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Coastguard Cottage 1

Clovelly, Devon

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A few minutes stroll from the pebbly and rocky foreshore of Peppercombe beach, this row of three cottages is hidden away in the beautiful secluded woods of the Peppercombe valley.

The cottages were traditionally built out of cob in the late eighteenth century, to house the officers of what was then called the Preventive Service - tasked with policing this wild stretch of coast to prevent smuggling - and later evolved into the life saving Coastguard Service. Wonderfully snug and picturesque, this cottage makes ideal bases from which to explore this fascinating and little known coast. Perfect for nature lovers, birdwatchers and anyone with a hankering after a remote and lovely spot close to the beach. Clovelly is around three miles away, and the more remote Hartland Point, romantic, rugged and isolated, is a little further to the west. The delightful and lively old port of Bideford on the River Torridge, with plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants, is just four miles to the east.

Cruise from Bideford to Lundy Island on the MS Oldenburg or take an evening cruise from Bideford along the River Torridge.

The popular family beach of Westward Ho! with its blue flag status is just 10 miles away with designated surfing areas; it is also renowned for angling. There are other excellent beaches in easy reach.

Children love to visit the local attractions of the Big Sheep and the Milky Way Theme Park is one of Devon’s top attractions.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
kitchen/dining room, sitting room with multi-fuel stove, bathroom with shower over bath, single bedroom.
First floor
two bedrooms (1 double with 5' bed, 1 single).
Visitor notes

Heating: Eco electric radiator heating and convector heating included.

Approach to cottage: Due to the remote location of this cottage, guests are advised that access is via a locked gate along a track approximately half a mile long. Please drive very slowly and with great care at all times. Low slung vehicles should exercise particular care.

Parking: There is a car parking area which offers space for one car.

Garden: At the front of the cottage there is a small garden which slopes down to the stream beyond the fence. A picnic table is just in front of the cottage where the ground is level.

Telephone: Outgoing calls only can be made from the Payphone which is near the car parking area. There is no mobile signal in the valley but the signal is usually good at the top of the track.

Offers: For any 2 night starting on a Friday, or 3 nights starting on a Thursday, guests can benefit from a late Sunday departure time of 6pm, at no extra charge.

Logs: The fire will be laid for you on arrival with enough fuel to get you started. Pre-ordered fire starter kits and additional pre-ordered eco-logs will be left in the cottage for guests upon arrival. Further purchases can be made by calling the Contact Centre during your stay.

Fire starter kit - 1 x bag eco-logs, 1 x net of eco kindling, 1 x box of eco-firelighters for £12.

Further supplies of eco-logs at £5 per bag, eco kindling £3.50 and eco-firelighters £3.50.

Cottage details
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
3
Let starts
Saturday
Min stay
3
Dogs allowed
No
Cottage ref
012007
Acorn rating What's this?
2
Features
  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Remote location
Facilities
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Shared telephone
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
Accessibility
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287

Nearby

Things to see and do nearby

South West England
Two women drawing a huge sun on the sandy beach at Kynance Cove, Cornwall. © John Miller

The South West region is probably England's most well-known holiday hotspot, being home to some of the most famous seaside resorts. Pretty villages and harbours in Cornwall, many with sweeping sandy beaches, such as St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to name but a few, give way to sophisticated seaside resorts in Devon and Dorset which include Bournemouth, Torquay and Ilfracombe. The history of this region is unrivalled; Wiltshire's spectacular downland and the stone circles at Avebury and Stonehenge, through Hardy's Dorset, dramatic Dartmoor and gentler Exmoor, to the mining landscapes of Cornwall and West Devon, which are now recognised as being of international significance, having been awarded World Heritage Site status in 2006. The Trust protects 370 miles of the coastline in Devon and Cornwall and, wherever you are in the two far western counties, you're never more than 25 miles from the sea. As well as this peninsula, the Trust also cares for much of the countryside in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset and a wide array of fascinating properties to visit and explore. Not surprisingly, perhaps, this area is also home to the widest selection of National Trust holiday cottages.

North Devon
Coastal heath (Common heather, Bell heather and Western gorse) lining the coastal path in late summer on the Great Hangman (National Trust) near Combe Martin, North Devon. © David Noton

North Devon with its outstanding coast, glorious moorland, plunging wooded valleys and remote, unchanging rural landscapes inland - has so much to offer the visitor, no matter what type of holiday you are looking for. On the coast you will find miles of sandy beaches at places like Woolacombe and Croyde, and some of the finest surf in Britain (whether you're a beginner or a pro), interspersed by long and lonely stretches of dramatic soaring cliffs and rugged headlands, with the South West Coast Path running all the way along the coast, guaranteeing some exhilarating walking . The beautiful wooded valleys and winding rivers of Exmoor National Park add a softer touch to the landscape around the fringes of the high bare moorland, whilst the lively coastal towns in the area Lynton, Ilfracombe, Barnstaple and Bideford - bring a bit of seaside sparkle. Inland, there are historic market towns and hidden villages in the lovely unspoilt valleys of the Taw and the Torridge.

Cottage location
Key
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place to visit
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Attractions
  • South West Coast Path
  • ferry link for day trips to Lundy from Ilfracombe and Bideford
Activities
  • Bird watching
  • cycling
  • freshwater and sea fishing
  • golf
  • horse riding
  • surfing
  • walking
  • water sports
  • tennis.
National Trust places to visit
Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum
Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum Intimate and intriguing Regency house, set in extensive estate, and impressive collection of horse-drawn vehicles
Lundy
Lundy Unspoilt island, home to a fascinating array of wildlife amidst dramatic scenery
Heddon Valley
Heddon Valley Towering cliffs, secluded coves and a beautiful wooded valley within Exmoor National Park
Finch Foundry
Finch Foundry The last working water-powered forge in England
Lawrence House
Lawrence House Beautiful Georgian town house
Lydford Gorge
Lydford Gorge The deepest gorge in the South West, with spectacular 30 metre waterfall

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • A M Coleman
    • December 2013
    • UK
    High Spec!

    Lovely private, exclusive feeling location - properties are always high spec and I know what I'm getting with NT. Everything works and it's such a relief not to come on holiday and have to fiddle with semi-functional appliances, etc.

  • Phillip Final
    • November 2013
    • Dorset
    Location

    Location and the way it was decorated and kept. made this place special.

  • Glyn Holt
    • September 2013
    • Herts
    Perfect to hide away

    Great secluded location on a section of coast we have not visited before. Perfect to hide away in and make cozy with the log burner! Cooking great food in the stunning kitchen. cottage stunning with great featurers.

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