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Sleeps 8 adults Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 3 Pets Not accepted Region Devon Town/village Ilfracombe

Comfortable Holiday Home, near Ilfracombe (EDWARMA)

A brief history of this beautiful period family house starts with the arrival of the railways and the paddle steamers to Ilfracombe. The house was built in the early 20th century as the healthy holiday resort expanded. As their prosperity grew, shop keepers began moving to the suburbs towards the Torrs, where many of the houses captured fine views towards the sea. The owners' family have been in the China, Hardware and Outfitting trade in Ilfracombe for nearly 100 years and the house has passed down successive generations. In 2016 the present owners decided to convert the house to a holiday home, first undertaking a complete upgrade of the services and the rooms to meet modern standards of comfort, whilst also retaining the Edwardian character for guests.

Ilfracombe has a wide variety of attractions including the famous Tunnels Beaches and Damien Hirst's Verity. Boat trips can be taken from the historic harbour where you will also find a good choice of shops, pubs and restaurants. Lee Bay for rockpools and Woolacombe for surfing are a short distance along the coast. The house is close to the Cairn former railway line walk, and the Torrs Walks, part of the 600mile long South West Coastal Path is on the doorstep.

The entrance hall of the house has magnificent period floor tiles and part of the family collection of porcelain is on display. The family have a musical tradition, and guests are invited to play the grand piano in the living room. At the rear of the house, the dining room with large table for up to ten guests, is adjacent to the newly fitted modern kitchen and both rooms provide ample living space. The kitchen has a central breakfast bar and just next to the kitchen is the pantry, the utility room with washing machine and a new shower room.

Climbing up the grand staircase and just off the landing are four attractive spacious bedrooms. A King and Twin at the front plus a Superking and Double at the rear. The rear bedrooms look out over the roof tops to the ocean in the distance. The bedrooms offer period features and furniture and a mix of artwork and historic prints including works by the artist Nik Pollard, R.A., SWLA, which can be purchased. All bedrooms are served by a modern bathroom plus a separate shower room and an additional upstairs WC. All bedrooms have decorative rather than working fireplaces.

The good size garden has a large lawn as well as planted mature borders. There is a picnic table and additional garden chairs, a barbecue and a rotary clothes drier. For summer play there are bats and balls but take care with the greenhouse! There is provision for secure storage of bicycles and surfboards. There is also a sun trap recess at the front of the house with a table and chairs. There is driveway parking behind the gates for up to 3 cars.

With spacious comfortable accommodation and presented with a mix of period and modern furnishings, the semi-detached Edwardian House is ideal for large families or groups of friends at any time of year.

Accommodation: Ground floor: Hallway. Living room with TV/DVD with freeview, Grand Piano, sofa, sofa bed and occasional chairs. Kitchen with breakfast bar, electric 5 ring ceramic hob, two ovens, one with microwave, dishwasher and fridge/freezer. Dining room with large table and 10 chairs. Pantry with tumble dryer. Utility room sink and washing machine. Shower room with corner shower, heated towel rail, WC and basin. First floor: Bedroom 1 with Super King. Bedroom 2 with Double. Bedroom 3 with King. Bedroom 4 with Twin. Bathroom with bath and shower over bath, heated towel rail, WC and basin. Shower room with corner shower, heated towel rail, WC and basin. Separate WC and basin.

Facilities and Services: Linen and towels. Gas CH. Wi-Fi. No smoking. Regret no pets. Garden furniture. Barbecue. Private parking spaces for up to 3 cars plus additional roadside parking. Secure outside storage for cycles. Short breaks available. Refundable security deposit £250. 3pm arrival time. Arr/Dep for weekly bookings is Friday.

  • BBQ
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Heating, Central
  • High chair
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Welcome Basket
  • Water Views
  • Beach
  • Parking, Private
  • Ground Floor W.C.
  • Ground Floor Bath/Shower room

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Check in / Check out

Standard check-in is 4pm and standard check-out is normally 10am on your day of departure. In some cases these times vary. Always check your booking confirmation paperwork for correct timings or ask your local agent.

LocationIlfracombe

A picture perfect harbour with plenty of sandy beaches and hidden coves to explore. This key fishing port of North Devon also hosts food and beer festivals, bandstand music and yachting events throughout the year. Based on the pier the Sea Safari boat trips are ideal for travelling along the coastline to spot dolphins and seals.

Ideal for day trips across to Lundy Island or along the coastal paths to Combe Martin, the Wildlife and Dinosaur Park is also worth a visit. Within walking distance are several attractions such as the aquarium, museum and the stunning Landmark Theatre on the promenade hosting cabaret shows and various exhibitions. Tunnels Beaches has a fascinating network of carved tunnels and tidal pools for bathing. The gardens at Larkstone Park have lovely views out to sea, with tennis, bowls and putting on site.

Near Hele Bay is the working watermill Hele Mill, with demonstrations of the working machinery and tours available, also tearooms offering cream teas. Watermouth Park & Castle is a great day out; this Victorian fortress has collections of historical displays, a theme park, maze and landscaped gardens to wander in. For something different visit Chambercombe Manor which is said to be one of the UKs most haunted buildings.

Devon

From Tavistock and the rivers Tavy and Tamar to the English Riviera of Torbay, and the nautical town of Dartmouth north across Dartmoor (with its famous miniature ponies) to the surfing beaches of Croyde and Woolacombe, there can be few counties in England that offer such a broad spectrum of experiences to the visitor. 

Located in the South Westerly reaches of England, Devon shares a southerly border with Cornwall, and an easterly border with Somerset and Dorset. To the north and south the Bristol and English channels provide miles of beautiful coastline, and numerous attractions to the county. 

Areas of Oustanding Natural Beauty (5), National Parks (2) and many other parks and reserves make it very easy to get off the beaten track, but the cities of Plymouth and Exeter are as modern and vibrant as they come.

Inland are a number of country landscapes to explore; Tarka Country to the north, taking its name from a famous novel, offering the Tarka Trail; a fantastic cycle route through the beautiful country landscapes. Centrally, Dartmoor National Park is the largest open space in South England, and offers miles of rugged and wild moorland for keen walkers to explore.

Dartmoor Zoological Park is situated on the edge of the moor. The zoo is the inspiration behind a Hollywood film, and home to an impressive range of exotic animals. Along the south coast is the spectacular Jurrasic Coast World Heritage Site, reaching from Exmouth along into Dorset, and offering a spectacular coastline to discover.

Further south along the coast is the borough of Torbay, home to some of Devon’s most popular seaside resorts and tourist spots, and known as the English Riviera. Devon’s county town is the attractive city of Exeter, offering a mix of historical and modern architecture and culture. To the south is the University City of Plymouth, a historic port, and home to The Hoe, a popular public open space offering a range of attractions.   

Devon is the third biggest county in the UK by area, but it's quite easy to get around. In population, it is only the twelfth largest, so it's really not very crowded! Geographically and in spirit quite unlike the neighbouring counties, Devon is characterised by the granite structure that forms Dartmoor rising out of its distinctive red soil, and the very different Devonian rock structure underlying Exmoor. The Devonian geological period was actually named after Devon since it was here that these rocks were first studied. 

South West

England’s peninsula incorporates the counties of Cornwall and Devon, Dorset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Bristol. This region is mostly rural so is perfect to escape the everyday hustle and bustle, whether relaxing with the family by the seaside or exploring the wild moors and rugged coastline. The area boasts hundreds of beautiful sandy bays to choose from and fantastic surfing opportunities. The historic cities of Exeter, Bath and Gloucester are definitely worth a visit, and with transport links all the way down to Penzance even the famous Lands End and remote Isles of Scilly can be reached.

Area Devon Nearest shop 0.3 miles Nearest pub 0.4 miles

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