There is a traditional inglenook fireplace and wood-burning stove at the heart of this lovely quirky historic house.
The kitchen/dining-room has a large range cooker. Beyond the kitchen is a utility-room and the back door to the garden.
This is the master bedroom on the first floor. The room looks out to the front of the cottage.
Stone steps lead up from the back door to a large private garden at the back of the cottage.
At the heart of the village, yet very peaceful. This  16th Century cottage is full of character.
This is the coastal view just over one mile up the lane from the cottage! There is a car park, hotel and seasonal cafe right on the South West Coastal Path.
There is a lovely farmhouse dining table with plenty of space for all eight guests at The Bear.
The range cooker is an added bonus for cooking family meals.
The Bear is a very welcoming cottage, full of interesting features from its former life as the village pub!
The sitting-room is very spacious, just a couple of steps down from the hallway.
There is a snug off the hallway too - an ideal hideaway for children to spread out their toys or play games.
There is a shower in the downstairs bathroom and a bath upstairs.
A footpath from the top of the village takes you straight to the coastal path and a hidden bay.
The master bedroom has an en suite WC and a separate little en suite shower too.
The other double bedroom is on the ground floor. There is a shower-room across the hallway.
Another view of the ground floor bedroom with its  ornamental feature fireplace.
This is one of the two twin bedrooms on the first floor.
The second twin bedroom, also on the first floor.
Another view of the second twin bedroom so that you can see the layout clearly.
This is the first floor bathroom. The bathroom on the ground floor has a shower cubicle which replaces the original bath.
The view from the top of the hill before heading down to Hartland Quay.
North Devon has some incredible sandy surfing beaches as well as the cliffs and rocky coves. This is Woolacombe.
Lundy Island is in the distance. You can take a boat trip out to this very special bird sanctuary from Bideford.
The gardens and walks of Hartland Abbey are just down the road from the cottage. There is a fabulous seasonal tea-room there too.

The Bear

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

Nearest pub

The Hart Inn (1 ¼ miles)

At the centre of the outstanding peninsula of Hartland, this traditional olde world inn overlooks the village square and serves great food sourced locally where possible and a wide range of real ales and fine wines. In the summer you can enjoy a meal in the beer garden.

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

January 2009

Cosy pub in the centre of Hartland

They have an outstanding menu of freshly prepared locally sourced meals, traditional and modern.

- R Marshall

Nearest beach

Welcombe Mouth Beach (4 ¼ miles)

Welcombe Mouth Beach is tucked over the Devon border just north of Bude. With unique rock features protruding from the sand, the secluded cove is best visited at low tide. Fairly difficult to find, Welcombe Mouth Beach offers peace and tranquillity in a beautiful setting.

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

September 2011

Well worth the drive down a very narrow lane, but parking for not much more than 10-15 cars at the end. Waterfall, cliffs, rocks and sand at low water. We saw some surfing there in spite of rocks.

Nearest walk

Hartland Quay Circular (200 yards)

A four mile walk with varied terrain following wooded paths and the coast. Take a look at further details on the southwestcoastpath.org.uk website. You'll also find lots of other great walks in the area here.

Nearest town

Hartland (1 ½ miles)

Once a busy Georgian market town, Hartland is now a beautiful, peaceful idyll set in stunning surroundings. It’s a rare visitor who leaves without seeing Hartland Abbey; built 850 years ago, the Abbey is a magnificent residence (it is still a family home to this day) which exhibits a variety of architectural styles including Queen Anne and Regency. Hartland Quay, a short distance from the village, is known for the immense rock formations that rear out of the sea; storms battering the north Devon coast here are invariably a dramatic sight.

Also nearby

The Old Smithy (4 ¾ miles)

Once the local blacksmiths, this friendly local now hosts monthly folk nights. Drop in for a bite to eat in the beer garden or enjoy a pint of real ale in front of the log fire.

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

January 2020

The Old Smithy was great, but with absolutely loads of dogs!

We had a meal there on our first night. The food was good [but nothing exceptional really]. The beer was excellent.
The welcome was great and the general feel of the place was lovely on what was an extremely busy night. There were approx 20 dogs in the bar area, which was ok, but a little overwhelming at times and could have been a bit nerve wracking for younger families!
Probably wouldn't go back for food, but definitely for a drink and a nice time in front of the fire.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Shippam September 2014

Fantastic country pub with friendly staff, great food and a lovely garden.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Williams October 2013

Excellent food (beef and chorizo burger was a joy) and very welcoming to us and our four month old daughter. Friendly people and the beer selection looked frustratingly good but I was unfortunately driving. I will definitely go again next time I'm in the area. Real pub, real ale, proper food and friendly people...how a pub should be.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Benning May 2012

Visit the Welcombe Pottery around lunchtime and stay for a meal at the quirky, retro and very child friendly Old Smithy Inn: good value, friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Great to find a proper, country pub that serves good beer, good food AND genuinely likes children!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2011

Quirky little pub, nice local feel. Decent food.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Murray July 2010

Fantastic rustic pub

Fantastic rustic pub, great food. A really chilled out place. Nice garden area to sit outside. Children's menu. 2 real fires in winter. 5 min drive from Welcombe Mouth beach - our favourite watering hole!

Welcombe Pottery (4 ¼ miles)

David Westcott and Alice Gare run the pottery and offer both earthenware and Raku pots to buy along with pottery courses.

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

Mrs Benning May 2012

Worth a trip for anyone interested in functional or decorative ceramics in refreshingly modern and usable designs. Mrs Potter, Alice is lovely and tolerated our 22 month old having a very close look/picking everything up!

Docton Mill Gardens (1 ¼ miles)

These unique gardens include wild flowers, a riverside walk and an unusual bog garden. Catch the spectacular display of narcissi in spring when bluebells carpet the woods, or come in summer to see the rosebanks in full bloom. Treat yourself to an award-winning cream tea at the Docton Mill Tea Room, voted Best Cream Tea in Devon at the 2007 North Devon Food & Drink Awards, or try some of the local homegrown produce - the Brixham crab sandwiches and homemade chutneys are firm favourites. Open March to October.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Rated 3 out of 5 stars

February 2009

Lovely, lush green gardens and restored old mill. It can be combined with a visit to Spekes Mouth waterfall and beach, less than a half hour walk from the gardens.


Rated 3 out of 5 stars

February 2009

The bluebells are beautiful in spring. Don't miss out on the delicious cream teas.


Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Ms Marshall November 2008

Charming gardens at their best in spring with interesting water mill and great cream teas.

Hartland Quay Hotel (200 yards)

With stunning views over the ocean you can sit and enjoy a meal outside (weather permitting) or sit inside and warm up when it's inclement.

Hartland Abbey and Gardens (¼ mile)

Set in stunning countryside, Hartland Abbey has a deer park within which peacocks, donkeys and guinea fowl roam and graze.

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