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Oceanview Apartment 1

(Ref. 1078445)

Ilfracombe, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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21 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely stay at ocean view, it was perfect for us, we started the southwest coast path and this was a little bit of luxury at the end of long days out walking."

    Reviewed by Jane5.0May 2024

  • "The decor and the original features in the open plan, upstairs area makes for a pleasant relaxing living and dining space with excellent sea views."

    The downstairs bedrooms are spacious and have comfortable beds and good quality linen. The ensuite bathroom would benefit from a shelf for toiletries and a holder for toothbrushes and a towel rail and a soap holder in the shower. The inside of the property is clean. All the other 4 star properties we’ve stayed in provide hand soap, bin bags, foil and cling film but there was only one soap in one of the bathrooms and none of the other items. It was also very unclear as to what we had to do with the rubbish as there was no bin at the back as stated in the visitor pack. The instructions for the recycling were also incorrect and we put it out on the wrong day. The main negative of the basement bedrooms is the view from the windows. Both rooms look out onto steps and these are dirty and neglected, with overgrown vegetation presenting a trip hazard on the steep steps at the back of the property. These spaces need to be cared for and painted white to counteract the lack of natural light and feeling of dinginess in these rooms. The steps both front and back do not give a good first impression of the property and the garden area bears no resemblance to the lovely garden space depicted in the photographs. Dirty windows also contribute to the feeling of dinginess. The large number of steep steps to the rear of the property, and the steps down to the front of the property, make it unsuitable for those with mobility problems or young children. Parking at the rear of the property is excellent but was difficult to find, especially as we arrived in the dark, and a clear number 11 needs to be visible from the road. I am sure that when I booked, it advertised a washer and drier but there is no drier in the property. This is essential when there is only one bath towel and one hand towel per person, with no hand towel and only one teatowel in the kitchen, and there is no outside space to dry washing. There was an airer but towels take too long to dry on this. A few minor adjustments as mentioned above, a tumble drier and clean and cared for outside spaces would make this property and excellent holiday let.

    Thank you very much for your feedback and I am pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay. I did provide hand soap, bin bags, tin foil and cling film for your stay. Regarding the view out of the windows there isn't anything i can do about that as it is a basement flat and hope it did not affect your stay too much. The steps are cleaned and checked after every departure and i am sorry to hear you found them dirty. I can see you attended the property during the winter month of October. I appreciate the photos show a warm, sunny rear garden but the weather and month you attend is out of my control. I have confirmed with Sykes Cottages and i have never advertised a tumble dryer in the property. I hope we can see you in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lauren3.1Oct 2023

  • "Everything upstairs including the view is great."

    We found downstairs not so inviting as it felt damp and dingy. There were cobwebs on the bedroom window and the outer door to the rear entrance was filthy. There was no washer/dryer as in the description, just a washing machine. Ilfracombe was lovely.

    Reviewed by Susan3.1Sep 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Oceanview Apartment 1."

    The weather was wet for much of our stay so it was a relief that we had such a nice and spacious apartment to relax in, with good WiFi too. The apartment is on two levels with the bedrooms effectively in the basement and the kitchen and living room on the ground floor, which has a great view of the sea and Capstone Hill overlooking the town. In fact, the pictures of the apartment don't really do it justice. We spent a lot of time just taking in the view from the sofa in front of the big ground floor bay window. The apartment building is very close to the harbour and high street. The only thing that really lets down the location is that the surrounding area is very run down and many of the buildings are quite shabby. The high street itself has many boarded up or derelict shops, but the harbour and promenade are very nice. It has to be mentioned that the apartment is up a very steep hill which is not easy to walk up, and the access road at the back made for quite a challenge to get the car in, having to make a very sharp turn into a narrow lane while going uphill. The steps down to the apartment are also steep, although this is mentioned in the listing. You can also get into the apartment from the front but this also requires going down steps into the basement, and avoiding banging your head on the bay window. So I wouldn't recommend it to anyone with mobility problems. For us however, as a family with teenage children, it was ideally located to explore the town and other parts of North Devon. As a footnote, the only other thing the owner could improve is the instructions about recycling / bin collection. The dustbin at the back of the apartment was totally full from the previous occupants, with the lid bursting open when we arrived (although there was no number on the bin so we assumed it was ours) and it wasn't emptied during our stay. Recycling boxes were collected while we were there, but we only knew about that when we saw neighbours putting their recycling out the front. The collection day seemed to be wrong in the information pack and it looked like previous occupants had also filled all the recycling containers (which are located in a storage area at the front of the aartment). It seems that bin collections are a bit haphazard in Ilfracombe! That aside, we had a memorable stay and enjoyed the apartment.

