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Kitchen Hall Dining Room Dining Area Lounge Conservatory WC Utility





(Ref. 976110)

Heanton Punchardon, near Braunton, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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36 Customer Reviews

  • "This is a great place to stay."

    It is comfortable and has lots of space. The cottage and gardens are lovely and the booking was all very professionally handled. I rarely go to the same place twice but I would make an exception for this. The over mirror light in the bathroom is broken but I am sure that will be sorted quickly. Book this place because you will love it.

    Many thanks for your positive feedback. Delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Pillars. We will attend to the light fitting. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Sep 2023

  • "Our third stay at Pillars."

    A beautiful property which is very well equipped. The garden is outstanding and a great place for the dogs to chase the ball in, plus plenty of areas to sit. Loved the new sofas in the lounge and of course, the peace for reading kindle in the conservatory sunroom. Saunton beach is a joy…. For those able, walking down to Crows point and back is a 5.5 mile walk and those not so able, can take in the people and dog watching nearer the beach hut end and cafe. We all love it. Thanks for a the amazing welcome pack…. We regularly rent cottages up to six times a year and this was the best! Great communication too with both owner and housekeeper. We will be back!

    Many thanks for your feedback. Glad that you had a good stay. Do come back again ! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely, also great that landlord called to check all was ok ."

    .lovely personal touch. Thanks for the goody bag! Needs a brown recycling bag, and a bit of guidance on recycling. Brilliant place to stay, thanks

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Jul 2023

  • "We NEVER go back to the same place twice as there are so many places to explore and enjoy."

    We made an exception for the Pillars as we wanted to share our previous great experience with our whole family, and once again it did not disappoint. Great peaceful location with everything you would ever need. Clean tidy home from home. Fantastic. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Keeley5.0Jun 2023

  • "A stunning house and garden with plenty of rooms for the family to chill out."

    A good central position for visiting all the local beaches although Woolacombe was their favourite. Although the house had everything you could possibly want the Squires fish and chip restaurant and the pub mentioned by them, didn't disappoint. Would certainly recommend Pillars as an excellent place to stay.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely home from home."

    Worth every penny and can’t help but relax in this house.

    Glad you enjoyed your break at Pillars . Do come again - we cannot guarantee the weather though ! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lucie5.0May 2023

  • "Beautifully presented house with everything you could possibly need."

    Very comfortable and a georgeous garden. The welcome goodies were lovely.

    Good to hear that you had an enjoyable time. Welcome back after your previous visit. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely home with great garden and facilities."

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2022

  • "Beautiful homely house with plenty of space for all, gorgeous sunroom - spent all day there!"

    - there was nothing lacking in the house and had all mod cons. The dogs (and us) thoroughly enjoyed the garden space which was fantastic for the dogs and we loved spending time there. If we can afford it would love to go back again.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a lovely break in Pillars, it is a lovely spacious property, ideally suited to our party of 4 adults plus 1 dog."

    The large garden, being fully enclosed, was excellent for our young dog. The pavilion in the garden is lovely to sit in at any time of day. The property overall is very well presented and furnished, the kitchen is well provided and we had everything we needed for eating and cooking. We would not hesitate to recommend Pillars for other similar parties and would also happily rent it again should we return to the area.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Sep 2022

  • "2 couples and a dog, Perfect!"

    ! This place felt like home as soon as we took the first bags in. Very well laid out accommodation. Everything we needed was there. I really enjoyed the conservatory/snug a great place to relax with a book and a glass of wine with the dog at my feet. The garden was huge so even on a wet day when there was a brief respite you could get out and throw the ball for the dog. Great views and a quiet setting. Superb location, with walks right out the door and only a short drive to Saunton or Puttsbrough for a beach day. Morrisons delivered our shopping no problem and Braunton is nearby for and forgotten supplies. Overall a very comfortable and pleasant stay. We don't often go back to the same place twice as there are so many new places to explore but the Pillars may get a re-visit :)

    Reviewed by Keeley5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely house and garden, as described but pleasantly larger than expected inside for the 4 of us."

    Especially enjoyed the pavilion to sit out in the evenings - a good addition to the facilities. Welcome gifts of tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits, milk, dog treats and bottle of wine were appreciated. Only slight negatives would be rather uncomfortable beds and overly-soft sofas although we understand this is personal preference. Location good: Heaton Punchardon is a small village not too far down narrow Devon lanes with an historic church and thatched houses. Pub (The Williams Arms) possibly walkable but very steep hill on the way back! Large portions :) Braunton also has essential shops, Squires chippy and there are plenty of petrol stations nearby. Barnstaple great for a day in town and its excellent local-history museum and medieval bridge. Saunton Sands very busy on a weekend and carpark rubbly. Woolacombe a good seaside location with brilliant beach and plenty of cafes (main carpark pricey at £12 so be aware). Both dog-friendly. Proper cider from Indicknowle farm towards Ilfracombe was a highlight of our stay on such a hot week. Dog had a great time too, especially the local walk (see route in info folder in property) and all the rabbits in the big garden. Overall, would recommend Pillars for a week in North Devon and would book through Helpful Holidays/Sykes again.

    Reviewed by Julie4.4Jul 2022

  • "Simply brilliant as always and the new garden pavilion is an excellent and thoughtful addition."

    Reviewed by Thomas Michael5.0Jul 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage in a quiet location."

    Spotlessly clean with everything you could possibly need. One of the best cottages I've been to. We will be back.

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Apr 2022

  • "From the moment we arrived we were elevated with The Pillars, it looks 100x better than in the photos."

    It had everything we needed & had such a calm and homely vibe. We feel we’ve had the best holiday and felt so well rested and happy on departure.

    Reviewed by Holly5.0Apr 2022

  • "It’s our 2nd time at this beautiful property and it didn’t disappoint."

    We had hours of fun playing cricket, Golf and Badminton in the extremely large garden and our 2 dogs absolutely loved it. The kitchen was a pleasure to cook in and overall our stay was relaxing and comfortable. If you want to be in the countryside but not too far from the beautiful beaches of Woolacombe, Croyde or Ilfracoombe then Pillars is perfect for you.

    Reviewed by Lyndsey4.7Apr 2022

  • "Property was in excellent order with an enclosed garden ideal for letting the dogs roam."

    Cottage was in a great location for all surrounding beaches and towns. I would hesitate to go back

    Hi Paul, Very pleased that you enjoyed your break at Pillars. One question - do you mean “ I would not hesitate to go back “ ?? Regards, Mark Creedy - Owner Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Dec 2021

  • "This was not our first vacation at Pillars."

    We love this property as it has a lovely large and safe garden for our dogs and for walks at Braunton. It also feels homely. However, the suite in the Lounge has been in use for many years now and has had its day! My husband and I had backache as it has lost its firmness. The tv could be bigger for the size room too. We had super weather during our week and we were out every day. We will return.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback and we are pleased to hear that you are regular visitors to Pillars. The suite is designed to have firm foam seats and feather filled upright cushions . As a result the rear cushions feel soft and may not suit everyone's personal preference. The owners are pleased to report that none of the cushions have lost their original feel. We do hope you'll choose Pillars for a future holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Angela4.4Sep 2021

  • "Fantastic place to stay in."

    Absolutely loved the location and hope to book again

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Aug 2021

  • "This is the third time we’ve stayed at Pillars and once again we loved being there."

    It is such a quiet and peaceful place with an amazing out door space to sit and relax. This year in particular, it was good to get away and stay in a COVID safe house. We couldn’t have asked for anything better.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2021

  • "Really lovely and comfortable cottage."

    Had everything we needed. We loved our stay there and thoroughly recommend. Lovely walks from there. And close to all the coastal paths and beaches. Extensive and beautiful safe garden for the dog. Thanks for the lovely treats left for us. All thoroughly enjoyed. Only negative are that recycling instructions and containers are not clear and insufficient so we ended up putting all of our recycling in the garage and probably missed the collection. Also hoover was full and did not want to break trying to open it. Finally one of the mattress in the room facing the garden really could do with replacing.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave this feedback, we are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Pillars. Sorry to hear that you felt the recycling instructions weren't clear - the local authority recycling instructions are pinned on the notice board to assist our guests. We have also checked the mattress and do not feel that it needs replacing, as you know, mattress comfort is a matter of personal preference. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anne-sophie5.0Oct 2020

  • "Pillars is an exceptional holiday property, gorgeous House and fabulous gardens in incredible setting with views over open countryside."

    All needs are catered for, from the interior fixtures and fittings, to the most comfortable beds and bedding I’ve ever found in any holiday rental. Added extras such as flowers left and the most sumptuous artisan treats left for us on arrival all made us feel incredibly welcome, including our dogs, who loved the size and safety of the vast gardens to run and play in. The information left for us said that the gardens were not dog proof, but we had no issues at all - fences all around, that only the most determined escapees would get out through - but why would they want to?? Our boys loved it. Obviously, as this was the first time away from home since lockdown, we were a little concerned, but the House was spotless and additional sanitiser left for us to use during our stay. We were reassured to be told that the property had been fully sanitised before our stay, and we duly scanned in using the NHS track and trace app. We had originally booked to stay in April but had to postpone to the end of September- and we were so glad we were able to rebook Pillars with no problems at all. Vicky, the caretaker, was lovely upon first contact, and was so helpful when we wanted to take some of the delicious treats back for friends

    Reviewed by Adele5.0Sep 2020

  • "As good as last vyear, and that is high praise!"

    Reviewed by William5.0Jul 2020

  • "Very nice spacious cottage with mature garden ."

    ..well equipped and in a good location would definitely visit again

    Reviewed by Ryan4.1Aug 2019

  • "The house was perfect - well furnished, extremely comfortable and very well-equipped."

    The garden is large, well maintained and equipped with good garden furniture. In short and excellent holiday home! There are rather fewer local attractions in that part of Devon than in some other parts of the south-west, but the local beaches are excellent and the RHS gardens at Rosemoor are superb.

    Reviewed by William5.0Jul 2019

  • "Excellent property and garden - superb holiday location"

    Reviewed by Thomas Michael5.0Jul 2019

  • "Perfect home from home holiday cottage, it’s got everything you need down to the smallest detail."

    Will hopefully be returning again one day .

    Reviewed by Ian5.0May 2019

  • "The property is in a fantastic location with great views and walks from the door."

    It was very well equipped and clean. The garden was wonderful to sit in and there are several different patio areas to choose from as well as a fantastic sun room. You can stay here with your whole family and still have plenty of room to find peace and quiet and for all members of the family to have their own space.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0May 2019

  • "After having to change accomodation at short notice (at original owners request) , this cottage exceeded everything."

    . would return ... felt like home... beautiful and comfortable. Sykes staff excellent service when having to change accomodation...Brilliant in all respects... Thank you

    Reviewed by C5.0Apr 2019

  • "Really hard to find directions need to be more clear."

    Beautiful comfortable cottage in delightful surroundings. Both dogs and children loved playing in the huge garden. Location is ideal for visiting Barnstaple , Woolacombe and surrounding areas we had a fantastic time exploring. We will definitely be coming back!

    Reviewed by June4.7Apr 2019

  • "Lovely cosy cottage, we all enjoyed very much nice and peaceful and picturesque,had to be careful with the kids as quite allot of ornaments and couldn’t work out how to fit the stair gate but was ok in the end."

    Slept very well in the comfy beds, best bed I have slept in on a holiday!

    3.8Apr 2019

  • "Amazing space in the garden (we kept finding hidden areas) and inside, great for everyone to have some me time."

    The large garden meant ball games, golf lessons, dog exercising could still happen when it was too hot to head to the beach or down the hill on one of the many footpaths across the fields. None feather bedding would have been a major plus. I applaud the solar energy to heat water, but it meant only a quick shower once a day if the four of us were to have one, not great in the hot weather to wash off sun cream and days at the beach. Croyde is an amazing beach for body boarding and surfing. Parking at Sandy Lane and walking across Braunton Burrows onto Saunton Sands to watch the sunset is another hi light with fun races up the large dune.

    Reviewed by Scott3.8Jul 2018

  • "The house was fantastic and spacious, it was situated in a great location, short drive to stunning beaches, shops, restaurants etc."

    The children loved the huge garden and pond, with visits from rabbits too. 3 generations stayed and we all loved it.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Jul 2018

  • "Pillars is a very well appointed house, and is a lovely spacious property with extensive grounds."

    We made use of all the downstairs rooms especially the conservatory ( weather wasn’t always good!). The Williams Arms provided exceptional value and quality food - we recommend it. The location is good for numerous points of interest - beaches, NT, small towns. The instructions to reach the property were accurate but not the easiest route to follow - we discovered better during our time there. It was difficult to contact the caretaker to find out the details about key collection (5 messages were left before a callback was received). Unfortunately there was a problem with the cistern in the ensuite - it was very slow to fill - which we reported but didn’t hear back. Also, the skylight window in one of the twin bedrooms couldn’t be fully closed. We felt the ‘Heath Robinson’ arrangement for the extremely small television in the lounge spoilt the room and wasn’t a suitable size for that room. Although there were negatives we did enjoy our stay.

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Jun 2018

  • "A lovely place to stay in a peaceful and picturesque area."

    Lots of amenities close by and quite a few places of interest to visit. We highly recommend this holiday accommodation and would have no hesitation in staying here again.

    Reviewed by Julian4.7May 2018

  • "Lovely cottage with everything needed for a great stay."

    A real home from home in a quiet location. Lots of space inside and out. High standard of cleanliness. Perfect for accessing all the nearby beaches, most of which are dog friendly. Nice number of footpaths nearby.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0May 2018

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king size double with en suite shower room with shower, WC and basin, 2 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, WC, basin
  • Ground floor Wc with basin
  • Hall
  • Sitting room with gas fire and doors to patio
  • Conservatory
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility room.
  • Central heating with gas fire
  • Microwave, fridge, fridge-freezer, tumble dryer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Sky DVD, WiFi, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and bath towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Off road parking for three cars
  • There are 4 separate patio areas and the garden is not overlooked in any of them
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome, second dog charge of £40pw
  • Sorry no smoking.

The property

In a quiet cul de sac in Heanton Punchardon is this roomy detached house.

With long views over surrounding countryside, it is a handsome family home in a good position for touring the area.

From the hall, head through to the sitting room, all comfy and good quality with beams, a living flame gas fire and doors which slide open on a fine day to the patio.

The big conservatory provides another seating area.

The spacious country style kitchen is a good place for preparing meals from delicious local Devon produce, to be enjoyed either at the kitchen table or in the dining room with its door to a little landscaped courtyard.

The stairs lead you up to the three bedrooms, one with an en suite.

The good sized garden is laid out at the back with a choice of patio areas, including an enclosed patio with a small bridge over an unfenced pond.

At the front, open shrub/flower borders and wide driveway; at the back, about ½ acre of well kept, mostly lawned garden with patio areas (tables/chairs, barbecue), approached from an enclosed patio over a little bridge spanning an ornamental pond (unfenced).

All 4 separate patio areas are not overlooked and are private.

Covered circular garden pavilion with seating for 8 people.

An excellent space for outdoor eating or relaxing with circular table and cushioned benches.

You will find a gorgeous sand surf beach at nearby Saunton, where you can spend the day catching the rollers with bodyboard or surfboard, building sandcastles or dozing in the sun.

Within eight miles you have a fabulous choice of other huge golden beaches at Croyde, Woolacombe and Putsborough.

When you tire of the sand between your toes, head to the heather hills of the Exmoor National Park with its pretty villages and friendly old pubs.

With stunning coast and moorland within such easy reach, Pillars truly is an exceptional place for a smashing Devon holiday.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


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.

Note: Short breaks will only be accepted by agreement with the owner. Please enquire if you would like a short break.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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