Straw Cottage is truly unique and offers a wonderful sanctuary of calmness - a holiday here will no doubt leave you wanting to return. This charming bolthole has been skilfully and carefully created by local craftspeople, built using original construction methods from bales of straw, with details throughout that will catch your eye, from the straw mouse hiding in the sitting-room wall to the forged metal work in the garden and hand-crafted shelving in the kitchen, all made by the artist/blacksmith owners. The garden itself offers a real 'WOW' factor and star-gazing up at the dark skies from the hot tub on the patio will be one of the highlights, along with being able to bring your four-legged friends to enjoy this special setting too (please be mindful that it is not fully secure and there are sheep in the adjacent fields).
Arriving via your own driveway and parking space, you meander through the garden and patio to the entrance which leads straight into the fabulous bedroom offering the perfect place to lay your head after a long day exploring the wonderful north Devon coast. With sumptuous king-size bed taking in the view of the garden and direct access to the hot tub too!
The open plan sitting/dining-room benefits from a welcoming wood-burner, comfortable sofas (and the straw mouse in the wall), but no matter what the season the room floods with light thanks to the many windows. There is a hidden gem in the form of a galleried snug on the mezzanine accessed via a steep flight of stairs - there will be no better place in the cooler months to hide away and read for hours, feeling the warmth from the wood-burner below.
The galley kitchen is small but well equipped to cook up a feast or brunch, that can be enjoyed al fresco on the patio and just along the hallway is the shower-room.
The creative owners live next door and are on hand to advise on the best places to visit but owing to the well thought out layout of the house and the main access via your own private garden, you are in no way overlooked.
This area of north Devon offers an escape offering everything from unspoilt countryside to dramatic coastline and sandy beaches. There are many local restaurants and numerous beach cafes - you really will be spoilt for choice. One of the best is right on your doorstep, just a half-mile stroll - The Farmers Arms in the village of Woolsery. Lundy Island is only a boat trip away and there are beautiful sandy beaches at Instow, Saunton Sands or Braunton Burrows but not forgetting the wonderful galleries and cafes at Instow, which is rich with maritime themes and links to the sea. Once you have discovered this very special place, you will want to return!
Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Sitting/Dining-room with Smart TV, wood-burner and steps up to Mezzanine snug
Galley Kitchen with electric hob, electric oven and fridge (with ice-box)
Bedroom with king-size double bed (5')
Other properties at this location: Whittlers Yurt (4653) *A cot is not provided, bring your own travel cot.
- Dogs welcome
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Hot tub
- Private parking for 1 car
- No smoking
- Pub .5 miles
- Patio furniture, sun loungers and firepit and barbecue
- 2 electric panel heaters and heated towel rail
- Logs for wood-burner
Straw Cottage in all its glory, the perfect getaway whatever the time of year.
A glass of wine and a dip in the hot tub is a must.
The open plan living area is delightful.
Steps lead up to the mezzanine 'snug'.
The bedroom is complete with a king-size double bed.
Cosy up on the sofa.
Dine inside or out, the choice is yours.
The 'snug' on the mezzanine area is the perfect place to chill out with a good book.
You will while away many any hour here.
There's a well-equipped kitchen area.
Can you guess why it's called Straw Cottage?
Will you spot the sweet little straw mouse?
The gorgeous shelving was hand-crafted by the artist/blacksmith owners.
All you could need.
Cook up a scrummy supper.
The bedroom leads through to the kitchen and on to the open plan living room.
Another view of the shower-room, with WC and wash-basin.
The main entrance opens straight into the beautiful bedroom.
The outside space is equally as enjoyable by day and night.
With sun loungers, outside furniture for dining al fresco and a bubbling hot tub.
The lovely large garden is all yours.
Such an idyllic spot to getaway for a few days or more.
Lunch in the sunshine - bliss.
Escape from everyday life and reconnect with one another.
A dip in the bubbling hot tub is a must, what better way to relax.
The forged metalwork was cleverly designed/made by one of the owners and adds to the charm.
Glass of fizz, anyone?
Every detail, inside and out, has been carefully thought through and provided.
Have a snooze in the sun, dine al fresco or toast some marshmallows on the fire-pit - the choice is yours!
So much outside space to enjoy.
Welcome to Straw Cottage.
Even the entrance gate is special.
Yep, the light feature is pretty special too!
Another feature that has been hand-crafted by the talented owner.
The other side of the cottage (the friendly yet discreet owners live next door).
Another view of the back of the cottage.
You will want to return time and time again.
You four-legged friend is more than welcome to join you.
The owners keep chickens nearby.
There is a fabulous lake on site, with a pontoon, which you are explore and try out some wild swimming.
There are lovely walks around the lake area into a wooded area.
An ariel view of the lake and woods with the village of Woolsery in the distance. Straw Cottage is to the left of the white house in the centre of the photograph (the owners' home) and has its own large garden.
Nearby picture-perfect Peppercombe.
Appledore and Instow face each other across the River Torridge as it meets the sea.
This is the beach at nearby Instow, a great place for long walks and it is dog-friendly all year round.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site at Braunton Burrows - 1000 hectares of sand dunes leading to the three mile long beach.