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Tom's House

(Ref. 921199)

Berrynarbor near Combe Martin, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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64 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage was lovely; and the spectacular views were the high point."

    It was also well-presented and to a good standard of cleanliness. The accessibility was the main drawback. We felt more comfortable using the camp-site exit, since it was less narrow and there was more possibility of passing places. We were disappointed that this exit was padlocked half-way through the week and that we were left having to struggle with the padlock in the rain and dark.

    Reviewed by Sue4.7Oct 2023

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Tom's House."

    The property was very comfortable and had everything we needed for a perfect holiday in a beautiful location. It was peaceful and quiet but at the same time very close to Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and other places of interest we wanted to visit. The views from the property were amazing, we certainly wished we could have taken those views home with us. We will certainly recommend Tom's House to our friends and family and would like to return in the future.

    Reviewed by Edith5.0Sep 2023

  • "Fantastic place to stay for a week long walking holiday."

    Beautiful cottage with amazing views. Lovely welcome package and flowers. Enjoyed our daily visits from the cockeral, dogs and cat

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jul 2023

  • "Toms cottage …… just the perfect place to relax and unwind from the world we live in."

    I don’t think I have ever stayed anywhere with such beautiful views. You instantly feel relaxed and at home the minute you walk in. Well done Sian , your eye for detail is spot on. Thanks for letting us share your piece of paradise xx

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0Jul 2023

  • "A lovely cottage in a peaceful setting with fabulous views."

    Tastefully furnished to its character, extremely comfortable bed. Sian is a great host. The welcome basket was a lovely touch. She provided us with loads of useful information and was on hand if we needed anything, but unobtrusive if we were content to sort ourselves out. We really enjoyed our stay both in The cottage and In the area.

    Reviewed by Haydn5.0Jun 2023

  • "Loved everything about Toms House - the house itself, location, scenery and animals - perfect holiday for us."

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2023

  • "A lovely house with exceptional views and a pretty garden."

    Nicely kept with comprehensive facilities and very comfortable furnishings.

    Reviewed by Katharine4.1May 2023

  • "We loved the cottage, our stay, and the awe-inspiring views."

    For us, the cottage's history was the 'icing on the cake.' We were grateful too for the thoughtfulness and hospitality of the owners. As soon as we arrived home, we booked our next stay. Thank you so much. David & Patsy

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0May 2023

  • "Everything was perfect."

    Peace and quiet, cottage was clean and very comfortable. Enjoyed our stay with no problems would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Heather4.7Mar 2023

  • "Lovely property with great views."

    Peace and quiet interrupted by dogs barking day and night but ok if you don’t mind that. The internet wasn’t working but appreciated the owner trying to remedy. I noticed a few other visitors had experienced the same issue so I should’ve taken more notice. This did affect my enjoyment as I could not communicate with friends and family as arranged over the New Year, watch iPlayer or plan my journeys and daily itinerary online.

    Reviewed by Lynn3.1Dec 2022

  • "This Cottage was really lovely and we both enjoyed the rest and tranquility of Tom’s Cottage."

    Sian and Nic were really helpful and we will return. Just one thing! I have arthritis in both knees and the sofa was so low I had a problem with that! ….Michael had to pull me up from the sofa every time I sat on it as my knees wouldn’t take my weight! But we loved every minute and we stayed a full week.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Nov 2022

  • "Lovely quiet cottage, beautiful view."

    Amazingly comfortable bed. Perfect for a complete rest for two people. Area quite nice, but not vast amount to do so by the end of a full week you feel pretty familiar with it.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Oct 2022

  • "We had a lovely holiday, staying in a characterful cottage with amazing views."

    The cottage was well appointed and in a beautiful position. We found it an ideal location for touring about Devon but its position and surroundings made it good for just relaxing and chilling out.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Sep 2022

  • "Great holiday in lovely surroundings."

    Cottage was very comfortable, just what we were looking for.

    Reviewed by Steven4.7Aug 2022

  • "Perfektně připravený apartmán, přátelští majitelé, od kterých jsme v průběhu pobytu nepožadovali nic navíc."

    Umístění apartmánu na místě se skvělým výhledem na moře a hrad pod ním, ale složitější přístup po cestě

    Reviewed by Slavomir5.0Jul 2022

  • "The cottage is very attractive and comfortable and is well equipped."

    Lovely views of the sea and surrounding cliffs from the cottage and the garden.

    Reviewed by Linda4.7Jul 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, quaint, very cosy and comfortable."

    The owners made us very welcome and we would love to return.

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2022

  • "Great hosts, amazing location with stunning views."

    Reviewed by Martin4.7Apr 2022

  • "We very much enjoyed our stay at Tom’s House, which is a cosy cottage, warm, comfortable and in an amazing farm setting."

    The views of the sea and the cliffs from Tom’s House are spectacular and the situation is wonderfully peaceful. We enjoyed a visit from the resident gorgeous chickens and the dogs came to say a friendly hello too. There is plenty to see and do in north Devon, it is ideal walking country and at Tom’s House the coast path is practically on the doorstep. The internet is a bit slow and it is insecure, although it’s OK for reliable light use, preferably via a good quality VPN. We’re planning to stay here again.

    Reviewed by Nick5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely , well equipped cottage in an ideal location for exploring the surrounding area on foot or by car."

    Reviewed by Val5.0Oct 2021

  • "Fantastic location and views."

    Really warm and cosy cottage- we didn't need the heating on even in October. Lovely welcome basket as well as beautiful local handwashes and handcreams. We also loved all our little visitors- all friendly!

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Oct 2021

  • "Excellent cottage."

    The only issue was the sofa which wasn't the most comfortable and not the one shown in the advertising photos. But we managed.

    Reviewed by Lyn5.0Sep 2021

  • "A perfect cottage in every way."

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Aug 2021

  • "We loved the cottage, the situation, the views, it was very comfortable and welcoming."

    A welcome basket was provided with apple juice, jam and chutney all lovely. The gardens were great with lots of birdlife and lovely flowers. All in all a great week and we shall certainly think about going again.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jul 2021

  • "Such a beautiful and character cottage!"

    The attention to detail with the gifts if jam yes and fresh cut flowers made us feel so welcome. The huge bed was bliss and to wake up with such a gorgeous view from the window was heavenly! The cockerel woke us a little early but that was part of the charm. The outside of the cottage was chocolate box pretty with pots and roses full of colour. The wifi was incredibly slow - less than 1Mbp. Sufficient to browse the web but not great for streaming! More time for reading and jigsaws. Highly recommend "Storm in a teacup " cafe in Watermouth harbour. The walk from the NT car park at Croyd to Baggy point was lovely. Great tea shop too! Cherry pie and clotted cream at Mother Medrum's in the Valley of the Rocks was the best. Two very different but equally beautiful gardens visited were RHS Rosemoore and Marwood Hill Gardens. Love all the little bays /harbours and spectacular cliffs. A wonderful relaxing break all round.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Jun 2021

  • "Another great week at Tom's House."

    We loved this place when we stayed last October and booked again while we were there. Absolutely lovely place with beautiful surroundings. Nice pub / restaurant within walking distance too.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Jun 2021

  • "Tom’s Cottage far exceeded our expectations and as we walked through the doorway we felt at home straightaway."

    It has a wonderful atmosphere which makes you look forward to returning to it after each day’s outing. It would be very easy to stay put in this lovely cottage for days on end! The views from the property are absolutely amazing. It is situated in a very peaceful setting which is not at all upset by a cockerel with attitude. We looked forward to seeing him every day together with a lovely cat and several dogs, one of which was exceptionally sweet natured. Everything you could possibly need is provided at this cottage, the bed is wonderfully comfortable and the cottage is full of fascinating objects. The memorabilia connected with Terry Thomas is particularly interesting. We would be very happy indeed to stay at this smashing cottage again.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0May 2021

  • "The wonderful cottage and views of the sea and surrounding countryside exceeded all our expectations!"

    Reviewed by T5.0May 2021

  • "Lovely farm cottage in an amazing location."

    Very peaceful, warm and cosy with incredible sea views. The cottage is very well equipped with everything you could need. The owners were nice and friendly and really made us feel at home.......we didn’t want to leave! We had a nice welcome basket and some beautiful flowers upon arrival. The cottage is perfectly located for exploring the north Devon coast, sitting half way between Ilfracombe and Combe Martin. We also visited Woolacombe and Lynmouth which were stunning, as was the national trust at Watersmeet. Would definitely recommend staying here and hope to return soon.

    Reviewed by Keith4.7Apr 2021

  • "The cottage is superb, warm & cosy with wonderful views across the bay."

    It was very well equipped and the super king sized bed very comfortable. There was a lovely welcome pack of milk, apple juice, chocolate and chutney & jam, which was most unexpected. The cottage has a area of homage to Terry Thomas which is both unusual and delightful. Throughout the cottage there are interesting design features such as stained glass panels in the doors, niches in almost all rooms, beams galore and inset tiles making the place special. One can walk down to the harbour but it is quite a pull walking back up again! We enjoyed a wonderful week, despite torrential rain and strong winds on a couple of nights.

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0Oct 2020

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Tom’s House."

    Loved the cottage, especially the huge bedroom and the views are amazing as it is high up over the bay. The cottage is on a farm with welcoming owners, dogs, horses and chickens. The surrounding area is beautiful too, all in all we had the perfect holiday.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Oct 2020

  • "If you've decided to stay here, you've hit the jackpot."

    Clean, quiet, warm, stunning views and convenient for many day-long walks. Extraordinarily welcoming hosts (if you're interested in engineering, as for the full behind-the-scenes tour). Only criticism was that the internet was a bit clunky, made catch-up tv unwatchable but, hey, we read instead! Much better....

    Reviewed by Vincent4.7Oct 2020

  • "Lovely cottage with great views."

    Nice and peaceful. Loved it and it's location so much we have already rebooked!

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Oct 2020

  • "Tom's house is in a lovely location, high above the sea giving great views, The property is really lovely very comfortable, clean and homely."

    The owners are friendly and welcoming. There is an array of animals belonging to the owners which were nice to see also . We cannot fault the house or area We was able to get out and about easily so it was a good base for visiting places A lovely holiday

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Sep 2020

  • "Lovely accommodation with a fantastic view of the sea and hills in a very quiet location."

    Warm welcome from Sian soon after our arrival. Great walking area.

    Reviewed by Eric5.0Sep 2020

  • "Wonderful stay at Tom’s House - clean and comfortable cottage, great walking, lovely views, helpful hosts, very quiet and relaxing!"


    Reviewed by Julia5.0Aug 2020

  • "Tom’s House is a really well appointed romantic retreat perfect for couples."

    Set in a rustic pretty working farm, the cottage has a well equipped kitchen and comfortable living room. The bedroom is enormous with a super king sized bed. The owner is close by to help with useful local knowledge. The area itself is very pretty and we enjoyed a sunny Christmas Day in Watermouth cove and harbour.

    Reviewed by Luke5.0Dec 2019

  • "A very pretty cottage, spacious, comfortable, well appointed and good ambience."

    It was very well equipped and we were left a lovely welcome pack. The views are excellent and the owners very welcoming and helpful.

    Reviewed by Frances A5.0Oct 2019

  • "We were not greeted by Mrs Barten and as it was quite late when we arrived, due to traffic and not being able to locate the cottage, we were surprised that there was only a very small bottle of milk in the fridge."

    Consequently at around 7 o/clock in the e being we had to drive (after 6 hours of driving) to find somewhere that sold food for morning breakfast. There were other small issues, but I would not go there again as the cottage was not in a situation for 80 year olds to walk. We left after 3 days.

    Reviewed by Kathleen2.5Sep 2019

  • "Fantastic location, very very satisfied"

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Sep 2019

  • "Tom's House was a wonderful find."

    Excellent location for many parts of North Devon & especially for walking parts of the coastal path. The cottage was well equipped, clean, quirky & very comfortable. We had an excellent week & will certainly recommend this cottage to all our friends.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Aug 2019

  • "Cottage,situation,welcome the best we have found in 40 plus years of this type of holiday"

    Reviewed by Frederick5.0Jul 2019

  • "Great holiday home."

