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Pillhead Cider House

(Ref. 1121656)

Bideford, Devon Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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19 Customer Reviews

  • "As soon as we had walked into the Cider house, we felt a pleasant calmness, and indeed it was extremely comfortable, with a rustic charm."

    The kitchen was really well equipped, the bedroom was brilliant, with lots of storage space & lovely old beams, with a gigantic sized bed. The toilet, bath & shower were clean, with plenty shelves for all your nick-nacks. The only drawback from our stay, was the Wi-fi being quite slow & playback on Freeview very difficult to watch.

    Reviewed by Lester5.0Oct 2023

  • "The cottage was beautifully appointed, well equipped, and conveniently located for a supermarket, and to the town centre."

    Also very spacious, with a great history. If there was one small thing I could add, is that the wifi was very weak, so we couldn’t use Netflix or any catch up tv. I’m not sure if wifi was listed with all the many amenities, but it did a have a smart tv. However luckily we used our i pad and own data to watch some of the programmes we wanted, and watched a couple of dvd’s provided. We enjoyed our stay, and would recommend this cottage. Though we didn’t see Kim, I would like to say thank you. Carol

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Sep 2023

  • "The pillhead cider House is excellent in all aspects."

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Sep 2023

  • "Stairs leading to bedroom coul do with another hand rail no hand rails on bath ..."

    Stairs leading to bedroom coul do with another hand rail no hand rails on bath as such we could not use also shower very high for disabled people also no first aid kit otherwise very good

    Reviewed by Colin4.4Sep 2023

  • "Absolutely perfect and exactly what I was looking for."

    I stayed at the Cider House for a week on my own, a bit of a solo retreat as I wanted somewhere peaceful I could just relax and swim. The cottage itself is gorgeous, so cosy and full of quirks, also incredibly spacious with everything you could need/want in the kitchen. The bed and bedding were some of the comfiest I’ve ever slept on :) Having access to the pool was dreamy - it’s shared with the other cottage residents but generally had it to myself when I wanted to swim (several times a day) and was wonderful to be able swim with farm animals all around! Location was great too - felt very rural and peaceful but literally 3-4 minutes from a big Tesco and only a few mins more to the town of Bideford and also a great location for exploring Devon, and has the gigantic beach at Westward Ho! under 10 mins drive away. Family fun farm and everybody was so friendly and helpful, quick to respond etc. All in all 10/10!

    Reviewed by Angie5.0Aug 2023

  • "Hi all, We just wanted to say what a fantastic week we had staying with you, we left early doors this morning, we would have liked to thanked you face to face, but nobody was available, I should imagine you were all exhausted after the previous day’s work."

    The experience was amazing, the facilities were fantastic. It was lovely to chat with you regarding the the sheep shearing. The cottage is absolutely beautiful with lots of interesting history. You were all so welcoming, I know you run this as a business venture, but honestly, it didn’t seem like it, even when you were all so busy with the the day to day workload on the farm, and I know, as a youngster, I worked on farms, everyone still had time for a friendly chat with your guests. Thanks to all. John and Jac Ellis

    Reviewed by John4.1Aug 2023

  • "Lovely cottage on the farm could not fault it, lovely people really friendly and helpful"

    Reviewed by Pete5.0Jun 2023

  • "Great location for exploring North Devon."

    Appledore & Instow we're our particular favourites. First holiday for our 8 month old cocker spaniel & she was welcomed. Only grip was that we couldn't walk her in the fields on a lead. Which I don't think was clear on the listing. However, there was a shared garden area where she could go & found a local footpath towards Eastleigh about half a mile from farm were she could have a run early in the day. We were blessed with fabulous weather & made use of the heated outdoor pool. Great views & friendly hosts. Would like to return one day.

    Thankyou for taking the time to give us feedback. I am glad you had a lovely holiday and hope you can visit us again with your gorgeous little dog. I am very pleased you found somewhere else to take her for a walk closeby in addition to our picnic area and lane as unfortunately although humans are very welcome to walk around the farmland itself, for a variety of reasons linked to the health and safety of the many sheep and lambs on site we cannot extend this permission to dogs although we are exploring the feasibility of putting in a secure dog exercise field at some time in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Deborah4.7Jun 2023

  • "Beautiful setting, relaxing atmosphere and perfect place for listening to the sounds of nature instead of traffic!"

    Plenty of interesting places to visit locally without spending lots of time in the car.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to give us your feedback, we are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0May 2023

  • "An excellent cottage."

    Very well equipped and one of the most comfortable cottages I have stayed in. Being only 1 mile away from the Tarka Trail added to the enjoyment of our stay.

    We are so pleased to hear you had a lovely holiday. Thank you for taking the time to provide you feed back, it is really appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris5.0May 2023

  • "So glad we found this place."

    We stay regularly and have no reason to look for anywhere else.

    We look forward to seeing you all again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Howard5.0Apr 2023

  • "This was our first visit to the Cidar House it was lovely, large roomy but also cosy and very warm."

