Perfect Picnic Spot!

picnic 2To celebrate National Picnic Week, the National Trust has handpicked some of the UK’s most beautiful and breathtaking coastal spots for you and the family to enjoy a sarnie, a scotch egg and a slice of cake.  Lundy Island, undisturbed by cars and cut off from the mainland by the Bristol Channel, has been listed in the Top 5.

Lundy IslandThis 400ft-long island is home to a small village and the thirteenth-century Marisco Castle. For a picnic with stunning views over the British coastline, it’s well worth a climb up to the disused lighthouse. Called the Old Light, it offers a panorama over the north part of the island. Nature-lovers can discover the variety of seabirds, wildlife and flowers coating this rocky island, as well as seals basking on the rocks.

Ferries go from Bideford or Ilfracombe up to 4 days a week (dependant on tide times) from mid-March to end of October.


Why not combine a visit to this delightful island with a stay in a holiday cottage?

The Old ParlourThe Old Parlour, Higher Clovelly is situated in the peaceful rural setting of Highford Farm, a former working farm once part of the Clovelly Manor Estate.  This former farm building has been carefully converted into a charming holiday home and retains many original features including arched windows and beamed ceilings. All on one level, this ground floor apartment has a cosy open plan lounge/kitchen/diner with electric woodburner style fire, a spacious double bedroom and an en-suite bathroom.


The NuthatchThe Nuthatch is also situated in the peaceful, rural village of Higher Clovell.  Beautifully finished throughout, this charming cottage is situated in a courtyard opposite the owners’ farmhouse and set within eight acres of grounds, which includes a small natural lake. There is a neat kitchen/diner and from the lounge a door leads to a private raised terraced garden where you can sit, take in the scenery and enjoy the abundant bird and wildlife, and two spacious attractive bedrooms.


Rose CottageRose Cottage is located in a quiet country lane about one and a half miles from Hartland Quay.  This warm and cosy detached holiday home with open plan living, is traditionally furnished in pine, and nestled in the garden opposite the owner’s house.  The cottage has its own private garden area, bordered by a high hedge and colourful roses. Those wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of a busy life will love this delightful holiday retreat, where the peace and tranquillity are tangible


Pipistrelle & Swallows NestPipistrelle Cottage and Swallow’s Nest, in Kentisbury Ford near Lynmouth are adjoining barn conversions situated in the owners’ grounds. Both have private patios with garden furniture and barbecues, overlooking a shared lawn and with far reaching views to Exmoor, only a mile away.  Designed to a high standard, the cottages have open plan living areas and are comfortably furnished. All rooms have attractive beamed ceilings and both cottages have wooden staircases which lead up to the bright bedrooms which are crisp and fresh.


Old Lyn CottageOld Lyn Cottage is in a wonderful location right next to the River Lyn in Lynmouth. This stylish apartment is on two floors – the open plan living area is bright and spacious with wonderful views; and the bedrooms situated on the second floor both have access to the balcony which offers elevated views of the river and pretty harbour. With a bathroom and a shower room, and zip and link beds in the twin room, this apartment offers flexible accommodation for families or couples.

Book your quality holiday cottage now to experience all that Lundy, and indeed the Westcountry, has to offer: / 01803 814000 /


“World Class” Westcountry

dorset0001We all know the Westcountry is spectacular in so many ways; from the superb vast wild spaces of Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin Moor to beautiful sweeps of majestic sandy beaches but there is so much more which makes this stunning peninsula stand out.  The Westcountry is a fabulous holiday experience, perhaps its something to do with the little things (or not so little) this area has become well known for – a place so special our guests just keep coming back for more.

Here’s just a few “world class” reasons to visit the Westcountry

The Jurassic Coast – England’s first natural World Heritage Site (185 million years of geological history) covering 95 miles of unspoilt coastline.

Jurassic-coast-Charmouth-001Cheddar Cheese – there are many stories (some more believable than others) about how Cheddar cheese originally came into being, but some facts are not in doubt. The land around the village of Cheddar in Somerset has been at the centre of England’s dairy industry since at least the 15th Century with the earliest references to Cheddar Cheese dating from 1170.

The National Trust – whether you want battlements, dungeons and moats, historic houses, gardens and mills, or forests, farmland and moorland, the National Trust looks after it all and its available for us to visit and enjoy.

The Cream Tea – depending where you are it could be cream first or jam first, but nobody does it better than the Westcountry.

slideshow_4Granite Tors – Dartmoor – a landscape of stunning views, awe inspiring granite tors, deep wooded valleys with fast flowing rivers, and rugged, wide open spaces.

Haytor-sliderThe Cornish Pasty – delicious Cornish pasties are guaranteed to put a smile on your face but they are only the real deal if made in Cornwall.

The New Forest – a unique area of historical, ecological and recreational significance.  This area retains many of the rural practices conceded by the Crown to local people in medieval times – including the right to graze animals.

