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The Shippon

(Ref. 1014440)

Barnstaple, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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65 Customer Reviews

  • "A cosy and well-equipped cottage with a generously sized and enclosed garden."

    Perfect stay for our family and the dog. The hosts were very welcoming and the platter of homemade made scones, cream and jam did not disappoint. The welcome tray of goodies even surpassed our 12 year old’s expectation. A great location for exploring North Devon. Would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Suzanne4.7Apr 2024

  • "What an absolutely great cottage, we honestly couldn't have asked for anything better."

    On arrival the owner greeted us and made us feel so at home after a long drive. The cottage it's self was very clean and tidy, it was also alot bigger than expected. There was wood for the fire if you wanted to use it, if not the central heated worked perfectly and made the property very cosy. The garden was brilliant for our dog and so big for him to run around but completely secure so we didn't have to worry when we let him out. The location is great and only a 10min trip to the centre of Barnstable, there are multiple shops a few minutes away. I love that the property is in the countryside and so very peaceful. The property is supplied with everything you need and there are even children books stored in the cupboard, this was great for us as we had forgotten our toddlers bedtime books. The owner obviously takes great pride in the property and keeps is so well maintained. I would really recommend this property and we will be staying again.

    Thank you so much for your kind comments! it means so much to us. We do take pride in our holiday cottage and want everyone to have a great time staying in it. It was so lovely meeting you and your lovely family. Hope to see you again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by James5.0Mar 2024

  • "We had a really great week at the Shippon cottage."

    We were greeted by the owner when we pulled up outside and given a warm welcome. The cottage was warm and the welcome pack was a very nice surprise. We found the kitchen table to be a great family focal point and it was nice to be able to sit and talk as a the meal was prepared. Something that has dwindled as our family has got older. Having a wood burner was really nice after a dog walk in the woods , we lit it almost every evening. We found the cottage clean, tidy and had everything we needed for a week away. Our dog was particularly impressed with the very large garden to the rear and enjoyed hours of ball throwing and zoomies. We wouldn't hesitate to rebook again in the future, as it's well placed to be in a rural location but be close enough to pop into the local supermarkets in Barnstaple and ideal to explore the surrounding area. We found many local pubs that had outstanding food and all were dog friendly. 10/10

    Thank you so much for your comments about our cottage! It means so much to us and we appreciate your feedback. It was so lovely to meet you all and your dog. It is an old cottage but it has charm and is a family environment. Hope to see you all again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Mar 2024

  • "At an early stage of our holiday I contacted Sykes to detail many issues with the cottage and will provide them with photographs to evidence what I have said."

    We would not book the cottage again and cannot recommend it. We have booked many Sykes cottages and this is the first negative review I have ever posted. On arrival the owner’s driveway had numerous potholes. The external appearance of the property looked very tired. We arrived in the dark and there was a trench dug in the front garden and a grid cover had been removed that was a health and safety risk (we were not made aware of this and our dog has poor eyesight). There was old wooden fencing and furniture left in the front garden in a large pile and in another part of the garden a gate had fallen down and had just been left on the ground. On entering the property it looks exactly like the pictures posted on Sykes, nothing has changed, and the owner had 5 plug in air fresheners in use. On switching these off there was an awful smell throughout our stay that seemed to come from the utility room, which was very unpleasant. On booking the cottage the Sykes website stated that we could walk through the garden back gate and through the woods to a Nature Reserve. We could not do this as the gate was blocked off by 2 metal gates. This was a major factor in choosing this cottage and could not be done. The window in the main bedroom was very dirty and on walking into the bedroom for the first time the dressing table mirror was dusty. The ensuite shower was only ever lukewarm and never hot and the light above the mirror was extremely dusty and had not been cleaned. There were a number of lights that were just bulbs with no light fitting on them. We did not speak to the owner about our many issues as we were on a holiday and did not want our overall holiday ruined by this. The owner must be fully aware already of the external appearance and how their property looks. The scale of issues was also not quickly resolvable in our view. We loved the North Devon area and beaches. The cottage back garden was large with a scenic outlook and it was lovely to listen to the birds. The owners welcome pack was extremely generous and included a cream tea, coffee and tea and many different biscuits and chocolate. On the approach to the property some of the lanes are very narrow and some have no passing places and this needs to be taken into account. During our stay the external lights at the front and back of the property were not working and I would expect this to be checked for handover. The front door also was sticking and was hard to open and close at times and needed some attention. I also found the blue rug in the bathroom to be potentially unhygienic, unless it is being washed after every handover (the same rug as in the Sykes pictures). A welcome guide would also be helpful for the house and the area for guests to refer to.

