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Coastguard Cottage 3
Clovelly, Devon+ Add to favourites
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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, picturesque and romantic, Coastguard 3, 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 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 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.
The cottage's layout
- Ground floor
- kitchen, sitting room with multi-fuel stove, bathroom with shower over bath.
- First floor
- bedroom (double).
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 parking 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 with chairs 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.
Utilities/Electricals: The washing machine and tumble dryer are a combined washer/dryer.
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/Charcoal: Logs can be pre-ordered at time of booking for £4 a bag.
- Let starts
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- Dogs allowed
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- Pub nearby
- Beach nearby
- Romantic Location
- Coast nearby
- Remote Location
- Open Fire / Stove
- Shared Telephone
- Tumble Dryer
- Double bed
- Washing Machine
- If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0844 800 20 70
Things to see and do nearby
- South West England
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
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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place to visit
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- South West Coast Path
- ferry link for day trips to Lundy from Ilfracombe and Bideford
- Bird watching
- freshwater and sea fishing
- horse riding
- water sports
National Trust places to visit
- Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum
- Intimate and intriguing Regency house, set in extensive estate, and impressive collection of horse-drawn vehicles
- Unspoilt island, home to a fascinating array of wildlife amidst dramatic scenery
- Heddon Valley
- Towering cliffs, secluded coves and a beautiful wooded valley within Exmoor National Park
- Finch Foundry
- The last working water-powered forge in England
- Lawrence House
- Beautiful Georgian town house
- Lydford Gorge
- The deepest gorge in the South West, with spectacular 30 metre waterfall
Comments from past visitors
Jennie and David
Hannah and Chris
What it will cost
- VAT at the current rate
- Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
(not included in the price table above)
- 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 0844 800 2070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.