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The Old Police House

Braunton near Croyde, Devon (Ref. 917405)


Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 9

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Broadband / WiFi
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Ground floor bedroom

Reviews & Ratings

Accuracy of the listing

16 Customer Reviews

  • "Really great cottage, clean and well equipped."

    Really helpful and responsive owner. Only issue is the parking, but we knew that before we went. Amazing location.

    Reviewed by AliceOct 2021

  • "Location is great, but the lack of parking is a bit of an issue."

    We were OK, as we found adequate street parking etc. but was the only downside from an otherwise excellent holiday home.

    Reviewed by GavinAug 2021

  • "This was a lovely property."

    Perfect for us. I would not recommend for elderly.

    Reviewed by HazelMay 2021

  • "I would just like to say that I booked through booking."

    Com where it was not clear this was a sykes holiday let. I received no reply to messages sent through booking.com which has never happened before. I could not discuss check out or parking etc. I also didn't know until AFTER we'd booked that we'd have to strip the beds and load the dishwasher, even with a 10am checkout. And there was no toilet roll on arrival- in a place that cost over £400 for 2 nights. The location of the house was good for amenities- the main road was noisy enough to wake us. Nicely looked after house but one bathroom for 9 people is not enough.

    Reviewed by SerenaSep 2020

  • "Ive sent two emails now one when i was at the cottage other when i checked out ..."

    Ive sent two emails now one when i was at the cottage other when i checked out both had pics and details about the house no one been in touch when we arived there was over a weeks worth of rubbish in garden there was a black bra under the draws in back bedroom there was sweet and chocolate under the sofa that the dog sniffed out and when we moved the sofa it was filthy under there the bottom of the bath looked like it hadnt been cleaned for months the shower screen had all soap scum and the sink in the bathroom had several cracks in and black mould and the fridge in the utility had about a inch of dust and filth on top hadn't been wiped for months i sent pictures in a email not heard a thing

    Reviewed by AshleySep 2020

  • "I had an email stating i could check in at 3pm arrived but couldn't get in the property."

    The cleaners were there and told us check in was 5pm. Even though i showed them an email from the week prior to me arriving. There were no covid 19 procedures. No masks the property was a state The property was filthy, its not seen a duster for 20 years. There was food in the cupboards, rubbish everywhere. I will be complaining to yourself and i intend cancelling my December get away.

    Reviewed by KarissAug 2020

  • "Great central location"

    Reviewed by MartinSep 2019

  • "Great location with lovely beaches within a short drive ."

    House well equipped and comfortable. Braunton center on the doorstep.

    Reviewed by DerekJul 2019

  • "Great value for money the pictures don’t do the house justice so it exceeded our expectations we came to Braunton for a wedding and soon realised what a great location the house is in making it easy to visit some of North Devon’s famous towns and beaches."

    The riverside restaurant serves excellent roast dinner, we would also recommend Sian Bistro and the local fish and chips. We will be returning at some point only set back would be parking at busy times as there doesn’t seem like there’s enough.

    Reviewed by GaryMar 2019

  • "Very comfortable house which lived up to our expectations."

    Very well equipt. We really appreciated the new, outside loo.

    Reviewed by PaulineNov 2018

  • "Parking was just across the road in Caens car park which was very reasonably priced."

    The boiler tripped out but was easy to reset when investigated although it did leave us with no hot water for a night. These are minor issues compared to the very good position for beaches, food, pubs and a very comfortable well presented property which we thoroughly enjoyed. The property faces SQ delivery entrance so leaving the window open of a night may cause some people an issue with early morning for deliveries. Obviously with the window shut there was no problem however the weather being warm its nicer to have the draught.

    Owner has replaced with a brand new boiler and revamped the whole heating system since the guest's departure. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2018

  • "It was the first time we rented a big cottage for 7 of us and we were a bit apprehensive about the facilities at the cottage and the comfortableness of it."

    However we were very pleased with all we had in the cottage and wouldn't hesitate to book again when we manage to be all together again.

    Reviewed by JennyJun 2018

  • "Great holiday home, comfortable, roomy and great location."

