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Coastguard Cottage 1


Clovelly, Devon

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A few minutes stroll from the pebbly and rocky foreshore of Peppercombe beach, this row of three cottages including Coastguard Cottage 2 and Coastguard Cottage 3 is hidden away in the beautiful secluded woods of the Peppercombe valley. The cottages were traditionally built out of cob in the late eighteenth century, to house the officers of what was then called the Preventive Service - tasked with policing this wild stretch of coast to prevent smuggling - and later evolved into the life saving Coastguard Service. Wonderfully snug and picturesque, these cottages make ideal bases from which to explore this fascinating and little known coast.

Perfect for nature lovers, birdwatchers and anyone with a hankering after a remote spot close to the beach. Clovelly is around three miles away, and the more remote and rugged Hartland Point is a little further to the west. The delightful and lively old port of Bideford on the River Torridge, with plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants, is just four miles to the east.

The popular family beach of Westward Ho! with its blue flag status is just ten miles away with designated surfing areas.Children love to visit the local attractions of the Big Sheep and the Milky Way Theme Park is one of Devon’s top attractions.

Why not take a look at our other holiday cottages in Devon.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Kitchen/dining room, sitting room with multi-fuel stove, bathroom with shower over bath, single bedroom.
First floor
Two bedrooms (1 double with 5' bed, 1 single).
Visitor notes

Heating: Eco electric radiator heating and convector heating included.

Parking: There is a car parking area which offers space for one car.

Accessibility: Due to the remote location of this cottage, guests are advised that access is via a locked gate along a track approximately half a mile long. Please drive very slowly and with great care at all times. Low slung vehicles should exercise particular care.

Garden: At the front of the cottage there is a small garden which slopes down to the stream beyond the fence. A picnic table is just in front of the cottage where the ground is level.

Utilities: the washing machine also has a combined tumble dryer.

Local suppliers: Cruise from Bideford to Lundy Island on the MS Oldenburg from March to end of October or take an evening cruise from Bideford along the River Torridge.

Fly fishing: From 1st March to 30th September,a complementary day ticket for salmon and/or trout fishing on the East Lyn is available for guests, this can be collected at Watersmeet, open from 8am till dusk daily,for more information call 01598 763556.

Telephone: Calls can be made and received from the shared telephone located in an outside store behind Coastguard Cottage 3. There is no mobile signal in the valley but the signal is usually good at the top of the track.

Logs: Environmentally friendly briquettes can be purchased at the time of booking or whilst at the cottages for use on the fire.

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm at this cottage.

Cottage details
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Remote location
  • Cot/Highchair
  • Dishwasher
  • Shared telephone
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • DVD
  • Fridge
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287


Things to see and do nearby

The exterior of Higher Brownstone Farm, Coleton Fishacre, Devon  © Mike Henton

Devon's a big and beautiful county with much to offer. From bucolic sleepy market towns to the miles and miles of coastline, much loved by surfers, swimmers, families, and walkers from all over the world, a trip to this special place will stay with you for ever. We have a great range of holiday options in Devon, from holiday cottages brimming with character and lovingly restored to our bunkhouses and bothies, all located on or near land in the care of the National Trust.

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  • South West Coast Path
  • ferry link for day trips to Lundy from Ilfracombe and Bideford
  • Bird watching
  • cycling
  • freshwater and sea fishing
  • golf
  • horse riding
  • surfing
  • walking
  • water sports
  • tennis.
National Trust places to visit
Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum
Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum Intimate and intriguing Regency house, set in extensive estate, and impressive collection of horse-drawn vehicles
Lundy Unspoilt island, home to a fascinating array of wildlife amidst dramatic scenery
Heddon Valley
Heddon Valley Towering cliffs, secluded coves and a beautiful wooded valley within Exmoor National Park
Finch Foundry
Finch Foundry The last working water-powered forge in England
Lawrence House
Lawrence House Beautiful Georgian town house
Lydford Gorge
Lydford Gorge The deepest gorge in the South West, with spectacular 30 metre waterfall


Comments from past visitors

  • Mrs Walker
    • January 2017
    • Somerset
    Beautiful, cosy and warm cottage

    We enjoyed a lovely long weekend break. The cottage was beautiful, cosy and warm. We received such a lovely welcome! It was wonderful to see a tray filled with goodies and milk in the fridge! Our daughters especially enjoyed the scrumptious chocolate biscuits! Home from home feel! Even though it was disappointing to see Arlington Court closed, we decided to visit Clovelly village. It was a lovely little harbour village, but not up to National Trust quality. Their visitor centre was hideous, such an eyesore for such a stunning coastline. We visited Instow, it was lovely to wrap up warm and walk along the beach after a Sunday roast! My husband even managed to fit in a couple of runs including the park run in Bideford! My husband and I have beaten the January blues! Many thanks again, we've have made wonderful memories!

  • Richard Denby
    • June 2016
    • UK
    Special location

    The location is very special.

  • Damien Teisseire
    • May 2015
    • Greater London
    Made special by:

    Location, style. Nicely decorated. A welcoming note and flowers.

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.


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