Skylark

Ilfracombe, Devon


Suitible for: 2 Humans icon 2 Humans
Suitible for: 2 Dogs icon 2 Dogs
Suitible for: undefined Children welcome icon Children welcome
Suitible for: undefined Babies welcome icon Babies welcome

  • Owner pets on site
  • Livestock on site
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Why we love it

If you’re looking for that special spot on the North Devon Coast, well, you’ve found it. Dip in the outdoor bath, star-spot by the firepit, and snuggle by the log burner


What you'll love

Dogs will love

  • Being a 12-minute drive to the coast
  • Chasing balls in the dedicated dog walking area
  • Finding all the items left for them (including treats)

Humans will love

  • Stargazing on this Dark Sky Reserve
  • Late night baths on the deck
  • Playing board games by the fire

The place

Calm and secluded – this is the place for a cabin getaway. From the outside, Skylark looks exactly as you’d want it to – rough and ready, with a large, covered veranda out front, space for a table and chairs for those morning cuppas, and on the other side – a bath, for sundowners. Just a few metres away, a firepit with the same views as the cabin, stretching out over the slopes of the rolling hills and towering pines standing proudly at the fringe. Indoors? Rough and ready doesn’t apply – it reads much more like a modern barn conversion. Every inch is well thought out for your comfort and relaxation. The bed’s a mezzanine affair that you’ll enjoy collapsing into after a day adventuring on the Northern Devon Coast. The open-plan kitchen/dining-come-living-room-area feels huge, and with the large French doors, you’ll enjoy padding about in the airy interior, wondering where to relax next.

Sleeping

  • 1 x Kingsize bed on a mezzanine
  • 1 x Fold-out bed on request (suitable for children under 10 only)

Washing

  • Indoor shower
  • WC
  • Outdoor bath tub on the veranda
  • Eco-friendly toiletries

Living and relaxing

  • Open-plan lounge area with dining table and seating for two
  • Sofa
  • Board games
  • Books
  • Veranda with a table and seating for two
  • Firepit with seating for two
  • Indoor wood burner
  • Initial firewood

Cooking and dining

  • Open-plan kitchen including double hob, electric oven and grill, fridge/freezer and toaster
  • Cooking basics supplied - tea, sugar, milk, hot chocolate, marshmallows, oil, washing up liquid and cooking utensils
  • A cream tea on arrival

For the dog

  • Jar of treats
  • Dog bowl
  • Long lead with clip for the fence
  • Medium dog bed
  • Dog towel
  • A tub of natural rainwater to wash muddy paws
  • Dog walking field near the car park area

Booking information

  • Check in 1600
  • Check out 1000
  • Early check in is sometimes available - guests are advised via text on the morning of their stay

Optional extras

  • Travel cot and highchair can be provided on request
  • Additional firewood can be purchased for £5 per bag

You should know

  • There are a lot of livestock around at this place, in the same and surrounding fields – so dogs need to be on a lead when they’re at the cabin. There is, however, a dog walking field by the car park area where they can go off lead and chase a ball
  • If you're lucky, you'll meet the owner's black Labrador
  • Access to the cabin is via a steep grass walkway, which can get slippery and muddy, so be sure to have the right footwear!
  • There is plenty of privacy at the cabin but, if you go wandering, you may see guests from the other stay on site
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In the neighbourhood

  • Take the 40-minute drive down to the Braunton Burrows and Crow Point walk. The walk will take you and your dog on a tour of the dunes and slacks, where you’ll spot wetland creatures and 470 species of rare plants
  • Head over to Bull Point Lighthouse and take on the walk to Morte point to the southwest. Known locally as the ‘Seals and Smugglers’ route, we recommend bringing some binoculars, as you could spot Atlantic seals or porpoises if you’re lucky! Depending on the time of year, the gorse and heather provide the perfect breeding ground for butterflies and moths, as well as birds like kittiwakes and terns
  • It’s only a 40-minute drive to Baggy Point from Braunton, so pop over with the hound to check out the SSSI status viewpoint. It overlooks Croyde beach, one of North Devon’s best surfing spots, and you might spot climbers or coasteerers. This spot is maintained by The National Trust and is rated 'three pawprints' (the best rating there is!). You’ll access this point from The South West Coastal Path, and on the way you might encounter livestock, so just be sure to lead up where appropriate
  • You’re on the edge of Exmoor National Park, and all that’s hidden away there. Find coastal strolls, beach visits, market towns, pretty fishing villages and simple scenic walks across the moors. If your hound is a fan of the forest, they might well enjoy a trip around the Dunkery & Horner Wood National Nature Reserve, which can be found at the heart of the Exmoor National Park
  • You don’t need to go that far to find some dog friendly activities here – it could be as simple as a 11-minute drive, or an hour’s walk to the beach at Combe Martin. But if you’re in the mood for a beach tour, there’s also Putsborough, which is a half hour drive, and Woolacombe at 20 minutes (though there are some seasonal dog restrictions, so do check)
  • If you’re in the mood for a bite to eat or a coffee, there are plenty of options! Nearby, there’s the Focsle Inn or the Pack o’ Cards to grab a bite to eat with your dog. A little further afield, there’s Woolacombe, Barnstaple and Braunton – all with plenty of dog-friendly options available, from coffee shops to beachside huts and inns to pubs, this stretch of Devon is packed full of places to dine with a hound.
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Location

Ilfracombe, Devon ///tadpoles.tastier.blankets EX34 0PE

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