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Rosecot - historic thatched cottage in tranquil rural surroundings

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

Grade II listed; 2 bedrooms sleeping 3-4; light, airy and quirky; a great base for exploring North Devon

Rosecot is a quaint thatched cottage set in a rural hamlet near Great Torrington with its bars, shops and restaurants. The light and airy cottage has Civil War connections and provides excellent accommodation for up to 4 people. Downstairs: kitchen/diner and cosy living room set on different levels and each with its own wood burning stove. Upstairs: King & double bedrooms and refitted bathroom for 2016. Main features include private & communal gardens, 2 wood burners (fuel included), Wi-Fi, DVDs, free parking & secure bike store.

Trudie & Steve Horgan
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
January 13, 2017

About Trudie & Steve Horgan

Hello, we’re Trudie and Steve. We were both brought-up in the West Country and have now returned to renovate an 18th Century farmhouse on the edge of the Somerset Levels just outside Taunton, having moved back here from West Sussex in 2012.

We’ve both had stressful business careers that involved huge amounts of tiring travel and relentless pressure. We bought Rosecot in 2007 as a bolt-hole from it all. Rosecot was love at first sight and we offered on it within an hour of seeing it.

The feeling of being at home that we got when we first walked into the kitchen sealed the decision. We love the way the week’s stress simply evaporates over breakfast in front of the fire (Steve is of course be sent down to light it). We have since come to appreciate our fantastic neighbours (and now good friends) as well all that North Devon has to offer.

Trudie & Steve Horgan purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Trudie & Steve Horgan chose Torridge

Although tucked away in a peaceful location, Rosecot is perfectly placed for exploring North Devon. Guests will find the fabulous RHS Rosemoor garden, Dartington Crystal, the Tarka Trail cycle route and the historic town of Great Torrington (including its Plough Arts Centre films, theatre, music and exhibitions) all just a few miles away Also within easy reach by car are the riverside towns of Bideford and Barnstaple, the fabulous beaches of Westward Ho!, Saunton Sands and Woolacombe (voted among the best in Europe) and the rugged North Devon coast with its miles of picturesque coastpath. There are also National Trust properties, the Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks and much much more to see and do.

What makes this cottage unique

We love the tranquillity at Kingscott. The lanes through the hamlet lead nowhere in particular so there is only occasional through traffic. Walking down the lane from the cottage with our rottie-cross Jess first thing in the morning, with mist through the valley and utter silence all round, is something special. Looking up on a clear night the vast array of stars that can be seen in the absence of significant light pollution is breath-taking. There are simply not many places like Kingscott left in the modern world.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Rosecot - historic thatched cottage in tranquil rural surroundings
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews

Splendid authentic typpical English cottage

  • 4 of 5

Dear Steve and Trudy,

Thank you fore staying at your wonderful cottage!!! We enjoyed it so much especially the authenticity was splendid! We loved to eat in the kitchen and also

The view of the cows behind the house!! We even discussed to buy the warmly furnished cottage. Thank you so much for the lovely stay with our dog, Sees and Ingeborg

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Picturesce Devon cottage in peaceful countryside

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Rosecot,such a pretty little cottage! Very peaceful location.plenty of country walks nearby,but beaches are about 40 minutes away.

Thank you so much for the treats awaiting us when we arrived, even one for our dog...she especially loved the cosy bed and blanket! Would definitely recommend!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. So glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Stunning rural setting

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived it was an amazing experience. The cottage was beautiful and well equipped. Everything we needed for the week and more was available for our use. We received the most beautiful welcome basket on arrival which we all enjoyed. The countryside was breathtaking and we walked with the dog for miles every day. The location of the cottage was perfect and close to shops and nearby towns and villages. We had an amazing week in the country and caught up on some much needed sleep.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. So glad you enjoyed your stay at our cottage.
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lovely cottage with eye for detail

  • 5 of 5

Rosecot is a lovely cottage (including low ceiling :) ). We really appreciated the biscuits, tea and milk after the long trip. The owners have thought of everything. there is a big map with information about the area including some very useful maps.The kitchen has everything you need and extra's such as handsoap, detergent etc . The living room is really cosy. The bathroom towels are almost too luxurious.

