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The Art House

Bideford, Devon (Ref. 973399)

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  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No


  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Smoke-free Smoke-free
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/Games room Games Room
  • Icon/Feature/By the sea Seaside
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

The property

This recently renovated three-storey Grade ll listed Georgian Townhouse rests on a historic street, The Strand in Bideford where Charles Kingsley once resided, within walking distance of the thriving town centre.

Situated over three floors, The Art House is designed to a very high specification and is a wonderful retreat.

The house has been recently converted back to one large family home; a beautiful place to commence your day and return home to after an eventful afternoon, with all the original features retained including coving and all large sash windows with shutters its high ceilings and welcoming ambience.

Designed by a wife and husband who are artists' and hotel designers by profession.

You enter the house via a hallway, which continues through to a beautiful open-plan living area.

Whether you are settling down for a warm drink prepared by your very own coffee machine, or coming together for a meal after the sun sets cooked in the kitchen which has a chimney breast where the range cooker is placed, this is a heart-warming base to unwind.

For somewhere cosy to relax as the night draws in, the sitting room on the first floor is your precious haven to snuggle up in front of the feature woodburner.

It has two large chesterfield sofas to sit 8 people so you can truly escape from it all completed with new real wood flooring throughout the property and new antique furniture has been added in keeping with the period of property.

A collection of bedrooms to choose from, you will be impressed by the variety on offer, including a king-size, one bedroom is complete with traditional wood panelling, and a single bedroom with a pull-out option, perfect for the children with a variety of children's toys and board games provided.

A large winding staircase also leads to a bathroom, and an eclectic shower room are located on the split-level landings for a unique twist, and there is even a utility area downstairs for those extras you may need.

From here, follow the entrance out towards the courtyard garden, just part of the 45 foot south facing garden, a lovely area with a patio and furniture.

The garden has split levels with a sheltered courtyard patio at lower level with 2 armchairs, also featuring steps which lead directly up to the first floor with beautiful views over the bowling green and views towards hills and surrounding countryside, the patio at the higher garden level has a dining table and chairs.

Bideford is in a fantastic location, it is just a few miles from Westward Ho! This 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 with fantastic bathing and water sport activities available.

The South West Coastal Path and the famous traffic-free Tarka Trail are close by, providing magnificent walking and cycling opportunities.

A promising retreat in a special part of Devon.


Over three floors. Four bedrooms: 1 x second floor king-size, 1 x second floor double, 1 x first floor double, 1 x second floor single with pull-out bed. First floor shower room with shower, basin and WC. Bathroom with bath, basin and WC. First floor sitting room with woodburner. Ground floor open-plan kitchen/dining area. Utility.


  • Gas central heating with wood burner
  • Electric double oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, coffee machine, dishwasher
  • TV with Freeview, Wi-Fi, selection of books, games and DVD's
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Roadside parking on a first come first served basis, off-road parking nearby and public car parks
  • Courtyard garden to the rear with patio and furniture (there are some steps here and also access steps to the first floor)
  • Sorry, no pets, no smoking
  • Shop 5 mins and pub 3 mins walk
  • Note: The basement and second bathroom will not be accessible for the time being
  • Note: Property is over three floors, with bathrooms on split-landing levels, may not be suitable for those with limited mobility
  • Note: Woodburner is a feature only and not to be used.

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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, and the pretty villages of Appledore and Instow are just over three miles away. Plus there are cycling and walking opportunities along the nearby Tarka Trail. 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

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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