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

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Whimbrels, Ilfracombe


Major improvements to Whimbrels start in the autumn of 2016:

* An additional luxury Master bedroom with ensuite facilities
* A 'safari lodge' style decking platform and balcony
* An Indoor viewing gallery and additional living space
* Sleeps 10 guests (5 bedrooms) from mid June 2017

Nestling between Berrynarbor and Ilfracombe in one of the most beautiful coastal areas of North Devon, Whimbrels House is a truly wonderful home. Set in an enviable location overlooking Watermouth Castle it boasts breathtaking panoramic sea views from almost every room. In a lovely position surrounded by gardens, this spacious detached home has its own heated outdoor swimming pool in an enclosed setting enjoying splendid views over the coastline, perfect for long leisurely summer days and the stylish interior design allows space for everyone to relax and feel at home. The comfortable sitting/dining room with wrap around balcony terrace and open fireplace, has an expanse of picture windows taking full advantage of the stunning sea views. An attractive well equipped kitchen/diner with range style cooker and granite style worktops is perfect for breakfast or casual meals. A second sitting room on the lower floor leading through to a pretty conservatory, again with sea views, provides additional space to spread out, and a fabulous games room with pool table will bring out the competitive streak in all the family! With two bedrooms on the ground floor and two on the lower ground floor Whimbrels House is ideal for extended families or two families holidaying together. On the ground floor is a twin bedroom and a king bedroom (with TV built into the bed) with a gorgeous ensuite bathroom with shower cubicle and a separate dressing room. On the lower ground floor a stylish king bedroom with French doors opensout on to the terrace. A real indulgence is the deluxe Jacuzzi spa bath with WiFi and mood lighting. The twin bedroom on this floor benefits from its own ensuite shower room. If you can tear yourself away from this wonderful home there is so much to explore nearby. Enchanting Watermouth Cove is within a short stroll, with its gently sloping shoreline and abundance of rock pools, this naturally sheltered harbour is a popular mooring for colourful boats of all shapes and sizes. Watermouth Castle is one of North Devons premier attractions and offers something for all the family, while the nearby Dinosaur and Wildlife Park is a favourite with children. The Sawmill Inn, a character pub and restaurant is within walking distance and there is a wide choice of pubs, restaurants and shops in Ilfracombe and Combe Martin just a few minutes drive away. With Exmoor National Park to the East, a choice of golden sandy blue flag beaches to the West and with miles of stunning coastal and countryside scenery to enjoy all around, Whimbrels House will help create wonderful holiday memories for years to come.

Accommodation: Ground floor: Hall. Living/dining room with open fire, 55" smart TV with internet access, Netflix, surround sound, , DVD and radio. Side Porch. Kitchen/dining room with range style gas cooker, microwave, dishwasher and fridge/freezer. Bedroom 1 with King with built in TV and ensuite bathroom with bath, double shower cubicle, WC and basin. Bedroom 2 with Twin zip 'n' link to Superking on request and ensuite shower room. Lower ground floor: Bedroom 3 with King. Bedroom 4 with Twin which can be converted to SuperKing on request and ensuite shower room with WC and basin. Bathroom with deluxe Jacuzzi spa bath with WiFi, mood lighting, WC and basin. Utility room with sink unit, washing machine and tumble dryer. Games room with pool table. Second sitting room with TV with freeview. Conservatory. Outbuilding with table tennis table.

Facilities and Services: Linen and towels. Outdoor heated swimming pool (2017 operation dates to be confirmed). Gas CH. WiFi. Complimentary basket of logs. No smoking. Regret no pets. Highchair. Barbecue. Table Tennis. Garden furniture including breeze house. A selection of books and games. Telephone for incoming and emergency calls only. Ample private parking. 4pm Arrival. Short breaks available. Arr/Dep for weekly bookings is Friday.

  • Accommodation, ground floor
  • BBQ
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Games Room
  • Heating, Central
  • High chair
  • Open Fire
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Welcome Basket
  • Water Views
  • Beach
  • Ensuite
  • Swimming Pool
  • 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.


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 1.4 miles Nearest pub 0.6 miles


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