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Garden Cottage

Bideford, Devon (Ref. 985967)



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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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  • Hot tub
  • Swimming pool
  • Four poster bed
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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24 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful cottage with excellent facilities for our family."

    Everything we needed for our holiday was available including the use of the outside pool and Hot Tub. We had an amazing week and the owners were lovely.

    Reviewed by TracyJul 2022

  • "The garden cottage was everything we hoped for, peaceful, beautiful garden, clean and a welcome treat which was a lovely touch."

    The hosts were welcoming and friendly. It was close to amenities and not to far to the beaches which were again beautiful and not crowded in the slightest. We would stay there again. Thank you.

    Thank you very much for your feedback. We are delighted you enjoyed your holiday Property Owner

    Reviewed by MelanieJun 2022

  • "Absolutely lovely, just as described."

    A real treat week.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are delighted you enjoyed your holiday at the Garden Cottage Property Owner

    Reviewed by DenverApr 2022

  • "Lovely place, we had a brilliant holiday and the children really enjoyed themselves."

    Thanks for your feedback, its greatly appreciated Property Owner

    Reviewed by KeithApr 2022

  • "Richard & Diana Hill we’re lovely very friendly & welcoming to us."

    We really enjoyed the stay here & would definitely come back in the summer to enjoy the neighbouring areas around Bideford.

    Thank you for your comments We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you again Property Owner

    Reviewed by NathanaelDec 2021

  • "The most disappointing aspect were the shower arrangements."

    There was only one in the en suite as the bathroom only had a hand held with not even a shower curtain. Also the mattress on the double bed was very uncomfortable. Having said that we found everything else great.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are really pleased you found most things great with your stay. We have been considering installing an over bath shower with a screen in the main bathroom for some time but your comments have confirmed that this is something we should address over the winter period. We will also at the same time try out the mattress ourselves. Update 29 January 2022 - the over bath shower is now installed with a screen and a new king size mattress is on the bed. Thank you for highlighting both issues Property Owner

    Reviewed by JeanSep 2021

  • "Lovely cottage with everything we needed."

    We had a lovely stay, the kids used the pool and hot tub everyday and parents had time to relax. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by ClaireAug 2021

  • "This is a great family holiday cottage on a working farm with gorgeous views of the countryside."

    It is in a fabulous location for accessing north Cornwall and Devon beaches and tourist attractions. The hot tub and pool are fantastic bonuses of this property and the owners are on sight, friendly and personal and great at making you feel welcome while still respecting your privacy. A couple of low door frames caught us out but they were well signed within the house.

    Reviewed by SarahJul 2021

  • "Brilliant cottage with very friendly hosts."

    Based on a working farm you really get that countryside chill with easy access to the main attractions. The decor is not what you would call modern but all the better for it. Very cosy with everything you could ever need to make it feel like a home from home. A real gem.

    Reviewed by LynneJul 2021

  • "In ideal setting , with beautiful countryside."

    Loved the pool and hot tub, great history of the farm.

    Reviewed by MatthewJun 2021

  • "Communication with the owners was good and they met me on arrival and showed me where I could park."

    The cottage is located on working farm set in the corner of the yard . At first sight, from the outside the size is deceptive but it’s like a Pandora’s box when you open the door. The cottage has been tastefully converted and has quality furnishings to make your stay comfortable. The kitchen looked relatively new and is very well equipped. The hot tub was lovely to relax in the evenings and watch the sunset through the trees . There were little rabbits most evenings in the garden too, which were fun to watch. I enjoyed the peace and quiet and really needed the break. There are lots of places to visit around the area and further afield and people were friendly . I would definitely recommend ‘The Cottage’ and will be returning as soon as I can for another quiet break.

    Reviewed by TaraApr 2021

  • "It was I. The most beautiful idilic setting."

    Diane the host was so lovely and nothing was too much trouble, even clothes pegs. The cottage itself was stunning and packed with original features. We can’t wait to stay the again. Mike

    Reviewed by MichaelApr 2021

  • "Garden Cottage was delightful much bigger that it looks."

