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19 bedroom leisure facility for sale

Watermouth, Watermouth, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34

Offers in Excess of £925,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 8 s/c cottages & apartments
  • 1 with residential consent
  • Established business
  • Peaceful AONB location
  • 200 yds to Watermouth Cove
  • Adjacent Watermouth Castle
  • Courtyard and garden
  • Parking areas

Full description

In a peaceful wooded valley in the North Devon AONB. 8 stone built apartments & cottages set around a pleasant courtyard. Moments from Watermouth Cove and superbly located for exploring the stunning North Devon Coast, South West Coastal Path and nearby Exmoor. EPC Band G.

Introduction - Watermouth Cove Cottages is reached via a lane off the entrance to Watermouth Castle and is set in a peaceful wooded valley in the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The 8 stone built cottages are in a U shape around a pleasant courtyard and are believed to have originally been the coach house and stable block for the manor house that was replaced by the castle. Moments from Watermouth Cove, with its sheltered harbour and rocky shoreline it is superbly located for guests wishing to explore the stunning North Devon Coast, South West Coastal Path and nearby Exmoor National Park.

Situation - Watermouth Cove is situated in one of the most beautiful areas of the North Devon coast and is surrounded by many inland beauty spots which are a delight for walkers and photographers. The village of Berrynarbor (1.5 miles) is a picturesque village with quaint houses at the coastal end of the beautiful Sterridge Valley. A consistent winner of both Britain in Bloom and Best Kept Village there is a community post office/general store, beautiful church, 13th century village inn (Ye Olde Globe) and a
well-respected primary school.

Combe Martin (2 miles) has the longest street of any village in the UK and leads down to a pretty beach and bay. On the very edge of Exmoor its surrounded by amazing coastal views, medieval field patterns, and is rich in silver and tin mining history.
Ilfracombe (3.5 miles) has more extensive facilities including supermarkets, schools, leisure centre and Landmark Theatre. Plus of course Damien Hirst's 66 foot high bronze-clad sculpture Verity which stands at the entrance to the harbour.

Barnstaple (11 miles) is North Devon's regional centre and provides the areas main business, commercial, leisure and shopping venues. At Barnstaple there is access to the North Devon Link Road leading to junction 27 of the M5 motorway where via Tiverton Parkway railway station there are fast trains to London Paddington.

The surrounding countryside and coastline provide excellent recreational facilities with lovely beaches at Broadsands (a deep, double cove between Watermouth Cove and Combe Martin), and slightly further afield at Croyde, Saunton (also with championship golf course) and Woolacombe which are also known for their surfing. Walkers can join the South West Coast Path at Watermouth Cove and enjoy some strenuous and spectacularly wild and beautiful sections with steep ascents and descents along with easier paths across windswept farmland.

Exmoor National Park Exmoor is within easy reach and is Europe's first International Dark Sky Reserve. The commitment to reduce light pollution makes it an amazing place to marvel at the starry skies.

North Devon offers a wide range of visitor attractions including the adjacent Watermouth Castle, Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park, Ilfracombe Aquarium, Chambercombe Manor, Arlington Court (National Trust) and Hele Corn Mill.

A further guide to North Devon and Exmoor is available at

The Business - This is an established business with good levels of repeat business and the potential to further improve. The owners do not use an agency and the business is primarily promoted via their website, Facebook and Twitter. Trading information can be made available to bona fide purchasers after viewing.

The Properties - The cottages are stone built and some retain features such as large arched windows and panelling hinting at the buildings previous use as stables and a coach house. Set in a U shape they all look onto a courtyard with garden and patio areas. The cottages provide well-equipped self-catering accommodation.

The current owners let all 8 properties, although Smugglers Cove (3 bedrooms) has full residential consent. It may be possible to swop the residential consent from Smugglers Cove to another smaller cottage on site. Other options may be possible and interested parties should make their own enquiries to the local Planning Department.

Smugglers Cove (Has Full Residential Consent And Sleeps 6-8) - This single storey cottage is currently used as a holiday let but it has full residential consent and could be used as owners accommodation. The Porch leads to entrance hall with cloakroom. The sitting room is dual aspect with parquet flooring, beamed ceiling and wood burning stove. Kitchen/diner with window overlooking the courtyard. Range of wall and base units, electric cooker, fridge and dishwasher. Door to bedroom 3. Archway to inner hall leading to bedrooms 1 and 2 (both with built in wardrobes). Bathroom adjacent to cloakroom with sink and bath with shower over.

Tidesreach (Sleeps 4) - A first floor apartment with hall, open plan sitting room with wood burning stove/dining room/kitchen. Two bedrooms and a bathroom.

Beachcomber (Sleeps 4) - A first floor apartment with hall, open plan sitting room with wood burning stove/dining room/kitchen. Two bedrooms and a bathroom.

Seaspray (Sleeps 6) - A ground floor apartment with an open plan sitting room/dining room/kitchen. Three bedrooms and a bathroom.

Driftwood (Sleeps 4) - A ground floor apartment with hall, open plan sitting room/dining room and kitchen. Two bedrooms and a bathroom.

Sandpiper (Sleeps 6) - First floor apartment accessed from ground level. Open plan sitting room (with wood burning stove)/dining room/kitchen. Three bedrooms and a shower room.

Seashell (Sleeps 4) - Single storey cottage with open plan sitting room (with wood burning stove)/dining room/kitchen. Two bedrooms and a bathroom.

Seadrift (Sleeps 4) - Single storey cottage with open plan sitting room (with wood burning stove)/dining room/kitchen. Two bedrooms and a bathroom.

NB Seashell and Driftwood have a connecting door so can be let as one unit.

Outside - The cottages face onto a courtyard with seating areas, brick barbeques, grass areas and mature planting. Seashell and Seadrift have patio areas to the rear and shared use of a garden. Steps lead up to a further area of garden with mature
planting and a summer house. There is a side entrance to this part of the garden from the lane.

There is a laundry room on site with washing machines and tumble dryer. There is also a public payphone.

Parking - There are two parking areas providing ample parking for guests staying in the cottage. A single garage off the lane to the property is included in the sale.

Services - Mains electricity, mains water, private drainage. Although not in use there is a mains gas supply pipe to the property. Wi-Fi on site.

Local Authority - North Devon District Council
Telephone: 01271 327711

Directions - From M5 J27 take the North Devon Link Road (A361) towards Barnstaple. Pass through the roundabouts for Tiverton and South Molton. At the North Aller roundabout take the 3rd exit (A399 signposted Combe Martin, Ilfracombe, Lynton and
Lynmouth). Follow the brown tourist signs for Watermouth Castle. Turn left into Watermouth Castle and immediately bear right following the signs to Watermouth Cove Cottages. There is parking to the front and side of the property.

Viewing - Strictly by appointment with Stags Holiday Complexes department on 01392 680058.

These particulars are a guide only and should not be relied upon for any purpose.

These particulars are a guide only and should not be relied upon for any purpose.

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