We really enjoyed our week there, both the rainy and the sunny days. We found that the Lidl in Great Torrington has evertything you need, including fresh bread.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review. Glad you had a nice stay. We try to equip the cottage with day to day essentials such as hand soap and kitchen foil so guests don't have to worry about bringing them just in case they are needed.
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  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful cottage, both inside and out! We were more than impressed! We arrived to find a very welcoming display of treats for all the family set out on the kitchen dining table - there was even something nice for our little dog to enjoy! The cottage is very well presented and equipped with everything you could possibly need for a perfect holiday. The bed linen was crisp and fresh and the towels were amazingly big and soft - a real feeling of luxury! The owners very kindly provided a comfortable fold away bed for our youngest son, including bedding, so that he didn't have to share with his older brother (a blessing for our sanity!). There was even a lovely bed, blanket and towel provided specifically for our dog! We honestly couldn't fault anything, although there's only one thing I would point out, and it's not a fault but more to do with the character of this beautiful old cottage, and that is the low ceilings and doors. Not a problem for most but my eldest son is 6'2" and still growing! He had a problem standing upright in a few areas of the cottage - mainly the kitchen, This certainly wouldn't put us off visiting the cottage again or recommending it to others.

During our stay we visited quite a few interesting towns and villages - we particularly liked Ilfracombe (a busy seaside resort with an interesting lifeboat station that is often open to the public to look around during the busy holiday months). We also liked Clovelly (a very pretty village with a lovely little harbor and a couple of bar/restaurants, plus a visitor centre. We would advise you to wear suitable shoes as the paths are both steep and cobbled and can be slippy if it's wet - we saw plenty of people struggling to get around in flip flops!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write such a comprehensive and well structured review. We try very hard to present the cottage well and to make guests' stays as enjoyable as possible. It is very pleasing to get feedback such as this. The point about ceiling heights is well made and we will make sure it is mentioned in the cottage advertisment. The lowest parts are in the kitchen (where the floor slopes from back to front) and the main bedroom (where the ceiling dips over the bed). Steve (who is 6'4") can stand upright in all other rooms. Taller people will however get used to ducking through doorways. We are always happy to answer questions from perspective guests if they need help deciding whether the cottage is suitable for them. Many thanks again.
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  • 5 of 5

Rosecot is a lovely cottage, full of character, very clean and well equipped.

Good quality bed linen and towels.

We enjoyed our week at Rosecot very much.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
New Inn @ Roborough
Nearest Train
7.5 Miles
Umberleigh (service to Exeter)
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Various @ Torrington
Nearest Beach
13 Miles
Westward Ho!
Car: necessary

Kingscott is a great base for exploring or alternatively somewhere to relax in the privates garden or in front of the fire and do nothing in particular. It’s in a rural area with steep rolling hills and a dairy farm on the edge of the hamlet. There are various circular walks from the hamlet to nearby villages and along valleys with their meandering streams.

Great Torrington is 3 miles away and still has the feel of an old fashioned high street with butchers, bakers and grocers, plus a thriving local theatre and walks around the common and river.

Occasional cyclists will enjoy the Tarka Trail which follows an old train line (and is therefore reasonably flat) along the River Torridge to Bideford, Barnstaple and beyond. More serious cyclists will enjoy the challenge of the steep hills and peaceful country lanes. There is a secure bike store at Rosecot for guests to use.


Great Torrington - 3 miles

Barnstaple - 12 miles

Bideford - 10 miles

Saunton Sands/Woolacombe - approx 20 miles

Hartland Peninsular approx 19 miles

Exmoor - 20 miles

Exeter - 40 miles


Rates & Availability

Kingscott Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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High Summer 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $12
Refundable damage deposit $123

Changeover Day:
We offer a Saturday changeover. Arrival time between 3pm and 5pm, departure time 10.30am. Flexibility may be possible depending on dates and availability.

Notes on prices:
Holiday prices quoted for 7 night stay. We offer short breaks at most times of the year, with a stay of 3 days costing 75% of the weekly rate, 4 days costing 80% and 5 days costing 85%.

Dogs are charged at £10 per week.

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Kingscott Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Newly fitted bathroom for 2016 comprising sink, WC and bath with shower over. Heated towel rail. Sumptuous towels provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Second Bedroom - 1 double
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 3-4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Spacious double aspect master bedroom with king-size bed, electric blanket and views over neighbouring farmland, large built-in wardrobe and chest-of-drawers. Separate double bedroom with double bed and chest of drawers. Note the double bed is against the window wall and is therefore accessible only from one side, hence the cottage sleeps 3-4 people since some guests may prefer not to sleep 2 people in this bed because of the limited access.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • swimming

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