    Thank you for your feedback, before your booking you contacted Sykes Cottages to see if you could bring your cat with you, we unfortunately declined as you were already bringing a dog with you. We are saddened to see this review. I explained to you about the gully that was dug the Friday before you arrived as we were flooding and needed this to stop the cottage getting flooded and this did not affect you. I told you how to get to the woods which was a longer way around the farm instead of going through the back garden as it was unsafe to go that way as it was too slippery so we put the fencing up. The outside lights had been turned off by the previous guests. We put air fresheners in the cottage as we have a short time to turn the cottage around and we want to make sure our guests come in to a pleasant scent. We found no smells in the cottage upon your checkout. If you had contacted us we could have assisted you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen1.6Mar 2024

  • "My husband and I booked the cottage to visit our son."

    It was an amazing

    Thank you so much for your feedback! So glad you enjoyed your stay in our cottage and it was lovely to meet you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Mar 2024

  • "We had a great time at the Shippon weather a bit mixed but didn’t spoil the holiday."

    Lots to visit in the area and comfortable accommodation to return to at the end of day.

    So pleased you enjoyed your time at our cottage! Lovely to have met you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Feb 2024

  • "Amazing!! If you want tranquility with just the sound of nature this is the place"

    ! Fab spot not too far from Barnstaple and surrounding areas but just far enough to be away from the rat race! Beautiful place to chill and forget the stresses of life! Greated by Annie and had a wonderful welcome pack waiting in the kitchen which was lovely and very welcome. Thank you :) Annie & Shane were lovely hosts very welcoming and helpful and on hand if you needed anything. Had an amazing week chilling and walking just what we needed and already looking to book again after Christmas next year. Would most definitely recommend the cottage. Thank you again for everything we had a fab time in your cottage and cannot wait to get back next year or later this year :)

    Thank you for your feedback! It was so lovely to have met you. It means a lot to us with the feedback. You have booked already for this year! See you both soon Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jan 2024

  • "Shane and Annie were very helpful and accommodating."

    We stayed over Christmas and we were pleasantly surprised with the house being decorated with a lovely Christmas tree and an overwhelming amount of goodies! The bed was very comfortable and the kitchen was well stocked with utensils and crockery and pots and pans. The property is set in a very secluded area so a car is a must if you are planning to venture out to explore the surrounding area. The roads are narrow but you are able to have home grocery shopping delivered. Annie told us of a woodland walk that you can access within the grounds which leads you to a nature reserve. We had a very relaxing and pleasant stay. The only recommendation we would make is for a welcome pack guide with instructions to use the arga/boiler/heating system and information on the surrounding area. Thank you both for a lovely stay.

    Thank you for your feedback! So happy you enjoyed yourselves at our Cottage and had a lovely Christmas here Lovely to meet you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Dec 2023

  • "Very cosy holiday cottage exactly as described, lovely getaway with the family; dog and children loved the garden."

    Peaceful location surrounded by wonderful countryside. Very kind and welcoming owners who left us with the essentials for kitchen and tasty treats and left us to enjoy our break. Perfect place to stay.

    Thank you for your feedback! So glad you enjoyed your stay and was lovely to meet you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Nov 2023

  • "Absolutely loved our stay."

    The cottage was super and also the cleanest place we have stayed in years. The welcoming gifts of food were absolutely legendary. The enclosed garden was massive and very much enjoyed by the puppy. Thank you x

    Thank you so much for your feedback! Thank you for comments on the cleansines of the cottage! We are so happy that your puppy enjoyed the garden and it was lovely to meet you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Miles5.0Oct 2023

  • "Although very rural this was such a nice cottage, very comfortable with some fantastic views."

    We really enjoyed our stay at the Shippon and would highly recommend .We we met by the owner who showed us in and we were also welcomed with some treats after our long drive. We would definitely stay again.

    Thank you for your feedback it means a lot to us! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and would love to come back! It was lovely to meet you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Oct 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, the spacyous garden was excellent for our dog (and her boss)."

    The house was cosy and everything we needed was there. Thank you!

    Thank you and it was lovely to meet you! So glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John4.1Oct 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at the shippon."

