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Tarquol Cottage is part of a collection of five holiday properties at Stowford Lodge. The cottage accommodates four guests and is perfect for family holidays. Guests have access to six private acres of land that include a children’s play area, football field, woodland path, and indoor swimming pool. Despite its peaceful, rural setting, Stowford Lodge is only three miles from the centre of Great Torrington, and two and a half miles from the Green Dragon pub in Langtree.
Great Torrington is the ideal place to stay to see all the best sites in North Devon. The small town has a friendly atmosphere and a thriving arts scene which you can see for yourself at places like Dartington Crystal and the art gallery in the historic Pannier Market, or experience first-hand by creating your own work of art at Tarka Pottery. The nearby RHS Garden, Rosemoor, is impressively beautiful and an absolute must for keen gardeners. In 1646, Torrington was the site of a significant battle of the Civil War and visitors can learn more at the Great Torrington Heritage Museum. The town has a good variety of supermarkets, shops and pubs. The more substantial town of Barnstaple, where there are more amenities and a good market, is around a twenty minute drive away.
It would be a shame to visit North Devon without immersing yourself in the stunning scenery. Walking and cycling are particularly popular, and it is possible to find a trail that is appropriate for any level of ability. The Tarka Trail runs for eleven miles from Great Torrington to Bideford and is suitable for the whole family as it has a smooth tarmac surface and is virtually flat. The path starts a mere quarter of a mile from Tarquol Cottage, and you can hire a bike locally if you do not bring your own on holiday with you.
In addition to great bike rides, there are some wonderful walks that wend their way around the region. A good example is a walk that starts at the car park in Torrington and goes around the golf course and up gorse-covered Furzebeam to Rice Point where your efforts are rewarded with remarkable views. The Hartland Peninsula offers more footpaths, including some incredible cliff-top paths, or you could wander through pretty villages such as Appledore, Instow and Clovelly.
Devon’s world-famous beaches are less than half an hour’s drive from Tarquol Cottage. Bude and Westward Ho! are two of the better-known beaches, with the former being a favourite place to learn to surf with its excellent surfing schools and favourable conditions. There are some superb golf courses near Tarquol Cottage, as well as clay-pigeon shooting, 4WD tracks and paint-balling. If the kids still have any energy left after a day of fun activities, let them run it off on the football pitch at Stowford Lodge while you relax with a cold drink and a barbecue.
Richard Jones joined Independent Cottages in October 2017
Well presented, Tarquol Cottage offers plenty of space to relax and unwind with access out onto the play area from the back of the cottage. Possibly suitable for those with limited mobility, the cottage offers single level accommodation.
Outside - The outdoor amenities at Stowford Lodge are fantastic. Guests can enjoy:
Additional Information: The main house has a guest utility room with washing machine, tumble drier and large freezer. The cottage has central heating and free unlimited WiFi throughout. All utilities and linen are included, and towels can be provided for an additional weekly charge. Well behaved dogs are accepted by prior arrangement. No smoking. Short breaks may be available - please enquire with the owner.
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