Close to some of north Devon’s best sandy surfing beaches, Orchard Dene is in the heart of the lovely village of Georgeham, with two good pubs and a shop within walking distance. The sandy beach at Putsborough, adjoining Woolacombe, is just over a mile away. This detached, family-friendly house offers a cheerful kitchen/diner, a sunny summertime sitting-room/playroom and a further sitting-room with a multi-burner, making this a cosy retreat for autumn holidays too. The bedrooms and family bathroom are upstairs. Orchard Dene fronts one of the village roads, but at the back has a huge, fully enclosed sun-trap patio. Steep but safely gated steps lead down to the garden beyond, with its fabulous open-air unheated swimming pool.
Putsborough beach is the closest to Georgeham – about one and a half miles away by car along the country lanes. The Owners very kindly provide all their guests with a parking permit for the private car park so you can park right next to the beach, where there is also a little tea shop and the all-important ice creams for the family. Other excellent beaches are Croyde for surfing enthusiasts, Woolacombe (at the far end of the same bay as Putsborough) with its miles and miles of sand and dunes, and Saunton Sands which is a stunning place to walk especially when the tide is out.
However, there is more to this part of north Devon than the lure of the sea, it is an easy drive inland to Exmoor and the wild open spaces of this fantastic National Park. The deep valley above Lynton and Lynmouth is another favourite day out – visit Watersmeet where there is a National Trust tea shop by the tumbling river. Barnstaple is the nearest larger town where you can shop in the Pannier market and, if you want to leave the car behind, there is a bus every hour from the village. In the village itself there are two excellent pubs, serving delicious food, and a village shop just a short stroll along the road from the cottage.
Sitting-room with TV, DVD player and multi-burner
Kitchen/Diner with electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine/drier and dishwasher
Bedroom 1 with double bed (4'6")
Bedroom 2 with single bed (3')
Bedroom 3 with single bed (3')
Bathroom with bath, fitted shower, WC and wash-basin
Take care on the steep garden steps; children to be supervised at all times around the pool. The swimming pool is available from 7 May to 10 September, shared only with the Owner’s family next door. *A cot is not provided, bring your own travel cot but space is limited.
- Dogs welcome (1 only)
- High chair
- Arrive/Depart Saturday
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Private parking for 1 car
- Telephone with honesty-box (At cost)
- No smoking
- Pub 250 yds
- Patio furniture
- 3 NS/convector heaters and 3 panel heaters
Orchard Dene is the cottage in the background. The gated steps lead down to the pool from a really large and private sun-trap patio behind the wall.
There is a fabulous open-air swimming pool for you to enjoy. It is not heated but great fun in a wet suit if you are not so brave !
The private patio is sun-drenched - the gateway leads down to the swimming pool.
This lovely cosy sitting-room has a wood-burner making this a great place to stay out of season as well as in the summer.
The owners even provide you with a car parking permit for the Putsborough Beach car park. Miles of golden sand and surfing at the Woolacombe end to the right.
The sitting-room with its comfy sofa and chairs
The second sitting-room is spacious and ideal for children to play in.
The snug or playroom has a door right out onto the fully enclosed and private patio.
The cheerful kitchen/dining-room.
The kitchen/diner also opens out onto the patio.
The double bedroom (Bedroom 1).
One of the single bedrooms (Bedroom 2).
There is a really large family bathroom with bath and shower.
The cottage fronts onto the little village road, parking is to the left-hand side and from there you can go straight through to the patio.
Another view of the lovely pool - from the top of the steps from the cottage.
A view of the pool with steps on the right leading up to the patio.
The steps up from the pool up to the cottage. The gate is at the top.
The King’s Arms is just along the road and offers great food.
The Owners kindly provide you with a parking permit for the private car park at Putsborough beach, one and a half miles from the cottage.
Saunton Sands is nearby – a vast expanse of sand to enjoy.
The church is at the heart of this pretty village.
Croyde Beach is loved by surfers.
Another view of this huge sunny patio.