7 Bedroom Spacious Country House near the Beach in Ilfracombe, Devon, England
- Near the Sea
- Village / Rural
- Baby Equipment
- Internet Access
- Log Fire
- Beach nearby
- Beach within walking distance
- Golf nearby
- Horse Riding
- Child Friendly
- Cook available
- Pet Friendly
Surrounded by more than an acre of garden and occupying a secluded, elevated position with views across the church to the valley and village below, The Old Vicarage is a stylish Victorian holiday house which blends period character with contemporary luxury. A walk to Lee beach and some stunning coastal walks. An eighth bedroom is available if required (for an additional cost) and reduced rates are available for smaller group sizes.
The Old Vicarage provides comfortable, spacious and elegant accommodation, and is equipped with everything you could possibly need to make you feel at home. If you like to relax outside, you'll be spoilt for choice – the gardens extends to over an acre, with a patio terrace and level lawn, complemented by terraces and sloping orchard borders. Lee Bay is a wonderful beach, lots of rock pools, a cave and amazing slate rock formations, safe for small children to explore. There are beautiful coastal walks to enjoy from Lee, you can surf and boogie board at Woolacombe, 10 minutes drive (voted best uk beach by Sunday times and coast mag.) or you can play a round of golf at Royal North Devon, Saunton or Ilfracombe, all of which are within easy reach. The delightful interiors combine with the wonderful seaside setting to create the perfect family holiday house.
Secluded without being isolated, The Old Vicarage sits in the legendary village of Lee on the North Devon coast, just 2.5 miles from the surfing beach of Woolacombe. Lee itself is a very quiet village, home only to a small gift shop and the Grampus Inn, which does excellent food. The nearest beach is just a 5 minute walk from the house and when the tide is low it is possible to access Sandy Bay with its fascinating caves and rock formations. You can also access a beautiful walk along the footpath towards Bull Point, Mortehoe and Woolacombe. There is a wealth of activities on offer nearby, from walking, cycling and horse riding to golfing, surfing, quad biking and kite flying. In addition, the famous villages of Clovelly, Lynton and Croyde are a stone’s throw along the coast and Lundy Island (12 miles off the coast and designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest) is easy to get to by ferry from Ilfracombe.
The nearest train station is Barnstaple, 15 miles away and from here you can easily get a taxi to the house.
Nearest Train Station:
Barnstaple 15 miles
Nearest Bus Stop:
200m down the hill from the house
The Grampus Inn in the village
A 5 minute walk from the house
Woolacombe and Ilfracombe
There are 7 bedrooms in the main house – 2 super king (1 en-suite), 2 king size double, 1 twin, and 2 attic rooms (1 single and1 bunk in one room, and 1 double and 1 single in the other room) which are ideal for children. The Bothy positioned just behind the main house offers an 8th bedroom, sleeping an addition 2 adults if required. The kitchen has an oak dining table which seats at least 15, a range cooker and all the utensils and appliances you need for large scale cooking. Adjoining the kitchen there is a small utility room. The drawing room is large and bright with exposed floorboards, an open fireplace and a slate hearth. Double doors open to the front and the room is well-equipped with a TV, a DVD player and an iPod dock. A second living/TV room has comfy seating, a large TV with DVD collection, a Wii console and sash windows which overlook the garden and valley. It also has a selection of good old-fashioned board games. In addition there is a study/office with a large desk, a Victorian entrance lobby and an impressive recep
The house is approached through a pillared entrance which leads onto a gravel driveway with space to park at least 5 cars. A pathway leads round to the front of the house which widens into a patio in front of the drawing room. Bordering the patio is a large area of level lawn and this slopes up towards a small orchard and a fenced copse area. The garden enjoys sun all day long and tables and chairs that seat 15 means that there is plenty of space for al fresco dining. A large gas and coal BBQ and parasol are also provided.
For grocery shopping there is a Tesco in Ilfracombe (3.6 miles away). Tesco, Sainsbury's and Majestic Wine will both deliver to the house. If you’d like a night off from cooking we can recommend a couple of excellent local caters.
Conditions of Rental
Dogs are welcome by prior arrangement. Egyptian cotton linen, bath towels and complimentary Branche d' Olive toiletries are provided but beach towels are not. Boogie Boards and children’s buckets and spades are also available at the house. Complimentary logs are provided in the winter months, as is WiFi internet access. Week bookings run from Friday to Friday, weekends run from Friday to Monday the Sunday night being complimentary to those who can stay the extra night! The arrival time is 4pm and departure time is 10am. No smoking in the house.