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Grade II listed chapel with incredible estuary views, 15 minutes from the beach

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Our enclosed garden borders fields with spring lambs and we're near Ash Barton

Dove Chapel is a brand new grade II listed chapel conversion overlooking the Taw estuary. We've brought the outside in with huge bifold doors in the lounge, and combined modern comforts and quirky design with the beauty of the original building.

Dove Chapel has sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms. We have the original oak beams upstairs (height at 6ft 2") and downstairs we've renovated the wooden floors and panelling of the original chapel. The Delabole slate aisle is now our hallway and we've kept the kitchen/dining/play area open plan to give you a flavour of the building's previous life.

For sunny days our garden and patio gives you lovely rural views and the lambs in the field next to us are wonderfully distracting (March to Sept). For rainy days we have wifi broadband and a table football table. There are also some DVDs and books to enjoy.

We have lots of toys and baby/toddler equipment for young families. We have a high chair, travel cot (no linen), stair gate, steriliser, bath insert for babies, plastic cups etc and lots of toys for babies and young children.

Dove Chapel is on the edge of the village of Ashford, and we're really handy for Saunton Sands, Marwood Hill Gardens, Braunton, Barnstaple and the Ash Barton wedding venue.

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Catherine Cull Thomas
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
18 June, 2018

About Catherine Cull Thomas

I first starting holidaying in Devon in my teens, so when a chance to start my adventures in property development came up in 2007 in Ilfracombe, I didn't hesitate. Months of dusty living on a building site followed, and our first property, Seaholm (e2535), was the result. Unable to forget my adventures in property, the Retreat (e3718) followed in 2011, and Dove Chapel in 2015. I live in London with my family but whenever we're away from Devon, we're always plotting our next trip back. Seaholm gives us the amazing seascapes and acres of space we crave after London life. The Retreat surrounds us with hills and trees and a cosy, peaceful stay in front of the fire. Dove Chapel gives us a quirky, character house with amazing river and estuary views.

Catherine Cull Thomas purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Catherine Cull Thomas chose Barnstaple

We first viewed the Chapel at sunset, and just couldn't believe how amazing the river and estuary views are, and how far they stretch. This slightly distracted us from the large hole in the roof and the doves nesting up there.

We then bought the Chapel at auction and set about transforming the abandoned building (complete with pews) into a lovely family home. There are lots of beautiful original features that we've kept, and it was also important to put those views at the heart of the home, with a new lounge extension.

What makes this cottage unique

I absolutely love watching the changing tides and birdlife from the comfort of the sofa. The view is so different at high and low tide, and all the stages inbetween. And then there's the lambs to coo over just beyond the garden fence.

I also really enjoy the kitchen space as it is a real mixture of the original chapel's best features and modern furnishings. It's such a light, bright room and we've retained and reused many original furnishings (benches as shelving, lecturn as a bookcase) whilst creating a modern family kitchen.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Barnstaple in Ashford

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • We ask that if you have agreed a dog in your party with us, that your dog is not allowed on the furniture or beds, and never left alone in the house.
  • We find that even well-behaved dogs can fret in unfamiliar surroundings and that this can leave us with damage to fix
  • Please tidy the house on departure, lock all the doors and put your rubbish in the outside black bin/recycling box
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bedroom 1 has the family bathroom ensuite (bath with shower over, toilet and basin). This is a Jack and Jill bathroom that also connects with the main living area. Additional shower room with shower, toilet and basin.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: 2 double beds and 2 zip and link twin beds Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: double sleigh bed Bedroom 2: double bed Bedroom 3: twin zip and link beds that can make a double bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
We offer a range of additional services to make your stay more comfortable. Please ensure you book well in advance to ensure availability: Grocery delivery – we can accept delivery of your supermarket delivery and put it away ready for your arrival so you’ll have everything you need from the moment you arrive. Party Catering – Perfect for that big family birthday or well-deserved night off. They offer either dishes ready for you to heat or the full in-house chef experience. Housemaid service – Your house will be fully serviced prior to arrival but we can arrange for additional cleaning during your stay, whether it be clearing up the kitchen and straightening the beds each morning whilst you enjoy a trip out, or a mid-stay freshen-up. Babysitting – We have a network of experienced sitters who can look after your children in the evening whilst you enjoy a bit of time off. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: We fully service the house prior to your arrival. We provide all linen and towels (a bath sheet and hand towel per person). Our bedding is 100% cotton. We also provide oven gloves, bath mats and tea towels.


