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Elm Cottage

Westleigh near Bideford, Devon (Ref. 3792)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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

Reviews & Ratings

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26 Customer Reviews

  • "Delightful cottage , well equipped, comfortable, peaceful."

    Would return.

    Reviewed by ValerieMay 2022

  • "The cottage owner us only next door and 2aa very helpful and welcoming."

    The crawling distance pub was superb too.

    Reviewed by Sally-anneMar 2022

  • "Excellent stay, very comfortable and we'll equipped cottage."

    We arrive in storm Eunice amid power cuts and the owners were very helpful supplying candles, extra logs etc for the first day or so when power was intermittent. Excellent location for Tarka Trail and coastal walks.

    Reviewed by ColinFeb 2022

  • "A clean, comfortable, well furnished cottage."

    The local pub served good food. Walking distance to the Tarka Trail. We hope to visit again soon.

    Reviewed by MargaretFeb 2022

  • "This was a late replacement for another cottage which became unavailable at the last minute."

    The cottage is well equipped and very comfortable. The village pub was welcoming & the food was excellent. The village itself is located close to Bideford and Barnstaple.

    Reviewed by MichaelJan 2022

  • "Lovely week in well kept cottage, in a good location."

    Everything we wanted was available. Would certainly use the cottage again next time we visit the area.

    Reviewed by RogerOct 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in very quiet positioning the village."

    Lots to do in the area. There is WiFi which was an added bonus. Thank you

    Reviewed by CatherineSep 2021

  • "Fabulous cottage in a perfect location for us."

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2021

  • "Good country inn within 100m."

    ,with excellent food and service.

    Reviewed by JefferyJun 2021

  • "We had a lovely welcome and a great break."

    There are some interesting places to visit even in November.The cottage is very cozy although the stairs are a bit steep and wouldn' suit everyone. It will be kept on our list for possible future visits.

    Reviewed by SheilaNov 2019

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday in elm cottage."

    There was everything we needed. Even the weather was glorious. The only downside for us was the steep staircase.

    Reviewed by SheilaJul 2019

  • "Welcome with cream tea very thoughtful."

    Lovely village location. The garden was particularly pleasant.

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2019

  • "Our cottage was wonderful."

    Clean, comfortable beds, everything you could need. Gorgeous views. Close the pub. We wished we could’ve stayed longer. Next time we are in the UK we would definitely book Elm Cottage again.

    Reviewed by LurleenApr 2019

  • "We had a lovely holiday in Elm Cottage."

    It was very cosy , which was very important as the weather was not too great. The wood burner was so much appreciated The cottage was very well equipped, clean and comfortable. The owners made sure everything was ready for us The only thing missing was WiFi. I didn’t think to ask as I wrongly assumed everyone had it . It didn’t spoil our time there at all but it would have been useful

    Reviewed by MaryDec 2018

  • "What an amazing cottage."

    It’s in a fab location, secluded yet close enough to all towns and villages nearby. The cottage is very cosy and homely, with everything we needed for our stay. LWe felt very relaxed here. We will be returning.

    Reviewed by LydiaNov 2018

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our week."

    The cottage and the surrounding area all exceeded our expectations - and the local pub was excellent! The owners of the property and everyone else we met in the village were very friendly and hospitable. We are already planning when we might be able to come again!

    Reviewed by AndrewSep 2018

  • "Great base/location for cycling with the Tarka trail a 5minute cylce from the cottage."

    A decent pub in the village less than 2minutes away with plenty of choices in both food and drink. The cottage is located in a very picturesque and peaceful locations with views across the bay. Well worth a visit.

    Reviewed by AndrewAug 2018

  • "Elm Cottage is a little gem in a small quiet village."

    Erica & David the owners are very friendly & could not be more helpful.

    Reviewed by DesJul 2018

  • "A perfect little cottage in a beautiful village"

    Reviewed by PatJul 2018

  • "Great cottage to base yourself to exploire the area."

    Easy reach of thr Tarka trail. Cottage was extremely well equipped even down to a sowing kit and plasters, Very warm welcome with a lovley cream tea on arrival. Will recommend it to others

    Reviewed by RichardJun 2018

  • "The cottage was charming and comfortable."

    It had everything we could need with the added extras of milk and freshly baked scones jam and cream which were much appreciated. We would happily stay here again and will do so. The pub is a bonus with great food Thank you for a comfortable stay

    Reviewed by SusanApr 2018

  • "Cosy and comfortable cottage - great cream tea on arrival."

    Reviewed by StephenFeb 2018

  • "A really friendly welcome from the owners and nothing was too much trouble for them"

    Reviewed by AlanSep 2017

  • "The cottage is beautifully furnished, cosy and comfortable, very well equipped and in a lovely peaceful area."

    A warm welcome by the owners sealed the beginning of an enjoyable week.

    Reviewed by ElizabethMar 2017

  • "This was our second visit to "Elm cottage",and it has now become home away from home,we love it and the surrounding area."

    What a lovely view as you walk down the lane to another exciting day in Devon!!!! roll on to our next cottage with Sykes.

    Reviewed by MalcolmOct 2016

  • "A lovely welcome from the owners - fresh scones and cream and fresh flowers, a lovely touch."

    The owners checked that everything was OK for us and made sure we were comfortable and informed about the local activities. The kitchen was well equipped (which can often be lacking in a holiday cottage). Would have liked a dishwasher but it would be impractical here. The stairs are extremely steep but that is stated in the brochure. Parking could be an issue as the street is very narrow (it is Devon!) and there is a gravel standing next to the property for parking, but the cottage at the rear has pedestrian access. Other residents parked opposite and this made it tricky to reverse onto the gravel area (and I only have a small car). The cottage is well placed for walking and it is an easy walk into Instow on the Tarka Trail. The highlight of our stay was a visit to RHS Rosemoor where we had a really lovely Sunday carvery for lunch.

    Reviewed by KaySep 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin (zip & link, can be made up as a king-size double by prior arrangement)
  • Shower room with shower, basin & WC
  • Kitchen with range cooker and dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburner in stone fireplace.
  • Gas central heating with woodburner in sitting room
  • Dual fuel range cooker with double oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD
  • Wi-fi
  • Fuel, power & starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen & towels inc. in rent
  • Enclosed front patio garden
  • Off road parking for one car, additional parking nearby
  • Sorry, no pets & no smoking
  • Shop 1.5 miles, pub 3 mins walk
  • Note: Property was built in 1850 and so stairs are steeper than average

The property

A charming, semi-detached, stone-built cottage in the quiet village of Westleigh, 1.5 miles from the pretty little beach at Instow and 2 miles from Bideford.

Well decorated and furnished with care and attention, this Westleigh cottage offers accommodation that is stylish yet with a true country feel.

The bedrooms of this Westleigh cottage are comfortable, the kitchen well equipped, and the cosy sitting room has a woodburner in an attractive stone fireplace.

The village pub is just a moment's stroll from this Westleigh cottage and serves good food, while nearby Instow has a small beach and pubs by the seashore.

Visit Bideford, enjoy good country walks from the door or simply relax in the front patio garden and watch village life go by.

A superb Westleigh cottage at any time of year.

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About the location


Instow 1.5 miles; Bideford 2 miles; Barnstaple 9 miles.

The small, quiet village of Westleigh sits close to the coast of beautiful Devon, and has a pub that serves good food. There are lovely country walks around the area, and the wonderful coastline is on the doorstep. Instow, 1.5 miles away, is picture-postcard pretty, and has an attractive quayside with pubs, a small sandy beach, and views towards Appledore. The town of Bideford is 2 miles away, with Barnstaple just slightly further, and both offer a selection of amenities. Coast and country are waiting to be discovered from this wonderful holiday destination.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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