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2 Bittadon Cottages

(Ref. 970704)

Barnstaple, Devon Show on map


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  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room

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26 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely property, we had a wonderful stay."

    Kitchen was smaller than it looked in the photos, but very well equipped. Overall very pleased, would definitely recommend. Hamper was a really lovely touch also

    Reviewed by Ben4.7Jan 2024

  • "Everything about the house was lovely and so comfortable."

    Tammy's cake was delicious. Just one negative - the directions to the property seemed to be missing some detail. It said: "Follow A361 and then follow B3230 to your destination. The B3230 is a very long road. You will pass St Peter Bittadon. Your property will be further ahead." The house is not on the B3230 so it was good that Tammy had called in advance and mentioned turning off the B3230 just before the Bittadon village sign! We then followed satnav which led us up the hill to a farmyard full of piles of tyres. When we eventually did find the house, we then spent the next hour standing on the road to flag down and direct the rest of our group arriving in different cars! So clearer directions would be very helpful for your guests!

    Reviewed by Rosamund4.7Sep 2023

  • "The property was lovely,we enjoyed our weeks stay there , it was close to the beach and to a couple of towns."

    The only problem that we found was getting out at the end of the lane it was on a blind corner on a busy road.

    Reviewed by Geoffrey4.7Aug 2023

  • "We enjoyed the cottage bedrooms very good kitchen a bit small for 7 adults."

    Overall good and enjoyed the time with our grandchildren.

    Reviewed by David3.8Aug 2023

  • "Bittadon Cottage is perfectly situated both in terms of aestheticism and pragmatism in that it is isolated within a picturesque hillside setting with views of the valley but is within easy reach of shops and beaches, most notably with a Tesco superstore a short drive away."

    The cottage not only met but exceeded our expectations containing everything one could possibly expect when away from home from the well-stocked kitchen necessities to the scented towels, bedding and fragranced hand wash liquid making the customer feel that bit more valued. Customer satisfaction is clearly the focus with two of the four well-appointed bedrooms compromising ensuite facilities plus two additional bathrooms and two separate living areas one facilitated with a cosy and welcoming log burning stove. Outside there are extensive lawns with a summerhouse retreat. Getting a welcoming call from the owner was a nice touch as was being greeted by the ‘caretaker’ who lives in the adjoining cottage. Whilst the internet connection can be a bit temperamental, none the less this was a lovely home from home retreat that we would not hesitate in returning to.

    Reviewed by Lennox5.0Apr 2023

  • "This is a beautiful cottage set in a quiet location with all the charm of its Victorian roots."

    Four good-sized bedrooms, two en-suite, with views across the valley. For star-gazers, on a clear night the sky gives a beautiful display of the heavens. As there was only two of us the space downstairs was more than ample but with more than six people in the cottage, the kitchen would represent a challenge to cooking for more than that number as, though well furnished with equipment, it is on the small side. The grounds are a very good size and, along with extensive lawns, mainly planted with cottage garden flowers and shrubs. If you have small children, there is quite a steep slope down one side which might mean constant supervision. Communication was very good which made our stay so much easier. We loved the property and were very sad to leave.

    Very grateful for your feedback - I have cooked very successfully for eight there, by the simple expedient of telling everyone else to get out of my kitchen! All eight around the dining table is a bit cosy but it's the second fridge and all the extra cold storage for food in the pantry that makes the real difference. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Graeme3.8Sep 2022

  • "This is a lovely spacious cottage with a large garden and summer house to enjoy and is pretty much as describes."

    Several beaches are within 25 minutes of several beaches and the nearest supermarket is 4 miles away. As well as a welcome pack we had a home made cake waiting for us - they checked for allergies a few days before we arrive. Being an old cottage you can expect thick walls, and a mix of single glaze and double glazing. We went in July and at time it was a little cold. In places its a bit shabby , as opposed to shabby chic, and there are quite a few spiders not for the arachnophobes. As advertised wifi is a bit hit and miss and v slow so don't bank on being able to stream Netflix etc. Also don't much of a phone signal as well. An improvement would be to put all the info about the cottage, , your stay and the surrounds in 1 folder, like other operators do.

    Relieved to know that this translates into just needing a lick of paint and perhaps a sofa upgrade. The wi-fi is a perennial I'm afraid, we went for the best BT package but we can't do anything about the hills. Otherwise I'm glad to know you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back again next year. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John4.1Jul 2022

  • "What a delightful cottage!"