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Grade II listed chapel with incredible estuary views, 15 minutes from the beach
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Lovely property with stunning views

  • 5 of 5

Dove Chapel was the perfect place to spend our family new year get together. Lots of space for 3 couples, comfy beds, plenty of hot water, well heated and equipped etc. We particularly enjoyed watching the fireworks at midnight on NYE from Barnstaple and towns across the estuary. The views from Dove Chapel are forever changing and are the icing on the cake!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The view says it all!

  • 4 of 5

Very well presented, and spacious property. Check in was hassle free and communication was easy and friendly. We had a wonderful time

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay and close to amazing beaches!

  • 4 of 5

Amazing view, lovely property and really well equipped. Great for a family, we had a wonderful time!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Impressive View & Great Location

  • 4 of 5

Dove Chapel is set in a beautiful quiet location overlooking the River Taw with ever changing views over the estuary. The location provides easy access to many interesting places in North Devon and in particular, the beaches. The road west into Braunton through Heanton Punchardon or, the road east into Barnstaple via Tutshill are easier for access to the Chapel than the side roads which connect with the A361. Visitors need to be careful as to how they park on the road, which is narrow for passing tractors.

The Chapel is very well equipped, especially in the kitchen, and it was so nice to be provided with a range of suitable cleaning materials. The “cream tea” ready for our arrival was also a very welcome and kind thought. The accommodation is very suitable for three couples and each bedroom is attractively decorated. It’s also interesting that some of the original chapel features have been retained. For competitive families, the table football is a great touch!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A lovely property in a truly fabulous location.

  • 5 of 5

A lovely property in every respect. Decor modern, beds very comfy, bathrooms modern and clean. The kitchen is very well equipped. Cleaning products left for us as was basics like dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid and dishcloths.

We had a welcome cream tea on arrival and fresh milk left in the fridge. I really couldn't fault the place at all and would highly recommend Dove Chapel.

  • Review Submitted: 12-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent house with an outstanding location.

  • 5 of 5

The house is lovely. It has excellent views and it is very tranquile. At the same time it is in a superb location, very closed to the best beaches and better known towns in the area. It is clear that the owners had very good taste as it is very nicely decorated and the owner provides you with all the essentials to really make you feel at home during your stay. Excellent place for great holidays in the area.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary


Woolacombe holds the 'England for Excellence Gold Award' for best family resort and it's a 20 -minute drive from the house. The 3-mile walk along its length is stunning at any time of year. The Puttborough end of the beach is about a 15 minutes drive from the house. We like to use this carpark (with shop and cafe) and either walk along the beach to Woolacombe, or just enjoy our picnic there.

Saunton Sands is quieter and also a fantastic beach this is about 15 minutes drive from the Chapel.


Exeter airport is 45 miles from Ashford. Barnstaple is the nearest train station and it is 3 miles from the house. Ashford is a lovely village, but pretty rural, so we do recommend a car.


Saunton sands (amazing beach) 6 miles. Marwood Hill garden and tea room 2 miles. Braunton (burrows and town) 4 miles. Barnstaple (largest local town) 3 miles. Broomhill Sculpture park (Park and lovely cafe/ restaurant) 2 miles.

Further Details:

Ashford is a beautiful village in a rural setting, yet only a few miles from all the amenities of Barnstaple (train station and shopping) and Braunton (Lovely small town with lots of coffee shops and tourist shops). On the outskirts of Ashford there's a garden centre with a lovely cafe and there are a few great pubs and a yummy fish and chip shop within a couple of miles of the house.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £30
Damage Deposit £150

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.