singles can be turned into a daybed. The beds are in an 'L' Shape formation which means excited children can't make eye contact once lying down!


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


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: Because Rambler Cottage is a Grade II listed building, we're sorry but it is not possible to adapt it for easier access Outside: The enclosed private garden to the rear os the property has enchanting feel to it, being the garden to just one of the houses it has a grassed arear perfect for little ones to play on and a patio area that is suitable for eating outside. A barbeque is also available for use. There is also a small, raised pond and a garage should you wish to store bikes and other outdoor kit! Utility Room: Freezer, washing machine tumble dryer and access to the garden. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and linen are included, and the property is cleaned once a week, when towels and linen are also changed. Please bring your own beach towels. Other: The family room has a natural stone floor and is set up with a table that can be used as an alternative eating area or for arts and crafts, we also have a number of games and puzzles and a 2 seater sofa in here.

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