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Pillhead Cottage

(Ref. 976124)

Bideford, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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41 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely time at Pillhead Cottage."

    The house is very homely and cosy. It was well maintained and the owners have thought of pretty much everything. We enjoyed the hot tub very much and It was great at dusk where we were lucky enough to see some owls and bats. We also loved watching the lambs in the field. Great dog proof garden too. We missed having a visitors book to sign as it’s always nice to see who has stayed before you - I may have missed it but I couldn’t find one. Thanks for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Jenette Elizabeth5.0Mar 2024

  • "Lovely family style home with fab facilities and really high standard of finish."

    The owners basically left us alone (which I'm a big fan of!!) Really close to local amenities and felt incredibly safe. Nice enclosed garden for the dogs, good clear instructions and the hit tub was fantastic. On a side note... so sorry we left food there! Totally forgot about it.

    Reviewed by James5.0Nov 2023

  • "This was a lovely property with all the facilities you would need for a comfortable stay; we loved the conservatory!"

    Great location to explore the area. Tapeley Park is only 5 minutes away. Woolacombe beach was great for an autumn dog walk. This was perfect for the calming getaway that was needed. Thank you

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Oct 2023

  • "Very sweet and immaculately clean cottage."

    Only downsides for us were the driveway was a bit tight to get into, I’ve got a medium sized 4x4 and we had to shunt round to get in and out. Also the listing mentions that dogs could get out of the garden, which is true, but there is nowhere to walk the dogs without taking the car. It was lovely to have apple and damson trees in the garden but our younger dog kept trying to eat the fallen ones so could only go out on the lead (grass was a bit long too). So for us it was not really that dog friendly. Hot tub was fabulous with great views. Would certainly recomend it to non dog owners.

    Thank you for giving us feedback. We are surprised that you found the driveway a challenge as many guests bring two or even three cars and we have often had a couple of Transit vans and a couple of cars on site when the builders have been doing our upgrade with no problem at all. I am also a bit confused about your comments regarding dogs as we want them to be secure in the garden and whilst there are no footpaths on the road to our entrance many guests walk their pets up our drive to visit our picnic area and pixie house which adjoins the swimming pool area. Finally you have raised an issue about the length of the grass and the fruit trees. Unfortunately this year has been very challenging for grass cutting with months of drought when nothing grew and more recently extended periods of rain. I am sorry you found the grass too long for your taste. The issue with the fruit trees is not one we have encountered before. The trees were planted many years ago by people who had a very friendly golden retreiver. Some are now sadly moving towards the end of their lives. They provide a haven for wildlife, fabulous plums and apples which we welcome guests using and taking home when in season and also much needed shade in the height of the summer. We shall be very sorry to see them go and will consider carefully the best option for replacements. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.1Sep 2023

  • "This place is awesome, home from home, the dogs loved it as they could just run ..."

    This place is awesome, home from home, the dogs loved it as they could just run round as it was secure, would definitely recommend and will return soon hopefully, it has everything you need so only need your clothes it was lovely to be able to relax in the hot tub and watch the sunsets

    Thank you for such lovely feedback. We are really pleased that you (and the dogs) had a great stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Sep 2023

  • "Pillhead cottage was absolutely fantastic for a family holiday."

    The cottage is spacious, clean and well presented. It has all you would need. Our two dogs loved running around in the garden and on Instow beach. The hot tub allowed relaxation with a view while my dinner was cooked on the BBQ. My 8 month old grandson loved the pool, and the beach. Perfect break.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Aug 2023

  • "Beautiful property on a picturesque farm."

    Well equipped, nicely decorated, comfy beds and clean. Supermarket a short drive away which was very handy. Lovely hot tub over looking the hills, fantastic pool and friendly and helpful staff. Easy drive to Woolacombe Bay, the Big Sheep and the Milky Way amusement parks. All round fantastic family holiday.

    Thank you for your positive comments. We are glad you enjoyed your holiday Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maya5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely Property, Done To A Good Standard For A Holiday Let."

    Great Outside Fenced Off Area For The Dog, Lovely Views, Especially From The Hot Tub!!

    Reviewed by Thomas3.8Jul 2023

  • "We love Pillhead Cottage and have been many times over the years (and have just now booked our third stay for this year alone)."

    The recent refurbishment and hot tub have now made it even better. Lovely secure garden for the dog and plenty of off-road parking space all make things less worrisome.

    Thank you for your feedback and look forward to seeing you later in the year. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Shaun4.7Jun 2023

  • "Excellent holiday - great place to stay for humans and dogs!"

    Well equipped with hot tub and nearby private pool which was all very relaxing. Wonderful views of the valley and very short drive to beach. We all loved it - thank you to Richard, Diane, Robert and Kim for a home away from home.

    We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to seeing you next May Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0May 2023

  • "What a fantastic cottage in a beautiful location."

    So well maintained and clean. All equipment was to a very high standard. Our dogs were well catered for with a lovely enclosed and secure garden for them to enjoy their holiday as well. Although we were surrounded by rolling fields with sheep in we were but a 5 minute drive from the nearest supermarket and the town centre of Bideford. We Will definitely return to this home from home.

    Thank you for lovely feedback. We hope to see you again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0May 2023

  • "This is a beautiful house with lovely views over looking fields with animals grazing and the daily visits in the garden from the pheasants."

    We really enjoyed the hot tub each evening. The kitchen was well equipped and the sofas in the sitting room are so comfortable. The only thing to be aware of is the garden is not enclosed as described. We have a small dog and he jumped over the small wall in the front garden within minutes of us being there. If some fencing could be put on the wall and a gate to the grassed area and to the side of the house it would be good to be able to sit in the garden without having to keep dogs on a lead. The sheep were moved into the 2 fields next to the house whilst we were there & it was great to watch the farmers herd them from the other field and bring them across the road to the farm. For anyone without animals this property is great and we would not hesitate to return if we did not have a dog. The owners were lovely when we spoke to them either on phone or in person and it shows they really care about ensuring their clients have a good place to stay.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are delighted you had a lovely holiday but a little confused about the problem you have identified with a wall as the garden and parking area are both fully enclosed with gates to the garden and patios and another gate onto the lane which we close if guests leave it open when we move sheep up and down the drive and across the road. We have many guests with dogs staying at Pillhead Cottage and this is the first time this issue has been raised and we can only think that you had a problem with your dog staying in one part of the garden as there are no internal fences and gates within the garden so that we can retain the spectacular views. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie4.7May 2023

  • "The property was excellent for our needs."

    It was very clean and tidy. Did not use hot tub as weather was poor but a great asset

    Thank you for giving us feedback, We are really pleased that you enjoyed your holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by George5.0Mar 2023

  • "We've stayed here several times before."

    The property looks to have had an upgrade since last time, new kitchen, bathrooms, etc and the hot tub was amazing. Will definitely be returning.

    Thanks for letting us know the changes we have made over the last 12 months have been successful. We look forward to welcoming you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Shaun5.0Mar 2023

  • "Enjoyed the stay at Pillhead Cottage, which is well located for coastal towns."

    Cottage is clean and comfortable with new bathrooms and kitchen. Hosts Richard and Diana are attentative, dealing promptly with very small issue arising from newly fitted kitchen. Due to weather/time of year only used hot tub once - swimming pool is located near main house and we did not view this but would give added value for summer time booking.

    Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback especially as you christened the new kitchen. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again in better weather so you can enjoy the tub more Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Feb 2023

  • "Really nice cottage in a great setting."

    Felt warm and comfortable from the moment we arrived. Hopefully visit again in the future. Thanks

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback which is really appreciated Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Dec 2022

  • "We are very grateful for the facility."

    Just wanted to let you know that on the first day we parked on the stones. The next day the car got stuck. We got out eventually but with some difficulty. Otherwise everything was fine. Thank you so much for having us.

    We are very pleased you enjoyed your holiday. Thank you very much for letting us know about the car park as but as we are only at the top of the drive we are disappointed that you didn't contact us immediately as someone is always on hand to assist and seeing the problem which must be very localised as the cottage has been very busy since May would have identified whether any immediate action was required not only to assist you but also future guests. The car park area is new this year and as the builder is coming to fit a new kitchen over the winter I will ask him to look at it. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martha4.1Oct 2022

  • "Thoroughly recommended."

    Great sized property, well-appointed and felt very private. The house was very warm - lovely! Had everything we needed. Loads to do in the local area, but always nice to return to the house at the end of the day! Enjoyed the hot tub too.

    We are very glad you enjoyed your stay and thank you for taking the time to give us feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vasillia4.7Oct 2022

  • "Pillhead cottage was a great place to stay and although there were only 3 of us I would recommend it for a family."

    We would certainly like to return. We had a great holiday. Thank you

    Reviewed by Jacqueline4.4Sep 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in an excellent location and the onsite pool is an added bonus."

    We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Aug 2022

  • "A lovely cottage in such a peaceful area."

