|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
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!.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Over the last two years we have worked hard to improve consumption of energy and reduce waste at Grey Cottage.
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.
04 July 2014
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!!
Finding the cottage was something of a trial without sat-nav. but once there our stay was perfect both in comfort and location to explore the coast and moors. We pre-ordered a couple of dishes for ourselves for the sheer delight of feasting on her cooking. We hosted two reunions: one for a family get together of six people, and one for twelve of us old school dorm mates. Julia provided a fabulous menu and for a very reasonable price. She and her husband, Peter couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. Two of our group being handicapped, they allowed us to use their downstairs toilet. Altogether we enjoyed a wonderful and comfortable week.
Wonderful,peaceful and a home from home ,
Julia and Peter very welcoming and helpful ,but totally unobtrusive.
Comfortable and plenty of space in the sitting rooms and orangery
On arrival welcoming freshly bake scones in the excellently equipped kitchen.
Bedrooms very pretty,with comfortable beds and lovely views.
Plenty of towels and thoughtful touches in the bathrooms.
We look forward to returning again.
I was taken here for a surprise Birthday celebration with my fantastic girlfriends! We were treated like 'royalty'! Freshly baked scones with clotted cream on arrival from our discreet and gentle owners, who were so very patient with us and our excitement at being away on a fab weekend! Amazing views and the most idyllic area, and walking distance from pub and sea! I couldn't recommend this place more. Thank you for the best stay and a stay I will never forget as a wonderful treasured memory!
This cottage looked beautiful in the photographs, but is FAR MORE beautiful in person! It is large, and very comfortably accommodated 6 adults and 2 children. The kitchen is very, very well equipped, with everything you could possibly need - including the most wonderful touches from the owners, such as cereal, sugar, juice and milk ready for our arrival. Not to mention a stack of freshly made scones with clotted cream and jam!
The owners were very warm and helpful. The beds and linen very high quality. The bathrooms very well equipped. Stunning views out of the front of the house. A sunny garden space, and light and airy conservatory are just a few of the highlights.
We visit the area every year, but we usually camp at a nearby campsite. As this was a special occasion for a family getaway - we could not have chosen better. The house is walking distance to Lee bay and friendly pub. A 5 minute drive to Woolacombe with its surf and stunning beach. Ideal location.
As a group of six friends we really enjoyed Grey Cottage. We had plenty of room for 6 adults, good sized rooms and plenty of bathrooms! I was so impressed with the well equipped kitchen full of generous additions such a scones, tea bags, condiments and cereals. . The house is clean, welcoming and the bbq is a perfect addition for Summer evenings. Well decorated and with a lovely location, I fully recommend.
Fantastic House, Fantastic Location - just the right amount of space for a great family holiday with 4 adults and 3 kids - room to find your own space but great location to be together. rock-pools, local pub, great beachfront cafe. Perfect.
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.
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£200|
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