Coulscott’s white Georgian manor and original farmhouse peak through the trees in a lovely leafy valley near the North Devon coast but closer inspection reveals an exclusive hamlet of stunning holiday cottages and fantastic family facilities. Indoors and out, children and grown-ups alike are spoiled rotten, staying in the lap of luxury and having so many ways to while away the days without leaving the glorious 12 acres of grounds.
There are 6 properties at Coulscott, comprising Georgian House, Old Farmhouse, The Old Barn and three cosy cottages created from the old farm buildings. All of them have been designed and furnished to stunning standards which would be perfectly placed in the pages of swish interiors magazines.
From magnificent galleried living rooms to sumptuous period elegance, Travertine tiled bathrooms and four poster beds, all the properties provide somewhere special for families and of course they come with all the baby and toddler essentials as well.
The home entertainment is bang up to date, including Apple TV’s, Netflix, Sky free view, DVD players and unlimited WiFi, plus Coulscott's larger cottages have hot tubs where grown-ups can soothe away the stress with a glass of bubbly, admiring amazing views or gazing at the stars. If parents can’t be bothered to cook, a wide range of frozen ready meals from ‘COOK’ are available to buy from the courtyard freezer, along with delicious local ice cream.
What’s especially great about Coulscott for families are the superb facilities that will keep everyone happy whatever the weather. The lovely indoor pool is kept at a toasty 30 degrees and has great views through big barn windows, with seats around the side to kick back with a book. An adjoining games room includes table tennis and table football, whilst babies and toddlers have their own soft play room, with a ball pool and giant Liquorice Allsorts!
There are acres of garden and grounds for children to play hide and seek, have picnics by a stream or build dens in the woods, plus a new outdoor play area includes a wooden pirate ship, 2-storey Wendy House, adventure climbing frame and swings, custom made tractor with a slide, turf labyrinth and a large, netted trampoline.
Children may well meet a peacock strutting around the garden and will be delighted to get acquainted with the Coulscott menagerie of hens and ducks, alpacas, pygmy goats, micro pigs and Matilda the wallaby. Other wildlife are regular visitors to Coulscott, including owls, foxes and badgers who might just make an appearance in the dusky twilight.
Coulscott comprises 5-bedroom Georgian House, 5-bedroom Old Barn, 3-bedroom Old Farmhouse, 2 bedroom Peacock and Aylesbury Cottages and 1-bedroom Bantum Cottage, all set in 12 acres of gardens and grounds with an indoor pool, adventure play area and friendly animals.
Old Barn (sleeps 10 + 2 babies in cots), with is 5-star gold award from Visit England, is a fabulous conversion, laid out over three levels that combines traditional character with modern flair. On the lower level, an amazing living room is the heart of the house, being open to the second floor rafters and overlooked by a minstrels gallery but also featuring an oak floor with a large Persian rug, stone fireplace with a wood burner, huge comfy sofas, Sky freeview TV with Netflix and a DVD player. The farmhouse style kitchen includes a dining table for 10 and is well equipped, from an AGA oven to the American style fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave, food processor etc. Adjacent to the kitchen is a utility room and a WC. One of the bedrooms is on the lower level, with a super king size bed, ensuite shower room/WC and a cosy sun room where parents can have quiet time with a baby or toddler. Two more bedrooms are on the first floor, on either side of the gallery: the master bedroom with a super king size bed and ensuite shower room; and the other with a king size bed and ensuite bathroom, which also has a door from the landing to double up as the house bathroom. The remaining two bedrooms are tucked under the eaves and both have twin beds – one is accessed from the first floor landing and one from the master bedroom which effectively make an ideal family suite. The first floor landing and bedrooms open onto a large private sun deck with garden furniture, a barbecue and private hot tub.