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Luxurious 4 bed, Family/Pet friendly Ecohome with Hot Tub near UK's Best Beaches

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Space 2,690 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Architect Designed 4 Bed, 3 Bathroom, Home near Woolacombe, Croyde & Ilfracombe

A spacious and contemporary, architect designed, holiday home located in a lush green valley at Higher Slade between Lee Bay, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the popular coastal town of Ilfracombe with its heritage harbour.

The Fernery offers a complete escape for guests and is within a few minutes' drive of some the UK's top beaches at Woolacombe, Putsborough and Croyde. The rock pools and smugglers path at Lee Bay provide hours of enjoyment for everyone but especially the kids. There's a cosmopolitan atmosphere at Ilfracombe's quay where pubs, restaurants and shops provide a place to watch the world go by, while boats carry visitors to Lundy Island. The Fernery is close to the Tarka Trail cycle route making use of the old railway line from the town. The stunning Southwest Coast Path is located to the rear of the property just up the hill.

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 your car, and start to relax! The heart of this stunning, eco-friendly holiday home is the fabulous main living space where the bespoke and inviting kitchen / dining area combines with the contemporary open plan living area, with double height ceiling and luxury leather settee positioned in front of the warming wood burner. Glass bi-folding patio doors stretch the entire width of the living area encouraging the warmth and sun light which is enjoyed throughout this wonderful property. The south facing private raised patio surrounded by glass balustrades is accessed via the patio doors. This outside decked area offers plenty of seating and furniture for al-fresco dining. The contemporary and well equipped kitchen has a range style cooker and offers two seating areas, a breakfast bar and a large dining table, perfectly positioned alongside the full length glass patio doors, perfect for absorbing the tranquil setting.

The Master bedroom on the ground floor offers guests a luxurious space with a king size bed, open plan dressing area with feature twin basin unit. This bedroom also offers the privacy of an en-suite bathroom with feature roll top bath, walk in wet room shower and stylish basin with feature waterfall tap.

The washing machine and dryer are situated in the utility room - providing extra storage facilities and drying area. Also downstairs is the seaside themed WC.

Set on an open mezzanine above the lounge area is the galleried style second lounge with two sofas, TV, DVD. The perfectly appointed upstairs Master bedroom with king size bed features a unique curving room with plenty of warmth and 5 windows boasting valley views. The bedroom has ample wardrobes plus the luxury of a ensuite walk in 'wet room'. Bedroom 3 is a spacious, double height bedroom with twin beds and ample storage, benefitting from panoramic views over the back garden and a large Velux window with blackout blinds, ensuring plenty of light and warmth. Bedroom 4 is a characterful room with high ceilings and twin beds, ideal for children. The upstairs family bathroom has a freestanding bath and separate shower.

To the rear of the property you will discover the three tiered levels of the garden with a private 6 person hot tub providing the perfect place to "chill out". The elevated garden above provides valley views and additional seating and a pleasant summerhouse. Luxury is highlighted throughout the holiday home from the internal design to the hot tub set amongst the tiered decking and personal touches throughout create a beautiful home from home experience at the Fernery. Welcome to North Devon.

Accommodation: Ground floor: Hall. Kitchen/Dining/Living area. Kitchen area with Blue range style cooker with 6 ring gas hob, microwave, dishwasher, American style fridge/freezer, Lavazza coffee machine. Living area with log burner, 42" TV, DVD and Wireless Bluetooth Home Speaker System. Bedroom 1 with King, 42" TV with DVD and Ruko Streaming Stick, ensuite bathroom with roll top bath, walk-in wet room shower, WC and basin. Utility room with washing machine and dryer. Separate WC. First floor: Second lounge set on an open mezzanine above the main living area with two sofas, 42" TV, DVD. Bedroom 2 with King, 32" TV with DVD and Ruko Streaming Stick, ensuite 'wet room'with shower, basin and WC. Bedroom 3 with Twin (note: family bathroom can be used as an ensuite for this bedroom). Bedroom 4 with Twin, ideal for children. Family bathroom with freestanding bath with feature tap, basin, toilet and separate shower. All bathrooms feature heated towel rails.

Facilities and Services: Linen and towels. Eco friendly design using free solar water heating, PV generated electricity, and rainwater recycling for flushing. Underfloor heating. No smoking. Luxury 6 person Hot tub. 1 or 2 well behaved pets welcome. Short breaks available. Patio/garden furniture. Barbecue area ( no barbecue provided). Good selection of DVD's, CD's, books and games. Highchair. Travel cot. Stairgate. Private allocated parking for 2 cars in the double garage with electric doors and one further off road space plus on street parking if required. Barbecue area. Small pond on upper terrace so please be aware for children and pets. Storage for bikes and surfboards in garage. £200 refundable security deposit. 4pm arrival time. Arr/Dep for weekly bookings is Friday.


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
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

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Calendar last updated:
18 July, 2018

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 Ilfracombe

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:
  • 2690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
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 ...
  • 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
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Masterbed 1 Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Luxurious stone flooring and tiles
    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
    Masterbed 2 Bathroom En-suite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Wetroom with stone sink, shower and heated towel rail
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Luxurious 4 bed, Family/Pet friendly Ecohome with Hot Tub near UK's Best Beaches
average rating of 4.9 based on 20 reviews

The perfect family getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in The Fernery over New Years for four nights. We were three families with four children between us.

The standard of the house is exceptionally high and the style and decor of the house is very tasteful and stylish. Beds are extremely comfortable and bedding was of excellent quality and plentiful. The kitchen is well stocked with cooking equipment and utensils, and we were delighted with our welcome gift from the owners which was a lovely surprise.

The hot tub is very high quality and easy and an extra luxurious feel to our stay.

Communication and transactions are prompt and efficient with the owner which makes life so much easier when booking.

We have no negative comments to add, the house was perfect for our needs and hope to return in the future!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Nancy, Many thanks for your glowing review, which is our first this year! We are so glad you liked the house and decor as we do try very hard to keep standards exceptionally high. We really look forward to having you stay with us again in the future. Jonathan
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Great property great location

  • 5 of 5

The house lived up to expectations. The facilities were just fantastic. We travelled with family and my young daughter 21 months and the toys, dvds and games provided were just great. The location was perfect for us. You could walk to local town even though we didn’t and Ilfracombe had lots of lovely places to eat and drink. The check in and out were smooth and we were very happy with the property! Only let down was the weather so the outside space wasn’t utilised.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Lucy, Thank you for the wonderful review and we are glad you and your family enjoyed the property and the many toys and DVD's we have at the house for younger members, as this help even relax when the children are happy! We are pleased you loved the peaceful yet convenient location to explore beautiful North Devon, and hope that you will come again, perhaps with better weather next time. Jonathan
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Ruby wedding

  • 5 of 5

My family joined my husband and I for our ruby wedding stay in your

lovely property. It was everything we hoped it would be. The house is stunning and being able to open the bi- folding doors in the lovely weather was wonderful. It is well equipped with everything anyone could need. It would have been nice to have had a permanent BBQ but we managed. I can’t imagine anyone having anything to complain about. My daughters enjoyed the hot tub too. Thank you, we had a great time and made lots of wonderful memories.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jane, Thanks for taking the time to do a nice review which we really appreciate, and we are glad your family had a lovely time. We previously tried supplying a BBQ, but unfortunately som guests did not look after it so we decide not to offer this at this stage but I understand it would be nice. We hope to host you family and friends again someday Jonathan
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Fantastic property

  • 5 of 5

We had a week of birthday celebrations, the property had a brilliant layout, the kitchen and dining area are very good, every thing about the property enabled us all to have a most enjoyable week

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Tony, Many thanks for your lovely review. We are really please you had a good birthday celebration and enjoyed the property. We hope to see you again soon and please let friends and family know about The Fernery. Jonathan
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Impressive, wow factor very comfortable !

  • 5 of 5

As a group of friends we stayed at the Ferney. We had viewed the property on the website and upon arriving It didn't disappoint and the WOW factor was met!

Jonathan and his family provide a home from home, attention to detail in the decor and every thing you could possibly need.

It's a perfect home with plenty of space for couples away for a weekend.

We had a fantastic weekend and would highly recommend this property and the use of the hot tub!!! Especially after the long walks in the surrounding area.

Thanks again Jonathan for all your help and advice during the booking process.

We took your recommendation on a local restaurant of the Quay and it again didn't disappoint.

I would say to anyone though going out of season book a restaurant in advance. As many are small so get booked up quickly and some close for the winter season, so there wasn't much to choose from - so plan in advance!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Vikki, Thats for your kind words. We are so glad you had a wonderful stay at The Fenery and hope you and your friendw will visit again as we aim to offer Holidays for A Liftime!
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Impressive, Immaculate and absolutely stunning!!!

  • 5 of 5

We chose The Fernery as our accommodation for our wedding party.

First Impressions from pulling up onto the drive was WOW! The building, landscaping and the surrounding area were stunning.

Stepping inside the WOW factor continued, the attention to detail and decor was excellent and the small touches like scones & coffee made it feel homely and inviting.

We had a fantastic week here and would highly recommend getting the hot tub!!

We look forward to staying again sometime in the future.

Dewayne & Vicky (Mr & Mrs Artrey) 04.08.2017 - 11.08.2017

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Congratulations on your wedding! Thank you so much for you lovely review. We are really pleased that all the home comforts we provide are appreciated. So glad you had a chance to enjoy the new hot tub, and we will be very pleased to have return for another break some day, and please invite family and friends to join you!
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Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Exeter/ Bristol
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
The Grampus
Nearest Train
20 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
Summer Season 2018
7 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £40 per night, per additional guest
September 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £35 per night, per additional guest
Mid September
8 Sep 2018 - 21 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest
late September
22 Sep 2018 - 12 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest
October Half Terrm
13 Oct 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £35 per night, per additional guest
November- Dec
27 Oct 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £25 per night, per additional guest
Xmas 2018
21 Dec 2018 - 28 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £40 per night, per additional guest
New Year 2018
29 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Summer 2019
12 Jul 2019 - 30 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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