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The Old Rectory Cottage

East Down near Combe Martin, Devon (Ref. 1010521)

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  • Sleeps 3

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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The property

Combe Martin 5.8 miles.

Nestled on the outskirts of the wondrous Exmoor National Park and the glorious coastline of Devon, is the elegantly appointed, detached holiday accommodation, The Old Rectory Cottage.

Settled in a quiet idyll of rural bliss it is perfectly suited for couples or small families to spend days soaking up the Devonshire sunshine.

On arrival take a moment to drink in the scents of the productive old Victorian terrace garden and stunning views across the valley up to the hills, make your way into the old stone built barn to the porch, before unwinding into the evening within the open-plan living room.

The open-plan living room makes for a wonderful social space, where you and your partner can prepare home-cooked meals, plan the next day’s hike or cosy up in front of the woodburning stove with a book in hand.

Alternatively take a blanket, light the fire pit and sit outside toasting marshmallows and wonder in the big starry sky.

The kitchen will cater to your culinary needs, as well as housing a washing machine and a dishwasher for convenience, there’s also an espresso coffee machine so you don’t miss any of life’s small pleasures.

As the evening draws to a close, make your way to one of the bedrooms, where you can rest before the next day’s adventure.

Choose between a plush king-size bedroom with a quaint window seat and a king size single bedroom, both enjoying a refreshing ambiance and contemporary interiors.

Concluding the interior is a family bathroom, where you will find a shower over bath, basin and WC.

When the weather calls for it take your meals alfresco, use the BBQ and help yourself to the organic herbs grown in the outdoor pots, before you savour a moment of relaxation by soaking your muscles in the bubbling hot tub with far stretching private country views.

For those nights you don’t want to cook head up to the real local pub serving up award winning food, its dog-friendly and just a short stroll up the rural lane.

During the day wander through the wild grasses and apple trees where there are plenty of spaces to relax, meander down to the stream and wild pond where you can keep watch for the resident kingfisher.

The cottage grounds neighbour with the National Trust property of Arlington Court, home to the most significant collection of carriages in the country and fabulous woodland play areas for the children.

Public walking paths are located virtually outside the front door where you can explore the bounty of wildlife and fauna including our wild residents of red deer, buzzards and an abundance of birds including our lovely woodpeckers.

If its action-packed adventure you’re seeking, this part of Devon has you covered with coasteering, surfing, horse riding, quad biking, to name a few; with the famous beaches of Saunton, Croyde and Woolacombe all within a short distance.

If you want to explore further afield, the immediate area has plenty of attractions to keep you busy; within striking distance is Exmoor Zoo, home to the only pair of black leopards in the UK, as well as the Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park, where you can discover animatronic dinosaurs.

Alternatively, head slightly further afield to the coastline, home to the beach of Combe Martin and Wild Bear, each one offering opportunity to explore or walk your canine companion amidst the wonderful setting.

For further adventure, head to the majestic land of the Exmoor National Park and be welcomed by the landscape of moorland, valleys and woodland, and catch glimpses of the variety of wildlife, which includes the iconic red deer and wild ponies.

The Old Rectory Cottage offers a wonderful retreat that will see you return.


  • All-ground-floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x king single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Electric heating
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, coffee machine, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, Smart TV, WiFi, and a selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack of wood inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Off-road parking
  • Garden area with outdoor furniture, charcoal BBQ, fire pit and hot tub, as well as access to 10 acres of land
  • Sorry, no smoking allowed
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Pub within 0.3 miles, shop within 5.1 miles
  • Note: Use of Beginners surf boards, body boards, bikes, fishing nets
  • Note: The path has been made into a private driveway but is quite steep
  • Note: There is a pond on-site
  • Note: Guests will need to provide their car reg number to get through the electric gates

About the location


Ilfracombe 5 miles; Woolacombe 12 miles; Barnstaple 13 miles.

At the point where the Exmoor National Park and the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty meet, is where you'll find Combe Martin. This small seaside resort, with all of the necessary amenities, is a great attraction to locals and visitors alike, and is home to a very popular beach as well it's own Dinosaur Park! Combe Martin is home to the historic Earl of Rone festival held in May each year and has an annual carnival in August. This is an ideal base for touring, and discovering the delights of North Devon, with Lynton and Lynmouth, Woolacombe, Croyde Bay, Saunton Sands, Ilfracombe and Barnstaple all within easy reach. There are also numerous National Trust properties and gardens waiting to be enjoyed. Surfing at Woolacombe is among the best in the South West, while the South West coastal path passes within a mile. Combe Martin is a great base for enjoying a seaside getaway, with something to keep everybody entertained.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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