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Thatched Cottage in the Heart of Rural North Devon

People12
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Separate WC's1
Space 250 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

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!

More Details

Owner
Sarah Sidders
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
22 November, 2017

About Sarah Sidders

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.

Sarah Sidders purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Sarah Sidders chose Umberleigh

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

Location

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

Coast/Beach:

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

Travel:

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

Distances:

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.

Facilities

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

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 250 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • 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
Bedrooms:
  • 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!
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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.

Reviews

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Thatched Cottage in the Heart of Rural North Devon
average rating of 4.8 based on 15 reviews
5

Lovely house. Cosy yet plenty of room for 11 of us! All sad to leave.

  • 5 of 5

Plenty to do in the area, extremely well equipped house. Comfy beds and very welcome cream tea left for us on arrival. Will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words, so glad you had a good time.
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5

Great for a large group. Cottage nice and cosy and well appointed

  • 5 of 5

Grandson loved the playroom with all the toys plus selection of games. Kitchen had everything we needed. Wood burner an added bonus. Only downside is parking

  • Review Submitted: 29-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Character cottage - a proper Tardis!

  • 5 of 5

Rambler Cottage looked as though it would be right for us, but it exceeded our expectations! Olde worlde, quaint and full of character, but kitted out with everything we needed (except perhaps some pyrex bowls?), it was ideal for us in the run up to our daughter's wedding - a place where the whole family could stay together, brilliantly well set up for our toddler grandson. The bride and bridesmaids were able to use the cottage to get themselves ready on the big day - and that meant two extra toddlers coming along for breakfast and play time - but it all worked perfectly.

We had to do one big shop in Barnstaple for our stay, but we found the post office / shop and the community shop had everything else we needed, and surprisingly helpful opening hours. I hadn't expected to have Sunday opening in such a tiny village!

The only downside was the fact that when someone is showering everyone has to remember to hold off from using the taps, but we adapted and worked around it fine, despite the cottage being full nearly every night.

Other thoughts... Pam, the housekeeper, was very helpful... Wifi was good... welcome pack (including scones, clotted cream and jam) was great. Info on the house and area was good. The little garden is great, safe for small children. Beds and armchairs were comfy. The two good-sized dining areas gave us great flexibility. WINNER - blackout blinds as well as curtains!! What a great touch. Everything seems to have been so well thought out.

Overall, Rambler Cottage is highly recommended for relaxed family purposes, especially those with small children and dogs!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Really lovely

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time in the cottage. The village of High Bickington is very friendly and the Old George Inn is great for food. Everywhere is very welcoming of dogs also. We took ours to Instow, Saunton Sands, and Woollacombe beaches in the height of summer with no problems. Pamela left us some delicious scones on arrival. If you are tall the ceilings in the cottage are quite low in places, but my husband who is 6' 2" coped just fine. The stairs are pretty steep in the cottage but they didn't cause us any problems. On the whole this is one of the best equipped holiday cottages I have stayed in :-)

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Lovely well equipped cottage. Great for large family get together

  • 5 of 5

Would highly recommend.

Well located to visit exmoor and coast

Lovely community shop

Really glad we chose this cottage.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Escape To The Country

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cosy cottage, plenty of space for a large family without stepping on toes. The cream tea was delicious, and there is more left for you that you think such as bread, milk, butter, tea, coffee, condiments etc. We had an amazing family birthday, thank you for letting us share this beautiful cottage.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Umberleigh, Devon

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Winter Breaks
30 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£336
for 3 nights
From
£112
From
£138
Fri,Sat,Sun
£590
 
 
Christmas/New Year
22 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
£690
for 3 nights
From
£230
£1,210
 
 
Early Spring
4 Jan 2018 - 8 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
£336
for 3 nights
From
£112
From
£138
Fri,Sat,Sun
£605
 
 
Spring Half Term 2018
9 Feb 2018 - 19 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
£603
for 3 nights
From
£201
From
£231
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,210
 
 
Spring
20 Feb 2018 - 22 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
£345
for 3 nights
From
£115
From
£145
Fri,Sat,Sun
£590
 
 
Easter
23 Mar 2018 - 9 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
£576
for 3 nights
From
£192
From
£222
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,150
 
 
Late Spring
10 Apr 2018 - 24 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
£462
for 3 nights
From
£154
From
£184
Fri,Sat,Sun
£880
 
 
Half Term
25 May 2018 - 3 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
£621
for 3 nights
From
£207
From
£237
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,250
 
 
Early Summer 2018
4 Jun 2018 - 5 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
£570
for 3 nights
From
£190
From
£210
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,130
 
 
Summer
6 Jul 2018 - 19 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
£642
for 3 nights
From
£214
From
£244
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,300
 
 
High Summer 2018
20 Jul 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,650
for 7 nights
£1,650
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£480
for 3 nights
From
£160
From
£210
Fri,Sat,Sun
£980
 

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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