3 (off peak)
Mole Cottage provides all the peace you want while still being close enough to beautiful beaches and countryside to pack your days full of fun and adventure. With space for two guests (or four with the use of a sofa bed), it is a favourite with couples (and small families) who want to stay in comfort while exploring North Devon’s coastline and the Exmoor National Park.
Set in five peaceful acres on Garramarsh Farm, Mole Cottage is located on the fringes of Alswear - a small but friendly hamlet with fantastic countryside views. South Molton is an easy five-minute drive or a gentle 20-minute cycle away. This charming market town has a good variety of amenities including Quince Honey Farm where you can buy locally produced honey from the largest exhibition of honey bees in the world, and if you have a sweet tooth, you should certainly not miss Melchior Chocolate Factory.
South Molton has a supermarket for your basics and a twice-weekly market held every Thursday and Saturday morning; and if you want a break from cooking, then you’ll find an excellent menu and a friendly welcome at pubs like The Castle Inn and the Poltimore Arms. The larger town of Barnstaple, which has more shops, pubs and restaurants, is 20 minutes from Mole Cottage, so you have everything you need within easy reach. It is also possible to order your shopping online for delivery on the day you arrive.
North Devon’s beaches are a magnet for outdoor lovers. Those closest to Mole Cottage include Westward Ho!, Ilfracombe, Woolacombe, Staunton Sands and Croyde (parking is free for NT members at Baggy Point for Croyde Bay) which are approximately 40 minutes scenic drive, and good for swimming and surfing. A more secluded option is Mortehoe Beach near Woolacombe which is only accessible by foot from the coastal footpath. It has excellent rock pools that are a favourite with children so remember to take nets and buckets. Adrenaline junkies should get in touch with one of the several excellent local firms who run coasteering and other exciting activities.
Exmoor is conveniently near to Mole Cottage. There is no end of fun to be had in the National Park whether you do it on foot, by bike or on horseback. The landscape can be both gentle and dramatic but is always stunning so book a guided tour or pick up a map of waymarked trails from the Amory Centre in South Molton to see it for yourself. One of the most popular is the Tarka Trail which wends its way through some of England's best countryside.
A really nice way to spend a day in North Devon is by having no agenda. Pack a picnic and just head out, finding and falling in love with picturesque villages and hamlets on the way. If you’re looking for inspiration, a favourite picnic spot is by the six arches of Withypool Bridge on the River Barle. Withypool has an excellent riverside cafe and a great pub, the Royal Oak if you manage to eat your sandwiches before you arrive.
The appeal of Mole Cottage is both in its location, surrounded by quiet countryside yet within reach of exciting attractions, and its lovely interior which the owners have furnished with their guests' comfort in mind.
Lesley & Stuart Robinson joined Independent Cottages in August 2017
Outside: Bike storage is available in the car port and there is off-road parking outside the cottage as well as space to sit outside and enjoy the lovely rural views in the warmer months with outdoor furniture and a BBQ for alfresco dining. Garramarsh Farm has 800m of private fishing rights on the River Mole.
Additional information: Central heating keeps Mole Cottage warm all year round and the log burning stove adds extra cosiness. Internet access available. Towels and bed linen are provided and included in the price along with heating and electricity. No smoking and unfortunately no dogs. Short breaks available out of the peak season - please enquire with the owner. High chair, stair gate, toddler chair and baby bath available.
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