    Reviewed by James4.4Jul 2023

  • "Great place!"

    Really nice spacious apartment on two levels. Beautiful views from the front room and great kitchen space. Good car parking space also! Thoughtful host as we arrived to find a box of delicious biscuits! Excellent array of books for the children which came in handy too. Would not recommend for anyone with mobility/fitness issues. The steep climbs kept me fit throughout our stay. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Mark4.1Jul 2023

  • "Apartment was beautiful with amazing views."

    It had everything we needed and was very clean. Beds were so comfortable and lovely bedding. Amazing to have a beautiful utility. It’s only a 5 minute walk down to the beautiful harbour, very steep walk, those with mobility issues this would not suit. There is a Tesco nearby within driving distance There are some shops such as Co Op and a mini Morrison to the left of the apartment , we walked there on the first night it was raining and so not many people about this part of the area was a little run down. We tended to always turn right out of the front of the property its a beautiful walk down. Loads to do in this part of Devon. Highly recommend the Clift Top train in Lynton and Lynmouth , tunnel beaches and Woolacombe Beach. My only couple of points about the property is windows need cleaning, this was a shame they hadn’t been done due to such a lovely and I had read this in previous post. There was a small screw sticking up from the floor near the stairs , we just avoided this and I think to make this feel more homely some lovely pictures on the wall in the rooms is needed.

    Reviewed by Kara4.4Jul 2023

  • "We were warned of the steps leading to the property but there was no hand rail on the bottom steps which could have been slippery when wet."

    There was also no proper handrail inside the property on the stairs. We were all able bodied but felt that the lacking of rails was a potential health and safety risk

    Reviewed by Kathryn3.1Jul 2023

  • "Our first impressions of the apartment were not brilliant, but it’s a typical basement flat entrance so not sure what else you could do, but on entering the flat it is lovely."

    Very spacious and comfortable with a fantastic view. We did have communication with the owner who was very friendly. The hills are a killer for those of us who are not so fit, but worth it 100% to sit and enjoy the view once in the apartment. We will be back if we go to ilfracombe again. The patio area looked ok but no view from there so sitting in the front with the window wide open was just as good. Thoroughly recommend.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Jun 2023

  • "Great property."

    Lounge and kitchen very good and well equipped. A few things need attention. Great view from the front windows, but they need cleaning. Bird poo and cobwebs! Bedrooms are downstairs and there was a slight damp smell when we arrived. No ventilation in front bedroom as window won't open. Also the blind doesn't work - room is overlooked from street level. The radiator in the en suite doesn't work = damp towels. Instructions for refuse disposal need improving. Never did find the wheely bin or recycling boxes.

    Reviewed by Allan3.8Jun 2023

  • "Beautiful apartment close to amenities, we enjoyed our stay and would stay again in the future."

    Close to the centre of Ilfracombe, plenty of shops nearby and the waterfront is a lovely view from the apartment and only a 5-minute walk away. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Oct 2022

  • "The apartment was spacious, modern and pristine with comfortable furnishings and beds with quality bed linen."

    The owner seemed to have thought of everything to make our stay enjoyable and responded promptly to a small problem we had with the front door lock. The access from the dedicated parking at the back of the property will be challenging for the less able person, having 30 steps down and it was more difficult in the dark. Also we would ask the owner to provide details in the handbook about recycling. The view from the lounge window was wonderful and we enjoyed late afternoons after walking watching the ever changing sky and sunsets. We would definitely recommend Ocean View apartment.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely furnished appartment, might be difficult for the elderly with the steps leading to the back entrance."

    Also front door lock temperamental, struggled to unlock the door on most occasions. Which could be very annoying when coming in after a day out in ilfracombe. Besided that we loved the views from the front window.

    Reviewed by David4.4Aug 2022

  • "This is a fantastic property and was fantastic to stay in."

    comfortable homely, cleaning tidy. and a view you could sit at all day. we went as a family of 4 and the kids loved it. would highly recommend your stay here.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2022

  • "A lovely apartment."

    Very clean with good facilities. Steep walk up to the apartment but allows for fantastic ocean view from the window. We experienced a beautiful sunset! Car parking was fine.

    Reviewed by Cheryl5.0Jul 2022

  • "We loved our stay at this apartment and would love to come back one day."

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2022

  • "This accommodation is wonderful."

    The view is beautiful looking out to the sea and we could have spent the whole week sitting looking at the view. So many lovely touches at the property, fresh flowers, a tray of biscuits. We would wholly recommend this lovely property and can’t wait to visit again.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0May 2022

  • "We have had a lovely week away."

