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Barnstaple is an historic market town in north Devon with a mixture of Victorian and Georgian architecture, it’s close to both lovely beaches and coastline as well as the Exmoor National Park.

The town itself is quite compact and due to its pedestrianised shopping streets, easy and safe to get around.

If you want to learn more about the town and area visit the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon and the Barnstaple Heritage Centre should be on your to do list. Walking tours are another good way of finding out more.

You can also step back in time at the Pannier Market, which was built in 1855 and remains beautifully preserved. It is home to a different market every day apart from Sundays. For example, Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays are a must for fresh locally produced food, plants and flowers and lots more. Wednesdays are great for antiques and collectables.

Surfers will want to head to Bucks Mill Beach and Croyde Beach, which have developed as popular surfing spots in recent years. The long, golden sands at Cryode Beach also make it an ideal spot for families.

The Tarka Trail is a number of cycle paths and footpaths that cover the route used by Tarka the Otter, from the classic book of the same name by Henry Williamson. The figure of eight route is centred on Barnstaple. It covers 180 miles and takes in various landscapes including sandy bays, moorland, river valleys, woodland and cliffs. Walking routes vary from easy to more strenuous and cycle paths are traffic free and largely level. Bike hire is available.

Holiday cottages in Barnstaple are ideal for walkers keen to explore the area’s natural beauty and families will enjoy the nearby coastline.

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  • The Threshing Barn

    East Buckland, nr. Barnstaple

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 25158

    Nestled in a secluded valley, this charming barn conversion is situated next to the owners’ stable yard and makes a perfect holiday hideaway to explore Exmoor National Park and the North Devon Coast. The barn retains many original features with beams and exposed stone walls, and the open-plan living area on the first floor has French doors to a raised deck and garden. Visit RHS Rosemoor, Castle Hill and Marwood Hill or take a day trip to the Eden Project. Horse riding is available on-site. Golf, cycling and beaches nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living room with French doors and beams/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor.

    Electric underfloor central heating and electricity included (£25per week, £15 per short break November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with furniture. Shared use of 18-acres of natural, unspoilt, woodland. Natural water supply from well. Parking (3 cars). NB: Steps, unfenced pond, stream and high drop in garden.

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  • The Granary

    Shirwell, nr. Barnstaple

    Grade
    4
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W42648

    Forming a wing of the owners’ farmhouse, The Granary provides a quiet countryside setting from which to explore North Devon’s stunning coastal and moorland attractions. Dramatic cliffs and rocky headlands are interspersed by sheltered bays. Both Woolacombe and Croyde Bay have long sandy beaches and from nearby Baggy Point there are wonderful panoramic views of the bay to Lundy Island. Nearby Ilfracombe’s busy fishing harbour offers boat trips to Lundy Island in the summer, while further along the Exmoor coast the attractive towns of Lynmouth and Lynton are popular with holidaymakers. Shop 7 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring.

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  • Thatch Cottage

    Chittlehampton

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: HDDA

    With VisitBritain’s ‘4 star gold award’, this charming 300-year-old, Grade II listed, thatched cottage nestles within the half-thatched rural village of Chittlehampton with its village square and welcoming inn. One of a pair, Thatch Cottage is built from stone and cob and restored and equipped to a very high standard. The beautiful surrounding Devon countryside offers thatched cottages, lovely views, quiet villages and so much more within easy reach. Exmoor is nearby with waterfalls, walking, cycling, ponies and zoo. The excellent Tarka Trail for more car-free cycling and walking is 30 miles of former railway, with cycle hire, running around the Taw estuary only 20 minutes away. Also within easy reach are the many superb beaches of the Golden Coast of North Devon, Croyde, Saunton and Woolacombe, for sandcastles and surfing, several excellent golf courses including the championship links course at Saunton, fishing on the Taw, renowned gardens, NT properties and sleepy, unspoilt villages with inns. The historic market town of South Molton, the "gateway to Exmoor", is nearby, with its regular markets, tea shops, restaurants, antique shops and swimming pool. Barnstaple is within easy reach, with its cinema, theatre, pannier market and variety of shops. Highbullen Hotel (3 miles) offers a 20 metre indoor pool and good gym for a low daily fee. Thatch Cottage is in a truly wonderful holiday location for all interests. Shop 300 yards, village inn serving food 200 yards.

    Living room with electric woodburner and oak floor. Modern well-equipped kitchen/dining room with beamed fireplace. Cloakroom with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Two single bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Electricity, heating, bed linen, towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Additional fridge
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed garden, furniture
    • Ample parking
    • Books/games
    • Complimentary bottle of Prosecco
    • No smoking

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  • Grove Cottages - Oak Tree Cottage

    Instow, nr. Barnstaple

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: HMMY

    These single-storey barn conversions are situated in a charming area of Devon. The Swallows and Oak Tree Cottage are ideal for those seeking a comfortable, practical holiday base whilst spending lots of time exploring this great part of Devon.

