Barnstaple, South West England






+4 Show all

Open Fire / Woodburner

Fishing Nearby / On-Site

Hot Tub

Pets - Allowed

Property Info

General Info

South Molton 7 miles. Surrounded by the vast green lands of Exmoor National Park, Catkins is a splendid family-friendly cottage, located within the region of North Devon, which makes a wonderful stay for beachgoers, avid walkers, and those looking for a tranquil trip near the coast. A spacious and airy property, this cottage caters for a variety of needs, with three bedrooms downstairs, comprising of a super-king-size, a king, and a single and a modest first-floor double room, it’s the perfect property to bring the whole family along, even the dog; with a large lawned area surrounding the property. Its situation within the National Park, makes this holiday home a wonderful base for those seeking to walk and adventure the rolling countryside. The kitchen is a fabulously sociable area, featuring a dining area for the whole party, enjoy a spot of afternoon tea whilst sat amongst the lovely views of the garden where the dog can play ball games, or head to the adjoined conservatory, a crisp white room offering the ideal lighting for reading and relaxing under the sun. Head to the sitting room in the evenings and light up the woodburning stove, a simple but stylish room, it’s a wonderful place to gather with your loved ones to enjoy each other’s company or your favourite films on the television. For a day indoors, the property offers ample entertainment opportunities, with a first-floor playroom for the children featuring its own television, a rocking horse, and a doll’s house, it poses as the perfect escape for the kids whilst the adults head outside to the hot tub, placed on a private patio next to a barbecue. Outside you can also find a games room, here you can find table tennis, offering hours of entertainment for all ages. Positioned on the outskirts of the village of Brayford, the cottage is in a remote area perfect for walking expeditions in the woodlands that surround or a lazy afternoon of exploring the local amenities. Slightly further afield you can find the bustling village of Withypool, offering picturesque scenes and an array of sporting activities including horse riding, fishing, safaris and walking routes, this pretty village is definitely worth a visit. Exmoor National Park boasts a selection of delightful tourist attractions including Dunster Castle, Tarr Steps and Valley of the Rocks, it’s an area rich in history and hidden wonders. Catkins makes a delightful stay for a large family gathering, surrounded by beautiful landscapes and ample activities it offers an abundance of fun despite its relaxing remote location. Read More

Property Info

Four bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor super-king-size (zip/link, can be made into twin upon request), 1 x ground-floor king, 1 x ground-floor single, 1 x double. Ground-floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, and WC. Cloakroom with basin and WC. First-floor shower room with shower, basin, and WC. Kitchen/dining room. Utility/laundry room. Sitting room with woodburning stove. Games room. Snug/Children’s room with TV. Conservatory


Oil central heating and woodburning stove. Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 2 x TV, WiFi, and a selection of children’s games. Fuel and power inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Off-road parking for 2 cars. Lawned garden with patio, furniture, and a hot tub. One well-behaved dog welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop 4.1 miles, pub 0.9 miles. Note: Although the property features ample sleeping arrangements for seven people, there is an additional child's bed that can be made available. Note: Wifi can be intermittent due to rural location. Note: Phone signal can be weak in the area due to rural location, there is a landline in the property for guests to use Read More

The Hot Tub

  • Hot tub is private for your use only
  • Electric
  • Seats 5 people
  • Not sunken
  • Not undercover
  • Located outside



Perfect, pet friendly, stay in Devon countryside

6 adults and a baby (highchair provdied but we took out own travel cot) Hotel quality beds - soooo comfortable. All rooms were spacious and clean. Fully equipped kitchen - saucpans, frying pan, crockery, cutlery and utensils. Filter coffee machine was a bonus. Coffee, tea, sugar (and milk on arrival) plus delicious fairy cakes! Fantastic outdoor space, immaculate garden and a welcoming hot tub after long walks. We took our camping chairs for the beach and used them in the garden. All in all we had a brilliant time - thank you Catkins

Lovely stay in a great location!

We spent a great few days at Catkins cottage in February as a group of seven including 3 children plus a well-behaved dog. It was lovely to be welcomed to the cottage and greeted by some freshly baked butterfly cakes along with milk and tea-making facilities. The cottage was very spacious and tastefully decorated. It was particularly well equipped, with the only item lacking being the seventh dining chair which was easily rectified using a garden chair. The cottage was clean and warm, and we enjoyed the log fire in the evening – with logs and kindling provided. We all loved using the hot tub plus the children had great fun playing table tennis and pool. As the previous review has mentioned, yes, there is limited phone signal and intermittent Wi-Fi but we were forewarned that this was the case, besides there was a landline to use when required. All in all, we had a lovely stay in a great location!

Damp, mould and mildew, socket hanging off, Poor wifi with no phone signal.

Never again, nothing like the pictures shown and nobody wants to take responsibility for the descriptions which in our opinion from photos is nowhere near a 4 tick property. Also no surprise, as of yet our feedback is not on the cottage site but then looking at other independent sites we are not the only ones who have experienced this. We had no ping pong balls, 1 pool cue, were told fibre optic internet but most of the time no signal and it currently isn’t even in the area. The mould and damp needs dealing with, 4 teaspoons and 1 frying pan etc. We left a day early as were sick of no internet and it was important, towards the end of the week was when I noticed the damp and mould before we left. Far from the crisp white conservatory it is described as having. We holiday every year 4-5 times and have never stayed in a place like this and would never use the cottage company again either. While it is the case we didn’t raise the issues whilst there, we wanted to let them know about the issues after returning. Not that anything could of been done about damp during our stay, or internet as looking now the download speed is so slow in the area, also why should we of had to put up with cleaners coming in during our stay. The morning we left we realised there was stains on the sheet on bedside not slept on even? Shower upstairs grubby, very small and temperature never regulated properly So beware unless you read independent review sites that let people post their opinions about properties when they have evidence, don’t be fooled like we did by companies photos and descriptions without looking further. No phone signal on all 3 networks, a crackly landline in property, don’t go if you need internet. Pointless having the Netflix as couldn’t watch films due to no signal. Hot tub is an old outdated one, lounge very cold and needs money spending on it and someone knowing what professionally clean is to give it a deep clean. Having dealt with so many holiday companies before, also booking many holidays privately, very rarely have we had such issues and for the price paid expect much higher standards of accommodation. We did take advice and Trading Standards have been made aware of the issues, also the whole album of photos taken of so many poor areas have been noted. .


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