Barn in Goodleigh, Nr. Barnstaple, North Devon, England - Beautifully Peaceful Rural Setting, Only 15 Minutes Drive To Famous Surfing Beaches Of North Devon
Great Lilly Cottage is an historic 2 bedroom barn conversion sleeping 4, recently renovated to a high standard and nestled in a peaceful and picturesque corner of North Devon. Located on the outskirts of the village of Goodleigh, this property is a perfect rural retreat; only a 15 minute drive to the white sandy beaches of Saunton Sands, Woolacombe and Croyde, yet on the edge of Exmoor National Park. A perfect base to explore the whole of North Devon; whether you're into surfing or just scenery-spotting, coastal-hiking or horse-riding. Enjoy this peaceful rural setting that's only 5 minutes drive from the historic market town of Barnstaple, which has a wide range of amenities and tourist attractions. Great Lilly Cottage forms part of Great Lilly Farm where the owners, Kate & Ali live with their family and assorted menagerie including Pygmy Goats, Pigs and Chickens. The cottage is a 3 storey renovated barn with its own private parking and extensive & enclosed gardens - and being animal lovers, we happily accept well-behaved pets. Please note, although on 3 levels, the cottage is open plan with both bedrooms opening onto the central staircase.
Top Traveller Review
Lovely Devonshire Retreat
About the Owner
About Ali & Kate Fenton
Hello, we are Kate & Ali. We live with our 2 children and growing menagerie of animals at Great Lilly Farm, adjacent to our newly renovated holiday barn - Great Lilly Cottage.
We've always loved this part of the country and moved down from Scotland a while back to find a more outdoor way of life. We have chickens, pygmy goats, pigs, dogs & cats and we're hoping to make our own honey this summer.
We love living here - where else would you find foxes, badgers and Buzzards all making their homes in your garden?!
If you love the countryside, long walks, beautiful sandy beaches and cosy country pubs - this is the place for your next holiday.
Ali & Kate Fenton purchased this barn in 2013
Why Ali & Kate Fenton chose North Devon
There are many 'great' things about Great Lilly Cottage but our location in the heart of North Devon gives you the opportunity to have a really varied and flexible holiday.
If you love the sea and beach-style holidays, you have award-winning beaches including Woolacombe and Croyde only 20 minutes drive away. Hire surf or paddle boards, learn to kite surf or just enjoy the sunshine.
For young families, we have many tourist attractions on our doorstep including Exmoor Zoo, The Big Sheep and Combe Martin Dinosaur Park.
We are also only a short drive from Exmoor National Park offering you spectacular walks, horse rides or safe cycling.
What makes this barn unique
We both love good design and the great outdoors, so we hope Great Lilly Cottage feels just a little bit different to your average holiday let. The rustic style combines all the modern conveniences you might need with little touches of luxury - including Orla Kiely bedding and complimentary washing kits from Hogwash - a local organic soap & bath product producer.
(19 traveller reviews)
Lovely Devonshire Retreat
Had a three night stay here in December and really enjoyed it.Lovely cosy character cottage/barn especially with the wood burner lit. Very central ,quiet and convenient location for Devonshire beaches and other attractions. Kate and Ali very helpful especially getting our car on the move again when you have a flat battery Thanks very much again and hopefully we can make it a longer stay next time Happy new year to you all Cy Nicky Charlotte and of course Ted the dog
Gorgeous location. Great hosts. Immaculate cottage with every mod con you could want. Ali and Kate are brilliant hosts. Can't wait to go back.
Kate and Ali, thank you for the amazing scones and the yummy eggs!
Gill and Glenn
Wonderful relaxed stay in a great location.
Morning Kate. Thank you for a wonderful stay in your lovely cottage. We have been extremely comfortable and relaxed. The views are to die for, in which we can't believe how close you are to Barnstaple. Certainly, we will be coming back to stay. Thank you Nick & Annette
Perfectly located lovely little cottage
My initial thoughts were that the cottage was smaller than the pictures, but no less pretty but actually it was perfect for us, including two children and two small dogs. The husband and children were very impressed with the WiFi and blue-tooth setup which helped in wind-down evenings (as well as the dominoes) and the couple of wetter days. Breakfast was lovely on the graveled area outside with an amazing view. Steep garden to the rear which the dogs explored and had a washing line. Great location to reach everything beaches, shops, etc. Nice soft towels and blankets. Very minor details to be improved including a couple more wooden spoons but could definitely benefit from some new pegs for the washing line for the wet towels and wetsuits etc! Being picky as had a great relaxing week but as I'm the cook and cleaner!!!!