    Probably the most well-prepared property we have ever stayed in - everything you could think of was provided, plus a few things you hadn’t thought of! Having a ‘welcome’ cake was a lovely touch, and the ’starter pack’ provided was extensive & far above expectation! Communication was always quick, both prior to and during our stay. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Apr 2022

  • "We found if difficult to set the central heating so upstairs was somestimes very cold."

    We also suggest an outside light to go down the stairs in the dark from the car park to the back door, we used to leave the car headlights on so that my mother could find her way down the steps safely. We could not fault the property is was beautiful, everything was more than we expected, the hamper and cake was a brilliant touch. I suppose the only down size is that we felt we lost a day not being able to go into the property before 4pm and then having to leave by 10am. Otherwise we had a wonderful time.

    Reviewed by Carol4.7Mar 2022

  • "Myself and my colleges had a marvellous time staying here."

    We loved how comfortable this cottage was. After a long day it was brilliant to come back and relax in font of the fire. The bedrooms were spacious and comfortable. We occasionally had issues with the hot water if a few of us had showers in short succession, and the WiFi isn’t the best, but it did us well as we all needed a bit of an escape. The garden was perfect for sitting and enjoying the morning sun with a coffee. We all want to return to this cottage for a holiday in the future.

    Reviewed by George5.0Mar 2022

  • "The Cottage provides a lovely quiet and relaxing break, with all the home comforts you would want."

    Everything was spotlessly clean and ready to go, with a welcome pack including a delicious home baked cake. Received a call from Sarah the day before we arrived, to offer some final details and guidance should we need it. The only disappointment was, that we couldn't stay longer to soak up more peace and tranquility. Thanks for helping create a great holiday, after such a difficult 18 months for everyone.

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2021

  • "The cottage was very well presented with quality furnishings and fixtures."

    The welcome pack was very well received as was the excellent homemade cake. Nice touch to be contacted by the housekeeper Sarah prior to our visit with some extra details about the cottage.

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Sep 2021

  • "This was a lovely cottage to stay in, very spacious and well equipped."

    The welcome bundle including a fresh homemade cake was an absolute treat for everyone on arrival. We had a couple of hiccups but these were soon sorted by the friendly and helpful Housekeeper (Sarah). The bedrooms and bathrooms are spacious and comfy and the towels are a fluffy and large (which is hard to come by with a lot of holiday cottages!). The warm utility room was brilliant for drying wetsuits and raincoats after damp days. The one downside for us was that the dining table only seats 6 people but the house sleeps 8 so we couldn't all eat together. But otherwise, I would highly recommend this lovely cottage.

    As there is seldom call to seat eight people around the dining table the two extra chairs are kept elsewhere in the cottage (one at the desk on the landing upstairs and the other in the second bedroom). When put to use these do mean eight people can be seated, albeit a little closely together. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emily5.0Aug 2021

  • "We enjoyed the whole holiday a perfect spot great views and wonderful beaches near by and sarah the housekeeper who looks after the property on behalf of the owners goes well beyond all expectations with her services."

    Reviewed by Andy4.7Jun 2021

  • "The cottage is the absolute perfect getaway."

    Warm, comfortable, spacious and packed with absolutely everything you could possibly need for whatever holiday you're aiming for. The weather ranged from brilliant sunshine to storm winds, and yet we found the cottage well-equipped to be the perfect setting for any weather - a well-situated base for walking, a huge garden with deck chairs for relaxing in the sun, or a cozy place to shelter from the rain with the fire and board games. We arrived for my birthday and the birthday cake with candles was a really thoughtful touch too. Things you might be wondering: the kitchen is VERY well stocked for any cooking, and the welcome hamper is really generous. The showers are powerful and hot. The beds are very comfortable. The whole place is exceptionally clean. The fire is easy to tend to and there's plenty of wood for it. The wifi is a little weak and there is no phone reception, so best not to plan for lots of internet use. The couple days of extreme weather also meant some (very brief) dips in power while we were there, but there is a wood burner for heat and cooking (which we didn't end up needing), and plenty of candles and a torch etc (again, the dips didn't last long enough for us to need them but worth knowing they're well stocked). We would DEFINITELY come back. Would HIGHLY recommend the Terrace Tapas Restaurant in Ilfracombe for dinner (the cocktails are GREAT), and the Dolphin for Fish & Chips (they even do GF).

    Reviewed by Alexander4.7May 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage which has been renovated to a very high standard."

