The Old Shippen, Kerswell Farm

Bideford, Devon

A sunny cottage for comfort and country-lovers with caring hosts, acres of wildlife-rich meadows, woodland and lakes – close to the coast


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


Bird-watchers, walkers, star-gazers and downright lazers will surely love this smartly, characterfully converted cowshed down narrow Devon lanes. You’ve your own lawned and shrubbed garden to unwind in. For a coastal stomp the nearby stretch of the South West Coast Path is one of the most dramatic; porpoises come in close to Clovelly harbour.The Shippen’s living space is upstairs, making the most of great views. You can’t see another building, though your hosts live in the farmhouse, and Elaine can prepare evening meals for you using the best local food. They leave a generous welcome pack, and can tell you about good places to eat out; they’re seriously dog-friendly too – there’s even a warm dog shower.Come as a larger group and take the other self-catering conversion – The Old Piggery – as well. There’s plenty of space for everyone – beyond the private garden there are 20 acres to explore with two lakes, two ponds, a broadleaf plantation, some rare culm grassland and woodland – and the owners have prepared a trail map with footpaths marked to help you. Keep an eye out for owls and bats.  

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We think you'll love

  • The remote, tranquil feel of Kerswell Farm
  • Curling up on the tweedy sofa by the wood-burner
  • Quiet walks around the farm yet having lots to do within easy distance
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Home truths

  • The local Parkham pub – though only 1.5 miles away – isn’t an easy walk
  • Not for children, nor those with limited mobility
  • Approach roads are narrow and winding


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

Family friendly

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


  • 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

Special offer: 15% off for Christmas! A cosy welcome awaits, snuggle up by the fire and escape the madness... Option of Christmas dinner in the farmhouse and lots of lovely treats

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Dinner, 2 courses, £15.


Nightly price
from £80
Weekly price
from £563
1 House for 4
From £803 beds2 bedrooms


Very comfortable and beautifully furnished accommodation in a peaceful rural setting. There is nothing bland or standard; every room has character and unique features and reflects the owners' attention to detail and wish for their guests to feel relaxed and enjoy their stay. The ideal place to unwind!

Heather, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

In green Devon folds, Kerswell Farm is all about hospitality and conservation. 20 peaceful, sustainably managed acres of woodland, meadows and lakes are yours to roam. It’s 2.5 miles to the SW Coast Path with wildly craggy and sandy stretches like Northam and Sandymouth; steeply cobbled Clovelly is 6 miles. Garden fans have RHS Rosemoor, Marwood Hill and Tapeley Park within 40 minutes’ drive. Smart pub food at The Farmers Arms, Woolsery: 2 miles.

Local points of interest from Elaine & Adrian Arnold

  • Explore the 20 beautiful acres at Kerswell Farm. Lakes, woodland, culm meadow and a big field for letting dogs run free. The lakes are so peaceful and the wildlife is amazing! Just sit, enjoy the dragonflies over the waterlilies and feel yourself unwind.
  • The variety and numbers of birds around the land is astonishing - every type of tit imaginable, finches galore, woodpeckers, waterfowl, jays and of course our resident owls never fail to entertain. Plenty of good spots to watch from.
  • Some of the very best North Devon beaches are close by; spectacular Bucks Mills, Sandymouth, Welcombe Mouth, Northam Burrows and Peppercombe to name just a few. Fabulous for walks, surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, beachcombing and rock-pooling!
  • Quaint Clovelly is just 10 minutes away with its steep cobbled streets leading down to the ancient harbour. Festivals like crab and lobster and herring are regularly held and it's a great place to spend a day. Visit the walled garden at Clovelly Court too.
  • Spectacular gardens abound in the area, RHS Rosemoor, Docton Mill, Hartland Abbey and Marwood Hill gardens are all wonderful and full of ideas to inspire you. Discover the great variety of local cafes and pubs along the way for a sustaining break!
  • The skies here are truly dark, and stargazing is a real treat on a clear night. Lie back with a blanket and a warming drink and just marvel at what is above you (so romantic). Use our binoculars to bring the stars and moon even closer…


Elaine & Adrian Arnold

Exchanging globetrotting careers in medical industries to follow their passion for rural living and conservation, the Arnolds chose Kerswell Farm as their home, and project. They’ve carefully converted two, totally independent, detached farm buildings, The Old Piggery and The Old Shippen (cowshed) for guests to take a coastal countryside break. Very much part of the community, they are a great source of local info. And Elaine’s an excellent cook.