    Wonderful countryside and great views, right in the middle of the farm with sheep all around. Supermarket nearby, would definitely recommend.

    We are delighted you had a lovely holiday! Thank you so much for taking the time to give your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ross5.0Apr 2023

  • "Everything was exactly as published on the website and the Cider House was very comfortable and well appointed."

    The owners of Pillhead Farm were welcoming and charming hosts whilst not being intrusive and left us to feel at home but were on hand to deal with any queries. It was also a delight to have sheep and lambs as neighbours.

    We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you so much for taking the one to give us your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Mar 2023

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here."

    Good location and facilities. Loved this cottage full of character and personal touches. Well equipped ,comfy and cosy. Friendly and helpful owners. Thank you.

    Thank you, we really appreciate you taking the time to give us your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Mar 2023

  • "Cider House is on a working farm so there’s things going on but we loved it there."

    Friendly but unobtrusive owners who just left us to a quiet peaceful break which was brilliant.No garden BUT surrounded by fields,footpaths and lanes ( 6 cars a day is busy!!) so plenty of walking from door. We left car at cottage and walked into Bideford, Instow(great beach for dog) and lovely pub at Westerley. Many thanks for treats left for us (and dog!) on arrival and milk in fridge was a real bonus so thank you. Would recommend Cider House and wouldn’t hesitate to book again.

    Mrs Chris TaylorOct 2022

  • "Tremendous property with a perfect setting to visit the rest of a lovely area"

    Mr Alan RobertsOct 2022

  • "Made to feel very welcome throughout our stay."

    Location is perfect for visits to surrounding attractions.

    Mr Colin SmithJul 2022

  • "The Cider House is a delightful property, rustic but modern."

    Everything was provided and it was very clean and tidy. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would definitely go back again. The owners, Richard and Diane were extremely helpful and friendly and we were made to feel at home there. The local amenities such as Tesco superstore is only a 5 minute drive as was the amenities and delights of Bideford. We would definitely recommend the Cider House cottage as well as the other cottages on the farm.

    Mr Robert StewartJun 2022

  • "We have stayed at the cider barn a few times and love staying there."

    Everything you need is there and the views of the countryside from the farm are awesome. it’s very central and you can travel all over North Devon from the farm. We always love our stay at the cider barn you won’t be disappointed.

    Mrs Teresa CrippsMay 2022

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  • Single-storey (4 internal steps)
  • One double bedroom (zip/link, can be twin on request) with TV and en-suite bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin, bidet and WC
  • Open-plan living spaces with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer and dishwasher
  • 2 x TV, DVD player, HiFi sound system, Radio, CD Player, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove 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 and pool
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Off-road parking
  • Communal grounds and farmland with lawn, furniture, barbecue, and heated swimming pool
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.9 miles, shop 1.5 miles
  • Note: Pillhead Farm is a working farm
  • Note: Pet charge is £20 per full or part week
  • 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) is available from the Friday immediately preceding the last bank holiday in May to the first Friday in September, 10am-evening
  • Note: Electric cars cannot be charged on site, but there is a charging point 4-minutes drive away (at Tesco)
  • Note: Wood provided October - April

The property

Pillhead Cider House is a historic cottage nestled in Pillhead Farm near Bideford, Devon.

With original features and an open-plan living space, the cottage is a lovely dwelling for a couple or two friends looking to escape to wonderful coastlines and countryside.

This snug cottage also welcomes one well-behaved dog and babes in arms.

Pillhead Farm hosts plenty of off-road parking for guests where you can park up and get settled into your home-from-home; entering the old cider house, a charming open-plan living space welcomes you with white-washed walls, original beams and all amenities needed for a wonderful self-catering stay.

Start the woodburning stove after long walks along the coast and settle into the plush sofas for a film night.

Set the dining table for two and rustle up a home-cooked meal in the kitchen area, complete with electric oven and hob, plenty of cupboard space to stock up, and a washer/dryer to quickly clean clothes and beach towels ready for the next day.

Take four steps down to the lower ground floor, where a double bedroom awaits, which is zip/link and can be twin on request; gaze up at the fantastic oak beams, enjoy lazy mornings in bed watching your favourite shows on the TV and store your belongings in the ample storage space.

With classic cottage décor, the en-suite bathroom features a jacuzzi bath and walk-in shower, where you can soak tired legs in a bubble bath or rinse off the sand with a hot shower.

Pillhead Cider House has vast communal grounds and farmland to explore.

Dine alfresco on the picnic areas with a barbecue, wander the lovely countryside surroundings, or take to the on-site outdoor, heated swimming pool to swim a few morning laps before the day begins.

Resting in the perfect spot for award-winning sandy beaches, quaint towns and villages, as well as dramatic coastlines to trek, Pillhead Cider House is an ideal spot to call home whilst you explore the best of Devon.

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 £100.

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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).