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Sleeps 10 adults Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms 1 Pets 2 Welcome Region Devon Town/village Ilfracombe

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The Round House, Ilfracombe

A most unique and unusual home, The Round House sits next to the Cairn Nature Reserve enjoying extensive views over the town and out towards the Bristol Channel. Approached by a sweeping drive and surrounded by its own beautifully landscaped and private gardens (as featured in Devon Life Aug 2014) it has been a frequent winner of "Ilfracombe in Bloom". Built in 1910 by a local builder who had been set the challenge of constructing a completely round home, all rooms are spacious and primarily regular in shape, boasting a wealth of period features. Best of all, an unusual rotunda room at the very top of the building offers impressive 360 degree views. A stunning turreted entrance porch and double doors open into the hallway with parquet flooring, feature ceiling and gothic style doors.

The spacious living room has excellent views, chandeliers and arts and crafts period oak fireplace. The dining room is complemented with an Adam style fireplace and an impressive ornate oak table that accommodates family gatherings. A separate compact kitchen has an adjoining breakfast room, and substantial utility room providing storage. There is also a convenient ground floor cloakroom with shower. There are five bedrooms in total on the first floor with bedroom one having an adjacent separate 'snug' TV room. All the bedrooms are served by an unusual art deco style bathroom. A separate staircase leads up to the rotunda room which has a small flat screen TV, games, table football and some seating.

A private terrace overlooks the gardens, and trees shrubs and fernery adorn several lawned areas. In an elevated position to take full advantage of the lovely sea views a comfortably furnished summerhouse/cabin with power is a recent addition to the garden. A small dwelling at the top of the garden with its own private access and garden is set aside for the owners occasional use.

Accommodation: Ground floor: Hall. Living room with TV with freeview and open fire. Dining room. Kitchen/breakfast room with electric oven, gas hob, microwave, dishwasher and fridge. Utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Cloakroom WC, shower cubicle and basin. Half landing: Snug/TV room with TV, DVD and video. Bedroom 1 with Double and basin. Bedroom 2 with Double. Bedroom 3 with Double. Second half landing: Bedroom 4 with Twin and basin. Bedroom 5 with Twin. Cloakroom WC. Bathroom with bath and fitted shower over bath, WC and basin. Second floor: Rotunda room with TV.

Facilities and Services: Linen and towels. Gas CH. Wi-Fi Broadband. No smoking. 2 pets welcome. Highchair. Garden furniture. Barbecue. Summerhouse. Short breaks available. 4pm arrival time. Arr/Dep for weekly bookings is Saturday.

A unique round home in an elevated poition with views over  the town.Elegant and stylish dining room with an impressive dining table with seating for 10 and an Adam style fireplace.An attractive and good-sized twin bedroom.Dual aspect windows, pretty wall paper and your own basin make this a welcoming room at the end of the day.Pretty wall paper, in-built wardrobes and matching bedroom furniture in the spacious double bedroom.Good sized well equipped kitchen with all you need and more.A bright and airy breakfast room for a leisurely breakfast while planning the day ahead.Attractive twin bedroom.Good sized double bedroom with fitted wardrobes and matching dressing tableSpectacular views over the town of Ilfracombe and the sea beyond.Elegant dining room for those formal family meal times.Snug sitting room attached to the master bedroom with comfortable seating and space for some much needed peace and quiet.Interestingly decorated art deco bathroom with a fitted shower over the bath.Wide and spacious hallway with parquet floor, chandelier and ornate ceiling.Sweeping driveway and front entrance ot the Round House.
  • BBQ
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Heating, Central
  • High chair
  • Open Fire
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
  • 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 2 pets are welcome at this property. Typically pet charges apply but please contact the office for details.


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.


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 0.75 miles Nearest pub 0.75 miles


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