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Luxury Victorian Vicarage, set on southern slop of Lee Valley, walk to beach.

Bedrooms 8
Separate WC's1
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

Main house 5/7 bedrooms, sleeps 10/15 guests+The Bothy an extra suite sleeps 2.

The Old Vicarage is a beautiful victorian house, sitting proud on the sunny southern slop of Lee Valley. Surrounded by beautifully kept gardens that slop down to the small church of Lee and village beyond. The house is a short walk to Lee bay beach with it's amazing slate formations, cave and rock pools, also some stunning cliff walks and our much loved local pub The Grampus. SMALL GROUPS - 10 guests or fewer please enquire directly for tailored small party quote.

The accommodation itself is exceptional, blending stylish, contemporary luxury, with delightful period character. All rooms are large, beautifully proportioned, with high ceilings and big windows. Log fires, huge comfy sofas, games room with table tennis, Wifi, oak table to seat 15, large gas BBQ on the terrace and badminton on the lawn. Plenty of room for families and friends to come together, really stretch out and relax. Don't expect to fight the crowds on the beach here, even in Summer this is a hidden gem!


Situated in the centre is a large hall with wood burner, old rocking horse, grand father clock, huge stained glass window and beautiful Victorian gallery staircase. Leading off are 2 beautifully proportioned, light filled reception rooms.

The drawing room a 21x17ft room with high ceilings, open log fire, huge comfy L shaped sofa, a bookcase of reading delights, 42' plasma TV, fully loaded ipod/docking station and double doors opening out onto views of the valley and garden.

The sitting room next door is ideal for the younger generation and doubles as a games room, with large flat screen TV, Wii, 400 DVD library, Cornilleau all weather table tennis table and cupboard full of games.

The Kitchen/dining room is a place for all to come together, 24ft long, with large solid oak farmhouse table and seating for 15, double range cooker, large fridge freezer, high end bosch dishwasher, microwave, food mixer/chopper and abundance of crockery/cookware/utensil’s.

The Office is the perfect work retreat, with a Mac desk top computer, wireless printer, stationary, skype acc and main line phone for guest use. Also a water rower!

Also downstairs is a wash room with washing machine, drier and second fridge. A separate drying room, boot room/ downstairs toilet.


2 super king bed rooms (1 en-suite), 1 king, 1 double and a twin room. All are large and light, tastefully decorated with a mix of antique and painted furniture. Crisp white Egyptian cotton linens, Coordinating throws, big fluffy towels and beautifully presented bathroom luxuries! There is a 2nd bathroom with roll top bath and a large shower room.


2 large attic rooms furnished with a full sized single and bunk bed in each. Sturdy enough for adults or teens, these rooms are perfect for kids or younger adult group.

THE BOTHY is our latest addition to the Vicarage, a small victorian dwelling directly behind and above the main house. This provides an extra king suite if required, it has all the charm, warmth and cosiness of a Snow Whites cottage, but with all the modern comforts of luxury living.The bedroom suite is floored in oak, with a wet room clad in slate leading off, all heated with underfloor heating. If that isn't enough in the Autumn/Winter months there is a wood burner to light. Although all our bedrooms are 'luxury retreats', we do recommend that straws are drawn for The Bothy, as everyone will want to sleep here!

GROUP SIZE OPTIONS: Our maximum adult capacity is 15, however The Bothy enables us to cater for a maximum of 17 guests when a mix of adults and young kids are wishing to stay. The Bothy, the 8th bedroom is an add on and extra in our rates if required. We also have 'A SMALL PARTY RATE' during low/mid season for up to 10/12 guests

The house is perfectly set up and well equipped to meet the needs of large groups, so it has always been very popular for Special occasions such as Anniversaries, big birthdays, hens and of course family holidays. If catering for your party seems at all daunting, we can also recommend a local chef. They are more than happy to do as little as deliver a home cooked dish for you to cook as your own or cater an evening in house.

