Very Spacious House, Sleeps 6/8 + Cot And Z Bed. Plus Plenty Of Communal Space.
Julia Waghorn and Peter
About Julia Waghorn and Peter
Julia Waghorn is a chef of many years experience, previously owning an organic bakery in London and currently working at Yeotown radiant health retreat cooking for yoga and detox retreats. Husband Peter is a writer and keen bridge player. They both enjoy the outdoors, gardening and their delightful Jack Russell, Millie.
Julia Waghorn and Peter purchased this Cottage in 2001
Why Julia Waghorn and Peter chose Ilfracombe
I discovered Grey Cottage while on holiday in Lee and fell in love with it. We operated as a B&B until our marriage in 2012. Its position on the edge of the village is very peaceful but not isolated and within a few miles in any direction there is every kind of seaside you could wish for, from long sandy beaches to rock pools and sea cliffs to estuary and sand dunes.
What makes this Cottage unique
As a local chef, I supply various holiday cottages with meals and we are able to offer this service at Grey Cottage, along with more formal dinner parties and celebration meals. The kitchen of our owners apartment is adjacent so it is easy to deliver hot food ready for you to dish up or if you prefer, a dinner party style of service. (that way the washing up disappears too). Please look at my web site for menus. Environmental credentials Over the last two years we have worked hard to improve consumption of energy and reduce waste at Grey Cottage. We have; Solar pv electricity Solar thermal hot water To make best use of these facilities, we ask guests to use washing and dishwashing machines during the best hours of daylight We have installed a very efficient log burner to reduce the need to use the boiler during the winter and enjoy scavenging fallen and waste timber to fuel it. Modern double glazing Wall insulation wherever possible We have installed energy saving light bulbs throughout the building and new light fittings are LED and we have installed a sun tube in the kitchen. Greatly improved draft control at all external doors We facilitate and encourage recycling of domestic waste through council collections and composting for use in our poly-tunnel We garden for wildlife and keep our carbon use as low as possible.
smoking in garden only
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Beautiful cottage in Devon
What a fantastic property! Such a well equipped kitchen. Everything we needed. Hospitable hosts. Lovely scenery.
Walking distance of pub and coast.
Fantastic stay, decorated beautifully for Christmas, with a tree and fairy lights.
We had a stay between Christmas and New year. The cottage was decorated beautifully, with a tree, Holly, and fairy lights. We arrived to find a cream tea with homemade jam, fresh bread, eggs, milk. Would highly recommend. Thank you!
Get together in north devon
What a wonderful place and generous hospitality. We had a fab time staying in Grey Cottage and will be delighted to come back. We arrived to lovely fresh baked. The house is a real home from home, perfectly equipped. The hosts were wonderfully friendly & helpful. A beautiful setting and close enough to all the action, but far enough away to feel out in the countryside. Thanks a lot.
Gorgeous comfortable home
I went to Grey Cottage with 5 friends this weekend and we were all delighted with the house. It was well equipped, warm, cosy and had lovely views in a great location. Just perfect.
Lovely cottage fabulous views!
Grey cottage is lovely and exactly as described.
Julia and Peter absolutely went above and beyond making sure there were some really thoughtful things put out for us as a welcome - would highly recommend!
Stunning home from home with everything you need for a comfortable stay. Loved the homemade scones and milk for tea after a long journey.
Exploring Lee Bay and its surrounds
Just a short walk from the local beach and village pub, Grey Cottage provides the perfect place from which to set out to explore Lee Bay, with its pools and secret, low-tide path cut through the rocks has great appeal for children of all ages. Though it’s only a few hundred metres away, the next inlet, Sandy Cove offers seclusion, a not-too scary cave to investigate, some wonderful views and an ideal spot for a picnic and a swim.
There is a wealth of walks from your doorstep, including the splendid cliff route along the South West coast path to Mortehoe. Don’t miss the short detour at the end to Morte Point, where geological action has turned rock strata on its edge to form a series of weathered, jagged teeth, descending down to the point and out into the sea. A danger to all ships and was, it is said, a boon to local wreckers in days gone by. Here, if conditions are right, you should be able to see seals threading their way along the sea shore.
Walking the other way to Ilfracombe is a little less strenuous, with the reward at the end of the magnificent zig-zag Torrs walk down to the town and the option of coming back along the old railway track, the Tarka Trail, to Lee Bridge (where there is parking) and home to Grey Cottage via Lincombe.
While the local terrain involves some steep climbs, the Tarka trail provides a route for cyclists with relatively gentle gradients all the way from Ilfracombe to Barnstaple and beyond. Cycle hire is available in Barnstaple and Braunton with easy access to the Tarka trail.
Just a short drive away there are miles of sandy beaches at Barracane, Woolacombe, Putsborough, Saunton and Croyde. Good for swimming, surfing, wind surfing or just hanging out making sandcastles and having an ice cream.
While visiting Braunton, park up at Sandy Lane car park and have a wander on Braunton Burrows, an international biosphere reserve with a multitude of scarce summer flowers.
Other Sporting activities include the swimming pool and gym facilities, available at the leisure centre in Barnstaple
There are several Golf courses of different standards in Ilfracombe, Saunton sands and The Royal North Devon Golf Club at Northam Burrows.
Surf kit and instruction can be organised in Croyde.
Sea fishing and boat trips available from the quay in Ilfracombe.
The National trust has many areas of spectacular coastal land with open access and the house and grounds at Arlington Court are well worth a visit.
The wilder parts of Exmoor can offer many fabulous walks away from the busy coastal areas with good pub meals available at the Black Venus in Challacombe and the Exmoor Inn in Simonsbath or a superb afternoon tea at the Corn Dolly in South Molton
There are plenty of attractions providing day-time entertainment, including the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway, Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park and Ilfracombe aquarium.
For a great day out, providing real peace and tranquillity and the chance to spot puffins, take a day trip to Lundy Island on the m.s Oldenburg, only a few miles off shore
RHS Rosemoor gardens near Torrington are about an hours drive away
On rare days when rain threatens, there is no better place to take children than the Milky Way Adventure Park near Clovelly, which provides all-weather attractions for children and adults, including a huge indoor adventure play area. Unleash the children, settle down with a coffee and relax for an hour or two
There is really no end to North Devon’s attractions. It is a brilliant location for photography and for observing wildlife.
For evening entertainment, if you still have the energy, there are theatres and cinemas in both Barnstaple and Ilfracombe. A little further away, The Plough theatre at Torrington usually offers an interesting programme and there’s an excellent cafe where you can eat first before enjoying the show.
While eating (and drinking) out is a matter of preference, the local Grampus Inn should not be missed for its good, home-cooked food and excellent range of real ales, including now its own home brews. The Grampus is also the venue for an open mike night on Friday evenings. Great fun, great music and an especially warm welcome to all singers and musicians. Very worthwhile getting down to, even if it’s your first night here. And don’t forget to pack the clarinet!
The Rock Inn at Georgeham is an excellent choice for an evening meal out and there’s Damien Hirst’s restaurant, 11, The Quay at Ilfracombe for top cuisine and the chance to view his famous statue “Verity”, just a few steps away on Ilfracombe harbour.
For seriously good family food, Squires in Braunton is very hard to beat, probably one of the best fish and chip restaurants in the country. Always fresh, always hot, properly cooked and cheerfully served.
If you would like to spend the evening at home without all the trouble of cooking, please talk to Julia about having dinner delivered to you.