    Very quite and very relaxing. Plenty of space for children and pets to run around. All the rooms were large and comfortable.did`nt want to go home

    Thank you so much for your feedback! So glad that you and your family enjoyed the stay and didn’t want to go! That is so lovely to have that comment. It was lovely to meet you and your family. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0Sep 2023

  • "The property is a already mentioned in reviews very ruaral, but thats part of the charm, albeit with a couple of minutes your back on main roads."

    Definatley ask Annie the owner for directions. We met Annie on arrival who provided us with some local inforamation, then we went in, we were met with a nice array of treats in the kitchen which was a pleasant supprise. As it transpired we forget one or two minor things and Annie kindly loaned us replacements which was appreciated. Annie and her husband live in the property next door, but the are are not in your face, equally around for any assissatnce should it be necessary.

    Thank you to both of you for the feedback! So glad you enjoyed your stay and was lovely to have met you both. Thank you for kind comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steve4.1Sep 2023

  • "We had a lovely week at The Shippon."

    We had ordered a food delivery and it arrived earlier than we had booked so we hasn’t arrived but the owners kindly put it away for us. There was a huge selection of treats for us on our arrival, chocolates, biscuits, popcorn, coffee. I’ve never had that much as a welcome before so a huge thank you. The cottage is very peaceful and has everything needed for a lovely holiday. Thank you

    Thank you for your feedback! So glad you and your family enjoyed your stay. Lovely to meet you all. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Trina3.1Aug 2023

  • "A beautifully designed cottage, with a large lounge and separate kitchen/diner."

    Very well stocked in terms of kitchen utensils, with another good sized utility room wimhich housed the washing machine and another oven. Downstairs also had a good sized wc. The main bedroom upstairs was a good size, with plenty of storage and an en-suite bathroom, with another family bathroom and a twin bed, bedroom also of good style and finish. Throughout the cottage, the decor was very nice and homely. We arrived to find some tasty, home-made Devonshire scones waiting for us, alongside a raft of chocolates that my family loved! The outside area was peaceful and quiet, with a nice bench outside to catch the morning rays. One note, there was no Wii in the cottage but there is a BluRay player, so something to play movies on if the weather dictates or needs arise. All in all, a great place to stay and we thoroughly felt at home for the whole week.

    So lovely to get your feedback! Thank you for enjoying your stay at the cottage and the comments you wrote about the cottage in describing it as homely! We love having that feedback. So lovely to have met you all. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Aug 2023

  • "What a fantastic cottage everything you could ask for in a country retreat close ..."

    What a fantastic cottage everything you could ask for in a country retreat close to the town but feel a million miles away clean and tidy just as you would expect and the owners are lovely people couldn't do enough for you thank you for a wonderful stay xx

    Thank you so much for your feedback! It means so much to us. The comments are so lovely and touching! It was so lovely to have you stay with us and meet you and your lovely family! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lovely warm house with a friendly, helpful owner."

    Please get directions directly from the owner as it will be so much easier to find.

    Reviewed by Fiona4.4Jul 2023

  • "Thank you to Annie and Shane for making our stay at the Shippon so comfortable."

    We had a lovely few days and were beautifully looked after. The weather was kind and our days out at Northam Burrows nature reserve and Great Torrington,( where we would highly recommend lunch at the Arts Centre0 were very enjoyable.

    Reviewed by Mary Rose5.0Jul 2023

  • "Very disappointing!"

    Access roads are barely passable, some more like footpaths! You will scratch your car unless you have a Smart car!! Directions given by Sykes are completely wrong. As for the cottage - pictures on Sykes must have been taken a long time ago. If you have children - beware! The trampoline is falling apart and rusty with springs missing and covered in brambles! Dangerous for children. Aga needed a thorough clean and found a few spiders/cobwebs around the house. It states 'a farm' but not a working farm, just a couple of buildings and a derelict barn. Please take note and avoid!

