Charming West Down House, near Bradworthy in Devon, has three enchanting self-catering holiday cottages and one apartment.
Dating from the sixteenth century the manor house is off the beaten track in 5½ acres of lovely gardens amongst beautiful rolling countryside in this peaceful and unspoilt corner of rural north Devon and Cornwall. West Down House is close to some of the most spectacular coastline in the UK that offers breathtaking scenery, unspoilt beaches and stunning coastal path walks.
Bradworthy village, of Saxon origin, with pub, shops and garage (fuel) is just over one mile. Bude, a family seaside resort with sandy beaches, rockpools and surfing is 10 miles and the rural market town of Holsworthy is 8 miles. Clovelly, the world famous quaint cobbled fishing village and harbour nestling in steep cliffs and Hartland Abbey, location for BBC's 2008 Sense & Sensibility drama, are both 9 miles. Tintagel, Boscastle, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Bodmin Moor, Padstow, Exeter, Plymouth, the Eden project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan are popular day trips with our visitors. You can see some more ideas we have put together at http://pinterest.com/westdownhouse/ .
Beaches, varied walking, surfing, cycling, swimming, golf, fishing, watersports and riding are available nearby. There are many fascinating local attractions and day trips for visitors. Our other holiday cottage, Victorian Smithy Cottage, is at Abbotsham near Bideford also in North Devon. Plenty of places to eat including many ancient village inns or at the restauarants in Bude, Bideford or Barnstaple.
* NEW FOR 2013 *
Drawing lessons are now available, by arrangement with our resident artist, Dawn Brookes-Ensor, in the studio space recently set up in our beautiful Victorian Drawing Room. All abilities welcome see http://www.artofdrawingdevon.com/. Dawn is also chair of the Bradworthy Arts Festival which is to run from 4 to 6 May this year to showcase the talents of many local artists working in different media at local venues.
In conjunction with this and beyond we are creating Sculpture Gardens here at West Down House. Already we have many lovely sculptures by talented artists which can be seen at http://www.facebook.com/Devoncottages. The sculptures are available to buy or the artists can be contacted through us to commission new work.
All accommodation is non-smoking, pet-free and is maintained to a high standard and is inspected annually by our agents.