Set in 50 acres of unspoilt countryside, woodland and meadows on the Devon/Cornwall border near Morwenstow, Gooseham Barton Farm and Cottages offers an idyllic spot to relax and unwind. Especially perfect for the equestrian enthusiast from the most experienced to the absolute beginner, the farm has been a licensed riding stables since 1974 with around 20 ponies and horses to ride throughout the year. Being at the gateway of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there is always so much to discover, whether on foot, bicycle or horseback the stunning landscape with deep wooded valleys and pretty coastal villages is not to be missed. And as all cottages welcome at least two dogs each, your four-legged friend will get to tag along too.
A rocky cove, Marsland Mouth, is within walking distance of Gooseham Barton while the sandy beach, aptly named Sandymouth, is just three miles distant. Gooseham Barton is close to the market towns of Bude, Kilkhampton, Holsworthy, Hartland and Bideford - giving guests a wide variety of places to visit. Gooseham appears in the Domesday book, but the history of the area goes back much further- Morwenstow was named after St Morwenna who arrived in the 500s from Wales, along with around twenty brothers and sisters who settled in the valleys, moors and coastal area and became the early saints. There are still lots of remnants from these days in the holy wells that dot the landscape. Along the coastline are countless shipwrecks, over a hundred are documented in a few miles. For hundreds of years the few people eking a living could supplement their living with the bounty from the sea, and the area had a reputation for 'wrecking' or driving ships onto the coast by confusing them with lights. Whether this was true or not, a popular local prayer was 'Let there be no shipwrecks this night, but if there are let them be bountiful.' Opposite the churchyard in Morwenstow are the Rectory Tea Rooms serving lunches and cream teas from Easter until the end of October. Just back from the church at Crosstown is the Bush Inn, a country pub serving meals. On the other side of the valley at Welcombe is another country pub, The Old Smithy Inn featuring retro decor, good food and a warm welcome. It is a pleasant ride or walk from Gooseham across the valley. Slightly further afield are plenty of interesting places for everyone - gardeners will love to see Hartland Abbey and Docton Mill Gardens, children will love The Milky Way adventure park and The Big Sheep, and beach lovers will find a spot for every persuasion, whether a big sandy expanse at low tide Sandymouth, or a quiet and romantic spot at hidden Stanbury Mouth. For those interested in surfing lessons, there is the Freewave surf academy at nearby Widemouth beach. Golfers can have a round at Ivyleaf, which is a 9 hole and good for all abilities, or for a more serious game try the links course at Bude Golf Club.
For those who just like to potter around their cottage, Gooseham Barton is the perfect place. And with four cottages to choose from, you can come away with large groups of friends and family. Whether you just want to help to feed the horses or the sheep, have a game of table tennis in the games room, enjoy a barbecue in the courtyard, or just enjoy the walks through the woodlands and winding country lanes nearby, there really is something for everyone.
Norman Cottage has the most modern feel of all four cottages at Gooseham Barton but still retains much of its traditional character including a very cute wooden front door, large multi-fuel burning stove and beamed ceiling in the living/dining room and a vaulted beamed ceiling in the main bedroom. The large entrance area is perfect for storing walking and wellington boots, coats and hats and leads into the recently refurbished kitchen which has a light and airy feel and has a connecting door to the kitchen of William Cottage next door - perfect for large groups or two families wanting to spend more time together. Upstairs there is a large master bedroom with a double and single bed, a bathroom with thermostatically mixer shower with no taps (ensuring no chance of increased water temperature) over the bath and a very cute bedroom with 2'6" bunks which children will be delighted to discover. Outside, as well as the communal courtyard, raised flower beds and barbecue area, there is a lovely wooden seat by the front door.
This property offers a low occupancy discount of 10% on full weekly bookings for parties of 2 or less at certain times of the year which means that the bunk room will be unavailable. This discount is automatically applied and the holiday price you are quoted reflects this. If you have any questions or require full use of the property, please call our friendly team on 01271 813777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Accommodation: Ground floor. Entrance foyer with welsh dresser. Kitchen with connecting door to William Cottage, free-standing electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge with large freezer section, washing machine. Living/dining room with multi-fuel burning stove, TV with Freeview and CD player and dining table and chairs. First floor: Bedroom 1 with Double and Single. Bedroom 2 with 2'6" bunks. Landing with chest of drawers for Bedroom 2. Bathroom with bath and thermostatically controlled hand held mixer shower, further electric shower over, WC, basin and heated towel rail.
Facilities and Services: Linen and Towels. Night storage heating with extra free-standing electric heater. Wi-Fi Broadband on site. Horse riding lessons (£24 per hour, £14 per 30 mins, £46 per 2 hours. Western riding: £4 extra per ride) - Please contact the owner direct for further information on the service. Indoor playbarn with table tennis, pool table, rocking horse, games and table football. Initial supply of logs and coal. No smoking. 2 pets welcome. Highchair, cot and stairgate available upon request. Garden furniture.Barbecue. Ample private parking. Short breaks available. 4pm arrival time. Arr/Dep for weekly bookings is Saturday.
- Sleeps 5
- 2 Bedrooms
- Suitable for up to 2 pets
- WiFi connection available
- Private parking
- Saturday changeover
- 1 Bathroom
- Bed linen provided
- Towels provided
- Highchair available
- Cot available
- 3 miles from the coast
- 1.5 miles to the nearest pub
- Open fire/woodburner
- Washing machine
|Band||Date Range||7 night price *|
|17th June 2017 - 8th July 2017||£480.00|
|8th July 2017 - 22nd July 2017||£522.00|
|22nd July 2017 - 26th August 2017||£683.00|
|26th August 2017 - 2nd September 2017||£522.00|
|2nd September 2017 - 23rd September 2017||£422.00|
|23rd September 2017 - 21st October 2017||£370.00|
|21st October 2017 - 28th October 2017||£480.00|
|28th October 2017 - 23rd December 2017||£339.00|
|23rd December 2017 - 6th January 2018||£522.00|
* Please note: guide prices are based on the current year's prices and do not include optional items such as pet fees.
Our cottage was very comfortable, beautifully clean and well furnished. Horse riding is available at the farm and also a pool table and table tennis.Mrs R Chambers - 13th September 2016
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