4.8★ Sykes rating 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom Pets No Features Off road parking Garden / Patio Cot available Highchair available Washing machine Dishwasher Broadband / WiFi Reviews & Ratings Accuracy of the listing Cleanliness Comfort Facilities and Maintenance Search All reviews cottage (53) views (25) beautiful (24) rose (20) lovely (19) comfortable (18) 58 Customer Reviews "Our second visit to Rose Cottage." Fabulous location overlooking a large walled garden and hillside beyond. Light and airy living area with plenty of outdoor space for use in good weather. Friendly and helpful hosts on site. Very happy to return in the future. Reviewed by Graham5.0★Oct 2023 "We had a lovely relaxing week." Cottage was like being at home so comfortable in every way. The views were stunning. We even glimpsed the deer which was a lovely sight. Thank you so much we had the best time. Reviewed by Jill5.0★Sep 2023 "A lovely secluded cottage with a stunning outlook." The cottage was very comfortable and really well equipped Reviewed by Patricia5.0★Sep 2023 "Beautiful cottage only problem was horrific track full of pot holes to the cottage, a 4x4 would do it but my little car was struggling." Cottage was superb and owner very pleasant and helpful, would love to stay again if pot holes filled. Reviewed by Shirley5.0★Sep 2023 "We thought this was like so many other Holiday Cottages, but it was ***Wonderful****." We enjoyed the 'space' we had inside and the tremendous beautiful view and space 'outside' We loved our bedroom, so comfortable and absolutely loved the sky lights above us. Very clean, everything you need is there. Highly recommend. We will go back. Reviewed by David5.0★Sep 2023 "Excellent holiday cottage in a beautiful setting, with a kind and welcoming family as hosts." Reviewed by Simon5.0★Aug 2023 "Perfect peaceful getaway with the most glorious gardens, we loved the quiet atmosphere and the endless views." The cottage is beautifully done with everything you could need, especially the bathroom with it's lovely corner bath, showers and loads of hot water and great pressure. Lots to visit within half an hour's drive. Pauline was a fantastic host, thank you to her and the family for making us so welcome. Reviewed by Jessica5.0★Aug 2023 "We had a lovely holiday, the cottage was great and the grounds were beautiful with lots to do nearby." We would definitely like to return in the future Reviewed by Luke5.0★Jun 2023 "We loved the cottage and were very comfortable." Reviewed by Barbara5.0★Jun 2023 "We had a fantastic stay at Rose cottage with our two young children back in May." So much so, that we have already booked to return again! Thank you for a wonderful break. Reviewed by Jenny5.0★May 2023 "Had a fab week away so peaceful n a beautiful place to stay have already booked to come bk was just what we needed ." Thankyou for allowing us to rent your cottage. Reviewed by Dave5.0★May 2023 "The cottage was all we needed it to be." A quiet location, peaceful and tucked away with amazing scenery. It was alway lovely to return after a full day out exploring North Devon. Would fully recommend to anyone looking for a peaceful break away. Reviewed by Tony5.0★Apr 2023 "Great place to stay." Peaceful cottage with great views down the valley. Ideal location for touring. Everything you need is provided. The owner was very helpful and knowledgeable about the area. I would recommend this cottage to anyone who wants to see North Devon Reviewed by Paul & Tracey3.8★Oct 2022 "Fantastic cottage ideal Location Will visit again" Reviewed by Linda5.0★Oct 2022 "Rose cottage is a great place to stay." It is our second stay here in this cottage it has lovely views across the valley. A good place to stay for places to visit. Reviewed by Steven4.7★Sep 2022 "We really enjoyed our stay at Rose Cottage." The cottage was perfect for the 3 of us, the location was great, exactly as described. Loved the views and the surrounding gardens. Cottage was well equipped, clean and very nicely presented. One of the best overall we have stayed in for years. Definitely 5 stars. Reviewed by Elisabeth5.0★Aug 2022 "Excellent location only just off the beaten track ." Very peaceful with a fabulous view ..Cottage very stylish. Quality finish. Everything thought of Welcome cream tea, teabags, milk much appreciated. For families garden with things to keep kids occupied. Had a lovely relaxing few days thank you .Did I mention comfy bed and I want that bath . Reviewed by Kathryn5.0★Jul 2022 "We’ve had another fantastic relaxing holiday at Rose Cottage surrounded by beautiful countryside and very comfortable accommodation." We really highly recommend this property and will be back to this beautiful place! Reviewed by Paul5.0★Jun 2022 "Just