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Coastguard Cottage 2

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, Coastguard 2, makes an ideal base from which to explore this fascinating and little known coast. Perfect for nature lovers, birdwatchers and anyone with a hankering after a remote and tranquil spot.

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, sitting room with multi-fuel stove, dining room, bathroom with shower over bath.
First floor
two bedrooms (1 double with 6' bed which can also be a twin on request, 1 single).
Visitor notes

Heating: night storage heating and convector heating included.

Garden: The grassed area in front of the cottages slopes quite steeply down to a stream, your picnic table with comfortable chairs is just in front of the cottage where the ground is level.

Parking: There is parking for one vehicle.

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

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

Logs/Charcoal: A fire starter kit consisting of 1 x net of logs, 1 x net of eco-kindling and a box of 28 eco-firelighters can be purchased for £12.50.

Additional supplies of logs can be purchased for £5 per net.

Additional supplies of kindling at £3.50 per net.

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

Cottage details
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Let starts
Friday
Min stay
2
Dogs allowed
No
Cottage ref
012008
Acorn rating What's this?
2
Features
  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Remote location
Facilities
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • 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.

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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

  • Mike Norris
    • February 2014
    • UK
    Special place

    Remoteness made this place special.

  • Anne Duffield
    • November 2013
    • UK
    Spectacular location

    The location was spectacular, the walks within the property estate were fantastic so on several days we didn't even bother to use the car.

  • Tina Cook
    A lovely cottage in an absolutely idyllic location.

    A lovely cottage in an absolutely idyllic location. The track down to the cottages is rather rough, but once you are there you could be a million miles from the modern world - the perfect place to properly relax! The valley is absolutely beautiful and just full of wild flowers, birds and butterflies. The beach is only a short walk away and as there is no access by car, you have it virtually to yourselves. There are also lovely walks along the coast path in both directions. Definitely one of the nicest places we have ever stayed and highly recommended for the perfect 'get away from it all' break.

  • Lucy
    It was lovely.

    Have just come back from a brief stay at this cottage - my first National Trust cottage holiday - and it was lovely. The cottage was really well presented, obviously well looked after, and is a great distance from the beach and a pub. Would love to go back

  • Mary
    Excellent secluded location

    Our 1st National Trust cottage: excellent secluded location withinin walking distance of a lovely coastline. Immaculate cottage, made all the more cosy by the winter outside

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  • VAT at the current rate
  • Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)

Supplements
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  • A non-refundable £10 charge is not included, and will be added to the total price of your holiday to cover the cost of accidental breakages
  • Unfortunately we cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email cottages@nationaltrust.org.uk to enquire about future cottage bookings and reservations.
  • As part of the annual pricing review of all its cottages the National Trust reserves the right to move individual cottages up or down the price bands and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for certain cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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