    Tom's House was really lovely. Comfortable and the most amazing views. Owners really nice and welcoming. Would definitely go back again.

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Jun 2019

  • "This was our third visit to Tom's and will not be the last."

    The location, property, comfort and views are exceptional.

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Jun 2019

  • "This is a lovely cottage, which is beautifully furnished."

    The cottage was a retreat for Terry Thomas and there is interesting memorabilia on the walls. It is in a quiet, tranquil location which is perfect for rest and relaxation, with views of the sea and coastline. The owners are very friendly and leave a tasty welcome basket of goodies in the cottage for you. It has a garden area with a picnic table and two reclined seats, where you can eat or just sit and enjoy the birdsong and occasionally be entertained by the local chickens. The local area is beautiful, with bays full of rock pools to explore and some very good eateries. Within short walking distance (though the walk back is uphill) is the Boat Cafe, where you can sample a delicious lunch or tea. It is only a short drive to Hele Bay and Ilfracombe for places to eat in the evening. I recommend the Hele Bay pub for excellent service and very nice food and the Grampus Inn in Lee, which is the other side of Ilfracombe, especially for a lovely lunch after exploring the rock pools in Lee Bay. I would definitely visit the area again and stay in Tom's Cottage.

    Reviewed by Liz5.0May 2019

  • "The cottage was quite charming with views of the sea."

    The bedroom is huge and the bed is very comfy. Loved the memorabilia of Terry Thomas which is scattered around the cottage. You definitely need a car to get around and the cottage is up a steep hill so not good for people with limited mobility. Would recommend without hesitation.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Apr 2019

  • "Beautiful quirky cottage in a wonderful setting."

    Spent a week with amazing weather just down the road from the village where we lived for eleven and a half year. Had a great time catching up with all our friends and neighbours and revisiting all the glorious places in North Devon.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Mar 2019

  • "We really enjoyed our stay and everything was marvellous, well done."

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Mar 2019

  • "Perfect holiday cottage for our needs."

    All equipment clean and easy. Owners very friendly and helpful. Set up to a very high standard.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Jan 2019

  • "Very warm cosy cottage, owners made us feel welcome."

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Nov 2018

  • "This property is more spacious than appears in photos."

    Amazing views. Very comfortable.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Sep 2018

  • "The cottage has fantastic sea views,is very well presented and clean and is an excellent base for exploring this area particularly if walking the coast path is something you enjoy."

    The owners are very attentive and the flowers and treats on arrival are an excellent touch. Thoroughly recommend.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2018

  • "We thought the cottage was beautiful ,we drew up outside a rose covered cottage ,inside was charming and elegant ,the tiled stair case very inviting to an amazing bedroom ,with a stunning view ,filled with light ."

    Every day we were greeted by cocks and hens a ginger cat and a couple of grumpy geese .The walk to the harbour suggested by our hostess was a joy ,I don't think we could have had a more perfect holiday

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Jun 2018

  • "This cottage has amazing views and the owner is most welcoming."

    It was a perfect place to enjoy the Devon coast with walks close by. Peace and quiet and an amazing bedroom!

    Reviewed by Nick5.0Jun 2018

  • "We had the most amazing holiday in this beautiful cottage with our 6 week old baby."

    The views are incredible and being in the middle of a farm was lovely (chickens and geese outside your door!). It was also fantastic being able to get freshly baked pastries and bread at the campsite. The owners were incredibly helpful and really helped make the stat special. Would definitely recommend - we’re keen to return ourselves!

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0May 2018

  • "The holiday met all expectations of a Sykes holiday, we have used them before and know to expect quality."

    The cottage was excellent, and the owmers were very friendly and keen to know that everything was ok, and we had no problems. The area provided plenty for us to do, mainly walking for us, but indoor activities too.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Apr 2018

  • "Very enjoyable holiday and location."

    The accommodation very good standard with excellent sea views. Rather steep incline so only suitable to those who are fairly fit. Ilfracombe nearby and accessible by car. You can walk to the nearest restaurant but quite a trek. Costal path is 5-10 minute walk supermarket 15 minute drive.

