Watermouth Cove Cottages
Idyllic self catering holiday cottage accommodation on the stunning North Devon coast between Combe Martin and Ilfracombe.

Tel: 01271 865055   Email: stay@watermouth-cove-cottages.co.uk  
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Comments from our Guests

Smugglers Cove Feb 12

Really enjoyed our stay. Thanks


Smugglers Cove Feb 12

Many thanks for the local advise. We enjoyed the coastal path walk to Ilfracombe and caught the bus back as recommended.


Seashell Feb 12

Had a good stay. The log burner was great in the evenings. The best maps are the Croyde Cycle maps which are a bargain for £2.

All being well we will see you again in the Autumn.

I use Croyde Cycle maps. The scale, size and information is ideal for walkers. Steve.


Tidesreach Jan 12

Bob loved the cove. First he had seen the sea and we couldn't keep him out.


Driftwood Jan 12

Thanks for a relaxing break. Sorry about the broken glass.

No problem, thanks for letting us know


Smugglers Cove Dec 11

Enjoyed our stay, the weather was quite good. We went to Hunters Inn and walked down to the sea.


Beachcomber Dec 11

Cottage is just as on the website Thanks.


Seaspray Dec 11

Great scenery and location. My daughter found the limited mobile phone reception a problem until we discovered they worked down the drive.

Sorry about the limited mobile phone reception at the cottages. Mobiles work at the bottom of the drive and in the cove etc.

We do have a normal phone in courtyard if required.


Seadrift Nov 11

See you again in March


Nov 11

Smugglers Cove lounge now has a larger 36" TV DVD which is a better size for the room


Seashell Nov 11

A relaxing stay, just what we needed. Enjoyed watching the birds on the feeders.


Sandpiper Oct 11

Enjoyed our stay. Sorry about the problem with the TV. Thanks for quickly changing it.

No problem. It has now been exchanged by the supplier.



Sandpiper 31 July 09

Thanks for a lovely time - would love to come back next year.


Seadrift 19 June 09

Thanks for a great weekend at Seadrift - Hunters Inn was terrific - thanks for the recommendation.


Seashell 19 June 09

Thank you for your kindness. We have enjoyed this glorious place with its beauty and bountiful bird life.

We saw the Jay too!! Best wishes for your future plans.


Sorry you had trouble with the bird in the chimney! It was so comfortable there. My bed was good!

I was particularly pleased with the garden too. I watched a Jay for the first time and saw the Black & White woodpecker.

I hope I to come back sometime.

You will be pleased to know that we removed the flue from the back of the log burner to save the bird

but it had already escaped out of the top.


Seashell 13 June 09

Thanks for the lovely stay - particularly liked Hele Billy's. Lovely location, pleasant cottage.

The CD player doesn't seem to work.

Sorry about the CD player. We have now changed it.


Seaspray 5 June 09

Many thanks for your advise on places to eat and go. Good recommendations. Great walk from Hunters Inn to Heddon's Mouth and Broad Sands was well worth finding. All being well we will visit again in the autumn.

Thanks for the feedback.


Smugglers Cove 17 May 09

Enjoyed our stay.


Sandpiper 27 February 09

Did you know you have an Egret which is visits the Castle pond.

Yes they seem to visit us regularly in the winter months


Jan 09

Seaspray now has new flat screen 32" LCD TV.


Seashell 1 November 08

Thank you for your great hospitality and useful information.

Hope to see you again in the not to distant future.


Aug 08

Smugglers Cove now has a brand new flat screen 36" LCD TV.


Smugglers Cove 25 July 08

Thank you for helpfully giving us some handy tips on where to eat and where to go. We enjoyed exploring the beautiful surrounding area despite the weather! However we recaptured the joy of playing games together and had some great meals in dog friendly environments.


Jun 08

The rear garden now has new bird bath and feeders.

They are already a hit with the feathered inhabitants.


Beachcomber 27 June 08

We were made to feel very welcome.


Seashell 24 June 08

Just wanted to say thanks again for a great stay at Seashell Cottage - the perfect cottage for families, as far as we are concerned (including the excitement of unpredictable wildlife encounters with resident bat, newt, squirrel etc). The garden really made it for us, allowing hours of fun just tinkering around with the birds and relaxing. The cottage was perfectly clean and I was particularly impressed with the little touches of clean tea towels, washing up liquid, loo rolls, coins in meter, milk and tea bags. we've stayed in other cottages that don't go that far and it made a real difference.

Many thanks for your kind words


Seaspray 30 May 08

Lovely setting, homely cottage. We enjoyed our stay.


Driftwood 30 May 08

Nice and peaceful here. Lovely gardens. By the way the hot water is very hot and may need the thermostat checking.

Thanks for letting us know. I have changed the Thermostat and the temp is now ok.


Tidesreach 25 April 08

Thank you, had a lovely time. Good luck in your new venture.

Thank you for your kind thoughts


Smugglers Cove 15 - 22 Feb 08

Enjoyed our stay. The new bed was very comfortable. We will contact you soon to rebook for April.


Feb 08

Smugglers Cove now has a brand new Four poster bed.


Seaspray 15 Feb - 18 Feb 08

Thank you for a lovely weekend in Seaspray. The cottage was lovely and just the right size for us. It was so kind of you to put some electricity on the meter and some milk in the fridge. We will certainly stay with you again next time we come to see the relatives.


Seadrift 30 Nov - 3 Dec 07

Thank you for your assistance, it has been a great time. Nice to have an un-pressured time, family enjoyed every minute even the teenage three year old. We will be back in the very near future.

Have a great Christmas.


Beachcomber 29 Oct - 2 Nov 07

We enjoyed the area, beaches, walks by the cliffs and nice warm cottage.


Oct 07

Seadrift now has a new Bathroom and Seaspray has had a new bath fitted.


Beachcomber 26 - 29 Oct 07

Beautiful setting close to everywhere we wanted to go. Excellent.


Smugglers Cove 19 - 22 Oct 07

Wood stove fab! and the garden was lovely.

Would recommend the Heddon Valley walk, beautiful. We had a lovely break.


Seadrift 14 - 21 Sept 07

Enjoyed our holiday and the cottage has been all we'd hoped for, giving us the peace and quiet we needed.

Hope to be back in the near future.


May 2007

Two new washing machines installed in the laundry room in time for the busy Summer period. New comfortable double bed mattresses have been supplied for Smugglers Cove and Beachcomber. Smugglers Cove now has a  new micro wave cooker.


Seashell 13 - 20 April 07

The accommodation had everything we needed for our holiday. Many thanks for a brilliant holiday in a wonderful setting.


February 2007

Watermouth Cove Cottages were purchased by Steve and Clare Mountain who  are working on an ongoing programme of refurbishment, upgrading and provision of additional facilities for guests. Comments, both good and bad are taken very seriously and, wherever possible, acted upon.

Beachcomber 21 - 18 May
Very friendly staff and a good location. We have no bad comments - just a wonderful stay. p.s. washing facilities available were good, but in need of updating.
The laundry room is on our list for tiling - we did not manage it this last winter but hope to get it done next time the cottages are all empty. We have already bought the tiles. Jan 2006//Tiling now completed and a new tumble dryer also.

Tidesreach 14 - 21 May
Had a lovely week, thank you. Enjoyed the peace - it was quiet and relaxing.

Seadrift 07 - 14 May
Loved the quiet, the scenery and nice parking. Bedroom a bit small but we want to come back and will tell all our friends.

Driftwood 03 - 07 May
Wonderful stay - loved the peaceful surroundings and the safe garden for our daughter to play.

Tidesreach 01 - 03 May
Whilst we loved the setting - the castle, lake and grounds and gardens,  we found the smallness of accommodation difficult. We might come back if we could have a larger cottage with more kitchen space.

Sandpiper 12 - 16 April
A lovely stay and enjoyed the convenience of nice walks and things to do. There was nothing we disliked and hope to return.

Smugglers Cove 29 March - 02 April
The location of cottage, welcoming tea tray, basket of logs, shower and comfortable bed all good! Would have liked fridge to be put on before arrival and we found the carpet in dining room somewhat tired. Would also like a blind or curtain in the bathroom window. We will certainly come back and will recommend.
Carpet in dining room was already on our list to be replaced and now has been. [Porch carpet also on our list to be replaced by tiles by the way!!] We have put blinds up in both the bathroom and the w.c.  Sorry about the fridge - purely an oversight.

Seaspray 26 March - 02 April
Very nice welcome on arrival and very friendly local staff. We found the facilities the location and the price excellent and will certainly recommend to everyone.

Driftwood 29 March - 02 April
Dry sunny weather for March so was able to play on beach and we did an 18 miles bike ride! We never stay in the same place twice but we will certainly recommend to others - good location.

Beachcomber 22 - 26 March
Very quiet and very well equipped cottage. Thank you for making our stay welcome. The cottages are value for money and that's why we will come again.

Beachcomber 19 - 22 March
Thank you, had a great time despite the weather. The log fire was much appreciated.

Seadrift 12 - 19 March
Our holiday was quiet and relaxing and very good value for money. Also very good for our dogs. I did not like being unable to use my mobile phone but I understand there's nothing anyone can do about this. Thank you for a lovely holiday.

Seadrift 16 -23 February
Loved Bude and Woolacombe beaches and enjoyed all of our stay. The Globe [in Berrynarbor] offers a fantastic menu.

Seadrift 13-16 February
Had an almost perfect weekend spoiled only by paying for the electricity. We will be back but won't recommend to anybody - we want to keep it to ourselves!!
Thanks! The coin meters help us keep the prices low in the winter months. Starting at £129 for a week's stay, that works out at great value for money.

Driftwood 13-16 February
Thank you we have had a brilliant time! The environment was utterly beautiful and very relaxing. We hated having to leave. We all had a wonderful time here and hopefully will be returning in the future. Thank you again.

Tidesreach 13-16 February
Everything excellent except the shower leaked all over the floor. We will certainly recommend to everyone and will be back!
Sorry about the shower - we have now replaced the shower screen with a normal shower curtain and this should prevent any more leaks!

Tidesreach 06-09 February
We thought the cottage was perfect for us but perhaps a bit small for four unless they are a family. All furnishings very comfortable. A picturesque location combined with excellent facilities and excellent value. Thank you - we had a lovely weekend and will recommend you to friends and family.

Smugglers Cove 06-13 February
We found the cottage ideal and loved the quietness the proximity of the harbour, fire - and porch really useful for drying dogs, everything very enjoyable. Found an interesting intermitant fault on the dishwasher socket but the fault was sorted out very quickly. Did not spoil our stay at all and we look forward to coming back.

Seaspray 19-16 February
Everything OK but we found the cottage too isolated but perhaps we visited at the wrong time of year.
Cottages are in a semi rural area surrounded by woodland - any time of year it is very peaceful.

Beachcomber 30 January - 02 February
Good internet site. We found the views and walks wonderful but did not use the garden area. The noise insulation is very good we could not hear the children around us. However toilet seat is in bad condition and we could not get the wood burner to stay alight!! Lovely holiday - we will book again.
Toilet seat repaired, thank you for letting us know.

Seadrift 07-10 November
Just to say that yet again we had a wonderful time staying with you in Seadrift. This was our third visit and will definitely not be our last. We so enjoy the peace and quiet and each time we visit things have been improved. Our first visit was in 2001 just after you had acquired the cottages. In 2002 a new bathroom had been fitted, a new three piece suite had been installed and you had refitted the bedroom. This time there was a new dining room table and hairs. We love our time with you and are very much looking forward to returning to you soon.

Seadrift 07-10 November
Love the peace and quiet in a beautiful English cottage. Each time we stay we notice little touches and improvements to what is already an impressive package.

Seadrift 24-31 October
Information provided was very helpful. The cottage was lovely, especially the log burner, but a radio would have made it better. Very lean and comfortable, nice to see lots of cleaning materials too! The garden was lovely and colourful, probably more enjoyable in the summer - we hope to come back in the summer.

Beachcomber 24-31 October
Location was perfect and the cottage was nice and cosy for the rainy days.

Sandpiper 19-26 September
Beautiful scenery and lovely people. Thank you, it was a delight.

Smugglers Cove 29 August - 05 September
Enjoyed the little touches, the milk, sherry, teabags etc. However bathroom is a bit tatty and in need of refurbishment. Beds in twin room uncomfortable but generally speaking the cottage was lovely and we will be back.
Bathroom has now been retiled and looks pretty good! Beds are always subjective - too soft, too hard and we were not sure which twin room this referred to. However, the divan beds [not the pine beds] are due to be replaced in 2004. NB: Jan05 beds now replaced.

Driftwood 29 August - 05 September
Thank you for a great time! 10 out of 10. 

Seaspray 15-29 August
Enjoyed the comfort and walking distance of all facilities, especially evening meal and drink. The holiday went too quickly.

Seashell 01 -08 August
Great for our large group - please can you build some extensions for next year - we'll have even more children! A big thank you - we all had a great week.

Seashell 04-11 July
It's a really nice place, cozy cottage and a beautiful garden, and Chris and Rob are really nice and helpful people. We enjoyed the stay very much. Sun chairs need to be replaced.
No sooner said than done! All outside chairs and tables have been replaced with new.

Beachcomber July
We had a lovely holiday in Beachcomber and hope to return in the future. The accommodation was just right for us and the surroundings are beautiful. We had a very good welcome from Rob and it seemed a very friendly place. The only drawback for us was that some guests downstairs had a dog which was left by itself for long periods and howled and barked non stop for hours.
In our booking conditions we advise that dogs should never be left on their own unless prior permission has been granted - we then make it clear that noise disturbance is not acceptable. Owners are advised that if we do receive a complaint the call out fee will be deducted from their deposit. Therefore it is important to let us know immediately so that we can resolve the problem before it becomes irritating.

Driftwood July
We have just spent a really lovely week at Driftwood, Watermouth Cove. I took my mum and little dog Annie. I just wanted to say how kind Chris and Rob were as we were on our own. The television went wrong and I had to telephone Chris and within 15 minutes another one was in its place. They made sure we were OK and that we had everything we needed. We will certainly return next year to see the rabbits ducks et. My mum is actually home sick for the cottage.

Tidesreach 20-27 June
We have been to Devon many times and always enjoy the peace and slow pace. Everything in the cottage was satisfactory and met our needs perfectly. We won't be returning as we are moving to Devon but we will recommend.

Driftwood 20-27 June
Good weather! Spacious comfortable cottage, Many attractions within a short drive, and loved Watermouth Castle. Need to provide vegetable knife and peeler.
Thanks, these are provided, so must have been thrown out by accident by previous occupant - now been replaced.

Driftwood 11-18 April
Loved the weather, scenery and the peace and quiet. The communicating door between the two areas was excellent as it meant both families could have their own space but the dogs could go from one group to another without having to go outside.

Seadrift 11-14 April
Overall the cottage was very nicely cleaned and nice to see really clean tea towels, dusters etc. Tea tray was a nice touch. Loved the location, nothing we didn't like but could do with a video player for evenings.
Video players are on our wish list for the cottages. New Tv's will have built in DVD players.

Seaspray 18-25 April
Very comfortable and thank you for cleaning materials provided. An excellent centre for touring the area.

Seadrift 07 - 14 March
Booked on line - found website very informative. Loved the location, the privacy and the comfort of a well equipped cottage. An excellent place and we look forward to our return. Many thanks.

Seaspray 21-24 Feb
Loved the peace and quiet. The cottage has a spacious feel, and a homely, comfortable atmosphere. Some nice little touches - pictures, horse-stuff. Would have liked a wood burner, missed the cosy feel of a log fire. It has been a lovely stay at a delightful place - a real find. The local representatives were very friendly and welcoming, but unobtrusive. I hope we can come back soon. Thank you.

Beachcomber 21-24 Feb
Location, location, location! Also everything you need in a cottage. Very good value short break, very comfortable and well equipped. Excellent.

Smugglers Cove 03 - 07 Feb
Cottage is beautiful throughout, a warm and welcoming environment. Very relaxing. A light in porch could be beneficial. Lamp facing bed does not work and thermostat does not work - water becomes boiling with risk of scalding.
Lamp bulb now replaced, thank you. We have checked thermostat and agree it was too hot - we have reduced it and it is now hot, without scalding risk.

Beachcomber 06 - 09 Feb
Cottage had everything we needed and we loved the wood burner. It was comfortable and spotless though windows needed cleaning. Views and surroundings most enjoyable.

Seashell 31st Jan - 07 Feb
Well presented and clean cottage. Great for the dog and nice when the sun came out! Really pretty. We loved the peace and quiet and how friendly and helpful people were. Thank you for making our stay so enjoyable - and making dogs so welcome.

Seadrift 31st Jan - 07 Feb
Excellent facilities with many nice touches. Lovely warm clean cottage, easy parking and 4-poster bed - a perfect holiday, thank you! 

Seadrift 20-27 Dec
Friendly, helpful and excellent information provided. Really lovely cottage, very beautiful and the area breathtaking - we have had a wonderful time. A really nice welcome with everything very clean and lovely to look out onto garden. We would love to come again next Christmas.

Driftwood 15-18 November
Picturesque setting, nice and tranquil and the cottage was lovely, relaxing and comfortable. We will recommend to our friends.

Beachcomber 12 - 19 July
Internet is ideal and everything at the cottage was perfect. We slept well, the bed very comfortable. Lovely scenery, plenty to do, particularly liked Watermouth Castle - and so handy! Very comfortable accommodation, appreciated the milk in the fridge. A double plug so that kettle and toaster can be used at the same time would be useful.
We are looking at all the electrical points in all the cottages to see where we can improve numbers and accessibility.

Sandpiper 12 - 19 July
Booked on the Internet with no problem. Everything in the cottage was perfect, although the beds a bit hard. Loved the peaceful setting and surroundings and the nearness to the sea. Would have liked better views from the cottage windows and to have some shops close by. Hot tap in bathroom sink leaks.
Thanks! Beds are a bit subjective, some like them hard and others soft so we cannot always win that one! We have sorted the hot tap out!

Seaspray 07-19 July
Great website. Enjoyed the landscape but not keen on the narrow roads!

Tidesreach 08 - 12 July
Cottage was perfect. We didn't use the garden but the washing facilities are good. Car park spaces are a bit tight. We will be booking again.

Driftwood 05-12 July
The area is beautiful and the coast. You could not wish for anything nicer than the castle view from the cottages. Everything was perfect except the TV was a bit temperamental. Just keep it unspoilt as it is now. 

Smugglers Cove 05 -12 July
This is a one-off 40th birthday celebration for our son and family, so we won't be returning - we normally travel abroad or use our camper van in the UK. However we will be recommending to all our friends. The situation, location and tranquility are wonderful and we liked the little touches, a pint of milk, teabags, sherry all very much appreciated. There is inadequate working surfaces and cupboards in the kitchen.
We have now put in a large shelving unit which will enable our guests to tidy away all their packets and tins, plus a vegetable rack.

Seadrift 05 -12 July
Loved the peace and the setting of the cottages, and its central location to places to visit. A video would have been handy to keep children entertained when weather was poor.
We would like to provide all the cottages with videos but improving the furnishings has been more important than facilities. It will happen, though not sure when! We are happy for guests to bring their own videos with them if they so wish.

Seashell 05-12 July
Everything perfect, though the shower a little difficult to adjust. We will be back!

Driftwood 28 June - 05 July
The family and Harry the dog thoroughly enjoyed the holiday, thank you. It was very easy to book, a very informative brochure, the facilities are excellent with nice homely touches, loved the four poster bed and all was clean. The scenery is lovely and there are lots of places to visit - the big Sheep was especially great fun. 

Beachcomber 28 June - 05 July
Loved everything except the weather!

Seaspray 28 June - 05 July
Enjoyed the peace and quite. Need a small baking tray for the oven. Weather was dreadful.

Seadrift 28 June - 05 July
Loved the seclusion and scenery and garden. There is a lack of crockery and the oven door is very difficult to open and the vacuum cleaners suction is poor. The odd job man is very helpful.
There are four pieces of each plate/mug etc. to ensure four people can sit down to dinner together. The oven door has been oiled and now works perfectly, sorry for that. Rob is our local representative who turns his hands to most things and looks after our guests impeccably! He is very helpful!

Seaspray 21 - 28 June
Response to our emails very quick but would have liked an automatic confirmation of cot and high chair. Television tuning was a bit off and annoying and cupboards in bedrooms a bit musty, and drawers sticking a little. Also no mobile phone reception. The garden is excellent. The location, quiet and weather was wonderful. Enjoyed visiting castle. Baby and dog loved watching the ducks and rabbits. Appreciated flowers, teatray, sherry and milk in fridge - very welcome. Would appreciate more hooks and towel rails in bathroom. 
Hooks and towel rails now installed in bathroom. Mobile phone reception is bad - sorry for that, we are in a dip. Many do find this an advantage though! TV has now been retuned and working fine.

Seadrift 21-28 June
Internet information excellent, but a phone in the cottage would be useful. Loved the privacy and tranquility of the area but hated the absence of a phone. Overall we have really enjoyed our stay and look forward to returning.

Beachcomber 21 - 28 June
First class facilities and furnishings. Excellent cottage, excellent scenery, lots of places near to visit. 

Smugglers Cove 15 -21 June
Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at Watermouth Cove Cottages. I was complaining about the drive down as I have never driven so far and swore no matter how nice the place was I would never come back. How wrong I was, the setting was perfect, the children loved being able to watch the rabbits and feed the ducks every day. We spent a day in the castle which was brilliant and well worth the money.

We have everything possible available to us in the cottage. We visited the local pub in Berrynarbor a couple of times and that was lovely also. This is the first holiday where I have been able to explore and feel like a child again, and really enjoy myself, also my son aged 7 said this was the best holiday he has ever had and he has been on a lot of holidays. Anyway I'm rambling on as usual, but I really thought an email was best as the comments form in the cottage doesn't have enough space for my rambling. Thank you once again for a lovely holiday and thank you for finding my son's towel.

Smugglers Cove
Could do with a cupboard to put dry food stuff in. We had a lovely time, and enjoyed visiting Clovelly. Didn't want to go home.
We are looking at different shelving units and cupboards and will be installing something so guests can put away tins and packets etc. UPDATE: We have installed pine shelving which has sorted out the problem very nicely! Now there is plenty of storage space and we have also added a vegetable rack.

Seadrift 06 - 10 May
Excellent short break. Loved the ambience of the environment and hated going home!

Seaspray 03 - 10 May
Perfect! We loved the walks, the barbecue, pub food and most of all, Alf and his wife who live at Castle Mount!!

Smugglers Cove 03 - 06 May
Thank you! A wonderful place, we enjoyed our stay.

Seadrift 26 April - 03 May
Enjoyed the picturesque surroundings - a beautiful place to stay. There was nothing we didn't like.

Smugglers Cove 26 - 29 April
Book in cottage is very useful and informative. Bathroom in need of updating but shower is good. The views are spectacular and the we loved the peace/tranquility and close proximity to the coast. Enjoyed the wood burner. Thank you very much for a most pleasurable stay.
Thank you - when we first purchased the cottages, Smugglers' bathroom was the best.  We have been refurbishing all the bathrooms and Smugglers already has a new bath, wash basin and floor tiles. The wall tiles will be done this coming winter.

Seashell 24-31 April
With your Friday to Friday booking arrangements, getting the Friday off work is difficult for both of us resulting in a loss of pay for that day. No hangers in the wardrobe. Loved the peace and quiet, lovely position. When either in the bathroom, or the master bedroom, there is a loud sound of running water 24 hours a day. A long mirror and a hook on the bathroom door would be nice. The milk and tea tray and the fire being laid was a nice touch. Thank you.
We very much appreciated being advised of the noise of running water. We called a plumber in  and there indeed was a leak under the floor which, had we been made aware at the beginning of the week, could have been sorted immediately. However, had we not been made aware we would have had a huge problem on our hands. Thank YOU. We have replaced the hangers, not sure where they disappeared to! With regards to Friday to Friday, this is our changeover day - it works well for us and many guests have commented on this being an advantage.  

Seashell 01-05 April
Teabags, milk and sugar was a very nice touch. Enjoyed the quietness and the castle, lots for kids to do and we hope to come back next year.

Driftwood 01-05 April
So many basics already in the cottage with a few extra luxuries - thank you!

Just wanted to say we had a fantastic stay in Sandpiper last week. The cottage was absolutely brilliant for my disabled grandmother. It made our few days away so easy. The only disappointment was having to go home and leave not only the cottage and the beautiful surroundings but the peace and quiet. Wish Sandpiper was my home. Also would like to say how lovely and clean the cottage was and well stocked. 

Seaspray 29 March - 05 April
Good location, good pubs and food, plenty to do for family. Hot water supply very poor even though the emersion heater had been left on all night.
Sorry, we checked this out and have now installed a new heater - it was not working properly. Thanks for letting us know!

Beachcomber 29 April - 05 March
Our second time - scenery is fabulous, all perfect. Will be back again.

Beachcomber - 01 - 29 March
Peaceful location, welcoming touches such as sherry, friendly and helpful staff.

Tidesreach 29 March - 02 April
So peaceful and relaxing, we will definitely come back and, of course, recommend to others. Clean and ideal for a relaxing break.

Seashell 29 March - 02 April
Loved the garden and our 5 year old cried when we told him we had to leave. Central heating would be nice although I guess not necessary.

Seashell 22-25 March
Excellent information given, wonderful facilities especially as I forgot so much! Furnishings lovely and you must work so hard to keep it so clean. Do you want a job at my house ?!! 100% will definitely be coming back. Thank you for having us.

Driftwood 18-22 March
Everything perfect, so lovely and peaceful. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, thank you and our dog Shylea says thanks too! We will be back.

Smugglers Cove 04-08 March

Loved the peace and quiet and the walks. Freezer very noisy. We will be booking again, probably for summer.

Seadrift 25 Feb - 01 March
Just a note to say what a wonderful time we had at the cottage. the rest was just what we needed. The cottage was superb, clean and tidy and the grounds exemplary. We will certainly be recommending to all our friends that they give you a call when thinking of a break. Thanks again.

Sandpiper 25 Feb - 01 March
Cozy and comfy cottage with pleasant and natural garden. Loved the peace and quiet, the location and accessibility. There is plenty to do and see as the fancy takes you. Weather very bad but the nice, snug cottage compensated for it. This was our second visit and just as enjoyable. Already looking forward to our next visit.

Seashell 22 - 25 February
Perfect, easy accommodation!

Beachcomber 22-25 February
Enjoyed the privacy and beautiful surroundings - a perfect lace to wind down and relax. A metal cheese grater would be appreciated!
Will do! Thanks for advising us.

Tidesreach 22-25 February
All  fine, really enjoyed the coastal walks. The information folder very good but could be with info on where to get additional firewood.
Will add this - thank you

Sandpiper 15-18 February
Most enjoyed the 4-poster bed, how quiet it was and the nice views, and being able to relax and enjoy yourself. Unfortunately electric fire in the front room did not work.
Apologies, we have now replaced it - thanks for letting us know.

Seadrift 08-11 February
The pleasant situation and surroundings of the cottages so enjoyable, and the peace and quiet. Thank you!

Seashell 08-11 February
Quiet location and cosy cottage.

Smugglers Cove 04-09 February
The views, the peace and quiet lovely. The wood burner was great!!! The TV has a green line going from top to bottom which is rather annoying.
Thanks for letting us know, we have not been able to repair it, so we have bought another TV - problem solved!

Smugglers Cove 01-04 February
A really nice cottage with great scenery. We will be back.

Seadrift 02-08 February
Loved the surrounding area and how friendly everyone was. The Rajah in Ilfracombe is a real favourite - excellent cost and very friendly. We will book again.

Smugglers Cove 28 January - 01 February
So quiet and peaceful at this time of the year. There is nothing I can say I didn't like about our stay. It was a lovely gesture leaving us the sherry. Many many thanks.

Seadrift 18-21 January
Booked by email, very easy. We loved the fire, the countryside, the situation. Super thoughtful touches - sherry, milk, tea etc.

Beachcomber 11-18 January
Enjoyed the peace and quiet and locality. Could do with more outside lights for safety. Will recommend to friends.

Sandpiper 02-05 January
Nice and cosy furnishings, helpful information, could do with music facilities. Gave me time to think, relax and get my life in order and get ready to face the world again.


Seaspray 21-28 December
Very attractive gardens, lovely location, fabulous walks along the coast. Cottage beautifully decorated for Christmas - thanks. Lino in kitchen sticky around dishwasher.
We will shortly be replacing the lino with a tiled floor. 

Seadrift 21-28 December
Beautiful setting, ideal arrangement for large family staying in several of the cottages. Lovely Christmas decorations, thank you!

Smugglers Cove 21-28 December
Many thanks for a very relaxed and enjoyable Christmas week. Best of luck and weather for 2002. Why no shelves? There is plenty of room for them in the kitchen. Lovely [understated] Christmas decorations.
Shelves are on our To Do list.

Driftwood 23-26 November
Very warm, even in Winter. Excellent furnishings, warm and cosy a welcoming environment. Lighting near car parking facilities would be advantageous.
Mmmm, we are looking into various options - electricity supply is difficult to that part of the grounds which is why it has not yet been sorted.

Seashell 19-23 November
We enjoyed staying in one of the most beautiful places in the world. I spent two or three perfect holidays at Watermouth Castle some 30 years ago and it is still perfect. Please don't change anything!

Smugglers Cove 19-23 November
Information enabled us to find lots of beautiful places and fab food. Garden is well kept. The peace and tranquility with the addition of a beautiful cottage to stay in, we loved it all.

Sandpiper 16-23 November
Peaceful but not isolated. Plenty to do in area. Found it ideal for an out of season break and would be suitable in season as it would be still a secluded spot. Good base for touring all round.

Seadrift 16-19 November
Enjoyed being in such a peaceful base for travelling around North Devon.

Seashell 16-19 November
Loved the peace and quiet. Noisy water pipes.
All fixed now, just needed a new valve!

Smugglers Cove 2-9 November
Enjoyed the cottage and grounds, the Sawmill pub is excellent. But stay not long enough!

Beachcomber 2-9 November
Everything we needed and nice to have milk in the fridge. Easy chairs uncomfortable, garden very pleasant. Loved being remote, area very peaceful, beautiful setting. The cottage has been very cold, the sofa very uncomfortable. The cottage is beautiful and in an idyllic setting but the interior in need of updating.
Well, the cottage has now had more than 25 rolls of lagging placed in the loft and the difference is remarkable - so sorry this was not done before your stay. 3-piece suite has been ordered, we agree the seating needs to be changed.

Smugglers Cove 2-5 November
We both enjoyed the cottage and grounds and places of interest to visit. The cottage was a home from home and we will be booking to come back again.

Driftwood 2-5 November
Relaxation, location, the layout of the grounds all very pleasant. Smoke alarm kept going off when cooking breakfast. Spoilt my plans for a roast dinner but didn't spoil our stay!

Sandpiper 29 Oct - 2 Nov
Loved not being disturbed, but no SkyTV
Sorry, but cost is just not justifiable at the moment. Hopefully commercial prices will come down at some stage so small businesses can offer this at a reasonable rate.

Seadrift 26 Oct - 02 November
Garden absolutely beautiful and hope to come back again in March/April. We enjoyed everything. The cottage is stunning and was a real home from home. Hated leaving. The log fire is a real bonus.

Sandpiper 21-26 October
Well equipped and comfortable cottage, lovely stay with very friendly neighbours. 3-piece suite needs a good clean. Location ideal for families.
3-piece suite has now been thrown out and replaced - it would not 'scrub up!'

Seaspray 22-26 October
Internet booking does not ask about the size of the party therefore potential for insufficient bedding. I like the folder! Shower not working well. Loved the garden, very tidy and well kept. Have no hesitation in recommending. Beautiful area, lots to see and do. Cottage very peaceful and very friendly people. We loved the cottage.
I think we have sorted the Internet bookings and we now specifically ask for linen requirements. The shower has been fixed - we had major problems with water pressure - Seaspray now has a pressure reducer, a pump and a new cistern.

Driftwood 22-26 October
The tea tray on arrival was a nice touch!

Tidesreach 19-22 October
Cottage neat and tidy, no one bothered us, key in the door and welcome logs in the burner. Super spot managed in an adult way but 10 o'clock too early for leaving perhaps!

Beachcomber 12-15 October
Lovely surroundings and really cosy cottage but the stay was not long enough! Will definitely recommend to friends and family - had a lovely time.

Seadrift 8-12 October
Peaceful and quiet location, Watermouth Castle excellent value. Genral holiday very good, nice surroundings, plenty to do even though out of season. Poor standard of furnishings, might come back if decor were improved.
Seadrift now has a new fitted bathroom, new furniture and by March will have new bedroom.

Beachcomber  7-12 October
The location, the cove and the fab weather! We received a very friendly welcome and thanks for the pub tips.

Driftwood 5-12 October
Excellent position for walking and visits. Quiet and relaxing. Suggest a boot tray inside front door. Also shower, either very hot or cold, may be faulty.
Yes the shower was - all to do with the water pressure which is now completely fixed. 

Tidesreach 1-5 OCtober
Internet made booking really easy. Loved the close proximity to the walking areas and the peaceful setting.

Seashell 28 September - 01 October
The cottage, gardens and area are beautiful. Stay was not long enough. It was also lovely to find tea bags and milk here. A wonderful welcome.

Tidesreach 24-29 September
It ws lovely to arrive after a long journey to such a clean place. The cottage is very small for any more than two plus a baby so if we come back we would stay in one of the larger cottages. It is very well situated for exploring North Devon. The walks, very peaceful and beautiful surroundings. Thanks!

Seadrift 14-21 September
The welcoming tea tray and sherry and glasses a very nice touch. There should be on site recycling for paper/glass, tins etc. instead of them just being thrown in the dustbin.
Sorry but there just is no room to squeeze in a recycling bin. Hopefully the council will one day collect recyclable material direct from the cottages.

Seashell 14-28 September
Fantastic website/info. Dishwasher, excellent! Great comfy sofas and beds, beautiful garden, fantastic location. Payphone didn't seem to work, and not mentioned in info - found it by accident.

Tidesreach 7-14 September
Very relaxing. New bread knife needed.

Smugglers Cove 7-14 September
Location, lots of fresh air, lots to do and see in the area. A very relaxing week and great fun.

Beachcomber 31 August - 7 September
Garden a delight, lots for the children in the area. A file of leaflets would be a godsend.

Beachcomber  24-31 August
Looks a bit old and warn but very clean, garden very pretty. We will recommend, its such a pretty spot. The setting is beautiful and the garden is pretty and well maintained. Devon is gorgeous. Lack of shop nearby but that's just because I'm a townie! Any problems we had were very quickly sorted out and with a minimum of fuss.

Tidesreach 24-31 August
Enjoyed the beaches and the scenery but the hills were too hard for me!

Seadrift 17-24 August
Fab website. Seadrift was ideal in size for a young family. Didn't like smell of ammonia in bathroom but know you are going to refurb.
All done!

Seadrift 10-17 August
We had a fabulous holiday, many thanks. Seadrift is very sweet and the location idyllic. Your staff who look after the grounds are a delightful couple.

Smugglers Cove10-17 August
Appreciated prompt replies and being able to pay with Barclaycard. Great shower. Didn't like the beds. Ideal location.

Driftwood 3-17 August
Enjoyed everything, even the weather didn't stop our enjoyment. We enjoyed it so much down here that we're looking at the possibility of moving down here.

Seadrift 3-10 August
Nice and quiet, location is excellent. Please sort the loo out! It keeps going into a permanent flush. We do want to book again for next year in Seadrift.
Bathroom now completely new!

Seaspray 20-27 July
"It was easy booking on the net - didn't expect a dishwasher! We liked the window seats a lot, lovely surroundings and cottage. We want to come back."

Smugglers Cove 06-13 Jul
"We did indeed have a lovely holiday and particularly appreciated the setting of the cottages, i.e. adjacent to the castle duck pond. Feeding the ducks each evening was the highlight of the holiday for my 2 year old daughter".

Sandpiper 04-08 June
"Just wanted to say had a fantastic stay in Sandpiper last week. The cottage was absolutely brilliant for my disabled grandmother - it made our few days away so easy. The only disappointment was having to go home and leave not only the cottage and the beautiful surroundings but the peace and quiet. Wish Sandpiper was my home. Also would like to say how lovely and clean the cottage was and well stocked. Thanks again."

Beachcomber 1-4 June
The cottage was very good and the place was great. Enjoyed it all.

Sandpiper 25 May - 01 June
We had a lovely holiday at Watermouth Cove. The cottages are in a very pretty setting and we spent two days in the castle and theme park, which the children loved. Many thanks for the flowers and sherry, they were much appreciated.

Seaspray 04-07 May
"The location was perfect for us. The castle, the wildlife and the beautiful, beautiful cove and coastline. Excellent website."

Beachcomber 28 April - 05 May
"Loved everything. Castle and grounds and surrounding areas. Would recommend highly."

Seadrift 27 April - 05 May
Enjoyed the scenery, weather and surrounding attractions. Not enough wardrobe space."

[NOTE: We are planning to rearrange Seadrift ready for next year's season. This should then give more storage space]
UPDATE March 2002: New  bedroom furniture installed in both Seadrift and Seashell - there is now more than ample wardrobe space with shelving and drawers.


Seadrift 22-27 April
"Perfect! Loved the comfort and relaxed atmosphere" 

Beachcomber 16-20 April
"Very pleasant situation with easy access to lots of lovely Devon."

Seaspray 13-20 April
"We enjoyed being so close to the sea, peace and quiet, lots of places for our daughter to explore!"

Seadrift 13-20 April
"Very comfortable and peaceful. Beautiful scenery and saw dolphins near the cove."

Seaspray 30 March - 6 April
"Perfect! Enjoyed the lovely cottage feel. A VCR would be useful for bad weather days."

[NOTE: part of our long term plan is to introduce videos into each cottage - hope to do this in time for next year's season - budget willing!]


Driftwood and Seashell 22-25 March
"We all thoroughly enjoyed the weekend. It is a beautiful part of the country and it was nice that we could stay in adjoining cottages. Beautiful surroundings and the cove is very special. Excellent website and response. However surprised to find no towels provided - this should be mentioned." Mrs Smurthwaite

[NOTE: We do advise in our confirmation letter that own towels should be brought - however we will add this into our next brochure and have already added this advice to our website]

Seashell March
"A short thank you for our wonderful stay in your cottage It truly was exactly what we wanted. The peace and tranquility was very special to us. Hope we left the place in good enough order!"

Smugglers Cove March
"Just to thank you for the lovely week's holiday we had with you. We stayed in Smugglers Cove Cottage .It was truly lovely to get away with the guys from the hustle and bustle of every day city life. So thank you once again and we all look forward to seeing you very soon in the near future."

Seadrift March
"Just wanted to say we had a lovely time last weekend. The cottage was lovely, cosy and romantic and I'm sure we'll be coming back soon."

Seashell & Driftwood March
"Enjoyed the secludedness of cottage, the garden area and log fire, giving a warm homely feeling. We will come back and we will recommend."

Seadrift 9-12 March
Everything was perfect and dishwasher was a life saver! Loved being able to warm up by the log fire. It was a lovely cosy romantic cottage in a lovely location. Would love to come back in summer."

Smugglers Cove 9-16 March
Places of interest within easy reach. Friendly locals in hostelries. Nice location of cottage and surroundings. Erratic hot water supply, wasted a lot of water and had to boil kettle.

[NOTE: a new immersion heater has been installed - problem now completely rectified]


Smugglers Cove 16-23 February
"Loved the area, this part of Devon offers so much. Children loved the beaches. Overall facilities OK - bathroom a big let down, hated having a bath. I think that the cottage would be so much nicer with the bathroom refurbished."

[NOTE: No sooner said than done! The bathroom has a brand new washbasin and bath with a shower over. The gas heater has been taken out and a new emersion put in, enabling both a piping hot invigorating shower, and a relaxing bath.]


Seadrift 2-4 March
"Everything perfect although 4-poster bed a little IKEA-ish. We will recommend to others for the value for money, peaceful location, the log burner and view from the bay windows. The attention to details was excellent, the meet and greet and logs in fire."

[NOTE: Trimming on the 4-poster has now been changed to lace so hopefully it is now less IKEA-ish and much, much more romantic!]


Seashell February
"A most enjoyable and relaxing stay that was exactly what we required - thanks! How about Sky TV "

[NOTE: Sorry, cannot provide this until it is more affordable]

Seadrift February
"Enjoyed the wood burner, walks on beach and the peaceful location. Thank you for a very enjoyable stay."

Smugglers Cove - January
"Perfect! Peace, cosiness with dogs and access to other places. We will come back!"

Smugglers Cove - January
"We have had a nice holiday. The cottage is in a lovely area for walking. A few decent pillows would not go amiss. "

[NOTE: Half of all pillows have now been replaced so each guest has one new pillow. We threw away all those horrid hard ones!]


Seadrift - January
"Very easy to book, beautiful garden and lovely to have the log fire. No shower, and no clothes storage in bunk room. Mattresses are awful!"

[NOTE: Mattress has now been replaced - the old one WAS awful! Shower is now fitted and we are going to rearrange the bunk bedded room before next season]


Sandpiper - January
"Online booking please."

[NOTE: Done!]

Seaspray - January
"Perfect! We want to come back and will recommend to others."

Seadrift - January
"Scenery lovely. Laundry room was good, shower in cottage would be easier, useful. Beds are dodgy. Everyone was friendly and helpful, and the sherry and logs are a good touch. We won't come back because we like to try different parts of the country.

[NOTE: shower has been installed, and mattress replaced, new bunk beds put in]

Tidesreach January
"Excellent facilities, a home from home. We enjoyed the surroundings, relaxation and exploring the countryside We couldn't fault anything. The fresh flowers and sherry on arrival was very welcoming - nice touch. Thank you."

Smugglers Cove- January
Just a quick note to say how much we all enjoyed our weekend at Smugglers Cove Cottage! It is a very lovely place and with such wonderful weather we were able to beach comb the weekend away quite blissfully.
We are very interested in coming back for longer stay shortly - maybe a long weekend in March. Thanks again, you certainly maintain some lovely cottages and grounds.

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