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Bideford, Devon (Ref. 996141)

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  • Icon/Feature/Four-poster Bed Four poster bed
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/Games room Games Room
  • Icon/Feature/Sky TV Sky TV
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi


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12 Customer Review(s)

  • Mrs Taylerson

    “After paying £4,000 plus to stay the week we expected to have a property in a better condition, there was a constant foul spell from the septic tank that made staying in the garden short lived this smell also came into the house.”

    When we finally found the travel cot this was broken another was delivered the next day! Arriving at 5pm we thought was too late in the day, the electrics in The Coach House was faulty going off when the oven was switched on and no cooking utensils available all on the day of arrival. A new cooker was installed the next day all these problems at time of arrival we could have done without. the next day the boiler also broke down. A radiator cover that was not attached to the wall fell on our ...

    When we finally found the travel cot this was broken another was delivered the next day! Arriving at 5pm we thought was too late in the day, the electrics in The Coach House was faulty going off when the oven was switched on and no cooking utensils available all on the day of arrival. A new cooker was installed the next day all these problems at time of arrival we could have done without. the next day the boiler also broke down. A radiator cover that was not attached to the wall fell on our youngest (16mts old). You are made aware of the extremely hot water, but the pipes were dangerously hot thank the Lord none of the children touched them. There was a lack of garden furniture and very untidy paved areas Stoneleigh was once a fine grand house but now its a neglected grand house. After all this we were blessed with good weather and many happy family memories.

    - Mrs Taylerson, August 2021

    Thank you for your feedback which we have discussed with the owner. Unfortunately as the smell was not reported at the time of your holiday the owner was unaware of the problem. A contractor for the septic tank is on call 24 hours a day and the issue would have been resolved immediately had we been made aware. We are sorry the travel cot was damaged, we can only assume this was damaged by a previous guest, as the cot had not been requested for your stay it was not checked for your arrival, however we understand a new one was sourced for you immediately. A 5pm arrival time is a necessity for a house of this size to ensure the changeover is carried out to the highest of standards for incoming guests. The oven was replaced within 24 hours. Again, had we been notified of an issue with the boiler during your stay we would of had this seen to, as it seems the boiler has been working perfectly well since. The radiator covers are attached to the wall by a hook and eye mechanism which is designed for this purpose, it would be impossible for the cover to become dislodged by a small child. If we were to turn the hot water down, there would be complaints that the bath water is not adequately hot enough, the pipes are the same temperature as the aga and neither are hot enough to cause a burn. There are 3 table and chairs available, each of which seat 6 people, these are less than 12 months old. A gardener visit Stoneleigh every Monday to ensure the gardens etc are in good order. Despite the points raised we are pleased you enjoyed your visit. Property Owner

The property

Situated in Northam, one of North Devon’s most popular small towns is Stoneleigh, an impressive and unique period house dating back to 1881 and home to Field Marshal Sir Gerald Templar, head of the British army in the second world war during the 1940s and 50s.

Comfortable and well loved, this striking house designed by the prominent Victorian architect William Bryden, sits at the end of its own private, gated, sweeping driveway and features ornate brickwork, original sash windows and a well-manicured wrap around garden.

Enter through a sunny glazed porch to a grand front hall with restored tessellate floor tiles.

From here make your way to the formal sitting room or to the peaceful drawing room, ideal for curling up with a good book.

Overlooking the rear garden is the striking former library, now a smart dining area - perfect for dinner parties or that special occasion.

The sitting room has an ornate ceiling, sky TV and a wood burner.

The kitchen is well equipped - there's everything you'll need here to cater for your group, including a 5-door Aga and pantry, and for something a bit special professional catering can be arranged.

After dinner why not retire to either the traditional games room for a round of pool or for something a little more current, to the gaming room where you’ll find an X Box games console with two controllers and a comfy sofa.

A sweeping staircase leads to the first floor and six bedrooms all with big sash windows and views over the gardens; the master with handsome four poster bed and en-suite bathroom, a double room with en-suite and a twin with an en-suite shower room, two further twin room and a single room all sharing a large family bathroom.

In the rear courtyard a stone’s throw from the main house is Cider Cottage, a self-contained suite with a super king size bed and its own small kitchenette with fridge, cloakroom with WC and door to little sitting out area.

Finally, a two-bedroom coach house in the grounds offers the opportunity to be a part of the group whilst retaining a little privacy and comprises a sitting area with wood burning stove, a basic kitchen/diner, two bedrooms, one with twin beds, one with a king size double bed and a family bathroom.

Outside is a large garden with a lawn, pond and decking with table and chairs.

Ideal for exploring the area, nearby is the sandy beach of Westward Ho with 3 miles of golden sand, or the historic port and market town of Bideford which sits on the banks of the River Torridge offers a host of amenities including shops, cafes and restaurants.

Further afield, the rugged North Devon coastline and south west coastal path, is a must for the walkers in the group.

A unique and remarkable home from home, Stoneleigh is ideal for large gatherings of friends or family. Professional catering available.

Damages Deposit £500.

Arrival after 4pm.


  • Central heating with woodburning stove
  • Microwave, 2 x fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 4 x Smart TV, Xbox One games console, WiFi, Gas and Electric inc. in rent
  • Nine bedrooms in total:
  • Stoneleigh -
  • 1 x superking-size double with four poster bed and en suite bathroom, 1 x super king size double with en suite bathroom, 1 x twin with en-suite shower room, 2 x twin plus 1 x single room
  • Family bathroom with bath, separate cubicle, WC and basin
  • Sitting room with an ornate ceiling, wood burner and a TV with Sky TV
  • Drawing room with TV
  • Dining room with door to decking
  • Kitchen with 5-door Aga and pantry
  • Games room, gaming room
  • Ground floor washroom with WC and basin
  • The Coach House -
  • 1 x kingsize double with shower, 1 x twin with basin
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove, kitchen with breakfast table
  • Bathroom with shower, WC and basin
  • Ground floor WC
  • Cider Cottage -
  • 1 x super king-size double with small kitchenette, WC and basin.
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • 4 Well-behaved dogs welcome (£20 per pet) More by individual arrangement
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Note: Check in time 5pm
  • Note: There is a pond in the garden, children should be supervised

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £500.

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.

Note: Professional catering available.
Note: Arrival after 5pm.
Note: From 26th January 2020 Stoneleigh will accept a maximum of four dogs. Existing bookings (in place before 26th Jan 2020) with more than four dogs will be honoured.