returned from a lovely week at Rose Cottage." The accommodation was very comfortable with everything you could possibly need, with the added bonus of fantastic views from the kitchen and living room. Cottage was located in an excellent area, with towns all easily accessible and only 30 minutes away. Would recommend and return in the future. Reviewed by Kerry5.0★Jun 2022 "Wonderful cottage, wonderful surroundings, a great place to explore North Devon." Approach road is a bit rural but perfectly drive-able, Wi-Fi is what you would expect from a cottage in a beautiful rural setting. Everything about our stay here was perfect. Reviewed by Alan5.0★Apr 2022 "Very nice place to stay, very clean and really nice views across towards Barnstaple." Would like to warn renters that the access Rd has quite a few pot holes and would not be good for a low slung car. Shame they dont do something about it, as the place is excellent. Was going to offer to use their digger, but wife wouldnt let me!!. Reviewed by Kevin5.0★Sep 2021 "Rose Cottage was absolutely wonderful and a lovely place to spend time." Reviewed by Simon5.0★Aug 2021 "The cottage in is a wonderful location just outside of Barnstaple with the most fantastic of views." The location is perfect for travelling to other towns and villages on the coast. The cottage exceeded our expectations and provides the perfect break. The road is very rocky and is not ideal in a low car but the listing does state this so now suprises. Would return as it was ideal for our family! Reviewed by Trevor5.0★Aug 2021 "It is an exceptional spacious, clean and comfortable cottage, with beautiful gardens and views, catering for couples and families, with a playground too, just absolutely beautiful, can’t recommend it enough!" !! We will certainly be back :) Reviewed by Paul5.0★Jul 2021 "The long track might put people off, but as long as your car doesn't have a low profile and you take it really slow, it's worth it for the gorgeous gardens, peaceful setting and well-appointed cottage." Reviewed by Jessica5.0★Jun 2021 "Beautiful cottage, very clean and tidy with lovely furniture and had everything we need." The best cottage we have every stayed in! The views are amazing and it’s so peaceful, the owners are really nice too. We had a an amazing holiday and would love to return one day. Reviewed by Sarah5.0★May 2021 "The cottage was totally as described." It was comfortable and cosy. Everything inside was of good quality. The garden and surrounding countryside were stunningly beautiful. The only drawback is the approach lane which is a bit of a rough ride . We would book this cottage again, possibly for next spring . Reviewed by Jean5.0★Oct 2020 "Our accommodation was very clean and comfortable, very warm." Could have done with instructions for oven and towel radiator. The only worry I had was the road as was told, had pot holes, Feel the road was so bad you would need a 4x 4 to feel comfortable driving, please fill the pot holes in. Reviewed by Janet4.7★Oct 2020 "Rose Cottage is a lovely home from home, a beautiful building with a great view and lovely gardens." It is in a quiet location off the main road down a lane, which in places is uneven, but if you take it slowly it is fine. More instructions on how to use equipment, such as the heated towel rails and the TV would have been helpful, but the owners were there when any issues were encountered. Definitely recommend a stay at Rose Cottage, it is ideally located close to Barnstaple and great beaches aren't too far a drive away. Reviewed by Donna3.8★Sep 2020 "The holiday cottage was exactly as described, completely spotless, absolutely beautiful views and you felt like you were in the middle of no where!" It was the perfect escape to the rural countryside whilst still being within quick reach of Barnstaple and the beach. Couldn’t recommend highly enough Reviewed by Jenn5.0★Sep 2020 "Excellent cottage, beautiful views with walled gardens." Cottage was equipped with very things you could need. You felt very comfortable with this current covid 19 pandemic . Labelling on everything to direct you to the right thing t. The owners were very pleasant and helpful if you needed to know anything. We will with no doubt book this cottage again. The only things is that you may easily miss the turn off from the main road. Other reviews told you about the rough road up to the cottage, take it slow and you will not regret it. It is a very nice surprize when you arrive at the top. Fabulous. Fabulous. Reviewed by Steven5.0★Sep 2020 "Prior to our holiday I wanted to phone Sykes for some important information about cleaning the procedures owing to the current Covid 19 situation." It seemed an impossible task to get through to Sykes on the phone, after