The Bear is a wonderful historic cottage in a picturesque hamlet, just a mile from the dramatic north Devon coast at Hartland Quay. This family-sized holiday home is dog-friendly, has an enclosed garden and is in a setting that is all about walking and exploring the unspoilt countryside around Hartland Abbey on the Hartland peninsula and of course along the South West Coast Path.
The coastline here is one of cliffs, hidden coves, rock pools and beautifully clean sand at low tide. There are some fabulous sandy surfing beaches an easy drive away at Sandymouth and Welcombe Mouth just over the border with Cornwall, or at Saunton Sands, Croyde and Woolacombe beyond Barnstaple.
The cottage is filled with the character you would expect from a property with 16th Century origins and its intriguing name is a hint of its past importance to the village as a pub!
This spacious property has a really good-sized sitting-room with wood-burning stove in the inglenook fireplace and a snug that could be used as a cot-room. The kitchen has a range cooker and a lovely farmhouse table, and beyond it a door to the delightful cottage garden. There are four bedrooms, two bathrooms and en suite facilities in the master bedroom.
One of the bedrooms and a bathroom are on the ground floor making the cottage very flexible for different family groups.
The Bear belongs to the Hartland Abbey estate and the little hamlet of Stoke is within walking distance of the Abbey, where the seasonal tea-room is open to the public from the end of March through to the end of September.
Hartland point, with its little kiosk in season, is a spectacular place to walk to. Hartland village is within walking distance and you can buy most things; there's a coffee shop in the square and various galleries and potteries.
Little country lanes or footpaths take you to the coast where the coves at Hartland Quay and Welcombe are two of the most popular with local people. A tide timetable is a very useful resource for exploring the many coves and you may well have them all to yourselves. The energetic will be rewarded with the most amazing views as they tackle this section of the South West Coast Path.
Well worth a visit are the historic fishing villages at Clovelly – be prepared for a steep walk back up the hill from this car-free village – and Appledore. Instow has a gorgeous sandy beach and Westward Ho! is a great family seaside town with a blue flag beach and a huge expanse of sand.
Kitchen/Dining-room with double electric range cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher
Step to Utility-room with washing machine and tumble-drier
Sitting-room with TV, DVD player and wood-burner
Bedroom 1 with king-size double bed (5')
Bathroom 1 with shower, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 2 with king-size double bed (5'), en suite Shower-room with shower and en suite Cloakroom with WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 3 with twin beds (3')
Bedroom 4 with twin beds (3')
Bathroom 2 with bath, hand shower attachment, WC and wash-basin
As this is an historic property there are some different floor levels inside. There are some stone steps up to the garden from the back door and a little drop to the path that goes around the back of the cottage.
- Dogs welcome (1 only)
- Travel cot, high chair and stair-gate
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Private parking for 1 car and parking on road
- No smoking
- Pub 1.5 miles
- Garden furniture and barbecue
- Full oil-fired CH
- Logs for wood-burner
There is a traditional inglenook fireplace and wood-burning stove at the heart of this lovely quirky historic house.
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.
At the heart of the village, yet very peaceful. This 16th Century cottage is full of character.
There is a lovely farmhouse dining table with plenty of space for all eight guests at The Bear.
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 kitchen/dining-room has a large range cooker. Beyond the kitchen is a utility-room and the back door to the garden.
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 a village pub!
The sitting-room is very spacious, with 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 brand new shower in the downstairs bathroom. There is 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 second bathroom 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 brand new shower cubicle which replaces the original bath.
The view from the top of the hill before heading down to Hartland Quay.
North Devon has some incredible sandy surfing beaches as well as the cliffs and rocky coves. This is Woolacombe.
Lundy Island is in the distance. You can take a boat trip out to this very special bird sanctuary from Bideford.
The gardens and walks of Hartland Abbey are just down the road from the cottage. There is a fabulous seasonal tea-room there too.