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Springfield Cottage

Bideford, Devon (Ref. 1037168)

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
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4 Customer Review(s)

  • Mrs Clarke

    “First some positive points: Bideford is well situated for local walks and for exploring Devon as a base and people were very friendly and full of suggestions for days out without us ever having to use the car.”


    The very top floor of the cottage is lovely for sitting, relaxing and dining and offers a sideway view of the river (though slightly obscured by trees)and the cottage is well equipped with all appliances functioning. The heating works well and there is plenty of hot water. However: the ground floor (kitchen) and lower ground floor areas (twin room,bathroom) smelled terribly musty and no amount of airing/heating, air fresheners/diffuser or dehumidifiers could combat that smell. The smell hits you as soon as you come into the front door, it lingers and is very unpleasant. The lower ground floor twin room is damp and during our stay we certainly had to empty the dehumidifier tray 3 x a day. We think the problem area may be the bathroom, where a very powerful shower and its spray has saturated the floors over months and months of stays, but also because part of the cottage is below street level.(damp course?) We also do not feel that the outside area can be described as "a lovely spot to begin each day with a hearty breakfast whilst you canine companions play". It is a fenced narrow grass space with a small table near the bins and recycling area and the path for the neighbour - no views. The cottage is situated 1/2 way alongside a very long steep stone/concrete stairway. This is a public foot path/right of way leading from the higher situated areas of houses "East-the River" directly past the cottage then further down to the Tarka Trail and the old bridge across to Bideford. Therefore there are a lot of people using this path throughout the day (on their way to/from school, the shops, or even nights out) and they potentially all can look into the bedrooms and the living space of the cottage, although most are too occupied watching their footing on the steep steps. As mentioned you can park your car in Grange Road just at the top of the steep steps for access to the cottage, but be aware that this road is very narrow and steep and in order to access this road from/to the town one has to negotiate a very sharp blind bend.

    - Mrs Clarke, May 2021

The property

Springfield Cottage is an attractive three-storey abode sitting at the centre of the harbour town of Bideford.

Offering guests direct access onto the Tarka Trail and a homely base to return to after each day of adventure, this property is wonderfully suited to a family of four or a couple seeking an action-packed retreat to Devon.

Take the steep steps down to the beautiful cottage and enter the galley-style kitchen, where you can pour yourself a warming cup of tea and familiarise yourself with the wonderful range of appliances at hand for when you want to prepare a tasty home-made meal.

Discover your sleeping spots and settle down your belongings; on the ground floor sits the master king-size room, offering river views it makes a wonderfully relaxing spot to retreat to each evening.

The second bedroom is on the lower-ground-floor, a lovely twin room sitting next to the bathroom, perfect for indulging in a relaxing soak in the bubbles of the bath before unwinding with a good book in the living area area.

The first floor hosts the living/dining space, also offering scenic river views, here you can sit around the dining table together with a board game brought from home for hours of family fun, or unwind into your evening on the snug sofa, the electric woodburning effect stove offering a homely aura as you settle down and make the most of the fantastic amenities at hand including a DVD player, iPod dock and DAB radio!

The outside space makes a lovely spot to begin each day with a hearty breakfast as your canine companions play, before pulling on your walking boots and joining the beauty of the Tarka Trail, inspired by Henry Williamson's novel 'Tarka the Otter', the 163-mile route follows the journeys of Tarka, leading you through a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, you can expect to find an abundance of breath-taking sights and a plethora of nature along the way.

The Tarka Trail is a great route for cycling, with bike hire nearby.

There are a number of enjoyable boat trips available from the town’s harbour, including a fantastic two-hour trip which takes visitors out to the isolated island of Lundy, with its resident seal colony and puffins.

Situated at the heart of Bideford, the town boasts a range of wonderful attractions; take a stroll along the River Torridge to find riverside restaurants of all kinds, as well as attractions such as the Bideford Railway Heritage Centre, The Burton Art Gallery and Museum and plenty of shops to while away the hours in.

The Affinity Devon Outlet Shopping Centre is well-worth a visit if you're seeking a relaxing day and a wonderful shopping experience, or head to Westward Ho! with its wide, dog-friendly beach and abundance of family-friendly attractions at any time of year.

Three miles north of Bideford is the pretty fishing village of Appledore, where visitors can enjoy a relaxing day trip strolling along the quay, and perhaps catch the ferry across to the neighbouring village of Instow, which has its very own beach and yacht club!

With access to the Exmoor National Park too, Springfield Cottage is a true delight of a base for exploring Devon


  • Over three floors
  • Two bedrooms; 1 x ground-floor king-size and 1 x lower-ground-floor twin
  • Lower-ground-floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • First-floor living/dining area with sofa bed and electric woodburning effect fire
  • Gas central heating and electric woodburning effect fire
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, TV, DVD player, iPod dock, DAB radio, WiFi and a selection of books
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc in rent
  • Please note: Linen not provided for the sofa bed
  • Roadside parking
  • Gravelled and lawned garden with furniture
  • Three well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub within 0.1 miles
  • Note: There is steep step access to the property which may not be suitable for those less able
  • Note: The garden has a right of way which people very occasionally pass through
  • Note: The garden is accessed via the first floor
  • Note: This property may not be suitable for people that are infirm or with mobility issues.

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About the location


Barnstaple 10 miles.

Straddling the Torridge estuary, the quaint bustling town of Bideford boasts a medieval bridge, town quay, quaint pannier market and vibrant shopping area - all well worth a visit. For the more active, several major surfing beaches, golf courses, theme parks and other attractions are nearby and the South West coast path passes close by on its way into Cornwall. The beautiful cliff-top fishing village of Clovelly is half an hour by road, and the delights of Exmoor and Dartmoor can be reached in under an hour. Surf the waves, stroll through pretty villages, wander along the Tarka Trail, visit a famous garden or have some fun at one of the local theme or farm parks – it’s all on the doorstep.

Region Information

There are several steps leading to the entrance of the property

This property offers the following short breaks:

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