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Fern Cottage

Ilfracombe, Devon (Ref. 935217)

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  • Sleeps 3

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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17 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage was lovely and very clean."

    Big soft towels provide along with all the kitchen equipment you’ll need for a relaxing break. Perfect location for us to just leave the car for a week and walk to all the local attractions. There was mention about the church bells in another review. It wasn’t an issue at all for us. Yes they do chime on the hour every hour but we hardly noticed them, did not keep us awake. As we went in November we could park directly outside but there are parking restrictions 15th March to 31st October between 10am - 6pm, not mentioned in the description. Parking available close by so don’t let it put you off as the cottage is a perfect base for 2 adults and a fur baby.

    Reviewed by LornaNov 2021

  • "As stated parking is an issue."

    If you have several pieces of luggage it’s difficult to load and unload without either blocking the road or having to carry it a distance from the house. For light sleepers I would tell people the church opposite bells chime on the hour. Positive good location.

    Reviewed by SueNov 2021

  • "Had a great stay."

    It was a lovely cottage in a lovely place and all details about the stay were well communicated and organised. Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by ThomasAug 2021

  • "Lovely little cottage, would stay again, as great facilities and was a short walk to the centre, gave us great welcome information, comfortable and clean."

    Our little dog was very happy too.

    Reviewed by BenAug 2021

  • "We think the stairs are very steep and this should be mentioned and the bin ..."

    We think the stairs are very steep and this should be mentioned and the bin waste was an inconvenience as we put them out as asked on the Thursday night and they were not collecting and we were not left a blue bag

    Reviewed by LesleyJul 2021

  • "A very clean and tidy cottage ."

    With everything i needed for a relaxing holiday . A handy place to be near to Shops and for places to walk to and a Bus stop round the corner .

    Reviewed by RobertMay 2021

  • "This was our second Sykes Cottage in Ilfracombe and although this was a bit of 'Hobson's Choice' we were more than pleased with the accommodation."

    Although small this cottage was exceptionally clean and the facilities more than adaquate for a weeks stay for two people. The only thing that possibly let it down was the garden which could do with a lot of care and a chainsaw for a few hours !! it was almost unusable as its so overgrown and sees very little sun. The cottage is situated at the top of the High Street so easy for any supplies you might need and parking in the Brookdale car park at £20 for 7 days was a bargain as the permit allows you access to several other car parks in the area. [permit available at the Tourist Information Office] Just a couple of small mentions, the shower entrance was broken as was a drawer in the kitchen but these were very minor issues and with all the Covid restrictions in place perhaps understandable. All in all a very enjoyable stay at Fern Cottage and would like to thank the housekeeping service for clean and safe accommodation and would certainly consider a stay in the future.

    Reviewed by JamesSep 2020

  • "Listing as expected, cottage was smaller than expected but no real issues."

    Tight set of stairs.

    Reviewed by DaveAug 2020

  • "Nearby Church bells very audible chimes the time all day and all through the night all week long so pack your ear plugs."

    I think all advertising with Sykes cottages and Jordan's Glamping and Sandpiper who all seperatly advertise Fern cottage should mention it up front, as we would NOT have booked if had known beforehand. Overall Fern cottage of a good standard, but several bits around the property shabby, without the chic. Many small improvements needed throughout Fern Cottage and its garden to make it worth it. We actually rated whist there as not so good and overall we gave a very generous 5/10.

    Reviewed by FiAug 2020

  • "Lovely compact cottage perfect for me and my dog for the week."

    Well situated for walks up to the Torrs, onto the High Street and to the sea front all within easy walking distance. The kitchen had everything I needed and the house was nicely decorated with a comfy bed. The back garden was enough space to sit outside and was mostly shady which was a nice break from the sun. This was my first visit to Ilfracombe, really enjoyed it. I would stay at this cottage again if I was to come back.

    Reviewed by JenniJul 2020

  • "The cottage is lovely, the only let down was the garden."

    We enjoy sitting out of an evening, and there was a lovely private part at the bottom of the garden, but the garden is so over grown that it difficult to get to so we couldn’t use it. The cottage had everything we needed and great location with easy walking to the town. Exceptionally clean and we would stay again.

    Reviewed by LisaSep 2019

  • "The cottage was very nice and we felt quite at home."

    We had a lovely chilled holiday. The only thing that was a bit off a let down was the street parking through the day. I thought it would have been outside the cottage but it was quite often round the corner a few minutes away...maybe this should be stated in the description. Other than that I would quite happily book another holiday at fern cottage.

    Reviewed by DawnJul 2019

  • "Great location, good facilities although the spiral staircase is a bit tricky to master especially if your clumsy like me."

    Good selection of DVDs. Comfortable cottage, nice place to sit at the back door, quiet location. enjoyed a few coast path walks which is nearby, recommend a walk to Woolacoomve via Morthoe, or a walk to Berrynarbour via Hele to other way. Food in the George and Dragon very good - oldest inn in Ilfracombe, very friendly staff. A nice place to relax, a most enjoyable week away.

    Reviewed by JeanetteJun 2019

  • "Very comfortable enjoyable stay."

    ..Very clean and tidy and everything you need to enjoy a stress free break...Walking distance of shops and pubs and a great heating system that heated the whole house lovely...and seeing as it was December when i stayed...was most welcome....Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by ThomasDec 2018

  • "We were disappointed that the cottage did not have any clothes hanging facility along with no iron/ironing board too."

    This is odd in a property where stays are a week or more. The shower is in need of a deep clean and re-grouting and re-sealing too as the mould is unsightly. The location was good but the garden is in a dire need of cutting back and is unusable which is a shame.

    Reviewed by StuartSep 2018

  • "We have just got back from Fern Cottage, having spent a week there."

    Although the position of the cottage is very convenient for access to the town, there were a number of problems associated with the property. The most annoying of these was the shower tray, the drain was blocked and after the first person had had a shower, it took 40 minutes for the shower tray to empty before the next person could use it. Despite the fact that it is stated that "road side parking is available" it is only allowed during the winter months. There are car parks in the town but these proved to be expensive. In the end we went to the Tourist Information Centre (TIC) and bought a weekly pass, it is a pity that the owners did not inform us that these was available. Strangely, there are no wardrobes in the property, so there is no where to hang shirts or dresses etc. At least five of the light bulbs had blown and not been replaced. The TV is extremely small and therefore difficult to watch. There was no way of lighting the gas hob, as the sparking mechanism does not work. Lastly the garden and so called patio area is dark and very dirty. It need a good tidy up. Sandpiper, the maintenance company for the property, were extremely helpful. After a quick phone call to them, the light bulbs were replaced, a gas lighter for the cooker was provided and a plumber was sent to rectify the shower drain. They also provided a mirror for the main bedroom as there wasn't one when we arrived.

    Reviewed by BrianSep 2018

  • "The neighbours are upset with people having bbq's at Fern Cottage and I think this needs to be made clear to holiday makers."

    Also, guidance on the rubbish and recycling as all places are different and have different recycling bins/containers. Our rubbish was never collected during the week we were there.

    Reviewed by RuthJul 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x small single (not suitable for adults/teenagers)
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, WIFI, TV with Freeview, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Stairgate
  • Roadside parking
  • Garden to the rear with patio and furniture
  • One well behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: Maximum occupancy 2 adults and 1 child (under 12) Note: Only children under 12 years old allowed to use the single bedroom.

The property

This friendly end terrace cottage is situated in the town of Ilfracombe, promising an eventful stay.

Wander into the entrance hall and you will arrive at a sitting room pieced together with a pink corner sofa and vibrant cushions.

Beams overlook the room for a touch of character and the quirky accessories set a pleasant overtone.

Continue and you will be welcomed by a charming kitchen containing all of the essentials you may need for preparing those home cooked meals.

A door leads out to the garden so you can wander into the fresh air at your own leisure.

An open tread staircase leads up to a pretty and inviting single bedroom, ideal for children to sleep with pastel colours that bring a calm feel to the room.

A double bedroom lies further round, boasting patterned bedding and curtains, along with a chest of drawers.

This is a comforting place to sleep the night away.

Neighbouring this, a shower room is elegantly designed with all white fittings for a refreshing arrangement.

Once you are ready for the day, why not head outdoors to the patio area where you can enjoy a refreshing drink and plan your adventures for the week.

The town of Ilfracombe has much to offer from beaches, rolling countryside, and the nearby Exmoor National Park.

Whether you enjoy a gentle promenade walk around Capstone Hill, or prefer the river valleys and tranquillity of the moorland hills of Exmoor, you will find the scenery spectacular.

Ilfracombe is the perfect location for a North Devon holiday.

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

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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

Maximum 2 adults and 1 child under 12 only. Only child under 12 years to use the single bedroom.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Christmas
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