Straw Cottage in all its glory, the perfect getaway whatever the time of year.
A glass of wine and a dip in the hot tub is a must.
The open plan living area is delightful.
Steps lead up to the mezzanine 'snug'.
The bedroom is complete with a king-size double bed.
Cosy up on the sofa.
Dine inside or out, the choice is yours.
The 'snug' on the mezzanine area is the perfect place to chill out with a good book.
You will while away many any hour here.
There's a well-equipped kitchen area.
Can you guess why it's called Straw Cottage?
Will you spot the sweet little straw mouse?
The gorgeous shelving was hand-crafted by the artist/blacksmith owners.
All you could need.
Cook up a scrummy supper.
The bedroom leads through to the kitchen and on to the open plan living room.
The shower-room.
Another view of the shower-room, with WC and wash-basin.
The main entrance opens straight into the beautiful bedroom.
Just gorgeous.
The outside space is equally as enjoyable by day and night.
With sun loungers, outside furniture for dining al fresco and a bubbling hot tub.
The lovely large garden is all yours.
Such an idyllic spot to getaway for a few days or more.
Lunch in the sunshine - bliss.
Escape from everyday life and reconnect with one another.
A dip in the bubbling hot tub is a must, what better way to relax.
The forged metalwork was cleverly designed/made by one of the owners and adds to the charm.
Glass of fizz, anyone?
Every detail, inside and out, has been carefully thought through and provided.
Have a snooze in the sun, dine al fresco or toast some marshmallows on the fire-pit - the choice is yours!
So much outside space to enjoy.
Welcome to Straw Cottage.
Even the entrance gate is special.
Just gorgeous!
Yep, the light feature is pretty special too!
Another feature that has been hand-crafted by the talented owner.
The other side of the cottage (the friendly yet discreet owners live next door).
Oh-so-cosy.
Another view of the back of the cottage.
You will want to return time and time again.
You four-legged friend is more than welcome to join you.
The owners keep chickens nearby.
There is a fabulous lake on site, with a pontoon, which you are explore and try out some wild swimming.
Rural bliss.
There are lovely walks around the lake area into a wooded area.
An ariel view of the lake and woods with the village of Woolsery in the distance. Straw Cottage is to the left of the white house in the centre of the photograph (the owners' home) and has its own large garden.
Nearby picture-perfect Peppercombe.
Appledore and Instow face each other across the River Torridge as it meets the sea.
This is the beach at nearby Instow, a great place for long walks and it is dog-friendly all year round.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site at Braunton Burrows - 1000 hectares of sand dunes leading to the three mile long beach.

Straw Cottage

4490

3.1 miles SE of Clovelly / 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

The Farmers Arms Woolsery (½ mile)

A fabulous grade II listed pub, beautifully restored and retaining many original features. Food is locally sourced and freshly cooked. You'll need to book a table as it's a popular spot. If you'd rather dine out the fish and chip shop is open from Wednesday to Saturday.

Nearest beach

Welcombe Mouth Beach (7 ¾ 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

Bucks Mills to Clovelly Walk (2 ¼ miles)

A lovely walk (described on the Web site) which takes you through woodland and along footpaths to the coastal path and stunning views of Clovelly.

Nearest town

Clovelly (3 miles)

A beautiful, unspoilt fishing village enveloped in green countryside. From Clovelly it is easy to take a boat trip across to Lundy Island, a pristine little wilderness just off the coast. Unusually, this village is privately owned and has a modest entrance fee to help maintain its upkeep.

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

Miss Morgan September 2011

Historical but a bit of a rip off?

We visited Clovelly as they were promoting their crab and lobster festival. Great we thought - some lovely local produce to sample. We joined a large queue to pay £5.95 to get in to the village. That was a surprise. We walked the half-mile down an extremely steep and cobbled slope to the quay which had a handful of tiny stalls selling cupcakes, stir fry and local crafts. No lovely local crab or lobster in sight. It's a tiny place so became packed very quickly and made it difficult to get around. We left pretty quickly.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

August 2011

Wonderful day out, fantastic cliff top walks with stunning views. Village was delightful - well worth the climb! Good cream teas and lovely harbour.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Simon Tregoning July 2008

Beautiful but steep

A chocolate box seaside village that tumbles down the hill to the sea.

Also nearby

The Old Smithy (4 ½ 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!

Tea on the Green (8 ¼ miles)

A retro delight, to take tea back in the forties and fifties close to the seafront at Westward Ho!. A traditional tearoom with cakes and light bites to be washed down with a variety of teas and coffee. This lovely little cafe was voted the best for 2011/2012 in the North Devon Food Awards.

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

Mrs Mackenzie June 2019

You need to feel hungry before you call in here.

Fantastic small retro café serving hot and cold light meals along with cream teas to die for. Sit outside looking at the sea and town green on inside and wallow in an era gone by. Food excellent, portions enormous and staff were efficient and friendly.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Adams August 2015

Still fantastic!

We first found Tea on the Green in 2012, and whenever we've been anywhere close (that means within a 1 and half hour drive!!) we've always spent the day at Westward Ho! and included something to eat here. The lunches are great, with excellent choices (you won't go hungry) and the cakes are magnificent. It's always busy though, so you have to be prepared to wait or maybe sit outside.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Shippam September 2014

The cream teas really are to die for!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Burton September 2012

A visit a must if you are in Westward Ho

What a lovely little place to stop for tea and cake. Although it was next to where we were staying whatever time of day we walked past it was always full and we determined to try it during our week in Westward Ho so waited across the road until a table outside was empty and ran across before another lucky person was able to sample their lovely food and surroundings. Just amazing.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Selby April 2012

WOW!!!! The MOST incredible tea shop!

You MUST visit this tea shop! From the outside it's easy to miss or walk past as its not big but once inside it is just fantastic. all decor and music is 1950's and there is so much attention to detail especially the lovely crockery. But best of all the menu is amazing. Cakes are delicious and such a great choice of drinks and food. I'd recommend booking a table to avoid any disappointment!

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.

Mad Hatters Restaurant (1 ¼ miles)

A restaurant set within the Merry Harriers garden centre. Call in for breakfast (every day apart from Sunday) and lunch. The carvery is well worth a visit but it is advisable to book.

The Milky Way Adventure Park (1 ½ miles)

Five major rides, plus loads of shows, including Merlin from Britain’s Got Talent with his death-defying escapology act, make the Milky Way an excellent family day out in North Devon. Ride Devon’s biggest roller coaster, pilot the droid destroyer dodgems and brave the Clone Zone interactive alien ride. There's plenty for the little ones too, including the Big Apple rollercoaster, plus soft play, ball pools, and mini ride-on tractors. Take a leisurely trip on the Milky Way Railway or have hours of fun on the slides and assault course in the Time Warp, the area's biggest indoor adventure play area. Challenge the family to archery, golf and laser shooting or just kick back and enjoy the amazing bird of prey displays. There's lots to see and do here, and all the rides and shows are included in the entrance fee.

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

Ms Marshall November 2008

This attraction has more than enough to keep children happy for the whole day if the weather is poor.

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