holding on the line for 50 mins I gave up. 3 times I tried all without success. It's on that basis that I'm rather reluctant to recommend Sykes. However, having said that we were very pleased with our holiday accommodation. The cottage was very well appointed and comfortable. Our worry over the cleaning procedures was overcome once we were in, The cottage was extremely clean and welcoming and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Rose Cottage, nr Barnstaple. Reviewed by Roger5.0★Sep 2020 "Gorgeous cottage with amazing views." Very well presented and extremely clean. Well equipped with good quality items. Nice garden furniture to use and bbq if required. Road leading to cottage can be muddy and is uneven in places but worth it for the amazing cottage. Owners are really friendly too and helped with suggestions on places to visit and eat. Good location for visiting North Devon attractions. Reviewed by Rachelle5.0★Aug 2020 "We have just returned from a weeks holiday at Rose Cottage, and would like to say what a beautiful place it is." The cottage itself was kitted out with everything we required and more and the gardens and views were to die for. Yes as per other reviews the road leading into the cottage is a little rough, however with slow careful driving it’s worth it. Don’t let this put you off!! If it’s solitude and a stay off the beaten track you are after, this is definitely for you. Reviewed by Fiona5.0★Aug 2020 "We booked Rose Cottage c." 1 year ago as part of a 2 week holiday to Cornwall and Devon. Our first week was spent in Cornwall and we had an amazing time, then on the day we were due to leave for Devon and Rose Cottage, I happened to check my junk mail and saw that I had an email from the owner of Rose Cottage advising me that the access road was one mile long, off the public highway, had been damaged by heavy duty plant and as such was rather bumpy... The email had been sent the day before, so there was little I could have done about the situation at that point; it was far too late to seek alternative accommodation. It did make us revisit the listing with Sykes to see if we'd missed some vital information detailing a poor access road but there was nothing in the listing to warn us. We checked some previous reviews (written after we booked) and other people had experienced issues with the road so it was clearly apparent and not singular to us. Upon arrival the road really was a nightmare- broken bricks and stones made for a very uneven surface for the first third of the 'driveway'. There was some reprieve when it turned to concrete and even though much of it was covered in mud, made access easier. Then we hit the monumental pot holes and thick mud where the fish farm were clearly undertaking work. After this you hit the section of drive much like the first. The first 3 days saw your typical British summer time weather- a mixture of some rain, some sunshine and plenty of cloud. During this time we scraped the underneath of the car when leaving the property and let me be clear here, we drove at about 5 mph MAXIMUM when the terrain permitted and this still happened. The edge of the bumper was also scraped on several occasions. We own a standard family saloon. We arrived on the 14th August. On the 17th Barnstaple saw torrential rain and flooding. I totally appreciate this was out of the owner's hands. It was completely out of my hands too. But it made access nigh on impossible. As a result and with inclement weather heading our way, after another day we decided to cut our holiday short for fear that we would actually not be able to get the car out once loaded with 2 week's worth of packing. Naturally, this has been raised with Sykes because we weren't properly advised of the condition of the property and its access and felt we were mis-sold. The response from the owner has been nothing short of incredulous- it was the weather's fault, it can't be helped (what about the first 3 days!?) and actually it could have been helped because you should have made the listing very clear to people who own a standard car. Despite losing 2 days of our precious family holiday, the owners aren't willing to accept any liability. That said, they have accepted responsibility by very recently purchasing lots of gravel to fill in the pot holes. The cottage itself was clean, equipped with everything you would expect of a 4 tick property, including loads of wood lice. They liked to appear in the bed so you'd have to remove one or two most evenings. The floor in the downstairs loo is very spongy, I don't know what would cause this (perhaps rot?) but whatever it was likely contributed to the smell in there. Enjoy your holiday folks, the views from the property are second to none. I hope nothing goes awry as