Coulscott’s white Georgian manor and original farmhouse peak through the trees in a lovely leafy valley near the North Devon coast but closer inspection reveals an exclusive hamlet of stunning holiday cottages and fantastic family facilities. Indoors and out, children and grown-ups alike are spoiled rotten, staying in the lap of luxury and having so many ways to while away the days without leaving the glorious 12 acres of grounds.
There are 6 properties at Coulscott, comprising Georgian House, Old Farmhouse, The Old Barn and three cosy cottages created from the old farm buildings. All of them have been designed and furnished to stunning standards which would be perfectly placed in the pages of swish interiors magazines.
From magnificent galleried living rooms to sumptuous period elegance, Travertine tiled bathrooms and four poster beds, all the properties provide somewhere special for families and of course they come with all the baby and toddler essentials as well.
The home entertainment is bang up to date, including Apple TV’s, Netflix, Sky free view, DVD players and unlimited WiFi, plus larger cottages have hot tubs where grown-ups can soothe away the stress with a glass of bubbly, admiring amazing views or gazing at the stars. If parents can’t be bothered to cook, a wide range of frozen ready meals from ‘COOK’ are available to buy from the courtyard freezer, along with delicious local ice cream.
What’s especially great about Coulscott for families are the superb facilities that will keep everyone happy whatever the weather. The lovely indoor pool is kept at a toasty 30 degrees and has great views through big barn windows, with seats around the side to kick back with a book. An adjoining games room includes table tennis and table football, whilst babies and toddlers have their own soft play room, with a ball pool and giant Liquorice Allsorts!
There are acres of garden and grounds for children to play hide and seek, have picnics by a stream or build dens in the woods, plus a new outdoor play area includes a wooden pirate ship, 2-storey Wendy House, adventure climbing frame and swings, custom made tractor with a slide, turf labyrinth and a large, netted trampoline.
Children may well meet a peacock strutting around the garden and will be delighted to get acquainted with the Coulscott menagerie of hens and ducks, alpacas, pygmy goats, micro pigs and Matilda the wallaby. Other wildlife are regular visitors to Coulscott, including owls, foxes and badgers who might just make an appearance in the dusky twilight.
Coulscott comprises 5-bedroom Georgian House, 5-bedroom Old Barn, 3-bedroom Old Farmhouse, 2 bedroom Peacock and Aylesbury Cottages and 1-bedroom Bantum Cottage, all set in 12 acres of gardens and grounds with an indoor pool, adventure play area and friendly animals.
Old Farmhouse (sleeps 6 + up to 2 babies in cots), with a 5-star gold award from Visit England, dates right back to medieval times and the authentic character has been preserved whilst being brought luxuriously up to date. An amazing living room is the heart of the house, being open to the first floor rafters and overlooked by a minstrels gallery but also featuring a slate floor with a large Persian rug, an inglenook stone fireplace with a big wood burner, huge comfy sofas, Sky freeview TV with Netflix and a DVD player. The dining room is just around one corner of the living room and the modern kitchen is well equipped and has a central island breakfast bar. Helpfully for elderly relatives, one twin bedroom is on the ground floor with an ensuite shower room and WC. The two other bedrooms are beautifully furnished, including an antique super king-size 4-poster in the master bedroom, which also has an ensuite shower room, and a twin room with wrought iron bedsteads. The Travertine tiled family bathroom includes a bath with an overhead shower. Old Farmhouse opens onto a big, private, paved terrace with outdoor dining table, barbecue and hot tub. A ‘secret’ door links Old Farmhouse to Georgian House which makes these two ideal for a large group of up to 15 people (Old Farmhouse has dining facilities for 15).