About the Barnstaple Town area of North Devon
This historic market town has stood at the first crossing of the Taw estuary for over a thousand years. The original street pattern of the medieval town can be found between two tidal rivers, the Taw and the Yeo. The modern town now sprawls well beyond the old Norman walls. It is easy, when visiting the busy shopping centre in what was old Barum, to understand the town's relationship with its rivers, fords and bridges, and the old quays. In the 16th and 17th Centuries, Barnstaple was a pioneering port, a port of merchant venturers. Hundreds of wooden trading ships were built here at slipways on either side of the Taw: ships that traded with Portugal, Spain, France, Holland, Ireland and the Americas.
Nowadays Barnstaple, as the largest town in North Devon and Exmoor, is a popular shopping destination for both locals and holidaymakers. Most of the town centre is pedestrianised between 10am and 4pm. The famous Pannier Market and pretty Butchers' Row sell locally produced food, including meat, fish and game. There are shopping malls and outdoor cafes, street entertainers and guided walks, parks and gardens - and flowers everywhere. The riverside walk takes you past museums and fountains, a mosaic and a motte and bailey castle. Boutport Street, which encircles the eastern side of the old fortified town offers entertainments at a theatre, a multi-screen cinema, and a miriad of taverns and restaurants.
Short Breaks (even just one or two nights) from £50 per night.
2 Bedford Street, Barnstaple. Tel: 01271 314544. Mobile: 07890 331 478.
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Spacious and well-appointed apartment, being the ground floor of a large Victorian terraced house, very close to the town centre. Bedford Street is now a quiet cul-de-sac, inside the town's inner relief road system. 80 yards from bus station. 450 yards from the High Street and Pannier Market. Showerroom. Courtyard with table and chairs, and steps up to gated parking compound for two cars. Tea and homemade cakes await one's arrival at Bedford Street. Only ¼ mile south-east of Barnstaple town centre.
Weekly Tariff: £190-£340. Electricity/Gas: included. Linen: included.
Units: 1 Apartment. Bedrooms: 1 twin, plus double bed/settee in sittingroom.
Sleeping: 2-4+cot. Open: All year round. OS grid ref: SS 562 331.
Availability (week beginning Friday): 26Jun, 3Jul, 10Jul, 17Jul, 24Jul, 31Jul:4nts, 18Sep, 25Sep, 2Oct, (last updated 27Apr)
Short Breaks available in autumn, winter and spring from £40 per night.
4 Trinity Place, Barnstaple. Tel: 0121 684 3846 or 07738 334 271.
A delightful two bedroom cottage with parking for one car in a secluded conservation area, yet only 700yds level walk from Barnstaple's historic town centre and amenities, and 200yds of the river and Tarka Trail. Trinity Place is a private cul-de-sac, with no passing traffic. The cottage, which is comfortably furnished and well equipped, is ideal for a young family or a couple. Small, cobbled courtyard garden with barbecue, table and chairs. Bike/surfboard storage. Less than ½ mile south-east of Barnstaple town centre.
Weekly Tariff: £250-£460. Electricity/Gas: included. Linen: included, except towels.
Units: 1 Cottage. Bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, single sofa/bed in lounge.
Sleeping: 4/5. Open: All year round. OS grid ref: SS 562 328.
Availability (week beginning Sunday):
Humes Farm Cottages
Halls Mill Lane, Bradiford, Barnstaple. Tel: 01271 345039.
Two cottages set in eight acres of private grounds in the countryside, yet within easy walk of one of the prettiest and certainly the most historic parts of old Barnstaple, Pilton. The nearby tavern 'Windsor Arms' offers good food and some interesting local ales. Six month long winter lets available on request. Free membership of Leisure Club in nearby Hotel (use of two swimmingpools, fitness rooms, sauna, solaria, etc). Dog welcome: £15 extra. Carpenters Cottage sleeps 4; The Shippen sleeps 6. 1 mile north-west of Barnstaple town centre.
Weekly Tariff: £347-£799. Electricity/Gas: included. Linen: included, except beach towels.
Units: 2 Cottages. Bedrooms: 2 (double, twin), 3 (double, twin, bunks).
Sleeping: 4, 6. Open: Feb to October. OS grid ref: SS 552 345.
Availability at Carpenters Cottage, sleeps 4 (week beginning Saturday):
Availability at The Shippen, sleeps 6 (week beginning
Luxury, three bedroomed cottage, beside owner's house, in peaceful garden, with views of surrounding countryside. On private road, only 1 mile from town centre. Very well equipped and comfortably furnished. Prices vary according to the number of people staying (4, 5, 6 or 7). Less than 1¼ mile north-east of Barnstaple town centre.
Weekly Tariff: £225-£535. Electricity/Gas: extra. Linen: included.
Units: 1 Cottage. Bedrooms: 3.
Sleeping: up to 7. Open: All year round. OS grid ref: SS 569 344.
Availability (week beginning Saturday):
OUT OF SEASON SHORT BREAKS WHEN AVAILABLE - terms on request.
Well equipped, spacious and comfortable converted 19th Century barn in quiet surroundings, with view of the River Taw. Just a few minutes stroll from characterful Pilton Street and within 15 minutes walk of Barnstaple town centre. Small, paved garden with barbecue. New TV and video. Bicycles available (no charge). Less than 1 mile north of Barnstaple town centre.
Weekly Tariff: £220-£440. Electricity/Gas: included. Linen: included.
Units: 1 Cottage. Bedrooms: 1 double. 1 twin.
Sleeping: 4+cot. Open: mid Jan to mid December. OS grid ref: SS 559 343.
Availability (week beginning Saturday):
Within ¾ mile level walk/cycle of Tarka Tennis Centre and North Devon Leisure Centre.
Pill Lane, Newport, Barnstaple. Tel: 07775 880 398.
A very spacious detached residence in a large garden, set amongst riverside meadows yet within a mile's level walk of Barnstaple town centre. Close to Rock Park (tennis, bowls, excellent children's playground and skateboard park) and the Tarka Trail Cycle Path. Meadowgreen is a well-furnished private house, only available for holiday lets from July until the end of September. Dogs are welcome. The extensive garden, which is on two levels, has a patio area, barbecue, garden furniture, trampoline and swing. 1½ miles (by car) south-east of Barnstaple town centre.
Weekly Tariff: £335-£1154. Electricity/Gas: included. Linen: included, except some towels.
Units: 1 House. Bedrooms: 2 x doubles (1 x en-suite), 2 x twins (1 x en-suite and on the ground floor), bed-settee in living room.
Sleeping: 8+cot. Open: July to September. OS grid ref: SS 564 316.