The South West Coast Path – it’s rated one of the best walks in the world by Lonely Planet. Where else can you walk along 630 miles of such superb coastline? The heritage, wildlife, geology and scenery along the way are truly inspirational and every day walking it brings stunning new experiences.

southwestcoastpath 2Cider – the process of making cider hasn’t changed much in the last 100 years; pick the apples, mill, press and ferment.  Generations of producers pass on their knowledge, perhaps adding their own special touches, to make the cider that we know and love today.

The Red Deer – found on Exmoor and the Quantocks.  Nowhere in the UK do stags grow so large and nowhere can you see them in such stunning countryside.

stag-dave-webProduce – meat, fish, vegetables and other products, such as clotted cream, are sourced from specialist suppliers throughout the South West by world renowned chefs.

What are you waiting for? Book your quality holiday cottage now to experience all that the Westcountry has to offer: / 01803 814000 /

Brits Prefer to Stay at Home!

West Country CottagesMore of us are holidaying in Britain this year, with country pubs, sandy beaches and cosmopolitan cities convincing us that you don’t need to go abroad to have a great time. 

Dartmoor RiverAs we bask in the hottest April on record, a travel survey reveals the UK is set to enjoy a massive tourism boost this year as a huge 83% have decided to holiday at home.

The trend for ‘staycations’ is certainly on the rise, with top British destinations enjoying an increase in visitors over recent years – a combined 51% in the top five hot spots since 2010.

Cornwall is the favourite UK getaway for the fifth year running, with one in five Brits opting for cream teas, surfing and rolling Cornish countryside as their getaway of choice in 2015.

If you’re planning to enjoy a coastal staycation this summer, make sure you check out our webpage Holidays By The Beach, or perhaps go for a location a little off the beaten track to absorb the best of the West Country’s stunning countryside away from the crowds – click on the following link to search live availability West Country Cottages.

Here is a small selection of holiday homes which may tempt you to staycation!

Bramble Cottage

Bramble Cottage in Shillingford is surrounded by glorious green rolling hills yet just 15 miles from the sandy beach at Minehead – sleeping 2.



Peacehaven is a lovely, detached house situated just 150 yards from Sand Bay and only 4 miles from Weston super Mare – sleeping 5.


The Dairy

The Dairy near Cheddar is a 260 year old property, which has been sympathetically converted to create a light, airy and charming cottage – sleeping 4.


Jennys Cottage

Jenny’s Cottage at Pendeen is an attractive barn conversion located about ten miles west of St Ives and just half a mile from the North Cornish coast – sleeping 2.


Sunny Mount

Sunny Mount is a stunning Victorian terraced townhouse in the heart of the beautiful seaside resort of Teignmouth, South Devon – sleeping 11.


Molly's Cottage

Molly’s Cottage is a perfect holiday hideaway, set in the heart of the Blackdown Hills, surrounded by beautiful gardens and with use of an outdoor heated swimming pool – sleeping 6.


Springfield Cottage

Springfield Cottage is a charming, detached cottage set on the outskirts of the village of Norton St Philip, just 7 miles from Bath – sleeping 2.


The Mill House

The Mill House, Mousehole is a detached, 18th century, Grade II listed cottage, ideally situated in the heart of the village – sleeping 5.


Larch View

Larch View, a modern bungalow filled with character, is situated in the contemporary village of Moorhaven in South Devon – sleeping 7.


Forestoke Linhay

Forestoke Linhay is a traditionally furnished detached, barn conversion situated on a small, working farm on the edge of Holne on Dartmoor, South Devon – sleeping 4.


Old Lyn Cottage

Old Lyn Cottage is in a wonderful location right next to the River Lyn in Lynmouth which is located on the northern edge of the Exmoor National Park – sleeping 4.


Surridge Farmhouse

Visitors to Surridge Farmhouse near Taunton will be stepping back in time when they stay at this stunning Grade II listed detached farmhouse – sleeping 9.


Harbour View Retreat

Harbour View Retreat is an idyllic, romantic hideaway with fantastic views of Brixham harbour and private parking – sleeping 2.


Pebble Walk

Pebble Walk is a stylish town house arranged over three floors, with views across to Watchet Beach, Somerset – sleeping 6.



Westcott in Corfe Castle is a wonderful 16th century detached cottage, situated in one of Dorset’s most picturesque and desirable locations – sleeping 7.


Jordan House

Jordan House is an historic, character property situated up a hill on the edge of the old village of Boscastle in North Cornwall – sleeping 4.


 The Old Cart Shed

The Old Cart Shed at Rockbourne in the New Forest is full of character and situated on a working beef and arable farm – sleeping 6


To view all the quality holiday homes we have on offer go to westcountrycottages or to request a copy of our full colour brochure click here Request a Brochure or phone 01803 814000.

Somerset & Steam

Enjoy a 20 mile steam train journey in a 1950’s railway carriage behind a steam locomotive, passing through the Quantock Hills and along the Exmoor Coast between Bishops Lydeard (near Taunton) and Minehead. With 10 stations along the route there is a variety of things to see, do and explore including Dunster with its castle, Cleeve Abbey at Washford, the ancient harbour town of Watchet and the seaside at Minehead and Blue Anchor. Crowcombe Heathfield and Stogumber are also great starting points for country walking.

