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Harbour Cottage

(Ref. 1096203)

Ilfracombe, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • cottage (9)
  • lovely (9)
  • location (8)
  • harbour (7)
  • clean (7)
  • property (6)

14 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely property, very clean and comfortable and well equipped."

    Well placed for harbour, pubs and restaurants, everything walkable. Only criticism was the garden was unusable as it was very overgrown, we tried to cut back a little bit of the buddlejia and grasses, but too much to do. Would definitely come again thanks.

    Reviewed by Deborah4.4Jul 2024

  • "Garden needs cutting back."

    Went to open a bottle of wine and the bottle opener is broken ( wine denied), otherwise it is lovely and sympathetically decorated cottage and the little extras like the different dried herbs and oil, dishwasher tablets etc were a nice touch. We will book again.

    Reviewed by Karen4.7Jun 2024

  • "Lovely cottage in a brilliant location"

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0Sep 2023

  • "This is our second year using this property and on the whole we found it very comfortable and clean."

    However we did have problems opening and keeping open the windows in the living room and bedrooms. We picked a very warm week and this was very frustrating. Apart from that we had an instance when a handle came off a cupboard that had clearly been damaged before. One final thing I lost a pair of glasses and wondered if they had been found? All things considered we hope to book again next year.

    Dear Gareth, Thank you for coming back and stay in our little cottage. Your feedback means a lot to us. The windows in the living room and bedrooms were replaced a couple of years ago, they can open from the bottom and the top. The bottom sash will slide back down for safety reasons (stopping young children to venture out), you can open the top and this will remain open. I have dropped a message to our cleaners for your glasses, and will keep you posted. We look forward to seeing you next year! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gareth4.7Sep 2023

  • "A mixed review."

    Great location and the cottage had a well equipped kitchen. The garden is a nice feature and is sunny until the end of the day. However the main bathroom being on the ground floor, while the bedrooms are on the second floor is not ideal. We had the second bedroom set up as a twin room. The room is tiny, you can barely walk around the beds and neither of us could unpack as there was not sufficient storage. The twin beds were incredibly narrow (about the width of a pillow) but the quilts were single size and kept falling off during the night. The ground floor bathroom has no ventilation so it was very steamy and musty. The cottage is nicely decorated and has attractive artwork. Being a cottage there are lots of stairs, so it would not suit elderly people or families with young children. I would recommend the cottage for couples. The proximity to local shops, pubs and the harbour is one of the best things about the property.

    Reviewed by Sara3.4Jul 2023

  • "The property was perfect."

    Very well equipped and in a brilliant location within the town. The place was very clean. Beds were comfortable. Plenty of games, dvds and jigsaws for bad weather. The Xbox was a lovely touch although we found this affected the signal of the lounge tv if both were on at the same time. We would definitely recommend Harbour cottage and would choose to stay here again if we were in the area.

    Dear Jennifer, We are so happy you had a good stay at Harbour Cottage and enjoyed the surroundings! We hope to see you again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a lovely short stay in Harbour Cottage -perfect location in Ilfracombe."

    We had thought parking may be an issue but always spaces in the car park and worked out much cheaper than we thought. The cottage was equipped with everything we needed and great for just two of us & a small dog. In the fine weather the outside area would be lovely, we didn’t get to use it really as so early in the season.

    Dear Susan, Thank you for your amazing feedback! It means a lot to us. You are right! Ropery car park is ideally situated less than 30 meters from the cottage which makes it easy to park and it is indeed reasonably priced. We are very happy you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again next year, hopefully later in the season when you can make full use of our lovely garden and our sun terrace. All the best, Raphaelle and Stuart Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Apr 2023

  • "We really enjoyed it and everything we needed was at our fingertips."

    Very clean cottage and didn’t want to leave after a weeks holiday. So much to do in the local area even when wet. Only issue we had but wasn’t a real problem, we struggled to get any main channels on the TV.

