3 (all year)
The Old Northcote Arms was built with hospitality in mind. The former pub has its roots in the 1600s and spent time as a coaching inn, post office and, more recently, was home to Wilf Ellis, the WWI veteran whose story inspired "War Horse". The pretty thatched cottage is in the picturesque Devon village of Iddesleigh, within strolling distance of the Duke of York pub and within easy reach of Dartmoor. There are three lovely bedrooms to sleep six guests, with a flexible layout for families or friends.
Iddesleigh is not simply somewhere to base yourself while you go off and explore; it's a welcoming village with plenty to offer visitors. Set at the heart of glorious Devonshire countryside, the friendly community is centred around the church, village green and the pub, the latter of which serves a fantastic variety of local beers and a delicious seasonal menu so good you could almost plan your holiday around it. Beautiful walks go through and around the village, including a circular route known locally as "The Island". The Tarka Trail passes through the War Horse Valley Country Farm Park, which is about a 20-minute walk from the cottage. Dartmoor is 30-minutes from the cottage for walking, climbing, horseriding and mountain biking. You can see it's tallest Tor, High Willhays, from all three bedrooms.
You're spoiled for choice if you want a day at the seaside. Westward Ho! and Bude are just over half an hour's drive away and have sandy beaches, equipment hire and surf lessons, cafes, fish and chips and, naturally, ice cream. A little further but still within an hour's radius are Saunton Sands, Croyde and Woolacombe. The South West Coast Path follows the coast to provide panoramic views in every season.
Day trips can include shopping in Bideford, Barnstaple and Tavistock, or browsing the local markets at Hatherleigh and Great Torrington. Walk around Appledore and Instow, take the ferry across the Torridge Estuary, or simply set out with no fixed agenda and see where the day takes you. It's all possible when you stay at The Old Northcote Arms.
Steve Doman joined Independent Cottages in February 2021
The Old Northcote Arms is a traditional Devon longhouse with thick cob walls, a thatched roof, and accommodation over two levels.
Outside: The private enclosed garden has a gravel terrace and lawn. There is an outdoor dining table and chairs and a parasol for long summer barbecues. There is parking on the street outside the cottage.
Additional Information: Utilities, WiF, bed linen, bath towels, and an initial supply of wood for the fire and wood burner are all included. Two well-behaved dogs welcome through prior arrangement. A travel cot (no bedding) is available. Smoking and vaping are not permitted.
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