3 (off peak)
Old Post Cottage will make you feel relaxed from the moment you see its sturdy, 16th-century whitewashed stone walls. The location just off the village square in Mortehoe could not be better, being only a short stroll from great pubs like the Ship Around and the Chichester Arms, yet on a quiet traffic-free path. Rockham Beach is within walking distance and the cottage, which sleeps four people in two bedrooms, is as popular with couples on a romantic Devon break as it is with families looking for stylish accommodation and a traditional bucket-and-spade holiday.
Mortehoe is a welcoming clifftop village with good amenities that include several pubs and cafes. The village is less than a mile from the coast, with its elevated position affording incredible views of the ocean and surrounding countryside much of which is managed by the National Trust. Peaceful and tranquil, Mortehoe has a chequered past with many passing ships having been tricked into wrecking on nearby rocks so their booty could quickly be spirited away into a complex but effective smuggling system.
The walk from Mortehoe to the beach is a lovely one, and as the South West Coast Path runs along the cliffs, you can easily explore more widely. You might be lucky enough to spot seals if you walk between Morte and Bull points. Or pack a picnic and enjoy the peace and seclusion of “secret” beaches like Bennett’s Mouth and Grunta, which are often deserted even in high summer.
Mortehoe is next to Woolacombe which is one of the best and most popular beaches in Devon. With its three-mile stretch of golden sand, it is easy to stake out space and settle down for a day of swimming, sandcastles and beach games. As well as a wide variety of places to eat, drink and shop, Woolacombe is an excellent spot to learn to surf. With Exmoor National Park also a short distance away there are endless opportunities to cycle, horse ride and stay active. Other nearby highlights include Lundy Island, Baggy Point and Croyde. Barnstaple, with its ancient pannier market, is great for a day of local shopping.
The owners of Old Post Cottage have created a relaxed and welcoming space with a fresh, contemporary feel that fits beautifully with the cottage’s original 16th Century features. The cottage is perfect for couples, families and friends, giving them a comfortable base in a fantastic village-centre location.
As the owners work and cannot always answer the phone, the quickest way to make contact with them is via email
Richard Knight joined Independent Cottages in September 2018
Old Post Cottage, the oldest home in Mortehoe, dates from the 16th Century and has been a house, shop and post-office over the course of its life.
Outside: Across a narrow path that provides access to a neighbouring cottage, there is a large private garden with garden furniture and a barbecue, and views of the hills beyond. There is space for loading outside the cottage with parking in the village car park 50 metres away.
Additional Information: Utilities, linen and towels (not beach towels) are included, and the cottage has central heating and WiFi. No smoking. No pets. Short breaks available out of peak season - please enquire with the owner. Saturday is the normal changeover apart form low season when the owners will try to be flexible.
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