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Harbourside 19th Century Cottage With Sea Views

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Ilfracombe, North Devon, Devon, England - Overlooking The Picturesque Quayside Within 50 Metres Of The Beach

Manor Cottage is a grade two listed building originally built in the 1820's. Situated in the conservation area of Ilfracombe Harbour, it provides guests with the opportunity to experience many contrasts; a traditional home with modern features; a bustling seaside town set within the rural beauty of North Devon: the calm of the Exmoor National Park alongside a vibrant surfing and artistic cultural life. With the sands of the Harbour beach only a moments walk away you can while away your hours watching the ebb and flow of the waters from the sun terrace, sample the fresh seafood landed that day or take a stroll across the quay to get a closer view of Ilfracombe's newest and most talked about arrival, Verity. Renovated and decorated to a high standard, Manor Cottage is furnished with a mix of vintage and contemporary furniture. Well equipped with the amenities one would expect of the modern home, you can relax and get away from it all, or stay in touch and connected in comfort.

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Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017

About Liz

As a family with two young children, we like to spend as much time near to the sea as we can. We always enjoy the time that we spend in Manor Cottage and have made every effort to make it feel like home. We are interested in good design and skilled craft, and feel that the Cottage reflects something of that, and as a result it feels like a good place to be, even on those rainy days we all have.

Why Liz chose North Devon

We have spent many happy holidays on the North Devon coast over the years and have long had an affection for Ilfracombe. A bustling town with its own beaches and close proximity to fantastic coastline and countryside, it still has the feel of a traditional Victorian seaside resort. With a range of local independent shops, restaurants and galleries, as well as the cinema and much loved museum for the children, we have often spent a week here with no need to leave the town.

What makes this cottage unique

Manor Cottage has given us the opportunity to swim before breakfast and dine on the beach. We have eaten fish caught that morning while watching the fishermen unload their boats on the quay below. We have discovered the joy of returning to a place that we and our children are familiar and comfortable with, where we know that we will be welcome. We hope that you will find the same and once you have visited, decide to do so again.


Ilfracombe Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Town
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    Shower room 1 - Wet room
  • First floor; A Family Bathroom furnished with period suite, refurbished brassware and antique cast iron claw foot bath. Reclaimed slate floors and splashbacks. Downstairs, a modern wet room, with multi-function drench shower and reclaimed slate floors.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 3 - Adult sized bunk beds
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom has views onto the quayside, with ample built in storage, a double bed and a daybed. Bedroom two is situated on the ground floor, contains a double bed and has built in storage. Bedroom three with adult size bunk beds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Manor Cottage is a unique property equipped for the whole family. Mobile phone coverage can be poor in the area, but there is a landline at the cottage for incoming calls and secure wifi provides excellent communication links. For young children, travel cot and high chair are also provided. We are happy to accommodate a well behaved family pet. Outside: The cottage has three outside areas. On the ground floor, french windows from bedroom 2 open onto a small paved garden planted with perennials and hardy seaside plants, with bench to relax on whilst watching the world go by. On first floor level a sun terrace is accessed from the lounge. With unrestricted views of the harbour, quayside and the sea beyond, this space has a large teak table and chairs to allow you to enjoy the view whilst enjoying an alfresco meal. At the rear of the cottage there is a small sheltered courtyard accessed from the kitchen. Utility Room: Downstairs utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer and reclaimed butler's sink. Reclaimed slate floor. Access to garage and secure parking. Access to separate WC and to the Wetroom. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and bath towels are provided. Please bring your own beach towels. Property serviced at changeover or weekly. Other: Below the Cottage in former boathouse is a garage which provides off road parking, storage for all seaside essentials and which can be accessed from outside or through the utility room


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Harbourside 19th Century Cottage With Sea Views
average rating of 4.8 based on 45 reviews

Harbourside Bliss

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Manor Cottage following a fantastic week in the summer. We were so impressed we booked again for a pre Christmas treat! The location is second to none with the terrace overlooking the harbour.. it is a great place for watching the world go by. We were lucky to have a full morning of the RNLI training in the harbour on the Saturday morning watched with a coffee on the cottage terrace! The accommodation is superb with everything you need for a family stay , we went with a family of 3 plus our parents in the summer and this time with our daughter and partner and there was plenty of room for us all. The configuration of two bedrooms on the 1st floor with a bathroom and a ground floor bedroom with its own spacious wet room and separate toilet are ideal family accommodation. The decor is beautiful and the owners have done a fantastic job in making it a real seaside getaway with all the home comforts. With all the facilities and attractions of Ilfracombe straight from your doorstep our car never left the property (which comes with a garage..bonus!). Gorgeous restaurants, bars, traditional pubs , shops and cinema all a short walk truly is a relaxing holiday. The coastal walks are also straight from the property, as are the many little coves and beaches to explore...all dog friendly (apart from the Tunnels beach). I cannot recommend this place enough ...bravo to the very friendly owners who have made this a real home from home.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great harbour view

  • 5 of 5

The house is well maintained, good taste for furniture and details, clean and big enogh for up to six. Our kids loved the shower room. There is always something going on in the harbour, yet not too noisy. The garage is a huge benefit as parking is expensive outside - yet it needs good steering to get in if your car is bigger than average.

