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Martin Cottage

(Ref. 971301)

Ilfracombe, Devon Show on map


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  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "A great property but not really suitable for the aged , my self at 85 being ..."

    A great property but not really suitable for the aged , my self at 85 being fit found it hard to move around , wish you well Ray Evans

    Reviewed by Raymond4.4Oct 2023

  • "Fantastic place to say, however beware there is no phone signal at the cottages."

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Sep 2023

  • "The cottage isn't big enough for 3 people as the main bed isn't a double making ..."

    The cottage isn't big enough for 3 people as the main bed isn't a double making it very difficult to get a decent night's sleep

    Reviewed by Neil2.8Aug 2023

  • "What a wonderful property in a lovely location."

    Had something for everyone. Lovely private beach with great walks and views. Property had everything we needed for a self catering holiday. Lots around to do from castles, amazing beaches with Colville a must but you do need to be careful with the path down and back up to the beach. Woolacombe beach is something very special with amazing sand and great for surfacing or just wave jumping. Lovely holiday and would recommend to everyone.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely property with lots of great facilities like the beach and play area."

    Only downside was the size of the property for the price point but we loved our stay!

    Reviewed by John4.7Aug 2023

  • "We had a fantastic week in Martin cottage."

    The weather was very mixed so we spent a lot of time just chilling out. The setting is absolutely superb and everything is maintained immaculately. Alison (host) was extremely friendly and helpful. The walks around the property were gorgeous and the private beach a dream. We spent a lot of time there with our black Lab. We will definitely go back

    Reviewed by Tracey4.4Jul 2023

  • "This was the second cottage we rented - for our three daughters to share."

    We all settled in their twice for an evening in and like Wren it was perfect. The bedrooms by all accounts comfortable and the bathroom spacious and well laid out. Another five stars thank you! Well done. We would certainly stay again - sooner we hope rather than later. The only concern we had was the speed of vehicles on the road as we turned out onto the road from Ilfracombe to Combe Martin - some fast traffic there! That is no reflection on Widmouth Farm. One just needs to take time and care!!

    Reviewed by Selvan5.0Jun 2023

  • "We arrived a little early but were told that the cottage was prepared and we could go in."

    Everything was beautifully presented and exactly as described. The garden and dog excercise field were a real bonus as we had our two small dogs with us. Even the weather was lovely for our stay. Unfortunately we had to leave early as my husband was unwell but we hope to be able to book and return some time in the future. Thank you to everyone.

    Reviewed by Martyn5.0Jun 2023

  • "Martin cottage was perfect for our needs and we were very happy with our visit."

    We have already recommended Widmouth Farm to other friends.

    Reviewed by Kay5.0Jun 2023

  • "This is the second time we have stayed here, we love it."

    Everything you need and in an idyllic location. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0May 2023

  • "Beautiful little cottage ideal for 2 people and a dog."

    Cottage was spotless on arrival and had everything we needed for a week away. Location is fabulous as it has its own private beach and not too far from a couple of nice places to eat. Would highly recommend the cottage and will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Kathleen5.0May 2023

  • "A clean cosy well equipped cottage with it’s own private picturesque cove."

    Great place for children with a play area and opportunities to feed the farm animals (geese, chickens, sheep, goats & alpacas). Well situated with easy access to North Devon coast and beaches. Everything needed was supplied. Friendly owners on site if needed. We would recommend for a great family holiday, and would love to go back.

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a great time here ."

    Very beautiful setting for a holiday . The cottage was perfect for our needs . The only negative is that we still haven’t received our good housekeeping deposit back yet .

    Reviewed by Nick5.0Jun 2022

  • "We stayed in Martin Cottage for four nights."

    Although small, it had everything we needed for the two of us and our dog and was spotlessly clean. The owners had kindly left some treats for the dog and a towel in case his paws were muddy and some lovely fresh eggs for us from the chickens there. The location was stunning with breathtaking views, a very short walk down to the small private cove or beautiful coastal walks in either direction. The alpacas were delightful and we fed them several times. There’s a small field to exercise dogs which was perfect for our boy first thing in the morning for him to have a quick run. I would have no hesitation in recommending this place for a relaxing break.

    Reviewed by Teresa5.0May 2022

  • "States that there was internet access, which there was not."

    The single bed had a very soft mattress. The tap for the shower was so tight that it was very difficult to turn on. When I inquired about the lack of the internet the lady that I spoke to was quite terse and difficult.

    'Thank you for your review, I am sorry you did not enjoy your stay in Martin Cottage. Your review mentions that there was no internet access during your stay. There is normally no problems with our wifi and I did apologise to you regarding the wifi. However the fault was out of our hands as during your stay a pole came down in the near village and BT were putting it up but due to strong winds it took them longer than usual. You also mentioned that when you enquired about the Wifi the lady you spoke to was terse and difficult. Her response was short due to you calling nearly every day with an unneccesary query. I understand that during your stay you may have a few questions, however repeatedly calling the main house for no emergency at a late hour was not appropriate. You called us on one occasion because you could not turn the shower on, yet when we popped over it was easy to turn on and was done in seconds. You then persistently called another time to ask for the utility room key which was behind the front door hanging on a hook, this would have been found if looked for. You called again to ask for us to tell you times and post codes for a train time table and a list of resturants which normal self catering holidays would be done by the guests themselves. The last call to us was you saying you were given a splinter by our climbing frame and for us to remove it. Whilst I understand guests sometimes have queries during their stay, however we do not expect numerous phone calls daily and to be spoken to in a negative manner when trying to help. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Timothy1.9Oct 2021

  • "Nice cottage smaller than expected,main bed to small only 4 foot wide so partner slept in spare room,wi-fi very erratic,shower control very stiff, and a broken chair in kitchen area and also outside,some of the flooring split,apart from this it’s a lovely location."

    Reviewed by Stephen3.8Sep 2021

  • "We LOVED Martin Cottage and the whole farm and beach."

    Will certainly stay again

    Reviewed by Katherine4.7Jul 2021

  • "The cottage was beautiful."

    The setting was lovely with all the animals having free roam of the land too was so nice to see. For the 3 of us and a dog Martin Cottage was just perfect, everything well presented and clean. The single room door sticks from the inside but when mentioned to a staff member they were willing to address it straight away if needed. Staff would walk past regularly and great our fur baby numerous times which she just loved. The cottages are set hire local to Hele Bay, we didn’t manage to do the costal walk with an 8 week old but would definitely do it when we return. The private beach is a little rocky but is beautiful and very easy to get too, wish we had spent more time there. Overall lovely stay and looking forward to booking up again in the future.

    Reviewed by Sharna5.0Jul 2021

  • "This property has been refurbished to a really high standard since our last stay and is looking fabulous!"

    Bathroom is a really decent size and the beds were extremely comfortable. The outdoor space is a bonus and is great for dogs. My parents were delighted with their accommodation and the whole property in general.

    Reviewed by Emily5.0Jun 2021

  • "Fantastic location, we’ll be booking again."

    A little info pack about decent takeaways etc would be wonderful, but this is a suggestion only, of course didn’t detract from the holiday at all!

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Oct 2020

  • "We had an email upgrading us to Round barn & we were not disappointed, beautifully decorated throughout & very comfortable."

    Nice touches with fresh scones left for us & a doggie towel. Highly recommended. Nice walk to private beach & right on the southwest coastal path.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Oct 2019

  • "It was a very pleasant stay at the cottage, although at first we got the wrong one, so one of us had to sleep on the floor."

    But it was quickly organized that we got a bigger cottage. There it was a really lovely place to stay in. A nice surprise were all the animals on the farm that you can easily feed or even stroke.

    Reviewed by Oliver3.8Sep 2019

  • "The most beautiful setting and such a bonus having the beach."

    Did have some problems parking with a VW van but managed it.....slope was steep and tight. We had a wonderful time here exploring the area for the best kite surfing spots and it was so comforting to come back to the cottage with its lovely hot shower. Hopefully we will be back but will probably need a bigger cottage as gangly teenager needed more space to do lounge!

    Reviewed by Amanda4.7Aug 2019

  • "Excellent location and accommodation but sadly let down by the poor state of decoration and cleanliness of the bathroom."

    Reviewed by Iris3.1Jul 2019

  • "Snug cottage ideal for couples."

    Small enclosed patio area ideal for dogs at the front. Bathroom could do with updating but otherwise very comfortable. Amazing location!

    Reviewed by Emily3.8Jun 2019

  • "Perfect little cottage on a lovely small farm."

    Nice relaxing break.

    Reviewed by Michele4.7Jun 2019

  • "We enjoyed the stay ok and recommend for family with young children as they have farm animals."

    Nice walk but not suitable for elderly as has steep hill track path and steps. The bathroom wasn't very clean, and need updating, All windows very rooms were dreadful dirty and not had regular cleaned. Poor WFI, best to go to pubs / Towns instead. Bit pricing though !

    Reviewed by Anthony3.1May 2019

  • "A most enjoyable home from home experience."


    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Sep 2018

  • "The only problem we had was a very steep and I mean steep slope to allocated parking place and a very narrow stone walled exit/entrance."

    My car is large range rover. It was not a real problem as we were allowed to park in the visitors spaces. However, if we had known in advance could have enquired if there were alternative cottages at the same place, there were some vacant ones whilst we were there so that would have been easier as their parking would have been ideal. Would not have put us off booking as Devon is Devon, hills and all as I found out in Porlock - blimey what a hill. Otherwise great holiday both for the area and accommodation

    Reviewed by June4.7Jun 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge
  • Shared utility room with 2 x coin-operated washing machine, 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, garden/patio, wifi/broadband, dog friendly, cot available, stair-gate available, highchair available, sea side, dog friendly.
  • Private courtyard with furniture
  • Shared private beach 500 yards
  • Shared picnic area, dog exercise field, playground
  • One well-behaved dog welcome at £15.00
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: Check-in time 4pm
  • This property requires a Good Housekeeping Bond of £100.00
  • 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

Cottage with an open plan living area, two bedrooms and a ground floor bathroom.

Outside there is an enclosed patio garden to the front.

Note: This property is onsite with Refs. 971309, 971308, 971307, 971306, 971305, 971304, 971303, 971302, 971299 and 971301, 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