    I am responding to your negative review! When you arrived you and your husband were unhappy and both of you were very rude to me! because you used an app where you type in 3 words to get directions and ended up at Coombe Martin which is miles away from us and did not use Sykes directions. You both complained about the route to the cottage! I explained to both of you that there are various routes to the cottage and I told you a route to take which everyone uses. All the roads to the cottage are B roads which are regularly used by Lorries and tractors to deliver goods to the Farm. The description you give they are like “footpaths “ which is totally wrong! There is nothing wrong with the pictures on Sykes and they were not taken a long time ago. To go round looking for faults with the cottage because you were unhappy ie the aga needed a clean! no it doesn’t It is an oil fired Aga with a cast iron oven and stove. If you were an owner of an Aga you would understand how it works. The trampoline with a few brambles and a couple of rust marks. You over exaggerated on this! Finding a few spiders and cobwebs in an old cottage with old beams and if you leave the back door open in these summer evenings you will get a few spiders in. To state that we are not a working farm is wrong! That it’s just a couple of barns and a derelict barn! the derelict barn is being renovated. If you had walked around you would have seen more barns and what we do here! Our cottage is booked all the time with Sykes and we have people coming back to stay all the time. People can read the reviews and see the amazing feedback we get back from everyone that has stayed. They can see from all the reviews that we have had which is 45 reviews and your review which is so negative and they will see this. I have spoken with Sykes and they have asked you for evidence and you have not got back with any evidence no photos you have had 2 weeks to respond. This is our Livelihood and business! You cannot go round stating this negative review and ruin our business! My husband and myself work very hard on our farm and are both passionate about our farm and holiday cottage! Over the years we have met so many lovely people That have stayed at our farm they have enjoyed the old cottage and it’s beautiful wildlife environment and loved the big garden for their dogs to enjoy. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pam1.6Jun 2023

  • "We really enjoyed the peace & quiet at The Shippon."

    The host was very helpful when we arrived & we knew if we had a problem she would be very willing to help. We would certainly consider going again if we visit Devon The weather was amazing which only enhanced our stay.

    Thank you for enjoying your stay at our cottage! It was lovely to meet you and thank you for the feedback! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christopher4.4Jun 2023

  • "Fully equipped cottage but very remote and now trying to get the scratches out the car from narrow roads"

    I’m so sorry that the cottage is too remote! It does state that the cottage is on a farm! There are so many routes of getting to the cottage where the roads are not narrow. It is a spacious fully equipped old cottage with a big garden for your dog to run around in. The cottage backs onto the woods which makes it a quiet and relaxing place for your holiday , but you are only a short drive from amenities and local beaches. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David3.4Apr 2023

  • "Very nice holiday cottage."

    Garden was great for our dog. Cottage was comfortable and had everything we needed. Would return.

    Thank you for your feedback! It was lovely to meet you! It’s lovely to hear that you would return. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rachel4.1Apr 2023

  • "The cottage was perfect in every way, we couldn't have asked for anymore from Annie the owner."

    She had everything there, it was gorgeous and charlie loved the garden too. Its literally next door to our wedding venue which really was amazing too..Uppacott Pavillion check it all out, highly recommended!!! Thank you Annie & the team xxx

    Thank you for your review! It was a pleasure to have you stay in our cottage! The memories that you have left my team and myself with! Will never be forgotten! You are such a beautiful family! From the team and myself wish you luck in everything ❤️‍ Property Owner

    Reviewed by Natasha5.0Apr 2023

  • "Loved it"

    Thank you so much for loving our old cottage! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rhianydd4.4Apr 2023

  • "We had a lovely week at The Shippon."

    The cottage was lovely and warm, and beds were comfy. It was so peaceful and quiet. Would definitely return! Alyson and David March 2023

    Thank you for your lovely feedback! It means so much to us! It was lovely to meet you and look forward to seeing you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alyson5.0Mar 2023

  • "A lovely cottage with parking and with good size rooms and a large enclosed garden for the dog."

    Down side for us was the only working cooker was in the utility room, there was a aga but it was blocked in by a sofa with no instructions. The access to the woods from the garden was blocked because the foot bridge was rotten and no alternative route advised. The road leading to the cottage was a bit rough but usable apart from the days a farmer covered the road in 2 inches of mud , the owner did say the farmer was supposed to clear the road but he didn't.

    Reviewed by Dean3.4Feb 2023

  • "Brilliant location, the only noise at night was from the owls and foxes."

    Large spacious living and sleeping areas, both spotlessly clean. Owners close but unobtrusive, there if issues arise (like reseting the heating) We were unable to make use of the large garden area due to the weather, but looked a great space for later in the year

    Thank you for your feedback! We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at the cottage. It was lovely to meet you! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Feb 2023

  • "Lovely quiet location only advice use owners instructions to find cottage not ..."

    Lovely quiet location only advice use owners instructions to find cottage not like myself completely lost using sat nav

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Jan 2023

  • "This is a very nice holiday home we would stay there again very helpful land ..."

