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Harbour's Loft

Ilfracombe, Devon (Ref. 960706)


(22 ratings)

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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

Reviews & Ratings

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21 Customer Reviews

  • "Great flat and location."

    Bang in the middle of things but feeling quite discreet and serene inside. If the rest of the building was as good it would have scored 8 or 9. The flat beneath had piles of cardboard outside it which I had to squeeze past every time I entered and left it. The building's carpet was musty and needed a good clean to get it up to scratch. The mattress was very firm and the best I've had at a Sykes cotage thus far. The main window in the main room would not stay open. I would stay here again and recommend it to friends but hope that the bins outside building and the cardboard outside flat beneath would have been remedied, improved.

    We are glad you loved the location of Harbour's Loft and found the bed so comfortable.The main window stayed open when we were there a few days before you so will get our property manager to check - with the variable climate the sash frames expand and shrink, so it sometimes needs pushing right up or using the block left out to keep it open. Apologies for the inconvenience about the packaging on the stairs: the flat below has just been renovated and we were aware the new resident was moving in the week you were there. Had we known the rubbish was there, we would have contacted the owner for you, which we have now done so it can be removed. We are really pleased the ground floor flat will soon be completed too as we and the new flat owners agree with you about the communal carpet and entrance and plans are in place to upgrade this. Hopefully you and future visitors will soon notice a positive improvement. Many thanks for your feedback and glad you enjoyed your stay at Harbour's Loft in beautiful Ilfracombe. Best wishes, Clare Property Owner

    Reviewed by RussellMay 2022

  • "We all really loved Harbour's Loft."

    The views over the town are fantastic and an ideal spot to watch the sunrise with a morning cuppa. It was closer to the beach than we could imagine and were on the harbour beach everyday within 30th ones of leaving the flat.! Everything worked as it should and when we did need assistance the agency and the owners were brilliant.

    Reviewed by CarltonApr 2022

  • "Perfect little accommodation for a break away down Devon!"

    It's situated right next to the car park which is very handy and it's the top floor flat. There's a couple of flights of stairs up to the front door then another set of stairs to the main floor. It has lovely views where you can see parts of the harbour and the waves against the cliffs. We came down during Feb half term and arrived during the storms too. The rooms were lovely and cozy and warmed up nicely with a bit of heating on, although it wasn't needed all the time. We loved how Wibbly wobbly the walls and floors were too! The beds were really comfy (especially the pillows!) Everything had lovely little seaside decor touches throughout too. Our kids actually loved sleeping on the pull out sofa bed as well. The shower pressure isn't anywhere near your power shower style but still sufficient enough to wash with at the end of the day. All in all it was a really lovely stay!

    Reviewed by ChristopherFeb 2022

  • "This property is brilliant for families!"

    Loads of space and a great layout. As you are on the top floor of the building the views of the cliffs and harbour are beautiful. The apartment is a lot bigger than it looks from the pictures also only a 30 second walk to the harbour edge. Do advice trying to book the local restaurants ahead of time but we found some really nice places within 5-10 walk. The costal walk is great to see the rugged coastline and the harbour. Parking is directly behind the flat and the cost is not extortion either. Will definitely try to book this place again when we return to ilfracombe.

    Reviewed by JasonOct 2021

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in ilfracombe."

    Harbours loft has amazing views and is lovingly decorated. Very clean with plenty of utensils, linen, towels….Slept very well and actually the flat is surprisingly more spacious than the impressioni I got from the photos. Location is perfectly central. Ilfracombe has so many lovely places to eat but book well in advance for most restaurants. Lovely nature walks near by, take a day trip to Lundy island if you can, Tunnels Beaches are great and the golden Woolacombe beach is 15 minutes drive away. Would definitely come back for another holiday!

    Reviewed by AnnaAug 2021

  • "The dustbins kept outside the front door is not a good start."

    Fighting the bins to get a suitcase in through the front door. In fact the whole bin/recycle saga was messy. The whole system fails from the off when there is not the right colour bin available for the right type of waste.

    Dear Mr Broomfield Apologies that you were met by the site of the uncollected bins due to the impact of COVID. We have enquired with the council but unfortunately there is no alternative site for the bins which serve all 4 flats. Upon receiving your comments we immediately made further enquiries and apparently the shared recycling bins have not been collected for 4 weeks despite being left out as instructed. In the light of this we have now paid a private contractor to remove the rubbish. We hope that you otherwise found the apartment to your liking and that you enjoyed Ilfracombe and some sunny weather. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MartinJul 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay, and the apartment is very comfortable and homely."