West Somerset RailwayYou’re going to need somewhere to rest your weary feet at the end of your busy day exploring, so check out these cottages which are conveniently placed for discovering the North Somerset coastline.

Waterloo CottageWaterloo Cottage is a charming, semi-detached thatched cottage situated by the river in the old part of Watchet, within a short walk of the shops, harbour, beach and steam railway station. This delightful 400 year old cottage has a wealth of character.  From the cottage you can walk along the Old Mineral Line to Washford and sample the cider at the Torre Cider Farm.


Fossils Reach & Pebble Walk are modern mid-terraced holiday homes set in a small cul-de-sac just a few hundred yards from the beach. Rich in reptile remains and ammonites, the pebbly beach at Watchet is a perfect place to while away the day watching the children beachcombing and hunting for fossils in the rock pools.


Station CottageStation Cottage, a sympathetically renovated mid terrace cottage, is situated in the heart of Minehead, surrounded by a vast variety of attractions, shops and restaurants. This delightful property makes an ideal base for families to enjoy all that this popular seaside resort has to offer.


Marley CottageRecently renovated, Marley Cottage has been thoughtfully decorated and furnished to create an inviting holiday home, with a pretty south facing seating area. Porlock is bordered to the north by a shingle ridge, with breathtaking views over the Bristol Channel, and to the south by the rolling hills of the Exmoor National Park.


BrooklynBrooklyn is a delightful cottage in the quiet village of Timberscombe, which lies within the Exmoor National Park, not far from the mediaeval village of Dunster.  It is an ideal location to enjoy country walks as well as the beautiful North Somerset coast. This cosy cottage is a real home-from- home with traditional features combining with modern conveniences.


Surridge FarmhouseVisitors to Surridge Farmhouse will be stepping back in time when they stay at this wonderful Grade II listed detached farmhouse. The warm and homely character of this spacious, traditionally furnished property will embrace you the moment you cross the threshold. This holiday home is just 9 miles from the start of this lovely steam train journey.


To see all the properties we have on offer, please visit westcountrycottages – we have a live availability search on our website – or why not give us a call 01803 814000.


Romantic Cottages in Devon

Valentine's DayWith Valentine’s Day falling on a Saturday it’s the perfect time to book a Romantic Weekend Break and give your loved one an extra special treat. Whether you want a cosy rural retreat with an open fire or a property near either of the two stunning coastlines, we have the perfect property just waiting to be snapped up.


Dartmoor – the largest and wildest area of open country in Southern England, but it’s much more than that. Whilst many people come to Dartmoor to enjoy the beautiful scenery and to recharge their batteries, many come to get active! There is an abundance of walking routes, a variety of cycle routes – both on and off road – and there is also the small matter of horse-riding, climbing, letterboxing, geo-caching or kayaking.


Forestoke LinhayForestoke Linhay is a detached, barn conversion situated on a small, working farm on the edge of the charming village of Holne. With open moorland just outside the farm gates it’s the perfect location for walkers, cyclists and nature lovers. The cottage is traditionally furnished and full of character with exposed stone walls, wooden beams and vaulted ceilings. The living area is warmed by a woodburner, ideal for that cosy romantic weekend!


Brixham, South Devon – life in this busy fishing town has always centred around the harbour, where yachts and heritage trawlers jostle for space with day boats heading out to sea for the day’s catch. For a romantic day out, enjoy a cruise on a heritage trawler across the bay, taking in the stunning coastline and perhaps spotting some dolphins!


Harbour View RetreatHarbour View Retreat is an idyllic, romantic hideaway with fantastic views of Brixham harbour. This holiday home is situated above the owners’ home and benefits from private parking. Inside, the property is cosy and intimate with everything you need within easy reach.


Croyde Bay, North Devon – this magical place has a wide sheltered bay ideal for bathing and excellent surfing, clifftop walks and a village steeped in old world charm, but with a variety of restaurants, shops and pubs.

pipistrellecottage_louPipistrelle Cottage is a stunning barn conversion near Lynmouth and situated in the owners’ grounds, with far reaching views to Exmoor, only a mile away. Designed to a high standard, the cottage has an open plan living area and is comfortably furnished with striking blue and white seating.


Tavistock, West Devon – offering a wide range of interesting and practical shops, pannier market, riverside park, leisure centre and theatre, it’s an excellent base for visitors to see the town itself and for exploring the surrounding beautiful countryside, the wild Dartmoor scenery, and the many nearby pretty villages of Devon and Eastern Cornwall.


Harford HouseHarford House, Peter Tavy is situated on the edge of Harford Bridge Holiday Park within the beautiful Dartmoor National Park and is close to the River Tavy. Dating back to the 19th century, this charming detached property has been thoughtfully renovated to create a delightful holiday home with woodburners and original stone flooring.


We currently have properties available for up to four nights from only £171.          So don’t delay, make your Valentine’s day, and contact us on 01803 814000 for availability or visit our website to book online

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