    This is a very nice holiday home we would stay there again very helpful land lady and gentleman just satnav information not very good but after you arrive you find the best way in out of the accomadation thankyou

    Thank you for your feedback! Was so lovely to meet you both! We hope to see you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by James5.0Nov 2022

  • "We really enjoyed staying at the cottage."

    We had everything we needed. It was a good location for our walks and for visits to the different areas. We would love to go back.

    Thank you for a lovely feedback! So glad you enjoyed your stay at the cottage and that you would love to come back! Lovely to have met you both and look forward to seeing you both again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a really enjoyable week at Shippon."

    Everything we needed was there. Our Shi'tzu had a great time in the garden. It's the best cottage we've ever stayed in.

    Thank you for your feedback! Was lovely to meet you all! So glad your dog enjoyed the stay! Hopefully we will see you all soon! Thank you Property Owner

    Reviewed by June5.0Sep 2022

  • "Very comfortable and everything you would need, owners very helpful."

    Would be very nice for a family with children Narrow road could do with the hedge cutting the council had not been round did not want to get the car scratched

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Sep 2022

  • "Good location base within easy reach of Barnstaple and surrounding areas."

    Spacious house, well equipped, with quality furnishings. Kids trampoline is a great idea.

    Thank you for your feedback! Was lovely to meet you all! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rachel3.1Aug 2022

  • "Have just had a lovely week staying at The Shippon."

    The arrival instructions were easy to follow and there was a warm greeting. The cottage was clean and was perfect to spend a week in within driving distance of plenty of places to visit.The owner had left a lovely selection of biscuits on arrival, and our son loved the trampoline. Would highly recommend.

    Thank you so much for your feedback! It means a lot to us! So glad you enjoyed staying in our cottage! It was lovely to meet you all. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Jul 2022

  • "Very well equipped including a Tassimo coffee machine (we took our own), Sky box, decent internet speed."

    Thank you for your feedback! So glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jun 2022

  • "Absolutely amazing place to stay, me and my partner took our dog for the week and couldn’t of asked for anything better, very spacious so great for a family."

    Although it’s fairly remote, all places and things to do are within a half an hour drive so it’s great for a basecamp for people who like to go places, Owners were the most friendly people I’ve met in a long time and will 100% be recommending to others. Only 2 bad things to note and they’re not the owners fault, the road to the cottage is very very tight and bumpy so anyone with a small/low car would have some slight issues, and they’re were a lot of spiders but that’s to be expected in the county side. Over all 11/10

    Ahh! Thank you so much for your feedback! And thank you for leaving the Cottage so tidy and the little goodies you left. It was a pleasure in meeting both of you and Your lovely dog. Hopefully we will see you again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Matthew4.7Jun 2022

  • "The owners were very inviting and started our holiday with a wonderful welcome pack including a cream tea."

    The property was very spacious with a large garden suitable for children and pets. The surrounding area was picturesque and all of North Devon was easily accessible. A big thank you to our hosts for a wonderful holiday in a beautiful part of the country.

    Thank you so much for your feedback! We loved having you stay in our Cottage and meeting both of you! Hopefully we will see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bernard5.0May 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay."

    However, on your site it says one well behaved dog. If there are specific rules about your dog this should be made clear beforehand so you can make an informed decision about booking rather than be told when you arrive. The garden furniture could be updated, like wise the kids trampoline and play equipment. Personally, it would have been nice to have some toilet roll in each toilet with some hand soap, not that this was an issue. No fire starter pack was included, we didn’t ask about this as it wasn’t needed. The kitchen has everything you would need and more. Nice and clean, spacious accommodation. We were left a nice selection of goodies. This is a rural location so not perhaps for anyone who is concerned about driving down lanes. Good location to explore, maybe nice to add a guest book for any recommendations? Again, to add we had a lovely time.

    Reviewed by Michelle4.1Apr 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage, perfectly clean and we were even left Easter treats."

    The trampoline was a hit with the kids and the dog loved the large contained garden.

    Thank you for your feedback! So glad you enjoyed your stay at our cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely to be greeted with a cream tea and some extra goodies too."

    Warm and cosy cottage. We visited in winter and it was still a great base for exploring the local region - it would be even better in summer when you could enjoy the large garden.

    Thank you for your comments We are so glad you had a lovely time At our cottage and it was lovely to meet you . Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jo5.0Feb 2022

  • "Thank you for a very good stay."

