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Jenny Nurse/Tony Bosley

Member since: 2006
Speaks English

Stunning chapel conversion with lovely original features

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in Bideford - The Old School House

Within walking distance to town but in a very quiet private area.

The Old School House is a stunning, large converted Chapel with many lovely original features including large arched chapel windows, open galleried lounge/dining, bricks walls, stained glass windows and doors, log burning stove and even a bell tower! The house can easily accommodate 2 families, with 2 separate lounge areas. The upstairs lounge has views overlooking the River Torridge, Chudleigh Fort and rolling hills. Both double bedrooms have kingsize beds and are very spacious. There is another bedroom with 2 single beds and a smaller bedroom with a single bed with pull out guest bed. The kitchen is very well equipped and has a breakfast area and a double multi-fuel oven for rustling up meals for family and friends.

Outside: The house is approached via a walkway and is in a private walled garden. The garden is terraced with a large decked area and patio. From the decked area you can see over to Chudleigh fort and hills. There are various trees and shrubs planted. It is a very sheltered garden ie a suntrap in summer and good wind protection in winter! The area has no nearby traffic so is very peaceful and private.

Parking: There is parking nearby and very low cost at £2.50 per day.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Jenny Nurse/Tony Bosley (Property Manager)
Member since: 2006
Speaks English

Guestbook comments from the manager

25/10/06 - Tracey & Rob Allen - Lovely house & is near many attractions etc

25/10/06 - Scott & Stacey Allen - The house was great to stay in & would definitely come back!

26/10/06 - Lori, Dave & Abbey Ratford - Beautiful house & ideally located to many pubs/restaurants & shops. House is very homely and we look forward to coming again!

21/01/07 - Tim & Alex - A perfect hideaway for a winter weekend, a heartful house full of character.

16/02/07 - Mandy & Colin Weaver - Fabulous cottage! We all had a great time, too many things to recommend!!

4/3/07 - Hazel - Thoroughly enjoyed the stay in your comfortable and welcoming home, very happy time.

4/3/07 - Mandy Holmes - A beautiful, peaceful haven. Nice to chill and let the world go by. Absoloutley lovely, thankyou so much.

4/5/06 - Ann Guthrie - Relaxed, chilled and happy! Thankyou for sharing your abode which is full of wonderful atmoshere!!

4/3/07 - Andy - Had a super stay - very comfortable and homely.
Nov 2007
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Very Good! 4.2/5 -
(13 traveller reviews)
Stunning chapel conversion with lovely original features
average rating of 4.230769 based on 14 reviews


  • 4 of 5

A large spacious 4 bed house which has catered upto 12 people (6 adults and 6 children). Well laid out..

With good location in term of planing days outs.

The only downside was parking... although the long stay car par was only a 10 min walk... but does look far when kids are tired

Overall I would define being recommending to friends and family and would defiantly return again

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect for relaxed families

  • 4 of 5

We were pleasantly surprised by the property after the negative reviews, we found it relaxing and well provided for children of all ages. It is not immaculate, but we found this positive as we could relax. We slept 11, including a disabled 3 year old, a 4 year old and teenagers. No one got under each other's feet, as there is enough space for all. The owners are very generous in sharing their equipment, without extra charge, making it so much easier to cope with family needs. Lovely historic building in a quaint setting.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great size - Needs a good clean

  • 2 of 5

Positives - the house is very big which was great for a large family getaway .. There was hot water in the bathrooms and the house felt private. There were lots of toys for babies and toddlers and large dining table.

Negatives - this house could do with a deep clean! It is extremely dusty and looks as though it hasn't been cleaned thoroughly for a long time. All of the kitchen utensils needed to be cleaned before we used them, many items were very dirty. The kitchen drawers and cupboards were dirty. The coffee machine had an old filter still in it full of mouldy coffee so was unusable. Oven painfully slow.

We cleaned the kitchen floor which was filthy. The bedrooms had stained liners in the drawers. Play station and DVD player and general area around the tv was extremely messy and dusty. The rug in the living room filthy.

The drier didn't get hot and so didn't dry clothes. The water in the kitchen was cold and never got warm.

Was annoying to have to park in the long stay car park and then walk to the house afterwards, especially with young children.

It was a lovely house with great potential but is clearly neglected and not cleaned properly.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Dirty house

  • 1 of 5

We were very disappointed ,the house was very grimy ,the mattresses were not usable ,couldn't get hot water in the kitchen ,the dryer didn't work ,cobwebs and spiders everywhere and the housekeeper ,whose number we were given ,hadn't worked there for 5 years we had to leave early as the house was not fit for purpose

The owner did not respond to phone calls when requested to clean the house

Not recommended for anyone

  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a great Christmas & NY!!

  • 5 of 5

Upon arriving at The Old School House, we were all overwhelmed at the size and quality of the property. It far exceeded our expectations and the photos on the website did not do it justice.

We had been looking for somewhere to spend Christmas and the New Year away from the hustle and bustle, where we could relax, go for walks and cook. We couldn't have picked a better place. Set in lovely quiet surroundings, The Old School House was clean, had a fully equipped kitchen, was warm and cosy and the beds were comfortable.

We would certainly recommend a stay to anyone.

We hope to return in the summer months.

  • Review Submitted: May 8, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best holiday ever!

  • 5 of 5

WOW! This place is truly stunning! It's so big but yet still cosy. The facilities are great with everything you could wish for. We loved sitting in the upstairs lounge and just watching the River Torridge and beyond. I can't say enough about the house, but I would definatley come back and highly recommend it to friends and family.

It was also great being able to stroll into town to browse the shops and cafes. A must is the Pannier market.

We visited loads of places, too many to list. The information provided in the house was very helpful to decide where we were off to the next day!

We will definatley come back to do some more exploring.

  • Review Submitted: May 8, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
106 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Nearest Ferry
97 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
2 Kilometres
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
50 Kilometres
M5 J27
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Car: recommended

Bideford is a lovely little town situated on the River Torridge. It boasts a Pannier Market and Butchers Row where local farmers still bring their dairy produce to sell and many craft stalls. There are many delightful places to eat and drink and lots of interesting shops to browse. The Tarka Trail is a traffic-free cycle path situated just the other side of the river where you can cycle/walk for miles. There is also a bike hire shop situated there. You can book boat trips to Lundy Island from the new Marina. Other local attractions include the Great West Coastal path with some fantastic walks and amazing diverse scenery, many beautiful beaches and pebbled coves. Exmoor National Park, Lynton & Lynmouth, Appledore, Clovelly, Hartland Quay, kids parks such as The Milky Way and The Big Sheep and a big retail outlet, The Atlantic Shopping Centre, for shopping enthusiasts! There is an endless range of activities to keep you and your family amused for days on end.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Bideford, Torridge

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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

A £100 deposit is required on booking, the balance is due 6 weeks prior to departure.
For stays of 3 nights or less an additional fee of £80 is payable to cover cleaning costs.
£100 cleaning cost for bookings under 3 days

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Bideford in Devon

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 230 m²
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • town
  • waterfront
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Tiled Stove
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 -
  • There is another separate WC downstairs with hand basin.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Master bedroom has ensuite and dressing room area. Bedroom 2 is very spacious. Bedroom 3 has 2 twin beds and a TV/Video and PS1. Bedroom 4 has 1 single bed that has a guest pull out bed. There is also a travel cot with bedding supplied. All linen and towels are supplied.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Also available:- Stairgate, bed guard, booster seat and baby/toddler back carrier. PlayStation 1 & 2 with lots of games. Toys, books, videos and games. Short breaks available.

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