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Charming Farm Cottage, Far Reaching Views Of Devon , a rural escape!

Bedrooms 2
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms (1 kingsize,1 twin) 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4.

Escape to this charming, freshly refurbished, south facing cottage, part of an old hilltop Devon farm with far reaching views across rolling Devon countryside. It is far from busy roads and the stresses of every day life, yet the Atlantic coast is only 15 minutes away.

The cottage is lovely and warm and has a secluded south facing garden and free use of a private tennis court just 30 paces away! You can roam the fields the cottage stands in although you might come across the occasional sheep!

Torrington market town is only 3 miles away and has all the amenities you will need including family butchers,bakers, grocers , gift shops , tea shops , art/music centre (The Plough) and even it's own small market.

R.H.S. Rosemoor Garden is 4 miles away and has 65 magnificent acres of gardens to explore.

The Atlantic coast nearby has great surf as well as surf/kite surfing schools , miles of sandy beaches and the fabulous coastal pathway not to mention North Devon's own Hockings ice cream vans!

Inland there are the two National Parks ,Exmoor and Dartmoor both within easy reach for walks and out door adventures.

The Torridge River and estuary are well known for bird watching and fishing, there are also 9 golf courses in North Devon , the closest of which is 3 miles away (Torrington).

Find tranquillity roaming the ten acres of fields and woodland on the farm or simply relax in the private, enclosed, garden with a cup of tea and one of Torrington's famous Chelsea buns!

Fresh and bespoke, recently renovated, the cottage has character.

Sleeps 4 with 2 cosy bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (one with power shower, one with a bath/shower), an airy lounge with beams and open plan kitchen with locally sourced slate work tops and a ceramic hob and fridge. There are plenty of books , games and DVDs/CDs for relaxed evenings in too.

The mezzanine bedroom has 2 single beds and has far reaching views to the west.

The cottage is lovely and warm and has adjustable radiators in each of the rooms.

The cottage is private and peaceful and has an altogether 'away from it all' feel to it . Nearby ( but quite separate) is the traditional shepherd's hut which can also be rented (prop number 1163020/E14229) The main farm is just up the lane.

More Details

Jim Bremner
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
18 July, 2018

About Jim Bremner

We wanted to bring up our two children in the countryside. We love the sea and walking on the moors and were attracted to North Devon because of its away from it all feel. We like to support our local towns, Instow and Torrington which have all the shops we need and are very friendly. We all play alot of music, Alastair -violin and flute, Jenny -cello and double bass , Cathy - piano and banjo and Jim - guitar and drums and have got to know lots of musicians locally.

Jim Bremner purchased this cottage in 1994

Why Jim Bremner chose Torrington

The farm had been in the same family for many generations and when we discovered it nothing much had changed. We even found the old cooking pot which used to stand above the open fire! We fell in love straight away and the farm's renovation has given us a life long project ever since!

What makes this cottage unique

We love living on top of a hill , there's lots of light and big views. We are away from the coastal tourists yet close enough to decide to go for a quick swim in the evenings after work! Whenever we feel in need of culture our local lively art centre , The Plough, gives us live music/cinema/theatre etc so we have the best of both worlds. Also there are lots of cosy pubs serving real ale where we can go after our out door adventures!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Torrington in Huntshaw

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • The ensuite bathroom , has a jolly view of the garden and bespoke internal shutters for privacy, There is a lovely powerful shower, underfloor heating, shaving point,loo and basin. The downstairs bathroom has a view of the garden. It has underfloor heating and a bath with shower head and loo,basin,shaving point.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot
  • The main bedroom is white washed with a high ceiling and has a kingsize bed .There is a large window with internal shutters. The doors are bespoke. There is a chest of drawers and good lighting for night time reading or more subdued lighting should the mood take you . White linen and Scottish wool rugs give a cosy feeling to the room. The radiator keeps it a very comfortable temperature and can be altered for day or night comfort. There is an ensuite shower room (see below) The second mezzanine bedroom is up a short stair case, there is a solid wall dividing it from the lounge so it remains private. There are two single beds and a chest of drawers . The sky light looks out over an expanse of Devon countryside to the west. There is a radiator, with individual temperature settings on it.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
A note about the elderly and infirm ; there are 5 steps down into the garden and one step up into the cottage, the second bedroom has a short flight of stairs up to it, but the first bedroom is on the ground floor. A note about young kids; there are two small sets of stairs (as above) and an upstairs window you might want to consider. Pets are welcome, there is even a stable but don't forget there are sheep on the farm, so dogs need supervision at all times! A beach towel is a handy extra to bring as our white towels don't fair well on the beach!