    It was amazing to arrive after a long journey to homemade scones.

    Thank you so much for your comments! It means a lot to us! Lovely to have met you both. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Jan 2022

  • "We had a lovely break at the Shippon, cosy cottage which was well equipped."

    The beaches etc were in easy reach, Weatward Ho, Instow etc about 40minutes away, supermarket 10minutes, overall an enjoyable weekend.

    Thank you for your feedback and comments. So glad you had a lovely time at our cottage and it was lovely meeting you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kristina4.7Jan 2022

  • "A very friendly welcome and stay top marks all round, thank you."

    Thank you for the comment! Lovely to meet you both. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Charlie5.0Jan 2022

  • "Lovely warm welcome."

    Some delicious goodies were waiting for us. A cream tea, a hamper of lovely things and a really tasty homemade Christmas cake. Cottage was warm and very comfortable. Excellent. We really enjoyed walking in the woods at the back. We had an excellent Christmas break. Would recommend The Shippon.

    Thank you for your comment! So happy you had an excellent Christmas break and thank you for recommending us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elaine4.4Dec 2021

  • "Lovely and homely."

    Our booking was last minute but the hosts were very accommodating and nothing was too much trouble . Everything was perfect and we loved our stay .

    Thank you for your comment! So lovely to have met you! And hope you have settled in your new home. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Renalda5.0Nov 2021

  • "A spacious, well equipped cottage in the country and close to the coast."

    Friendly and helpful owners - and a delicious home baked cake on our arrival.

    Thank you for your comment! So lovely to have met you both. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Cynthia5.0Nov 2021

  • "Fabulous holiday cottage."

    Lovely, warm lounge with log burner and lots of comfortable seating. Kitchen very clean and well equipped. Very comfy beds and bed linen. Friendly owners who are around if you need them, but keep out of your way otherwise. Located down peaceful country lanes, away from traffic and noise. (But be prepared to drive slowly and use passing places/back up where necessary) Wonderful welcoming afternoon tea laid out for our arrival, with lots of treats. Great holiday and would happily come again.

    Thank you for your comment! It means a lot to us so glad you had a lovely time in our cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Oct 2021

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at The Shippon."

    It was clean, comfortable, spacious, and well-equipped, with lots of outdoor space too (although the weather precluded much use of that). We were warm and cosy even though we didn't get round to using the wood burner. The personal welcome and the snacks that were left added to the enjoyment. We recommend it highly. NOT FOR PUBLICATION: We forgot to say whilst we were there (sorry) that the clip on the high chair harness isn't secure - it just pulls open. Also one very slight niggle - there were no toilet roll holders in the upstairs bathrooms.

    Thank you for your comment! We love the feedback it helps us maintain the cottage to a standard. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Oct 2021

  • "Extremely comfortable cottage in a very peaceful setting; very well equipped and friendly, helpful hosts"

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Oct 2021

  • "A very spacious “cottage” ; how often do you get 3 loos ?"

    ? Everything was off very high standard of comfort , equipment and cleanliness. The welcome pack was typical of the general high standard with Devon cream scones to die for and more bars of chocolate than were good for us. The owner’s welcome could not have been more friendly. If ever a property deserved a gold star, this is it!!

    Reviewed by Ernest5.0Sep 2021

  • "Lovely destination, big thank you to the really friendly hosts who made our ..."

    Lovely destination, big thank you to the really friendly hosts who made our arrival amazing with a lush afternoon tea Be prepared to get into the Devon mindset … this is a beautiful rural location with quaint woodland narrow lanes and the need to reverse drive if you Meet oncoming traffic but that’s just the way it is and adds to the Devon way Central location for trips out to Clovelly, valley of the rocks, baggy point, instow beach great for dog walks, westward Ho and many more Everything you need And more provided in the cottage and a lovely welcome pack from the hosts with tea, coffee, milk and treats A beautiful party of the country for a restful picturesque break would definitely stay again

    Thank you for your comment! It means a lot to us we loved having you. Such a positive feedback from you. Look forward to seeing you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lorrainne5.0Aug 2021

  • "Lovely welcome from the owners who were on hand all the time."

    Also gave us the best chocolate cake ever, plus a full cream tea, chocolate and biscuits! Would love to go back. Lots to see and do in the area, but the cottage was so peaceful to relax in too.

