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Crab Cottage

Ilfracombe, Devon (Ref. 964173)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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35 Customer Reviews

  • "Crab Cottage is a gem, beautifully presented, well-equipped, comfortable and a fabulous garden."

    The welcome cream tea was a lovely surprise. We would definitely recommend the cottage to family and friends. Ilfracombe itself wasn’t quite what we expected to be honest; rather run-down and many places stuck in the 1970’s. However there is no denying the awesomeness of the coastline and landscape. The Terrace Tapas Bar down the road was the only foodie highlight although the restaurant next door is doubtless also fabulous although not open whilst we were there.

    Reviewed by LauraApr 2022

  • "We had a lovely time at Crab Cottage - really comfortable, clean and welcoming."

    The cream tea package was a great touch and the garden with its views over the harbour and town is fab. Thank you!

    Reviewed by BarbaraMar 2022

  • "Crab Cottage was presented very nicely and the information provided by Lisa and Paul was excellent."

    You can tell that the cottage is well loved by the owners. It is ideally placed to explore Ilfracombe and the surrounding areas such as Woolacombe, Croyde and Lynton

    Reviewed by SeanMar 2022

  • "What a beautiful cottage this is."

    very chocolate box and a fantastic place. Would recommend this place to everyone

    Reviewed by ColinNov 2021

  • "From stepping inside, I was so impressed, of how amazing the cottage was."

    The garden although a bit high. Every thing was still perfect and tranquil. Thanyou

    Reviewed by ElizabethSep 2021

  • "Lovely hoilday."

    Cottage was fabulous everything you needed was there even a welcome basket of scones, jam and clotted cream and a bottle of milk. Only downside was the steps leading to the garden (which we were aware of) but there was only one handrail and a shear drop on the other side which we considered to be quite dangerous.

    Reviewed by KathrynAug 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage in an amazing location."

    Fabulous views from the garden - though steps maybe an issue for those with mobility problems! Only issue is that when looking to book for next year (which we would have loved to do!) the price has more than doubled!!! It’s really disappointing when companies take advantage of the current pandemic to make huge profits!!

    Reviewed by AlexAug 2021

  • "The cottage had everything one would require."

    Lovely big bedrooms. Kitchen, dining and living room good size. Great views from the garden, although steep. ( Which we were aware of ) I think a little work on the the garden, to make it more dog friendly would be great. But overall, the cottage was great, would book again.

    Reviewed by YvonneJul 2021

  • "Very well equipped cottage in a great position."

    Very clean and ideal for a week with our family. Lovely garden with beautiful views. It is steep but an amazing find in the middle of town.

    Reviewed by PollyJul 2021

  • "Comfortable clean cottage."

    . had everything we needed for a home from home stay. We were able to enjoy the lovely views from the garden as we had great weather! Not for anyone who’s not good on their feet as there is a lot of climbing especially in the garden but that has already been pointed out.

    Reviewed by AmandaJun 2021

  • "Great location, and the property was immaculately clean."

    Reviewed by DebbieJun 2021

  • "Have stayed at Crab Cottage quite a few times now and it is a lovely and in a great location."

    We have always found it to be spotlessly clean. We usually like to holiday outside of the school holidays when it's a bit quieter. For this stay (that was moved from 2019 due to the pandemic) I chose the week after the school Easter holidays although the Friday we arrived was the last day of the school holidays. So I don't understand why we paid a higher price for this week?

    Reviewed by SallyApr 2021

  • "Had the most amazing holiday in the this little gem of a stay."

    Perfect location, gorgeous cottage- Amazing views from the garden, fresh flours and scones on arrival. We are these in the garden admiring the views. The cottage was spotless and had all the amenities you could ask for and more - a true home from home. Would recommend to anyone wishing to stay in Ilfracombe and would stay here again. Wish we could have stayed for longer!

    Reviewed by KaraSep 2020

  • "Beautiful, clean, cosy fully equipped cottage."

    Right down to the very large fluffy bath towels! We will be back- great centre to explore from, close to amenities & town but in a quiet road.

    Reviewed by RobertMar 2020

  • "Fab cottage, couldn't have asked for more, and even a Devon Cream Tea and flowers were awaiting us - very welcome after a long drive."

    Reviewed by MarianNov 2019

  • "Excellent location in a pretty part of Ilfracombe."

    We arrived to flowers and cream tea from Rosie, very nice touch thank you Rosie. The gas log fire in the lounge made for cozy nights in when it rained and the views from the garden were amazing. There is nothing that you really need to take as far as utensils etc as they are all included and the cafetière was a welcome find. The smart TV also had Netflix and Amazon Video and there we a huge selection of books, DVD's and games if you wanted a night in. The reserved parking spot at the museum was very welcome. Plenty of local restaurants, pubs and takeaways all within walking distance too. We had a lovely time and will try to return again in the future.

    Reviewed by SimonNov 2019

  • "This is our first holiday on home soil in about 30 years !"

    ! We chose to rent a cottage in Ilfracombe as we have family in the area and have just become owners of a little dog. The cottage was very central and within walking distance to pubs, restaurants all of which we found to be dog friendly and open for business even out of season. The cottage its self was clean and spacious with everything we could wish to have, the flowers and scones we found on arrival were a lovely touch and the parking space in the local car park was an added bonus as parking outside the cottage is not an option. All in all we really do intend to return to Ilfracombe and indeed Crab Cottage early next year.

    Reviewed by JamesOct 2019

  • "Really well situated and well-equipped cottage that had a properly homely feel about it."

    Reviewed by SharonSep 2019

  • "Lovely cottage right in the middle of Ilfracombe."

    Close to all the shops, sites and restaurants. Parking a bit out of the way but all things considered it wasn’t an issue.

    Reviewed by StevenSep 2019

  • "An enjoyable stay by a family of 4."

    The cottage was clean, cosy and well presented with everything we needed. Lots of up to date information on things to see and do in the area. Nice selection of books, games and DVDs to pass the time between exploring north Devon. I had reservations about the parking arrangements, but it worked out very well. Loading and unloading (unless you get lucky with a spot in the loading bay at the top of the road) will completely block Fore Street. With fewer than a handful of cars per hour passing by (at its busiest), you're unlikely to inconvenience anyone for long. Parking is in a good sized reserved space no more than a 5 minute walk away, though vegetation tumbling over the adjacent wall restricted the width somewhat during our visit. The space is directly outside Illfracombe Museum (worth a visit too!). As you look out to sea, the museum is located to the left of the Landmark Theatre (the building reminiscent of cooling towers on the sea front). Take the road directly opposite Emmanuel Church. On one occasion we returned to find a blue badge holder occupying the space, so paid 40p to park up and had to pop back to move the car again later. No big deal. The steps up to the property might present problems for those unsteady on their feet, but were no problems to us. Occasionally noisy at night with people leaving nearby eateries. Gulls could be very loud indeed, but I guess that comes with the location! Overall, I would have no hesitation in recommending Crab Cottage.

    Reviewed by MattAug 2019

  • "The garden and terrace attached to this property are just beautiful and the excellent weather allowed us to make the most of them!"

    Reviewed by AliceJul 2019

  • "Crab Cottage is in a great location, just a few minutes walk from the harbour and with a great variety of restaurants and bars on the doorstep, we particularly enjoyed the Tapas at the Terrace restaurant across the street from the cottage."

    The added touch of cream teas on arrival (thank you Rosie), plus milk, tea and coffee was a nice welcome. We loved our stay at Crab Cottage , the dogs enjoyed the freedom of the garden and the views from there over Ilfracombe are super. We had a great holiday and would not hesitate to return.

    Reviewed by VictoriaMay 2019

  • "Fantastic location for us with 2 kids and a dog."

    Lovely base to be able to explore a lovely area. The cottage was charming - with the secret garden a delightful lookout. Had everything that we needed - and of course the cream tea welcome was wonderful!

    Reviewed by HarrietApr 2019

  • "Crab Cottage is a beautiful well maintained cottage in a perfect location."

    Reviewed by BenjaminNov 2018

  • "The cottage was exactly as described , Great location , would definitely return again :-) we had a wonderful week"

    Reviewed by MichaelAug 2018

  • "Beautiful cottage."

    Very clean and well equipped. A home from home. We loved staying in the cottage, we especially enjoyed sitting on the raised terraced overlooking the bay.

    Reviewed by NatalieJul 2018

  • "Always the most exceptional cleanliness and comfort."

    Amazing garden and seating area with beautiful views. Can't fault it. Scones and jam and flowers on arrival. We have never found a place to equal it in 40 years of holidays.

    Reviewed by TeresaJul 2018

  • "The cottage is located in the centre of Ilfracombe, which is a traditional holiday town."

    As the street only allows cars and vehicles for drop off and collection, the area could be classed as pedestrianised, which allows a relaxed feel. The accomodation is very comfortable and probably the cleanest I have encountered through Sykes. We have a dog, but there is neither smell or trace of dogs in the cottage, which is great and a testament to the quality of cleanliness. This has been a favourite holiday of ours. Whether enjoying relaxing on the garden patio, with fantastic views, or walking on one of the many scenic routes nearby, it has thoroughly been a super break. Thank you to the owners of the property and Rosie for providing such a special stay.

    Reviewed by CatherineJul 2018

  • "Perfect cottage, very well presented, fully equipped and convenient for the local amenities and for driving to other places of interest in North Devon."

    Ilfracombe is very dog friendly and most shops, bars, cafes and restaurants allow dogs. Can definitely recommend.The welcome of a cream tea, flowers, milk, tea, coffee and sugar and tablets for the dishwasher and washing machine were very much appreciated. The parking space is not at the cottage which we had originally assumed it would be but not really a problem as easily accessed for unloading on arrival and for leaving etc. A permit is given for a car park by the museum. We had two cars so a second permit was bought at the Toutist Office near the museum for £12 for 4 days and was even closer at the end of the road by the harbour so none of this was a problem.

    Reviewed by VictoriaJun 2018

  • "Great cottage in a great location."

    Well equipped ,immaculate, and overall a comfy holiday home. The front entrance to the cottage and also the back garden are accessed via some quite steep steps so wouldn’t be practical for any persons with mobility issues. The garden is large with a fabulous sea view of the harbour.The cottage is on the doorstep to all the local amenities in the town just a few minutes stroll from the shops, pubs and harbour. There is no parking outside the cottage, however you can load/unload your car, before moving it to an allocated reserved car parking space a 5-10minute walk away. A lovely welcome gesture on arrival by the owner of fresh flowers and a Devon cream tea.

    Reviewed by ClaireJun 2018

  • "Everything about the holiday was excellent and the lady looking after the property was very welcoming and we enjoyed the cottage very much and would defineately go there again and recommend it to others."

    A loveley cottage and ideal if you are taking a dog aswell. Very clean and well maintained. Parking the car was excellent aswell.

    Reviewed by MilesMar 2018

  • "Crab Cottage is a wonderful character-filled cottage in Fore Street in Ilfracombe."

    It is warm, welcoming, spacious and spotlessly clean. The steps up to the terrace to the property were a bit of a challenge, as were the steps to the garden, but we would nevertheless love stay there again.

    Reviewed by BarbaraMar 2018

  • "Absolutely fantastic location and cottage/garden views, maybe be aware that bathroom door can be seen through (gaps between boards)."

    Reviewed by AFeb 2018

  • "Not for the infirm or people with mobility problems!"

    Where in the description does it say that the property is halfway up a steep hill? A local resident told us that the museum car park (pass provided) had had a series of car break-ins - we were worried about the car all the time we were there!

    Reviewed by DavidNov 2017

  • "Great location, lovely cottage,nice little town."

    Reviewed by IanOct 2017

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with traditional gas woodburner.
  • Gas central heating with traditional gas woodburner
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, Radio, iPod dock, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Parking available 400m in local public car park, permit provided
  • Garden with patio and furniture
  • One well behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: Crab Cottage sits on a terrace cut into banks of historic Fore Street, there are 10 steps up from the road to the terrace and there are a further 30 steps to climb to appreciate the magnificent views from the garden.

The property

This end terrace cottage is located in the seaside town of Ilfracombe.

Situated on Ilfracombe's oldest street, just a short stroll from the harbour & beaches, Crab Cottage is the perfect place for families or couples to enjoy a classic holiday.

Enter into the pleasant sitting room, home to a gas woodburner, comfortable sofa and chairs as well as exposed beams.

After a long day, you will look forward to relaxing and cosying up in front of the fire.

Next door is an open plan kitchen diner is well equipped and complete with the essentials you need to prepare your favourite home cooked meals.

Why not sit down at the dining table, ideal for enjoying breakfast or socialising in the evening.

Up the stairs a double bedroom awaits, pieced together with pretty wall art and fitted wardrobes.

A twin bedroom is next, convenient for friends or children to stay in.

When the weather is nice, you may wish to pour a refreshing drink and rest on the patio area, to make the most of your holiday.

With much more to explore, Ilfracombe hosts a choice of restaurants, pubs and shopping, while the town is only a ten minute drive from Exmoor National Park.

Just a couple of miles further is the three mile golden beach of Woolacombe Bay.

A delightful cottage in a family friendly location.

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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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Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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