We love it! We love it! We love it!
After a very, very long drive in our Landy all the way from Munich to Barnstaple we arrived at this wonderful, lovely and cosy Cottage! Very friendly and helpful hosts! Everything we needed was provided. The Cottage was very clean and looked after. Lovely furnished with nice details. We will be back! Just a shame it's so far away from our place, otherwise we would stay more often! Thank you so much for a great holiday! We enjoyed every minute and felt at home away from home!
Beautiful, idyllic honey moon retreat :)
Coming from busy Gloucester we have always loved breaks in Devon and recently got married at Broomhill Art Hotel in Barnstaple. We wanted a local quiet place to have our honeymoon to relax and de-stress from the last 12 months of planning! We found Lilly Cottage which seemed ideal and after spending a week there we definitely made the right decision. The owners were lovely and decorated the cottage with a "just married" banner and balloons and honeymoon gifts which was so kind and thoughtful. The cottage is spectacular and well designed with excellent attention to detail we couldn't fault any aspect, we will certainly stay again! Lyns & Dave
From the Owner
“There are many 'great' things about Great Lilly Cottage but our location in the heart of North Devon gives you the opportunity to have a really varied and flexible holiday. If you love the sea and beach-style holidays, you have award-winning beaches including Woolacombe and Croyde only 20 minutes drive away. Hire surf or paddle boards, learn to kite surf or just enjoy the sunshine. For young families, we have many tourist attractions on our doorstep including Exmoor Zoo, The Big Sheep and Combe Martin Dinosaur Park. We are also only a short drive from Exmoor National Park offering you spectacular walks, horse rides or safe cycling.”
Activity and Interests
Great Lilly Cottage is only 15 minutes drive from the famous surfing beaches of North Devon (Croyde, Saunton Sands) and 20 minutes from the eternally popular Woolacombe beach. Try your hand at Paddle-boarding, Kite Surfing or Body Boarding.
Nearest train station: Barnstaple (10 minutes drive)
Travel direct from London Paddington to Tiverton Parkway (40 mins drive) in just over 2 hours
Nearest airport: Exeter (1 hours drive)
Barnstaple: only 5 minutes drive
Nearest beaches: 20 minutes drive
Exmoor: 15 minutes drive
Nearest Pub (1/2 hr walk)
Rural setting yet within 5 minutes drive of supermarkets including Marks & Spencer, Tesco etc
Local town Barnstaple is only 5 minutes away and has a large range of restaurants, shops and facilities.
Tourist attractions including The Big Sheep, Exmoor Zoo, The Milky Way, Combe Martin Dinosaur Park all only 10-30 minutes drive.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
1 Apr 2017 - 15 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season 2017
27 May 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
15 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Additional pricing information
We ask for a 30% deposit with the remainder being due 8 weeks before the holiday. Please note that failure to pay the remainder sum will be construed as a cancellation. (Refund policy available on request.)
Out of season we can be flexible about arrival/ departure dates and times.
Our usual changeover day is Friday for weekly lettings. Departure time is 10 am, arrival usually at 3pm, however sometimes this is negotiable. We will consider long weekend bookings out of high season.
Notes on prices:
Prices are based on a Friday to Friday weekly letting.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“We both love good design and the great outdoors, so we hope Great Lilly Cottage feels just a little bit different to your average holiday let. The rustic style combines all the modern conveniences you might need with little touches of luxury - including Orla Kiely bedding and complimentary washing kits from Hogwash - a local organic soap & bath product producer.”
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Washing Machine
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- children welcome
- pets considered
- Toilet 1 - Toilet
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Shower room (sink, toilet & walk-in shower) situated on middle floor. Bedroom 1 has en-suite (toilet & sink).
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite toilet. Ground floor with external access. Bedroom 2: With twin beds (which can be moved together if required). Situated on top floor. NB: Bedrooms are open to the staircase on each floor (no dividing doors).
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Outside: The outside space at Great Lilly Cottage is particularly picturesque with uninterrupted views towards rolling hills from just outside your door. To make the most of the sunshine, there are 2 outside seating areas; a large dining & BBQ area adjacent to the kitchen and a wooden balcony that wraps externally around the middle floor of the cottage; perfect for late afternoon drinks. We also have a hammock set up in the garden to make the most of the amazing views. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bath towels and linen plus tea towels and dishcloths are all provided in the price. All beds made up. End of stay cleaning included in price. Beach towels can be provided if needed. All utilities included in price. Dogs no extra charge.