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About Tarka Country

As is the way throughout Britain, holiday regions are often rebranded under a name linked to a famous person, a long-running television series, a dramatic film or, as in this case, a popular book. For Tarka the Otter is the case here. The fictional story of the adventures of an otter roving the rivers and estuaries of North Devon was written by local author, Henry Williamson, in 1927. A book popular with all ages, it was made into a film in the 1979.

Nowadays, Tarka Country generally refers to that rural area of lush pastures, lazy rivers, fat cattle and fly fishermen, to the south and south-east of Barnstaple. Narrow country lanes meander amongst the rolling hills flushing out a hilltop hamlet with its welcoming tavern or an open garden.

South Molton awakens from its slumbers every Thursday morning to welcome what seems to be the entire farming community from miles around. A livestock market held in the heart of the town starts its sales at eleven in the forenoon. The pannier market close by has more genuine country traders than the markets in the larger towns.


Animal Ark Cottages, Swimbridge, Barnstaple
children welcomeelectric cookingcentral heating throughoutmicrowave ovencolour tvclothes washing machineironing facilitiesparking facilitiesgarden for guests' usedogs not acceptedspecial christmas packagesspecial packages
 
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Orchard Cottage

Animal Ark Cottages, Swimbridge, Barnstaple, EX32 0QA. Tel: 01271 831138.
Website: www.animalark-cottages-devon.co.uk

One character cottage converted from 17th century barn beside farmhouse; set in 4 acres with duck pond (fenced off) and friendly farm animals. Featured on TV's Channel 4 'Pet Rescue'. One mile from pretty village with character pub. Lovely countryside for walks and wildlife. 6 miles east-south-east of Barnstaple.

Weekly Tariff: £350-£675, reductions for 2, 3 or 4 people. Electricity/Gas: included. Linen: included.
Units: 1 Cottage. Bedrooms: 1 Family (3), 1 Double, 1Twin.
Sleeping: 6/7. Open: All year round. OS grid ref: SS 634 294.

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Simmons Farm Cottage, Chittlehamholt
children welcomeelectric cookinggas/electric fireselectric shaver pointsfreezerdishwashermicrowave ovenradiodvd playercolour tvhairdryerclothes washing machineironing facilitiestotally non-smokingparking next to unitgarden for guests' usedogs not accepted
 
ETC four stars
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Simmons Farm Cottage

Simmons Farm, Chittlehamholt. Tel: 01769 540360.
Website: www.simmonsfarm.co.uk

Three bedroomed cottage, being a wing of the farmhouse, on 80 acre working farm, in the beautiful Taw valley. Dishwasher and double glazing. Cosy, beamed sitting room with exposed original fireplace and bread oven, new woodburner and free logs. Large garden, ponds, pets corner, woodland walks. Thatched tavern (good food) in village. Glorious, rolling Devon countryside and pretty villages. 12 miles south-east of Barnstaple.

Weekly Tariff: £200-£550. Electricity/Gas: extra. Linen: included.
Units: 1 Cottage. Bedrooms: 1 Double, 1 Twin, 1 Single.
Sleeping: 5. Open: All year round. OS grid ref: SS 629 205.

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Swallow Barton, Yarnscombe, Barnstaple
children welcomeelectric cookingcentral heating throughoutfreezerdishwashermicrowave ovenradiocolour tvclothes washing machineironing facilitiestotally non-smokingparking next to unitgarden for guests' usedogs not acceptedspecial christmas packagesspecial packages
ETC four stars
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Swallow Barton

Little Barton, Yarnscombe, Barnstaple, EX31 3LP. Tel: 01769 560583.
Website: www.swallowbarton.co.uk

Situated in the small, rural hamlet of Yarnscombe, near Great Torrington, the cottage was built in 2003 on the site of an old barn which was once part of a working farm. It was named Swallow Barton because of the swallows which nest in adjacent buildings. Well-equipped kitchen/diner including washer/dryer and dishwasher. Galleried lounge with TV, Freeview, VHS video and DVD players, HiFi with CD player. Travel cot and highchair, children's games and puzzles etc. 8 miles south of Barnstaple.

Weekly Tariff: £248-£535. Electricity/Gas: included. Linen: included.
Units: 1 Cottage. Bedrooms: 1 Double, 1 Twin.
Sleeping: 4 + cot. Open: All year round. OS grid ref: SS 561 235.

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