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Novella | Luxury Self-Catering | Braunton, North Devon

Novella

Braunton, Devon, UK

Looking for all the world like an ancient chapel, this cob cottage deep in Devon woodland is a storybook of a house, tucked down a lane and decked out in botanic prints, vintage embroidery and antique furniture, inviting imaginations to unfurl. This is a luxury homestay where romancers, writers or happy families can enjoy a natural twist in rural surroundings.

Introduction

Set on a footpath that was once the historic route to nearby Ilfracombe, legend has it that Novella was used as a holding cell during the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685. These days the arched windows and quaint doorways captivate guests who opt to stay within its characterful interior, while on that footpath, ramblers stride out to explore the surrounds. Set in an ancient valley where an orchard produced local cider in a farm press next door; a 400-year-old door leading from the kitchen to the dining area at Novella is a stately historical reminder, and renovations have been sympathetic. This is truly a house with a tale to tell.

Inside

There's an eclectic, almost flamboyant theme to the extraordinary interior of Novella, thanks to the owners' desire to blend country collage with French chateau. Layered rugs and unique collectables make a warm and welcoming homestay with more than a dash of boudoir: drink tea on velvet sofas in the light-filled living room, then play late-night card games in the decadent dining room. With an entire side of the house draped in designer bird-print wallpaper, there's a living wall and fig plants flourishing alongside botanical artwork across four bedrooms, where sweet antiques invite total rest and respite.

Outside

Enclosed by a walled garden, the verdant setting of Novella is an invitation to immerse yourself in nature. With a recessed hot tub making the most of the views, younger children will equally enjoy expending excess energy on the trampoline as they will table tennis playing during summer months. Designed with wild cooking in mind, a covered garden kitchen ensures that you can dine al fresco whatever the weather, with over-flame feasts a year-round indulgence to enjoy. Or simply lace up the walking boots and head to the lush pastures all around.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 6 guests
    From £1,250 per week, £950 per short break
  • Alternative group optionUp to 2 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThe house has three bedrooms: a master bedroom with a king-size bed and an en suite bathroom; a double with a super king-size zip-and-link bed and use of the family bathroom; and the third bedroom with a king-size bed and en suite shower room. There is also a small nursery on the upper ground floor.
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  • FeaturesHot tub, trampoline and outdoor kitchen (year-round) with table tennis available in the summer months
  • PetsOne well-behaved dog is welcome
    Pets are charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyChidlren are very welcome. One cot is available
  • PracticalitiesThe kitchen has a fridge-freezer, washing machine, integrated combination microwave oven, Rayburn, induction hob, coffee machine, washing machine, tumble dryer and underfloor heating. Outside, there is a hot tub, big trampoline and a kitchen garden with an integrated gas barbecue, electric lighting and charging points available year-round; the section above this is for the gardener only so does not have guest access. A table tennis table is available for use in the summer. Please note, due to the characterful nature of the property there are sets of stairs that provide access to each bedroom, therefore Novella may not be suitable for the less mobile.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper, logs and kindling to get you started, linen and towels, TV with iPlayer and Amazon Prime, Bluetooth speakers throughout the house, WiFi internet and a gas barbecue.House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
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North Devon

The sandy coastline of North Devon is perfect for lazy days spent beach-combing and sandcastle-building, while surfers head out to tackle the world-class waves. Meanwhile, numerous walking routes tempt hikers to stop off and picnic, admiring the blue horizon.

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North Devon

Getting there

  • On the Map Novella is located in Braunton close to Barnstaple and several coastal beaches.
  • By Car The property is just over four hours from London, an hour and a half from Exeter and two hours from Plymouth.
  • By Train The journey time from London Paddington to Barnstaple via Exeter St David's is approximately three hours, followed by a train to Barnstaple minute bus journey to Novella, from where guests can take a cab the xx minute drive to the house.
  • By Air Exeter Airport is a just over an hour by car, while London's Heathrow Airport is approximately four hours.

From the owner

“Novella has been our much-adored family home for over five years.”

From the owner

Whether it´s long walks followed by locally sourced roasts with friends or balmy summer evenings where we sit out and soak up the verdant valley with a cold glass of wine; Novella is filled with happy memories.

I love lighting the fire and curling up in the atrium sitting room with a good book, or just watching the clouds through the arched windows and catching a glimpse of the woodpecker who likes to eat from the feeder we hang outside the kitchen window.

Novella has always been a really special and unique property and we hope you will be as happy here as we have been.

The Melville-Brown Family 

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in North Devon with an insider’s perspective.

Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre, Minehead
To See

Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre, Minehead

Not far to the north in Minehead, spend a day encouraging owls and other feathered friends to fly to your gloved hand, or watch a display in action. There’s a café for refreshments and various events happening through the year.

Swim and surf, Croyde
To Do

Swim and surf, Croyde

This sparkly strip of sea attracts board-lovers from up and down the country, all hoping to catch that one big roller. Croyde is a beach that’s known for its world-class waves, so beginners might consider having a few lessons to get started.

Museum of British Surfing, Braunton
To Do

Museum of British Surfing, Braunton

If the aqua pull is very strong, this surf-tastic homage to that most fine of sea sports has a good collection of memorabilia, from wet suits to wax. Based in nearby Braunton, the museum has a shop with T-shirts, art and books on the subject.

The Williams Arms, Wrafton
To Eat

The Williams Arms, Wrafton

There´s an olde-world feel to this 16th century free-house with its thatched roof and whitewashed walls. Under the exposed beams, enjoy dishes from the carvery, a burger or sizzling steak, or plate of freshly caught fish.

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