Oak Cottage is a deceptively spacious cottage on the edge of this lovely north Devon farmstead.
The cottage looks out at this view!  A wonderful playing field for children with picnic tables and a barbecue for the whole family to enjoy.
The farm is in a hilltop setting with wonderful panoramic views all around.
At the bottom of the hill is this fenced fishing lake for guests to enjoy. It is stocked with rudd, roach and carp.
The cottage has a friendly open play layout downstairs. The wood-burning stove makes this a great place all year round.
The staircase separates the living area from the kitchen/dining area.
The kitchen is really well-equipped and well-planned.
There is a farmhouse dining-table in one corner - in the meadow outside there are picnic tables for eating al fresco or for having a barbecue.
Another view of the kitchen so that you can get a proper feel for the space.
This is such a lovely cottage to start the day in before setting out to explore...
... and very cosy to come back to after a day in the fresh air or walking along the coast.
The stairs lead up into the spacious bedroom area;  there are two further, separate, bedrooms. Their doors are to the far side of the stairs.
There is plenty of storage and for convenience your own hand basin.
Another view of the 'open plan' bedroom!
This quirky layout is great fun for families!
There is a second double bedroom...
... and also a single bedroom.
The brand new bathroom is on the ground floor... it is off the entrance hall and there are a couple of steps from it down to the living area.
North Devon is traditionally rural and there is a sense of space and peace here.
Instow is one of the nearest sandy beaches. The old fishing village of Appledore is just across the estuary and there is a seasonal passenger ferry between the two.

Oak Cottage

3849

3.8 miles W of South Molton / Sleeps 5 + cot

7 Nights from £345 - £750

Nearest pub

The Bell (1 ½ miles)

A traditional family friendly pub in the heart of the village. Freshly prepared food is served daily in either the bar area, conservatory or garden with countryside views. Dogs are welcome and there's a childs play area available.

Nearest beach

Instow Beach (13 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.

Nearest walk

Umberleigh to Barnstaple Walk (3 ¼ miles)

You will find lots of lovely walks in this area however this one in particular is a lovely day out. Follow the River Taw downstream from Umberleigh through beautiful Devon countryside towards Barnstaple for about eight miles. The return journey can be made by train on the Tarka railway.

Nearest town

Umberleigh (3 miles)

Umberleigh is a small hamlet that stretches over many miles and includes the villages of Chittlehampton, Atherington, Burrington and Chittlehamholt.

Also nearby

Heal Farm Fine Food (2 ¼ miles)

Situated in the heart of the Devon countryside. The Heal Farm story started in the 1970s, when Anne Petch received a piglet for her 16th birthday. Now, more than 30 years on, Heal Farm is a thriving family business at the forefront of the movement to use traditional farming methods in the rearing of rare breeds. The farm's activities have now diversified to include rare breeds of lamb and beef as well as stocking non-meat products including locally reared smoked fish and wonderful traditional cheeses.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

April 2010


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

January 2010

Heal Farm

Fantastic food, I always look forward to my visits. I would recommend the sirloin steaks to anyone some of the finest i have tasted.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

October 2009

Well worth a visit - you will not be disappointed!


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

July 2009

Unusual cuts of beef

The butchers here really know thier stuff and you can get traditional cuts of beef that you won't find elsewhere - perfect for old-school Mrs Beeton recipes or for recreating classic dishes like granny used to make!

The Grove Inn (3 ½ miles)

The Sunday lunch here is something to behold - meats from Devon’s best farms are the star of the show.

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

Mrs Gordon March 2010

A real find - delicious food in a friendly pub in the middle of nowhere.

RHS Rosemoor (11 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 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

February 2009

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


Rated 4 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 4 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.

Quince Honey Farm (3 ¾ miles)

This is a great opportunity to see bees without the need for protective equipment. 18 hives are on view and you can also see leaf cutting ants in action! A soft play area and cafe are also on site.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

October 2011

Quince Honey Farm

If you want to understand the process of honey manufacture and all about the bees that make it then this is the place to go. It has several live hives that you can safely view close up, even being able to open up and look to spot the queen.

There is a play area for children and a small cafe.

The Chichester Arms (6 ½ miles)

This traditional thatched village pub is packed with rustic charm. Aiming to serve mouth-watering food concocted from the best local produce, the Chichester Arms is a popular choice for those looking for good pub-grub at reasonable prices. Parking is available and there is outdoor seating for those sunny days.

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

March 2010

A traditonal thatched village pub with a good reputation for quality locally sourced food. A very good wine selection and local ales on tap. The pub suffered a fire in 2007 but has been sympathetically restored back to its former glory.

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