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Whitefield Cottage

(Ref. 1025760)

Brayford near North Molton, Devon Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage was comfortable and cosy, despite the chilly weather, and the cake and tea on arrival was a nice touch."

    The location was very peaceful, it was some distance from the main road so it did take a while to get anywhere but it was good to be able to walk from the door. A few minor suggestions for improvements: although comfortable, the double bed was very creaky so we kept waking each other up, a larger washing up bowl would be good (the sink is quite large but the bowl was tiny), the dehumidifier is probably too small for the space as it needed emptying several times over the course of our 3 night stay (we have a Meaco 20l one which is very effective and doesn't leak) and the heater in the twin bedroom didn't seem to work (although we didn't actually need it in the end as the stove was very effective). Overall we had a relaxing stay and would recommend the cottage.

    Reviewed by Anna3.8Mar 2024

  • "This property can take you back 200years, if you want that, all mod cons, ..."

    This property can take you back 200years, if you want that, all mod cons, washing machine, microwave,constant hot water and heating,, TV and everything else 21st century,,but if you switch off mod cons and your fones, iPads,,no satnav, and take in the surroundings and location,it's perfect to get away from modern day and relax and chill,, the accommodation at least 400yr old cottage,, you can feel it,,magical,we had a great time here great access to nth Devon coast,,2teenagers and a dog with us,,if we get chance to return by ourselves would be fantastic,,don't have to go to new Zealand for enchanted forest,it's all here epic scenery/landscape, lovely people,,thank you Madeleine and Johnathan(hosts)for great experience and information,,hope you get your Ireland journey in,, it's a must,,tell Johnathan to take you ASAP,, and take your time and photo everything,,it's worth it,, great accommodation,, recommended for photographers,writers, walkers,dogs,children,and mostly for leaving the rat race behind,, and just chilling

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Aug 2023

  • "We loved our stay at this remote, very quite, beautiful 400 year old cottage."

    The kitchen was very well equipped and easy to prepare meals in. The cottage was lovely and clean, warm and cosy. We had milk and home made cake waiting for us after our long journey, which was very much appreciated and also a call to make sure all was ok. Madeleine and Johnathan were perfect hosts. Local supermarkets within 30 minutes drive. Lots of walks, beaches, shops and activities to do within 30 minutes drive. Also walks just outside the cottage. The quietest place we have stayed, apart from the cows and cockerels which added to the country atmosphere. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Aug 2023

  • "The owners were excellent they made us very welcome and friendly"

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Jul 2023

  • "Gemütliches Ferienhaus wunderbar ruhig gelegen."

    Ausgangspunkt vieler toller Wanderungen. Allerdings nur bedingt vom Haus zu unternehmen.Wunderschoene Natur mit vielen Tieren.Sehr nette Vermieter, nebenan.

    Reviewed by Dietmar5.0Jun 2023

  • "We enjoyed this quirky, historic cottage."

    It was very cosy with good facilities. It is a wonderful, peaceful location. The night sky when it is clear is amazing, no light pollution at all. It was just what we needed for a restful break.

    Reviewed by Louis5.0Jun 2023

  • "The owners, so kind and friendly, made us feel most welcome, in a most glorious position, thank you."

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0May 2023

  • "We had a great time at this lovely cottage in spectacular and tranquil part of Exmore."

    But it is also only a 30 minute drive to all the coastal attractions of N.Devon. The cottage was very cosy (oil "log" burner). It has all the old features and the restoration of the cottage must nave been a labour of love. This was our second visit and we will be coming back again. This is quite an exceptional property. The owners are lovely. They came around to check that all was ok and then left us to it.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Apr 2023

  • "We loved Whitefield cottage, lovely and cosy, nice to walk in and be able to have tea & cake, after a long journey, much appreciated."

    Loved the tarka trail straight from the door, if you love walking. Would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely cosy cottage warm and welcoming."

    Madaline and johnathan came and introduced themselves, and answered any questions we had. The cottage was lovely and clean everything we needed was there to be able to cook for my family. The only problem I would say was as it was wet and muddy the farmyard you had to drive through was uneven and bumpy, could put people off, we where fine in our ford ranger, we would definitely go again and rebook for next year.

    Reviewed by Nicky5.0Feb 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage inside and out with a stunning garden,total relaxation if you want it, not to far from shops although you do need a car, a walkers paradise."

