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Decorated for festive Christmas breaks
Twin bedroom
The family bathroom has an opulent free standing bath and separate shower
Double bedroom
The double bedroom benefits from an en-suite shower room
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Twin bedroom
Self contained annexe
Self contained annexe
Self contained annexe
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Self contained annexe
The summer house with changing room and WC
Summer house with changing room and WC
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The Old School House - Bickington

Instow (4mls SW), Devon

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Sleeps 10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 4
Change Fri
pets No Dogs
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Hot tub
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Superbly converted former school house benefiting from a large garden and additional spaces with a summer house and games room separate to the house
  • In the small village of Bickington, a short distance from Barnstaple and the estuary village of Instow
  • Enjoy the beaches at Instow, Westward Ho!, Croyde and Saunton Sands or visit the Milky Way, The Big Sheep, Arlington Court and Tapeley Park
  • Explore the wilds of Exmoor or cycle along the Tarka Trail
Property code: 75693

This holiday property offers a superb holiday experience thanks to its extensive facilities and proximity to many great local attractions. Ideal accommodation for all the family.

Congratulate yourself on finding the perfect holiday home in Devon when you stay at this stylish property at Bickington, 2 miles from Barnstaple. Enjoy the sleek elegance of the exquisitely converted, former schoolhouse, with its vaulted ceiling, beautiful stonework and magnificent arched windows. Sleeping up to 10 guests across five bedrooms, the enticing upside-down home offers bright, open living space and a superior level of comfort. It has an integral, one-bedroom apartment and comes with a hot tub, summer house and games room. From here, spend days out on the beach at Instow and Westward Ho! and enjoy proximity to the pretty fishing village of Appledore.

Make your way into this special property to find three of your bedrooms, one with an en-suite shower room, on the ground floor. The family bathroom, with its slipper bath, separate shower and WC, is also here, together with a study and a utility room. Also at ground-floor level, find access to the self-contained apartment, with its open-plan lounge/kitchenette/diner, lounge area with Smart TV and double bedroom, with en-suite shower room. Back in the main property, follow the glass staircase up to the first floor and the striking open-plan lounge/kitchen/diner. This will be the heart of your home during your stay here. Relax in front of the Smart TV, light the chic Scandinavian-style wood burner and adjust the mood lighting to suit. Find the kitchen area, which even features a boiling water tap and wine cooler, ideal for all your needs. Relax at the breakfast bar in the island and set the large table for formal meals all together. Find your fifth bedroom and its shower room and WC situated a few steps up from the lounge. On warm days make your way outside to light the BBQ and sit round the fire pit or in the summer house. Set the hot tub bubbling for a soak, play football or badminton on the hard area and challenge each other to matches on the multi-purpose table in the games room. Unfortunately, there is no off-road parking here but there is a small public car park close by which has reasonable charges.

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  • 5 bedrooms – 1 king, 2 doubles and 2 twins
  • 3 en suite shower rooms, 1 bathroom and 1 separate WC 
  • Electric double oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher
  • Games room with multi games table
  • Summer house overlooking garden with seating, and separate changing room for hot tub
  • Private hot tub
  • Electric, central and underfloor heating included
  • Parking nearby in car park ( charges apply) 
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Regret no pets
  • From the end of November the house will be decorated for festive Christmas breaks
  • Beach 4 miles, pub and shop within walking distance

Go swimming, surfing or paddling on sandy beaches within easy reach of your superb holiday home. Try Instow, 4.5 miles away, Westward Ho! and Saunton Sands, both 9 miles away or Croyde Bay, 12 miles away. Explore Barnstaple, with its many shops and famous pannier market, as well as the delightful village of Appledore, 9 miles away, with its pretty harbour. Those who relish time out in the great outdoors can head into beautiful Exmoor National Park, about 12 miles away, with its opportunities for walking, cycling, horse riding and kayaking.

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This property is personally managed by Rachel.

CUSTOMER REVIEWS

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 37 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Kathryn 19th November 2021

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Absolutely beautiful place, would definitely recommend. Lovely hot tub, all the equipment you could ask for. A perfect weekend retreat. Thank you so much

Reviewed by Michelle 12th November 2021

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This property wowed us from the moment we walked in. Absolutely stunning and everything there we needed and more and all done to a very high spec. Owner was wonderful - always available if we needed her and nothing was ever a problem. We will definitely be back

Reviewed by Lucy 5th November 2021

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This house has Everything you need and more for a break away. The house is spacious yet cosy and is just beautiful with lovely little touches added by the hosts. Will definitely be booking again.

Reviewed by Trevor 23rd October 2021

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Reviewed by Christine 15th October 2021

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This is a beautiful property and easily accommodated our family of adults and children. The outdoor space was excellent and we made full use of the hot tub which was perfectly located for the late afternoon sun.Lots of games and plenty of space for the children to play Inside was very well equipped with everything needed and decorated to a very higRead moreh standard. We were also thrilled to find bubbly chocolates and a balloon banner on arrival Everything was perfect and we had a wonderful stay. Hide

Reviewed by Glenn 8th October 2021

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A group of 10 of us stayed for a long weekend to celebrate a few special birthdays. When we arrived we discovered birthday decorations had been put up by the owners, which was a great touch, as well as a bottle of bubbly and box of chocolates. The house has 5 bedrooms, all of a very high standard so no couple drew a short straw, in terms of which rRead moreooms we got. The house is superbly laid out, very nicely decorated and very well equipped. We enjoyed a great weekend and recommend it Hide

Reviewed by Owen 24th September 2021

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We had a an amazing week at the Old School House. The photos dont do it justice. Everything is to a high standard and nothing was too much trouble for our hosts. Immaculately clean and comfortable. Wouldnt hesitate to book again!