    This apartment was beyond amazing. The decor throughout was simply beautiful. Extremely clean and the sea view was just stunning. Walking distance to Ilfracombe harbour, lots of lovely shops and eateries and two big supermarkets close by. Would thoroughly recommend staying here. I'm sure we'll be back.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Apr 2022

  • "Ideal accommodation and location."

    Good level off road car parking. A very comfortable and well equipped flat, with great sea views.

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Mar 2022

  • "Fantastic property, was a pleasure to be to stay there"

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Feb 2022

  • "Sparkling clean, well equipped and with easy to use appliances, we enjoyed our stay in the apartment."

    The view is fantastic. The beds were very comfortable with high quality bedding. We appreciated the very generous welcome pack which included flowers. Two points to mention: we found the dining table and chairs uncomfortable and access from the back is difficult with 30 steps.

    Reviewed by Caroline4.4Feb 2022

  • "Fantastic property queries answered promptly by owners."

    Only feedback would be; rail in second bedroom and somewhere to sit and do makeup would be useful as we were 4 adults sharing 2 bedroom. We arrived in the dark and were unable to locate key fob as it was indoors and not clearly marked and car park space was not clear, and we were unsure how to get it it. Only minor things to help though as the overall stay was lovely, in an extremely clean and comfortable flat. Very tastefully decorated.

    Reviewed by Alexandra5.0Jan 2022

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  • Reverse-level duplex apartment
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor super-king-size (zip/link, can be twin on request) with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x ground-floor super-king-size (zip/link, can be twin on request
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Utility
  • First-floor open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer and dishwasher
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Shared rear garden with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.2 miles, beach 0.5 miles
  • Note: There are several steps down to both front and rear entrances
  • The front entrance has a windowsill from an upper property which juts out - rear entrance is the best and safest
  • Note: Please contact owner 72 hrs before arrival with bed configuration
  • Please note: There are steep steps to access the front and back of the property with one flight at the front and four flights at the rear where guests can park and collect the key
  • Property not suitable for those with any mobility issues

The property

Oceanview Apartment 1 is a stylish, ground-floor apartment settled in Ilfracombe, just paces away from the exquisite Devonshire coast.

Surrounded by dramatic cliffs and a plethora of amenities, this reverse-level apartment is an idyllic, two couples looking for a rejuvenating holiday.

Park up on the desirable off-road parking space before breathing in the refreshing sea-air and make your way inside your beachfront apartment.

Step into the spacious hallway, kick off your sandy shoes and admire the neutral tones of this relaxing abode.

On the ground-floor, you will find two stunning bedrooms, boasting super-king-size beds, as well as a bright and airy atmosphere; one bedroom offers an en-suite shower room for an awakening rinse in the morning.

The ground-floor also offers a contemporary bathroom, where you can look forward to a leisurely soak after an action-packed day in the bustling town.

All your holiday attire can be washed and dried in the convenient utility room; here you will find a rear door leading to the communal garden area, be sure to take a seat on a sunny day to absorb the tranquility of your location.

Back inside, climb upstairs to the first floor for the open-plan living space, bathed in natural light with white-washed walls and a splash of blue to remind you of your seaside setting.

Prepare mouth-watering dishes in the matt blue kitchen, supplying all your culinary desires; rustle up a meal on the electric hob or bake a home-cooked meal in the oven and allow the aroma to fill the room.

When dinner is served, settle down at the elegant dining table, break open a bottle of wine and toast to a splendid coastal retreat, before unwinding on the plush sofas to enjoy a film together.

Watch the sunset over the sea at the window seat as you savour a moment of relaxation at this delightful abode.

Take advantage of your seaside location and stretch your legs on the sandy beach; treat yourself to an ice-cream as you relish a traditional, British beach.

As well as an abundance of amenities from the foot of the door, the town offers a wealth of attractions to explore on your holiday, including the allegedly haunted Chambercombe Manor, an 11th century manor house, rich in history and Ilfracombe Museum to unveil other curiosities of north Devon.

Travel a little further afield to the market town of Barnstaple for a variety of shops to rummage around, as well as Barnstaple Pannier Market to experiment fresh produce; here you can also stroll down pretty alleyways and courtyards.

Visit the unspoilt coastline of Exmoor National Park, offering amazing opportunities, such as swimming with seals, getting up close with ponies and enjoying a dreamy night sky.

For an enchanting getaway, in a unique location, stay at Oceanview Apartment 1.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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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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Please note: There are steep steps to access the front and back of the property with one flight at the front and four flights at the rear where guests can park and collect the key. Property not suitable for those with any mobility issues.