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Turnpike Cottage

(Ref. 1026365)

Higher Clovelly near Woolfardisworthy, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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20 Customer Reviews

  • "Characterful, cosy, warm cottage."

    Was very well stocked with all essentials that we needed, especially for cooking. Ideally situated for Clovelly and for walking the SW Coastal Path near the Hartland Peninsula.

    Reviewed by Gill5.0Nov 2023

  • "Loved the cottage lovely location, nice touch being winter with fire set up ,ready to go, and first basket free, would recommend, slight but tho I’m a British Gas installation engineer, rads upstairs not vented and only warm at bottom noticed pressure was on zero, I topped system up and bled radiators."

    After that slight but , I’d 100% recommend cottage Regards the masons

    Reviewed by David4.7Oct 2023

  • "The cottage was damp the heating was preset and could not cope the logs ..."

    The cottage was damp the heating was preset and could not cope the logs provided where also damp so we bought dry logs locally the listing said there was a DVD player but there was not so the box sets I took where wasted the front garden was the car parking space so there was no secure area for my dog

    Reviewed by Geoff2.8Sep 2023

  • "This is a lovely cottage, clean and inviting."

    Thanks for the treats left for us and the dogs, they were very welcome after a long drive. The information given on the wall needs updating. We needed to contact someone as there was no internet and needed to work. We tried ringing both phone numbers. One didn’t even ring and the second one was a very nice lady but she doesn’t work there any more! We rang Sykes and they couldn’t contact the owner for a few days. Problem was resolved eventually. Floorboards around the toilet were very wet, there must be a leak somewhere. On the whole we enjoyed the week and the cottage was very well equipped. Thank you

    Reviewed by Katrina4.1Sep 2023

  • "Lovely quirky cottage so peaceful in lovely setting was able to unwind from day ..."

    Lovely quirky cottage so peaceful in lovely setting was able to unwind from day 1 welcome gift was a lovely surprise we will definitely be returning

    Reviewed by Antony5.0Aug 2023

  • "A lovely comfortable cottage."

    Clean, homely and well stocked in a lovely tranquil setting that is a good setting off point for the Devon sights.

    Reviewed by Gill5.0Jun 2023

  • "This cottage was so dirty that at 8pm on arrival I had to get the vacuum out."

    Dog hair everywhere and sofas that hadn’t been moved for heavens knows how long. Having a small child with us we couldn’t allow him to play without that clean. Please note this cottage isn’t suitable for children much under five as there is no fire screen, no stair gates and no lock on the door where chemicals are kept. The rubbish bin outside was full of previous uncollected waste, bin bag left beside the bin had been scavenged by seagulls so a major clean up needed. We got rid of all the excess waste but something needs to happen that isn’t dumped black bags by the bin. The description of where to put used linens and towels isn’t accurate as the bin bags equalled two and it wouldn’t all go in bad the shed where it was to go was locked and no key fitted the lock. We took it off and bagged what we could and left the rest tidily. Clovelly and the surrounding area I would recommend to anyone, friendly, peaceful and within easy reach of a good beach. Plenty to do for children to keep them out of an unsuitable cottage. The weather fortunately was very kind so we were able to spend all day, every day out and doing. Recommend the Big Sheep for anyone with children. Exmoor Zoo although a bit further if you don’t know the short cuts ( we do we lived here for 30 years) is as good as many much larger, better known zoos.

    Reviewed by Maggie2.5Jun 2023

  • "Lovely little cottage,."

    Upon arrival there were welcome treats which was such a lovely touch. There was everything you needed. Everything was very clean, the beds were so comfortable to sleep in. There were puzzles and games in the black storage box in the living room. I would only recommend this to people who drive, as the closest sandy beaches were quite a distance. Everything was a lot further than what we thought. So you do need a car to get to the nice places. The downside to this place is the shower, which although does work, it is broken, and looking back at reviews, someone reported it loose back in september, and still hasn't been fixed 8months on. We tried to report this the day we arrived, but the number left on the kitchen wall to report any issues was to a lady that no longer worked there, so this needs updating. There was no one to contact is we had issues. Also the check-in time of 4pm was very late, we would have liked to check in earlier.

    Reviewed by James4.1May 2023

  • "Really lovely, quaint little cottage, the photos don't do it justice!"

    Lovely, quiet area with Clovelly nearby. Really nice touch to have the welcome pack too. The only negative is the lack of back garden but not a major issue. Really good stay and would return.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0May 2023

  • "We loved our stay at Turnpike Cottage which is very comfortable and full of character."

    Everything you need is there. The cottage is well placed for visiting Devon and Cornwall. Thank you owners for a lovely break.

    Reviewed by Jacqui5.0Mar 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage, cosy and warm."

    Our second stay and we plan for a third

    Reviewed by R5.0Nov 2022

  • "The cottage was easy to find and a good location, it was cosy warm and very clean and very well equipped inside"

    Reviewed by Louise4.4Sep 2022

  • "Arrived about 5 on Saturday, bit chilley so looked to light woodburner but no fire lighters or kindling left, did say on info they should be there, had to buy them tht next day, also no bin bags no hand wash for kitchen or bathroom 1/2 a teaspoon of washing up liquid, not very good as all basic things."

    Was surprised to see you have to pay extra £12 for more logs when on your listing fuel included. We did rent the cottage on the fact the raeburn in the kitchen only to find it is no longer us

    Reviewed by Kevin3.4Sep 2022

  • "Shower loose in bathroom, lounge sofa uncomfortable, lounge decor uninviting as with rest of cottage, appearance as we drove up did not give us the welcome affect ,as with previous cottages rented from Sykes."

    Good points kitchen is well equipped, property is in need of updating

    Reviewed by William1.9Sep 2022

  • "Lovely location, lots of space, great period cottage for a relaxing stay perfectly located for north Devon and Cornwall"

    Reviewed by Lorrainne4.7Aug 2022

  • "Turnpike cottage is a great place to stay, well equipped, comfortable, very high standard of cleanliness."

    The location is ideal to explore North Devon, and Clovelly. My only thought would be if the arrival time could be earlier, 5pm is late to get settled in. Great place for families and couples.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Jun 2022

  • "Second time we’ve stayed at the cottage, unfortunately this time the weather was atrocious all week so spent more time in the cottage."

    The central heating was set to go off at 0900 and didn’t come back on until 1700…this meant the cottage was very cold during the day. We tried ringing the caretaker on both contact numbers as the instructions state to not touch the heating controls…no answer from either number. So we improvised. Will not stop us going back again but in to he depth of winter the heating should be on much longer or directions as to how to change the timings.

    Reviewed by Rob4.1Feb 2022

  • "Lovely comfortable stay in a cosy, quirky cottage."

    Clovelly is a lovely historic village and ideal base for both Bideford in one direction and Bude in the other. Great dog walks with a lovely log fire back at the cottage to look forward to.

    Reviewed by Natalie3.8Oct 2021

  • "The cottage and location are amazing."

    The cottage contains everything you need for a comfortable stay. However, space is at a premium inside and out. There is only a garden to the front and this is open to the road. Once the car is parked in front of the cottage there is only a cramped space to eat and relax outside. Whilst not an issue for us it maybe for others. We had a lovely time at Turnpike Cottage and recommend it to those wishing to explore this area of Devon

    Reviewed by Anna4.7Oct 2021

  • "The address of the cottage was given as 129, we spent a while trying to find this address!"

    ! The correct address is 126,which needs updating on your post. We were also rather annoyed when we found a note informing us that towels were not provided!! Yet on the booking it stated that towels are provided. It was a lovely period cottage but the carpet in the bedrooms and stairs was like walking on heavy duty sandpaper, which was not great if you have bare feet. Overall we had a lovely holiday in beautiful surroundings.

    Reviewed by Debbie3.4Aug 2020

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  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/breakfast bar
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove.
  • Electric central heating with woodburning stove
  • Rayburn cooker, electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, toaster, kettle, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD player and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 1 cars
  • Front lawned garden and patio area with furniture
  • Pets are welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.6 miles and pub 1.4 miles

The property

Woolfardisworthy 3.2 miles.

Nestled on the outskirts of Higher Clovelly, in the Devon countryside, is this superb period cottage.

Inside, the property has been renovated into a stylish and contemporary base for friends and families, whilst still managing to retain some of its characterful features such as the large stone inglenook fireplace and exposed beams.

Be welcomed into the open-plan living space where you can look forward to curling up on the sofas and unwinding into the evening, whilst the woodburning stove provides that extra bit of warmth.

Gather at the dining table to enjoy some deliciously prepared meals from the well-stocked modern kitchen, housing a range of appliances.

Retire to one of two double or single bedrooms, with ample storage space for your personal items, whilst benefiting from a family bathroom with an elegant bath so you can enjoy a warm soak at the end of a long day.

Clovelly village boasts its very own picturesque beach, with its quay dating back to medieval times.

Travel towards The Milky Way Adventure Park, where you and your little ones can enjoy some thrilling rides and an indoor adventure playground to keep you entertained for the afternoon.

Further afield, you will discover Hartland Abbey & Gardens which dates back to the 12th century and offers some of the most beautiful views imaginable.

Westward Ho! boasts the North Burrows Country Park, Westward Ho! Beach, also extremely dog-friendly and The BIG Sheep amusement park, whilst the thriving town of Barnstaple provides an array of local eateries for that fine dining experience and some shops for picking up any last-minute essentials for an evening meal.

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

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About the location


Cranford 1.6 miles; Bideford 8 miles; Barnstaple 17 miles.

The small village of Woolfardisworthy, known locally as Woolsery is situated in the heart of North Devon, offering a local shop. Nearby Hartland Forest encompasses hundreds of acres of Forestry Commission woodland, whilst just 5 miles away lies the village of Clovelly, renowned for its flower-strewn cottages and steep cobbled footpath leading down to the 14th Century harbour. Much of the seashore from Bideford to Bude is part of the National Trust’s Heritage Coastline with its breathtaking walks and dramatic cliffs at Hartland Quay just 6 miles away. water sports enthusiasts are also well catered for, with surfing lessons available at Bude, and the water sports centre at Tamar Lakes

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