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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 fly fishing at Bratton Fishery is just 2 miles away.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Kitchen/diner, sitting room with solid fuel stove.
First floor
Double bedroom (4'6 bed) with en-suite shower room.
Visitor notes

Heating: Oil filled radiators included.

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.

Garden: There is an upper level garden for the washing line and a small grassed area where you can sit by the river.

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

Free access to Arlington Court during opening hours.

Logs: Arlington Estate's own logs can be purchased at the time of booking or whilst at the cottages for use on the fire.

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
Cottage ref
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Romantic
  • Railway nearby
  • Remote Location
  • Dishwasher
  • Television
  • 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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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

  • Mr I Calderwood
    • April 2016
    • Stamford
    Everything provided

    Made enjoyable by... The welcome tray from the caretaker. We really appreciated the ordnance survey maps of the local area which made exploring fun. Everything is provided in NT cotttages - i.e washing up liquid and dishwasher tablets, tea towels etc. This is not usual in most holiday cottages. Thank you!

  • Williams
    • April 2016
    • ...

    The setting of the cottage was wonderful and the small touch of chocolate Easter bunnies on arrival for Easter weekend was very thoughtful. It is so quiet all you can hear is the river running outside in the garden and the crackle of the log burner, just perfect .

  • Mr J Clark
    • March 2016
    • London
    Very clean

    Made enjoyable by its....Location and walks. Good kitchen. Comfortable bed. Very clean.

  • Kevin Marston
    • March 2016
    • ...
    Cosy, comfortable cottage

    We loved the peace and tranquility of the location. The cottage was cosy, comfortable with a nice feel to it. It was also very clean, and not having dogs ourselves we were pleased that there was no evidence of dogs having been there, as this was a little bit of a concern. It was lovely to have the grounds of Arlington Court on the doorstep and to have some information on the background of the property.

  • Ray Edwards
    • February 2016
    • ...
    Romantic charm

    My wife and I stayed at this cottage on our honeymoon in 2008 and this was our first visit back, timed so our anniversary was during our stay. We were both extremely happy to see that the cottage had lost none of its romantic charm, and its location is superb to be able to explore the local area, especially as we brought our dog with us. There have been a couple of tweaks to the cottage with new heating and a remodelled kitchen diner all of which have added to the cottage.

  • Joliffe
    • February 2016
    • ..
    Particularly enjoyed...

    The woodburner, the tranquility, the ease of booking.

  • Ottaway
    • January 2016
    • .....
    Just what we want!

    Made enjoyable by the property location, and the area it's in. Other nearby facilities, ie walks, pubs and the locality. We've visited this property several times before, at different times of the year, (usually not in the main holiday season) and always found it to provide just what we required. On a personal note I would particularly like to thank Sally in your Booking Team, who helped us extend our stay when plans changed at short notice. She dealt promptly with the issue and used her initiative to make us aware as there were v poor communications in the remote area. Many thanks.

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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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