Torridge House Cottages
Little Torrington, 
North Devon.

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About Us

In the Devon countryside, truly child and family friendly, nine much loved cottages & luxury houses around the green with animals to watch, cuddle and help care for.

10th September - 2 wonderful kittens (well done Kit!), lots of baby bunnies & baby guineas, chicks, hens and ducks laying, eggs will next be in the incubator to hatch in February, golden mice, 4 getting bigger little piggies, Pearl and her rabbit team; minature ponyTiger Lily, quails,   and lots more .....                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       




Hello I'm Barbara, I hope you find our web page interesting. Below are details of our cottages and little farm. 

Over the past 27 years the farm and cottages have become a very special place, bringing together a wide variety of those things that provide an idyllic backdrop to family holidays. The cottages, grounds, facilities are friendly, welcoming and easy going.  As always we maintain our commitment to high quality accommodation, attention to the needs of our visitors and the care of our animals. 

We are on the edge of the tiny village of Little Torrington. Our gardens and  our cottages are mostly surrounded by fields and private woodland to which there is no public access.  The grounds and gardens around the cottages are therefore very private. Little Torrington is a tiny village with some houses, a church and village hall.  It is 8 miles south of Bideford, 20 minutes from the beaches of Westward Ho! and Instow and some 30 minutes from Dartmoor. The historic town of Great Torrington is two miles away. 

Whatever time of year that you choose to visit, there is always animal interest, great scenery, comfortable warm accommodation, many first class attractions and places to visit and lots of places to eat out. 

We look forward very much to welcoming you to our cottages.

Please to note a car is essential here for young families as our bendy and hilly country roads have no pavements. 



Tucked away in the Devon countryside, with unspoilt panoramic views of wooded valleys, rolling hills and distant farms, Torridge House is an old rectory with a group of cottages around a green. There is lots of space for relaxing or playing, lots of animals to help watch or feed, ten lovely family friendly self catering cottages.

We provide full size cots, highchairs, stair gates, nursery bowls, plates and cups, and other nursery needs, children's videos and dvds, children's duvet covers, washing machines, tumble driers and laundry tablets etc. And in the extensive private grounds a play room, games room, library, baby pool section in the outdoor pool, garden push along and toddler toys and an animal feeding and watching routine which is thoroughly geared to youngsters and their families.

 There is lots of space in our sunny garden in which to relax, the pool area is a great sun-trap and sandy beaches are 20 minutes away.  The glorious thing about children though is they take their enjoyment with a complete lack of concern about what the weather throws at them, puddles are for splashing in and grassy banks are better for rolling down when they are wet! The cottages are warm and cosy with central heating and some have log burning stoves/fires.  Kitchens are newly fitted out with full electric cookers, microwaves and so on. Seven have dishwashers, four have washing machines and tumble driers.  There are also washers, driers and laundry tablets and softeners available in the free laundry.

An amazing number of first class child friendly attractions, pubs, cycling and sandy beaches are within easy reach.


Dave Elliott has some wonderful local photographs on his web page 
And below is a small selection of his pictures showing

 a wind surfer, Black Tor on Dartmoor, the Kathleen and May at Bideford, North Devon lanes and Clovelly


See more of Dave's take on the local area on   


 Two out of the last 3 winters we've had snow, it is so beautiful, but this year has been wonderful so far for its blue skies and rainbows!  


  Prices & Availability 2014     

We are told by our visitors - and of course our visitors are always right - that our cottages are very good value.  The prices are pretty well all inclusive - as well as the usual - electricity, beds made up, towels, heating and so on, we also include all sorts of little things like the tablets for the washing machines and dishwashers, cleaning materials and so on.

 Click Things to do in North Devon for holiday action ideas

Available from our freezer - home cooked delicious ready meals and puddings.  Priced at 2.80 a serving, these much appreciated meals are cooked by a local chef using local produce. Ask us in advance and we will have your dinner ready for you to pop in the oven when you arrive.  Meals available as individual servings from our freezer or by advance order for the size you require.



Southwood, Five Lane End, views below, more details here


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Set in delightful, peaceful farmland surroundings, our cottages and apartments are fully equipped for all your family holiday needs.

They are comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable with full central heating and a careful attention to detail, yet are practically presented for visitor's "peace of mind".

Duck's living room 

Lin, Hay, Tithe, Barn, Drawing Room, Stag, Hen and Duck Cottages all open directly on to the gardens




 wi-fi reception in Hay, it is coming soon to Lin

These friendly and popular cottages are, like all the cottages, attractively furnished & well decorated. They have double glazed windows and doors and full central heating under visitors own control and real flame effect electric stoves.

