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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 with 4'6 bed, 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
Let starts
Min stay
Dogs allowed
Yes, 1
Cottage ref
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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

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

  • Kelly Quinn
    • October 2015
    • ....
    Made enjoyable...

    We had a fantastic holiday in an excellent location. Cottage was wonderful and perfect for our needs. Would def stay again given the opportunity

  • Lynne Reading
    • August 2015
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    Lovely location

    We enjoyed the unique setting of Woolley Lodge, soaking up the atmosphere and thinking of the history behind it all. We were very warm and comfortable in the cottage and liked the location for ease of access to beaches and other interesting places to visit.

  • Richard Heal
    • August 2015
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    Made enjoyable..

    Free access to Arlington Court and walks around the cottage.

  • 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.

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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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