    Perfect for visiting the beautiful beach at Westward Ho! The beds and the sofas were very comfortable. Our favourite part was the hot tub, with its great sunset view. If taking a smaller dog just check the garden before use as we found some of the gates into the field had larger gaps which could be squeezed under! Would definitely recommend this property.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay and we also appreciate you pointing out the space under the gates for smaller dogs. We will investigate what options are available to reduce this further and take what action we can. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Aug 2022

  • "We have had a fabulous time at Pillhead Cottage, it exceeded our expectations from the minute we arrived and got straight in the hot tub!"

    Beautifully presented, immaculately clean, with a kitchen stocked with every tool and gadget you might want! Lovely to have milk, tea, coffee, biscuits and fudge to get us started as well as treats for our two dogs! The garden is large, plenty of space for our grandchildren and dogs to run around as well as being secure, with gorgeous views across open countryside! Ample off road parking for two to three cars, adjacent to the cottage. A short stroll up the drive, lead us to the swimming pool, which we used most days- a lovely additional facility to use. Many thanks to Richard and Diana for an exceptional holiday!

    Thank you for taking the time to review the cottage. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and highlighted the views. We think they are rather special too. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mal5.0Jul 2022

  • "Absolutely loved the property, the facilities and its location."

    Would 100% book again!!

    We are so pleased you enjoyed staying at Pillhead Cottage. We hope to see you again in the future Property Owner

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage in a great location."

    The cottage was pristine and had everything you could possibly want. Adults, children and dogs had a brilliant holiday and we will certainly be booking again. Thoroughly recommend.

    Thank you for your lovely comments which are greatly appreciated Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0May 2022

  • "Pillhead cottage is a lovely, spacious & comfortable cottage with everything you need for a quiet relaxing holiday."

    It is well maintained, with beautiful views over the countryside and within easy reach of many small towns and attractions, making it a perfect location to be able to explore the locality. Definitely worth a visit.

    Thanks for your lovely comments. Over the winter we have done a lot of work to the cottage with a new boiler, second bathroom , new bathroom and living room, access drive and hot tub so we hope its even better now than it was. We do hope you will visit us again to see the changes we have made Property Owner

    Reviewed by Judie4.7Oct 2021

  • "This would make a good stay for 5 people and their dogs."

    A good location to explore the area. The owner responded to queries. The drive is in need of repair as there was a nasty rut that had to be missed when entering.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are really glad that you liked the location of the cottage. I must apologise that the drive posed a problem to you but unfortunately between reopening post Covid and your visit we had some severe rains which created the problem and which temporary fixes failed to resolve. We are discussing this issue with our builder and will be seeking to secure a long term solution to the issue over our winter closure period. Further to our response last year I can confirm that the new drive is now in place Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane4.1Sep 2021

  • "Excellent amenities in the cottage, except that the boiler is very noisy in the early morning and wakes people up, and the washing machine gets far too hot."

    Thank you for your feedback and your helpful comments which provide a guide for us to ascertain what work might need doing over the winter. We have investigated the boiler which is very reliable and identified an intermittent noise which we appreciate could be irritating. In view of the boilers age we have ordered a new one for installation over the winter and at the same time will use this as an opportunity to create a new shower room on the ground floor Property Owner

    Reviewed by Valerie4.1Jul 2021

  • "Pillhead was absolutely perfect for our needs of taking two dogs and two teenage boys on holiday for a week."

    Beautiful spot away from it all, but a close drive to Westward Ho! and Instow., and only 25 minutes to Croyde. We all loved the pool which really made the week for us. And it was so fantastic that the garden was dog safe and we didnt have to worry (once they got used to the sheep!). The owner Richard very friendly and around if you were to have any problems (we didnt). Highly recommend if you dont mind not being in the centre of the action and want they choice to dip in and out of the busier areas.

    Thank you very much for your positive comments We are very pleased you enjoyed your holiday Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Jul 2021

  • "Oven seal broken and toilet seat loose in bathroom."

    but we had an amazing holiday loved the cottage more of a large farm house really. will stay again, great thank you so much even though it rained we had a ,lovely time we also had dry days dogs loved the enclosed gardens very safe for them and extremly large gardens as well

    Thank you for taking the time to leave this feedback. We are sorry to hear that you experienced these issues, had you let us know we would have been happy to attend to them straight away. We're pleased to hear you loved the cottage and gardens and had an amazing holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert4.7May 2021

  • "We had a lovely week at Pillhead cottage."

    Everything we could have needed was provided. The views were lovely and the location was great for getting to lots of landmarks and beaches. North Devon has lots to offer and we would love to return.

    Reviewed by Mary4.7Oct 2020

  • "The owners were very helpful."

    Lovely clean cottage and nice and warm, central heating was great. Lovely views from the rooms. Just 10 mins away from many activities. We would like to visit again.

