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Woolley Lodge

Barnstaple, Devon

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Nestled on the outer edge of the 600-year-old Arlington estate only six miles from Barnstaple, this Victorian gardener’s lodge is set in secluded woodland. The cottage sits at the top of a little-used driveway accessed from the A39 behind elegant wrought-iron gates, originally planned to be the grand entrance to the estate. From the doorstep miles of footpaths criss-cross the 2,700 acre estate, with the Court itself only two miles on foot across the wooded valley.

The cottage has undergone some refurbishment having its window relocated to enable you to enjoy views of the woodland and a bank of wild flowers depending on the season. The bathroom has been refurbished and enjoys under floor heating.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
hall/dining room, single bedroom, sitting room with solid-fuel stove, kitchen, double bedroom, bathroom with shower over bath.
Visitor notes

Heating: The cottage is heated with eco electric radiators.

Garden: There is a large level garden at front of the cottage with picnic table and bench seating. The garden is not enclosed.

Parking: There is level parking right outside the door.

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

Offers: Cottage guests have free access to Arlington Court during opening hours and a single use discount voucher for the shop and tea room per guest

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 is approximately 6 miles from Barnstaple railway station.

Cottage details
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Dogs allowed
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Coast nearby
  • Railway nearby
  • Single storey
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio


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

  • Julie Major
    • January 2015
    • Cornwall
    Our 3rd stay!

    Beautifully prepared cottage as usual - this is our 3rd stay here. Quiet, woodland location. Log fire and comfortable sitting room.

  • Joanna Hudson
    • January 2015
    • Somerset

    Great little cottage, efficient heating system, loved having a back and front door, especially like the slates inside the back door area as it was great for taking off muddy boots and the heater in the hallway dried everything out quickly. The property being a gatehouse it was a special moment opening the old iron gates to the property- and to step out of the door into woodland was fantastic.

  • Sarah Dean
    • November 2014
    • Dorset
    Perfect location

    Lovely log burner, perfect location and well thought out details like the bag for walking - great! It was fantastic!

  • Anonymous
    • November 2014
    • ------------
    Very cosy

    Although next to a road, the cottage feels remote, nestled away in a wood, but very cosy.

  • Carrie Jaffe
    • January 2014
    • Somerset
    Property had a lovely feel

    The property had a lovely feel to it. The bathroom was wonderful. The backpack to use on walks was an unexpected extra.

  • Andrew Major
    • November 2013
    • Cornwall
    Welcoming cottage

    A very welcoming,comfortable cottage in beautiful woodland setting with walks straight from the front door

  • Kim Tubbs
    • August 2013
    • West Midlands
    Peace & quiet

    The peace and quiet and lovely walks right on your doorstep.

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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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