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The Retreat At Smythapark

Combe Martin (6mls SE), Devon
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Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Decorated for Christmas
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Detached converted barn in an idyllic countryside setting with far reaching views from the sun-trap patio
  • Part of a historic estate yet nestling in a secluded setting at end of private lane, perfectly situated to watch local wildlife
  • Explore the immediate area on foot and visit neighbouring National Trust Arlington Court
  • Enjoy various cycle routes right on your doorstep
Property code: 77349

This secluded barn conversion has been lovingly fitted and furnished in a beautifully sympathetic style and is perfectly placed to enjoy the best of both coast and country.

Within 7 miles of Exmoor, this contemporary country bolthole is perfect for couples who love spending time together in the great outdoors. After a day hiking the wild terrain of the moors or meeting the residents of Exmoor Zoo, head back to base for a quiet evening in. Get cosy in front of the wood burner watching a rom-com or enjoy a tipple on the front patio as you toast the wonderful countryside views that make this place so special.

Inside, natural light fills the open-plan living area during the day, and in summer you can bring the outside world in by throwing open the bifold doors. The kitchen has all the mod cons you’d expect from such a stylish, contemporary property. Grab a quick snack at the breakfast bar before you head out for the day or take the dog for a walk across the large field surrounding the property. Rise and shine to idyllic views of the countryside through the floor-to-ceiling windows in the king-size bedroom upstairs and kickstart your morning with an invigorating shower.

Enjoy an amble to the National Trust’s Arlington Court, 2 miles from the property. See Regency carriages, an impressive shell collection and beautiful blooms in the Victorian Garden. Alternatively, drive to North Devon’s largest town Barnstaple (7 miles). By day, browse the traditional pannier market and at night dress up for a show at the Queen’s Theatre. If you fancy a day out at the coast, head to Ilfracombe (15 miles) or travel between Lynton and Lynmouth (12 miles) on the famous cliff railway.

  • 1 bedroom - king-size
  • 1 en-suite shower room
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher
  • Wood burner (first basket of logs included)
  • Electric and electric underfloor heating included
  • Ample private off-road parking
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Beach 9 miles, shop 6 miles and pub 4 miles
  • TV/DVD in the lounge area
  • Charcoal BBQ available
  • Due to the properties remote location, this property is not suitable for electric cars (nearest charging point 9miles)
  • Private water supply
  • This property will be decorated for Christmas
  • Arrival: 15:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 1 dog allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week
  • There is an Accidental Damage Deposit of £150 when booking at this property, however this may be waived for £20. We’ll provide more details about this when booking your holiday.

 

 

Sarah Hardy

This property is personally managed by Sarah.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 39 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Stephen 22nd December 2023

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If you want a retreat from the pressures of life this is the place for you. Set in stunning countryside this is the perfect one bedroomed cottage for you and your pooch to relax and chill out. Your near neighbours are foxes and deer and your dog will have a wonderful time in the enclosed garden and adjacent field. The cottage is cosy (a genuine 2 pRead moreerson accommodation) built to a high spec and kitted out with everything you could want. We had a thoroughly enjoyable Christmas there. Hide

Reviewed by Neil 1st December 2023

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Reviewed by Desley 10th November 2023

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This is our third visit, its very secluded and comfortable. Nice bottle of red wine on arrival and the owners are there if you need them. Just a very wonderful place to spend a week

Reviewed by Annie 13th October 2023

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This cottage is situated on its own and it has the most amazing views with the Stunning scenery overlooking fields, hills, valleys and Exmoor/Dartmoor national park. These views are seen sitting by the fire or having lazy morning in bed. Such a relaxing tranquil cottage. The bed was comfortable , the shower (once plumber came) was warm, the chairs Read moredownstairs reclined which was nice sitting by the fire which we had on most evenings to stay warm and keep it cosy. Cottage is well equipped Hide

