There is a traditional inglenook fireplace and wood-burning stove at the heart of this lovely quirky historic house.
The kitchen/dining-room has a large range cooker. Beyond the kitchen is a utility-room and the back door to the garden.
This is the master bedroom on the first floor. The room looks out to the front of the cottage.
Stone steps lead up from the back door to a large private garden at the back of the cottage.  The garden can be a little uneven underfoot owing to the age of the property, please take care.
At the heart of the village, yet very peaceful. This  16th Century cottage is full of character.
This is the coastal view just over one mile up the lane from the cottage! There is a car park, hotel and seasonal cafe right on the South West Coastal Path.
There is a lovely farmhouse dining table with plenty of space for all eight guests at The Bear.
The range cooker is an added bonus for cooking family meals.
The Bear is a very welcoming cottage, full of interesting features from its former life as the village pub!
The sitting-room is very spacious, just a couple of steps down from the hallway.
There is a snug off the hallway too - an ideal hideaway for children to spread out their toys or play games.
There is a shower in the downstairs bathroom and a bath upstairs.
A footpath from the top of the village takes you straight to the coastal path and a hidden bay.
The master bedroom has an en suite WC and a separate little en suite shower too.
The other double bedroom is on the ground floor. There is a shower-room across the hallway.
Another view of the ground floor bedroom with its  ornamental feature fireplace.
This is one of the two twin bedrooms on the first floor.
The second twin bedroom, also on the first floor.
Another view of the second twin bedroom so that you can see the layout clearly.
This is the first floor bathroom. The bathroom on the ground floor has a shower cubicle which replaces the original bath.
Spend time discovering the delights of Clovelly.
Clovelly is as pretty as a picture.
A passenger ferry will take you from Appledore to Instow during the summer months.
Instow has one of many stunning beaches.
Take the passenger ferry from Bideford Quay and spend the day on Lundy Island.
The beach at Woolacombe.
The view from the top of the hill before heading down to Hartland Quay.
The gardens and walks of Hartland Abbey are just down the road from the cottage. There is a fabulous seasonal tea-room there too.
Hartland Point is breathtakingly beautiful.
Hartland Lighthouse sits in solitude overlooking the Bristol Channel and Atlantic towards Lundy Island.

The Bear


5 miles W of Clovelly / Sleeps 8 + cot

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7 Nights from £807

Don't really want to leave a negative review to put people off. The location of The Bear is excellent and it is a comfortable place to say in.

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thank you so much for discussing your feedback with me which we will of course pass on to the owners for consideration. It's great to hear you thought the location was excellent and the gardens beautiful. We'd love to welcome you back to any of our properties in the future. Kelsey, Customer Support

The Bear was hugely disappointing. The property is very tired and in need of significant maintenance. Whilst it is marketed as being light and airy the rooms are, in general dark and dingy and in some places damp. The property does not appear to have been decorated in many years and is in need of a significant refurb.

The WIFI is inadequate and it is not possible to access the heating and hot water controls to enable the heating to come on when needed or to provide enough hot water for the 8 occupants to have showers and / or baths.

Overall we found the property deeply disappointing and not good value for money.

Reply from Classic Cottages

We were so sorry to see that you were unhappy with the cottage to such a degree. It is an historic 16th Century property and as such the layout and room orientation is reflective of the age. The cottage is redecorated each winter and its furnishings are in keeping with the comfortable farmhouse style - we can only apologise if this wasn't clear from the website photos.

The wifi ordinarily works well, but this is a more remote rural property so will not mirror the speeds of more urban areas, and may struggle a little if a full house of eight guests are all using different devices at the same time - this is purely down to the location and the broadband speeds available in Devon generally.

The hot water is set to constant provision, but the owner will check this - she'd have been happy to help during your stay if we'd known you were having some problems.

We regret that the property wasn't quite right for you, but hope that you enjoyed your time in the area overall. Tanya, Customer Support

Beautiful cottage, just perfect for our family. The garden was sunny and we ate breakfast there. The wood burner was very cosy. The bedrooms beautiful. We loved the proximity to the coast and Harland/ Harland Abbey. Fully recommended. Mr and Mrs Windsor MacKenzie Edinburgh

I love using your website, it usually gives me every thing we need when booking a property.

Not twee - no thatch, for example - but very well maintained, so that it's possible to keep the cottage spotlessly clean (which is how we found it). Well equipped, with all the important mod cons: w/m, t/d, d/w, reasonably sized fridge freezer. That's not to say the cottage lacks interesting quirks - you should bring three or four drawing pins. An excellent centre for walkers, especially those who enjoy the Coast Path. For restful interludes Hartland Abbey, Docton Mill and Hartland Quay are all worth a visit. The entrance hall, kitchen and utility room have tiled floors and so are dog-friendly in that respect. The garden is also dog-friendly although an adventurous middle-sized or large dog could escape and so would need supervision.

A beautiful cosy cottage which served as a great base for our walking holiday. Thank you

The Bear is ideally situated with access to lovely walks and dramatic coastal scenery. There are so many things to do without having to travel too far out of the area. Certainly a favourite place to come back to and explore even more.

Warm, comfortable and quirky. Ideal cottage for families.

The wonderful local scenery and walks to Hartland Quay were a real bonus. This part of Devon should be visited and the Bear provides excellent access to picturesque coastal walks nearby.

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