    The two main bedrooms have spacious en-suites and lovely countryside views.The kitchen is small but very well equipped.We felt that we were staying in someone’s home rather than a holiday let and we did not want to leave. The house is perfectly positioned to explore the coast path and Exmoor. Tip-if you are driving from Barnstaple and go pass the Bittadon road sign you have passed the turning the cottage.

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage in a secluded setting, and not far from all the main places."

    Immaculately clean and very comfortable. Appreciated the selection of groceries left for us, such a lovely touch. Could be a little bit better sign posted, but that's my only negative comment!!! Would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Sep 2020

  • "Booked this beautiful cottage at the beginning of the year with no idea what was about to unfold."

    My family and I had a fabulous time, the cottage had everything we needed and there was a very wide range of ages. The garden is gorgeous and the children had a great time playing in the "secret garden"! The welcome hamper was beyond all expectation and the fabulous chocolate cake lasted about 5 minutes! The cottage was a great location for getting out and about and for visiting the beaches. All my family had surfing lessons on the beach at Puttsborough and are now hooked! We know what to get them for Christmas this year! There was plenty of opportunity for walking and just generally being outside. We ate wonderful fish and chips from the local fish and chip shops and had a very good meal at The Beach House in Woolacombe. The cafe at the top of Puttsborough beach sells very delicious crab baps - highly recommend! We had fish from a local trout farm and generally ate far too much. We would definitely come back to this cottage again!

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Aug 2020

  • "The cottage was everything we were hoping for - spacious, very comfortable and clean, in a beautiful setting (rural, but within a few miles of the main North Devon beaches, towns and coastal/inland walks), and with supermarket less than 10 minutes away."

    We didn't lack for any facilities at the cottage, and has a wonderful welcome hamper. The booking was easy, and we had a pre-holiday call from Sarah to check through arrival info, and I also had a very helpful text exchange with the owner re places to eat out. We went to Croyde, Saunton and Putsborough/Woolacombe beaches, walked around Baggy Point, around the grounds of Arlington Court, and Valley of Rocks and Watersmeet. We also did a lovely walk from the cottage before Sunday lunch. The Pyne Arms was excellent for Sunday lunch and an evening meal too, and we also have lovely brunch/lunch at Meraki coffee co at Woolacombe, and fish and chips at Squires in Braunton.

    Reviewed by Clive5.0Aug 2020

  • "Very comfortable and well equipped property in tranquil setting."

    Lots of lovely beaches and attractions in easy reach. Thank you for the fabulous hamper on arrival. A lovely stay!

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Aug 2020

  • "Bittadon cottage is in a beautiful position so peaceful and relaxing and the location is ideal for exploring the north Devon coast."

    The cottage is very comfortable and very well equipped with everything you could want for a perfect holiday.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Jul 2020

  • "Warm cottage that was very pleasant to stay during difficult weather conditions - open fire makes a great difference"

    Reviewed by P5.0Feb 2020

  • "The cottage was very well equipped with everything we needed to have a comfortable stay."

    Comfortable beds, good showers, well equipped although small kitchen, two sitting areas and a beautiful garden. There was a hamper to welcome us as well as milk for our first cup of tea. At night the sky was lit up by stars as we had mainly clear skies. The downside was the internet. If I had known how bad it was I would not have booked as my husband was relying on broadband to read and send work emails. The lack of television channels was surprising - so many channels we take for granted at home just weren't available. Places we visited were Woolacombe and Croyde for my brother-in-law and sister-in-law as that was where they were engaged, Ilfracombe, Barnstaple (disappointing), Bude (great sandy beach ideal for surfers and families), Saunton Sands (another great beach), RHS Rosemoor (wonderful gardens), Dunster Castle NT and Arlington Court NT with an interesting house, lovely gardens and a wilderness walk plus the most delicious gooseberry and lemon drizzle cake. Disappointed by Tintagel though. My husband wanted to walk over the new bridge but the price was far too high so we declined. All in all we had a great week's holiday in an area new to my husband and I.

    Thank you for your feedback. Internet speed for N. Devon is generally poor and the signal at the cottage is also intermittent which is why we draw attention to it in the Summary. Generally there is enough for email and Whatsapp but not if you need to move large files around I'm afraid. I am glad you had a good stay and we do hope to see you again at 2 Bittadon Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ghislaine4.7Sep 2019

  • "Everything about this cottage was perfect, rural location but near enough to beaches and places of interest."

