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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 including Coastguard Cottage 1 and Coastguard Cottage 2 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, sitting room with multi-fuel stove, bathroom with shower over bath.
First floor
1 Double bedroom.
Visitor notes

Heating: Eco electric radiator heating and convector heating included.

Parking: There is a car parking area which offers parking 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 with chairs is just in front of the cottage where the ground is level.

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

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.

Not suitable for children

Due to there being no window restrictions or stairgates we feel this cottage is not suitable for small children.

Cottage details
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Special offers
  • Late Availability 15% 2016 - Offer from 26/05/2016 to 24/06/2016 Save 15% Late Availability 15%
  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Remote location
  • 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
  • No children allowed


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

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Anonymous
    • February 2016
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    Made enjoyable...

    The coast guard cottages at Peppercombe are in a great location and have an excellent ambiance for a cosy retreat. The cottage was very clean tidy and had excellent standard of appliances that you could need on holiday.

  • Jim Pendleton
    • November 2015
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    Made enjoyable by...

    We spent a very wet and windy few days and enjoyed every minute, including the walk up to the village pub and the good, pub food, supper!

  • Bayliss
    • November 2015
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    Made enjoyable by...

    The cottage was fantastic, the location was super and met all our requirements for a chilled week away. The level of cleanliness was a credit to Lynne the cottage's caretaker.

  • Mrs Miriam Radford
    • October 2015
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    Made enjoyable...

    The location, the cottage was perfect, the chance to relax, it was wonderful.

  • Tim Higginbotham
    • October 2015
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    Superb location

    The cottage was very clean, and we appreciated all the small touches made by the caretaker / cleaner. The location was superb, just what we wanted. We wish we could've stayed longer. The garden at the property was v nice, but it would've been even better if the small stream was made accessible. It would be a small job to cut back some of the plants to do this.

  • Anonymous
    • July 2015
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    Made enjoyable....

    The location and uniqueness of the cottage. It felt like a home from home.

  • 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.

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)

Special offers

  • Late Availability 15% 2016 - Offer from 26/05/2016 to 24/06/2016 Save 15% Late Availability 15%
  • 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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