This pretty thatched detached cottage is located in a private woodland valley about three miles from Torrington.
Surrounded by beech trees and 50 yards from a stream, it is a lovely peaceful place with lots of outdoor freedom for families with older children.
Leave your boots and coats in the little porch and step up through stable doors into the heart of the home open plan living space with beams, cosy wood burning stove in the inglenook, a window seat where you can sit with a coffee and gaze over the woods and comfy chairs.
Head on up the steep old fashioned stairs to the three bedrooms under the snug eaves, all with traditional wood floors and some low beams.
Sit out on the bench in the little cobbled garden at the front or eat al fresco at the table to the side of the cottage.
Older children will love exploring the wild, sloping woodland garden and orchard.
This is a fabulous destination for walking and cycling, with the 30 miles of car-free Tarka Trail to the port of Bideford just 50 yards from the cottage.
You can lock your bikes safely in a shed or hire bikes locally.
RHS Rosemoor is a must for anyone who loves lovely gardens and the Dartington Crystal factory runs tours and provides great souvenirs to take home.
The fabulous surf beach at Westward Ho! Is just ten miles distant and a day trip to Dartmoor should feature on your itinerary.
Lower Barley Hayes is a magical cottage for enjoying the peace of a stunning secluded valley or exploring the area.
Three bedrooms: 2 x double (one with basin), 1 x single. Downstairs bathroom with bath, shower over, basin. WC with basin. Open plan living space with seating area with wood burning stove, dining area and kitchen.
About the location
Bideford 7 miles; Westward Ho! 10 miles.
Great Torrington is an unspoilt town built on high ground above the River Torridge, and is a fifteen-minute drive from the spectacular North Devon coast at Westward Ho!. A leading tourist attraction is Dartington Crystal where visitors can see craftsmen blowing and shaping glass, follow the history of glassmaking and buy some beautiful pieces. The town has a good selection of individual shops, a friendly atmosphere, and some good inns. About a mile from Great Torrington is the spectacular RHS garden at Rosemoor, splendid with colourful roses in summer and in a breathtaking setting by the River Torridge. There are many villages to visit on the North Devon coast including picturesque Clovelly built on a steep hillside above the sea, Westward Ho! with fabulous sandy beaches and Hartland village with narrow streets, village square and Hartland Point with breathtaking sea and coastal views. Great Torrington is a quiet, convenient base from which to explore North Devon, the Tarka Trail and the rolling Devon landscapes.
Note: Not suitable for people with limited mobility or children under 3 due to steep stairs and garden slopes and drops.