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Stables Cottage Bed & Breakfast, High Bickington, Devon

Stables Cottage is ideally situated as a base for exploring North Devon, sitting atop the Devon ridgeway overlooking the Taw Valley. There are some good local walks and a local author has written a guide to some sixty walks from stations along the Tarka Line. The Tarka Trail and the South West Coast Path (10 miles), Exmoor (15 miles), Dartmoor (23 miles) are all within easy reach enabling you to enjoy a great days walking before returning to this luxury bed and breakfast.

Originally the Stables for Nethergrove House, Stables Cottage sits atop the Devon ridgeway overlooking the Taw Valley toward the Exmoor hills. Nethergrove is tucked away down a narrow lane about half a mile from the north Devon village of High Bickington and some ten miles south of Barnstaple.

Guests stay in the beautifully converted attached barn in real peace and comfort. There are just two double bedrooms and the barn is for their exclusive use.
Breakfast is served in the barn and offers the full range of juice, fresh fruit, croissants, pancakes, cereals, eggs, and of course the full English. Wherever possible Mick and Tracey use locally sourced produce and have received the top hygiene rating from the Food Standards Agency.

Mick and Tracey take real pleasure from helping their visitors enjoy the peace and beauty of their home and the local area; and look forward to welcoming you to Stables Cottage.

They are sorry but we are unable to accommodate dogs or other pets.


Mick and Tracey converted the old barn and stone workshop into the guest accommodation which now comprises; two lovely double bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms, a slate floored entrance hall and a large stunning reception room. In cooler seasons the log burner is always popular. All the renovations were undertaken by local craftsmen to the highest standard.

Outside, the accommodation enjoys a secluded courtyard as well as the original cobbled yard which now houses Mick's raised koi pond as well as benches for guests to sit and relax. Sadly the cobbled yard makes the barn unsuitable for wheelchair access.
In the rooms the guests will find tea and coffee making facilities, homemade biscuits, hair dryer, free Wi-Fi and a TV/DVD; they are very welcome to make use of the extensive DVD library found in the barn.

Local Attractions

Once you have booked you will receive directions to help you get to Stables Cottage; Satnavs can be a little misleading in Devon, where postcodes are no more than a general indication!

High Bickington has two pubs and a community shop and a post office, and the local area offers some delightful walks with stunning views. The book case in the barn has a good collection of local walking guides with the Coast Path, Exmoor and Dartmoor just a short car journey away.

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