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The Old Northcote Arms

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7 Nights  

  • £795  to  £1950

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Short Breaks From

  • £180 p/night
    Off peak
    (3 night min)
  • £455 p/night
    Peak season
    (3 night min)

Key Information

  • Sleeps


  • Bedrooms

    3 Rooms

  • Min Nights

    3 (all year)

  • Children


  • WiFi


  • Dogs

    2 Dogs

  • Access


  • Open Fire
  • Log Burner

About The Old Northcote Arms

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.

Contact the owner

Owner details:

Steve Doman joined Independent Cottages in February 2021

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Amenities / Facilities

  • Open Fire
  • Log Burner
  • Luxury
  • Cot
  • Pub Nearby
  • Games Room
  • Bike Storage
  • Golf Nearby
  • Kingsize +
  • Garden/ Outside Area
  • Washing Machine
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Microwave
  • Dish washer
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Horse Riding Nearby
  • WiFi
  • Family Activity

Location (Devon)

Accommodation Comprises:

The Old Northcote Arms is a traditional Devon longhouse with thick cob walls, a thatched roof, and accommodation over two levels.


  • Cobbles in the hallway are a remnant of the time when it was a passageway through the pub.
  • Light the open fire in the living room and settle back on MADE sofas for a relaxing night in front of the TV, which has an Amazon Firestick to watch Netflix and Prime channels (membership required). The owner has thoughtfully stocked the cottage with books and games.
  • Separate dining room with a wood burner in the original inglenook fireplace. The room also has original oak beams, a window seat and a bread oven. In addition to the big acacia wood dining table and chairs, the room has two MADE armchairs where you can relax after dinner. It's a welcoming space that looks amazing when dressed for the occasion.
  • Fitted kitchen with Shaker-style cabinets, a ceramic butler's sink, solid wood worktops and stylish tiled splashbacks. The cupboards and drawers are well-stocked with utensils and equipment for cooking and serving meals. Though the style of cupboards and flagstone floors give the room a vintage vibe, the efficient layout and quality of appliances make it perfect for modern lifestyles.
  • Games/Utility room with a washer and dryer as well as table football. There's room in here for a dog bed, making it a cosy sleeping space for your pet.
  • Modern bathroom with a rain shower, heated towel rail, WC and a handbasin.


  • Master bedroom with a super-kingsize (6ft-wide) bed, antique oak armoire and a decorative fireplace. The owner's take your sleep seriously, furnishing beds with luxurious Herdysleep mattresses with Baavet bedding and hotel-quality bed linen.
  • Double bedroom with a super-kingsize or two single beds. Bedside tables with reading lights, a wardrobe and a chest of drawers ensure you can unpack and settle in.
  • Another spacious double bedroom with a super-king or twin beds. A large wardrobe with drawers provides ample storage.
  • Bathroom with a bath and shower attachments, WC and a handbasin.

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.

The Old Northcote Arms Tariff & Supplementary Information

Bedroom Configuration:
Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms (1 Superking, 2 Superking/Twins)
2 dogs welcome
Unlikely to be suitable for wheelchair users. Please discuss any specific accessibility requirements with the owner
No smoking
Prices for 7 nights:
From £795
To £1950
Preferred Arrival Day:
Payment Options:
Credit / Debit Card, Bank Transfer
Booking Conditions:
Please refer to the owner for accessibility requirements, booking terms / conditions and cancellation policy.
Help combat online fraud. Speak to the owner on our officially verified number: +44(0)7917 641584 before paying by bank transfer.
Please discuss any requirements regarding your pet(s) with the property owner.
Independent Cottages recommends that you take out holiday cancellation insurance.

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Steve Doman
Member Since February 2021

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* Calendar last updated: 28th May 2022