Reviewed by David 29th September 2023

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A beautiful Devon valley view from this perfectly appointed accommodation. In a secluded location accessed via narrow lanes The Retreat was ideal for our week away with Ted - he thoroughly enjoyed morning walks around the adjacent field, a longer ramble to Arlington and runs on the beaches at Saunton, Croyde and Woolacombe. A cosy log fire in the eRead morevening was relaxing in this well-equipped and uncluttered recently converted stone building. And thank you for the wine and tasty tomatoes! Hide

Reviewed by Jennie 22nd September 2023

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Second year of staying and had the most lovely week. The Weather wasnt best but still managed to get out every day. Such a beautiful place to stay. Thank you again for a fab week.

Reviewed by Sue 15th September 2023

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Stunning Location, peaceful and very quiet. Views are amazing. The retreat is very comfortable, clean and well equipped. Nice bottle of Wine to welcome you which is always a bonus. We can highly recommend the Retreat at Loxhore.

Reviewed by Lucy 1st September 2023

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An excellent property, in a beautiful location. The views are amazing and it is so peaceful. Waking up and seeing the deer in the field opposite was incredible. The hosts are welcoming and friendly and leave you to enjoy your holiday but are close by if any problems. We love to walk and this is perfect for walks and bike hire to get around and see Read morea beautiful part of the country. Would recommend to everyone and we would definitely return Hide

Reviewed by Sonja 25th August 2023

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Reviewed by Helen 11th August 2023

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Excellent accommodation. Weve had the best stay. Exactly like the photos and as described the photos dont do the views justice- absolutely stunning! Really dog friendly, very secure garden and lovely to have access to the field. The location is perfect for exploring north Devon, Woolacombe beach our favourite for dog walks (off lead). Great local fRead morearm shop and recommend The Black Venus pub. Really warm welcome on arrival and enjoyed the bottle of wine - thank you! Hope to be back again! Hide

Reviewed by Darren 14th July 2023

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Absolutely stunning!! Amazing location, and very aptly named the retreat.. so peaceful!! The cottage is finished to the highest standard. Couldnt ask for any more. Highly recommended!!

Reviewed by Dawn 30th June 2023

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Very relaxing, Great views, very comfy cottage, everything you need to make your stay very comfortable. The Fan in the bedroom was brilliant- kept it nice & cool up there Both of us slept really well the week we were there, as its so quiet (usually we are awake from 5am) A lot of single track roads to get to main A roads A farm shop about a mile frRead moreom cottage that has plenty to offer Barnstable is about 10/15 min drive & all the big supermarkets are there Thanks for the welcome wine Hide

Reviewed by Anita 23rd June 2023

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Absolutely stunning views. Will hopefully stay again.

Reviewed by Barry 9th June 2023

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Reviewed by Jackie 2nd June 2023

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A perfect house for a single person or couple. The location is very special offering beautiful views across open farmland. Well appointed and comfortable accommodation. Ideally situated for the coast and Exmoor, providing lovely walks, often in dramatic landscapes. Also plenty of local footpaths to explore the area. The walk to Arlington Court shouRead moreldnt be missed. Hide

Reviewed by Karen 26th May 2023

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Reviewed by Ann 12th May 2023

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Reviewed by Alison 21st April 2023

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This cottage is beautiful, it is exactly like the photos but more gorgeous when you realise the privacy of the cottage. Total chill out place, fab garden to sit and read in. Lovely local walks and not a massive drive to the beaches. The bed was so comfy by day 3 I was so relaxed slept till gone 9am, which is not usual for me. Dog friendly too, our Read moredog had the best time in the field and the walk down the side of the cottage, although a little challenging was super. We will definitely return Hide

Reviewed by Margaret 24th March 2023

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House in Loxhore, Devon was in an idyllic location and we enjoyed peace and quiet with exceptional countryside views. It was clean, very comfortable and was kitted out to a high standard. Five star accommodation. Host, Karen welcomed us and left a bottle if wine for us to enjoy.

Reviewed by Desley 25th November 2022

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This is the second time me & my husband have stayed. It is a very comfortable and quiet place away from noise and such a beautiful view. The owners meet you as you arrive but stay away but on hand if you need anything which we didnt. Love it there you will definitely have a great holiday

Reviewed by Adam 18th November 2022

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Lovely setting, comfortable accommodation presented to a very high standard. Our dog loved the field. We would 100% stay again.

Reviewed by Katy 11th November 2022

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Perfect gateway, accurately named as The Retreat. Cottage is modern, very comfortable and well equipped with stunning views. The log fire was a real treat after a long walk. Well definitely be coming back!

Reviewed by Jeanette 7th October 2022

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Excellent stay again. Cottage has everything required and more for an amazing stay. Lanes are very narrow getting to cottage but adds to the holiday. Remote and quiet really lets you relax and recharge. Cottage furnised to highest standard . Nicely situated to explore all the surrounding areas.

Reviewed by Ann 23rd September 2022

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Third time we have stayed at the Retreat, absolutely love it there, already booked for next year.

Reviewed by Margaret 16th September 2022

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Modern comfortable with great views,helped by almost perfect weather.

Reviewed by Martin 9th September 2022

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This was a fabulous find last year and it's the first time I have ever gone back to the same place. It is a true haven tucked away in absolute peace. The owner's are truly friendly and respect your privacy at the same time. The telling truth of what a great place and location it is the fact we didn't want to leave.

Reviewed by Anne 2nd September 2022

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This property really is the cream of the crop. Exactly how it looks in the photos. Everything is top quality. Owners very helpful. Would recommend it without hesitation.

Reviewed by Susan 19th August 2022

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the owners and property were first class . but i do think the local roads are worthy of a mention.

Reviewed by Matthew 12th August 2022

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The cottage was absolutely stunning accommodation in an extremely rural setting. The accommodation was spotlessly clean and all the facilities within the cottage were excellent. The views were amazing, with frequent wildlife in the field, bats, owls, rabbits, pheasants etc... and cows in the adjoining fields. It was a truly stunning and peaceful brRead moreeak and would recommend this to anyone who wants a break away from everything, off the beaten track. Hide

Reviewed by Sue 29th July 2022

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WOW, a truly amazing property, with an equally amazing view. Well positioned for visiting so many places without getting caught up in the Barnstaple traffic. Fantastic sitting outside on the patio soaking up the stunning countryside. Watching the deer, pheasants and rabbits, and listening to the birds singing. Truly a place to chill out. The properRead morety was very comfortable and clean. Would definitely return. Hide

Reviewed by Ruth 22nd July 2022

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This cottage is in a beautiful and peaceful location with lovely views. The cottage is very modern and comfortable and has everything you could need. The location is great- easy to get to all the beach locations as well as tarka trail, steam trains and much more. It was a bonus that the garden was enclosed for our child, meant he could be free rangRead moree! Hide

Reviewed by Mark 1st July 2022

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Perfect place for escaping

Reviewed by Val 17th June 2022

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Wonderful cottage, very comfortable and beautifully decorated. Very quiet location with countryside views. A hidden gem.

Reviewed by Barry 10th June 2022

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Beautiful holiday accommodation with superb views of the North Devon rolling countryside to Dartmoor. Watching Buzzards soaring overhead is better than watching TV.

Reviewed by Jennie 27th May 2022

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The most beautiful property in a spectacular and amazing location. The name suits it perfectly. We had a gorgeous week, even out nervous springer Rosy settled very quickly and loved it. Thank you so much Karen and Nick.

Reviewed by Ann 13th May 2022

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Reviewed by Mark 6th May 2022

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Lovely place with amazing view and peaceful setting.

Reviewed by Maureen 29th April 2022

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A very secluded position with the most amazing view.

Reviewed by Rob 15th April 2022

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Fantastic place and location was perfect - remote, isolated , Peaceful and quiet Over all Perfect Thanks

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