Hadlow House

Hadlow, Devon
+44 (0)1237 875015

A beautiful and quirky restoration of two old lime kilns hidden down a long track with superb gardens on the banks of the river Torridge


10 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 9

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

Nature lovers will really appreciate this three-and-a-half-storey conversion: it’s hollow in the middle with a garden growing through it reaching skyward and rich with exotic plants – upper floors with swish bedrooms are linked by a view-filled walkway. A generous kitchen has all the basics plus an honesty wine rack.

The garden room is the place to sit with its two glass walls, a big wood-burner and doors to an outside terrace; a separate living room can also serve as a yoga room. There’s masses of space outdoors too: just under two acres of beautiful planting and a lake with a little boathouse. Then there’s the river to watch with its daily visits from tidal birds and the elusive kingfisher – bring your kayak and you can reach the sea from the garden. Linger till nightfall for a firepit, pizza oven, outdoor kitchen and wonderful stargazing on clear nights.

Bring all you need and stay put – this is a digging in sort of place.

Hadlow House - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Bringing kayaks and paddle boards and setting off to sea from the garden
  • Watching the waders from the river bank with a glass of wine
  • Sitting in the garden room absorbing the peace and the views
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You should know

  • The track is not good for precious low-slung vehicles
  • It is definitely not for adventurous toddlers, either inside or out
  • Four bedrooms share two bathrooms


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 4 nights on weekdays. 3 nights at weekends. 7 nights in high season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from £393
Weekly price
from £2100
Damage deposit
Sofabed available. Short breaks: 3-night stay, £1350-£2475.
1 House for 9
From £39310 beds4 bedrooms


We had a wonderful week at Hadlow with our friends. Off the beaten track in beautiful surroundings we were well looked after. Even managed some kayaking and croquet. Thank you both for a perfect staycation.

Lesley, Worcestershire

We had a lovely stay here. The house handled a large group well. Gardens are beautiful and kitchen was well equipped. The stairs are not for the faint hearted!

Jo, London

Uniquely beautiful lime kiln conversion in a stunning location next to the river. Tranquil and peaceful, just what we needed. We loved canoeing and boating on the river and some lovely walks. Chloe and Ian were such lovely hosts. We loved the wood fired pizzas! A memorable family holiday that we will always treasure.

Russell, Milton Keynes

A beautiful setting for a group of friends or family to get together - made even more special by Chloe and Ian’s attention to detail. They went above and beyond to make sure our event ran smoothly. They even kept the rain away!

Ruth, Farnham

What a gem of a place this is. Hidden away but easily accessible it is a delight to behold at the end of the signposted road. Well thought out with lots of space and many quirky little touches that surprise and bring a smile. Excellent food and gracious hosts where nothing is too much trouble in this oasis away from crowds within tranquil surroundings to explore, relax and enjoy.

Patricia, Tavistock

Beautiful house in stunning grounds and gorgeous location, right by the river. We stayed in the lovely Lime Kilns accommodation and despite no en-suite 2 large bathrooms were fine for the 4 rooms upstairs. As another reviewer has said the staircase may not be suitable for those with mobility issues as it is rather steep at the bottom and the track down to the house may not be suitable for all cars. Fantastic food and service. Honesty wine rack which we enjoyed using. All in all a wonderful few days’ stay.

Kerry, Uxbridge

We stayed here for a small family wedding, and were dreaming of returning before we’d even left the venue! The house itself is simply stunning: everything one could want re a rustic, gorgeous house setting. The showers were plentiful and the bedrooms cosy. The meals were lovely, and our wonderful hosts, Chloe and Ian, were cheerful (under pressure even!), available yet non-intrusive , did a truly amazing job of providing WONDERfUL pizzas, via their outside pizza oven... Which brings me to the garden! Wow! Just...stunning, beautiful, truly amazing. No room left, but PLEASE do visit!!!

Kris, Basildon, Rssex

It's as if Hadlow is in an alternative universe! Nothing was too much trouble for the multi-talented Hadlow team. The accommodation is beautiful, the meals delicious (especially the home made pizza from their riverside pizza oven) - everything exceeded our wildest expectations. The location is stunningly beautiful on the banks of the River Torridge, yet just a few minutes from Bideford and main road access, in the heart of Henry Williamson and Tarka the Otter country. It felt like a home-from-home for our weekend wedding celebration. I'm still smiling! Heartfelt thanks to Chloe and Ian x

Vanessa, Holsworthy

Excellent and inspiring location. Perfect place for a family reunion. Make sure you convince Ian to start his pizza oven to feed the crowd, pizzas from Hadlow are delicious.

Philippe, Mazerolles, France

Such a lovely place and friendly and efficient service and delicious meals I hardly noticed the rooms weren't ensuite, though some might consider this a deterrent. At the age of 83 I wasn't unduly troubled by the two steep staircases, but can imagine some of the older generation might like rails or banisters, and the lower flight was a bit stumbly at the bottom. Catering was terrific, and although the self-service breakfast was fine, with those delicious rolls, I missed having something savoury such as ham or cheese to put in them. Altogether a most pleasant experience.

Rob, Hemel Hempstead

We were lucky enough to stay at Hadlow for a family wedding. What a gorgeous place! A true hidden gem. We stayed in the rooms that had been the kiln, The whole space has been really cleverly designed. Others stayed in the main house. We were catered to perfection, with separate but delicious meals for my vegan daughters and taking into account my nut allergy. The wedding celebration in the garden was perfect - in fact we didn’t complain about the poor weather as we were under cover straight from the house. The wedding breakfast was delicious and as for the never ending pizzas - yum!

Dawn, Essex

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The neighbourhood

You're just a mile from the Tarka trail and a mile from the village of Weare Giffard with its ancient church and pub with honest food. RHS Rosemoor is just under a mile. Appledore has a good deli, village shop and nice pub, The George. You're also near Riverford organics who can deliver for you. Westward Ho! for a sandy beach is a 10-minute drive or Hartland Point for rugged coastal cliffs.

Local points of interest from Ian & Chloe Gibb

  • The South-west Coast Path is close by with access to 100 miles of the north coast route. Dartmoor, Exmoor and the Tarka trail are all within striking distance. Ian is a qualified Moorland Leader to guide as required. Maps and compasses available.
  • For all you garden lovers out there RHS Rosemoor is a 15 minute drive from Hadlow, giving access to some really beautiful gardens. Perfect if popping out for coffee or even lunch.
  • We are surrounded by beautiful coastline and diverse beaches. Try rock pooling beneath the dramatic and ruggid cliffs of Hartland, or drop down to 3miles of sandy beach at Westward Ho! and the North Devon's UNESCO Biosphere Reserve at Northam burrows.
  • Beautiful Instow beach is just down river, perfect for dog walking. Great for a walk at sunset before enjoying the various bars and restaurants along the seafront.
  • Being in a secluded spot Hadlow is abound with wild birds with 58 species spotted so far this year, from our dining room window! A real treat for wildlife watchers.
  • Chloe is a qualified yoga and meditation teacher and is always around to offer sessions to anyone looking for that extra level of relaxation. She is also a Natural Face Lift Massage therapist.


Ian & Chloe Gibb

Ian is a carpenter, builder, ex-farmer, ex-rugby player. Chloe is a yoga teacher and can give holistic treatments and therapeutic massage. They bought the house two years ago and have been working on the kilns since then. They are well travelled and passionate gardeners - they're heading towards being completely off grid. You'll see them about with their two spaniels Mackeson and Boddington.