Pine Lodge is a bright and spacious 5 bedroom house with wonderful coastal views stretching from the estuary to Saunton and even Lundy Island in the distance. The house, which can accommodate up to 10 has a beautiful home-away-from-home atmosphere, and enjoys plenty of charm and character. Totally refurbished, the house is perfect for groups of friends, as well as large or multiple families.
Pine Lodge is conveniently located close to many of North Devon's popular towns, villages and beaches, as well as Exmoor and several award-winning attractions. Barnstaple is only a short drive from the house and features a range of shops, supermarkets, restaurants, a theatre, a multi-screen cinema and a leisure centre.
Sleeping up to 10 (plus 2 small children), Pine Lodge is bright and spacious and many of the tastefully decorated bedrooms enjoy lovely views of the countryside and North Devon coastline.
The well-equipped kitchen/breakfast room has a cranberry Range Master range cooker, which is wonderfully highlighted against the slate worktops and slate tiled floor.
The charming lounge, which has a wood burning stove set in a Minster fireplace, seats 10 on large comfortable leather sofas and cosy tub chairs. As for wining and dining, the separate dining room with open fireplace, offers plenty of space, and also seats 10 around the large dining room table.
The five bedrooms are split over two floors, and include a ground floor double with king size bed and en-suite bathroom, a first floor double with king size bed, a double/twin with zip and link beds, as well as a cot bed, a pretty twin and the Master with double bed, en-suite bathroom and large balcony.
Throughout the house there are are three bathrooms, including two en-suites, as well as a handy ground floor cloakroom, which is an added bonus for large groups staying at Pine Lodge. Like the other rooms in the house, all of the bathrooms have been fitted to a high standard with quality furniture.
Pine lodge, which is tucked away, but by no means is isolated, is approached via a private tree lined driveway in the village of Bickington, and is situated within 5 to 10 minutes walk of two pubs, and an Old English Inn (which serves all meals, including breakfast).
The pretty village of Instow, which has a beach with sand dunes and a variety of pubs serving food, is within a 10 minute drive, and the larger beach at Westward Ho! is less than a 20 minute drive away. These beaches and Barnstaple town can all be accessed by bus, which stops every 10 minutes at the bus stop that is only a 5 minute walk from the house.
Pine Lodge backs on to open fields where a public footpath allows you to enjoy short walks and the lovely views. There is a small park with children's' play area just 5 minutes walk away. The nearby scenic and car free Tarka Trail winds its way to Instow and beyond along the river bank providing a safe, level and easy cycle or walking route. Delicious refreshments provide a welcome break along the route at the Fremington Quay cafe, which was once a railway station. Bicycles can be hired locally next to Barnstaple railway station or at Fremington Quay.
The popular surfing beaches of Saunton, Croyde and Woolacombe are only half an hour away by car. Also, easily reached is Exmoor National Park with stunning views of the moors, picnic areas and lazy rivers and streams, where cream teas are readily available.
Portmore driving range and golf course is 5 miles away and the well-known golf links of Westward Ho! is within a 20 minute drive. Barnstaple has an excellent tennis and leisure centre offering tennis, swimming, badminton, squash and other indoor activities for those rainy days. Barnstaple also has 10-pin bowling available at Lets Go Bowling. Other activities for children include The Big Sheep, which is a 15 minute drive, and the Milky Way that can be accessed in about 30 minutes. A wide range of leaflets about local attractions is located at the house.