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Mortuary Cottage

Barnstaple, Devon

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This quaint, characterful cottage was earmarked during the Second World War to be a keeping place for air raid victims. Thankfully it was never needed and is today a charming, cosy cottage perfect for an intimate escape. Set alongside the meandering River Yeo on the edge of the Arlington estate, the cottage is tucked along a narrow Devonian lane in the hamlet of Loxhore. The cottage garden gives views of the Arlington parkland, where Red deer can often be spotted in the autumn. A gently inclining three mile stroll through woodland will get you to Arlington Court.

The cottage is just six miles from Barnstaple with its historic and renowned pannier market which opens six days a week. For those seeking local produce, there are quality farm shops within easy reach of the cottage selling home reared meat and home grown produce.

The perfect way to explore this beautiful coastline is by bike, along the Tarka Trail that uses the old railways of North Devon and offers over 30 miles of traffic free cycling.

Excellent course fishing at Bratton Fisheries, just 2 miles away.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
kitchen/diner, sitting room with solid fuel stove.
First floor
bedroom (double) with en-suite shower room with lavatory.
Visitor notes

Heating: Oil filled radiators included.

Garden: There is an upper level garden for the washing line and a small grassed area.

Parking: There is level parking right outside the door. Although there is ample room for parking and turning, please note that the riverbank falls steeply away at the edge of the garden.

Offers: Free access to Arlington Court during opening hours.

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

Logs/Charcoal: Pre-order an unlimited supply of the Estate's seasoned logs for £25 per week or £5 per night. We also offer an Fire Starter Kit consisting of eco kindling and firelighters for £6.50

Not suitable for children

Due to the proximity of the River Yeo we feel this cottage is unsuitable for children.

Cottage details
Let starts
Min stay
Dogs allowed
Yes, 1
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Acorn rating What's this?
  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Railway nearby
  • Dishwasher
  • Television
  • 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
  • No children allowed


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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  • Barnstaple - North Devon commerical and agricultural centre with shops
  • restaurants and leisure centre. Boats from Bideford or Ilfracombe to Lundy Island
  • Exmoor National Park.
  • Bird watching
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • horse riding
  • walking
  • water sports.
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
Heddon Valley
Heddon Valley Towering cliffs, secluded coves and a beautiful wooded valley within Exmoor National Park
Watersmeet Dramatic river gorge and ancient woodlands near the rocky North Devon coast
Holnicote Estate
Holnicote Estate Varied landscape of moorland, woods, farms and coast, rich in wildlife
Dunster Working Watermill
Dunster Working Watermill Fully restored watermill
Dunster Castle
Dunster Castle Ancient castle with fine interiors and subtropical gardens

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Ian Wade
    • December 2014
    • Kent
    Made special:

    Walking straight on to the quiet tracks on the estate will always be special for us and our dog. The Est mgr was extremely helpful when we arrived and we could not open key safe. With us within minutes. Please thank him.

  • Anonymous
    • November 2014
    • -----------
    Made special:

    Intrigued to find out about the history of the cottages and how the NT renovated the property. The welcome card and flowers are appreciated.

  • David Hooper
    • November 2013
    • Devon
    Will book again

    Very nice cottage x Will book another soon x

  • Sally Williams
    • June 2013
    • Bristol
    Perfect country hideaway

    This chocolate box pretty cottage complete with exposed beams, flag stone floors and a wood burning stove was the perfect country hideaway. We enjoyed breakfast beside the stream in the garden and walks from the door to Arlington Court, followed by top-notch cream teas in Arlighton’s café. Croyde and Baggy Point are a short drive away, great for surfing, rockpooling and coastal walks.

  • Tom and Kit
    We loved our stay

    We loved our stay there but the two warming chairs in front of the fire were quite old. Nice to see they have been replaced by a cheerful settee. We enjoyed free eggs from the nearby farm and watching the locals travel by on horseback. A very cheery cottage that doesn't live up to its name!

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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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