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Heron Cottage

(Ref. 971306)

Ilfracombe, Devon Show on map


  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "Brilliant place."

    ..cant wait to return !

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Aug 2023

  • "Widmouth Farm is wonderful."

    The cottages are really comfortable, well maintained and with everything you need and the access to the private beach and North Devon coastal path is great. Scenery is stunning and it's a perfect place to escape to and relax. The owners at the main farm were very friendly and I have already recommended to friends and family

    Reviewed by Philippa5.0Jul 2023

  • "Really beautiful site with anything you would wish my 8yo loved the alpacas and sheep!"

    Private beach is a bonus Cottages are clean and comfortable

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Mar 2023

  • "We stayed 2weeks at Widmouth Farm Cottages, a complex of about 10 cottages, arranged in 2 or 3 terraces, at fairly close proximity around a sort of central courtyard & looking out at each other, take note as privacy not the best."

    We were due to switch to Roundbarn cottage for the 2nd week, but the owners, at our request, kindly agreed to us staying put at Heron Cottage The cottage was nicely furnished and the hot water & c/h worked very efficiently. But at just over £200 a night the cottage was not really good value, too cramped for us (2 adults, one child and a dog). Upstairs is a nice big double bedroom with windows looking out the front t - and a much smaller 2nd bedroom with 2 small narrow twin beds- a bit of a squeeze to pass through The smaller bedroom has a view of the sea & lovely little bay below Downstairs the living toom was comfortable & adequatel furnished but rather small, with a rather small poor quality tv (no tvs upstairs either). The kitchen/ diner was also a bit cramped, and there was just the one bathroom toilet- also downstairs There are no individual gardens and the doors & windows look straight out at cottages opposite, so it can feel a bit claustrophobic The place itself is beautifully located on a hill.overlooking a nice little typical N Coast grey colored beach & bay, with plenty of walking trails around & over the magnificent cliffs. The whole area of the N Devon coast & coastal towns is pretty steep (take note those of you with dodgy knees) and staggeringly beautiful, espec when the sun comes out Driving out of the property onto the main road at the top is a bit tricky, it's hard to see clearly both ways & traffic zooms along at some speed, so caution is advised There's no network at the property so you have to use wifi. The place is owned by a family who live in a nice big house on the property itself, husband wife & daughter. The daughter is the appointed manager but we hardly ever saw her. The mum is a very nice lady, often found gardening and I very much enjoyed chatting with her, but bottom line they don't really seem to bother much or care for their guests, not just our opinion bit a couple of other guests too. For contact they only give you a landline & there's no network so you can't get through to them without leaving the place & walking up the steep hill to the top of the road. Why can't they provide a mob no so you get them on Whatsap. In the 2 days prior to leaving London, I called the manager daughter 3 times & she never picked or returned my calls. That's not a good initial impression and our stay sort of confirmed that. They just leave you to yourself, tho I stress they're all v nice people Final point: you can't check-in is before 4.00pm but have to be out by 10.00am, that seems to be the rules all over these day and it's a bit unfair & stressful Joanna & Tony

    Reviewed by Joanna2.8Aug 2022

  • "Amazing week away in a lovely place."

    The whole farm are very beautiful and very quiet. The private beach was great when you wanted to get away from the crowds on the other beaches. The owners were very friendly and feeding time of the animals was great for the kids. I would go back and stay in one of the cottages with out any hesitation again. 5 stars from me and I'm sure the other families we got to know on our week away would say the same.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jul 2022

  • "Went at a time a family stayed in cottages by us."

    They were celebrating a 60th birthday. Very noisy till 12.30am first two nights. Did not sleep much, could not put up with a third night, so came home. Could not contact anyone with number supplied. Heron cottage definitely not a 4 star. Would say 2-3 star. Needs attention to decor. Bathroom do a mess. General decor through out tatty. Cleanliness average.

    Thank you for providing feedback for Heron Cottage, I am sorry if some of the neighbors were noisy, if we were aware of this we could have had a word with the other guests and asked them to keep the noise down. We have installed a new bathroom recently and the decor purchased is all brand new, and we think it is worth the 4 ticks that'AA tourism’ rate our cottages as 4 star gold. We have come across your feedback on Facebook which is the complete opposite of this one. We apologise for the noise and wished you contacted us or Sykes about this to assist you Property Owner

    Reviewed by Graham2.8Jul 2022

  • "Great location and property."

    Only small issue was the shower was a pain to operate. We used the coastal walks and beach which were very nice. It would be nicer if the coastal path around the properties land was cleared a little to make it’s use easier as it was better looked after elsewhere. All in all, a lovely holiday was had.

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Jul 2022

  • "Heron Cottage was nicely presented however we had certain issues and actually returned home on the 15th June rather than complete our stay."

    The biggest issue for us was the downstairs toilet/bathroom which was not mentioned in the cottage details. My wife has some mobility issues and having to go downstairs at night was a big issue. Stairs are quite steep. We also had a plumbing issue with the shower which required a lot of strength to turn on and as much force to turn off and apparently the cottage owners are having problems with the company who carried out the upgrade of five of the cottages and all have the same problem. The issue is ongoing but this is not a problem guests want to experience, particularly older guests. A container for shower gel, shampoo and conditioner would be helpful in the shower. The shower floor was not ideal. There was no DVD in our cottage. We were told to check for a slot at the back of the TV but there was no slot. Wardrobe storage was very limited and I feel sure would be a problem for four adults as there was only a very small cupboard in the main bedroom.

    Reviewed by Glyn3.8Jun 2022

  • "What a delightful place."

    Our cottage was spotlessly clean and had all the comforts of home. Stylish but simple decor and the beds were comfortable. The layout of the farm and cottages is lovely and a very short and easy walk to the private beach. We loved it so much we extended our stay. It is very dog friendly and our dachshund had the best time. The owners are very friendly and approachable and we will definitely be back

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Apr 2022

  • "A lovely cosy cottage set in beautiful surroundings."

    The farm animals and private beach were a highlight - we enjoyed going down to the beach every day with the dog for a paddle! We had everything we needed to make this little place home for the week and would definitely love to go back again!

    Reviewed by Katie5.0Sep 2021

  • "Peace and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle."

    Wonderful sea views private beach and alpacas, sheep and goats to watch and feed.

    Reviewed by Gail5.0Sep 2021

  • "Great little cottage with beautiful interior."

    Handy location to get about the north Devon coast. Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Jun 2021

  • "A lovely cottage surrounded by other lovely cottages."

    Amazing farm filled with rescue animals. Private cove so peaceful. Great walks and lots of fab towns nearby to explore

    Reviewed by Katie5.0Jun 2021

  • "A beautiful well equipped cottage in such a gorgeous setting."

    Reviewed by Emma5.0May 2021

  • "Our stay at Heron cottage was wonderful."

    The setting is beautiful, being able to walk from the door down to the South West Coastal Path and the farm’s private beach was fantastic. It was an added bonus walking through the animals when we went for walks. We were very lucky with the weather so we saw it all in the sunshine. The cottage is well equipped, although the corkscrew and cooker hood filter need replacing. The interior is very nicely decorated and furnished, making it a relaxing atmosphere. The cleaning arrangements made it feel very COVID-safe. A perfect spot for exploring North Devon.

    Reviewed by Clare4.7May 2021

  • "We had a fantastic week here."

    The weather was kind. The cottage was spotless and very well equipped. In a lovely setting. Beds were really comfy. Loved meeting all the really friendly animals. Private beach was an added bonus. Would highly recommend and would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0Aug 2020

  • "Great location and a wonderful place."

    Cottage has been renovated to a good standard so made for a very comfortable stay. Farm has lots to do and the beach was a few minutes walk away. The highlight of the trip was getting to spend time with the lovely alpacas and seeing all the other animals.

    Reviewed by Durdana5.0Aug 2020

  • "The stay in our cottage was really beautiful."

    The newly renovated rooms were very cozy, so we had a very relaxed and cozy time on the farm. To experience the many animals up close was a great experience for us townspeople. We and the children really enjoyed it. We can highly recommend the farm.

    Reviewed by Susann5.0Dec 2019

  • "We had a wonderful time at Heron Cottage last week."

    Beautiful views, beach in walking distance and very friendly animals on the farm. We loved feeding them every morning and would definitely recommend this holiday to families with young children. Heron cottage was spotlessly clean and the beds were really comfortable. The welcome cream tea waiting for us on arrival was a lovely touch. 10/10 from the White family.

    Reviewed by Lisa and Terry5.0Aug 2019

  • " a holiday farm one would expect to animal droppings around the cottages."

    But what let this place down was unsightly piles of rubbish and areas where an attempt install drainage was seemed to have been abandoned. Although we enjoyed our stay at Widmouth farm I think the farm has lost its attractiveNess compared to previous year's. Having been going there several times before.

    Reviewed by Raymond3.8Jun 2019

  • "Great coastal location, very friendly family and lovely animals."

    The cottages are comfortable and cosy in the winter when we visited.

    Reviewed by Lisa4.1Dec 2018

  • "Lovely cottage in stunning location."

    Very relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by Joanne4.4Sep 2018

  • "A lovely cottage in a beautiful location- very peaceful but with lots of things for our kids to do in the area."

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Jul 2018

  • "Beach was better than expected."

    Fab location & animal feeding is a great start to the day.

