Fri 27th Apr to 11th May 2018
About 3 miles from Great Torrington, a pretty, south-facing, detached, thatched, Grade II listed cottage, sheltered very privately in a wooded river valley; 50 yards away, a stream and a particularly lovely stretch of the Tarka Trail (30 miles of disused railway to walk/cycle). Majestic beech trees shelter the cottage and owls. To its front, a little cobbled garden (bench); to one side, terrace (table/chairs) and 6 steps up to wild, sloping woodland garden and orchard - great for older children.Tiny porch for boots/coats and small step up to stable doors. Living/dining/kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer, electric cooker) with big inglenook (woodburner), beams, window seat with views of garden and woods, comfy chairs (no sofa) and TV/DVD; small bathroom (bath with shower over, washbasin); separate loo (washing machine). Steep, narrow stairs up to landing with step up into three bedrooms - two double, one with washbasin, and a single (limited clothes-hanging space), all with wood floors (rugs) and low beams in the single and one double. Lockable shed for bicycles. Not suitable for people with limited mobility or children under 3 due to steep stairs and garden slopes and drops. A sweet little cottage in a beautiful valley with plenty of space for energetic older children.
Torrington: ancient small town above the River Torridge (fishing). Dartington Crystal factory (tours, glass-blowing). Just out of town are RHS Rosemoor Gardens and bicycle hire for the Tarka Trail to Bideford (Elizabethan port) and sea/sand at Instow, 10 miles. Golf and huge beach at Westward Ho!, and Appledore, 10 miles. Dartmoor, 20.
Three bedrooms: 2 x double (one with basin), 1 x single. Downstairs bathroom with bath, shower over, basin. WC with basin. Open plan living space with seating area with wood burning stove, dining area and kitchen.
GREAT TORRINGTON Bideford 7 miles; Westward Ho! 10 miles. Great Torrington is an unspoilt town built on high ground above the River Torridge, and is a fifteen-minute drive from the spectacular North Devon coast at Westward Ho!. A leading tourist attraction is Dartington Crystal where visitors can see craftsmen blowing and shaping glass, follow the history of glassmaking and buy some beautiful pieces. The town has a good selection of individual shops, a friendly atmosphere, and some good inns. About a mile from Great Torrington is the spectacular RHS garden at Rosemoor, splendid with colourful roses in summer and in a breathtaking setting by the River Torridge. There are many villages to visit on the North Devon coast including picturesque Clovelly built on a steep hillside above the sea, Westward Ho! with fabulous sandy beaches and Hartland village with narrow streets, village square and Hartland Point with breathtaking sea and coastal views. Great Torrington is a quiet, convenient base from which to explore North Devon, the Tarka Trail and the rolling Devon landscapes.
This property offers the following short breaks: