Welcombe Coastal Barn
Welcombe Coastal Barn is a green oak frame stone barn with lime washed interior for 2 people situated in a wooded valley of outstanding natural beauty and a short walk from the unspoilt Atlantic beach at Welcombe Mouth. Beautifully fitted and equipped both in the barn and outside in the large, private garden your stay includes linen, electricity, a basket of logs for the woodburner, a bag of charcoal for the barbeque, a lovely welcome hamper of organic, homemade and local goodies, wifi and the use of the dvds, games and books supplied. A dog is welcome by arrangement.
The Barn has its own secluded garden and is surrounded by 18 acres of private land which includes bluebell woodland, hay meadows, and flower, orchard and kitchen gardens. It is the only self-catering cottage on the property. There are tables and chairs for outside eating, deck chairs for relaxing, a picnic basket and blanket for your use and many more thoughtful touches to make the most of the beautiful outdoor environment.
The walk to the beach is via our own woodland track that descends through the spectacular beauty of the valley down to the seashore. This pure pleasure takes about 20 minutes in all. (See photograph on this page.)
Welcombe is located at the southern end of the Hartland Peninsula on the border between North Devon and Cornwall. The National Trust manages both the beach and coastal path as well as large parts of the valley. It is perfectly peaceful and a place to experience that ‘getting away from it all’ feeling. Step out of the Barn at night into total darkness and starry skies when all you will hear is the sound of the owls.
The village has a good pub, community run shop, a small beautiful church and a pottery with its own shop. On bank holidays the artists and craftspeople who live in Welcombe open up their studios to exhibit and sell what they make.
Welcombe Mouth is designated an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). Its tidal rock pools, sand, waterfall, cliffs, pasture, coastal heathland and oak woodland provide habitats for a rich variety of Devon’s plants, birds and animals. The Marsland Nature Reserve, in the next valley south, and our gateway into Cornwall, is a habitat for rare butterflies including pearl bordered fritillaries and is especially outstanding in late April-early May when the woodland is carpeted with bluebells. It contains the famous oak tree photographed by James Revilious, who created a unique record of life in rural North Devon between 1979 until his death in 1999.
The seasonal contrasts could not be more dramatic: the wild ocean, sea spray and roaring rivers of winter are replaced in spring and summer with wild flower rich hedgerows, green lanes unaffected by traffic and mile after mile of inland footpaths. The whole region has been classified by Unesco as the North Devon Biosphere and is of world class importance.
Offshore, the island of Lundy is England’s first Marine Reserve. Why not experience this precious resource for yourself and use Welcombe Coastal Barn as your base?
Here we support biodiversity by not using any chemicals in our gardening. We plant species which attract insects – bees in particular - and butterflies and endeavour to knit the garden seamlessly into the natural world around us.
The details of the barn:
There is a double bedroom, shower room with power shower and heated towel rail and a galley style, well equipped kitchen which includes microwave and washing machine. There is a TV/Radio with DVD player and film library, games, books and magazines. We provide a free Wi-Fi internet connection. The large garden used exclusively by visitors to the Barn contains seating and a table and chairs for eating outside. A barbeque is supplied for cooking in the open. Deck chairs are also available as well as a picnic basket and blanket.
- We include a lovely welcome hamper, a basket of logs and a bag of charcoal.
- Electricity, linen and towels are all included (but please bring your own beach towels)
- Sleeps 2 (plus a baby).
- We have a travelling cot and high chair for a baby.
- A well behaved dog is welcome by arrangement.
- Short breaks welcome (minimum of 3 nights).
- Wood burner in the sitting/dining room and electrically heated throughout.
- Lamp lighting and candle light create a warm and intimate interior.