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Little Acorn

(Ref. 974348)

Lake near Tawstock, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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65 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely stay at Little Acorn."

    Good communication with the owners. The accommodation is very cosy and was a perfect base for our holiday. Would stay there again.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Nov 2023

  • "Excellent accommodation, exceptionally pleasant hosts affording a warm welcome."

    Everything we needed was provided and easy to see that much thought has been given to the needs of the holidaymaker. Delightful balcony to watch so much nature at such close proximity. Would certainly visit again and feel this is probably one of the best holiday properties we have used. Many thanks.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Oct 2023

  • "Great little annex in a beautiful location for 2, clean modern and with everything you could need for our stay."

    The welcome pack was a bonus The only small niggle was the hot water system was slow and not very hot and the heating cannot be controlled by the guests.

    Reviewed by Christine4.4Sep 2023

  • "Little Acorn is the perfect property for couples."

    It has everything needed for your comfort, from the right size teapot, to cosy, large bath sheets to wrap yourself in after a shower in the en suite. Well situated for the Tarka Trail, local buses and the nearby railway station . Perfect hosts, and a delicious cream tea on arrival - what more can you wish for!

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Sep 2023

  • "Fantastic apartment, lovely friendly couple."

    Cannot fault anything about it. Welcome pack was just a lovely thought. Will certainly be back and recommend Little Acorn. Location spot on for exploring North Devon or walking.

    Thank you for your kind feedback. So glad you had a lovely time. Hope to see you again soon! Ali Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Sep 2023

  • "Fabulous, spotless, comfortable with everything you could need."

    Loved this property was tastefully decorated with own balcony, parking in good location very peaceful with lovely views. Owner provided a welcome pack which was lovely and fresh flowers. Just perfect.

    Thank you for your kind feedback. So glad you enjoyed your stay with us. I have to agree, the view is lovely Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Aug 2023

  • "Great base for exploring North Devon and Somerset."

    Easy walk into Barnstaple where you can shop, eat, visit the theatre or cinema, a lovely little town. Little Acorn is very homely with a comfy bed and lounge area. Nice big walk in shower and all the kitchen equipment you could need. The cream tea and biscuits were very welcome after a 2 day journey to get there! Thanks Ali & Andy for a lovely, restful break.

    Thank you for your kind feedback. So glad you enjoyed your cream tea - it would be rude to come to Devon and not be greeted with one! Hope to see you again at Little Acorn. Ali Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jayne4.4Jun 2023

  • "As we said, we really loved the setting and the property."

    And thanks to you both for your welcome, friendliness and accessibility. We just had a fabulous holiday - so many thanks.

    Thank you for your kind feedback. So glad you had a fabulous holiday here at Little Acorn. Maybe see you again next year?! Ali Property Owner

    Reviewed by Graham4.7Jun 2023

  • "Another wonderful holiday at Little Acorn - Ali is a great host and all the little extras provided are always appreciated, especially the Devon cream tea to start our holiday."

    We are a particular in our holiday standards, Little Acorn is maintained to a high standard and equipped with everything you might need. Barnstaple is a good base to explore the scenic North Devon coast.

    Thank you for your kind feedback. So glad you enjoyed this visit as much as the previous one! There is still so much of North Devon you are yet to see! Ali Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jun 2023

  • "An immaculate property."

    Well furnished, a comfortable bed and fantastic views.

    Thank you for your kind feedback. I have to agree with you, the view really is fantastic. Ali Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mike5.0May 2023

  • "A well appointed first floor apartment."

    Cosy, well equipped, ideal rural location on the periphery of Barnstaple with a wide ranging. Kew over the Taw Valley. A ten minute walk to the retail park and bus stop. Ideal for reaching access points to the south west coastal path.

    Thank you for your kind feedback. So glad you enjoyed your week and managed to stay dry (almost!). Hope to see you again at Little Acorn. Ali Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dorothy5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had a very enjoyable week at Little Acorn exploring the area using local bus services to enable us to do linear walks along the SWC path."

    A very comfortable and well equipped apartment. At times we were aware of some distant traffic noise from the by pass in the valley.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Oct 2022

  • "We enjoyed our second visit to Little Acorn - Ali is a wonderful host and the property is a clean and relaxing holiday base to explore North Devon."

    Little Acorn is a comfortable retreat to return to each evening having visited many of the wonderful towns, gardens and villages in this beautiful part of Devon. Andy & Briony

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2022

  • "Ideal and very comfortable base to explore North Devon"

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Sep 2022

  • "2nd time and every bit as good as before."

    Hosts Allie and Andy are Very helpful and friendly. I recommend this place As a base for anyone looking to explore North Devon. Excellent facilities in a beautiful quiet spot. The next time we are in North Devon we will be cooking this place again. See you soon!

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jul 2022

  • "Can't really fault the annex if you don't mind climbing the stairs."

    The host family are truly very friendly and helpful an excellent place for a holiday home.

    Reviewed by Raymond5.0May 2022

  • "It is clear from earlier reviews here and in the visitor's book at the property that this property is thought of highly and we can only confirm that this property has been put together so well with such hospitality from Andi and Alli."

    We enjoyed it so much (so homely) and continued to find those "extras" that made this stay like home. Wonderful - we will return as it is a wonderful centre to visit North Devon and relax..

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Apr 2022

  • "A really nice apartment perfect for exploring the local area and beyond, all the ..."

    A really nice apartment perfect for exploring the local area and beyond, all the main supermarkets and Barnstaple within walking distance, can't fault in any way, a lovely welcome pack and ali the owner couldn't be more helpful would definitely recommend

    Thank you for you feedback. So glad you had a good time, and enjoyed the welcome pack. Hope to see you again at Little Acorn. Ali Property Owner

    Reviewed by Baden5.0Mar 2022

  • "Little Acorn is conveniently located for exploring North Devon."

    The accommodation exceeded our expectations with its lovely clean modern decor. Ali and Andy are very welcoming hosts and add little touches which make the cottage and experience personal. We have stayed in many holiday cottages and Little Acorn is amongst the very best.

    Thank you so much - what lovely words. It’s always nice to hear we’ve made your holiday special. Hope to see you again at Little Acorn. Ali Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Oct 2021

  • "Little Acorns is a real home from home."

    The apartment was immaculate with lovely fresh smelling towels and bedding, it was very comfortable with lovely views across the valley. The area is peaceful but close to all amenities and easy to get to places like Clovelly, Woolacombe, Hartland etc. Ali and her family are friendly and helpful and the added touches they left with the flowers, scones jam and cream and biscuits. We would not hesitate in returning and highly recommend the property to anyone wanting a holiday in North Devon.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Sep 2021

  • "Lovely, relaxing, clean accommodation located close to the amenities of Barnstable."

    Welcome pack was a delightful treat. Very friendly and helpful owner. Would book again. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Aug 2021

  • "Best ever self catering we have ever had, our hosts couldn't do enough for us."

    Would recommend this accommodation to everyone.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Jul 2021

  • "Wonderful place to stay."

    Perfect owners, there if you need them but not intrusive. Accommodation had everything you needed and a comfy bed to come back to. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Jun 2021

  • "The apartment was very cosy and extremely well appointed and the welcome and hospitality of the owners was second to none."

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Jun 2021

  • "Ali and Andy are the perfect hosts."

    Little Acorn is beautiful & has everything you need. It's well positioned to visit many places and a joy to return to for a relaxing evening. After a long journey it was lovely to arrive to a delicious cream tea. I hope we make it back there one day to meet this lovely family again, & not forgetting their gorgeous dog, Lenny.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jun 2021

  • "Little acorns has got to be the best place I've stayed, it was a perfect location, a beautiful one bed apartment loved the views even when it rained, perfectly clean, and the hosts were so lovely nothing was to much trouble for them, very thoughtful with milk in fridge & jam cream & scones."

    Loved everything about it, we will definitely be going back & will recommend to everyone.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0May 2021

  • "Ideal place for couples."

    Very nice and very helpful owners.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0May 2021

  • "The flat is very well appointed and run by a lovely friendly family who leave you to do your own thing, but are there if needed."

    The flat is everything as promised and more. A welcome pack of milk, cream tea for two, tea, coffee and biscuits, along with some fresh flowers. Everything is like new and a lovely fresh bright feel to the accommodation. It's in a good position, close to Barnstaple town centre and a supermarket in walking distance, but we drove there! We really enjoyed the week and have only good thoughts and were sorry we had not booked longer, and will try and find time to come back in the future.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Apr 2021

  • "Lovely greeting by Ali."

    The goodies on arrival were much appreciated. Lenny the dog wonderful.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Apr 2021

  • "Beautiful place every cosy and homely with a lovely welcome pack and friendly greeting."

    Great surroundings and veiw from the balcony.had an amazing week

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Oct 2020

  • "Top quality accommodation."

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Oct 2020

  • "The space to use as more than just a place to sleep."

    On not so nice weather days we were able to stay in without being on top of each other. It is well placed for trips into Cornwall - we went to Bude but also we could walk into Barnstable when the weather was good.

    Reviewed by Joy5.0Oct 2020

  • "Ali, the host, was great."

    Communication with her for arrival and questions about the place could not have been better. We had everything we needed. It was a quiet retreat for us and we would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Maryann5.0Oct 2020

  • "This holiday was enjoyed very much, mainly because of the location, the facilities and the hospitality of Ali and her family at Little Acorn."

    Reviewed by Diana5.0Sep 2020

  • "A lovely one bedroom upstairs annex to the owners property which has everything you need for a holiday in North Devon."

    Owner left a very nice cream tea with a selection of drinks and goodies which was a welcome surprise on arrival after a long drive. Barnstable is a good central location for many of the tourist attractions and walks in North Devon and Somerset.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Sep 2020

  • "This apartment was a great find exceeded all expectations."

    Ali & Andy were very welcoming and shared their knowledge of the local area with us. Highly recommend this apartment the balcony gave us superb views of the countryside and a great place to relaxin the sun. Tony & Marie

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Aug 2020

  • "We loved Little Acorn - Ali Moore the owner was very helpful - we were welcomed with a wonderful selection of delicious ‘goodies’."

    We thoroughly enjoy our holiday and enjoyed our stay in Little Acorn - thank you Ali.

    Reviewed by Doreen5.0Jul 2020

  • "We had great weather along with great accommodation, location good with the host Ali and Andy very friendly."

    Just need to be prepared to book any activities and visits to gardens as limited places due to the current measures in place for social distancing. We still enjoyed our time away, a well deserved rest in a very lovely part of the country.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Jul 2020

  • "Accommodation perfect"

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Feb 2020

  • "Little Acorn , Is perfect for a couple, very clean, with everything you need for a great stay."

    The owners (Ali & Andy) are friendly and welcoming and go that extra mile to make your stay so good. with in walking distance of Barnstaple . A little gem

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Dec 2019

  • "The weather was pretty dire along with most of the rest of the country but it was good to know we had a warm and comfortable apartment to go back too."

    It contained every thing we needed to make our holiday go smoothly and the owners were very friendly and lived next door so when we had a problem with the TV they came straight away to fix it.

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Sep 2019

  • "The owners were very friendly without being intrusive."

    Ali and Andy were extremely helpful and on hand for any information. It was a clean comfortable and well positioned accommodation. We hope to return in the future.

    Reviewed by Wendy4.7Sep 2019

  • "Really lovely accommodation with excellent hosts who were friendly and considerate."

    Everything that you need is there. Great view from the balcony. Very comfy and clean. Close to great beaches and Barnstaple. Perfect for anyone looking for some chill time or an active holiday.

    Reviewed by Penny5.0Aug 2019

  • "A fantastic holiday home, perfectly placed to visit the beaches & harbours of North Devon."

    A very roomy carriage style home presented impeccably, with everything you could possibly need and more. Lovely landlady who was super thoughtful & kind. We had a wonderful week here.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Aug 2019

  • "The owners are lovely people, and went out of their way to make sure we had a very enjoyable stay"

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0Aug 2019

  • "The hosts made us "at home" right from the first minute we arrived in Little Acorn."

    The arrival pack was exceptional and the accommodation far exceeded our expectations. It was a great advert for Sykes Cottages and we will always look at Sykes first again for another cottage based break. Thanks very much.

    Reviewed by Jim5.0Jul 2019

  • "A very warm welcome,the lovely treats cream tea, cookies ,fruit bowl and flowers were a wonderful surprise."

    there is everything you would need in the flat. clean and tidy. a very enjoyable stay. thank you.

    Reviewed by Dave5.0Jun 2019

  • "Lovely friendly welcome, beautiful, clean and homely apartment, fantastic views and convenient location."

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0May 2019

  • "Excellent holiday accommodation."

    On arrival there was a cream tea for us as well as a bowl of fruit, On the table there was a vase of beautiful roses. The owners were very friendly and the view from the balcony looking over a field of sheep was very restful. There was everything we needed in the apartment including beautiful thick towels. It couldn't have been better

    Reviewed by Leslie5.0May 2019

  • "Just a lovely little apartment with great views but we wasn’t aware of the the ..."

    Just a lovely little apartment with great views but we wasn’t aware of the the other buildings next to us was not linked to our owners home

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Apr 2019

  • "Our second visit was as good as the first!"

    We were again given a friendly welcome, delicious goodies and flowers. We visited Arlington Court, walked round Wistlandpound Reservoir and walked at Baggy Point. We dodged the hail showers by spending an afternoon at the cinema in Barnstaple! Due to Ali’s attention to detail we are happy to highly recommend this cottage. Rosemary and Peter

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Mar 2019

  • "Little Acorns was very clean, tidy warm and cosy."

    Ideal for the two of us taking a break. on arrival we were welcomed with a bottle of bubbly, flowers, fruit and a devon cream tea. What wonderful hosts and family. Brilliant location and accommodation.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Dec 2018

  • "Little Acorn is an excellent base for touring North Devon and Cornwall."

    It is a beautiful apartment with everything there that you might need for a really comfortable stay.The kitchen and lounge have lovely far reaching views and it was just wonderful to lie in bed at night and look at the stars. It is in a really quiet and peaceful area, but only a few minutes from the main roads and shops. Ali and Andy are a really lovely couple, nothing was too much trouble for them, and the cream tea on arrival was superb. We hope to go back again one day and would highly recommend this holiday apartment to anyone who is looking for something a little bit special.

    Reviewed by Graham and Joan5.0Nov 2018

  • "The heating is controlled by the owners as there isn't a separate control at the property yet."

    This is a bit is an issue in November, the owners did provide a heater and said to contact them if we wanted the heating on more than they provided. A separate control would be ideal as you don't want to keep bothering the owners. In the summer months this wouldn't be an issue. The pressure for the hot water could be improved too.

    Reviewed by Alan4.7Nov 2018

  • "Best cottage we’ve stayed in -spacious, spotless and a great location."

    Super welcome and goodies on arrival- thanks Ali! Already looking forward to our next visit! Rosemary and Peter

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Nov 2018

  • "Accodation very clean and modern, owner very helpful, made the visit a pleasure"

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2018

  • "Little Acorns exceeded expectations."

    Far enough from Barnstaple to be a quiet retreat, yet close enough to walk to should you wish to. The accommodation was very clean and comfortable and our hosts Alison and Andy were friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Jan5.0Sep 2018

  • "Would highly recommend Little Acorn to everyone and it deserves a 5 star rating."

    Ali and Andy are great hosts the welcome pack was fab especially the clotted cream !! Everything you could possibly need was there. The location is great for all the places you could wish to visit . Wishing Ali and Andy all the best and carry on doing a fantastic job.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Sep 2018

  • "I needed somewhere to stay for 10 nights due to business commitments."