    The only advise we would give is to warn people about the lump of concrete in the middle of the gates used to access the property as both our cars received substantial damage to the underside by driving over this.If you are forewarned about this you can avoid driving over it, but as you have to turn severely left off the lane yo only become aware of it when it is too late.

    Thank you for your feedback. The two field gates at the entrance to the property are both eight feet wide. They are secured in the centre by a bolt housed in a modest concrete ramp which lessens to left and right. You only have to open one gate for slow access where the ramp is lower, but both sides have been remedied now. I am glad you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you again at 2 Bittadon Cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David3.8Aug 2019

  • "We enjoyed a wonderful stay."

    The welcome was warm, the cottage superb. The furnishings and finish very luxurious. The location is just beautiful, sat on the side of the valley the gardens were an all day and evening suntrap. It was just a week of bliss! We will be back!! Thank you for a wonderful week.

    Reviewed by Maya5.0May 2019

  • "We had a brilliant Christmas in 2 Bittadon Cottages - The cottage was decked out with two lit Christmas trees and decorations, and we were met with a beautiful food hamper on our arrival."

    The weather prevented us from properly exploring Barnstaple, but we had no qualms enjoying all the cottage provided for a week! Recommended.

    Reviewed by Jeremy5.0Dec 2018

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x ground floor super king-size with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x super king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Dining room with woodburner
  • Sitting room.
  • Oil central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine (1400 rpm), dishwasher
  • TV with FreeSat, DVD, CD, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • WiFi is limited and mobile reception is intermittent
  • Travel cot, highchairs and stairgate
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Terraced garden with large level lawn, patio, furniture, BBQ, summerhouse and natural enclosed pond
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Note: The area containing the pond is unsuitable for unsupervised children but can be accessed as desired via the locked gate
  • Minimum stay for this property is 4 nights
  • Note: the WiFi may be intermittent or may not work on some occasions

The property

Bittadon Cottage in Barnstaple is a semi-detached retreat situated in an elevated position, overlooking the valley and surrounded by farmland.

Bittadon Cottage can be found in the pretty hamlet of Bittadon just eight miles from the blue flag sandy beach at Woolacombe.

Bring along the family or a group of friends to enjoy all that this accommodation has to offer, from the impressive garden views to the immaculate presentation of the interior.

Featuring a snug, as well as a cosy lounge, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to relaxing, and may even wish to rest outside in the lovely suntrap of a garden with its seating area.

Discover the four beautiful bedrooms, all providing good quality beds and linen, with scenery that leans out over the gardens and open countryside.

A family bathroom accompanies the formation and a wonderful kitchen/dining room, is perfect for a delicious breakfast or an evening meal after the sun sets.

Outside there are plenty of parking spaces, with steps leading down to the entrance of the cottage, where there is a patio area with furniture.

A path from the cottage takes you to the garden and its summer house, which includes seating and children's games.

There is a path which takes you past the rear of the cottage into another garden area that sweeps through an arch into a further garden.

The bird life at this cottage is extraordinary with everything from goldfinch and siskin to buzzard and spotted woodpecker.

Swallows and house martins are regular visitors in the summer and pheasants inhabit the garden all year round.

There is much to see and do in North Devon and the cottage is within easy reach of the surfing beaches of Saunton, Croyde and Woolacombe.

Other attractions include golf, fishing, walking and horse-riding, and Exmoor with its beautiful walks is a mere 10 miles away.

Barnstaple lies at the end of the magnificent Tarka Line railway journey, an all-round memorable adventure.

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About the location


Exeter 40 miles.

Barnstaple enjoys a superb location at the mouth of the Taw Estuary, on the spectacular North Devon coastline between Westward Ho! and Croyde and is a short drive from the Exmoor National Park. Barnstaple is a busy traditional Devon coastal town with a pannier market, shops, restaurants and bars, along with two fabulous sandy beaches, which are popular with surfers and families. The town is renowned for its floral displays having won a Britain in Bloom award and flowers are found around every corner of the town in the most unusual places. Barnstaple lies at the end of the magnificent Tarka line railway journey, which takes you through the spectacular North Devon countryside of wooded river valleys, rugged moorland and a stretch of coastline, plus close by is the picture postcard coastal village of Clovelly. A combination of numerous long sandy beaches and family attractions makes Barnstaple a desirable holiday destination.

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Minimum stay for this property is 4 nights

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Christmas