Mortuary Cottage

Barnstaple, Devon

At-a-glance details

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Preferred changeover day Saturday
  • Minimum stay 2 nights
  • Number of dogs welcome 1
  • Acorn rating 3 What's this?
  • Reference 012002

About Mortuary Cottage

A traditional Devonian cottage alongside the meandering River Yeo with an intriguing name…

Fortunately Mortuary Cottage never lived up to its melancholy name. It was once earmarked as a keeping place for air raid victims during WW2, but was never needed. Despite its name, it feels extremely homely and inviting inside with traditional slate floors, low beamed ceilings and a warming log burner. 

Its setting is quite dreamy too, with the River Yeo passing the cottage and the parkland of the Arlington estate unfolding before you. It’s not unusual to see red deer grazing on the grass nearby during the autumn months. A gently inclining three-mile stroll will lead you to the main house at Arlington Court, where you’ll receive free entry. 

The cottage is just six miles from the bustling town of Barnstaple, where you can pick up local produce from its quality farm shops. You’ll be close to the coast too, with Saunton and Croyde just a 30 minutes’ drive. But the best way to explore the north Devon coastline is by bike. Join the Tarka Trail, a 30 mile, traffic free cycle route that follows the area’s old railway lines.

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Features and facilities

  • Cot & high chair not available
  • Microwave available
  • Fridge available
  • Freezer not available
  • Dishwasher available
  • Washing machine not available
  • Tumble dryer not available
  • Telephone not 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/diner, sitting room with solid fuel stove

  • First floor

    Double bedroom (4'6 bed) with en-suite shower room.

Notes for guests

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

Children: Due to the proximity of the River Yeo we feel this cottage is unsuitable for children

Heating: Eco-radiators included. 

Parking: There is level parking right outside the door. Although there is ample room for parking and turning, please note that the riverbank falls steeply away at the edge of the garden.

Garden: There is an upper level garden for the washing line and a small grassed area where you can sit by the river.

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm.

Free access to Arlington Court during opening hours.

Logs: Arlington Estate's own logs can be purchased at the time of booking or whilst at the cottages for use on the fire.

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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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