you will very likely receive no support, understanding or recompense. Reviewed by Rachel3.1★Aug 2020 "A very comfortable and well equipped cottage in a quiet and beautiful location, and yet 5 mins drive from Barnstaple town centre and within easy reach of all the North Devon attractions." The approach road to the cottage was nowhere near as bad as some reviews have reported; we have a standard saloon and managed quite easily. A really good location for exploring the area. Reviewed by Neil5.0★Aug 2020 "Rose Cottage is situated in a beautiful countryside setting just outside of Barnstaple." The gardens surrounding the cottage were immaculate. The cottage had all the amenities you could ask for and was extremely clean which is very important in these uncertain times. The only negatives were the access road to the cottage (unmade road with lots of potholes) and the downstairs toilet smelt a little damp. Reviewed by Matthew5.0★Jul 2020 "We had a great time at Rose Cottage." There is no avoiding the fact that the drive is quite rough, but once we got used to it we worked out where we had to go -really- slowly and where it wasn't too bad. We made the decision to only go out once a day, but that was fine. However, the drive made the experience of turning onto the property all the more magical, a walled oasis of lush gardens with Rose Cottage overlooking the valley all the way down to Barnstaple. If you like waking up to a view, then this cottage will not disappoint you. Once onto actual roads, you are a short drive from Barnstaple and the lovely towns and coast beyond. The cottage itself was well equipped and spotlessly clean; we had everything we needed. Reviewed by Phil4.7★Jul 2020 "The cottage was lovely, however the access road was not." It was over a mile long with such severe potholes it wrenched the trim off my husbands car. If we had used my car it would not have been able to access the cottage as it is too low profile. I appreciate this is a country property, we live in the country ourselves but if this is to be let any more at least a note to warn people it really needs a 4 wheel drive. Also there wer3 a lot of steps leading up to the cottage also not warned about. My husband was on sticks and found it difficult. Reviewed by Trudy3.4★Mar 2020 "Rose Cottage is lovely, in a great location with fabulous views and a well equipped kitchen." However, it's draughty and slow to heat, as the electric radiators take a while to warm up, which is a real shame. A few blankets on the sofa would help to cosy the place up a bit! Reviewed by Isobel3.4★Feb 2020 "Rose Cottage is a truly beautiful place to stay." It is light, airy, comfortable, wonderfully appointed and blissfully quiet. The gardens surrounding the cottage are amazing and the views of the sunset each evening are breathtaking. The whole cottage is perfectly clean and finished to a wonderfully high standard. The kitchen is as well equipped as any good holiday cottage and the bedrooms are warm and comfortable. It’s not clear from the photos, but the bathroom has a separate rainfall shower and shower head in addition to the shower over the bath, so please don’t let the thought of a lack of a standing shower put you off (as it nearly did us) as there is one! I would say the only slight downside is the state of the access road to the cottage - it is unmade and very pot-holey. But this also adds to the peace of the cottage, so it is definitely worth the wobble to get here. Finally, the welcome we received when we arrived was wonderful. Scones, jam, clotted cream and milk in the fridge - a really lovely touch. We hope to make it back here one day! Reviewed by Carole4.7★Oct 2019 "This is without a doubt one of the best cottages we have ever stayed in." The attention to detail was exceptional and the décor and furnishings were delightful. The theme of light blues and creams were perfect for the location, being not far from the sea. Rose Cottage has an amazing view from all windows, not only of the owners walled garden but stretching to the horizon many miles away. The bedrooms were so comfortable and the super-king size bed was heavenly for tall people like us. We loved the kitchen with the breakfast table overlooking the garden and we sat there every morning and only used the big dining table in the evening. The kitchen was so well equipped and had a range of quality pans and utensils, again showing attention to detail. We love to cook so it was a delight to find all the equipment we needed plus a dishwasher. The sitting room area was light and spacious and had a large dining table which lent itself to sitting and painting or playing board games as well as eating! Outside there was a large terrace with a table and chairs which we would have used if the weather