Barn Cottage Sleeps 4 (3 Bedrooms)
About Margaret Hartnoll
LITTLE BRAY HOUSE IS IN A VERY BEAUTIFUL UNSPOILT PART OF NORTH DEVON. We have been living at and running Little Bray House holiday cottages since 1977. And we are thrilled to welcome the second generation of visitors here! Wonderful environment here - fresh air, dark skies lit only by stars and the moon, spectacular fauna and flora. We wake up from April to September to see swallows shoot across the lawns. We love to share our unspoilt environment and OFFER DISCOUNT TO COUPLES OUT OF SEASON. PRICES ARE ALWAYS REASONABLE We have enjoyed living OFF THE BEATEN TRACK and have made garden furniture for many years. In addition to being creative in the management of our house and gardens. CHILDREN love the ENID BLYTON lifestyle. OLD CAR OWNERS WELCOME. ALSO CYCLISTS. ALSO WALKERS AND SURFERS! Our family enjoy all these bonuses and easy access to modern life, if required! Wi-fi available and we have four servers giving us mobile phone reception.
Margaret Hartnoll purchased this Cottage in 1977
Why Margaret Hartnoll chose Barnstaple
Most west-country children have been taken to Devon for a holiday at least once during their childhood and we are no exception. We remember the wonderful unspoilt beaches in North Devon very clearly and they are not hugely changed over the years. Exmoor is less well known and perhaps is even more of a pleasure to discover as it has history - with Neolithic sites on the Moor and of course well-known stories, like Lorna Doone, and the places mentioned in the book are well worth visiting.
What makes this Cottage unique
WONDERFUL PLACE TO BE IN SEPTEMBER! PEACEFUL, MELLOW, QUIET. AWAY FROM IT ALL! This area is fun for children and families It is also quiet and a good central place to stay for couples too. WE OFFER GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY. Quiet walks. FLY FISHING upstream, both banks, during the season. Permit required. GOOD LOCAL PUBS AROUND, MANY OFFERING MEALS. BLACKMOOR GATE OLD RAILWAY INN IS GOOD FOR CHILDREN EXCELLENT VILLAGE SHOP at Bratton Fleming, 3 miles away. Church and Chapel services each Sunday. HENS and DUCKS live in the Orchard; tame sheep. Horses to talk to - they live next door. SURFING BEACHES ARE AT SAUNTON SANDS AND WOOLACOMBE - EASY TO REACH. (30/40 mins.) CROYDE IS BEAUTIFUL - KNOWN FOR ITS RIP TIDES. SO CARE HAS TO BE TAKEN WHEN SWIMMING OR SURFING. MANY SMALLER BEACHES - DETAILS IN COTTAGES. EXMOOR ZOO IS NEARBY.www.exmoorzoo.co.uk BEAUTIFUL CLOVELLY, www.clovelly.co.uk BARNSTAPLE PANNIER MARKET www.northdevon.gov.uk/pannier market BIDEFORD PANNIER MARKET, www.bideford-tc.gov.uk DARTINGTON CRYSTAL,TORRINGTON. www.dartington.co.uk LEARN TO SURF,Croyde: www.surfsouthwest.com BROOMHILL ART HOTEL - SCULPTURE - LUNCHES www.broomhillart.co.uk
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Stunning find in lovely rural location
Brilliant tranquil rural location, plenty for the kids to do and the owners were fantastic. Easy access to explore North Devon and it's costal locations too.
Pleasant stay in beautiful surroundings
Very pleasant stay, nice ownercouple, beautiful scenic surroundings
Perfect rural location with spectacular views.
We thoroughly enjoyed our week in rural North Devon. The property was clean, comfortable and suitably equipped for a young family of four. The views from Barn Cottage are spectacular and the acres of land allowed our 8 and 6 year old boys to run and play safely. The games room was an added bonus, especially on the one wet day we had. The owners were very friendly and accommodating and the checking in and out was very easy. We loved seeing the chickens, ducks, geese and sheep at the property as well. The short walk down the hill to the stunning river made for a great game of 'poohsticks' on the footbridge and for those that enjoy trail running, there are plenty of circular routes through the forest and fields. It seems that everything you might want to do and everywhere you would want to visit is within a half hours drive. The coastline is breathtaking with highlights being The Valley Of the Rocks at Lynton and the Heddon Valley walk to Heddon Mouth. The beach at Woollacombe is perfect for a beach day with safe and shallow waters for surfers, bodyboarders and swimmers alike. Barnstaple is nearby for those wanting to do some shopping with a pretty complete selection of high street stores and loads of choice for food and drink. Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park was a real hit with us all as well. Equally if all you want to do is sit, relax and unwind in a peaceful location then Little Bray Farm is ideal. So for our family of four (and dog!), it was the best of both worlds. We will be returning.
Nice place to stay and explore Exmoor
Margaret and Christopher are very kind and helpful. The Barn cottage is not luxury but spacious, quiet and clean. The garden of the main house is very big, with lots of places to sit and enjoy the views.
Exmoor is very nice for walking. Barnstaple is nearby and offers a lot of shops and restaurants.
**A gem of a find, in the heart of North Devon**
A beautiful cottage in the stunning countryside of North Devon. A short drive from gorgeous beaches and most activities / tourist locations. We stayed with our 3 children, who didn't want to leave and who had free reign to explore in safety! Margaret and Christopher couldn't have been more pleasant and welcoming. All the facilities you need and the accommodation is gorgeous. Perfect for a peaceful retreat with the family and/or as a couple looking to escape the fast pace of everyday life. Thank you so very much! We are re booking for later in the year xx
Thank you for this kind review.
It is really important to us that our guests go home feeling refreshed.
Also, it is a joy to share our peaceful corner of Devon with families who,love the countryside.
Well worth it!
Love this place - hope to visit again.
The cottage was exceptionally clean, and we had a warm welcome from the owners.
Each of the beds looked so cosy! I could have slept in any of them. The view from the main room is outstanding - I would have loved to have time to sit on the comfy sofa with a cuppa, a book and just enjoy the view!
We appreciated being able to take our dog with us.
The decor is great and simple enough for us not to be scared to use the place!
Many thanks for your review, we really appreciate it and we look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards, Margaret and Christopher
Most people know South Devon beaches but NORTH DEVON is a hidden treasure. The coast is wilder and, although some beaches are popular with surfers, e.g. Saunton Sands, Woolacombe, Croyde Bay, they are a pleasure for everyone. Also, hidden beaches and coves can be found all along the coast, especially if one enjoys walking.
EXMOOR is full of charm. Walking is great, also horse-riding and cycling. The little towns and villages on Exmoor are a delight, e.g. Dulverton, Exford, and walking at Simonsbath, Tarr Steps is a joy all year round.
For gardeners the county is full of interest especially as the R.H.S. has its own garden near Torrington, ROSEMOOR. Also gardens near Barnstaple are Marwood Hill and National Trust, e.g. Arlington Court, Knightshayes and Killerton. There are garden festivals, e.g. one at Powderham Castle, near Exeter, 28-29 April.
The Exeter Festival of Food and Drink is 29 April to 1st May. Exeter is an hour from us and the train journey from Barnstaple to Exeter is a pleasure. The Devon County Show i and is held 18 to 20 May and all ages enjoy this. Children always love the animals and tractors!
Another beautiful North Devon village is Clovelly, a steep climb down to the sea through exquisite old cottages. Here there will be a Seaweed Festival on 4th June! At the bottom of the climb to the sea is a splendid pub.