    It was very homely and cosy we would have liked to stay longer ! The hot tub was great we didn’t think we would use it as much as we did definitely a plus for us. Richard and Diane were fantastic hosts even to the extent of letting me take some cuttings out the garden to remind me of such a fabulous holiday and even providing a plant pot and garden trowel ! Thank you again for a lovely holiday Trev, Chris, Annie and Dan

    Reviewed by TrevorSep 2020

  • "Exactly as it was described on line."

    Reviewed by GlynSep 2020

  • "Lovely cottage, oweners very welcoming, very good facilities and great location."

    Reviewed by ChristineSep 2020

  • "Great cottage in a great location, hot tub was a bonus we didn’t expect when we booked"

    Reviewed by ChrisAug 2020

  • "What a lovely cottage in a beautiful part of the country."

    The owners were very welcoming and with everything going on (Covid) made us feel very safe in our home from home. The pool was a good size and we we used it come rain or shine, but due to Covid all the cottages were allocated a time to use the pool to ensure social distancing was maintained, the only down side to this was some cottages didn't use their slot and our children didn't think it was fair that they couldn't go in again. The kitchen was really well equipped with a washer dryer and dish washer but the cottage could have done with an clothes horse as getting towels dry when it's raining is quite hard. Overall a lovely place hoping to book again next year.

    Reviewed by AndrewAug 2020

  • "Lovely clean homely cottage."

    Was a pleasure to return to after each day exploring. Diana was very quick to reply to any query. She done a great job in difficult (COVID) circumstances. The pool was amazing & the area surrounding it was spotless. No problems with towels in dryer. We used the wash/dry program. If we needed extra drying we put the heating on for a few mins to fire up the radiators ( which can be independently turned off/on). Have already recommended cottage to friends. You do need to drive (which I don't but husband does

    Reviewed by MaryAug 2020

  • "Garden Cottage is a delightful period house,spacious, private and homely."


    Reviewed by DianaSep 2019

  • "The lounge was extremely dark and dreary."

    We couldn't sit in the garden as there was the constant whine of the sewerage pump a short distance away. Otherwise OK, well equipped apart from no normal cheese grater only small one for topping.

    Reviewed by A JSep 2019

  • "The owner was very friendly, his wife had made us cupcakes for when we arrived."

    The house was extremely well equipped, and all the basics had been provided (tea, coffee, milk, loo rolls, washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets etc etc.

    Reviewed by AlexJul 2019

  • "Such a beautiful House."

    Hosts absolutely lovely. Had everthing we could possibly need. Couldn't have been happier.

    Reviewed by KarenaJul 2019

  • "A fantastic cottage in a glorious corner of Devon."

    We were made to feel very welcome, and enjoyed our plate of home made cupcakes! Loved the pool, and ease of access to some wonderful coves, rocky coast and pretty villages. Plenty of places nearby to eat out too.

    Reviewed by Joanna MJun 2019

  • "We really enjoy our holidays at Pillhead Farm the cottages are very comfortable, clean and very well equipped."

    An extra luxury is the availability of a lovely swimming pool which is the icing on the cake.

    Reviewed by HazelJun 2019

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x four poster king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 2 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room
  • Oil central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV's with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Stairgate, two highchairs, and two travel cots
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Bike storage
  • Hot tub
  • Lawned garden to the front, with picnic bench
  • 130-acre natural grounds and orchard (shared with owner and other properties on-site)
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: Outdoor heated swimming pool, shared with other properties on-site, (15' x 30' x 4' to 5' deep) with paddling pool (10' x 9' x 1'6" deep), available from the Friday immediately preceding the last bank holiday in May to the first Friday in September, 10am-evening
  • Note: Steps up to the entrance, and steps between rooms
  • Note: Check-in time 5pm
  • Note: Use of the pool will be by allocated time only whilst social distancing is in place
  • Note: Due to swimming pool, children must be supervised at all times
  • Note: This cottage does not accept stag/hen parties
  • Note: There is no smoking allowed onsite except within the designated smoking area
  • Note: Unfortunately electric cars cannot be charged on site but there is a charging point 4 minutes drive away (Tesco)

The property

Pretty Garden Cottage offers a one-of-a-kind holiday experience close to the historic town Bideford.

With its very own hot tub, outdoor heated swimming pool and 130-acre natural grounds, this retreat is a lovely place to return to at the end of a day by the coast or exploring one of the fascinating market towns nearby.

A wing of the original farmhouse, inside Garden Cottage you will discover a cosy lounge with a woodburner, collection of comfy seating and a pretty floral fabrics.

The modern kitchen is the ideal spot to prepare meals which you can enjoy in the adjoining dining room.

Upstairs three wonderful bedrooms await, a gorgeous four poster king-size double with an en-suite shower room, and two twin rooms, each with wonderful countryside views.

A family bathroom ties the accommodation together, comprising of a bath with a shower over.

Outside, the peaceful rose filled garden for which the cottage is named looks across open fields and is an ideal spot to spend an evening with a glass if something cool.

Situated on a working sheep farm, with plenty to do nearby, you're assured of a wonderful holiday at Garden Cottage.

Pillhead Farm

This pretty group of cottages, all but one with its own private sunny garden - the perfect spot to enjoy an alfresco supper or a lazy breakfast whilst you plan your day, is in rural North Devon at Pillhead Farm, a working sheep farm. The cottages have been furnished to a very good standard providing the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of life and the ideal location to make some glorious holiday memories. The beach is just three miles away, whilst the shop and restaurant are located within 1 mile; these properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 22 guests. Outside you will discover 130-acres of extensive, natural grounds and a fabulous heated swimming pool and a small separate pool designed for the toddlers all set around a sunny terrace with loungers. The pretty beach at Instow is just 3 miles away, or the wide golden sandy beach of Westward Ho! which is popular with surfers is 4 miles away. Walkers can join the coastal path, or alternatively, cycle or walk the famous Tarka Trail which passes close by. The delightful port town of Bideford has a good selection of town amenities and a weekly market. Garden lovers will appreciate the nearby RHS Rosemoor and Docton Mill. There really is something for all the family to explore, including The Ultimate Adventure Centre, The Big Sheep and The Milky Way adventure parks, not to be missed. Take a boat trip to the nature reserve at Lundy Island, or uncover many of the fishing villages, including nearby Clovelly (National Trust), and Hartland.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Westward Ho! 3 miles; Appledore and Instow 3.5 miles; Clovelly 11 miles; Saunton Sands 16 miles; Bude 25 miles.

Bideford is an historic maritime town on the River Torridge in North Devon. There has been a settlement at Bideford for over a thousand years and it has been an important port throughout its history. Today, Bideford is a thriving town with a fine selection of shops (including individual shops), cafes and restaurants, a park and the Atlantic Village Outlet Shopping Centre located on the outskirts of the town. Bideford is in a fantastic location to explore the surrounding area. It is just a few miles from Westward Ho!, which is dominated by two miles of spectacular coastline and proudly retains the prestigious Blue Flag award year upon year. Its sandy beach, backed by a unique pebble ridge, attracts visitors from all over the country and offers fantastic bathing and watersport activities. Just beyond the pebble ridge is Northam Burrows Country Park, which lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has 253 hectares of grassy coastal plain with salt marsh, sand dunes and grasslands. The country park is also home to England's oldest golf course. The South West Coastal Path and the famous traffic-free Tarka Trail are close by, providing magnificent walking and cycling opportunities. The award-winning Big Sheep all weather family attraction and the Ultimate Adventure Centre are approximately a mile down the road, with the Atlantic Village Outlet Shopping Centre and Supermarket a couple of miles away. The delightful quayside village of Appledore and the pretty beach at Instow are both just over three miles away, whilst the traditional market town of Barnstaple is just ten miles away, and the picturesque fishing village of Clovelly, with its quaint cobbled streets, is eleven miles away. The North Devon coast also boasts numerous outstanding beaches, many within easy reach, including those found at Instow, Saunton Sands, Croyde, Woolacombe and Bude. This is an area of breathtaking beauty, with plenty to see and do for all ages.

Region Information

Note: Arrival time 4pm.
Note: Seasonal outdoor heated swimming pool and paddling pool, available from the Friday immediately preceding the last bank holiday in May to the first Friday in September.

Note: Unfortunately electric cars cannot be charged on site but there is a charging point 4 minutes drive away (Tesco)