had been better. What we loved the most was the quietness. The cottage is a long way from the main road so all you hear are the sounds of the countryside. The stars were amazing as the skies in this area are so clear. This has been one of the best holidays we have ever had and has allowed us to discover some interesting NT properties and gardens and have long beach walks. It is a gem of a place and we would love to go back in the Spring and start all over again. Reviewed by Graham5.0★Oct 2019 "Cottage as advertised." All excellent and owners very friendly as well as leaving a cream tea, Garden a joy and plants to buy if wanted. Excellent location for seeing all the lovely places around. Top marks. Reviewed by June5.0★Sep 2019 "We really enjoyed our week at Rose cottage ,despite the wet weather!" The cottage was so well equipped,no expense spared,and bed so comfortable.The gardens are beautiful and views to die for! The only downside was the approach road ,our car did not fare well.However, well worth the journey from West Sussex. Reviewed by Roger5.0★Sep 2019 "This is the best holiday cottage we have ever stayed in and we will be returning!" (which is a first for us) It was a bit of a shock driving off the main road on to an unmade lane to get to the cottage but by the end of the week it was second nature and not a problem as long as you go slow. Once we got to the property it was worth the drive as the cottage, location and view are stunning. The cottage was spotless and had everything you could want and more in a holiday let. Reviewed by Darren5.0★Aug 2019 "The location and cottage were beautiful." Fred and Pauline were very welcoming, would definitely recommend and return in the future. Reviewed by Leon5.0★Jul 2019 "Very clean, comfortable and well equipped cottage." Owners very friendly and helpful throughout our stay. A much appreciated cream tea waiting for us. Thank you Reviewed by Rosemary5.0★Jun 2019 "We enjoyed a really relaxing holiday at rose cottage the views were stunning." A good base for exploring North Devon, the owners are really nice people and helpful, rose cottage is a great place for a holiday. Reviewed by William5.0★Jun 2019 "This is a really beautiful cottage with fabulous views, it was extremely comfortable and immaculately clean." It was nicest cottage we have stayed in. We would highly recommend it. The owner was extremely helpful on giving us information on the area. Reviewed by Judith5.0★May 2019 "We had a wonderful break at Easter in the cottage, the weather was out of this world." The cottage was beautiful and the view was even better, my only suggestion is maybe have some fans or something in the bedrooms as it was so hot upstairs it was difficult to sleep. You made us feel super welcome and I will definitely be using you again a and look forward to coming back to rose cottage. Reviewed by Kelly4.7★Apr 2019 "First class in every detail!" Not much else to say! Reviewed by David5.0★Apr 2019 "The cottage could not have been better." So comfortable, roomy and well appointed. The views were wonderful. The owners were very friendly and helpful. The cottage was set in a beautiful spot, just right for a lovely holiday in Devon. Reviewed by Rosemary5.0★Mar 2019 "The cottage has been well planned, is fitted out to an extremely high standard, is cosy, has sweeping views and we lacked for nothing." The owners are very helpful and we thoroughly enjoyed the welcome pack which was awaiting us! A treat to be away from traffic noise and light pollution whilst not being far from the town of Barnstable. A suggested addition to the 'travelling to property' instructions would be: If travelling West and reach the Bishops Tawton Roundabout, retrace your steps to preceding roundabout and turn left to pick up the instructions. Reviewed by Rosanne5.0★Mar 2019 "The cottage was beautiful and everything had been thought of." It was warm when we arrived and scones and cream to eat. The view from this cottage is wonderful and could have just sat and watched the ever changing scene. We will go back for certain. Reviewed by Susan5.0★Mar 2019 "Rose Cottage was a perfect location for a relaxing break away." The cottage has been decorated and equipped to a very high standard. The location is perfect-conveniently close to lots of towns and villages but also peaceful and quiet, gorgeous views and lovely to see all the animals on the farm. Thank you for having us x Reviewed by Kerry5.0★Mar 2019 "I had the best time there three days went to fast the next one will be four to ..." I had the best time there three days went to fast the next one will be four to weeks i ham so please i seen your ad on tv thank you sow much Reviewed by Colin5.0★Feb 2019 "Lovely cottage, superbly finished." Would benefit from