    Reviewed by Abigail5.0Oct 2020

  • "It was advertised that the swimming pool was an outdoor heated swimming pool, which was a great part of the attraction as I had 2 children with me, but unfortunately the pool was not heated and the experience was not good for the kids and they used the pool once."

    Thank you for your feedback. We are very sorry that you did not enjoy the swimming pool and as we are closely monitoring usage due to the need to clean the pool area between guests we were aware that you had only very briefly visited the pool area on your first full day. The pool is definitely heated although being outdoor the temperature varies significantly throughout the season and even within a few days. We do not advertise a temperature for this reason. Unfortunately your visit followed a prolonged period of heavy rain, high chilly winds and overcast days and as such the temperature would not have been as high as you might have liked although a number of other guests used their slots fully and were disappointed by the fact they could not have more. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Simon4.7Aug 2020

  • "Lovely roomy cottage both inside and out."

    Very comfortable and well appointed. Easy booking and useful pre-arrival email information and reminders.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Aug 2020

  • "Lovely place to stay, very peaceful and plenty of space inside and outside of house."

    Good facilities.

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Aug 2020

  • "Pool, location, comfy and clean cottage, Westwood Ho surf"

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Jul 2020

  • "The independence of being able to do your own thing or use the facilities on the farm."

    This is a well situated property with plenty to do and see in the area.

    Reviewed by Colin4.4Sep 2019

  • "The cottage was perfect for us and our two dogs very homely"

    Reviewed by Amapro3.8Aug 2019

  • "The cottage is situated in a very picturesque and peaceful location."

    The cottage is just a short trip to local amenities. The hosts were very friendly and welcoming with fresh cup cakes left on the table which the kids loved. A very enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by Antony5.0Aug 2019

  • "This was our second visit to Pillhead Cottage this year and was so enjoyable we are hoping to find time to go again."

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Jun 2019

  • "Absolutely loved this holiday cottage."

    A very well kept cottage that has everything in it that you would need and more. Beautifully decorated and a joy to spend time in. The views from the cottage are outstanding and if peace and quiet is what you want then this is it. Although in the country you are not far from Bideford and Instow (the best place ever if you have a dog) and other lovely coastal resorts.The owners are very thoughtful people who even bake you cupcakes to welcome you to their cottage. As said before, a great cottage and area to holiday in.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Jun 2019

  • "The property owner was friendly and helpful, and we had cupcakes, tea and coffee etc."

    waiting on our arrival!. The cottage was quite handily situated regarding nearness to supermarket and the town, and near to major routes for ease of travel. Granddaughter enjoyed the swimming pool!

    Reviewed by Janet5.0May 2019

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin (can be zipped link together into a superking), 1 x single
  • Family bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Ground floor bathroom with shower and Wash-Hand-Basin toilet
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with electric fire
  • Sun room
  • Oil central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent (bath and hand towels provided, not bath sheets), please bring your own towels for the beach, pool and hot tub.
  • Stairgate, two highchairs, and two travel cots
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Lawned garden to the front, and rear garden with picnic bench and BBQ
  • 130-acre natural grounds and orchard with terrace sun loungers (shared with owner and other properties on-site)
  • Two well behaved dogs welcome, £20 per dog, sorry no cats
  • 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: Due to swimming pool, children must be supervised at all times
  • 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

This beautiful cottage lies in the town of Bideford, home to a medieval bridge, town quay, quaint pannier market and vibrant shopping area.

Pillhead Cottage invites guests to the rural delights of the destination, benefiting from a shared outdoor swimming pool during the summer months.

Four steps from the parking area take you to a small patio and then inside to a lovely sun room, your own snug, wrapped in views of the garden, a chance to truly get away from it all.

In contrast, the lounge looks out over the landscape to the rear, featuring a picnic bench, with sheep and countryside beyond.

Close by, an all-white kitchen is freshly designed, a modern country addition to the cottage.

On the ground floor there is a bathroom with shower and Wash-Hand-Basin toilet.

And lastly, three bedrooms complete the interior, presented in a variety of styles for you and the children, all well-appointed for the fashionable family bathroom.

Situated on a working sheep farm, all the cottages share the grounds, a splendid outdoor heated swimming pool (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, a sunbathing terrace (loungers) and mown orchard.

There is a short walk up the lane from Pillhead Cottage to access the shared areas and pool.

Pillhead Cottage has a private hot tub.

Pillhead Farm

This pretty group of five 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 23 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! 3.3 miles; Appledore 3.7 miles; Instow 4.1 miles; Clovelly 11.4 miles; Saunton Sands 16.8 miles; Bude 25.3 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.

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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)

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter