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.

Little Bessemer


2.6 miles E of Ilfracombe / Sleeps 2 + cot

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The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

Ye Olde Globe Inn (150 yards)

A traditional village pub in the pretty village of Berrynarbor with valley views. Children and dogs are welcome and it's a popular place with both locals and visitors a like.

Nearest beach

Tunnels Beaches, Ilfracombe (3 miles)

Accessed via a series of four man-made tunnels carved through the cliffs, Tunnels Beaches near Ilfracombe are truly unique. Created in the 1820s, the tunnels lead visitors out onto sand and shingle beaches, complete with a Victorian sea pool. Sheltered by the cliffs, the beaches afford beautiful views and special atmosphere. A landscaped garden lends itself perfectly to picnics in the sun and there is even sun bed and wetsuit hire available. A cafe serves refreshments and lifeguards are on duty in the summer. A fee applies.

Nearest walk

Combe Martin to Great Hangman (1 mile)

This route is along the highest of the sea cliffs in the Exmoor National Park. Starting at Combe Martin take the coast path around Wild Pear Beach, then a stiff climb to Little Hangman (715 feet high). Climb on - more gradual this time - up to 1046 feet and the summit of Great Hangman to get the best of the panorama across Combe Martin Bay.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Gibson July 2008


The countryside is breathtaking and a real must to visit. Quaint shops, great pubs and beautiful walks through all kinds of terrain. Dogs are clearly very welcome which is a rarity in other areas of the south west.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Simon Tregoning July 2008


Some of the finest coastal scenery in England, do not miss it! The Valley of the Rocks, a little further east, is particularly dramatic.

Nearest town

Combe Martin (1 ½ miles)

Combe Martin is on the edge of Exmoor and claims to have the longest village street in England. Visit the Pack of Cards Inn, built to celebrate a large win at cards by George Lay in 1626; it has 52 windows, one for each card in the pack, and four floors, each with 13 doors. The beach is perfect for the whole family with rock pools, cliffs, caves and pebbles plus lots of soft sand when the tide is out.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2021

Great for kayaking

Combe Martin is an attractive little bay and we had a great kayak tour with Surfside Kayaks. The Pack of Cards Inn is worth a visit and has an interesting history

Also nearby

Keypitts Stables 'N' Quads (1 ¼ miles)

Quad bike courses for children as young as six years old, a 4x4 off-road course, paintball and pony trekking.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Simon Tregoning July 2008

Quads and horses

Something for everyone, some on the horses some on the quads, but both lots had fun.

Arlington Court and The National Trust's Carriage Collection (5 ¼ miles)

A Regency house with extensive gardens that is home to a huge collection of period horse drawn carriages, a famous colony of Lesser Horseshoe bats, red deer and peacocks. Carriage rides are available.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Taylor March 2012

Most knowledgeable and informative guides in house and museum. Good value restaurant. Superb collection of model ships. Our visit lasted 4 hours

Watermouth Castle and Family Theme Park (1 mile)

Rides, games and dungeons to explore.

Harbour Deli (1 mile)

A popular little deli/cafe offering home made cakes, snacks, jams and chutneys. You can choose to eat in or take away and dine on the beach!

RHS Rosemoor (19 miles)

Set deep in the north Devon countryside, The Rosemoor estate was once the home of Lady Anne Palmer. Lady Anne developed a passion for plants when she met noted plantsman Colllingwood Ingram while recuperating from measles in Spain. Over the next 30 years, she travelled the world to collect specimens for her garden, which she gave to the Royal Horticultural Society in 1988. The estate now comprises 65 acres of land, which includes rose gardens, a winter garden, a fruit and vegetable garden, a formal garden, woodlands, and many stream and lakeside plantings, making Rosemoor an enchanting place to visit whatever the season.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2021

Stunning gardens

Beautiful selection of show gardens and fabulous fruit and vegetable gardens. Well worth a visit and a cream tea

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2021

Rosemoor RHS

Well worth a visit and 25 minutes from Forest View. Beautiful well kept gardens.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2021



Rated 5 out of 5 stars

February 2009

Beautiful, well-managed gardens, well worth a visit whatever the season.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2008

The garden is absolutely gorgeous and very well looked after. The staff are very friendly and welcoming and the restaurant had great locally sourced food. A great day out for adults and children.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2008

Roses Galore!

The rose collection - one of the largest in the West Country - is very impressive. In full bloom in the summer, the scent of over 2,000 flowers is quite sensational. The Rose Weekend, held in June, was very informative, with advice on growing your own, as well as walks and activities for children.

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