    Nearby Instow is an unspoilt seaside village with a large sandy beach and dunes, fishermen’s cottages, village shops and a good selection of pubs and restaurants. A fabulous location that has something for everyone, the area is a must for water sports, sailing enthusiasts and fishermen. Walkers and cyclists can enjoy the famous Tarka Trail. North Devon has wonderful beaches and is well positioned for visits to Exmoor, Dartmoor and North Cornwall. At Croyde and Woolacombe, discover some of the best and cleanest surf beaches in the country, as well as many smaller coves and bays. Exmoor and the South West Coastal Path are located close by and there are NT properties at Arlington and Knighthayes. Shops ½ mile, pub, beach and restaurants approximately ¼ mile.

    Living room/dining room with wooden floor, patio doors to garden, and compact kitchen area. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Full gas central heating included (£35per week November-February)
    • Travel cot
    • Lawned garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (max 2 cars)
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • No smoking

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  • Glebelands Cottage

    Marwood, Barnstaple

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: E4664

    In an ideal position to enjoy the superb beaches at Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton Sands, this well appointed and secluded cottage offers the additional bonus of free use of the indoor heated swimming pool, children’s pool and sauna at the owners’ other cottages in close-by Shirwell 10 minutes drive away. Exmoor National Park and the market town of Barnstaple are within easy reach as are Bideford’s bustling quayside and boat trips to Lundy Island, acres of beautiful gardens at Marwood Hill, and also Arlington Court, Knightshayes Court and Dunster Castle (NT). Riding, sailing and golf locally. Shop and pub serving food 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. Rayburn. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Courtyard and furniture. Barbecue. Parking.

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  • The Stable

    Bratton Fleming

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 15726

    With fabulous views, this converted barn offers peace and comfort. The property has level access throughout and would accommodate wheelchair users with a helper. Situated on the edge of the Exmoor National Park, the cottage is ideally located to fully enjoy breathtaking walks, horse riding, fishing, golf and sandy beaches all within a few miles. Ilfracombe 8 miles. Shop ¼ mile, pub 5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Use of owner’s washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Patio area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: There is a pond nearby.

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  • Riverton Lakes & Holiday Cottages - The Lodge

    Swimbridge, nr. Barnstaple

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 29794


    In the grounds of the owners’ very well-presented and maintained fishing venue, these three holiday properties (refs 29794, 30788 and 31308) are well-equipped to ensure a restful holiday. Kingfisher is a detached, single-storey cottage, sleeping six guests, The Lodge is set over two floors and sleeps four guests, and Mole is semi-detached and also sleeps four guests. The cottages have their own enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and views across the beautiful grounds. There are two well-stocked coarse fishing lakes at Riverton which are included in the price of your stay.

    If you are not fishing, there is still plenty to do in this lovely part of Devon. Located just outside the regional town of Barnstaple, the cottages are in an ideal location to explore this stunning part of the British Isles. A few miles away, you have access to some of the best beaches in the country including Woolacombe and Saunton. The nearest beach at Instow is ideal for children or just a great place to walk off life’s stresses, and then enjoy a meal or drink at one of the pubs and restaurants along the front. The town of Barnstaple is only a short drive away and has most amenities you may require as well as a busy high street and market. There are numerous places of interest close by including the RHS gardens at Rosemoor, Dartington Crystal and the historic fishing village of Clovelly. For the younger ones, a visit to the Big Sheep or Milkyway is a good option. There is walking on Dartmoor or hire a bike and cycle the Tarka Trail. Clay pigeon shooting can be organised by prior arrangement with the owner. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    All properties: First £5 oil central heating and electricity included, remainder by key card meter. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 14-acre landscaped grounds with sitting-out area. Coarse fishing on-site, 2 lakes foc. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking. NB: 2 fenced fishing lakes in garden and grounds, 150 yards.

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  • Riverton Lakes & Holiday Cottages - Mole

    Swimbridge, nr. Barnstaple

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 31308


    In the grounds of the owners’ very well-presented and maintained fishing venue, these three holiday properties (refs 29794, 30788 and 31308) are well-equipped to ensure a restful holiday. Kingfisher is a detached, single-storey cottage, sleeping six guests, The Lodge is set over two floors and sleeps four guests, and Mole is semi-detached and also sleeps four guests. The cottages have their own enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and views across the beautiful grounds. There are two well-stocked coarse fishing lakes at Riverton which are included in the price of your stay.

    If you are not fishing, there is still plenty to do in this lovely part of Devon. Located just outside the regional town of Barnstaple, the cottages are in an ideal location to explore this stunning part of the British Isles. A few miles away, you have access to some of the best beaches in the country including Woolacombe and Saunton. The nearest beach at Instow is ideal for children or just a great place to walk off life’s stresses, and then enjoy a meal or drink at one of the pubs and restaurants along the front. The town of Barnstaple is only a short drive away and has most amenities you may require as well as a busy high street and market. There are numerous places of interest close by including the RHS gardens at Rosemoor, Dartington Crystal and the historic fishing village of Clovelly. For the younger ones, a visit to the Big Sheep or Milkyway is a good option. There is walking on Dartmoor or hire a bike and cycle the Tarka Trail. Clay pigeon shooting can be organised by prior arrangement with the owner. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft zip and link) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet (also accessed from hallway). First floor: 1 twin bedroom. Separate toilet.

