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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 1 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.
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Heating: Eco Electrorad heating and convector heating included.
Parking: There is parking for one vehicle.
Garden: The grassed area in front of the cottages slopes quite steeply down to a stream, your picnic table with comfortable chairs is just in front of the cottage where the ground is level.
Accessibility: Due to the remote location of this cottage, guests are advised that access is via a locked gate along a rough track approximately half a mile long. Please drive very slowly and with great care at all times. Low slung vehicles should exercise particular care.
Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm.
Local suppliers: Cruise from Bideford to Lundy Island on the MS Oldenburg from March to the 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: The fire will be laid for you on arrival with enough fuel to get you started. Pre-ordered fire starter kits and additional pre-ordered eco-briquettes will be left in the cottage for guests upon arrival. Further purchases can be made by calling the Contact Centre during your stay. Fire starter kit - 1 x pack of 6 eco-briquettes, 1 x net of eco kindling, 1 x box of eco-firelighters for £12. Further supplies of eco-briquettes at £5 per bag, eco kindling £3.50 and eco-firelighters £3.50.
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.