This pretty group of cottages, all but one with its own private sunny garden - the perfect spot to enjoy an alfresco supper or a lazy breakfast whilst you plan your day, is in rural North Devon at tranquil Pillhead Farm. The cottages have been furnished to a very good standard providing the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of life and the ideal location to make some glorious holiday memories. The beach is just three miles away, whilst the shop and restaurant are located within 1 mile; these properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 22 guests. Outside you will discover 130-acres of extensive, natural grounds and a fabulous heated swimming pool and a small separate pool designed for the toddlers all set around a sunny terrace with loungers and a shared picnic area with benches. The pretty beach at Instow is just 3 miles away, or the wide golden sandy beach of Westward Ho! which is popular with surfers is 4 miles away. Walkers can join the coastal path, or alternatively, cycle or walk the famous Tarka Trail which passes close by. The delightful port town of Bideford has a good selection of town amenities and a weekly market. Garden lovers will appreciate the nearby RHS Rosemoor and Docton Mill. There really is something for all the family to explore, including The Ultimate Adventure Centre, The Big Sheep and The Milky Way adventure parks, not to be missed. Take a boat trip to the nature reserve at Lundy Island, or uncover many of the fishing villages, including nearby Clovelly (National Trust), and Hartland.
2 miles from Bideford, quietly situated on the edge of a valley, is Pillhead Farm, a 130 acre working sheep farm with paddocks and plenty of space for guests to roam.
Within the original farmstead are four cottages carefully converted from barns and the oldest part of the original farmhouse.
We let three.
The cottages share the grounds, a splendid outdoor solar-heated swimming pool (15 x 30 x 4 to 5 deep) with paddling pool (10' x 9' x 1'6" deep), available mid May to mid September, a sunbathing terrace (loungers), mown orchard and picnic area.
Each cottage is individual and spacious and quite separate from the others, with its own outside space.
Arrival after 4pm.
The Corn Tallet is upside down.
From your garden area (picnic table), 10 stone steps up to door (low lintel) into fitted kitchen (dishwasher, washing machine, tumble drier, microwave, fridge-freezer, electric cooker) with breakfast table/chairs.
Large living/dining room with a sense of space, wonderful beams to apex, TV/DVD and door (4 steps down) to garden.
Stairs (stairgate) down to three bedrooms - step down to a double with four-poster bed, TV and en suite shower-room (suite), and a twin (zip-linkable to 6' double), both with French windows and 2 steps up to a further twin with TV.
Bathroom (suite, shower over bath, bidet) and separate loo.
Upside down accommodation. Three ground floor bedrooms: 2 x twin (one zip/link available as a double on request, one shared balcony with double), 1 x four-poster double with balcony, ensuite shower room with shower, basin and WC. Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, bidet, basin and WC. Ground floor cloakroom. First floor kitchen with small breakfast area. First floor sitting room with dining area.
About the location
Westward Ho! 3 miles; Appledore and Instow 3.5 miles; Clovelly 11 miles; Saunton Sands 16 miles; Bude 25 miles.
Bideford is an historic maritime town on the River Torridge in North Devon. There has been a settlement at Bideford for over a thousand years and it has been an important port throughout its history. Today, Bideford is a thriving town with a fine selection of shops (including individual shops), cafes and restaurants, a park and the Atlantic Village Outlet Shopping Centre located on the outskirts of the town. Bideford is in a fantastic location to explore the surrounding area. It is just a few miles from Westward Ho!, which is dominated by two miles of spectacular coastline and proudly retains the prestigious Blue Flag award year upon year. Its sandy beach, backed by a unique pebble ridge, attracts visitors from all over the country and offers fantastic bathing and watersport activities. Just beyond the pebble ridge is Northam Burrows Country Park, which lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has 253 hectares of grassy coastal plain with salt marsh, sand dunes and grasslands. The country park is also home to England's oldest golf course. The South West Coastal Path and the famous traffic-free Tarka Trail are close by, providing magnificent walking and cycling opportunities. The award-winning Big Sheep all weather family attraction and the Ultimate Adventure Centre are approximately a mile down the road, with the Atlantic Village Outlet Shopping Centre and Supermarket a couple of miles away. The delightful quayside village of Appledore and the pretty beach at Instow are both just over three miles away, whilst the traditional market town of Barnstaple is just ten miles away, and the picturesque fishing village of Clovelly, with its quaint cobbled streets, is eleven miles away. The North Devon coast also boasts numerous outstanding beaches, many within easy reach, including those found at Instow, Saunton Sands, Croyde, Woolacombe and Bude. This is an area of breathtaking beauty, with plenty to see and do for all ages.