They have views over the gardens and beyond to Exmoor.

Each has two bedrooms, one double with hand basin, one twin room.

The bathroom is downstairs, they have over the bath showers.

They sleep four plus cot (either bedroom).

VisitBritain 3 Stars.  Prices & Availability 2014

Prices for a week range from 342 to 774  




Inside Tithe



and inside Barn

 wide angle lens views; the sitting room looks wider here than it is.

These welcoming and popular cottages are south facing with countryside and garden views. They have double glazed windows and doors and full central heating with electric heating as well. Tithe cottage has a log burning stove.

 Tithe has 3 bedrooms, a double (pocket spring) downstairs with adjacent shower room and a double and a twin upstairs upstairs with a bathroom. 

There is an extra downstairs wc. large living room, dining room, kitchen with dishwasher, washing machine, tumble drier, fridge freezer etc.

Barn has a double bedroom (pocket sprung) and a second bedroom with a single bed (3') and bunk beds (2'6").  Barn Cottage has a dishwasher and fridge freezer.

 In both cottages the cot fits in the double bedrooms only.

                                  Tithe sleeps six and Barn five plus cots. 
                                                                           VisitBritain 3 Stars.  
Prices & Availability 2014

Prices for Tithe for a week range from 522 to 1176 and for Barn 381 to 864



This large three bedroom cottage is much appreciated by visitors as the oldest of our cottages. It has a large character living room with oak beamed ceiling and open fireplace. This is a warm and cosy cottage with  central heating throughout and a focal point electric fire in the living room. 

It is the west (village) end of Torridge House and has its own small high walled paved courtyard.

From the cottage it is a short step through a cobbled yard to the gardens, animals & swimming pool.

It has a double bedroom and two twin rooms, a downstairs shower room and an upstairs bathroom. It sleeps 6 + cot. 

                       Courtyard Cottage has a dishwasher and wifi for internet access and emailing - only limited by our area's max speed.
By arrangement we can accept a dog in Courtyard Cottage.

Prices for a week range from 432 to 912  VisitBritain 3 Stars. 
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 (it has a lovely feel to it and everyone says pictures don't do it justice.)

view from front door
I've just noticed that these pictures make the Drawing Room look dark.  In fact the rooms are light and airy with a very good feel.

Entered from the gardens this sought after cottage has garden and country views.

The accommodation, originally the east wing of the rectory is now a hugely spacious one bedroom home sleeping 4/6 plus cot. There is central heating, electric fires and heavy lined curtains and shutters. The old house retains heat in it's metre thick walls but is cool in hot weather!

The bedroom has a double and two single beds, the main room has a further double bed in four poster style as well as plenty of room for dining table & chairs and for easy chairs and settees.

Dining in either the drawing room or the kitchen.  Kitchen with dishwasher.

The bathroom has a corner bath and a walk-in electric shower.
Drawing Room Cottage has wifi for internet access and emailing - only limited by our max speed.

Prices for a week range between 426 and 864   VisitBritain 3 Stars.   Prices & Availability 2014

2,3 and 4 bedroom highly acclaimed luxury barn conversions in prime position
Lots of space, lovely light, very warm, good heating, wonderful views. All have wi-fi
Stag and Hen Cottages join together to make a wonderful 5-bedroom family house

         Duck – Four bedrooms; 2 king size, one with shower en-suite; 2 twin rooms, one downstairs.  Family bath and shower room upstairs.  Family shower room downstairs.  Farmhouse style open plan kitchen dining room with range cooker cosy sitting room.   Open plan upstairs sitting area.

         Hen – Three bedrooms; 1 king size with shower en-suite and 2 twin rooms, one of which can interconnect with the master bedroom, making bedrooms 1 and 3 best suited for “family”.   Bedroom 1 & 3 have velux windows.  Family bath and shower room downstairs.  Farmhouse style open plan kitchen dining room with range cooker,  cosy sitting room with log burner.  Open plan upstairs sitting area. 

         Stag – Two bedrooms; 1 double aspect king size and 1 twin room.  Family shower room upstairs.  Family bath and shower room downstairs. Large living room/dining room with fireplace and focal point electric fire.  Large kitchen/breakfast room. 

         All 3 – dishwasher, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, flat screen tvs, dvd, video player, cd/radio, king-sized pocket sprung double beds, 2 tvs in Duck and Hen, lots of space, flexible controllable heating, high specification insulation, access to gardens front and back.

1 bath/shower room, 2 shower rooms in Duck - 1 en-suite. 1 bath/shower room and 1 en-suite shower room in Hen, 1   bath/shower room and 1 shower room in Stag. Generous upper landings in Stag, Upstairs open plan sitting areas with tv in Duck and Hen.  

 The next pictures are of  Hen


prices for a week in - Stag range from  438 to 972              
in Hen - 504 - 1095
in Duck - 630 - 1
VisitBritain Four Stars -  Prices & Availability 2014

Southwood Cottage 

A spacious 5 bedroom house, beautiful countryside setting, comfortably private, a short ten minute walk or quick drive from us. Sleeps up to 11 plus cots. 4 bath/shower rooms - 2 en-suite.   2 sitting rooms, sunroom/dining room, sauna, large gardens. Lots of parking.  Ideal for those seeking a private holiday home or  a great deal of space. Also perfect for 2 or 3 couples and their children.  Enjoy the privacy of Southwood with the facilities of Torridge House.  more information on Southwood . WiFi throughout Southwood.

Five bedrooms, four bath &/or shower rooms, dining room and two sitting rooms. Sleeps 9/11 + 2 cots



The cottages are  VisitBritain  "3-Star" and "4-Star".  They all have:
flat screen
televisions, video players (so you can use our extensive video library!), dvds and kitchens (equipment inc: cooker, microwave, fridge, iron, coffee maker, toaster etc, freezer or freezer space), beds made up ready for your arrival, towels provided, cots, high chairs, nursery plates and cutlery, other nursery requirements, central heating, additional heating and  private car parking space.

Visitors have shared use of the swimming pool, extensive library of books, games, maps and more; play room, games room, pc and free wi-fi, ball play area, gardens and garden furniture, barbecues, laundry facilities and telephone.

Advance orders of groceries can be made through Tescos, Sainsburys, Asda or Waitrose on line.  Excellent baby-sitting available

No Smoking. Dogs accepted in Courtyard Cottage and Southwood. No pets in the other cottages.

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Lucky enjoying a scratch!        Lady - one of our Rex rabbits.   Some of the birds clucking around the garden    Hello from one of the lambs    and Hello from piggies..........


The gardens and grounds are home to a variety of animals. 

Everyone is very welcome to help and for most guests the animals are a very special highlight of their holiday.

There are the pigs, Curly, Whirly, Rocky and Hudson who all enjoy feeding time.

There are baby rabbits as well as ducks and hens, ducklings and chicks

At the morning feeding times we feed the animals, let out the birds, collect eggs and do whatever jobs are needed that we can manage - sometimes mucking out or hay moving.

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Complementary Therapies

Marina Crocker is a talented, skilled therapist.  Her treatments are amazing, everyone speaks of them very highly indeed.  Her skills include work with children  and distance healing.  Marina has a peaceful treatment room at her nearby farmhouse.  Massages and treatments  can also be given in your own cottage.

Massage, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Hopi Ear Candles, Lymph Drainage Massage and Reiki Healing

Animal feeding takes place every day throughout the year. It is usually twice a day and we get together to feed the pigs, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals, let out or put to bed and feed the birds, watch or cuddle baby rabbits, guinea pigs, chicks, ducklings.  That happens generally at 9am and 4pm, and in term time when Barbara and the little ones may need more leeway before tea time the afternoon feed is earlier and Barbara may even do it on her own when this suits everybody. Families often prefer to take their children to see the animals in their own time. 
The heated swimming pool, 36' x 18' including baby pool, is open from May to mid of September as weather allows; it is within a walled area. 
In the gardens and grounds is:
A grass ball play area, lots of play space in the gardens,
A games room with table tennis and pool, junior air hockey, table football etc., 
A play room with indoor sand pit and home area, a selection of push along toys etc., 
Barbecues, a good selection of books, games, toys, videos, dvds and more............


Things to do in the village................ 
Marina offers amazing massages, relaxation and health treatments, including Reiki.  She is highly recommended, highly talented and offers excellent value.  
Her farmhouse is a few minutes drive from Torridge House down a quiet country lane.  

At the farmhouse next door to Torridge House Jax and her family have Tarka Pottery, a clay station and ceramic painting studio. Great fun for all the family. 

Skittles games can be arranged at the village hall. There is also a short mat bowling group who meet at the village hall on Tuesdays. 

Further a field..............

There are all sorts of activities to suit both grown ups and children in  the immediate area and a little further a field. There are  exciting and impressive family attractions,  and wonderful countryside with fishing villages to explore - Appledore and Clovelly, hidden away valleys to walk down to the sea, countryside cycle and foot paths to follow. Market towns and bigger shopping centres. Wonderful coastal and estuary scenery. Special seaside towns and beaches and inspiring moorland scenery. Woodland walks and  priceless peace and tranquility, an age old charm and quietness that tells of close association with the land and its creatures. 

For outdoor activities, Skern Lodge is nearby and is one of the UK's "premier" outdoor centres, running activity day courses eg Abseiling,  Surfing, Archery, High Ropes, Assault Course, Canoeing. 
Also available in the area is sea fishing,  coarse fishing, river - game - fishing (these last 2 need the appropriate licences) and trout lake fishing. 
There are a number of Golf courses, horse riding for youngsters and adults; also Paint Ball, Go-Carts, quad bike and tank driving.............

Here are some whole web pages on information on things to do in North Devon , and   and  the local council area site of places to visit.


A wide variety of birds are spotted in the grounds by our visitors.  
The birds seen include: buzzard, sparrow hawk, herring gull, black headed gull, tawny owl, green woodpecker, great spotted woodpecker, pied wagtail, starling, magpie, jackdaw, carrion crow, dunnock, wren, chiffchaff, goldcrest, robin, blackbird, song thrush, willow tit, blue tit, coal tit, great tit, long- tailed tit, treecreeper, house sparrow, chaffinch , green finch, yellow hammer, swallow, housemartin, wood pigeon and collared dove.
I can now add to this list having seen at dusk recently a beautiful Hedwig Barn Owl.

How about this for some bird action?

I have also got a list of butterflies including some unusual ones, but it is tucked away somewhere safe... 


Sandie (who Baby Sits) and I went down to Rosemoor - and more recently we were amazed at the winter colour there - it is fabulous, and  just at the bottom of the hill.


Here is a list of some of the so many excellent attractions around and about the area.

There are so many that you would need weeks and weeks and plenty of stamina to do justice to them all!
The Gnome Reserve
The Big Sheep,
Rosemoor RHS Gardens and other gardens,
1646 Civil War Experience,

Historic Great Torrington

(Torrington is where a lot of fiming of "Down To Earth"
with Pauline Quirk took place),
Brannans Pottery,
Milky Way,
Eden Project*,
Lost Gardens of Heligan*,
Lots of lovely gardens, like Docton Mill
Morwellham Quay*,
Hartland Abbey,
Watermouth Castle,
Exmoor Zoo,
Atlantic (Factory outlet) Village
Tapely House
and many...many...more   (* star marked attractions are 1 and halfish hours away). More links can be found
here or here.
A family have just come back from a lovely visit to The Donkey Sanctuary* in South Devon - "a must" they said,
a good number of National Trust properties within reach,
fishing and more and more.

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are  in the heart of "Tarka the Otter" country. The "Tarka Trail" Countryside cycle/walk route can be joined a mile from the cottages.

The historic Town of Great Torrington is 2 miles away. The whole area is of outstanding natural beauty.


We believe our cottages are a great holiday setting.  The activities and facilities we offer and the gentle companionship of being able to be with, but yet quite private from, other young families on holiday is an exciting, unusual and comfortable combination. Families return regularly, and new families find us through recommendation, advertisements in child orientated publications and the web. 

Much of the year the cottages are are quiet are so then ideal for couples. Southwood at Five Lane End across the village is very well suited to groups of friends at any time of year.

"Another fantastic holiday....."  "A paradise for children"  "Wonderful again ......"  "Just perfect"   "Our best holiday ever"   "Picture book"  ........ and more ..... and more

 Contact us by e-mail      

Or Telephone: +44 (0)1805 622 542

 Hatherleigh market is open for the sale of hens, ducks, geese, rabbits and so on, and local produce and the 
usual stalls.The pubs, villages, towns all around are all very, very welcoming. Many offer good food. 


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Weeks in Courtyard Cottage, Lin, Hay and The Drawing Room  start on Fridays,  the other cottages on Saturdays.

Please phone to make a reservation and to get a booking form. A deposit of one third is taken on booking. The balance is due 8 weeks before arrival.

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 I hope that this web page has given you something of the feel of a holiday with us at Torridge House Cottages.  

Thank you for looking at this page. I am amazed I have got this far with it, but apparently this is the easy bit! Or so I was told when I enrolled for the web page evening class. I shall keep working on it, but it goes slowly. Regards Barbara

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