BEACHES: There is a wealth of beautiful beaches in the area. Our local beach is great for children, the waters are calm when the tide goes out and there is a mixture of sand and slate shingle to sit on. The slate formations make a very dramatic and hugely interesting coast line here, with an abundance rock pools and even a cave! Woolacombe our next closest beach is completely different. Voted best beach in Britain by Coast magazine in 2012, this is 3 km long and several hundred yards wide, when the tide goes out, of beautiful golden sand. This is where you come to catch a good wave, very popular with the surfers and boogie boarders, however the beach is long enough that you don't have to fight for that wave.

All the beaches are dog friendly.

THE GRAMPUS: A couple of hundred yards from the house and on the way to the beach you have our much loved pub The Grampus. A quaint, privately owned, family run pub full of atmosphere, with a great pub garden, some superb red wines (produced by our neighbours in Gigondas, on there 16th century family run estate) and dog friendly.

WALKS : There is a wealth of stunning walks from the front door. Cliff walks from the house westward to Bull point, Morte Hoe and Woolacombe or east to the Torrs and Ilfracombe, there are also trails through the woods. Exmoor National Park with its wild open spaces also provides a wealth of interesting walks, riding and cycling. More info about the various activities can be found at the house.

More Details

Amanda Robertson
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
14 February, 2018

About Amanda Robertson

We are the family Robertson's, we live and work in London, however found our dream escape in Lee!

Amanda Robertson purchased this house in 2008

Why Amanda Robertson chose Ilfracombe

We came across Lee Bay through friends who invited us to stay. We fell in love with the area straight away, it was such a hidden gem! A couple of years later I came across The Old Vicarage Lee in the Sunday Times for sale, from that point my husband and I went through a lot of what ifs! When we were invited down again to visit our friends in Lee a couple of months after, we decide to view The Old Vicarage, the house won us over totally, it had such a wonderful aura about it. that was the day we became determined to change our dreams into reality...

What makes this house unique

The house is far more than just a rental to us, we consider The Old Vicarage our home. The house is full with all those home comforts that make a stay more welcoming.

The combination of a house with warmth, atmosphere, a breath taking sunny aspect, situated above the most delightful little church, in a pretty village with a fantastic local pub, all a short stroll from some of the most stunning and dramatic coast line in the uk, makes it a unique place to visit..

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a splendid week at the Old Vicarage, enjoyed by all 17 of us. It's a delightful house, and feels like a "home" thanks to all the furnishings and pictures you have left there. We particularly liked having three living rooms on the ground floor so that all age groups were satisfied. And of course we had the annual village fete in the field opposite where our youngest boy reached the finals of the goal kicking competition! The village is incredibly unspoilt, lovely pub (we went to a music night), and welcoming locals. We'd love to come again if we have the same sort of numbers, but this was a special occasion (Golden Wedding) and we may not get them all together for some time.
May 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Ilfracombe in North Devon District

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 17
  • Max. adults: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Maximum of 2 dogs allowed on request. No dogs are allowed upstairs or on the furniture.
  • We do not allow stag or hen weekends.
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Computer Available
  • Dialup Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Macintosh Computer
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Printer
  • Safe
  • Scanner
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 15 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Downstairs toilet - Toilet , On ground floor
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , En-suite to main bedroom with door to landing as well.
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Cast iron bath on feet - 1st floor.
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Large power shower - 1st floor.
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , This is a slate wet room in The Bothy, with power shower.
  • All bathrooms in the main house are stylishly decorated in neutral colours with wooden floors and large heated towel rails. The Bothy has an en-suite wet room clad in slate, heated by under floor heating. This is our 4th bathroom and is extra accommodation if needed at an additional cost. Luxury soft white towels are provided for each guest. Branche d' Olive products are complimentary in each bathroom.
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 17
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Master bedroom, has a Super king bed, valley views, en-suite
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , king size bed and valley views
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Super king bed and valley views.
    Bedroom 6 - 3 Single Bed , Attic room - 1 full sized bunk bed + a single bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , Twin room - Garden view
    Bedroom 7 - 3 Single Bed , Attic room - 1 full sized bunk bed + a single bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    The Bothy - 1 Large Double Bed , King suite with slate wet room (extra room if required).
  • All the bedrooms are large and airy with high ceilings, stylishly decorated with a range of antique and painted furniture. The beds have top of the range Hypnos mattresses, Egyptian cotton bed linen, coordinating throws and big fluffy duvets. All the rooms have wardrobes or chest of draws and the larger have both. The Attic rooms are most suited to children but the beds are full size so can accommodate adults. Bath towels are provided and luxury 'Branche d' Olive' bath products are complimentary. The Bothy is our newest addition to the house, positioned directly behind, above the main house, just a few steps away. We have just finished renovating this very sweet Victorian out house into another main suite. The bed room is oak floored with underfloor heating. The ceiling we have kept pitched to expose the beamed ceiling. in case the heating isn't enough in the winter we have also added a wood burner, for that extra cozy feel!
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Binoculars
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Terrace
  • 15 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
The Old Vicarage is surrounded by 1.5 acres of garden, orchard and wood. The lawn area is perfect for badminton so there is a net and several rackets provided. There is also a lovely wooden swing in the garden for the kids. We have numerous bits and pieces for the beach ie. buckets and spades, boogie boards, picnic basket and plastic picnic ware. Then when back at the house there is a special wash area round the back to de-sand it all! The house is well equipped for children, with plenty of board games, books, table tennis and Wii to keep them amused. There is also cot, high chair, changing mat, stair gate and numerous plastic cups and plates. A chef service is available for those who would like a night off from the cooking.


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Luxury Victorian Vicarage, set on southern slop of Lee Valley, walk to beach.
average rating of 4.875 based on 17 reviews

Lovely property in a beautiful surroundings.

  • 5 of 5

100% recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
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a great family holiday

  • 4 of 5

We've been to Lee before and love the village but this was our first visit to The Old Vicarage. We found the house charming and very comfortable. There is lots of room for a large party. We enjoyed badminton on the lawn, watching DVDs from the extensive library and playing games on the kitchen table. We also spent a few sociable hours at the Grampus. I would recommend this house to anyone in need of rest and recuperation in a peaceful location.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful hide away in a great part of the coast

  • 5 of 5

We went away with 7 adults and 6 children and the most wonderful time

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Wonderful huge house - best we've stayed in yet!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week on Lee. The house was fantastic. It was great to have so much for the 6 boys to do too. I booked them onto the surf simulator at Woolacombe which was brilliant especially as it was half price due to it not being half term! We ate & drank ( rather a lot of Poundhouse crisp cider!) in the Grampus, went to Saunton & Woolacombe beaches with the dogs, visited Verity in Ilfracombe, had a wonderful blustery day in Lynmouth & Lynton ( amazing fish & chips!) & went to Barnstable food festival where we are chilli chocolate, whelks & smoked ham hock. We all climbed through the rocks to Sandy Cove at low tide - even dad who is 76! My dad & my eldest son both celebrated their birthdays whilst in Lee & we had a really wonderful meal in Braunton at the At One tapas restaurant on our last night. I can highly recommend it.

Each year we try to find a house which suits all generations & dogs & The Old Vicarage is the best yet - thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: October 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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North Devon Delight

  • 5 of 5

Something for all three generations of the family. Exploring the nearby beach and rock pools, rocky outcrops and caves. Taking the coastal path for an exhilarating walk or off to Woolacombe (ten minutes) for sand and surf. The body boards from the Vicarage were a big hit! The Grampus had good food and great real ale. The old Vicarage had plenty of space and the kitchen seating was just right for all the family. Tesco did a prompt home delivery for us on a Sunday which was a surprise. Loved the tiered garden and the sunny aspect made for relaxing late afternoons. Handy bar b q was essy to operate. Garden furniture could be up dated. Overall, our expectations of the holiday were well exceeded now if we could just get the M5/6 sorted!!!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Old Vicarage

  • 5 of 5

We are all back home now after a wonderful holiday at the Old Vicarage in Lee. It was great for all of us, great grandma, great grand children, grandchildren and partners etc. to be together in this lovely old house with tons of space, spotless beautiful rooms, lovely garden and view. Everything you could need was there. If you have a chance to stay in this lovely old house in a lovely village a short walk from the beach with its sand and myriad rock pools in which the young and young at heart can hunt for crabs and shrimps then do take it. It's wonderful.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Exeter Airport
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
The Grampus
Nearest Ferry
80 Miles
Plymouth at
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Barnstaple at
Nearest Motorway
45 Miles
M5 junction 27
Nearest Beach
350 Metres
Within walking distance at
Car: recommended

The Old Vicarage is ideally placed within lee village itself and for the numerous activities and sites of the north Devon area.