    Reviewed by JulieDec 2017

  • "Ideal for our requirements."

    This is the second year we have used the house & will book again next year. Will be even better when the additional toilet installation is completed. Would suggest using sensor activated lights outside.

    Reviewed by PaulOct 2017

  • "A fabulous holiday home in a fantastic position near amenities."

    It felt like home from home and we will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by SophieJul 2017

  • "TOPH is absolutely lovely, full of character yet modern equipment and all the things you need."

    The lounge is very comfortable for TV watching and the garden just right for my dog first thing with lovely walks, bars and restaurants all around. Street parking a street away wasn't a problem and dropping off luggage was fine, even with the double yellows.

    Reviewed by MelanieSep 2016

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x double, 1 x family room with zip link twin beds (can be king-size double on request) and 1 single, 1 x ground floor adult bunks
  • Bathroom with freestanding bath, separate double shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room
  • Newly added outside toilet.
  • Property heating: Gas, other heating sources: Central Heating
  • 1 oven of type: electric
  • Hobs
  • Microwave
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Fridge Freezer
  • Washing Machine
  • TV
  • Dvd Player
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • 0 Highchair
  • 1 x Garden
  • Pets allowed
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop within 0.1 miles
  • Pub within 0.1 miles
  • Note: Open fires are for decorative purposes only and are not in use

The property

A terraced former police house in the village centre of Braunton, this charming cottage is just three miles from the beautiful North Devon Coast.

Located in the heart of the village, you are surrounded by village shops, surf shops, traditional village pubs, contemporary restaurants, bars and cafes, and also close to the bank and cash point.

With sandy beaches and golf courses, this is an ideal holiday cottage for all the family.

The Old Police House has been beautifully converted, with some of the interesting original features retained.

The kitchen with its large dining area leads out to a utility room and surfboard storage area.

The sitting room has plush sofas and a large TV, and makes a really cosy, relaxing family room.

The former ground floor cell has the original viewing panel and now serves as a bedroom with bespoke bunk beds, and the wide staircase used to take criminals up to the first floor has a fabulous feature window, letting in plenty of light to the upstairs landing.

The three bedrooms on the first floor are spacious; the Kingpin Room with a king-size bed, the Garden Room with a double bed and patio doors leading out to the garden, and The Family Room which can either be made up with a super king-size double and a single, or with three single beds.

The enclosed rear garden is reached via the inner hallway or the utility room, and several steps lead up to extensive decking across two areas.

The decking can also be reached from one of the first floor double bedrooms, being on the top level, and it has wonderful views across the village, providing a sunny spot to relax around the barbecue.

A short stroll into the village provides easy access to a bistro, pubs, cafes and shops and a three-mile drive leads to the fabulous long sandy beach at Saunton, which is backed by Braunton Burrows, a vast area of sand dunes, designated an AONB.

A welcoming cottage with a wealth of charm, close to beaches and family fun.

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Croyde 5 miles; Barnstaple 6 miles; Woolacombe 9.5 miles.

Braunton is a village in North Devon, situated right at the centre of the North Devon Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and incorporating Braunton Burrows, the largest area of sand dunes in Europe, a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. A couple of miles from the village is Saunton Sands beach, a three-mile stretch of beautiful west-facing sandy beach, backed by the sand dunes. Stroll along the beach, enjoy the surfing, or have a leisurely picnic. Just five minutes around the headland is Croyde Bay an excellent surfing beach, and round the next headland is Woolacombe Bay, another 3 mile stretch of beautiful sandy beach. There are some fabulous golf courses in the area including Saunton, Portmore or Royal North Devon golf courses. The South West Coast Path from Braunton to Instow follows part of the Tarka Trail along the estuary of the River Taw. This is part of North Devon’s Biosphere Reserve and much of the route follows old railway trackbeds, which now serve as an easy level route for walkers as well as cyclists. An understated part of Devon, with plenty to do for coast and country lovers alike.

Region Information

Note: The property has a gardener which will attend every Tuesday evening for 1hr from 7pm.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas