Little Bessemer is a hidden away cottage in the heart of Berrynarbour, one of north Devon's prettiest villages, indeed a 'Village in Bloom' Gold Award winner. Set well away from the owners' home, the cottage has a totally enclosed sub-tropical garden - where dogs will be safe - with a secret bench by a little stream. Just half a mile away at the foot of the hill, is the first of a chain of beautiful unspoilt coves and beaches, linked by a dramatic section of the South West Coast Path.
This light filled cottage has a sunny breakfast/dining-room, a living-area with the kitchen neatly fitted along the back wall allowing for plenty of space, a lovely large bedroom with 'zip and link' (super-king or twin) beds and en suite shower-room. Outside, the first terrace is a great place to start the day overlooking the garden, the village rooftops and glimpses of the countryside beyond. Steps lead down from the cottage into the garden which is very private and beautifully planted, so that there is colour all year round. A separate outhouse is home to a freezer and tumble-drier should you need to use these.
Little Bessemer has its own entrance and path from the road where you can drop off your luggage before parking in the private space just 100 yards away. The setting for the cottage is at the heart of this very traditional thriving village, which has an historic church, very popular friendly pub, a primary school and an award-winning community run village shop.
This part of north Devon not only offers fantastic sandy beaches, rocky coves and rugged cliffs, but also the wide-open spaces of the Exmoor National Park beyond Simonsbath which you can reach in just half an hour. You can follow the coast around to Lynton towards Porlock, where the Exmoor National Park meets the sea. This is a route with amazing landscapes to take in, including the Valley of the Rocks and Lorna Doone country. If you love getting out into the countryside or along the coastal paths, Little Bessemer could not be better placed for a walking holiday.
For garden lovers, Arlington Court, Marwood - a 20-acre private garden in a hidden valley - and RHS Rosemoor are all excellent for day trips. Of course one of the best gardens is the one that goes with Little Bessemer - it is a delight.
Sitting-room with TV, DVD player, CD and tape player, wood-burner effect electric stove and Kitchen-area with electric cooker, microwave, fridge, washing machine and dishwasher
Bedroom with ‘zip and link’ (super-king or twin) beds and en suite Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Access to shared Outhouse with freezer and tumble-drier
Take care with children near the stream.
- Dogs welcome (1 only)
- Travel cot and high chair
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Garage and private parking for 1 car 100 yds
- No smoking
- Pub 50 yds
- Patio furniture and barbecue
- Full gas-fired CH
Little Bessemer is tucked away in the heart of this beautiful village, with a wonderful sub-tropical garden - inspiring whatever the time of year!
With windows on two sides and French doors to the garden, the dining-room is a bright and sunny room.
The living-room has a really well-equipped kitchen at the far end.
The bedroom is calm and luxurious with lovely bed linens and an en suite shower-room.
Sit on the terrace outside the cottage and take in all the wonderful detail in this special garden.
The fully enclosed garden is magical, with a hidden seat around a corner by the brook, as well as the patio outside the cottage.
Looking across the living-area towards the dining-room/garden-room in this bright and cheerful cottage.
This tranquil place to sit is tucked away in a little corner next to the stream.
This is the path to the cottage from the road where you can drop off your luggage. Parking is just 100 yards away in the village centre - there is a dedicated space for you.
In the summer the garden is semi-tropical.
Pretty Watermouth Harbour is just a half mile walk - uphill on the way back!
The harbour at Ilfracombe - catch a ferry over to Lundy Island for a wonderful day out.
This is the bay at Combe Martin just along the coast from Berrynarbour - a five minute drive.
The Exmoor National Park meets the north Devon coast, giving you the option to explore the scenery inland as well as along the coast.
This is the wider setting for Little Bessemer. The owners' home is in the background but the cottage is so very private and sheltered.
The coast line in this part of north Devon is beautiful. A mixture of stunning cliffs and sandy coves.
Berrynarbor is the home of the Flower Pot Men, and they can been seen throughout the village.
Berrynarbor has a lovely community-run village shop and stores - a stone's throw from the cottage.
Woolacombe is the nearest sandy beach - miles and miles of it!
Saunton Sands - magical in the evening sun.
Damien Hirst's 'Verity' - looking out to sea from Ilfracombe harbour.
Inland, visit the National Trust estate at Arlington, lovely gardens, historic house, carriage museum and tea shop.