    I tried to book in to a hotel but alas they were all full. Fortunately I stumbled upon Sykes Cottages and Little Acorn and booked up. What a delight I was met by the owner given the keys etc. The apartment was superb; fridge freezer, oven, washing machine and tumble drier, kettle, coffee machine, toaster etc. I went shopping beforehand, for basic provisions like washing up liquid, salt and pepper, washing tablets etc but there really is no need, basics were supplied. Even a cream tea (scones, jam and clotted cream) was waiting for me! Little Acorn is a 15-20 min walk in to town, very private and quiet. If I get the opportunity to travel to North Devon again I will certainly stay at Little Acorn.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Aug 2018

  • "Little Acorn is an absolutely beautiful apartment in such a lovely setting."

    It had everything we needed and more. The hosts were amazing, leaving little touches like a cream tea on arrival - nothing was too much trouble for them. The neighbours were friendly too, making us feel very welcome and at home, we would have loved to stay longer, We had a wonderful break even without the sunshine - typical of holidaying in England!

    Reviewed by James5.0Aug 2018

  • "Everything was as previous reviews from the excellent views the lovely Ali and Andy ,and the apartment it ticks all the boxes and they are doing an excellent job ,the scones and all the other things they supplied,the neighbors were very friendly and you can discover lots of Devon with local buses and train station nearby."

    Reviewed by G5.0Aug 2018

  • "This was a very well presented property and hosts terrific"

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Jul 2018

  • "The best reception from the hosts we have ever had!"

    !! Nothing was too much trouble for them, they always found time to have a little chat, so friendly and obliging nothing was too much trouble. The accommodation was tip top very clean spacious and beautifully kept.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jul 2018

  • "This appartement was very convenient cosy and beautifull."

    The view was fantastic There was a large range of comfort and a pretty garden to sit in there was many touristic informatiion of the area, books to read and DVD to watch . Barnstaple is a nice little town with many shops and weekly an antique and curiosity market. It is also a good place to visit by car,bus of train the touristic places. Ali and Andy were very helpfull and gave us all the informatiion we could need. This appartements is really the best we ever had ( we travel already more than 43 years) We recommand this lovely house to everybody. PS: We stayed for 3 weeks. Vercauteren Freddy from Belgium

    Reviewed by Freddy5.0Jun 2018

  • "Ali went that extra mile the welcome pack was excellent, fresh cream teas, fruit and above all the beautiful fresh freesias that smelt beautiful and lasted all week."

    This was the best cottage we have stayed in with wonderful views we will recommend it to all our friends. Thank you The Moore’s

    Reviewed by Beryl5.0May 2018

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  • All first floor
  • One bedroom: 1 x king-size with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan sitting area with kitchen and dining area.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, coffee machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi. Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking in courtyard
  • Own use of balcony with seating, and access to garden which is shared with owners
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: no children or infants at the property

The property

Barnstaple 1 mile.

Little Acorn is a superbly located, heart-warming annexe tucked away in the charming hamlet of Lake near Tawstock, a perfect base to return to after an adventure-filled day exploring the well-known Tarka Cycle Trail nearby.

Designed with couples in mind, you and your loved one can turn this holiday into a relaxing or adventure filled getaway.

Steps lead up to the entrance, where you will be welcomed by a comfortable open-plan lounge area, which is a lovely spot to relax morning through to evening.

Doors open out to a balcony which overlooks an amazing view of the countryside, worth admiring on a sunny afternoon.

All the amenities you need are on hand in the well-equipped kitchen, and the dining area is the perfect place to relax after preparing a home cooked meal.

The king-size bedroom is your night time escape for a peaceful sleep, elevated by a Velux window that invites the outside in.

A classic en-suite shower room joins the layout, complete to a high standard, and well-placed for getting ready ahead of your trips.

This property really is the best of both worlds by being right in the countryside but with any amenities that you could require within a stone's throw away.

For a change of scenery, why not wander into the town of Barnstaple, appreciated for its shops, restaurants and bars, along with fabulous sandy beaches dotted along the imminent coastline, popular with everyone.

Only a short drive from the Exmoor National Park and with a train station just one mile away, the whole of Devon is at your fingertips.

Whether you are seeking famous attractions or spectacular countryside, this cottage makes the perfect choice for your sightseeing holiday.

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About the location


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.

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Note: no children or infants at the property
Note: If you require 2nd April - 8th April 2022, please contact our reservations team to book your 6 night stay.