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Old Maids Cottage

Woolacombe, Devon (Ref. 1022678)



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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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21 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful cottage and location."

    Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by JanetteMay 2022

  • "Excellent cottage - bedrooms very good size and beds very comfortable - 3 great ..."

    Excellent cottage - bedrooms very good size and beds very comfortable - 3 great bathrooms - great location - good walks - very close to the beach which is dog friendly

    Reviewed by SarahApr 2022

  • "This is such a beautiful cottage."

    Would highly recommend especially for a quiet relaxing break.

    Reviewed by MargaretFeb 2022

  • "A wonderful cottage with everything thought of."

    We had a lovely time in the cottage and exploring the local landscapes. Returning to a fistful warm cottage with the beautiful wood stove and comfy sofas and beds was idyllic. Thank you.

    Reviewed by LucyFeb 2022

  • "Could not fault this property, the only complaint would be the late check in time 5pm (It was getting dark) plus the early check out 9."

    30 am We were told extra cleaning due to virus to blame ! 8 Hours It would put us off booking again if this was the case

    Reviewed by DavidFeb 2022

  • "A very comfortable and cosy cottage, really well equipped and nicely furnished."

    We enjoyed lighting the wood-burner most evenings and a great location just a short walk to the beach.

    Reviewed by CarolynJan 2022

  • "This was the most beautiful weekend!"

    The occasion was my 30th birthday so myself and two friends stayed at Old Maids Cottage. Everything was immaculate, warm, and comfortable. The location was perfect, the cove stunning and we couldn't have asked for more. I had the best birthday! Thank you

    Thank you for choosing to spend your special day at Old Maids Cottage and I am delighted that you and your friends enjoyed the stay and the lovely Lee Bay location, even in winter it's hard to beat the beauty and peace and quite of the area I received your note about the Woodland Trust, thank you for that! I hope the cottage can welcome you again some day, Take care, Paul Property Owner

    Reviewed by HeidiJan 2022

  • "Excellent accommodation warm and comfortable and very well equipped."

    A perfect early January break to help dispel the mid winter blues. Grampus very friendly pub

    Dear Sir...please excuse the formality as we are asked not to use names in our notes... Thank you for your feedback and I am delighted that Old Maids Cottage provided you with a nice place for a break and to start the year. We hope to see you back in lovely Lee bay in the future. Best wishes for a great 2022. Paul (the owner) paul Property Owner

    Reviewed by DJan 2022

  • "Brilliant location, right in the centre of Lee and lovely accommodation."

    The cottage is very comfortably furnished with all the right touches including super comfy beds; well equipped bathrooms and kitchen; warm central heating with lovely log burner and it is kept very clean.

    Reviewed by SusanNov 2021

  • "Old maids cottage is a wonderful place to stay in."

    Very comfortable and very clean. Everything you could wish for provided.

    Reviewed by JudithOct 2021

  • "We throughly enjoyed the cottage it was lovely Had everything you needed for a great family holiday would denfinatly stay there again."

    Reviewed by JoanneSep 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage which was immaculatey clean on arrival."

    Have been staying in holiday cottages for 40 years now and this is one of the quietest we have stayed in. The only noise I heard at night was an owl. Beautiful place for some R&R or to explore Devon.

    Reviewed by KimSep 2021

  • "Absolutely lovely cottage just a couple of issues the child lock was on the oven had to look up on the internet how to unlock it as instructions did not cover ,the tumble dryer would not dry clothes ."

    Reviewed by JackieSep 2021

  • "A beautiful cottage, very well equipped and plenty of room for a family of six."

    Lovely location with a short walk to the picturesque Lee Bay Beach, not a bucket and spade Sandy beach but fantastic for rock pooling and incredible views, also the food in the village pub is great .

    Reviewed by DebbieJun 2021

  • "Lovely cottage and location."

    Lee beach is stunning when the tide is out, so plan your visit to coincide with low tides. Lots of walks on your doorstep. The cottage attracts every person that passes by, so you do feel a little in the spot light at times as you relax outside. The septic tank pump died during our visit so we had to be conservative with our water for a day while they arranged it to be replaced, however, the owners dealt with it quickly, and sent a couple of bottles of wine which was a lovely gesture. Overall, highly recommended!

    Reviewed by JamesMay 2021

  • "Old Maids Cottage was very wonderful with all the facilities you'd need for a comfortable stay."

    Parking for up to 4 cars made it very easy to park up and forget the car with a very short walk to the pub and not much further for the beach. We had a fantastic holiday and would happily go back again with plenty more to discover in this stunningly beautiful coastline.

    Reviewed by StellaMay 2021

  • "Every detail was thought about."

    beautiful furnishings and decor . amazing setting

    Reviewed by KarenDec 2020

  • "Old Maid's cottage is a very cosy cottage and has everything you need, situated in Lee Bay which is stunning and only a 10 minute walk away."

    It was very clean and had a well equipped kitchen, the log burner was lovely.

    Reviewed by VanessaOct 2020

  • "I feel that the loss of 16 hours of rental time on the property due to " extra deep cleaning " for coronavirus without any reduction in cost was unfair."

    I understand that this cleaning needed to be done but when we had only rented the cottage for a total of 3 nights this was a large chunk of time that we lost with no reimbursement.

    Reviewed by GaryOct 2020

  • "The cottage was beautiful, very comfortable and presented to a very high standard."

    The village is pretty and quiet but still has a nice pub and art gallery/giftshop and its just a short walk to the bay. Lots of great beaches and places to see within easy driving distance. A great place to unwind, I would certainly recommend it to anyone looking for a high quality, relaxing place to escape to.

    Reviewed by PaulOct 2020

  • "Old Maids Cottage is a lovely 17th century thatched property."

    There has been no expense spared renovating to modern standards, but sympathetically done to retain the character of the original building. Every facility has been provided by the owner including wifi, which is a bonus as there is no phone signal at all. When booking Old Maids be prepared for people passing by photographing the cottage several times a day, it really draws the eye and is the typical "chocolate box" property. Having said that we would not hesitate in booking again, and when all this coronavirus thing is over we may just do that.

    Reviewed by AlanSep 2020

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite bath and shower, basin and WC, 1 x double, 1 x zip/link beds with en-suite bath and shower, basin and WC
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Underfloor heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 4 cars
  • Patio area with furniture and lawn area
  • Pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub a stones throw away, shop within 3.1 miles
  • Please note: all toilets in the property are on the first floor
  • What Three Words: seashell.snaps.dramatic

The property

Ilfracombe 2.8 miles.

Resting in an area of outstanding natural beauty and within striking distance of the glorious Lee Bay Beach is this listed, thatched dwelling, Old Maids Cottage.

This truly characterful accommodation is ideally situated for a family seeking to explore North Devon, with its dramatic coastline and the rolling countryside of the Exmoor National Park.

Admiring the tradition of the quaint village of Lee with its winding streets including two thatched cottages, relax into your evening within the brightly decorated, open-plan living room.

This home by the sea offers a contemporary, galley-style kitchen, boasting quality appliances to ensure that you and your loved ones can cater for yourselves during your stay.

Follow the room around to be welcomed in by the sitting room, where the woodburning stove invites you in after an action-packed day of exploring.

After preparing a delicious evening meal, gather with your loved ones in the dining room, offering a wonderful space for planning the days ahead or whiling away a couple of hours playing one of the board games that are on offer at this cottage.

Follow the staircase up to find three spacious bedrooms, each featuring leaded windows, a refreshing ambiance and plenty of storage for your personal belongings.

Choose to catch your rest within either the double bedroom, a zip/link bedroom with an en-suite bath or the double bedroom which features a glass screen which separates the room from the stylish en-suite bath.

To the outside, you will find ample off-road parking, as well as a raised patio area where alfresco dining can be enjoyed during the summer months or a glass of something refreshing can be had as you soak up the final glimpses of sunshine.

For those special occasions, a short stroll will bring you to the local pub in the village of Lee, or for picking up the essentials head to the town of Ilfracombe where a selection of shops awaits you.

Whilst staying at the Old Maids Cottage, be sure to head to the local beach where views of the Bristol Channel can be enjoyed, or head to Ilfracombe where you can look forward to walking along the iconic South West Coast Path.

Ilfracombe itself comes with a vast array of attractions to suit all ages, including the Ilfracombe Aquarium, Ilfracombe observatory and its sandy beach which overlooks Arganite Bay.

Old Maids Cottage promises to be a wonderful escape to this corner of North Devon.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Ilfracombe 7 miles; Barnstaple 11 miles; Exmoor National Park 21 miles.

The seaside town of Woolacombe is located on the north Devon coast and is home to a wonderful 3 mile long golden beach which has been awarded Blue Flag status and has safe family swimming. Woolacombe has won many awards and is a fabulous holiday destination with a wide range of shops, bars and restaurants. Woolacombe lies within the North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with its dramatic coastal cliffs and landscape. Along the coast is the bustling seaside town of Ilfracombe and from here you can take a boat trip to magical Lundy Island, a place of natural beauty, which will provide you with an unforgettable experience. Exmoor National Park is close by with its rolling countryside and quaint villages. A fabulous area for a superb family holiday.

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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