Coastguard Cottage 1

Nr. Bideford, Devon

At-a-glance details

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Preferred changeover day Friday
  • Minimum stay 2 nights
  • Number of dogs welcome 0
  • Acorn rating 2 What's this?
  • Reference 012007

About Coastguard Cottage 1

A whitewashed cottage with an interesting history in a woodland area in Peppercombe Valley.

Anyone with a hankering for a remote hideaway close to the beach will love this whitewashed cottage. It has an interesting story too – it used to house officers who policed the wild seas for smugglers and later evolved into a life-saving Coastguard Service, hence the name. 

The cottage itself sits alongside Coastguard Cottages 2 and 3 and although it’s been refurbished with bright and modern interiors, it still retains its 19th-century character with slate floors and a large fireplace. Step just outside the cottage to your own picnic area under the leafy canopies that flourish with birds and butterflies in the summer. 

You’ll be nestled in a secluded woodland area in the Peppercombe Valley, only a few minutes’ stroll from the rocky foreshore and red cliffs of the nearby beach. There’s a sandy expanse at low tide, so don’t forget your bucket and spade. The lively old port of Bideford on the River Torridge is just four miles away, with an array of shops, pubs and restaurants. 

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Features and facilities

  • Cot & high chair available
  • Microwave available
  • Fridge available
  • Freezer not available
  • Dishwasher available
  • Washing machine available
  • Tumble dryer available
  • Telephone available
  • Television available
  • DVD available
  • WiFi* not available
  • Open fire / wood burner available
  • Garden available
  • BBQ not available


Not accessible

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  • Ground floor

    Kitchen/dining room, sitting room with multi-fuel stove, bathroom with shower over bath, single bedroom.

  • First floor

    Two bedrooms (1 double with 5' bed, 1 single).

Notes for guests

Access: The access statement is for guidance only. For up to date photos please those images in the main website page.

Heating: Eco electric radiator heating and convector heating included. 
Parking: There is a car parking area which offers space for one car. 
Access: Due to the remote location of this cottage, guests are advised that access is via a locked gate along a track approximately half a mile long. Please drive very slowly and with great care at all times. Low slung vehicles should exercise particular care. 
Garden: At the front of the cottage there is a small garden which slopes down to the stream beyond the fence. A picnic table is just in front of the cottage where the ground is level. 
Utilities: the washing machine also has a combined tumble dryer.
Local suppliers: Cruise from Bideford to Lundy Island on the MS Oldenburg from March to end of October or take an evening cruise from Bideford along the River Torridge.
Fly fishing: From 1st March to 30th September,a complementary day ticket for salmon and/or trout fishing on the East Lyn is available for guests, this can be collected at Watersmeet, open from 8am until 5pm daily,for more information call 01598 763556.
Telephone: Calls can be made and received from the shared telephone located in an outside store behind Coastguard Cottage 3. There is no mobile signal in the valley but the signal is usually good at the top of the track. 
Logs: Environmentally friendly briquettes can be purchased at the time of booking or whilst at the cottages for use on the fire.
Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm at this cottage.

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About the Acorn rating

We have applied a 1-5 acorn rating to each cottage to be used only as a guide that covers location, style of interior and facilities you may be looking for. The range runs from 1 Acorn at a more basic level such as Bird How which due to its stunning yet remote location doesn’t have a caretaker through to 5 Acorns at the highest level – such as Shute Barton.

Cottage pricing is not judged on the Acorn rating alone and as all our cottages are of an individual nature we recommend that all factors are considered when making your choice.

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