a small freezer for bbq in the summer months but everything else was perfect. Stunning views and location. Reviewed by Rick5.0★Feb 2019 "The cottage in which we stayed at was amazing!" It’s location was perfect, close to Barnstaple town for stores and shopping. Additionally, it wasn’t too far from all the beautiful beaches. The views from the cottage itself were breathtaking. Overall, our stay was fantastic! Reviewed by Sinead4.7★Jan 2019 There are no reviews featuring this term Show all reviews Show more Hide all Summary Two bedrooms: 1 x super king-size (zip/link, can be twin upon request), 1 x twin (zip/link, can be super king-size on request). Bathroom with bath, wet-room style shower, basin and WC Ground floor cloakroom with basin and WC Open-plan sitting, kitchen and dining area with breakfast bar. Electric central heating Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs Fuel and power inc. in rent Bed linen and towels inc. in rent Travel cot, highchair, and baby mat Off-road parking for 2 cars Large communal garden area and raised patio area with furniture Sorry, no pets and no smoking Shop and pub 2.5 miles Note: There is a stream on site Note: Two steps down from the lounge/diner to the kitchen Note: Wifi may be intermittent Please note there are 15 steps up into the property itself Note: This property only accepts a Friday changeover. Access to this property is via a single track driveway which can be subject to pot holes and flash floods in torrential rain, please drive carefully. The property This semi-detached cottage is tucked away into a rural location, only a short distance from the traditional coastal town of Barnstaple, with countryside views bordering the exterior. Whether you envision a peaceful getaway for two, or a holiday with the family, Rose Cottage will uplift your spirits with its warm and friendly ambience. Be welcomed by the open-plan living area which features summery sofas, and a dining table set up for four people. There is an almost seaside theme tied into the layout, with refreshing wall art taking you to the shores, intertwined with countryside views welcomed in from the windows. Two steps lead down to the contemporary kitchen and its well-matched colour scheme, also comprising of a breakfast bar where you can relax with a warm cup of tea and appreciate the beautiful hillside once more. As the night draws in, one of the two bedrooms will become your own characterful haven to relax, each neutrally styled in cool blue and white tones, with ample oak storage, overhead ceiling beams and skylight windows. After a long day, sit back with a book of your choice, escaping into your own world as natural light falls in from above. Lastly, Rose Cottage brings you a serene family bathroom where you will be impressed by the corner bath, and wet room style shower, complete to that of a hotel standard. If you can steer yourself away from the interior, why not spend an hour or two enjoying the large communal garden area, and raised patio area with furniture. There is also a stream on-site, with sightings of chicken and ducks as they roam across the land. Barnstaple is a busy traditional Devon coastal town with a pannier market, shops, restaurants and bars, along with two fabulous sandy beaches. Close by is the coastal village of Clovelly, not to be missed. On the remarkable North Devon coastline between Westward Ho! and Croyde, whilst being only a short drive from the Exmoor National Park, Rose Cottage is the perfect choice for a picture-postcard holiday. View on map About the location BARNSTAPLE Exeter 40 miles. Barnstaple enjoys a superb location at the mouth of the Taw Estuary, on the spectacular North Devon coastline between Westward Ho! and Croyde and is a short drive from the Exmoor National Park. Barnstaple is a busy traditional Devon coastal town with a pannier market, shops, restaurants and bars, along with two fabulous sandy beaches, which are popular with surfers and families. The town is renowned for its floral displays having won a Britain in Bloom award and flowers are found around every corner of the town in the most unusual places. Barnstaple lies at the end of the magnificent Tarka line railway journey, which takes you through the spectacular North Devon countryside of wooded river valleys, rugged moorland and a stretch of coastline, plus close by is the picture postcard coastal village of Clovelly. A combination of numerous long sandy beaches and family attractions makes Barnstaple a desirable holiday destination. View more holiday cottages in Barnstaple Please note there are 15 steps up into the property itself.Access to this property is via a single track driveway which can be subject to pot holes and flash floods in torrential rain, please drive carefully.