South Coombe in new hands


We are delighted to announce that South Coombe in under new ownership as of the start of 2018. Simon and Clare Clarke very much look forward to continuing the excellent service provided at South Coombe and welcome enquiries via the same contact details as before. Click here for availability, prices and booking.

Happy new year!

Simon and Clare.

Toddler Heaven in Devon

Are you ready to have the best family holiday ever?

South Coombe Country Cottages is a perfect place for a child friendly holiday.  Located in a peaceful and safe location in the beautiful Devon countryside, we provide luxury self-catering cottages and great facilities for your children.

We also provide lots of baby equipment, not just the standard travel cots and high chairs!  We have baby bouncers, baby Bumbos, baby baths, sink steps and much more.  We can also offer a babysitting service (all babysitters have DBS certificates) by prior arrangement.

You can enjoy all of our facilities at no extra charge! There is a 10m x 5m indoor heated swimming pool at a constant depth of 1.2 metres, a colourful toddler tumble room and an outside play area with swings, climbing frames and a slide.  Just follow the grassy paths through the orchard!

Your children’s bedrooms have blackout blinds, which combined with fresh country air should encourage a good nights sleep!  We can also provide night-lights if anyone is afraid of the dark.

In the cottages we provide plastic cutlery and colourful tableware for our younger guests.

Discover and explore great attractions that are situated within easy reach of South Coombe Country Cottages.  We have listened to our guests over the years and here are their top 10 places to visit.

Jonquil and Chris look forward to seeing you soon.

Top 10 places to visit

Quince Honey Farm

This is great place to visit come rain or shine.  Located just 20 minutes away in the charming market town of South Molton.  (Market days  are Saturday and Thursday mornings).

The main attraction for the younger children is the large indoor play area with scramble nets, soft play and slides.  Throughout the year there is honey tasting, bee demonstrations, talks and the opportunity to roll your own wax candle.

The café serves a great range of hot and cold drinks plus homemade cakes.

Outside you will find a fun packed outdoor play area and picnic area.

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Devon Railway Centre

A wonderful attraction for toddlers and the under 5’s.   Devon Railway Centre is a popular Devon tourist attraction, which offers a unique railway experience and boasts a host of attractions in one location. The miniature railways give unlimited train rides around the centre and opportunities for you to become involved!  Children can clip the tickets and wave the flag to start the trains.

The Indoor Play Coaches provide hours of fun whatever the weather. Children can enjoy spending time in the ball pool and large indoor sand pit or playing with the wooden railways.

Located just outside Tiverton and just a 25-minute drive from South Coombe.

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Knightshayes House and Gardens

This lovely National Trust property is just 20 minutes from South Coombe.  The large gothic house is surrounded by acres of parkland and gardens for you and your family to explore.  Buggy friendly paths and tracks will take you from the car park to the house, shop and restaurant and there’s even a miniature tram if you prefer not to walk.

Look out for Impey woods and the Four Oaks children’s activity area.

Also, not to be missed, the children’s play area near the kitchen garden.

Baby changing facilities and high chairs are available in the café/restaurant.

Dogs are also welcome in the grounds and in the outside seating area of the restaurant.

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Exmoor Zoo

Set in the beautiful North Devon Countryside this family run zoo lets you get up close and personal with some of the animals.  There is a daily timetable, which includes talks, feeding and petting some of the animals. Watch out for the Exmoor Beast!

The zoo playground is also free to anyone who visits.  The playground is close to a covered eating area, a picnic area and snack shack.

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Woolacombe Beach

Woolacombe is one of Devon’s best loved beaches.  A golden sandy beach, (several miles long), located in the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is renowned for it’s cleanliness, water quality and facilities.  Lifeguards ensure safe family swimming during the summer.  An ideal place for beach games, dunes for hide and seek, and rock pools for marine life.

Woolacombe itself is a lively village with great pubs and restaurants.

Access is easy and three large car parks are available with space for 3000 cars, including disabled parking.  In the immediate vicinity there are toilets with disabled access and baby changing facilities.

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Tarka Trail Cycle Hire

The Tarka Trail is named after Henry Williamson’s famous novel, “Tarka The Otter”.    The story is based around many of the locations along the disused railway line between Braunton and Meeth.

You can hire bikes and trailers for babies/toddlers in Barnstaple (next to the railway station).  There are over 130 models to choose from so everyone is catered for.

Once you have your bikes you can enjoy up to 21 miles of safe, level and traffic free cycling fun.  There are opportunities for picnics and refreshments on the trail.

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The National Marine Aquarium

On the harbour side at Plymouth is the nation’s largest aquarium. The big draw is the Atlantic Ocean tank (the deepest in the United Kingdom), which is home to several species of sharks and rays. Equally captivating are the jellyfish and the displays of local marine life. There are exciting talks and shows throughout the day that are designed to be fun and give more information about the fascinating animals.

The Aquarium runs ‘Toddler Tuesday’ sessions throughout the school term for children 2-4years.  Sessions change weekly and include activities such as puppet shows, stories and possibly a meeting with the friendly mermaid Marina!

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The Milky Way

This is a fantastic all weather attraction located in North Devon.  For parents with little children, head straight for ‘Little Stars’.  Little Stars is a play centre specifically designed for babies and young children (0- 6yrs).  It has a multi level soft play area, a sensory room for babies, a dressing up area and even a pretend car wash!  Of course there are slides, a ball pool, soft bricks and tunnels to explore. Parents are not forgotten and you can enjoy a coffee and cake overlooking the lake.

The Milky Way >

The Grand Western Canal and Country Park, Tiverton

The canal is a wonderfully relaxing place to enjoy a flat and easy walk in the Devon Countryside. The Canal Basin is well signposted and provides ample car parking, a visitor centre, gift shop and toilets.  This is also the home of the much loved horse drawn barge, which takes passengers for trips along the canal.The towpath is great for buggies, children on trikes or scooters. Dogs are also welcome but must be kept under control.  After your walk you may be tempted to stop for a Devon cream tea at The Canal Tearooms or The Ducks Ditty Floating  Café Bar.

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The Big Sheep

This is great family attraction and fun for all the family.   The big attraction here for toddlers and the younger children is the Ewetopia Indoor Playground.  There is a safe and secure soft play area for toddlers away from the hustle and bustle of the older children.  Within the indoor play area you will find Bo Peeps café serving hot and cold refreshments.  There are lots of other attractions to keep you entertained such as The Eweston Train Ride around the lake, vintage pony carousel,  duck racing trails and much much more!

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See also: Things to do in Devon.

Accessible holidays in Devon’s rural bliss

Two of our cottages have bedrooms on the ground floor with en-suite facilities, (Tilly’s and Saffie’s Cottages) ideal if you have problems walking or climbing stairs.

Tilly’s cottage has extra wide doors therefore suitable for wheelchair access.  You can unload the car directly outside this cottage and there are no steps or obstacles on the ground-floor.

We have arrangements with a local mobility specialist and most special equipment can be hired and delivered to South Coombe prior to your stay.

All of the cottages are set in a peaceful and quiet location.  A perfect getaway for families who need to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

More about South Coombe’s accessible holidays

Our website is full of information so do have a good look around. There are also lots of helpful reviews on Trip Advisor.

Have a closer look at the cottages:

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Family-friendly holidays – ideal for large groups


We know that happy children means happy parents and grandparents and that results in a great memorable holiday!

Making scones in the farmhouse for the Devon cream teas is hugely popular with our younger guests.

The indoor heated pool 10m x 5m is open all year and is a great hit with all the family.

Parents can relax knowing that the children are in a car free environment and have the freedom to explore the 15 acres of paddocks, orchard and the gentle stream that runs along the boundary.

The adventure playground is located at the top of the orchard and has swings, slide and climbing frame.   In the adjacent paddock there is the games field, where we have a football net and basketball hoop.

The children can also help to feed the hens and of course collect the eggs, look out for the blue egg!

The games room with the table tennis, table football and pool table will keep older children and adults entertained for hours.

South Coombe can accommodate up 24 guests plus infants so an ideal for those extended family get-togethers.

More about family-friendly South Coombe

Our website is full of information so do have a good look around. There are also lots of helpful reviews on Trip Advisor.

Have a closer look at the cottages:

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For more about our facilities:

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To check availability, see prices & book:

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If you have any questions:

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Dog-friendly holidays – pets welcome!


We understand that bringing the family pet on holiday can be very important to our guests and it can be hard to find dog-friendly holidays. As dog owners ourselves, we know that terrible feeling of having to put your four-legged friend into kennels.

Now you don’t have to, because at South Coombe, we welcome dogs of all shapes and sizes. Jonquil Cottage, Tilly’s Cottage, Saffi’s Cottage, Drake’s Cottage and Tike’s Cottage are all well-equipped to welcome your canine companions.

We can offer you fifteen acres of our own land to explore; you can meander through the orchard, romp in the exercise field or amble down to the stream. If you are feeling more adventurous, you could walk along the quiet village lane to the pub – less than a mile away, where you and your pet will be made most welcome. From the village, you can take a walk through the woods and along the Little River Dart, and then back to the pub!

“Our dog Suzie enjoyed being with Chris and Jonquil’s dogs in the meadow, and there are lots of stunning places to visit and walk nearby. Nothing about this holiday stay is compromised because you are bringing a dog.”Trip Advisor review

And a mere twenty minutes in the car will take you to Knightshayes, a lovely local National Trust property. There, you will find great woodland walks and open parkland for you and your pooch to explore.

Then there’s the seaside, which most dogs love. Why not try Instow and Saunton? Both are local dog-friendly beaches, accessible all year round.

After all that exercise, you’ll find a comfortable cottage waiting for you on your return to South Coombe.

Our guests – both two- and four-legged agree that we are very dog-friendly!

Please see our Pet Policy for further information.

More about dog-friendly South Coombe

Our website is full of information so do have a good look around. There are also lots of helpful reviews on Trip Advisor.

Have a closer look at the cottages:

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For more about our facilities:

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To check availability, see prices & book:

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If you have any questions:

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Relaxing because … there is everything you need

Relax, you are on holiday!

You can truly relax knowing that you are in safe hands.  Before you even arrive we will be planning how we can help you have a perfect holiday.

We can book your table reservations for the local restaurants.

If you want to truly relax we can organise Spa treatments in the privacy of your cottage.

Freshly baked organic bread and pastries can be delivered to your cottage each morning.

Before you leave home you can arrange an on line shopping order.  Don’t worry if you are delayed we will take it into your cottage and put the drinks in the fridge.

You will be greeted by the owners, Chris and Jonquil. They will show you around your cottage and all of the facilities at South Coombe.

Special requests and requirements are encouraged, just ask!

More about peaceful, relaxing South Coombe

Our website is full of information so do have a good look around. There are also lots of helpful reviews on Trip Advisor.

Have a closer look at the cottages:

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For more about our facilities:

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To check availability, see prices & book:

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If you have any questions:

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Baby-friendly holidays – ideal for toddlers, babies & kids


South Coombe Country Cottages really are baby-friendly and toddler-friendly. We understand that traveling with small children requires lots of planning and lots of car boot space. That is why we provide useful baby-friendly extras – not just a travel cot and a high chair.

We can provide at no extra charge any of the following items: –

  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Microwaveable bottle sterilizer
  • Baby bath
  • Changing mat
  • Baby bouncer
  • Baby Bumbo
  • Potties
  • Sink steps
  • Night light

Simply book these baby-friendly items when you book your luxury cottage.

Sunny or not, the indoor pool is a highlight at South Coombe, with its vaulted, oak-beamed ceiling. The 10m x 5m pool is a constant depth of 1.2 metres and kept comfortably warm, so that babies and toddlers can take the plunge with parents.

Baby-friendly tumble room

For the under five’s there is a colourful tumble room packed full of fun activities overlooking the pool. There is comfortable seating for the parents to sit and watch the children having fun.

Children have their own outdoor adventure playground with swings, slide and climbing frame set in the beautiful orchard. You have 15 acres to relish, perfect for wind down quality family time.

More about baby-friendly South Coombe

Our website is full of information so do have a good look around. There are also lots of helpful reviews on Trip Advisor.

Have a closer look at the cottages:

All Cottages >

For more about our facilities:

Facilities & Pool >

To check availability, see prices & book:

Availability/Prices >

If you have any questions:

Contact us >

A South Coombe Christmas

Relax and unwind in one of our cosy cottages over the festive season.  There are three cottage with log burning fires, one with underfloor heating and one with central heating.  11872178_884331168304467_5395734969563997248_oSaffi Devon Holiday CottageA short break before, during or after Christmas may be just what you need to recharge your batteries.  Our indoor heated pool and sauna are open everyday, as are the games room and gym.  You can order crusty organic bread  and pastries delivered warm to your cottage from our Aga!

Join us on Christmas eve in the farmhouse for complimentary homemade canapes and Fizz.  There will also be food and drinks suitable for our younger guests.

Bring your fancy dress outfits and spend a fabulous New Years eve in the village pub, where you will be made most welcome.  Let the gentle stroll back to South Coombe be your first exercise of the New Year!!


South Coombe in Late Summer – Apple Pie and Golden Colours

This is an image of the orchard from earlier in the year. South Coombe Orchard 2The apples are now on the trees and should be ready for picking in September / October. As in previous years we will invite our guests to help themselves. They make great apple crumble!

We also have lots of blackberries on the bushes so why not push the boat out and make a blackberry and apple pie.

South Coombe looks wonderful in the late summer / early autumn. If the air turns chilly, just light the wood burner in your cottage or turn on the central or underfloor heating and relax.

We still have some availability for September and October and we hope to be able to welcome you to South Coombe.

5 Star Cottage at South Coombe

orchard-selfcatering-Cottage-3Following our recent assessment visit by Quality in Tourism, we are pleased to announce that Orchard Cottage has been awarded a 5 star grading. The cottage, which sleeps six people, has three bedrooms, all on the ground floor. The double bedroom has an en suite shower room and there is a house bathroom serving the two twin rooms. Upstairs it has a fully fitted kitchen and an open plan dining and sitting area with many contemporary features. The cottage benefits from underfloor heating to both levels. You can see the availability for Orchard Cottage by clicking the image on the right.