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Philham Water Cottage

Hartland - North Devon

A thatched cottage straight out of a fairy tale hidden beside a babbling brook just two miles from the wild rugged coast of north Devon

  • Sleeps: 2 (plus 2 at a pinch)
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
£630-770 per week
Please note: minimum stay for this property is:
2 nights low season & 3 nights high season

How to book...

Philham Water Cottage is owned and managed by Miranda Bostroem.

You can ask a question or make a booking request directly with Miranda Bostroem.

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Where we are: 

  The Highlights...

  • This 16th century cottage is in an Area of Outstanding natural Beauty located on the Hartland Peninsula.
  • The original interiors ooze with rustic character and boast low doorways, flagstone floors and a large stone fireplace.
  • Tranquil gardens have a myriad of long grasses and colourful blooms and are perfect for soaking up the remote country views.
  • Explore the wild, open countryside or the sparkling coast, walking along rugged woodland trails or the South West Coast Path.

  You should know...

  • As the cottage is in a remote, rural spot, a car is recommended to make the most of your stay.
  • Mobile phone signals may vary but WiFi is available to keep you connected.
  • As there is a stream in the cottage gardens, the property is not suitable for children.
  • There is also a picnic table & outdoor seating.
  • The baby Cot is not a standard cot; it is a travel cot.
  • There is also a bluetooth speaker for playing your own music and the kitchen cooker is electric and not gas.
  • Additional charges for dogs and cleaning

  The Detail...

Curl up beside a roaring fire or picnic in the grassy, open meadows, discovering the alluring coastal villages that inhabit the rugged Hartland Peninsula. Stroll through the overgrown forest trails and along craggy cliff faces, hunkering down in the old smugglers' inns and paddling on deserted, sandy beaches.

This bijou, two-storey cottage dates back to the early 16th century and according to local legend is the oldest of its kind in Devon. Hand-built from local cob and stone and with an iconic thatched rooftop, it is a picture-perfect haven hidden in a blissful country garden.

The interiors have a refreshing rustic simplicity and manage to blend modern comforts with Elizabethan history. Walls are uneven and thick; doorways are low with latching doors; there are flagstone floors and a massive fireplace containing a wood-burning stove.

Curl up in the cosy living room and read a book beside the crackling flames, or make use of the TV, WIFI and classic board games. Mismatched furnishings give it a warm and homely vibe and are joined by handpicked antiques that tell a story of simpler times. The family kitchen is traditional while well-equipped, and is ideal for rustling up some hearty, home-cooked dishes. Dine indoors or venture out into the flourishing garden to light up the BBQ and gaze out at star-lit vistas.

When youre ready for bed, disappear to your tranquil double room, furnished with a sumptuous queen-size bed and thick, fluffy duvet. With views over the garden and stream and meadow beyond, it is a sublime hideout for those long morning lie-ins.

Spend your days exploring the garden dotted with foxgloves and roses. Pluck apples from the trees and pick blackberries in the lane, watching while horses gallop and cattle graze. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty surrounds your secret hideaway and it is brimming with spectacular coastal scenery and country splendour. Walk along the Hartland Peninsula or the South West Coast Path, stopping off at chocolate-box Clovelly or Budes balmy, golden sands. Nearby Hartland village is less than two miles away and has a boutique collection of local potteries, three pubs and a charming tea room.


Essential Features
  • Baby Friendly
  • Dog Friendly
  • Heating
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • No Smoking
Living Spaces
  • Games/Books
  • Open fire/Woodburner
  • Cooker
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Highchair
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Bath
  • Cot
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Towels (bath)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite TV/Freeview
  • Stereo music system
  • Television
  • BBQ
  • Garden/Outdoor Space
Also Available
  • Off road free parking


  • Beach (lake)
  • Beach (sea)
  • Bird watching
  • Boat trips
  • Fishing
  • Historical sites
  • Markets
  • Museums/Galleries
  • Pub/Bar
  • Restaurants
  • Rock Climbing
  • Supermarket/food shop
  • Surfing
  • Swimming pool (public)
  • Theme park
  • Yoga

the South West Coastal path is great for walkers and the beaches are great for rock-pooling at low tide.

  On the map...

  Nearest Airport

Exeter Airport: 1.5 hrs Bristol Airport: 2hrs 20 mins Heathrow Airport: 4 hours

  Detailed Pricing Information...

There is a 2-night minimum for all bookings and bookings start on your first day at 3 p.m. and end on your last day at 10 a.m.
Bookings of 7 days or more are discounted by approx. 10%.
Week-end price applies to Friday and Saturday nights.
For bookings of over 3 weeks, the code LONGHOL will give you a 25% discount.
Low Season:
7 nights: �630
Mid Season:
7 nights: �665
Peak Season:
7 nights: �770
Christmas & New Year:
7 nights: �850



Have you stayed at Philham Water Cottage?

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Susan S says...
"The attention to detail at this wonderful cottage and thoughtfulness in making our stay a comfortable and memorable one was second to none. Not only is it situated in an area of outstanding beauty with some amazing walks, but the cottage is purely magical. We felt truly privileged to be able to step back in time for a week for an amazing holiday, never to be forgotten."
(Stayed: June 2019 )

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£630-770 per week
Please note: minimum stay for this property is:
2 nights low season & 3 nights high season

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How to book...

Philham Water Cottage is owned and managed by Miranda Bostroem.

You can ask a question or make a booking request directly with Miranda Bostroem.

Message the owner  
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