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Dove Chapel - Self-catering house in Devon

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Ashford, Barnstaple, EX31 4DB, Devon
England, United Kingdom

Catherine Cull Thomas

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+44 (0)7515 945825(mobile)

A delightful transformation for this converted chapel - a quiet base for beach and outdoorsy holidays, with amazing watery views

This is a gentle landscape, where lanes burst with primroses and bluebells in spring, and beautiful North Devon beaches are in easy reach. Dove Chapel sits at the top of pretty little Ashford village, Grade II listed and transformed from a nonconformist past into an original holiday home. This 1835 chapel sits quietly in a lane; once inside you'll find any vestiges of its former life are now integrated into a modernised kitchen/diner, with vaulted ceiling and a pew bench. Borrow a book from the old lectern cum bookcase, or compete at table football, with clever lighting above, reminiscent of a belfry. Step from old to new into the sitting room extension, with huge glass doors framing astonishing sweeping views over the Taw estuary from Barnstaple to Braunton. The bedrooms (two up, one down) have colourful fabric headboards, and share a family bathroom and a shower room. Superb coastal walking and cycling (the Tarka Trail is a mile away), plus gardens, estuary-side villages and Exmoor to visit. Come home to enjoy barbecue and garden, watch the rhythm of the tides, savour the deep peace.

Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
Children welcome
Kids of all ages can stay.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant nearby

Shop within 3 miles

Local points of interest from Catherine Cull Thomas:

Local points of interest from
Catherine Cull Thomas:

  • We love to sit in the lounge, hopefully with the bifold doors flung wide open, and enjoy the ebb and flow of the tide. The view changes by the hour, and sunsets are simply incredible. Our children have hours of fun watching the lambs being silly in season.
  • Dove Chapel is a mile from the Tarka Trail where you can walk for miles along the side of the estuary, or down river to Barnstaple. The Braunton Arms is also nearby and on the Trail. An excellent place to gather strength before you set off.
  • Our favourite beach is Braunton Burrows - better known by locals than tourists. You can walk over the dunes or along the beach and enjoy a picnic. It's usually a 15 minute drive from the chapel.
  • Marwood Hill Gardens is a must-see local attraction for young and old alike. It's very picturesque and they offer trails for children. The tea shop serves lovely local produce and treats and there's also a great plant sale area.
  • Our favourite local restaurant is the Terra Madre at the Broomhill Sculpture park. The food is tasty and very inventive, and you are surrounded by lovely artwork. The sculptures are well worth a look and there's often an art sale.
  • Woolacombe beach was voted "best UK beach" by Tripadvisor, and it really is breathtaking. Park in Woolacombe if you'd like the bustle of the town and the lifeguards to watch over your surfing, or park at the Puttsborough end for a quieter visit.
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  • 1 House for 6
Price:(i) £550 to£1550 per week

Booking info:

Minimum stay: 3 nights. Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.


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Ashford, Barnstaple, EX31 4DB, Devon

Self-catering Dove Chapel (self-catering)
House ~ 2 doubles, 1 twin/double; 1 bathroom, 1 shower room
Price: (i) £ 550 to £ 1550 per week

Catherine Cull Thomas

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+44 (0)7515 945825(mobile)