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About Old Maids Cottage, Ilfracombe

The Garden and Grounds

Old Maids Cottage

The cottage has generous gardens affording good outside space, the adventurous can explore the woods above the house. Smaller enclosed spaces have been created to provide a level garden area for children, ideal for sunbathing and dining under the stars (from Easter to the end of September a large barbeque is available). The cottage is on a quiet lane which serves the village but is fully enclosed - there is ample protection, both for privacy and to ensure that young children or dogs do not inadvertently wander onto the lane. There is also off road parking for 2 cars.

The garden is mainly laid to lawn with shrubs and pot plants. There is plenty of outside seating.

Sitting Area

Sitting Area

Downstairs you’ll discover a set of three interconnected reception rooms with wonderful polished old stone floors, and charming leaded windows giving views of the gardens.

The sitting room has ample seating including two sink-into sofas arranged around a stylish wood burning fire. On cosy autumn or winter evenings relax here and enjoy the DVD/TV or use the iPod docking system as background to a good book.


Well Equiped Kitchen

The modern kitchen with a contemporary design has been carefully laid out to provide lots of room in a galley style, to enable the cook for the evening to interact with the other guests. It’s spacious and fully equipped with oven, hob, microwave, dishwasher, washer/dryer, fridge and separate freezer.

Dining Area

Dining Area

The third area is the dining ‘room”, which is fitted out with country pine dining table and beautiful hand carved pew style benches with seating for up to 8 people.

Master Bedroom (Double)

Master Bedroom

The stunning, master bedroom has a double height vaulted ceiling, and French windows leading onto a patio, ideal for catching the morning sun. Its en-suite bathroom has delightful views and a wonderful deep bath with shower attachment, a sink and loo. The master bedroom has a large double bed and ample storage.

Second Bedroom (King or Twin)

Zip and Link Bedroom

The spacious second bedroom also has an en suite, with luxury bath with shower attachment, loo & basin. The room is a generous size, and has exposed beams and quirky features. This room has a zip and link bed which can be set up either as a king sized bed, or can be separated to form 2 single beds if requested in advance.

Third Bedroom (Double)

Double Bedroom

The third bedroom is slightly smaller, with a double bed and lovely exposed beams. It has a bathroom that although not en suite is located just a few steps down the corridor. This bathroom is laid out as a wet room, with luxury shower, loo and wash basin.

Feature List

  • DVD/TV (flat screen wall mounted)
  • Wi-Fi
  • I-Pod/MP3 Docking Station
  • Formal dining area
  • Enclosed Garden
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Large BBQ available between April and September
  • Dishwasher
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Wood burner in Sitting Room


All of Old Maid’s facilities are cleaned and tested by the housekeeper prior to the start and at the end of each visit to ensure they remain in good condition. All equipment has the operating instructions available in the cottage should you need them.

Helpful Information

Gardening, Housekeeping and rubbish collection are done on a Friday, so they should not disturb you during your stay

Old Maids has a reasonable supply of olive oil, salt and pepper, sugar, cling film, kitchen foil, dishwasher tablets, dishwasher salt, washing tablets and kitchen towels in the cupboard.


Domestic needs occasionally follow you on holiday. If you need them, there is an iron, ironing board, hoover, mop and bucket in the cottage.

There is a good selection of cleaning products located under the sink, together with a first aid box, dustpan and brush.


Towels, Bed linen, and complimentary toiletries are included in the price. Linen is changed once a week. Please note: we do not provide bed linen for cots.

If you need towels for outside use, we have older bath towels that you can use at a charge of £1 per towel.

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“Wonderful relaxing break. Quiet location in stunning property. A happy week spent in sunshine and exploring the Devon coastline.”

May 2013, Michelle and Family

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