    All properties: First £5 oil central heating and electricity included, remainder by key card meter. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 14-acre landscaped grounds with sitting-out area. Coarse fishing on-site, 2 lakes foc. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking. NB: 2 fenced fishing lakes in garden and grounds, 150 yards.

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  • Lower Benton

    Bratton Fleming

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: HKL

    This quality barn conversion with its own garden nestles in peaceful countryside and is ideally situated for exploring the spectacular scenery of Exmoor National Park, with its walks and wildlife and the magnificent coastal beaches and dramatic cliff top footpaths. Comfortably furnished and well equipped, the cottage is set in a courtyard opposite the owner’s farmhouse and adjoining barn which houses a snooker room. Outside is a portable barbecue and garden furniture. The spacious lawn bounded by a stream is ideal for ball games or just relaxing. Arlington Court (NT) 6 miles. Barnstaple 9 miles. Shop and pub 1½ miles.

    Lower ground floor: 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with dining area and beams. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, bidet and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Gardens with furniture. Barbecue. Parking. Natural spring water supply. No smoking. NB: Stream in grounds.

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  • Lychgate Cottage

    Chittlehampton

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 29906


    Located on the square of the charming village of Chittlehampton in North Devon, Lychgate Cottage is a great holiday base for those wanting to experience a slice of village life. This terraced cottage has been renovated to a very good standard by the owners. Well-appointed and furnished throughout, the cottage is a great place to return to after a busy day of sightseeing or coping with the hectic pace of village life! Being located on the square means the good local pub and community run shop are all within easy walking distance. The village church that towers over the square also makes for an imposing sight. Head towards Barnstaple where you have access to some of the best beaches in the country, including Woolacombe and Saunton. The nearest beach at Instow is ideal for children, or just a great place to walk and enjoy a meal or drink at one of the pubs and restaurants along the front. The town of Barnstaple has most amenities you may require with its busy high street, as well as the market and butchers row, which are well worth a visit. There are numerous places of interest close by including the RHS Gardens at Rosemoor, Dartington Crystal and the historic fishing village of Clovelly. National Trust properties can be found at Arlington, Castle Drogo and Knightshayes Court. For the younger ones a visit to the Big Sheep or Milkyway make great days out. There is walking on Dartmoor, Exmoor and the South West Coastal Path, or hire a bike and cycle the Tarka Trail. There is also fishing and golf available locally. Shop 250 yards and pub 75 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. First floor: 2 double bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV/recorder. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Car park 10 yards (foc). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Elmsleigh

    Bishops Tawton, nr. Barnstaple

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: HSSN

    This wing of a charming Georgian manor lies just outside the town of Barnstaple. With large windows, typical of its age, the holiday cottage has lovely features such as a wood-panelled living room and original staircase. Within walking distance is a popular route to the top of Codden Hill, from the summit of which, on a clear day, Bodmin Moor, Exmoor, Dartmoor and the sea can be seen. Enjoy North Devon’s stunning beaches at Saunton, Croyde and nearby Instow. Further afield is Dartmoor and Exmoor National Park. Visit Hartland with its lighthouse and the fishing village of Clovelly. For children, try Exmoor Zoo, The Big Sheep and Milky Way amusement parks. Trips to Lundy Island can be taken from Bideford and Ilfracombe. Shop 500 yards, pubs 100 yards.

    Cosy living room with gas ‘coal-effect’ fire and wood panelling. Compact kitchen with dining area. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 6ft bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Gas ‘coal-effect’ fire included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot on request
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • iPod dock
    • Rayburn
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Enclosed courtyard with furniture
    • Roadside parking (for 2 cars)
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking

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  • Codden Cottage

    Bishops Tawton, near Barnstaple

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    0
    Ref: UKC459


    Located on a quiet estate, on the edge of the village of Bishops Tawton, Codden Cottage is a well situated property from which to explore the area. There is a good sized garden at the rear which has views towards Codden Hill and surrounding fields. Inside, the property is furnished to a good standard to ensure a comfortable stay and there is a popular village pub within walking distance. The regional town of Barnstaple is a short distance away and has a good range of shops and local amenities, as well as a bustling Pannier market and the famous Butchers Row. During your stay there is plenty to see and do, at Woolacombe and Saunton you will find some of the best beaches in the country, both offering surfing. There is great cycling along the Tarka Trail, with a number of places to hire bikes. The villages of Clovelly and Hartland are well worth a day out and there is fun activities for little ones at the Big Sheep and Milkyway Adventure Park. Slightly further afield is the Victorian seaside town of Ilfracombe and the cliff towns of Lynton and Lynmouth with its famous cliff railway. Golf, swimming and walking are all available locally. Shop 1½ miles, pub 700 yards and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground Floor:
    Living room:
    With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player, Playstation 3 and patio doors leading to garden.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and wooden floor.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Separate toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1:
    With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed (accessed from one side only).
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Highchair. Welcome pack. Large enclosed lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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