    Thank you for your comments! Such an amazing feedback It was lovely meeting you all hopefully we will see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Jul 2021

  • "We had a really fantastic stay in this amazing cottage."

    The hosts were really friendly and accommodating and we were surprised and delighted by the very generous welcome spread in the kitchen on arrival of: tea, coffee, milk, biscuits, chocolate, as well as delicious home-made cream tea scones and a Victoria sponge cake – complete with a bone china tea set for the occasion! The Shippon is very spacious and as other reviews have mentioned, equipped with everything you could possibly want, but the hosts are nearby and happy to help if needed. It was nice and clean and very spacious (with lots of storage), and the beds were really comfy. Great views (including sunsets) and the garden was lovely – a really big open space, yet completely private, surrounded by woods and farmland. It’s a lovely rural spot and the silence (apart from the birds!) was noticeable and very welcome –a perfect place to relax. A massive thank you to our hosts for making our stay so fab –would definitely return again to The Shippon – a perfect base for exploring this beautiful area, including the North Devon Coast with its lovely sandy beaches and the breath-taking scenery of Exmoor.

    Reviewed by Rosie5.0Jun 2021

  • "We arrived at the shippon on the 12th of June to a very warm welcome from the owner when we went into the cottage and found what she had left for us milk scones sandwich cake coffee sugar tea and a very clean cottage very big garden which our dog loved we had an excellent week weather was very good we would certainly recommend this cottage for any one really happy with our holiday I would like to say thank you to our hosts for make our holiday very comfortable."

    P.s if you like fish and chips go to scoffs in Barnstaple the best we have had for years

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Jun 2021

  • "The cottage is very tired and rather dusty the sliding doors were off their sliders the dishwasher was broken and the cooker in the utility room was awkward because you had to bring the pots and pans needed for cooking into the utility room and dish up out there."

    The garden was lovely and great for our dog to run around. The roads or rather farm tracks leading to the cottage were very narrow and quite stressful to drive to and from.

    We are open to constructive criticism. The Shippon is an old cottage refurbished to a high standard but Keeping its character. There will be an element of dust that comes from the old beams I do apologise for this. The sliding door could of been sorted for you straight away if you Had let us know as we are around all the time and are here for you. The electric cooker is located right next to the utility room, this is Located right next to the kitchen and in there for people who dont Want to use the traditional Aga located in the kitchen. Our cleaning standards are very high and this you can see reflected In our reviews where it is stated exceeded expectations. The Shippon is located on a Farm, the roads leading to it are all B - roads, describing them as farm track paints a picture of mud Tracks but are all tarmac and suitable for all vehicles. Devon is a rural place . The dishwasher failed to work on the Saturday turnover, we had A technician come out but couldnt repair as it needed a new Part and we couldnt get a new replacement that day but the Dishwasher is repaired now I do apologies for this. I would like to say as well that We accommodated you when You arrived an hour early, you and your husband were tired From your journey so my daughter and I rushed through Things so you could go into the Cottage straight away. I hope you and your husband enjoyed your complimentary Cream tea, the homemade cake,chocolates,biscuits that we left For you. Once again I would like to apologise and thank you for your Feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gillian1.9Jun 2021

  • "We had a lovely week at The Shippon, nice and quiet lovely big garden for the ..."

    We had a lovely week at The Shippon, nice and quiet lovely big garden for the dog and we very much enjoyed the scones and cake, very close to the coast

    Reviewed by Linda5.0May 2021

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the shippon, house was fully equipped, spacious, ..."

    Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the shippon, house was fully equipped, spacious, garden was exceptional Owners right next door and were very friendly and welcoming, would highly recommend and would defiantly stay again

    Reviewed by Chris5.0May 2021

  • "Excellent cottage very clean."

    Very warm welcome, owners very helpful and friendly. If you want a holiday to get away from everything this is the perfect place. I would highly recommend this cottage the best I have stayed in.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Apr 2021

  • "Warm welcome."

    Lovely peaceful holiday in beautiful Devon countryside.Would stay again.

    Reviewed by Nora4.7Apr 2021

  • "Cottage was very comfortable and highly appointed, only minor issue was lack of a tray for cups and only one frying pan considering the place is awash with cups and glasses."

    On the whole though Shippon was extremely good value for money and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2020

  • "Excellent location, very well equipped and comfortable cottage."

    owners very friendly and helpful. We cannot wait for March next year to go again.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Sep 2020

  • "Considering it only sleeps 4, this is a spacious, comfortable and nicely furnished cottage, with 3 sofas in the living room, a 6 seat kitchen table and vast amounts of utensils, glasses and crockery."

    There is plenty of parking and a large private garden with swings and a trampoline. Driving to and from it through the narrow country lanes is a bit challenging for townies but, once there, it is very quiet and rural. There isn't much in the way of instructions in the cottage, but this wasn't a problem and the friendly owner is only next door in the adjacent farmhouse. It's worth remembering to take basics such as loo rolls, rubbish sacks etc. as none were provided.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Sep 2020

  • "The cottage is in a great location, in the middle of nowhere which is what we wanted."

    No towels were provided even though the listing said that they provide them. This may be due to current circumstances but we were not informed of this before hand. The cleanliness was a little lacking, it could do with a good clean. The carpets upstairs looked as though they hadn't been hoovered for a long time and light fittings downstairs were full of dead flies.

    Thank you for your feedback, we are so sorry that the towels had been missed and that you had a few issues during your stay, if we had been aware of these we would have been more than happy to bring towels for you and address any issues that you had. Thank you again for taking time to leave your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Neil3.4Aug 2020

  • "Lovely well equipped cottage."

    Lovely scones jam and cream plus cake on arrival, provided by the owner. It was a shame the weather was so wet but I would imagine, if it had been dry we would have been able to make use of the garden and enjoy the views.

    Reviewed by Rose Ary3.8Mar 2020

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, and 1 x twin
  • Ground-floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Oil central heating and woodburning stove
  • AGA cooker, electric oven and hobs, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Sky, music system, Nintendo Wii, WiFi, and a selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot, highchair and stairgate available
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Patio area with seating and a lawned area with swings and a trampoline
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 4 miles, pub 2.7 miles

The property

Barnstaple 3.6 miles.

Surrounded by scenic woodland areas and an abundance of activity, The Shippon is a delightful character-filled cottage, promising you and your family a wonderful stay near the coast of North Devon.

With a cheery blue décor running throughout a variety of the rooms, this quaint cottage is sure to remind you why you picked this charming cottage near the sea.

Providing you with a spacious sitting room with ample seating for all the family to unwind, this room is the go-to after a day of exploring, with a woodburning stove to huddle around in the winter months and bright and airy windows to open up in the summer months, be sure to stop here with a glass of wine and good company to end your day in an unwinding environment surrounded by your loved ones.

For a spot of home-cooking, the kitchen offers a wide array of amenities for any food you fancy, with an AGA cooker in the kitchen itself and an electric cooker in the utility, you’ll be able to whip up a feast in no time.

Enjoy your dinner at the table in the kitchen before playing board games for some competitive family-fun.

Upstairs you can find the two bedrooms; a double and a twin room, providing you with the perfect layout for a small family to rest after a tiresome day.

The garden is the perfect opportunity for both the little ones and the dogs to enjoy an afternoon of activity, with a patio for you to relax on and a field just ahead with swings and a trampoline, the back garden is the ideal spot to spend a summer’s evening.

Take a walk into the woodlands where you can find stunning scenery and may even be lucky enough to spot an abundance of nature.

Barnstaple is the main town of North Devon and is just a short journey away from the cottage, with a wide selection of shops and restaurants to explore and markets to mosey around, it makes a fabulous day out for all the family.

For a day at the beach, make your way to Woolacombe by car, here you can find the seafront offering two beautiful beaches, an information centre informing you of all the local pub, and even more beachfront cafés, it’s well-worth a visit with the North Devon AONB close by too, it’s the perfect place to see the stunning sights of Devon.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Exeter 40 miles.

Barnstaple enjoys a superb location at the mouth of the Taw Estuary, on the spectacular North Devon coastline between Westward Ho! and Croyde and is a short drive from the Exmoor National Park. Barnstaple is a busy traditional Devon coastal town with a pannier market, shops, restaurants and bars, along with two fabulous sandy beaches, which are popular with surfers and families. The town is renowned for its floral displays having won a Britain in Bloom award and flowers are found around every corner of the town in the most unusual places. Barnstaple lies at the end of the magnificent Tarka line railway journey, which takes you through the spectacular North Devon countryside of wooded river valleys, rugged moorland and a stretch of coastline, plus close by is the picture postcard coastal village of Clovelly. A combination of numerous long sandy beaches and family attractions makes Barnstaple a desirable holiday destination.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas