A great escape.
In quiet countryside, close to the dramatic coastline of the Hartland Peninsula, the South West Coast Path and the Devon/Cornwall border, is this one of a group of friendly holiday cottages.
The Milking Parlour - once a farm building now a comfortable, characterful, two-bedroom cottage.
It's all on one level with views to the sea across fields and beyond the tower of St Nectan's Church.
The beamed sitting room has a wood-burning stove in the big inglenook fireplace and double doors onto the enclosed terrace garden with its barbecue and gate to the picnic/play area (with climbing frame/swing/slide).
The country kitchen has a dishwasher and washing machine, a Belfast sink and wooden worktops.
The spa room with hot tub and sauna can be booked for private sessions.
Children can join the owners and help feed the ducks and chickens, often pigs too in the mornings.
There's a good pub, a little shop and museum down by the sea at Hartland Quay where the beach is great for rock pooling at low tide and swimming off the quay when the tide is high.
Wander through the woods to Hartland with its village stores, Post Office, coffee shop, potteries and pubs...
Or to Hartland Abbey House and Gardens with a lovely walk through to the sea at Blackpool Mill.
The magnificent swimming and surfing beaches of Bude and Sandymouth Bay; Westward Ho!, Northam and Appledore are less than 30 minutes' drive.
The steeply cobbled village of Clovelly is a short drive along the coast.
For children: The Milky Way and The Big Sheep adventure parks are nearby.
Groups can book the Milking Parlour in conjunction with the 959900 Granary, 959902 Linhay, 959901 Stables and 95990 Tack Room
All ground floor. Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin zip/link can be super-king double on request. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Kitchen with dining area. Sitting room with woodburning stove. Shared hot tub and Sauna (seasonal opening times apply)
About the location
HARTLAND, DEVON (CHERISTOW FARM COTTAGES)
Clovelly 6 miles; Bude 15 miles; Bideford 15 miles
A great escape for coast and country-lovers; North Devon’s Hartland Peninsula is a remarkably peaceful Area of Outstanding National Beauty with a spectacular Atlantic coastline. The South West Coast Path runs along it with its dramatic cliff formations, waterfalls, woodland, wild and accessible bays with sand exposed at low tide; views of Hartland Point lighthouse and Lundy Island. Harland village, a few miles back from the coast, has a post office and general store, and a monthly farmers’ market; potteries and craft shops, a friendly café and pubs serving food. A mile away, in its beautiful, private valley running down to the sea, Hartland Abbey House & Gardens (& tea room) make a great outing. The Abbey was dissolved in 1539 - surviving longer than any in England - descendants of the same family live there still. St Nectan’s medieval church in Stoke is fascinating too; its stand-out feature the 128-foot tower known as Peeping Tom, used by sailors to help navigate the treacherous North Devon coast. And right down at the ancient Hartland Quay there’s a small Shipwreck & Smuggling Museum, a very child and dog-friendly pub and hotel, and a rock-pooly beach - good for swimming when the tides are right (and dog-friendly out-of-season). The old fishing village of Clovelly, 6 miles away, has a timeless appeal too with its steeply cobbled main street and donkeys still helping deliver fuel and shopping to villagers, and visitors’ luggage. Down by the handsome 14th-century working harbour is the Red Lion Hotel. To the north and south of Hartland Peninsula are broad sandy beaches good for swimming, surfing and body-boarding: at Northam and Westward Ho!; Sandy Mouth and Bude. Take a ferry across the Torridge between pretty Appledore and Instow, take a bike on the Tarka Trail between Ilfracombe and Meeth. Families with young children enjoy the animals and attractions at the The Milky Way and Wake Park aqua park, and at The Big Sheep near Bideford. And there’s more to discover…