    Reviewed by Susie4.7Jun 2018

  • "Amazing place to stay."

    The kids loved the animal feeding. The views and private beach just topped it off. A perfect holiday location!

    Reviewed by Susan5.0May 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king size bed, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with walk in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher
  • Shared utility room with 2 x coin-operated washing machine and 1 x coin-operated tumble dryer, fridge, freezer and iron
  • TV with Freeview
  • WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, stairgate and highchair on request
  • designated parking space, smoke free, dishwasher, seaside, wifi/broadband, dog friendly, stair-gate available, cot available, highchair available, family friendly, children friendly
  • Shared courtyard with furniture
  • Shared private beach 500 yards
  • Shared picnic area, dog exercise field, playground
  • One well-behaved dog welcome at a charge of £15.00
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: Check-in time 4pm
  • This property has a Good Housekeeping Bond of £100
  • Note: The owners do have Wi-fi in the cottages, however being in a secluded spot, the wi-fi speed is much slower, which means streaming etc can be difficult Sending and receiving emails and messages is fine as well as internet browsing They are continuously investing in top of the range boosters to improve this but sometimes guests may experience intermittency This is beyond their control
  • Please note: Between 1st April - 30th September, this owner can only accommodate bookings on Friday changeovers.

The property

This is a lovely cottage, perfect for couples or a family, with a ground floor sitting room with dining area and a kitchen, plus two bedrooms, sleeping four, that share a bathroom.

Note: This property is onsite with Refs. 971309, 971308, 971307, 971299, 971301, 971300, 971302, 971303, 971304 and 971305, together they sleep 48.

Widmouth Farm Cottages, Watermouth

Widmouth Farm Cottages is in a unique position on the stunning North Devon Coast, between Ilfracombe and Combe Martin. With spectacular sea views, a private beach and 35 acres of beautiful headland to wander through, this really is a perfect setting for a holiday cottage. The owners, who live on the farm along with their sheep, goats, alpacas, pigs, chickens and ducks, provide a huge welcome to guests who just love to help at animal feeding time, walking their dog along the coast path or just relaxing on the private beach, just 500 yards from the cottages. The beach reveals a large sandy expanse at low tide when you can swim, fish or walk around to Watermouth Harbour and return on the coast path with stunning views across the bay. The cottages are beautifully presented; some have sea views and share the play area, dog exercise field, laundry facilities and picnic area where you could spend hours relaxing with some locally-sourced goodies whilst gazing at the spectacular sea views and glorious sunsets over Samson’s Bay. The cottages are a couple of miles from the unspoilt village of Berrynarbor, with a welcoming pub and village shop. Explore Watermouth Castle, the award-winning Tunnels beach and Combe Martin Wildlife Park, all of which are close to the cottages. Alternatively, visit Ilfracombe, where Damian Hirst's Verity statue rests above the picturesque harbour, and the bustling seafront has many good-quality restaurants and bars, along with small independent shops. If you can tear yourself away from the splendid setting of Widmouth Farm and its private beach, then the three mile long sandy beach at Woolacombe, which holds the England for Excellence Gold Award for best family resort and was voted the Best British Beach in the Mail On Sunday, is a short drive away. This really is a truly stunning location to spend relaxation time with your four-legged friends.

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Barnstaple 11 miles.

The bustling seaside town of Ilfracombe lies on a beautiful stretch of North Devon coastline, with five beaches, much of it owned by the National Trust. Ilfracombe is only a ten minute drive from Exmoor National Park, with its rolling countryside and quaint villages. Ilfracombe's heritage harbour and quay are spectacular, with many pubs, shops and restaurants and frequent live music, creating a lively, friendly atmosphere. From here, take a wildlife cruise, a fishing trip or a boat trip to magical Lundy Island, a place of natural beauty, which will provide you with an unforgettable experience. Ilfracombe is the centre for some of the finest walking country in England. Whether you enjoy a gentle promenade walk around Capstone Hill, tackling the rugged coastal path or prefer the river valleys and tranquillity of the moorland hills of Exmoor, you will find the scenery spectacular. Ilfracombe also boasts a number of high-quality eateries, with local fish being prominent on their menus. To the east of Ilfracombe are the unique villages of Lynton and Lynmouth with its clifftop railway, and to the west lie the delights of Clovelly and Hartland. Moreover just a short drive away is the 3 mile long golden beach of Woolacombe Bay, which was been voted one of the top 20 beaches in the world, the perfect place to relax in the sun or catch some waves surfing. Ilfracombe is the perfect location for a North Devon holiday, offering you a gateway to an exciting blend of stunning coastal scenery, seaside fun, rural tranquillity and centuries of heritage and style.

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Please note: Between 1st April - 30th September, this owner can only accommodate bookings on Friday changeovers.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas