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Coastguard Cottage 3

Clovelly, Devon

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A few minutes stroll from the pebbly and rocky foreshore of Peppercombe beach, this row of three cottages 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, picturesque and romantic, Coastguard 3, makes an ideal base from which to explore this fascinating and little known coast. Perfect for nature lovers, birdwatchers and anyone with a hankering after a remote and lovely spot close to the beach. Clovelly is around three miles away, and the more remote Hartland Point, romantic, rugged and isolated, 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.

Cruise from Bideford to Lundy Island on the MS Oldenburg or take an evening cruise from Bideford along the River Torridge.

The popular beach of Westward Ho! with its blue flag status is just 10 miles away with designated surfing areas; it is also renowned for angling. There are other excellent beaches in easy reach.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
kitchen, sitting room with multi-fuel stove, bathroom with shower over bath.
First floor
bedroom (double).
Visitor notes

Heating: Eco electric radiator heating and convector heating included.

Approach to cottage: 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.

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

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

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.

Utilities/Electricals: The washing machine and tumble dryer are a combined washer/dryer.

Offers: For any 2 night starting on a Friday, or 3 nights starting on a Thursday, guests can benefit from a late Sunday departure time of 6pm, at no extra charge.

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-logs 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 bag eco-logs, 1 x net of eco kindling, 1 x box of eco-firelighters for £12.

Further supplies of eco-logs at £5 per bag, eco kindling £3.50 and eco-firelighters £3.50.

Cottage details
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Remote location
  • Dishwasher
  • Shared telephone
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • 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

South West England
Two women drawing a huge sun on the sandy beach at Kynance Cove, Cornwall. © John Miller

The South West region is probably England's most well-known holiday hotspot, being home to some of the most famous seaside resorts. Pretty villages and harbours in Cornwall, many with sweeping sandy beaches, such as St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to name but a few, give way to sophisticated seaside resorts in Devon and Dorset which include Bournemouth, Torquay and Ilfracombe. The history of this region is unrivalled; Wiltshire's spectacular downland and the stone circles at Avebury and Stonehenge, through Hardy's Dorset, dramatic Dartmoor and gentler Exmoor, to the mining landscapes of Cornwall and West Devon, which are now recognised as being of international significance, having been awarded World Heritage Site status in 2006. The Trust protects 370 miles of the coastline in Devon and Cornwall and, wherever you are in the two far western counties, you're never more than 25 miles from the sea. As well as this peninsula, the Trust also cares for much of the countryside in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset and a wide array of fascinating properties to visit and explore. Not surprisingly, perhaps, this area is also home to the widest selection of National Trust holiday cottages.

North Devon
Coastal heath (Common heather, Bell heather and Western gorse) lining the coastal path in late summer on the Great Hangman (National Trust) near Combe Martin, North Devon. © David Noton

North Devon with its outstanding coast, glorious moorland, plunging wooded valleys and remote, unchanging rural landscapes inland - has so much to offer the visitor, no matter what type of holiday you are looking for. On the coast you will find miles of sandy beaches at places like Woolacombe and Croyde, and some of the finest surf in Britain (whether you're a beginner or a pro), interspersed by long and lonely stretches of dramatic soaring cliffs and rugged headlands, with the South West Coast Path running all the way along the coast, guaranteeing some exhilarating walking . The beautiful wooded valleys and winding rivers of Exmoor National Park add a softer touch to the landscape around the fringes of the high bare moorland, whilst the lively coastal towns in the area Lynton, Ilfracombe, Barnstaple and Bideford - bring a bit of seaside sparkle. Inland, there are historic market towns and hidden villages in the lovely unspoilt valleys of the Taw and the Torridge.

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place to visit
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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

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Anonymous
    • February 2015
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    Exceeded our expectations

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and the cottage exceeded our expectations. We really appreciated the small things like the back pack and flask which came in handy. We will definitely booking another trip. What made our stay special was just the facilities at the cottage. We felt at home and that we were really being looked after. Everything we need and more was provided at the cottage which made our stay really special. It enabled us to relax enjoy the roaring stove which added to the experience.

  • Helen Williams
    • December 2014
    • Wiltshire
    Unique flavour

    The peace,the isolation,the sense of us being alone in 'our' valley as there was no-one in the other cottages. The close proximity to the sea was lovely too. We came for a short pre-Christmas romantic break to eat ,drink and write Christmas cards and it more than fitted the bill! It was really snug,warm and private. Ne in the other cottages The cottage was well up to the usual NT standard:well equipped,immaculate and welcoming. Every mod con was available yet it retained its unique flavour. The road down to it was tricky but the info warned of this so we took a four wheel drive car but this perhaps needs more confirmation on the website as it came in the info after we had booked and others may have booked and then found their car rather unsuitable. However,the road also led to isolation and more charm

  • Anonymous
    • November 2014
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    Secluded spot

    Magical secluded spot, wonderful to have no wifi or mobile signal! Beautifully cleaned - thank you. Would have preferred a slightly firmer bed (but appreciate that is personal taste) and the only thing that was missing was a small coffee table - otherwise the cottage was wonderfully appointed.

  • Anonymous
    • November 2014
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    Made special:

    The cottage was immaculately clean, very well provisioned with lovely crockery and snug and cosy. We loved the flowers and tea tray on arrival. The beautiful woodland valley location, which meant we fell asleep to the babbling brook and owls hooting, and woke up to pheasants roosting in the trees. Amazing!

  • William Blackmore
    • October 2014
    • Lincolnshire
    Pretty cottage

    A remote and pretty cottage with interesting coastal walks from the door. Lovely to find flowers in kitchen and fire laid.

  • Jenny Maxwell
    • December 2013
    • Bristol
    Welcoming & cosy

    We absolutely loved the woodburning stove as it made the cottage so welcoming and cosy. I rang the contact centre before hand because I was slightly worried we would be arriving after 7 but this was fine and staff were so helpful. Love the visitor book, flowers and biscuits.

  • Paul MacMahon
    • December 2013
    • London
    Private location

    What made this place special...........The stunning and private location. Money can't buy the peace, beauty and serenity this offered.

  • Hannah and Chris
    The National Trust are brilliant for looking after the cottage and you will find it immaculate

    My Boyfriend and I stayed in No.3 CoastGuard Cottages in November 2009. We had a mid-week break because we fancied a cosy break together. Directions to the cottage were excellent. Once you leave the A39 there is a bit of off-roading to do which is a tad scary in the dark but well worth it. You don't need a special car but you do need to take it slow getting down to the cottage. The cottage itself is very cosy, the kitchen is more than ample for all your needs. The lounge is very cosy and great for a real-fire night in. The National Trust are brilliant for looking after the cottage and you will find it immaculate, with everything you need for your holiday. We wanted to go for a local explore and also do some walking, there is plenty to keep you busy in the area, recomnmend a walk across the cliff tops although it is mainly up hill. The local town, Bidford, is only 15 mins drive away and has everything you need, recommend the local Glouscester Old Spot farm shop - if you can find it.... ;-) if you are looking for isolation then you have found it. Enjoy

  • Jennie and David
    The subtle beauty and welcoming warmth

    Coastguard Cottage 3 -The subtle beauty and welcoming warmth of this cottage reflected the surrounding tranquility. There was everything we needed, it was so cosy!!. It was our first National Trust experience and definitely won't be the last.

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  • 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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