Lee itself is a very quiet village, quite unspoilt and authentically English. It hosts only the small church of Lee with its local arts gift shop and The Grampus pub, with a lovely garden and delicious food!

Lee Bay, is a pleasant stroll from the house, a kids haven, with a wealth of rock pools, caves, coves and secret passages to explore.

For a more traditional beach, with miles of flat sand and dunes, there is near by Woolacombe or Croyde, offering some of the best surfing for professionals and amateurs on the Devon coast.

The area is perfect for walking, with a host of stunning coastal walks on your doorstep and Exmoor near by.

Ilfracombe, which is the nearest town, a 10 minute drive, offers the famous Victorian tunnel beaches, aquarium, harbour and trips to the National Trust Lundy Island to see puffins and seals. The artist Damian Hurst also has a restaurant here and of course his Verity statue stands proud on ilfracombe key.

OTHER ACTIVITIES: We have an extensive list of activities for all ages at the house, to include museums, gardens, water and dinosaur parks, bowling, cinemas, cycling trails, swimming with sea lions, golf, Clay pigeon shooting, archery, abseiling, coasteering, gorge scrambling, horse riding and many more of which can be found in the near by area.

GOLF: You are spoilt for choice in North Devon with clubs like Royal North Devon, Saunton and Ilfracombe all being near by.

Royal North Devon is the oldest course in England but also seems to be the one of the friendliest.If you have never played here before it maybe worth hiring a caddie! Saunton, another links course, boasts the East and West coarses of which Nick Faldo said 'I cannot think of anywhere in England where 36 holes could be more enjoyable'. Ilfracombe, which is 3 miles away is a very relaxed privately owned beautiful cliff top course, with spectacular views along the magnificent North Devon coastline. This is a great course for teenagers to take on Mum's or Dad's as it may not be the longest course but the undulations and the prevailing South Westerlies will challenge golfers of all standards.

For youngsters there is a driving range and a par 3 pitch and putt course approx. 2 miles away.


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
Low/mid season
16 Feb 2018 - 22 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
Easter holidays
23 Mar 2018 - 29 Mar 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
Easter week
30 Mar 2018 - 5 Apr 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Easter holidays
6 Apr 2018 - 12 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid season
13 Apr 2018 - 3 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Bank holiday week
4 May 2018 - 10 May 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid season
11 May 2018 - 24 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
Summer half term
25 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid/high season
1 Jun 2018 - 12 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest
Summer holidays
13 Jul 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High/mid season
31 Aug 2018 - 6 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid season
7 Sep 2018 - 27 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest
Low/Mid Season
28 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn Half Term
27 Oct 2018 - 1 Nov 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Low Season
2 Nov 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas/New Year
21 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £400

The automated rates quoted are for the main house only, they do not take into account if the Bothy is required.
SMALL PARTY RATES - Available for 10 guests and under using the 1st floor bedrooms only. Some of out dates where the price varies with the number of guests, takes into account our small party rate.
THE BOTHY (our extra accommodation sleeping 2 additional adults) - Additional £200-250 WKEND £250-400 WK.
4 night midweek stays available after a long weekend booking or out of season, please enquire.
The main house has a maximum adult sleeping capacity of 14 guests when there are no additional children. When there are children 10-11 adults may sleep comfortably in the main house.
£400 damage deposit (depends on party size etc).
We welcome a max. 2 dogs on request. (charges apply).
We have a strict cancellation policy, terms and conditions forwarded on booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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