In town, everything is within walking distance - good shopping opportunities. The manual in the house gives every necessary information, and so does the friendly neighbour.

Only little problem: damp smell (fungus?) in the lower floor - could be improved by keeping window open.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week at Manor Cottage, the cottage is in a fabulous location and it was like a home from home.

Liz & Tony couldn't have been more helpful - wonderful family holiday.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A lovely cottage overlooking the harbour.

  • 4 of 5

The cottage had everything we needed to feel like we were at home. Comfy beds, great wet room and a fantastic decking overlooking the harbour where we could watch the world go by

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Restful with an active harbour to watch or explore at your fingertips

  • 4 of 5

First impressions of the house were good. A large bedroom downstairs with an amazing huge shower leading off with the utility room. Up a flight of steep but not difficult stairs and to the right are two bedroom and a bathroom, to the left is a lovely living room with plenty of seating leading out through full doors onto a large terrace with beautiful views of the harbour which is just in front of the house. The kitchen is on a mezzanine level above the living room and is well equipped, al though the freezer bit in the fridge needed defrosting. A couple of cobwebs, a couple of creaky floorboards but only little faults,all in all I love the place. Highly recommend

For quite a few years we have holidayed around Ilfracombe almost always ending up at the harbour for hours during the days. This always involved packing dog leads, drinks for us and them etc. Not any more! Not now we have discovered this property. We can take the dogs onto the beach anytime just going down the steps by the house to take us directly on to the harbour and the beach then back to the house for a drink and food. Another nice walk is up to Hillsborough which the dogs love, it's a big grassy area which leads onto the cliffs and the coast path. Our two favourite places both nearby!

We settled straight into the house as did the dogs. It became home for our stay. We all read a lot mostly sitting on the terrace. So peaceful and relaxing, rarely used the car, only to stock up on food from local Tesco and Lidl every few days.

Looking forward to next summer now we have found this property.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The cottage is incredible, very well equipped and right by the seaside, us and our boys thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and can't wait to return ! Thanks Liz , and thank you Mike the maintanace man who was very friendly, and made us feel very welcome 😊

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Car: not necessary


Manor Cottage overlooks the Quay, with Harbour Beach less than a minutes walk. Tunnels Beaches is 10 minutes walk from the cottage. Woolacombe is about a 10 minute drive away. Croyde and Saunton Beaches are approximately 20 minutes by car.

The North Devon coast is scattered with secluded coves and inlets


Exeter airport is 64 miles away, with a park and ride available in High Season, taking you to Ilfracombe High street and the Harbour.

Regular and convenient Bus services run to Barnstaple, Braunton, Lynton and Lynmouth, Woolacombe.

The nearest train station is Barnstaple. Tiverton Parkway is approx an hours taxi ride away, with a regular service to London Paddington.



Barnstaple is 11 miles away. Bideford, 22 miles. Lynton and Lynmouth, 17 miles. Croyde, 8.9 miles. Woolacombe, 6 miles. Braunton, 8 miles. Exmoor, 10 miles.

Further Details:

The cottage is a few minutes walk from Fore Street and Quayside, the site of a number of excellent restaurants, bars and pubs. High quality independent butchers, bakers and grocers provide a courteous and friendly service for those days when you may wish to cook for yourself, and you can even walk down to the quay to buy fresh fish landed that day. It is quite possible to meet all of your needs without leaving the town as it is still intact as a small town of independent retailers and a regular farmers market, with a minimal presence of big chains. With cinema and theatre in the centre of town and a burgeoning artistic/gallery community there is opportunity enough to while away rainy days, should you have any.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $193

Booking Notes:
A 20% deposit is required to confirm booking.
A refundable security deposit of £150 will be required in addition to full payment eight weeks prior to stay.

Please contact owner for further details

Changeover Day:
Friday is the preferred changeover day. Please contact owner for more details.

For the Christmas and New Year period the changeover day will be Sunday 20th and 27th December

Notes on prices:
Part weeks and rates can be discussed with owner.

A 20% deposit will be required to guarantee booking, with remainder paid 8 weeks before your holiday.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.