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West Challacombe Cottage

Combe Martin, Devon

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Standing next to West Challacombe Manor, and sharing similar wonderful views to the south over open countryside, West Challacombe Cottage is an attractive traditional building in its own right. It has its own garden and makes a cosy and comfortable base in a beautiful, secluded spot from which to explore the extraordinary coastal heathland of the Hangman Hills and Holdstone Down, close by, and the stretch of coast at Heddon Valley and Woody Bay further east. Combe Martin, with shops, pubs, restaurants and beach, is also just a short walk away.

Easy access to the south west coast path and a very short walk to the secluded Wild Pear beach.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
sitting room with multi-fuel stove, kitchen/dining room.
First floor
two bedrooms (1 double with 5’ bed, 1 twin), shower room with lavatory.
Visitor notes

***************From January 2015 this cottage will no longer accept dogs********************

Heating: Night storage heating and convector heating included.

Approach to cottage: To reach this lovely cottage, access is via a single-track, rough lane with high hedgerows and limited passing opportunities.

Parking: There is parking available at the side of the cottage by the front of the gate.

There is a large barn attached to the building where bicycles/surfboards may be stored.

Please Note: There are flagstones to the front door which can be slippery when wet.

Garden: There is a large enclosed garden at the front of the cottage and a small garden at the back which can be a sun-trap.

Utilities/Electricals: The water supply is private and should be used sensibly. The washing machine and tumble dryer is a combined washer/dryer.

Logs/Charcoal: We offer a Fire Starter Kit consisting of eco kindling and firelighters for £6.50. Currently logs can also be pre-ordered at £5 per day or an unlimited supply of NT seasoned logs for £25 per week. From 1st September, logs will only be available for pre-order in nets at £6 each (one net will provide enough logs for a day).

Offers: 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.

The cottage can be rented with the adjoining West Challacombe Manor allowing a total capacity of 9 making it ideal for a holiday with extended family or friends.

Cottage details
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Celebration
  • Cot
  • 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.

Coastal heath (Common heather, Bell heather and Western gorse) lining the coastal path in late summer on the hillside above Heddon's Mouth near Lynton, 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. While 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. To the north of Exmoor are the dramatically picturesque seaside towns of Lynton and Lynmouth and to their west, the pretty villages of Parracombe and Combe Martin are the gateways to some breathtaking valley and coastal scenery. This is a landscape which captured the imagination of the 19th century Romantic poets and provided the inspiration for Lorna Doone and continues to thrill and delight all who discover it today. The River Heddno runs through Parracombe and then down through the wooded Heddon Valley, a paradise for butterflies and wild flowers, before reaching the sea at heddon\'s Mouth. Combe Martin is a fomer mining village in a sheltered valley that reaches the sea at a beach and harbour beneath the towering drama of the heath-clad cliffs of Little Hangman, with Great Hangman beyond. Like the Heddon Valley, a good network of footpaths here allows for some splendid and challenging walks to be enjoyed through this remarkable landscape. Nearby is lovely Arlington Court with its estate, house and garden and the National Trust Carriage Museum. 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. Activities in the area include birdwatching, cycling, fishing, horse riding, surfing, walking and water sports.

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  • Minehead and West Somerset Steam railway
  • Porlock and Porlock Weir
  • open top double decker bus links Minehead to Lynmouth through the Exmoor National Park
  • South West Coast Path.
  • Bird watching
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • horse riding
  • surfing
  • walking
  • water sports.
National Trust places to visit
Heddon Valley
Heddon Valley Towering cliffs, secluded coves and a beautiful wooded valley within Exmoor National Park
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
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

  • Anonymous
    • November 2014
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    Deserted beach!

    Beautiful location with a short walk to the deserted beach.

  • Anonymous
    • September 2013
    • ......................................
    Immediately at home

    On entering the cottage we felt immediately at home. The friendly handwritten note from the caretaker added a friendly welcoming touch

  • Shaun Wyman
    • August 2013
    • West Sussex
    Wonderful place

    Wonderful place, well equipped. Completely loved it.

  • Mr and Mrs Bell
    Our favourite cottage

    Our second visit to Combe Martin. Again we loved the peace and the views. Our favourite cottage.

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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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