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Ivy Cottage, Ocean Views in North Devon

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Ivy's stunning Lounge
Ivy's spacious open-plan Living Area
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2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
4 guests
7 nights minimum
Cottage
Downe Cottages provide a rare combination of private luxury cottages with an excellent leisure facility attached (spacious gym and spa plus a reading room available from 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. each day) located in the heart of the North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Whatever the weather it is possible to thoroughly enjoy your visit to North Devon with the combination of a warm and spacious cottage and the extensive leisure facilities. Ivy is a wonderful cottage with space, character and views. Ivy Cottage is within part of a two storey 'L' shaped barn which was formerly a dairy on the ground floor and hayloft on top. It opens out onto a charming shared inner courtyard area (which is a beautiful sun trap) with garden table and chairs. The exceptionally spacious open...Downe Cottages provide a rare combination of private luxury cottages with an excellent leisure facility attached (spacious gym and spa plus a reading room available from 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. each day) located in the heart of the North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Whatever the weather it is possible to thoroughly enjoy your visit to North Devon with the combination of a warm and spacious cottage and the extensive leisure facilities. Ivy is a wonderful cottage with space, character and views. Ivy Cottage is within part of a two storey 'L' shaped barn which was formerly a dairy on the ground floor and hayloft on top. It opens out onto a charming shared inner courtyard area (which is a beautiful sun trap) with garden table and chairs. The exceptionally spacious open plan living, dining and kitchen is on the first floor taking in the views over the Atlantic north to Lundy Island through one of two full length French windows (the other looks west). The very large living area has two large 3-seater sofas and a log burner. The kitchen is fully equipped and includes a dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave, oven and washer/dryer. The two bedrooms are on the ground floor and both have en-suite shower rooms. The master bedroom has a Queen bed (5'), the second bedroom has twin beds. Both bedrooms have fitted wardrobes, chest of drawers and cabinets and a three quarter length mirror hung on a wall. • Central heating in all rooms • Communal gardens • All standard consumables are included • Garage parking • Bathrobes are provided for adults Gym & Spa Facilities at Done The Gym Our gym is available to guests aged over sixteen and is open from 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. each day during their stay. The gym is beautifully located in the Atlantic Room and has views across fields out to Hartland Point and Lundy Island beyond. (Lundy Island is where the Atlantic meets the Bristol Channel.) The gym is spacious, light and airy and equipped with aerobic equipment, free weights, an ab trainer, an exercise bench and exercise mats. All of the aerobic equipment is either Life Fitness equipment (including a treadmill, a cross trainer, a stepper, an upright cycle and a recumbent cycle) or Concept 11 equipment (a rower). The gym is accessed through the Reading Room in the Conservatory. There is a raised area here overlooking the gym equipment with a seating for the less energetic to sit and admire their dynamic partners! The Atlantic Room also houses a library and dvd collection for our guests to use. French windows from the Gym lead out to a raised patio area with tables and chairs looking out to Lundy Island - another opportunity to enjoy the wonderful surroundings. The Spa The Spa consists of a spa bath (with seats for eight adults), a steam room (with seats for seven adults) and a sauna. The Spa is open from 6.a.m. to 10 p.m. each evening (the spa bath is available on request) . Gym Sweat Towels and Bath Towels for the Spa are provided and the cost of both Gym and Spa are included in the cottage rental. Our home from home cottages provides lovely accommodation for a relaxing break throughout the year. Visit Trip Advisor to read some of the wonderful reviews that past visitors to Downe have written. Those reviews are Downe's best advertisement - they are all genuine and show a consistent picture of lovely holidays at Downe.More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
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About the Owner
Jeremy R
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:61%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:July 2010
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Reviewed 31 May 2018

The location is truly stunning, and a perfect way to get away from it all, stay in beautiful surroundings and yet avoid all the traffic congestion. Really well maintained cottage, excellent facilities and lots of extras and nice touches from the hosts (welcome gifts, bathrobes,...More

Date of stay: May 2018
Thank Conway99
Jeremy R, VR Owner at Ivy Cottage, Ocean Views in North Devon, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2018

Many, many thanks for a lovely review. It is greatly appreciated. We have been at Downe for twenty years and we are still in awe of the location.. We do hope we have the opportunity to welcome you back to Downe in due course. Jeremy...More

Reviewed 5 August 2017

We have just returned from a week in Ivy Cottage, Jeremy and Lynda are fantastic hosts, they are happy to answer any questions and sort any problems ( only had a small problem with wifi) quickly and efficiently. The cottage itself is beautiful, everything has...More

Date of stay: July 2017
Thank lmckinna
Jeremy R, VR Owner at Ivy Cottage, Ocean Views in North Devon, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2017

Thank you for the lovely review. It is appreciated. Thank you also for leaving the cottage in such lovely condition after your visit. We do hope to be able to welcome you back to Downe in the future. Jeremy & Lynda.

Reviewed 15 April 2015 via mobile

We stayed in Ivy Cottage over Easter weekend and it was a lovely break! We have stayed in many cottages over the past few years and Downe certainly exceeded our expectations. The cottages are extremely well equipped, spotlessly clean and even provided little extras like...More

Date of stay: April 2015
Thank laurahF2823ZB
Reviewed 25 October 2014

We have just returned from a week in Ivy Cottage at Downe. This was the first time we have booked a cottage anywhere for a couple of years due to previous disappointments at other sites. Ivy cottage has restored our faith in the holiday cottage...More

Date of stay: October 2014
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Reviewed 29 March 2012

We had a wonderful week at Ivy Cottage. It is very comfortable, beautifully furnished, and has a very homely feeling. We particularly enjoyed the comfort of the wood-burning stove... Jeremy and Lynda are the perfect hosts. The spa is wonderful and I have some wonderful...More

Date of stay: March 2012
Thank MarySarson
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Date of stay: September 2010
Martin Smith
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Reviewed 16 August 2010

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Date of stay: May 2010
Graham and Sue
Kent
Reviewed 23 July 2010

Date of stay: April 2010
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Newcastle under Lyme
Reviewed 18 July 2010

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Date of stay: June 2010
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Reviewed 15 July 2010

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Date of stay: June 2010
Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Alarm Clock
Books
Central Heating
Suitable For Children Under 5
Dishwasher
Dryer
Fireplace
Freezer
Refrigerator
Game Room
Garage
Gym
Hairdryer
Internet Access
Iron
Hot Tub
Kettle
Linens Provided
Local Guides/Maps
Microwave
Outdoor Dining Area
Paper Towels Provided
Patio
Cable/satellite TV
Sauna
Secure Parking
Shared Garden
Soap/Shampoo Provided
Stereo System
Cooker
Toaster
Towels Provided
TV
Washer
Water Views
Waterfront
Wi-Fi
Horse Riding Nearby
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
A Winter Sun Getaway
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About the neighbourhood
he Cottage is set within a beautiful courtyard formed by a group of old stone barns which have been lovingly converted to provide luxury self-catering cottages. The ambiance of courtyard is quiet, peaceful, perfect rest and repose. Downe is located in the North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and looks West over the Atlantic (next stop America), North up to Lundy Island and (if you stand on tip toe on a little hill in our garden) East into Bideford Bay. The star attraction of the locality is the North Devon Coast - rugged, raw and majestic with numerous picturesque small coves and beaches.
Getting around
A car is highly recommended for visitors to Downe. It makes everything so much easier particularly utilizing the variety of restaurants in the area. Having said that we regularly get visitors who park their car in the garage on arrival and next use their car on the day of departure. We do have visitors stay with us who come without a car and we can arrange for them to be collected from Barnstaple Station if they travel by rail or from Bideford if they travel by coach.
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