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Charming Farm Cottage, Far Reaching Views Of Devon , a rural escape!
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Utrecht, Netherlands

a comfortable and restful place

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the warm welcome by the owners when we arrived at this very nice cottage. We loved the house itself, which is roomier than the photos suggest. The garden is private and at the same time offers a beautiful view of the Devon countryside. The cottage is comfortable, with a fully equipped kitchen, two bathrooms, an enormous bed and all the facilities one could wish for, including good maps, books and other information about Devon. We found nothing left to be desired, so thumbs up for Shepherd's Cottage!

  • Review Submitted: 14-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! Hope your return journey went smoothly. Jen and jim x
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Perfect escapism!

  • 5 of 5

Shepherd's Cottage is in the most idyllic setting. It was our 3rd visit and we had such a lovely, relaxing and peaceful holiday. The cottage is beautifully kept, and there are plenty of places to visit nearby - or, if you prefer, you can just soak up the peace and quiet in the garden.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks ! The lambs are growing in the sun now!
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A lovely cottage. Very comfortable, with wonderful views.

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Shepherd’s Cottage. It is in a wonderful setting with great views down the valley. Very well set up and welcoming, including for children. The hosts were excellent!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou! Good luck with your house hunting and let us know when you move down! X
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Peaceful & Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic. So quiet & peaceful. If it's a relaxing quiet break you are in need of then look no further. Jenny & Alistair were the perfect hosts & willing to impart any local knowledge we required for days out. We will definitely be returning.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you were able to relax! Best wishes Jenny and Alastair
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Very relaxing and comfortable ambience.

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed the views, scenery and peace.

Within easy reach of all the attractions of North Devon.

The dogs enjoyed the freedom of the enclosed garden and socialising with the resident young farm dog.

Would visit again.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a fantastic week in this lovely cosy cottage. Great facilities, lovely indoors and outdoors, owners so friendly, and the cottage is perfectly located for all the local sights in the area. We are already planning our return visit.

The only thing I'd suggest is to increase the size of the TV. I'm quite short sighted so had to sit very close to the small TV to see anything, so no cuddling up on the sofa with my OH!!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your time, we'll certainly look at different TV options.
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3.4 Miles
Great Torrington
Nearest Ferry
5.1 Miles
Nearest Golf
3.4 Miles
Great Torrington
Nearest Train
7.4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
33 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3.4 Miles
Great Torrington
Nearest Ski
558 Miles
Glencoe (Scotland)
Nearest Beach
7.1 Miles
Car: necessary

The Shepherd's cottage lies In the heart of Devon countryside between Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks , five miles from the Atlantic coast , away from the tourists yet close enough to beaches and surf ( Westward Ho!, Saunton Sands , Instow, Croyde ) as well as miles of free National Trust coastline ( great walking and stunning views!)

Close by, the pretty market town of Great Torrington still has family butchers , grocers and bakers (oh the aroma of fresh baked buns!) as well as pubs and cafes and its own small market. There is also the lively Plough Arts Centre with live music, theatre and film and it's own restaurant.

Popular nearby attractions include the magnificent R.H.S. Rosemoor Gardens, Dartington Crystal Glass Factory, the Barnstaple and Bideford Pannier market ( food and antiques), Torrington 1646 (civil war re-enactments) and for the more active the Tarka Trail cycle route (30 miles of scenic cycle path), North Devon Surf School, kite surfing,sailing, golf (9 beautiful courses), PGL and Skern Lodge out door adventure centres, quad biking, paintball survival, fishing (freshwater and sea), climbing wall, the Milkway indoor children's adventure centre , The Big Sheep farm experience for kids and grownups!

There is plenty of outdoor and indoor entertainment to suit all age groups and all weather and alot of it is free!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Torrington, Devon

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
summer 2018
17 Jun 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2018
2 Sep 2018 - 15 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Xmas/new year 2018
16 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

We ask for a £100 non refundable deposit to reserve the cottage , the remaining payment is due 6 weeks before your stay. We are pretty flexible about change over days apart from in high season when Saturdays are best . Just let us know your suggestion and we'll try to help.

Arrive anytime after 2pm and check out time 10am

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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