    Dear Andrew, Many thanks for the positive feedback. We are very happy you enjoyed your stay. We are very sorry about the issue with the TV and are looking into it. Luckily Ilfracombe and the area have a lot to offer and we are pleased you were able to enjoy your week, even on rainy days. Hopefully you found the board games too for cosy evenings "at home". We look forward to seeing you again! All the best, Raphaelle and Stuart Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Apr 2023

  • "Many thanks for a wonderful stay."

    The cottage was in a superb location and we spent the week walking the coast path from Porlock to Ilfracombe. We were unable to get the televisions working or the video player but once we had established how to connect the cables, we found the signal so weak that we were unable to watch a programme. We realise is not the fault of the owners. We had no problems at all with the cleanliness of the property. Having lived in an old terraced cottage ourselves, we found the same issues at Harbour Cottage as we experienced at home: black sooty like dust escapes from the loft spaces and was to be found on the floors and surfaces in tiny amounts. We have no complaints about this at all - part of the charm of living in a period property and it was evident that the property is cleaned regularly and to a high standard. Thanks for the milk left in the fridge and tea/coffee. This was lovely as we had come on a long journey and arrived late at night. The outside spaces are lovely. A cream tea was enjoyed on the top terrace using the jam left by the owners. Thank you for a lovely stay. Kay and Neerose

    Dear Kay and Neerose, Thank you for the very nice feedback. We are very pleased you found Harbour Cottage's location so ideal. It is really a stone through from all attractions in the town and brilliant for walks. We always find it a great base to explore North Devon and Exmoor by foot or by car. We are sorry you had some trouble with the TV connection. Hopefully it didn't spoil your stay. We have been told there were some short term internet problems in the last few weeks. Nevertheless we are taking note of your comments and will update our guest handbook to try and be clearer with how the TV and video player connect and how to access channels through the wifi. We are really keen to make sure our guests feel welcome and it is very nice to hear you enjoyed the jam and the milk, tea and coffee. Once again, thank you for the lovely feedback and we hope to see you again soon! Best wishes, Raphaelle and Stuart. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kay5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely place to stay, but it was not especially clean."

    We would like to be able to send a couple of photos to corroborate this, the hard floors in toilets, bathrooms and kitchens were basically filthy. Wiping with a square of damp kitchen paper, it came back almost black with grime. We also had to empty the vacuum cleaner before we could use it - it was absolutely stuffed full and had clearly not been emptied for a good while. In this age of supposedly deep cleaning, this was a great disappointment and we are generally understanding of expectations. Thank you.

    Dear Richard, Thank you for your feedback. We are very sorry to read that the house wasn't in an acceptable state. We were also surprised as we have so far only received very positive feedback on the house and the cleaning in particular. We are very keen to make sure that our customers have a great experience at Harbour Cottage and therefore have left the cleaning company number in our House Book as well as direct feedback cards in the kitchen so that any issues can be resolved immediately. We take cleanliness extremely seriously and have contacted our cleaners straight away to understand what happened and ensure that this does not happen in the future. We can only apologise and hope, despite this issue, that you had a nice stay at Harbour Cottage. Best Wishes, Raphaelle and Stuart Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard3.1Sep 2022

  • "Loved this holiday."

    The cottage was perfect for our type of holiday. Perfect location for the harbour and seafront. The weather was fantastic and we visited the Tunnels beaches, Woolacombe, Croyd and Combe Martin.

    Reviewed by Sophie3.8Aug 2022

  • "Had a great time, good location and great house."

    Reviewed by Ben5.0Aug 2022

  • "Harbour cottage is a lovely place close to the harbour, restaurants and pubs."

    The cottage was clean and well presented and the furniture and kitchen appliances were as good as new. It suited our needs 100% and we wouldn’t hesitate to book it again.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely property, brilliant location - really enjoyed the outside space, kitchen was well equipped and thoroughly clean throughout."

    Reviewed by Bertie5.0Jul 2022

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  • Set over three floors
  • Two bedrooms on the second floor, composed of twin beds that can be set as a king size bed on request, and a generous double bedroom.1 x double
  • Ground-floor bathroom with corner bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC natural ventilation (a window)
  • Second-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • First-floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • First-floor Kitchen
  • First-floor living room/diner
  • Ground-floor games room
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and dishwasher
  • 2 x TV, DVD, Xbox 360, selection of games and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Rear patio with bistro set, steps leading to decking and furniture
  • Parking available at local public car park
  • One small well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.1 mile, beach 0.2 miles

The property

Enjoying a prime position on the famous Fore Street in the seaside town of Ilfracombe is this pretty blue mid-terrace property, Harbour Cottage.

A small family or a couple can settle in this classic three-storey terrace cottage and be within strolling distance of Ilfracombe's beaches, shops and pubs providing a perfect holiday setting in Devon.

Enter straight into the entertaining games room and find the perfect spot for the kids to enjoy a game on the Xbox with a sofa to relax on too.

From here you can find the ground-floor bathroom, home to a corner bath and shower attachment for a calming soak after a day of walking.

Head upstairs to the heart of the home on the first floor, gather in the evening to watch a DVD in the sitting area after a sit-down meal at the dining table, amidst the many period features retained.

An ample-sized kitchen hosting all you need for a self-catered stay, including a gas hob and electric oven and even a handy dishwasher, leads to the outdoor patio area, with further steps leading to a larger decking, an ideal spot to enjoy the afternoon sun and take in the views of Hillsborough.

Discover the lovely two bedrooms on the second floor, composing of twin beds that can be set as a king size bed on request, and a generous double bedroom, along with a shower room on this floor too.

Throughout you will find artwork displayed, the majority of which is from local artists and has been bought from the many art and craft shops and small galleries dotted around Ilfracombe.

You can step out onto Fore Street and be spoilt for choice with what to do in this delightful town; grab a drink in the popular George and Dragon pub just a few doors down, browse the independent shops for some souvenirs or head down to the beach.

Begin exploring at the harbour and catch sight of the boats coming and going, maybe even booking a wildlife cruise or a fishing trip for a day.

Visit the Ilfracombe Aquarium which offers local fish exhibits, feeding demonstrations and has a café and gift shop.

Sink your toes in the sand on Cheyne Beach, a small stretch of sands between the headlands, before heading to Capstone Hill where beautiful views of the surrounding coastline can be enjoyed as well as panoramic views of the town.

A must-visit is the famous Tunnels Beaches; four tunnels hand-carved in the 1820s leading to a beach and Victorian tidal bathing pool.

Only a little further out you can find more wonderful coastal spots like Woolacombe, Saunton Sands, and Combe Martin.

Enjoy a relaxing break in Ilfracombe at Harbour Cottage.

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Barnstaple 11 miles.

The bustling seaside town of Ilfracombe lies on a beautiful stretch of North Devon coastline, with five beaches, much of it owned by the National Trust. Ilfracombe is only a ten minute drive from Exmoor National Park, with its rolling countryside and quaint villages. Ilfracombe's heritage harbour and quay are spectacular, with many pubs, shops and restaurants and frequent live music, creating a lively, friendly atmosphere. From here, take a wildlife cruise, a fishing trip or a boat trip to magical Lundy Island, a place of natural beauty, which will provide you with an unforgettable experience. Ilfracombe is the centre for some of the finest walking country in England. Whether you enjoy a gentle promenade walk around Capstone Hill, tackling the rugged coastal path or prefer the river valleys and tranquillity of the moorland hills of Exmoor, you will find the scenery spectacular. Ilfracombe also boasts a number of high-quality eateries, with local fish being prominent on their menus. To the east of Ilfracombe are the unique villages of Lynton and Lynmouth with its clifftop railway, and to the west lie the delights of Clovelly and Hartland. Moreover just a short drive away is the 3 mile long golden beach of Woolacombe Bay, which was been voted one of the top 20 beaches in the world, the perfect place to relax in the sun or catch some waves surfing. Ilfracombe is the perfect location for a North Devon holiday, offering you a gateway to an exciting blend of stunning coastal scenery, seaside fun, rural tranquillity and centuries of heritage and style.

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