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.
This is the wider setting for Little Bessemer. The owners' home is in the background but the cottage is so very private and sheltered.
In the summer the garden is semi-tropical.
Ilfracombe is a delightful seaside town.
Verity stands guard overlooking Ilfracombe harbour.
Appledore is across the estuary from Instow and a ferry can take you there during summer months.
From Bideford Quay you can catch the passenger ferry to Lundy Island.
The pretty town of Barnstaple.
Miles of golden sands to enjoy at Instow.
Westward Ho! has a fabulous sandy beach at low tide.
Woolacombe is stunning.
Inland, visit the National Trust estate at Arlington, lovely gardens, historic house, carriage museum and tea shop.
Saunton Sands - magical in the evening sun.
Pretty Watermouth Harbour is just a half mile walk - uphill on the way back!

Little Bessemer

1844

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

July 2008

Exmoor

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

July 2008

Stunning

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

July 2008

Quads and horses

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

The Rock Inn Georgeham (7 ¼ miles)

A 17th century village pub offering freshly cooked food served in either the fireside bar or conservatory. Food is sourced locally including pork from rare breed Engish pigs and free range chickens who provide eggs for both the kitchen and for guests to buy.

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

October 2021

The Rock Inn Restaurant

Delicious food with a great variety.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2021

The Rock Inn Restaurant

Delicious food with a great variety.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2021

The Rock Inn Restaurant

Delicious food with a great variety.

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

March 2012

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

Instow Beach (12 miles)

A great beach for children with acres of sand at low tide, shallow waters and usually calm seas. There are plenty of facilities nearby in the village. Dog restrictions apply so please check locally.

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

November 2021

A dog’s paradise

We came in November and there were so many dogs and owners on the beach. My little dog was in her element.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

November 2021

Great to visit whatever the weather

Great walks based around a village with good pubs, a fantastic deli (John's) and an amazing fish shack near the beach and car park The Glorious Oyster, serving great no fuss fish dishes


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2021

Instow John's deli near the beach

Great deli for picnic boxes, fresh crab sourdough roll. Amazing cakes


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2021

Instow John's deli near the beach

Great deli for picnic boxes, fresh crab sourdough roll. Amazing cakes


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2021

John's of Instow

Chocolate brownies to die for. Melt In the mouth and very chocolatey.

Watermouth Castle and Family Theme Park (1 mile)

Rides, games and dungeons to explore.

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