• Old Maids Holiday Cottage
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  • Old Maids Interior
  • Lee Bay
  • Coastal Views

Old Maids Cottage

Lee Bay

From the moment you arrive you know you’re going to have a wonderful holiday. Situated on the spectacular North Devon coast and refurbished as a luxurious, open plan, holiday home for six people.

The cottage has three double bedrooms – all with their own bathrooms, two of which are en-suite. You’ll love its picture perfect thatched roof with restored leaded windows, and feel very much at home in the cottage itself.

Old Maids Cottage also has a charming history. Dating originally from 1765, it was once home to three very pretty young ladies whose story was later celebrated in a poem. They were so choosy about their perspective husbands that they ended up unmarried and known as the Three Old Maids of Lee.

Today the cottage has a light, airy feel; the ground floor has an inter-communicating reception room, dining room and kitchen, which is great for families and well behaved dogs. Outside there is off road parking for 3 cars, and a large garden with lawns and terraces, and a smaller enclosed garden area with outside seating. Some two hundred yards away is The Grampus, a traditional British pub with low beams, great food and a wonderful atmosphere.


Flowers outside Old Maids Cottage

The History of Old Maids


Old Maids Cottage was a tourist destination in its own right during Victorian times and many postcards (some originals of which you will see in the cottage) were published. The cottage was modelled in china by WH Goss & Co among a series which included Burn’s Cottage, Shakespeare’s House and Ann Hathaway’s Cottage. British soldiers serving in the trenches during the First World War, are said to have recited the poem vowing, if they survived, to return home and propose to one of the three old maids of Lee.


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You can book your holiday at Old Maids Cottage in an instant. No need to wait for replies to e-mails - you can book the cottage online – right away on our booking & availability calender. Of course we are only a phone call away if you’d prefer to talk to us on 01271 377 432 (and we do reply to E-mails promptly - [email protected]).


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“Perfect Peace! Birdsong. No traffic. Comfy settees and beds. Cosy evenings around the fire. Batteries recharged. Thank you for a lovely weekend. We hope to be back soon. P.S The welcome hamper was much appreciated, we enjoyed the goodies!”

April 2013, Thelma and Dan Smith

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Old Maids Cottage wins award

Old Maids Cottage Scoops National Award