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Barnstaple

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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  • Swimbridge, near Barnstaple, Devon
    Swimbridge, near Barnstaple, Devon×

    Riverton Lakes & Holiday Cottages - Mole

    Swimbridge, near Barnstaple, Devon

    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 31308
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    A real fishermans delight! This holiday property lies on the owners well-presented fishing venue. Close to superb beaches and attractions.
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    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....

  • Landkey, near Barnstaple, Devon
    Landkey, near Barnstaple, Devon×
    Newly Listed
    Newland Park Farm - The Dairy

    Newland Park Farm - The Dairy

    Landkey, near Barnstaple, Devon

    4
    2
    2
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    Ref: UKC1942
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    A wonderful converted dairy for up to 4 guests with a lovely, outdoor, partly covered space perfect for al fresco dining.
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    Newland Park Farm consists of two impressive barn conversions sitting side by side but offering guests their own unique style and layout, and a thoughtfully converted, old farm building with a contemporary interior.
    The Barn (UKC1940) and The Granary (UKC1941) have been designed to ensure that guests enjoy a sense of space and comfort, and have all the little things that make life just that bit more enjoyable. Comfortably furnished bedrooms are complemented by large,...

    Newland Park Farm - The Granary
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    Newland Park Farm - The Barn
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  • East Buckland, near Barnstaple, Devon
    East Buckland, near Barnstaple, Devon×

    The Threshing Barn

    East Buckland, near Barnstaple, Devon

    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 25158
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Charming barn conversion located in a secluded valley, with RHS Rosemoor nearby and a day trip to The Eden Project is a must.
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    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...

  • Instow, near Barnstaple, Devon
    Instow, near Barnstaple, Devon×

    Grove Cottages - Oak Tree Cottage

    Instow, near Barnstaple, Devon

    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: HMMY
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Within this charming area, lies Oak Tree Cottage, a pretty cottage with its own sitting-out area ideal for al fresco dining in summer.
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    Situated in a charming area of Devon, these properties are ideal for those seeking a comfortable, practical holiday base whilst spending lots of time exploring this great part of Devon. Grove Cottages consists of two holiday properties, The Swallows (ref HRRA), a single-storey barn conversion, and Oak Tree Cottage (ref HMMY).

    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...

  • Chittlehampton, Devon
    Chittlehampton, Devon×

    Thatch Cottage

    Chittlehampton, Devon

    4
    3
    1
    0
    Ref: HDDA
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This charming 300-year-old, Grade II listed cottage offers comfort to a high standard and has been awarded VisitBritain’s 4 star gold award.
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    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...

  • Fremington, near Barnstaple, Devon
    Fremington, near Barnstaple, Devon×

    Penhill Farm Cottage

    Fremington, near Barnstaple, Devon

    5
    3
    2
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    Ref: UKC1166
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This delightful cottage is an ideal choice for families to make the most of the stunning beauty of North Devon.
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    Penhill Farm Cottage boasts many charming attributes, and being located on the high ground, this semi-detached cottage enjoys views over the River Taw. Its well-presented and thoughtfully appointed interior is complemented by the large, enclosed garden. Steps lead up to a great terrace, situated above the wood store, which has decking and garden furniture, as well as stunning views towards the river - making it an ideal place where you can watch the sun go down on a warm...

  • Bishops Tawton, near Barnstaple, Devon
    Bishops Tawton, near Barnstaple, Devon×

    Codden Cottage

    Bishops Tawton, near Barnstaple, Devon

    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: UKC459
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Perfectly situated for a quiet family break, and ideal for exploring the magnificent area.
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    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...

  • Bishop’s Tawton, near Barnstaple, Devon
    Bishop’s Tawton, near Barnstaple, Devon×
    Newly Listed
    South View

    South View

    Bishop’s Tawton, near Barnstaple, Devon

    5
    3
    1
    0
    Ref: UKC1106
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Relax by the open fire in winter, and enjoy the beach and many attractions in summer. This comfortable property lies in a prime position just a short walk from the pub.
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    With southfacing views over the Taw Valley, South View offers a great location from which to explore North Devon. With access via a private footpath, this terraced property is set in the village of Bishop’s Tawton, just outside Barnstaple, and offers comfortable, well thought out accommodation, ideal for a couple or small family. It has the added bonus of a large, detached front garden, with views over the River Taw and surrounding valley, and occasional glimpses of the...

  • Landkey, near Barnstaple, Devon
    Landkey, near Barnstaple, Devon×
    Newly Listed
    Newland Park Farm - The Granary

    Newland Park Farm - The Granary

    Landkey, near Barnstaple, Devon

    6
    3
    2
    0
    Ref: UKC1940
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    The Granary is a stunning barn conversion with original beams, a large vaulted living room and amazing views, perfect for a relaxing getaway.
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    Newland Park Farm consists of two impressive barn conversions sitting side by side but offering guests their own unique style and layout, and a thoughtfully converted, old farm building with a contemporary interior.
    The Barn (UKC1940) and The Granary (UKC1941) have been designed to ensure that guests enjoy a sense of space and comfort, and have all the little things that make life just that bit more enjoyable. Comfortably furnished bedrooms are complemented by large,...

    Newland Park Farm - The Barn
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    3
    3
    Newland Park Farm - The Dairy
    4
    2
    2
  • Barnstaple, Devon
    Barnstaple, Devon×

    Dairy Cottage

    Barnstaple, Devon

    6
    3
    1
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    Ref: UKC1169
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Nestled in the valley of the River Yeo, this former dairy is the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding areas, or equally just relaxing with a glass of wine in hand.
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    Dairy Cottage can be found in the beautiful North Devon valley of the River Yeo, just on the outskirts of the regional town of Barnstaple. It stands at one corner of the courtyard, which until 1978 was the collecting yard of Pitt Farm’s dairy. Dairy Cottage now offers well-appointed, comfortable and convenient holiday accommodation. Relax in the peaceful surroundings with breakfast on the patio, or an evening barbecue. The cottage lies only 1 mile from the High Street of...

  • Tawstock, Barnstaple, Devon
    Tawstock, Barnstaple, Devon×

    Sweet Bay Cottage

    Tawstock, Barnstaple, Devon

    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: HHHH
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This grade II cottage is a hidden gem, surrounded by fields and open countryside; it’s ideal for families or groups
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    This enchanting Grade II thatched cottage is tucked away in a totally secluded rural setting, surrounded by fields and open countryside. Perfect for enjoying the glorious tranquillity of Devon countryside, Sweet Bay is detached, set in its own courtyard with a small ‘sun trap’ garden. Refurbished by the neighbouring owners, modern day comforts have been creatively blended with old world charm providing a characterful, cosy retreat. Ideally located for many fun days out for...

  • Swimbridge, near Barnstaple, Devon
    Swimbridge, near Barnstaple, Devon×

    Riverton Lakes & Holiday Cottages - Kingfisher

    Swimbridge, near Barnstaple, Devon

    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: 30788
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Within the grounds of a fishing venue yet close to Barnstaple and many other attractions, Kingfisher is an ideal holiday home.
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    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....

    Riverton Lakes & Holiday Cottages - Mole
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    2
    2
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