    The hosts are very welcoming lovely people always there if you need them but not intrusive. Upon arrival we were welcomed with a beautiful tea tray and a delicious homemade cake by the host lovely touch after a long journey. The cottage has everything you need. We will definitely be returning to this little piece of heaven. Very dog friendly and our little boy had the best time. Highly recommend this gorgeous cottage.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2022

  • "We were very pleased with the property."

    we were there during a very warm week so the cottage was an excellent place just to chill, around the cottage and farm,.visited by owners on arrival who were very welcoming and were only to happy to assist with any problems. visitors book ,maps and alot of information about local area on hand. had such a great week because of great weather and beautiful cottage. great for dog owners like ourselves who have a very active dog. but care needed because of location of cottage to farm and animals ,who were an absolute delight to be around. highly recommend and would definetely visit again. maybe a bit to remote for some but not a problem for us. Stunning.

    Reviewed by S4.1Jul 2022

  • "Totally stunned by the beauty of this 400yr old cottage,Madeline and Robert certainly have the jewel in the crown."

    Thank you both for the cake and china on arrival to your most beautiful storybook cottage,I am sixty five years and I have found the home that I want to live the rest of my life in, if I win the lottery Madeline and Jonathan, I hope you will let us become your neighbours by allowing me to purchase this most beautiful cottage from you, even Lucy and willow have sulked since we returned to our beautiful home. You are wonderful people,very caring, thank you for the cream, I wii inform you if it works.The garden is beautiful, huge, and Lucy the tortoise was in her elements with willow carefully watching her whilst she was on her 10 metre lead, so she couldn’t disappear through the hedges.The furnishing is as it should be,making you feel warm and comfortable,,and the kitchen is beautiful, and the bedrooms very much to our liking,and the bathroom is well appointed. What ca I say except thank you so much from Enid Blytons five from your cottage , but only one thing we ask you ,please if you would get the rolling brush working on your hoover,because we felt so guilty we coul not clean the carpet as was possible, but perhaps you don’t know Madeline, I should have said something. Looking forward to our next visit to your beautiful cottage and perhaps we will carry on our talks over a brandy, and we can visit Jonathan’s workshop as we missed it this time, good luck with the auction of the Indian canoe,regards to you from us all,Wyndham,lynda,Jonathan, willow and Lucy.

    Reviewed by Wyn5.0May 2022

  • "Beautiful Cottage, the owners were very welcoming, loved the surroundings and the peace and quiet."

    Would definitely stay there again.

    Reviewed by Candice5.0Apr 2022

  • "We had a lovely week in a wonderfully quirky cottage."

    The owners came to welcome us but were not intrusive at all although only a phone call away if we needed them. My only criticism is that I wish at least part of the large garden could have been dog secure especially as the cottage is on a farm. This is something we have experienced before and feel that if dogs are accepted they should be safe. That said the cottage was wonderful

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Mar 2022

  • "Whitefield Cottage is a wonderful Devon Cottage, set amidst a farmyard setting, it is remote, but of it's peace & quiet you're after, then Whitefield is just the Staycation."

    The Hosts, Madeleine & Jonathan, are extremely friendly & welcoming, although you don't really see or hear from them. They keep a really good property & are willing to share information about the nearby areas etc. I am currently building a new house in a nearby village & this stop over was just perfect for me & George, my 3 year old Chocolate Lab. The walking, even locally, for people & dogs is good, sorry, fantastic!!! A big thank you to my Hosts.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Feb 2022

  • "A delightful, cosy cottage providing all you need for a pleasurable stay."

    Excellent hosts, on hand to help Wonderful location

    Reviewed by Vicky5.0Dec 2021

  • "The location of the cottage was excellent, and the cottage itself charming."

    Would like to comment though that it is in my opinion excessively expensive to change the date of changeover from a Friday to a Saturday and I had not realised when booking that it was quite so much more. A case of buyer beware, seemed unfair as the cottage would still have been available for a short break in the following week. Not the fault of the owners but a Sykes cottage policy I think.

    Reviewed by Marion4.7Sep 2021

  • "This is out second time staying at White field cottage."

    We love everything about this cottage and feel so comfortable. Thanks Jonathan and Madeleine, and Devon for a wonderful week. We will be back!

    Reviewed by Satoko5.0Aug 2021

  • "We had a lovely week at Whitefield Cottage, it's a really quirky and unique home."

    Jonathan and Madeleine were lovely but not at all intrusive. We found the cottage comfortable and clean, there was plenty of hot water and everything worked! It was nice that so many of the basic things needed were in the cottage (things like bin bags, cloths, washing up liquid etc.). The cottage is off the beaten track (which is what we love) but a great base for day trips in North Devon....just make sure you're satnav isn't sending you on long distance routes down single lane tracks! I soon realised the longest route often the best.

    Reviewed by Daniel4.7Jul 2021

  • "Our cottage in Devon was just the perfect way to spend our 2nd wedding anniversary everything was just perfect"

    Reviewed by Machaela5.0Jun 2021

  • "Much appreciated the friendliness of the owner who came round to see us to make sure we were okay."

    Good to have that local contact. We were greeted with a tea tray with cake and a welcome note which was much appreciated. If it were allowed by the farm owner, directions on the farm buildings pointing us onward towards our cottage would have been encouraging. It is important not to follow the postcode on Tom-Tom because it points 180° in the wrong direction at the final crossroads. Head towards Whitefields on your map and you will be fine. We really appreciated the rural location, far from the madding crowd. Yet close enough to visit local beauty spots. Spacious lawns behind the house in which to enjoy the sunset . Excellent walks and cycles in the area. (Bring your ebike unless you are super young and fit!)

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Jun 2021

  • "We found an excellent cottage through Sykes and got great service from their staff."

    The booking process was easy and straight forward and the pleasant helpful staff followed up our enquiries promptly. The lady was happy to ring the owner to get additional information and got back to us almost immediately.All in all a great service! WHITEFIELD COTTAGE REVIEW Highly reccomend this charming cottage and its friendly obliging hosts. We thoroughly enjoyed staying here and would definitely book it again if we return to North Devon. The cottage is located in a blissfully peaceful location reached along primrose-studded lanes. We stayed in April and it was just beautiful to awaken to the sound of birdsong and baby lambs. Located right on the edge of Exmoor we also found it an easy drive to coastal attractions eg 25 minutes to Heddon Valley, 35/40 mins to Braunton Burrows/ Saunton Sands. The cottage has lovely original features like the lime plaster, exposed beams and old inglenook fireplace complete with bakers oven on one side. The oil-fired log burner within, looked the part and kept the cottage nicely warm.Theres also a very effective storage heater in the kitchen and wall-mounted electric convector heaters upstairs ( though we didn't need to use these) The cottage was tastefully furnished with comfy beds & sofa and beautiful antique dark wood chairs in the living room It is clean, cosy, comfortable and the kitchen is well equipped with everything you need ( but not rammed with endless useless clutter as we have found elsewhere) . It was great to have coat hooks and plenty of space for shoes in the porch plus a handy hose outside for muddy boots and dogs.We also really appreciated the OS maps and Bradt guidebook. The hedged garden( with handy clothes line) felt really private and we could find a sunny spot at any time of day. The morning sun falls on the porch so we enjoyed having breakfast there on the warmer mornings. Hosts - Madeleine & Jonathan- were extremely thoughtfull and accommodating . It was so nice to arrive to find a homemade cake and posey of fresh flowers from the garden They also left us a good supply of everything we needed (including teabags, milk, sugar a fresh packet of ground coffee and even the oft- forgotten coffee filter papers) so we were,able to brew up and take full advantage of the cake straight away! We really enjoyed our stay in Whitefield.

    Reviewed by Joan5.0Apr 2021

  • "Very thoughtful and considerate owners."

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Oct 2020

  • "Whitefield Cottage is the real "WOW" factor."

    It is beautiful, spacious and cosy. Set in a lovely garden and on the Tarka trail so great for walkers. Neighbours were cows so very quiet and the occasional Moo. Can come out of the gate and on to Exmoor. Rural and peaceful. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves albeit wet and muddy weather and will be going back to the cottage again when the weather is better. Fantastic place.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Oct 2020

  • "We had a lovely time at Whitefield cottage, the peace and tranquility was just what we needed."

    The weather wasn't very good but it was October so we will consider coming back in the summer ☺️

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2020

  • "The is a beautiful cottage, it has everything you need and it set in beautiful surroundings."

    It’s has beautiful wooden beams inside the cottage. The cottage is about 40 minutes away from Braunton and Saunton Sands beach. We travelled to a different location each day and it was lovely to come out of the town and back to the peacefulness of the cottage. We spoke to the lovely farmer whilst he was bringing the cows in and He was telling us of places we can visit. The owners are so lovely and helpful and nothing is too much trouble. We took out 9 months baby with us and they were really helpful if we needed anything else.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Aug 2020

  • "We had lovely time there, received welcome card and lovely homemade shortbread."

    It locate in a small beautiful village, and takes about 35-40 min drive to Woolacombe Beach/Saunton Sands. They are dog friendly beaches, spent all day and was very nice to come back to this lovely cottage. Also we went to Valley of Rocks, (about 30 min drive) enjoyed breathtaking scenery. We love to stay there again!!!

    Reviewed by Satoko5.0Aug 2020

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Whitefield Cottage."

    The owners made us feel very welcome and had thought of everything to make the cottage feel like home. The cottage is located in a beautiful rural location within the north Devon countryside which we enjoyed exploring on foot. The cottage itself is beautiful, quirky and cosy. We were especially lucky with the weather and made full use of the lovely surrounding garden, eating outside on many days. Would 100% recommend and will hopefully visit again in the future.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Jul 2020

  • "We would highly recommend Whitefield Cottage."

    It's a beautiful old cottage, very cosy and well appointed. We visited with our twins (aged 3.5) and the set-up was really good. The cottage is nicely secluded (next to a working farm) and it's so quiet, you feel like you are alone in the country. We were a bit limited by the age of the children, but apparently there are lots of good walks nearby - we saw several packs of ramblers (despite the rain). A massive thanks to the owners (M&J), they were really helpful and kind, thank you for the baking and flowers. We would love to visit again!

    Reviewed by Rhys5.0Mar 2020

  • "A lovely cottage in beautiful surroundings, which had everything we needed."

    We enjoyed visiting South Molton and Combe Martin, and had some lovely walks. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Tricia5.0Feb 2020

  • "Had a very nice stay, unfortunately the weather restricted walking and the chance to walk the Tarka trail will be for next time."

    Visits to beautifulLynmouth and Ilfracoombe were really nice. Would defiinetly recommend this cottage and visit again

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Feb 2020

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double and 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/diner with oil-fired wood effect stove
  • Snug with WiFi
  • Electric and oil central heating with oil-fired wood effect stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, washing machine, fridge, coffee maker, TV with DVD player, selection of books, games and DVDs and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking
  • Garden with seating
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop within 5 miles, Poltimore Arms pub within 2.5 miles from the Cottage
  • Note: The property has low ceilings in some places, mind your head
  • Note: The garden though entirely private and surrounded by hedge is not securely fenced, dogs may be able to get through fence/hedge, so please take this into consideration when booking
  • There is a maximum of 2 small dogs or 1 larger dog is allowed, please contact Sykes with any queries regarding more than this
  • Note: There is poor mobile reception, but WiFi is provided
  • Please note: WiFi isn't ideal for streaming This property does not accept children under 10 years old (however babes in arms are fine)

The property

The North Devon centre, the town of Barnstaple 9.2 miles.

Rural Market town & Pannier Market of South Molton 8.4 miles.

This picturesque 17th century stone cottage looking as though it’s straight out of a fairy tale lies surrounded by lush greenery within the Devon countryside within Exmoor National Park, providing a holiday home with a difference for you and your loved ones.

Whitefield Cottage, together with North Whitefield House and the farm buildings at South Whitefield, stand on the site of an ancient small Saxon village dated to at least 1200 years ago.

The village is described in the Domesday Book (1086 AD) as ‘Whitefell’, perhaps because of the pieces of quartz found above the Cottage on Whitefield Common.

For walkers, the Tarka Trail runs just past the wooden gate.

With a working cattle and sheep farm next door and a large garden to roam, you can’t get more rural than this, making it a perfect choice for a family retreat where lasting memories will be made.

At night all you will hear are the sounds of sheep and cattle calling to one another.

Come through the old wooden gate and park up outside the cottage, before taking coats and boots off in the lovely window-surrounded porch, with 2 chairs to sit in the morning sun with a cup of warm freshly brewed coffee, then head inside to this warm and homely property.

Straight away be greeted by the pleasant and bright kitchen, with cream units and wooden worktops, it is in-keeping with a classic cottage style and home to an excellent range of appliances.

The china is a delightful blue & white, and also provided are attractive sturdy outdoor plates & glasses.

Move into the sitting area where a low oak-beamed original ceiling awaits, creating a snug ambiance that you will immediately want to relax in on the beautiful deep seating with antique birch rocking chair and large elm armchair covered in a rich embroidered throw.

The dining area with lovely wooden table and Windsor-style chairs are perfectly placed by the bow window allowing the window seat to provide seating for one half of the table, so all can gather around to enjoy a tasty meal or a competitive board game.

Facing all of the furnishings is a grand and rustic fireplace with old bread oven, housing an oil-fired woodburning-effect stove; look forward to getting this fired up on a colder evening after a day of excitement in Devon!

When it’s time to turn in, go up the wooden stairs to the first floor to find the bedrooms: first a light and airy twin room with American patchwork quilts on each bed, a window looking to the luscious greenery outside, and with a small chest of drawers & closet storage for your personal items and good lighting by each bed for reading.

Walk through the upstairs hall – an inviting snug space where a bookcase holds a selection of books to pick from with a large ‘teddy bear’ covered sofa to settle down into and plush cushions to put your feet up and read or catch up on email, before coming into the master bedroom which has a lovely iron bed frame covered in another American patchwork quilt, and features exposed red-brick and a hand painted mural of an oak tree, with fitted wardrobes and drawers for plenty of storage.

Freshen up in the neat bathroom, all white save for a royal blue feature wall, contrasting well with the bathroom suite, which has a bath with a shower over.

Enjoy the rural position of the property by taking your afternoon tea out onto the lawn whilst your furry friend stretches their legs, or have a meal using the seating for 4 at a redwood table and chairs.

If you’re seeking a truly rural ramble, you’re ideally positioned for exploring the delights of Exmoor National Park, where you can watch wildlife, stargaze, participate in watersports, and many more outdoor activities to suit all ages and tastes.

The Tarka Trail runs just outside the front gate up through open grazing land to the top of Exmoor to Shoulsbury Castle, 3 miles away, perhaps the largest and best known of the ancient Iron Age earthworks in Greater Exmoor, and to its surrounding Bronze Age burial mounds.

The cottage is also within reach of the four-mile long beach at Saunton Sands, with its world class surfing and all the open sand you could ask for, for picnics, exercising your dogs, building sand-castles, sun bathing or watching the tide come in.

In addition, there is the Exmoor Zoo, the Combe Martin Dinosaur Park, numerous art galleries including the Burton Art Gallery in Bideford, and the Lyn Valley Art and Craft Gallery in Lynton which both feature many of the excellent local North Devon art and craft.

For garden lovers there is the lovely Marwood Gardens, and RHS Rosemoor within 30 minutes.

For walkers, the moorland Tarka Trail, the breathtaking Southwest Coast Path, the spectacular Valley of the Rocks and many, many delightful wooded paths by the streams throughout the area.

The Village of Brayford, 2 miles away, has the 900-year-old Church of All Saints High Bray set on the hill above the Bray Valley.

It hosts 6 ancient bells, two of which were cast in the 15th century and are amongst the oldest in the world, and four of which are Victorian - You can hear the bell ringers practising every Monday evening.

In addition, there is a Village Market held in the Village Hall every second Saturday of the month with between 15 and 25 tables selling a variety of local produce and crafts, in addition to having tea, coffee & cakes available at tables around the Hall.

The River Bray by the Village Ford makes for a delightful picnic area with picnic table by the river, and dam building across the stream for all ages!

In reach of both coastal and countryside delights, Whitefield Cottage makes a marvellous base for your holiday to Devon.

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About the location


South Molton 1.5 miles; Dulverton 11 miles; Barnstaple 12 miles.

The ancient village of North Molton is an ideal base from which to explore Exmoor and North Devon’s dramatic coast. The village boasts a friendly pub, Post Office and a village shop offering home-grown produce from local farms and delicious home-baked goods, while just a few miles away, the pretty town of South Molton offers a range of shops and a twice weekly market. Being pleasantly close to both coastal and inland beauty spots, this quaint village is sure to suit visitors of all tastes. Within easy reach are forests, moors, rivers and beaches, along with churches and other buildings of historical significance, whilst just a mile or so away is the border of the Exmoor National Park. There is superb walking on the South West Coast Path and the North Devon coastline is varied and interesting. Visit the National Trust's Watersmeet Gorge, Valley of the Rocks and the funicular cliff railway. Up on Exmoor, there are various walks to suit all abilities, as well as pretty places worth visiting including Tarr Steps, Landacre Bridge and the charming little village of Withypool. Further afield, the resorts of Ilfracombe and Combe Martin are well worth a visit, and for some of the best beaches in the country, a day trip to Woolacombe and Saunton are not to be missed.

This property does not accept children under 10 years old except for infants.

This property provides additional fog cleaning on request, please contact owner directly to arrange