Great Lilly Cottage is an historic 2 bedroom barn conversion sleeping 4, recently renovated to a high standard and nestled in a peaceful and picturesque corner of North Devon. Located on the outskirts of the village of Goodleigh, this property is a perfect rural retreat; only a 15 minute drive to the white sandy beaches of Saunton Sands, Woolacombe and Croyde, yet on the edge of Exmoor National Park. A perfect base to explore the whole of North Devon; whether you're into surfing or just scenery-spotting, coastal-hiking or horse-riding. Enjoy this peaceful rural setting that's only 5 minutes drive from the historic market town of Barnstaple, which has a wide range of amenities and tourist attractions. Great Lilly Cottage forms part of Great Lilly Farm where the owners, Kate & Ali live with their family and assorted menagerie including Pygmy Goats, Pigs and Chickens. The cottage is a 3 storey renovated barn with its own private parking and extensive & enclosed gardens - and being animal lovers, we happily accept well-behaved pets. Please note, although on 3 levels, the cottage is open plan with both bedrooms opening onto the central staircase.
Barn in Goodleigh, Nr. Barnstaple, North Devon, England - Beautifully Peaceful Rural Setting, Only 15 Minutes Drive To Famous Surfing Beaches Of North Devon
Ali & Kate Fenton
- Calendar last updated:
- 26 Mar 2019
About Ali & Kate Fenton
Hello, we are Kate & Ali. We live with our 2 children and growing menagerie of animals at Great Lilly Farm, adjacent to our newly renovated holiday barn - Great Lilly Cottage. We've always loved this part of the country and moved down from Scotland a while back to find a more outdoor way of life. We have chickens, pygmy goats, pigs, dogs & cats and we're hoping to make our own honey this summer. We love living here - where else would you find foxes, badgers and Buzzards all making their homes in your garden?! If you love the countryside, long walks, beautiful sandy beaches and cosy country pubs - this is the place for your next holiday.
Ali & Kate Fenton purchased this Barn in 2013
Why Ali & Kate Fenton chose Barnstaple
There are many 'great' things about Great Lilly Cottage but our location in the heart of North Devon gives you the opportunity to have a really varied and flexible holiday. If you love the sea and beach-style holidays, you have award-winning beaches including Woolacombe and Croyde only 20 minutes drive away. Hire surf or paddle boards, learn to kite surf or just enjoy the sunshine. For young families, we have many tourist attractions on our doorstep including Exmoor Zoo, The Big Sheep and Combe Martin Dinosaur Park. We are also only a short drive from Exmoor National Park offering you spectacular walks, horse rides or safe cycling.
What makes this Barn unique
We both love good design and the great outdoors, so we hope Great Lilly Cottage feels just a little bit different to your average holiday let. The rustic style combines all the modern conveniences you might need with little touches of luxury - including Orla Kiely bedding and complimentary washing kits from Hogwash - a local organic soap & bath product producer.
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
We had a great stay at this lovely cottage, very comfortable, lovely owners in a great location. we will come back again.
Thank you for your very kind review - it’s very much appreciated. All the best, Kate & Ali
Very welcoming every thing that we required was at hand.
On arrival Ali was on hand to settle us in with a delailed walk through the property which was very helpful. Everything we required was on in the property and we really enjoyed our stay and will visit it again.
Thank you Bill for your very kind words. It was a pleasure having you stay. All the best, Kate & Ali
Das Häuschen selbst war etwas schwer zu finden, Kate hatte uns aber noch per mail eine detaillierte Wegbeschreibung zukommen lassen.
Zur Begrüßung gab es durch Ali eine schnelle Hausführung mit anschließenden Scones.
Uns hat es sehr gut gefallen, wir können diese Unterkunft nur weiter empfehlen. Alles war so wie beschrieben. Bei der Einrichtung gibt es überall liebevolle Details zu entdecken.
We just spent a relaxing week in Great Lily Cottage, its furnished to a high standard and is very comfortable. Ali & Kate were great hosts, making it clear they were available should we need them, but left us to enjoy our holiday.
It's in a great location to visit many of North Devon's attractions within 30 minutes.
Next time we'd like the sunshine though!!
Thank you Vanessa and family for your kind words. Glad you enjoyed your stay despite the rainy days! All the best, Kate & Ali
First School Summer Away
Having been away to Devon before with my young son, this was his first summer away in the school holidays so i wanted to do something different now that he was at an age where he was more inclined to appreciate his experiences and also provide a restful break for the grand parents in tow
I wanted a slightly remote and quiet location yet conveniently placed property to access the outside world in order to enjoy some rest-bite from a full day of activity on the nearby beaches and sightseeing but not be too far away for the next days adventures.
Great Lilly Cottage caught my eye instantly. 3 separate floors of countryside rustic ambiance but with each level offering a individually groomed mix of warmth, local feel, and quirky personality all centred around the middle section where the kitchen and lounge were housed - a great family gathering point.
Outdoors, the quiet hustle and bustle of wild life just enhanced the secluded atmosphere of being on holiday on our own coupled with the table and chairs to sit, read and enjoy a summers evening drink and a hammock whereby you could lie back and swing to the tempo of the cooling breeze on what was a very hot 10 days.
The cottage gave a well balanced mix of relaxation for the elders and scope for exploration for a boy of 5 to keep nipping in and out of the garden and all 3 floors of the property without losing any of his energy and enthusiasm.
Kate and Ali were on hand to meet us when we arrived to show us around and were also available when we needed them but ultimately left us to enjoy our holiday and this beautiful cottage.
Myself, my son and my parents had a fantastic time at Great Lilly Cottage and in Devon.
Thank you so much for taking the time to give us such a wonderful review. It really is appreciated - so glad you enjoyed your stay with us in North Devon!
Thank you for a lovely stay very much enjoyed and the rescue. Great hosts and lovely cottage
The property is lovely in a very quiet location. Places near by lovely to visit. We had a very relaxing stay and our dog had a ball. Would definitely recommend Many thanks to the lovely hosts
Thank you very much Diane - and no problem about the rescue, I'm not a fan of herds of cows myself!! Glad you had a great time. All the best, Kate & Ali
Great Lilly Cottage is only 15 minutes drive from the famous surfing beaches of North Devon (Croyde, Saunton Sands) and 20 minutes from the eternally popular Woolacombe beach. Try your hand at Paddle-boarding, Kite Surfing or Body Boarding.
Nearest train station: Barnstaple (10 minutes drive)
Travel direct from London Paddington to Tiverton Parkway (40 mins drive) in just over 2 hours
Nearest airport: Exeter (1 hours drive)
Barnstaple: only 5 minutes drive
Nearest beaches: 20 minutes drive
Exmoor: 15 minutes drive
Nearest Pub (1/2 hr walk)
Rural setting yet within 5 minutes drive of supermarkets including Marks & Spencer, Tesco etc
Local town Barnstaple is only 5 minutes away and has a large range of restaurants, shops and facilities.
Tourist attractions including The Big Sheep, Exmoor Zoo, The Milky Way, Combe Martin Dinosaur Park all only 10-30 minutes drive.
Additional pricing information
Booking Notes: We ask for a 30% deposit with the remainder being due 8 weeks before the holiday. Please note that failure to pay the remainder sum will be construed as a cancellation. (Refund policy available on request.) Out of season we can be flexible about arrival/ departure dates and times. Changeover Day: Our usual changeover day is Friday for weekly lettings. Departure time is 10 am, arrival usually at 3pm, however sometimes this is negotiable. We will consider long weekend bookings out of high season. Notes on prices: Prices are based on a Friday to Friday weekly letting.