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Luxury 6 bedroom house on large private countryside estate in North Devon

Bedrooms 6
Space 1,001 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Somers Hiscott is a luxury 6 bedroom house situated on a 41 acre private estate

Somers Hiscott is a luxury six bedroom house situated on a 41 acre private estate in the heart of the North Devon countryside. The spacious, tastefully decorated house was completely renovated in 2015, and no expense has been spared when equipping this beautiful property.

Sleeping up to 12, Somers Hiscott is a house for all seasons, and is perfect for both families and friends. The dog friendly house enjoys countryside views and benefits from its own large terrace where summer BBQ's can be enjoyed and a rear garden laid to lawn.

Inside, the house is split over two levels. Throughout the ground floor guests can benefit from underfloor heating, which is also present in every bathroom.

The large lounge overlooks the terrace and features a wonderful new wood-burning stove. There are also comfy sofas, bean bags and a 55'' flat screen, wall-mounted smart TV. An X-Box is also provided.

The kitchen/diner is situated at the heart of the house and is packed full of excellent appliances. The kitchen with its black slate floors and marble work surfaces has been equipped with an electric range cooker, an American style fridge/freezer with ice dispenser and filtered water, a dishwasher, a wine fridge, a coffee machine, an ice-cream maker and much, much more. The dining area has a lovely large wood table that easily seats up to 12 and is suitable for all occasions. There is a wall mounted flat screen TV in the kitchen/diner.

There are six good sized bedrooms at Somers Hiscott. Five of these, are on the 1st floor. They feature Hypnos zip and link beds (allowing either super-king or twin bed configuration). This provides a huge amount of flexibility. Three of these bedrooms have luxury en-suite shower rooms whilst the other two share whilst the other two bedrooms share the large family bathroom fitted with both a Villeroy and Boch bath and a separate walk in shower. On the ground floor bedroom 6 has a king size size bed. It is ideal for guests with limited mobility. It too, has an en-suite with walk in shower.

Somers Hiscott sits within a large private estate that includes a designated County Wildlife Site. The beautiful ancient woods cover a large proportion of the estate and are perfect for leisurely walks. In the spring the bluebells create a wonderful blue carpet. There is also a small lake where you can spend time spotting the local wildlife - look out for the kingfisher as well as an orchard and several paddocks. Many other native wildlife, including deer, buzzards, foxes and rabbits can often be seen.

Somers Hiscott is in a lovely location for exploring North Devon. Just a few miles away is Barnstaple, North Devon's largest town and home to several well known shops, restaurants, a cinema and a theatre. The beautiful beaches of Woolacombe, Westward Ho!, Saunton Sands and Croyde are also within easy reach making trips to the seaside a must.

Many activities can be enjoyed when staying at Somers Hiscott. As well as local walks around the estate, there is the South West Coast Path to explore, and the mainly traffic free Tarka Trail accessed nearby, which is ideal for both cyclists or walkers. North Devon boasts two golf clubs in the UK's top 100 at Saunton and Royal North Devon. Surfing and wind-surfing, fishing - both fly and coarse, horse riding, sailing, clay pigeon shooting and driven shoots can also be discovered nearby.

For local attractions there is the RHS Rosemoor, Big Sheep, The Milky Way, Exmoor Zoo and Arlington Court, as well as many more that can be enjoyed by both adults and children.

More Details

Louise & Martin Brown
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

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

Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
10 July, 2018

About Louise & Martin Brown

We were looking for a rural location to live after returning from abroad and we chose North Devon as an ideal place in which to settle and make our new home in.

Louise & Martin Brown purchased this house in 2013

Why Louise & Martin Brown chose Barnstaple

We rented the property initially and when the then current owner decided to sell, we jumped at the opportunity to buy a unique piece of beautiful countryside.

What makes this house unique

Tranquility is a word which comes to mind when describing Somers Hiscott. A walk around the estate gives you a sense of wellbeing - the nature is incredible from otters to kingfishers to foxes, deer and buzzards and at night we hear the owls. The ancient woodland gives you a feeling of a time-gone-by and parts of the woodland look almost prehistoric! With a well worn path to the South of the estate urging you on to the next vista, through fields and more woodland which at the right time of the year are awash with bluebells and wild garlic - it really has something for everyone. Small streams run either side of the estate so the sound of water is never too far away. At this very rural location what's not to like?


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Barnstaple in Tawstock

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1001 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • 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 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • En-suite 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , heated towel rail, underfloor heating and power shower
    En-suite 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , heated towel rail, underfloor heating and power shower
    En-suite 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , heated towel rail, underfloor heating and power shower
    En-suite 6 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , heated towel rail, underfloor heating and power shower
    Family Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , heated towel rail, underfloor heating and power shower
  • All bathrooms are finished to a high standard. Each has a walk in drenching power shower. All the showers are a fixed overhead and a separate hand-held attachment. All have underfloor heating with individual temperature controls and heated towel rails are fitted in all bathrooms. All bathrooms are tiled with backlit, heated mirrors which have connections for shavers and electric toothbrushes.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Zip & link beds allow super-king or twin configuration
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Zip & link beds allow super-king or twin configuration
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Zip & link beds allow super-king or twin configuration
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Zip & link beds allow super-king or twin configuration
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Zip & link beds allow super-king or twin configuration
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , King-size bed
  • All bedrooms have wall mounted flat screen Smart TVs. Four of the bedrooms have luxury en-suite power shower rooms, whilst two share the family bathroom which has both bath and separate power shower
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
We offer a rural experience holiday, if there is something specific you would like to know about the property, location, attractions or a specific requirement which would make your holiday that much better, please ask and we will be more than happy to help where we can.


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Luxury 6 bedroom house on large private countryside estate in North Devon
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

This was an amazing find.... a house to accommodate a large family in the most glorious setting.

  • 5 of 5

The house was warm and welcoming, spotless and on arrival treats for everyone including the dogs . The kitchen is very well appointed and I cooked for a large family without any problems. The owners had considered every detail and we thank them for their kindness in sharing their home. The woodland area that this property sits in is beautiful and the owners kindly allow you to share this, perfect for dog walking. Whoever visits this property will only be delighted. Really hoping to arrange another family gathering so we can stay there again😊?

  • Review Submitted: 03-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay. When we designed the house it was with large family groups in mind..and of course, dogs are always welcome here.
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Lovely house, clean & well equipped, beautiful setting, great hosts

  • 5 of 5

House is great - spacious, clean, comfortable and well equipped to a high standard so worked really well for our big group. Set in its own beautiful Devon woodland, very peaceful & quiet. We are so happy that we found it & really enjoyed our stay there

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for your kind words.
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Wonderful house for a large party

  • 5 of 5

Our party of 11 thoroughly enjoyed our long weekend at the house, the Devon cream tea left for our arrival was most welcome. Beautiful grounds and setting. Thank you

  • Review Submitted: 10-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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We only left this morning but couldn't wait to write a review for this amazing place!

  • 5 of 5

I would like to say a huge thank you for making our Christmas absolutely perfect! The house was amazing and clean and the perfect layout for large gatherings. We were greeted with homemade scones and doggy bags for all 3 of our dogs. These personal touches was the icing on the cake. I could not reccomened this place enough and we will be sure to visit again as soon as we can! Gutted to have to leave would rate the house and owners 10 stars if I could. Many thanks again Laura

  • Review Submitted: 29-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure to have you stay and we are delighted you had an enjoyable Christmas here. We look forward to hosting you again. The photo you left of the dogs will be making its way onto our Facebook page!
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Family Christmas 2016

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Somers Hiscott for our family Christmas celebrations in December 2016. We all loved this house, very spacious, very well equipped, super clean and very warm and cosy. Martin & Louise the owners were very friendly and welcoming and we would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this property to other for a family gathering or celebration. The Jackson Family

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing house!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely lovely property! Couldn't of asked for more. Great little touch with homemade scones with jam and cream. Also there was fresh milk in the fridge, tea and coffee for when you arrived. Full equipped with everything you would need. Made the perfect house for my boyfriends 30th birthday surprise. Rooms where modern and fresh. Owner came and introduced himself and checked we were settling in ok. Very friendly and helpful. Absolutely amazing stay and would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The BIG Sheep
Nearest Airport
53 Miles
Exeter Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
The Rising Sun
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Plymouth - Brittany Ferries
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Saunton Golf Club
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
56 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Hunters Inn
Nearest Beach
14 Miles
Car: necessary

Within the local area we have two theme/amusement parks, The Big Sheep and The Milky Way (named one of the UK's best amusement parks by Trip Advisor 2015 and 2016). In the village of Yarnscombe there is paintballing - the biggest and best paintball site in the South West. The Big Shoot has clay pigeon shooting in our village of Yarnscombe. Mrs Smudges Kitchen in Barnstaple offers cake decorating courses. Learn how to make soap in a day with the Soap Kitchen in Bideford. The Two Tarts in Bratton Fleming offer cookery courses. Skern lodge is an outdoor activity centre for all the family, offering Surfing camps, Kayaking courses, Birthday parties, RIB Powerboat charters, Heated outdoor swimming pool hire. Personal coaching in kayaking surfing and climbing. Extreme Air offers 40 interconnected trampolines an all weather activity in Barnstaple. There is also Dartington Crystal in Torrington and Broomhill sculpture gardens and restaurant. We have Wake Park, offering wake boarding, water skiing and much more, these are just a few of the outstanding attractions North Devon has to offer the family who choose to holiday in this glorious part of the British Isles.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £50
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

We ask for 25% deposit, with the balance payable eight weeks before arrival by. Confirmation will be given on receipt of deposit. If booking is within eight weeks of date of arrival full payment is required at booking stage. We advise you take out holiday insurance in case of cancellation as deposits and full payments are non-refundable.

We ask for a security deposit of £300 which will be refunded within 14 days of departure

Changeover Day:
Friday changeover day, check in from 4.30pm; check out by 10am. Flexibility where possible by agreement. Short breaks are available on request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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