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Georgian Cottage In Coastal Village. Low season offers, please ask

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,050 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Very Spacious House, Sleeps 6/8 + Cot And Z Bed. Plus Plenty Of Communal Space.

Grey Cottage is a Georgian Gentleman's residence with a Victorian extension that has been converted into owners' accommodation. This has the advantage that chef, Julia, can provide meals to order by prior arrangement.


The guest accommodation is arranged;


The Blue Room has zip together twin beds which make a super king sized bed. It has an en-suite shower and toilet

The Pink Room has a standard double bed and has space for a cot if required or a child’s Z.bed, although this will make the room quite crowded. It has an en-suite shower and toilet

The Yellow Room is a twin room with zip together beds which make a 5ft. double. It will use the main bathroom facilities.

There is space for a child’s Z.bed or a cot if required.

All bed linen and towels will be provided. We need to know in advance how you would like the zip together beds arranged

The Bathroom If you prefer a bath rather than a shower, the main bathroom has a 6ft roll top bath and is a wonderful place for pampering and diy spa treatments!.

Ground floor;

The 32ft main sitting room has 2 sofas and 2 upholstered chairs around the log burner. We have an upright piano kept in reasonable tune. There is a dining area that can comfortably seat 8 people.

The Blue sitting room is an ideal space for a little peace and quiet or to give kids and teenagers a space of their own. It has a daybed which extends to a comfortable 5ft double.

The Kitchen has all essential kit, 5 burner range ceramic cooker with double oven and grill, dishwasher, fridge with small freezer all around a central oatmeal granite work surface with a couple of bar stools. There is a tumble dryer available in the cloakroom area.

The conservatory is full of plants and has an additional dining area, great for breakfast.

Grey cottage has TV (free sat) with DVD, a music system with i.pod connection, a selection of board games and kid’s toys and plenty of books and magazines. The house has wifi broadband available in most rooms, but limited mobile signal.

Outside area

The garden is terraced with slate steps between the levels. Guests have the use of a small level lawn with extensive views down the wooded valley and a raised patio area. There is garden furniture for dining and relaxing. Parking for three cars

Here at Grey cottage you’ll be sharing with badgers, whose innumerable trails criss-cross the grounds, and tawny owls, if you are here in the early summer, teaching their young to fly. Lee is privileged to host a large colony of rooks, partly in the grounds of Grey Cottage, whose twilight circuits before settling down (no one knows quite why they do it) create an astonishing sight – and sound. Be nice to the rooks as they are the farmers’ friends, gobbling up pests from the fields in their forays for food!

We garden for wildlife and have a small pond with newts, a breeding ground for frogs and toads as well as dragon flies

Slow worms and lizards sun themselves on the drystone walls in the garden.

More Details

Julia Waghorn and Peter
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
23 September, 2018

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

04 July 2014

Helpful votes:0/0.

this wonderful cottage is set in the beautiful secluded spot of Lee Bay, with wonderful views, easy access to shops, walking trails, Ilfracombe harbour, National Trust properties, and charming coastal towns. the kitchen is so well equipped you might not want to go out for meals, and the living space comprises three spacious areas, including a wonderful conservatory. with three bathrooms and space to sleep 8, it is ideal for family accommodation, and everything is spotless and in good taste. An added bonus is that Julia's cooking and baking are part of the opportunity to have meals prepared for you, so if you have a birthday celebration or simply want to come home to a ready meal, you can arrange this. Julia and Peter are fabulous hosts, and made us feel very welcome. Excellent value for money - and we'll be back!!
Jul 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage around the Ilfracombe around the North Devon District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 2050 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Main Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , hand held mixer shower over 6ft Victorian bath
    pink room ensuite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    blue room en-suite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 bedrooms have en-suite shower and toilet. The main bathroom has large Victorian bath with hand held mixer shower with plenty of hot water, toilet and basin.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Blue room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Zip-link beds for twin or super king double, en-suite
    Pink room - 1 Double Bed , standard double with ensuite
    Yellow room - 1 Large Double Bed , zip link twin/5ft double, space for Zbed and travel cot
    blue siting room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Day bed, converts to comfortable 5ft double.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Groups
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • tennis
We offer all our guests a complimentary Devon cream tea on arrival and are happy to offer extra catering facilities during your stay, from a fully catered Christmas break to a celebration cake or picnic for your day out. Please ask for more details.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Georgian Cottage In Coastal Village. Low season offers, please ask
average rating of 4.75 based on 17 reviews

A lovely property, very well resourced in a beautiful location. We had a super holiday.

  • 5 of 5

Julia and Peter were very helpful and welcoming without being intrusive at all. They were very accommodating of our changes of family arriving and departing at different times. The cottage has lots of equipment and it was lovely to have a wide range of groceries provided. Having plenty of cutlery and crockery was great too.

We really enjoyed our holiday including being able to walk to the beach from the house, do lots of circular walks without moving the car, go surfing at a number of local beaches, go paddle boarding and visit the fantastic local pub!! We were sad to leave.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
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Living areas, conservatory and garden are spacious, homely and full of character.

  • 4 of 5

A warm welcome and wonderful views. Peace and quiet only interrupted by the dawn chorus! We made it our home for four days, but with the security of knowing that the owners were near by if needed.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
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Well equipped and very comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Particularly enjoyed the evening meals prepared by the owners - strongly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

We only stayed a short time, but the cottage is lovely, well equipped and peaceful. Cream tea was a lovely touch and it was useful to be left milk, butter, bread and eggs - thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
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The essence of lovely Devon

  • 4 of 5

Being a Danish family, we had a wonderful stay in The grey Cottage, living for a week in the nice and peaceful area of Lee. Taking nice walks at the cliffs, tea in the garden and having good bathrooms with lots of clean towels. And we enjoyed the selvdom luxury of living in a autendic, old Devon house AND having Julias wonderful dinner and cakes prepare for us, when we where to lazy to cook our self.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great holiday in lovely Georgian Cottage in Lee, Devon

  • 4 of 5

We had a very relaxing and enjoyable holiday here at Grey Cottage in Lee, Devon.

Julia and Peter were responsive prior to our trip and were very welcoming, respectful of our privacy throughout and provided everything (and more) that we needed for our stay. We enjoyed our traditional Devon cream tea on arrival in the sunshine out on the grass terrace looking out at the beautiful view. A nice touch!

The house was set up brilliantly for our party: two couples, our two children and our two dogs, and there was loads of space to not feel like we were always on top of each other - even when the weather was poor. Rooms were all good sizes and in a good state of repair. The house was definitely lived in and loved, with the owners' possessions throughout each room. Whilst some of the furniture was old, it was all in decent shape and worked. The house had wi-fi, two TVs and a well stocked DVD player in the Living room. Phone reception though was very patchy - generally only available from the top of the garden area. The kitchen was stocked with everything you needed to cook or bake and Julia and Peter had even supplied plenty of breakfast cereal and other regularly used items e.g. tea. There were a few thing left under the bed / behind units from previous visitors which should have been spotted when the house was being cleaned.

The outside of the house was lovely, with a great aspect, a mature garden and flower beds. There was room for our three cars (with a little manoeuvring) as well as the owners two along the long, ribbon drive. Only minor point but there was an occasional bad smell outside - either drains or particularly pungent shrubs that came and went during our stay. The walk to Lee village was about 10 minutes downhill on a relatively steep slope - the road was pretty quiet.

Julia, Peter and their jack russell lived in the building they'd built adjacent/connected to Grey Cottage, which worked fine. Occasionally you could hear them through the connecting doors, kitchen mostly, but it never became a problem as the owners were very respectful of us as guests enjoying our own space at the property.

All in all a lovely holiday, friendly owners, a beautiful house and location, very quiet and very relaxing and a definite 'would recommend' for a proper 'getaway'.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
The Grampus, Lee
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
Car: recommended

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.

Further Afield

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.

Dining out

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.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £10
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Terms and conditions apply, we can email you details on request.
High season change over day is Saturday, but it is always worth checking availability for other days and shorter lets at quiet times of the year. Low season deals available.
Christmas and New Year can be fully catered. Please contact us for details and prices

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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