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Sleeps 8 adults Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 2 Pets 3 Welcome Region Cornwall Town/village Bude

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Inviting Family Retreat, near Bude (THEFARMA)

Set in 50 acres of unspoilt countryside, woodland and meadows, Gooseham Barton Farm and Cottages offers an idyllic spot to relax and unwind. Especially perfect for the equestrian enthusiast from the most experienced to the absolute beginner, the farm has been a licensed riding stables since 1974 with around 20 ponies and horses to ride throughout the year. Being at the gateway of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there is always so much to discover, whether on foot, bicycle or horseback the stunning landscape with deep wooded valleys and pretty coastal villages is not to be missed. And as all cottages welcome at least two dogs each, your four-legged friend will get to tag along too.

A rocky cove, Marsland Mouth, is within walking distance of Gooseham Barton while the sandy beach, aptly named Sandymouth, is just three miles distant. Gooseham Barton is close to the market towns of Bude, Kilkhampton, Holsworthy, Hartland and Bideford - giving guests a wide variety of places to visit. Gooseham appears in the Domesday book, but the history of the area goes back much further- Morwenstow was named after St Morwenna who arrived in the 500s from Wales, along with around twenty brothers and sisters who settled in the valleys, moors and coastal area and became the early saints. There are still lots of remnants from these days in the holy wells that dot the landscape. Along the coastline are countless shipwrecks, over a hundred are documented in a few miles. For hundreds of years the few people eking a living could supplement their living with the bounty from the sea, and the area had a reputation for 'wrecking' or driving ships onto the coast by confusing them with lights. Whether this was true or not, a popular local prayer was 'Let there be no shipwrecks this night, but if there are let them be bountiful.' Opposite the churchyard in Morwenstow are the Rectory Tea Rooms serving lunches and cream teas from Easter until the end of October. Just back from the church at Crosstown is the Bush Inn, a country pub serving meals. On the other side of the valley at Welcombe is another country pub, The Old Smithy Inn featuring retro decor, good food and a warm welcome. It is a pleasant ride or walk from Gooseham across the valley. Slightly further afield are plenty of interesting places for everyone - gardeners will love to see Hartland Abbey and Docton Mill Gardens, children will love The Milky Way adventure park and The Big Sheep, and beach lovers will find a spot for every persuasion, whether a big sandy expanse at low tide Sandymouth, or a quiet and romantic spot at hidden Stanbury Mouth. For those interested in surfing lessons, there is the Freewave surf academy at nearby Widemouth beach. Golfers can have a round at Ivyleaf, which is a 9 hole and good for all abilities, or for a more serious game try the links course at Bude Golf Club.

For those who just like to potter around their cottage, Gooseham Barton is the perfect place. And with four cottages to choose from, you can come away with large groups of friends and family. Whether you just want to help to feed the horses or the sheep, have a game of table tennis in the games room, enjoy a barbecue in the courtyard, or just enjoy the walks through the woodlands and winding country lanes nearby, there really is something for everyone.

The original farmhouse dates back to the 14th century and along with the cottages, has been skilfully converted into high quality holiday accommodation with every modern comfort, cosy open fires and woodburning stoves. Entrance to The Property is through a handy porch and internal hallway to a large dining room with a grand table easily capable of seating eight people, low characterful beams, comfy window seat overlooking the courtyard and a traditional solid fuel Rayburn which now takes centre stage as a reminder of how the farmhouse was heated in previous decades. The galley kitchen off the dining room has all the facilities you will need as well as a large walk in larder area and rear porch with small WC and basin off it and a separate shower. The Property's living room is both large and cosy - making it the perfect place to relax on an evening. The large inglenook fireplace provides a fantastic focal point as well as an enormous amount of heat once lit. Off the living room is a lovely large bedroom with 4ft single bed - ideal for any guests who prefer to remain downstairs. Upstairs there are three bedrooms - the master with double and single beds, a double bedded room with sink and twin - and a family bathroom with bath and shower. Outside there is a lovely shared courtyard garden with some tiered levels and barbecue and access to the childrens playroom. This lovely Cornish cottage makes an ideal choice for those seeking a rather special place for a family holiday.

This property offers a low occupancy discount of 10% on full weekly bookings for parties of 4 or less at certain times of the year which means that two bedrooms will be unavailable. This discount is automatically applied and the holiday price you are quoted reflects this. If you have any questions or require full use of the property, please call our friendly team on 01208 821 341 or email for more information.

Accommodation: Ground floor. Entrance porch into hallway with stairs to first floor, living room and dining room. Dining room with dining table and chairs and solid fuel Rayburn (for show only), kitchen with built in electric oven and oven grill, hob, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and fridge/freezer. Rear porch with WC and basin off it. Separate shower. Living room with open inglenook fireplace, TV with freeview and CD player. Bedroom 1 with 4ft Single. First floor: Bedroom 2 with Double and Single. Bedroom 3 with Double and basin. Bedroom 4 with Twin. Bathroom with bath and electric shower over, WC, basin and heated towel rail.

Facilities and Services: Linen and Towels. Oil CH. Wi-Fi Broadband on site. Horse riding (£24 per hour, £14 per 30 mins, £46 per 2 hours. Western riding: £4 extra per ride). Indoor playbarn with table tennis, pool table, rocking horse, games and table football. Initial supply of logs and coal. No smoking. 3 pets welcome. Highchair and cot available upon request. Garden furniture. Barbecue. Ample private parking. Short breaks available. 4pm arrival time. Arr/Dep for weekly bookings is Saturday.

  • Accommodation, ground floor
  • BBQ
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Games Room
  • Heating, Central
  • High chair
  • Open Fire
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Welcome Basket
  • Beach
  • Parking, Private
  • Ground Floor W.C.
  • Ground Floor Bath/Shower room


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.

Pets Welcome

A maximum of 3 pets are welcome at this property. Typically pet charges apply but please contact the office for details.


Bude is the most Easterly town in North Cornwall and its rugged coastline and sandy beaches make this a perfect destination for a surfing trip or family seaside holiday. The Bude canal opens out onto Summerleaze beach featuring a popular Sea Pool; a perfect spot for families. Other local beaches include Crooklets, Widemouth Bay and Sandymouth Beach all are popular with surfers, beachcombers and rock pool enthusiasts alike.

Perched above the town, the North Cornwall Golf Club has stunning views out to sea and the challenging 18 hole links course is available all year round. For those seeking an exciting day out, the Adventure International offers a range of activities such as abseiling, caving and dragon boating.

There are plenty of Cornish Castles to explore locally including Tintagel and Launceston Castles, also Penhallam Manor which has a complete ground plan of a moated 13th Century Manor House. The Castle Bude has a gallery and a Heritage Centre which displays much of the town’s history and legends. Harlequinns Leisure Centre has Ten Pin Bowling and also an indoor children’s play area. The nearby villages of Tintagel and Boscastle are also well worth a visit; The Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle holds the world’s largest collection of artefacts and historical memorabilia.


Cornwall is the most western part of the South West of England and is a very popular holiday destination with its array of golden sand beaches and dramatic cliff top scenery. The Cornish peninsular is bordered by sea, north, south and west with just one (land based) entrance and exit route over the eastern border to Devon. Traditionally fishing, mining and agriculture were the mainstays of the local economy but tourism has since replaced these. Cornwall boasts thousands of acres of un-spoilt moorland protected as an area of outstanding natural beauty. All year round, the 630 miles of coastal walks (preserved in part by the National Trust and Duchy of Cornwall), are enjoyed by walkers of all ages. Cornwall is known for its mild climate giving rise to the plethora of botanical & specialist gardens like the Eden project, Trelissick and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. By escaping to Cornwall you can thoroughly immerse yourself in the many contrasts that draw visitors year after year. From the picturesque fishing villages steeped in history to the iconic Eden Project, looking to the future. Survey the changing landscape from moorland to the dramatic & varied Cornish coastline. Sample the freshest gourmet offerings from the abundance of local produce or simply find a quiet spot and unwind with a Cornish clotted cream ice-cream! Wherever you choose to hang up your boots, you will never be far from the sea.

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 Cornwall Nearest shop 1 miles Nearest pub 1.5 miles


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