    It is a shame about exterior as it lets the apartment down as the initial impression is not good. Very central location, with short walks to beaches and restaurants (which will need booking as soon as you get there, as we missed out). Parking was also a surprise and much better than we’d imagined having rad other reviews on area. Overall would recommend.

    Reviewed by SusanJun 2021

  • "You have to arrive later for the place to have a covid clean allegedly!"

    On that basis finding tomato sauce on the table and many children's handprints across the TV unit meant this was far from a normal clean never mind a so called covid clean! Then rang those looking after the flat to be told despite the brochure saying otherwise the place did not have 2 sets of keys. We then find a second set so very clear they simply couldn't be bothered and fobbed us off! So in short get someone decent to look after the place and it would be great. Good.location, spacious and well equipped flat

    We are glad you enjoyed the location and facilities of Harbour's Loft. We were surprised and disappointed to read your comments which affected the start of your holiday. Thank you for bringing it to our attention - it was immediately raised and addressed with our property manager. Property Owner

    Reviewed by WayneJun 2021

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Harbour's Loft."

    Brilliant location, lovely apartment with a great view and plenty of extras included that were very much a nice to have. Would definitely recommend as long as whoever is staying doesn't mind four flights of stairs. We managed fine with children of 4 and 1.5 years. Only thing we couldn't do was recycle glass as there was no blue box to do so but this is such a minor fact in what was a fantastic week.

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2021

  • "We loved our stay in Harbours loft."

    The views were beautiful the apartment is exactly as it’s listed. We were pre warned about the flights of stairs to get up. Us and our 4 year old managed them absolutely fine and the apartment is definitely worth the journey up there. We had everything we needed there and we were close to the town and the harbour. Some of the windows and glasses hadn’t been cleaned but that wasn’t a big deal to us. When checking out we checked the information book that the owner had left for us (amazing idea!) has so much information about the appliances and the surrounding area! It said check out was 11 so we were ready for 10:30 but the cleaner came at 10:20 and rushed us out as she has “4 houses to do before 3 so I come early” as she said. We would stay again, we loved the place and you can tell it’s been purchased by someone who cares as a lot of effort has been put into the apartment. I loved reading why it was purchased and a little bit of info into the people who purchased it.

    Reviewed by ChristinaOct 2020

  • "Fantastic location."

    Nicely kitted out flat. Very welcoming owners. Great long weekend in this very interesting town.

    Reviewed by MichaelSep 2020

  • "Fantastic location - the shortest walk to the prettiest harbour around Everything you could need in the flat, with some helpful toys for our 2 toddlers."

    We cooked each day and found we had everything we could need. It is very high up with 6 flights of stairs, however, it is worth this effort as the view is spectacular and we are glad to have chosen here even with small Children. The sofa is nice and big, but not the most comfy and getting old - perhaps worth replacing soon. The wifi worked well all week with enough power for downloading some Netflix. Please note it does lack a hellipad, olympic sized swimming pool and jacuzzi.

    Reviewed by JosephSep 2020

  • "Entrance to flat was filthy with two full wheelie bins that were stinking and loads of flys."

    The staircase was steep, the flat its self on first appearance was fine but then discovered patches of damp under window in lounge and thick dust and hair behind sofa! (I had to reach behind to plug in lamp)There was a crack in window in master bedroom and shabby skirting boards. There was a picture on web site that looked like a chest of draws in master room but this turned out to be a shoe storage unit so was disappointed not to be able to store clothes in room.

    Thank you very much for your feedback and bringing this to our attention. We are sorry that you were disappointed about the clothes storage in the master bedroom, to allow save space we do provide a large wardrobe in the hallway to allow you store your clothes. Thank you again for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LisaAug 2020

  • "Nested in the harbour, the flat is really well placed and walking distance to most points of interest in the town."

    It is clean, well maintained, and has all the facilities you would expect. On the 4th floor, it provides a birds eye view almost on all sides of the flat, with the main table overlooking the harbour. The entrance of the house and staircase leading to the flat is a bit tired, but should not distract too much from the flat itself. There is plenty to do around the place and beyond. All in all a very pleasant stay.

    Reviewed by ElieAug 2020

  • "We had a great time !"

    As other people mentioned the entrance and stairs are a bit grubby,but as I expected this it wasn’t a problem ( tried to hoover but couldn’t reach !) The flat was brilliant - spacious and very well equipped and clean, with a wonderful view from the lounge window . The seagulls were very loud and disturb sleep which led one of us to buy ear plugs ! (We struggled a bit with the outside front door key ( black top ) but everything else was fine - we replaced tv remote batteries and the ice box was over icing on the fridge ) Overall we just loved it and had a brilliant week - thank you ! Excellent holiday rental and location .

    Reviewed by LizAug 2019

  • "Lovely comfort accommodation, central location and great views."

    Reviewed by DonnaJul 2019

  • "A superb flat in a brilliant location."

    Only downside is the 51 steps to the flat up a slightly rundown staircase but it is worth it. The flat is wonderful, compact but so central to all Ilfracombe's facilities.

    Reviewed by BenJul 2019

  • "Harbour Loft ,in Fore Street, Ilfracombe, is in a very convenient location with an attractive ambience,and is a superbly appointed apartment ,and an excellent holiday venue."

    The view from the Living room of the harbour area sets the scene for an enjoyable holiday experience. Strongly recommended! Vivienne and Allan Fox. Worcestershire

    Reviewed by VivienneJun 2019

  • "I do confess that upon arrival we were dubious as to what we were getting into."

    Large wheelie bins on the front porchway. Grey, tatty net curtain at the front door of the multi-use property. Equally tatty handwritten note 'do not slam this door' on the front door glass panel. Bins and rubbish in boxes in the entrance hall. Large aluminium ladder on the first flight of stairs. And a pasting board propped against the wall - no work going on though. And then we arrived at our booked accommodation 'Harbours Loft' and WHAT A TREAT! Wonderfully cosy, clean and modern with a lovely view of the harbour - a real gem, thankyou. (Just goes to show that one should NOT judge a book by its cover!

    Reviewed by DerekSep 2018

  • "Wasn't disappointed we have a really good holiday and the apartment was lovely and very well equipped."

    It was only minutes walk away from a beautiful harbor and amenities.

    Reviewed by JeanSep 2018

  • "Fantastic location coupled with fantastic views, great places to eat and drink."

    Reviewed by ShaunAug 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x adult bunks
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area and a double sofa bed
  • Electric panel heaters
  • Electric oven, hob and grill, microwave, fridge with freezer box, washer/dryer, Dolce Gusto coffee machine, hair dryer, TV with Freeview, WiFi, USB ports in every room, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Stairgate, travel cot and highchair
  • Parking in public car park to the rear of the property, roadside parking for unloading only
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1/4 mile
  • Note: Four flights of stairs lead up to property entrance making it unsuitable for people with limited mobility

The property

A contemporary top floor apartment, just one minute's walk to the beach and harbour.

The property has far reaching sea and harbour views, in the village of Ilfracombe.

It is situated on the historical Fore Street, renowned for its Michelin Star and Michelin Guide restaurants.

Well-suited for a small family or couples, this sleek and neutrally designed accommodation promises a characterful stay all-year-round. Light and airy, with a quality finish, you will be welcomed by a staircase leading up to a bright landing with Capstone Hill views.This opens onto to a dual-aspect open-plan lounge, with its sumptuous corner sofa. A charming dining table is situated next to the window, where you can look out towards the statue Verity, enjoying sea and harbour views over the rooftops with beautiful sunrise vistas.

The contemporary kitchen boasts an immaculate grey overtone, perfect for preparing those appetising meals before wandering back into the sitting room and enjoying a cosy evening in.

Continue round the property to discover the bijou bathroom, a classic all-white suite that ensures a lovely start to the morning.

This is of course after embracing a peaceful night's sleep in one of the beautiful bedrooms, featuring a soothing double laced in whites and blues, along with a twin looking out over the village with views toward the harbour and Hillsborough hill over the rooftops.

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 impressive, with many pubs, restaurants and shops to explore, boasting a lively, friendly atmosphere and regular live music.

Just a few miles away is the long golden beach of Woolacombe Bay, a place to relax in the sun or catch some waves surfing.

You will be spoilt for choice in this enticing, centrally located apartment.

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

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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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Note: There is a Good Housekeeping Bond of £150 for this property

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas