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Luxury, 4 bed family & pet friendly holidays with hot tub near UK's best beaches

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's2
Space 250 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

4 bed, 3 bath, pet friendly eco home near Ilfracombe, Lee, Woolacombe & Croyde

'The Fernery’ - A spacious and contemporary, architect designed, eco home in North Devon

The Fernery is a four bedroom self catering holiday home, showcasing contemporary style and design. This stunning, eco friendly holiday accommodation is set in the perfect location to absorb the tranquility yet within easy reach of North Devon's outstanding coastline and countryside. Luxury is highlighted throughout The Fernery from the internal design to the hot tub set amongst the tiered decking and garden area. Personal touches throughout this holiday rental property create a beautiful 'Home from Home' ambience.


Master bedroom 1 is situated downstairs offering a particularly spacious, warm and light suite with a king size bed, open plan dressing area with feature twin basin unit. This bedroom also offers the privacy of a luxury spacious en-suite bathroom with feature roll top bath, walk in wet room shower, contemporary toilet and stylish basin with feature waterfall tap.

Master bedroom 2 - Upstairs, featuring a unique curving room with plenty of warmth and 5 windows boasting valley views. This perfectly appointed room offers another king size bed and ample wardrobes coupled with the luxury of a walk in 'wet room' with shower, modern basin and toilet.

Bedroom 3 - a spacious, double height bedroom with twin beds and ample storage, benefitting from views over the back garden and a large Velux window with blackout blinds, ensuring plenty of light and warmth. The family bathroom with bath, separate shower, modern toilet and basin can be accessed directly from bedroom 3 as an en-suite bathroom or as a family bathroom accessed from the upper hall.

Bedroom 4 - A characterful bedroom with high ceilings with twin beds, ideal for children.


Family bathroom upstairs with freestanding bath with feature tap, basin, toilet and separate shower.

En-suite bathroom off the master bedroom 1 offering luxury facilities and contemporary style.

The wet room with basin and toilet is located off bedroom 2. All bathrooms feature heated towel rails.

In addition to the three bathrooms, The Fernery offers an accessible seaside themed downstairs WC.

Kitchen and Dining

A bespoke and inviting kitchen/dining area combines with the contemporary open plan living area. This thoughtfully designed area offers a well equipped kitchen with 2 seating areas, a breakfast bar and a large family dining area, American style fridge/freezer, blue range style cooker with 6 hobs and extractor hood, a dishwasher and microwave. The washing machine and dryer are situated in the utility room - providing extra storage facilities and drying area. The dining area with table and chairs is perfectly positioned alongside the full length glass patio doors, perfect for absorbing the tranquil setting.

The Fernery also provides the added benefit of a large dining table and 8 chairs with parasol positioned on the sun trap patio area - a most desirable setting for al-fresco dining! Finally, located in the upper top garden, is another lovely seating and decked area with elevated, panoramic views over the beautiful tree covered Cairn.


Exclusive open plan living area showcasing contemporary style and highlighting the sensational double height architectural design. This extremely spacious room welcomes you with glass bifolding patio doors stretching the entire width of the living area, encouraging the warmth and sunlight which is enjoyed throughout this wonderful property. This perfectly appointed area offers comfortable seating around the luxury leather settee positioned to absorb the relaxing views whilst sat alongside the feature log burner. The television offers all main Sky Freeview channels and a DVD player is also provided with Hi-Fi system.

Set on an open mezzanine above the lounge area is the galleried second lounge with 2 sofas (including sofa bed), TV, DVD player and a huge selection of DVDs and CDs to guest to enjoy.

Outside / Garden

The entrance to the property is particularly interesting and features a covered area which creates a true holiday feeling from the moment you step out of your car and start to relax! The Fernery's luxurious design is showcased both inside and throughout the private surroundings with the sun trap, south facing private raised patio surrounded by glass balustrades accessed via the sliding patio doors. This sung deck area offers plenty of seating and furniture for al-fresco dining.

To the rear of the property is the a tiered decking/garden area with private seating and sun bed providing the perfect place to chill out. Guests can also explore the other levels of the elevated garden offering additional seating alongside the character summerhouse - full of charm and warmth - is sure to be a favourite for many families, offering the perfect escape to wind down following an adventurous play on the wooden fort with climbing wall and swing. The upper garden level has panoramic valley views, and is a beautiful place to enjoy the bird song, swaying trees and ever changing sky.

The Fernery's secure double garage with remotely operated electric doors provides the perfect storage area for up to 2 cars and all your bikes and surfboards.

Additional Information

The setting of this breathtaking property offers a complete escape from daily life and the freedom to relax, all within easy access to the golden coastline with the UK's top beaches of Woolacombe, Croyde and Putsborough just a short drive away. The seclusion and magic of Lee Bay also offers another charming beach to enjoy or why not explore the rolling countryside of Exmoor on your doorstep. Ilfracombe's bustling harbour offers a range of boat trips and water sports and fine dining is also within easy reach. The Fernery looks out onto the North Devon's famous Tarka Trail cycle path and the stunning Southwest Coast Path is located to the rear of the property just up the hill. Please note the trampoline displayed on the website will not be available.


The Fernery offers plenty of off-road parking for 3 cars within the double garage and the driveway.


1 The Fernery, Higher Slade Road, Ilfracombe, Devon EX34 8LH

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Jonathan Reeves
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
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Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
30 March, 2017

About Jonathan Reeves

We love The Fernery in North Devon to enjoy the amazing beaches, countryside and relaxed lifestyle. Now the children are older, we are spending more time up country so we decided to rent our amazing home so other can enjoy it too.

Jonathan Reeves is an architect who grew up in Somerset in the West Country. Heidi is a mum and nutritionalist, and we now live in the Midlands, but love visiting Devon often.

Jonathan Reeves purchased this house in 2009

Why Jonathan Reeves chose North Devon

The Fernery, Devon- Holidays for a lifetime!

'The Fernery’- A spacious and contemporary, architect designed, 4 bed eco home in North Devon. We have been visiting this part of North Devon and fondly remember family holidays there from a young age. Its a truly magical part of the world, and offers the Uk's best beaches and wonders of Exmoor on the doorstep.

We love Woolacombe for its long stretches of sandy beaches(voted the UK's best beach and in the top 10 beaches in the world!) Croyde is a cool and hip place to vista and enjoy the trendy pubs and cafes and amazing surfing culture. Ilfracombe is a vibrant and stunning victorian harbour town with some great restaurants and pubs, and theres always lots of festival and events to enjoy.

On days when you don't fancy the beach, you can enjoy the wonderful tranquility of the gardens of The Fernery. Slide open the doors,step onto the terrace and enjoy the birdsong of the surrounding valley. Its truly mesmerising, and you might find it hard to leave! The Tarka trail and Slade reservoirs are beautiful and just a few minutes walk from the house.

If you are feeling more energetic, explore the best of Exmoor with its incredible walks, the South West Coast path, and wonderful places to visit. Our favourite walks are Heddons mouth from the amazing Hunters Inn pub, Watersmeet, from the national trust centre, and Bull Point from Morthoe.

The Fernery is perfect for cyclists who can enjoy some great rides from the house, and store their bikes safely in the garage. North devon is a surfers paradise with a wide range of beach breaks to enjoy at all times.

The best thing about The Fernery is the feeling of space, light and air. Its the perfect place for families and large groups to enjoy the indoor/ outside lifestyle.

Put simply, it's truly a dream holiday home, and we love it, We are sure you will too and agree.

The Fernery, Devon- Holidays for a lifetime!

What makes this house unique

We love the spacious open plan Kitchen/ Dining Living with opening onto raised terrace overlooking the beautiful lush Slade valley within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The Fernery is true architectural eco design and is very warm and cosy with underfloor heating, a wood burning stove, solar panels and sunny south facing orientation.

It is wonderfully peaceful and away from the crowds, yet so conveniently located for the some of the UK's best local beaches of Woolacombe, Croyde Saunton, Lee and Ilfracombe, and sightseeing across Exmoor. Sometimes on sunny days we love just chilling at home, and enjoying the gardens and hot tub. Then towards the end of the day when the beaches are quitter we go down to Woolacombe or Ilfracombe to enjoy the sunset and some amazing food and drinks by the beach

There is a large garden on several levels with great views and private decking area to the rear. Here the private hot tub offer the perfect place to truly relax. After all that what holidays are all about!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Ilfracombe in North Devon District

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 250 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 9
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 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
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • Masterbed 1 Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Luxurious stone flooring and tiles
    Masterbed 2 Bathroom En-suite - Toilet , Wetroom with stone sink, shower and heated towel rail
    Family Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Jack and Jill from upper landing and en-suite to bedroom 3
    WC - Toilet , Separate Ground Floor WC
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Sofa Bed on Mezzanine - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


5/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)

Luxury, 4 bed family & pet friendly holidays with hot tub near UK's best beaches
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Very impressed

  • 5 of 5

We just wanted to say that my family enjoyed a fantastic week at your beautiful house. Space, comfort, all the mod cons, and a great music and DVD film selection kept us all entertained, particularly the 3 teenage boys.

The weather was a mixed bag but still plenty of sunshine. Late afternoons in the private hot tub were a joy.

With the Black Sands Bistro, The Quay restaurant, the Rock Inn and the Watersmeet Hotel Bistro nearby, you also couldn't ask for better food and service.

I am sure we will return sometime soon.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Amir, Many thanks for your review and we look forward seeing you ageing at The Fernery. Please recommend us to your friends and family and we will be please to give them a discount in future. Jonathan
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Fantastic holiday home in wonderful Ilfracombe!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a fantastic 5 days at the Fernery in Devon just before Christmas with our 3 children and dog. Jonathan and Heidi were the perfect hosts and made the trip run very smoothly indeed. The house itself was absolutely stunning and decorated to a very high standard with lots of attention to detail. It was fully equipped for all our needs and our children loved playing in the lovely garden. We had a great time exploring Ilfracombe and the surrounding areas. We loved the sandy beaches nearby especially Croyde and Woolacombe bay. We would highly recommend The Fernery to anyone. Thank you Jonathan and Heidi for letting us stay in your wonderful home!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely review of The Fernery and you enjoyed the property. We work really hard to make it a very special place, and it's wonderful that our guests truly appreciate this. Please recommend us to your friends and family, and we look forward to welcoming your agin in the future. The Fernery, Devon
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beautiful home has everything you could ask for

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely loved our stay perfect for all the family

  • Review Submitted: Dec 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sean, Thanks for your wonderful review. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Jonathan
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Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Exeter/ Bristol
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
The Grampus
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Lee Bay, Woolacombe, Ilfracombe
Car: necessary

North Devon is a hidden gem in the South West of England. It is probably best known for its great surfing beaches, and a lot of the tourism around here is geared towards surfers, walkers and family holidays. The Fernery is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (ANOB) with in the sweeping lush valley of the Cairn Nature Reserve between Ilfracombe and Lee Bay.

The world class beaches of Woolacombe, Croyde, Saunton and Putsborough are all within 10-15 minutes drive although there is a lot more to do if surfing isn't your thing. The coastal path is beautiful and Exmoor is within 10 minutes walk, so there are tons of great walks with beautiful scenery. The nearby Tarka trail is a long cycle route that follows much of the coastal path, and is very popular with families who can be found cycling with kids on pull-alongs, trailers, tandem bikes etc, and is directly opposite.

The Southwest coast path follows the coast behind the house, and can accessed within 10 minutes walk. If you have children there are quite a few days out that are great for kids, and we can suggest a whole variety of activities that will keep you going. Have a look online for the Big Sheep, the Milky Way, Watermouth Castle, Lynton Cliff Railway, Rosemoor, and Arlington Court (NT). If you fancied travelling further afield, you can also access south Devon and North Cornwall easily within a few hours, so a shopping trip to Exeter is easily within reach.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Ilfracombe, Devon

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Feb/ March 2017
18 Feb 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early April
1 Apr 2017 - 6 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
7 Apr 2017 - 20 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Late April 2017
21 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 May 2017 - 25 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
May half Term
26 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
June 2017
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Early July 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 13 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Summer Season 2017
14 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
October 2017
1 Oct 2017 - 19 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
October half term
20 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
November 2017 Mid Dec
1 Nov 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Xmas & New Year
22 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £200
Pet Fee £25

Extra Guests over 8 people are only allowed by prior agreement and will be charged at an additional rate per guest.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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