Child friendly cottage, Devon – Coastal Cottages with Hot Tub near Clovelly, Bideford, Devon
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About Southole Barns
Southole Barns is a small cluster of 4 beautifully appointed cottages tucked away on the coastline of North-West Devon close to the border with Cornwall. Its tranquil location, set within extensive gardens with nature trails and a stream fed pond teaming with wildlife is conducive to a relaxing environment. The outdoor play area, shared hot tub and the small collection of chickens, ducks and guinea pigs, allows parents and children alike to relax and enjoy the beauty of this area with some amazing views of the countryside and coastline. Families who love nothing better than the feel of sand beneath their toes will be delighted with a variety of beaches within a short drive; from wide stretches of sandy beach for surfing and building sandcastles to smaller coves perfect for rock pooling. There’s also a myriad of things to do for non-beach days to keep the most energetic of children happy.
The Away with the Kids review
Owners Chris and Lydia with their young family would like to welcome you to their magical haven and we are delighted that they would like to share it. They were captivated by the charms of Southole Barns when they happen to stumble across it in 2013. After lavishing dollops of TLC and numerous man hours they have created a really special haven set within the Hartland Peninsula near Clovelly. It is certainly a place where you will feel rested and fortunate to have discovered them. The South West Coastal Path is within 150 meters, providing uninterrupted cliff top & coastal walks along it's rugged coastline, renowned for its dramatic scenery and breathtaking sea views & shipwrecks.
The Holiday Cottages
The Barns are a courtyard of former Victorian Monastery buildings that have been beautifully converted to a very high standard over the past 3 years, to form four unique self-catering holiday homes. The Barns feature open plan living space, beamed ceilings and woodburning stoves. They enjoy a lovely sunny aspect and are south facing with views of open fields and have direct access to a footpath leading to the South West Coastal Path.
Two cottages sleep 2 plus room for a cot with superking beds. Roseland Barn sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms all on one level so no stairs to worry about. Greenway Barn is an elegant two storey upside down barn conversion which sleeps 4 with 2 bedrooms which has a secure stairgate and an enclosed private terrace. All properties available with wooden cots, highchair and baby bath. A host of family facilities are available and the barns sit within 2.5 acres of gardens featuring a stream flowing into a natural pond. A communal room with a selection of DVDs, books and games is available for families to borrow and ample parking is onsite. There is a communal washing machine and tumble drier should you happen to need it. There's also a hot tub in the garden to soak in after a long day's sightseeing.
Location and things to do
With the South West Coastal Path on your doorstep Southole Barns is an ideal retreat if you like to get out and enjoy a ramble and a picnic. To the south the path leads down to unspoilt Welcombe Mouth Beach, to the north the drama of the Hartland Peninsula unfolds before you. Beach lovers will not be disappointed with a great choice from wide stretches of sandy beach for surfing and sandcastle building or smaller coves perfect for rockpooling all within a short drive.
Only 20 minute drive from the barns is the picturesque town of Clovelly which is perched onto a 400ft cliff, and the cobbled street lead to the harbour. It is privately owned and is traffic free. You park at the top of the hill next to the visitor centre and take a step back and experience the richness of a bygone era with core values in Victorian times. Tintagel is a very pretty town, famous for its association with King Arthur and the knights of the round table. The Castle is maintained by English Heritage.
The Big Sheep is an enjoyable day out for the whole family with lots of activities ranging from sheep races, pony rides, indoor and outdoor play areas, garden centre and high ropes course; something for children of all ages. The Milky Way is excellent adventure park with indoor and outdoor activities and it is also the home of Devon’s longest, fastest and highest roller coaster.
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