    Reviewed by Paul4.0Feb 2018

  • "Wonderful cottage with very helpful owners."

    The cottage was comfortable and cosy. It was on a farm and sometimes the dogs were a bit noisy but overall a wonderful little place. The owners left gifts and there were fresh flowers in the lounge.

    Reviewed by Nikki4.2Jan 2018

  • "We were delighted with Toms House."

    Great location. Amazing views. Clean, cosy and very comfortable. Superb super king sized bed. Sean and Nick were very friendly and welcoming.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Sep 2017

  • "Lovely , clean and with great views"

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Sep 2017

  • "Loved the quietness of the farm and a lovely couple that run it It's a very special place for peace just a a shame the weather was not as sunny this year Beautiful sea."

    views and excellent walks make this s perfect place to holiday

    Reviewed by Jean4.8Aug 2017

  • "Stunning location, fabulously well-equipped and well maintained, (mostly) friendly wildlife."

    Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Feb 2017

  • "The cottage was cosy and warm ( very welcome as the weather was cold), with great sea views from the lounge and bedroom."

    All very relaxing!

    Reviewed by James5.0Nov 2016

  • "Very cosy cottage in a beautiful area."

    The sea views particularly from the bedroom are wonderful. The cottage is full of interesting memorabilia about Terry Thomas. There is superb walking straight from the door.

    Reviewed by Jane4.2Sep 2016

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  • One super king-size double bedroom with sea views
  • Bathroom with half bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area
  • Eco-friendly biomass central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, DVDs, games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Private front lawn with furniture alongside pond
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop, pub and beach 8 mins walk
  • Note: Babes-in-arms and infants under 2 only.

The property

Berrynarbor 1.7 miles.

An interesting cottage on a 100-acre farm on the spectacular North Devon coast, surrounded by green meadows and overlooking the sea from its high vantage point above Watermouth Castle.

Formerly the holiday home of the actor Terry-Thomas, and with a welcoming feel throughout, this quirky cottage tells a story.

The ground floor sitting room is comfy while the kitchen is modern and colourful.

However the focus of the cottage is sure to be the spacious first floor bedroom, with a 6’ super king-size bed and amazing sea views across the channel.

The cottage is adjacent to the owners’ farmhouse but has its own private lawn with seating and sea views.

Guests are welcome to wander around the grassy 100-acre farm, which also has a discreet area for camping lower down the hillside, hidden from view but with a useful shop offering freshly baked croissants to order.

The cottage is a five minute walk from the coastal path, and a couple of miles from the unspoilt village of Berrynarbor, with a welcoming pub and village shop.

At nearby Ilfracombe, Damian Hirst's 'Verity' statue rests above the picturesque harbour, and the bustling seafront has many good-quality restaurants and bars along with small independent shops.

Explore Watermouth Castle, the award-winning Tunnels beach and Combe Martin Wildlife Park, all of which are close to the cottage.

The dramatic North Devon coastline will appeal to walkers and a fifteen minute drive from Berrynarbor is the 3-mile long sandy beach at Woolacombe which holds the 'England for Excellence Gold Award' for best family resort and was voted the Best British Beach in the Mail On Sunday.

A romantic retreat with breathtaking views.

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About the location


Combe Martin 2 miles.

The tranquil, picturesque village of Berrynarbor is situated at the coastal end of the beautiful Sterridge Valley, and is surrounded by dense woodlands and farms. Quaint cottages and gardens awash with floral displays line the narrow streets, adding to the rural charm of the village, which has a friendly community atmosphere, and a well stocked shop, and pub serving food. Lying within the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, renowned for its dramatic coastal cliffs and rural landscape, the area is a haven for walkers, birdwatchers, and artists alike. The North Devon Coastal Path runs close by the village, and offers great walks and fantastic scenery, while the seaside towns and villages of Ilfracombe, Combe Martin, Barnstaple and Woolacombe are all close by, and offer activities for all the family to enjoy. A wonderful location, all year round.

Note: Babes-in-arms and infants under 2 only.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas