Set in 50 acres of unspoilt countryside, woodland and meadows, 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.
The original farmhouse dates back to the 14th century and along with the cottages, has been skilfully converted into high quality holiday accommodation with every modern comfort, cosy open fires and woodburning stoves. Entrance to The Farmhouse is through a handy porch and internal hallway to a large dining room with a grand table easily capable of seating eight people, low characterful beams, comfy window seat overlooking the courtyard and a traditional solid fuel Rayburn which now takes centre stage as a reminder of how the farmhouse was heated in previous decades. The galley kitchen off the dining room has all the facilities you will need as well as a large walk in larder area and rear porch with small WC and basin off it and a separate shower. The Farmhouse's living room is both large and cosy - making it the perfect place to relax on an evening. The large inglenook fireplace provides a fantastic focal point as well as an enormous amount of heat once lit. Off the living room is a lovely large bedroom with 4ft single bed - ideal for any guests who prefer to remain downstairs. Upstairs there are three bedrooms - the master with double and single beds, a double bedded room with sink and twin - and a family bathroom with bath and shower. Outside there is a lovely shared courtyard garden with some tiered levels and barbecue and access to the childrens playroom. This lovely Cornish cottage makes an ideal choice for those seeking a rather special place for a family holiday.
This property offers a low occupancy discount of 10% on full weekly bookings for parties of 4 or less at certain times of the year which means that two bedrooms 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 email@example.com for more information.
Accommodation: Ground floor. Entrance porch into hallway with stairs to first floor, living room and dining room. Dining room with dining table and chairs and solid fuel Rayburn (for show only), kitchen with built in electric oven and oven grill, hob, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and fridge/freezer. Rear porch with WC and basin off it. Separate shower. Living room with open inglenook fireplace, TV with freeview and CD player. Bedroom 1 with 4ft Single. First floor: Bedroom 2 with Double and Single. Bedroom 3 with Double and basin. Bedroom 4 with Twin. Bathroom with bath and electric shower over, WC, basin and heated towel rail.
Facilities and Services: Linen and Towels. Oil CH. Wi-Fi Broadband on site. Horse riding (£24 per hour, £14 per 30 mins, £46 per 2 hours. Western riding: £4 extra per ride). Indoor playbarn with table tennis, pool table, rocking horse, games and table football. Initial supply of logs and coal. No smoking. 3 pets welcome. Highchair and cot available upon request. Garden furniture. Barbecue. Ample private parking. Short breaks available. 4pm arrival time. Arr/Dep for weekly bookings is Saturday.
- Sleeps 8
- 4 Bedrooms
- Suitable for up to 3 pets
- WiFi connection available
- Private parking
- Saturday changeover
- 2 Bathrooms
- 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
- Tumble dryer
|Date Range||7 night price *|
|22 Jul 17 - 26 Aug 17||£1,210|
|26 Aug 17 - 2 Sep 17||£928|
|2 Sep 17 - 23 Sep 17||£750|
|23 Sep 17 - 21 Oct 17||£658|
|21 Oct 17 - 28 Oct 17||£856|
|28 Oct 17 - 23 Dec 17||£604|
|23 Dec 17 - 6 Jan 18||£928|
* Please note: The prices displayed are guide prices and do not include optional items such as pet charges.
Ideal property for our family, horses and dogs and very cosy.Mrs J Harrison - 27th October 2015
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