Reviewed by Paula 10th September 2021

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I recommend this property highly, it has all you need to make your holiday a fantastic one. The school house is decorated to a high standard and the large garden with hot tub and games room is a bonus to relax after busy days. Its a great spot to explore the beautiful beaches and surrounding areas of North Devon. There are pubs and shop within walkRead moreing distance and only short drive or bus journey to the surrounding areas. We had a fantastic time with three generations enjoying every minute. Hide

Reviewed by Charles 6th September 2021

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We would thoroughly recommend this property, it was of a very high specification and had everything you want for a great stay. Loads of space, an amazing huge lounge for relaxing in with mood lighting, plenty of bathrooms for a large group and excellent showers. We spent a lot of time in the garden and the hot tub, had a bbq one night and used the Read moregames equipment provided in the outdoor rooms which had facilities. Comms were excellent, as was the location with plenty of services close by. 5***** Hide

Reviewed by Jon 27th August 2021

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This is a very spacious, beautifully decorated property and was perfect for our family holiday. We holidayed with my sister and her children and my parents, so the annexe was a lovely addition. The outside space is fantastic, our children brought their bikes and scooters and had hours of fun playing on the tarmac area, lovely grass area and a hot tRead moreub which was serviced daily. The rooms are all very spacious. Although there isn't parking at the property there is a car park just down the road. Hide

Reviewed by Sarah 13th August 2021

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Amazing holiday home suitable for large / extended families. The owner, Lynne, is so helpful, she has thought of everything! The house was impeccably clean and the house very well maintained.

Reviewed by Sue 30th July 2021

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Perfect everything a family would need Lots of Space for 3 generations to spend time together great for small children to be able to run around Good location for visiting different beaches Lots to do at the house or local area iin bad weather

Reviewed by Gerard 16th July 2021

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This was an absolutely fabulous property in every respect. It comfortably accommodated the whole family, marvellous living space and an excellent garden with a summer house, games room, barbecue and hot tub. Although we enjoyed a heatwave for the week the real highpoint of the holiday was undoubtedly the property and the owner who made sure everythRead moreing we needed was provided from arrival to departure. We will definitely recommend to friends & family, a really great property and we will return. Hide

Reviewed by Sarah 9th July 2021

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The house is stunning and the pictures do not do it justice. It has everything you could possibly need and more. So homely and the hot tub and games room were a big hit with the adults and children! The owner Lynne went above and beyond to make our stay so enjoyable and we made some amazing memories. We will definitely be back and would highly recoRead moremmend the old school house Hide

Reviewed by Faye 2nd July 2021

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We had such a lovely time at The Old School House. Lynne was very friendly and approachable. The property is beautiful and in a great location. We loved the open plan living space upstairs. It has everything you can think of and more.

Reviewed by Jackie 25th June 2021

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What a beautiful property. So much space and so well thought out. Very clean throughout. Really felt like home from home and would love to book again in the future! Great communication from the owner who was friendly and approachable.

Reviewed by Lisa 21st May 2021

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Fabulous property! Very modern with all mod cons and more. Great outside space, loved the hot tub and out buildings. Owners really have thought of everything. Hot tub maintained daily and owners around if needed- very approachable and will advise of local places to visit.

Reviewed by Joanne 7th May 2021

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The house was superb! Beautifully decorated and extremely spacious. The welcome bubbles were a lovely touch and the hot tub was a big hit! No hesitation in recommending this property.

Reviewed by Catherinne 30th April 2021

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Beautiful house, very spacious, clean and well equipped. The hot tub and the space outside was amazing for the kids as well as the grown ups. Lynn was a fantastic host, really helpful and friendly. I wouldnt hesitate to recommend this property.

Reviewed by Lisa 30th October 2020

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So glad we found this gem of a place for our half term break (a shame we couldn't make it bigger family gathering but due to the rule of 6...). It really is a stunning property and we loved staying here. The bedrooms were comfortable and the open plan living space suited us as a family. The games room and hot tub was the icing on the cake. Lynne maRead morede sure we were well looked after, there really was nothing lacking or needing improvement. The place was spotless and obviously very well managed. Hide

Reviewed by Peter 23rd October 2020

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This is an amazing property and the best we have ever booked. It has everything that you could possibly need for all generations. It is in an amazing location for travelling the North Devonshire coast line and close to all amenities. A lovely owner who is attentive but not obtrusive, the care taken in the whole presentation of the property is amaziRead moreng,The hotub was welcomed after busy days and maintained daily. Not quite the holiday we had planned but memories made. We would highly recommend. Hide

Reviewed by Aimee 16th October 2020

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We had the best time at this property. Its the perfect place to switch off and relax. Its was spotlessly clean and we had everything we needed and more. The Owner was so lovely,and was so attentive if we needed anything. We can't wait to visit again soon xxxx

Reviewed by Chloe 9th October 2020

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We loved our stay at The Old School House. Perfect space for a lovely catch up with friends. The open plan upstairs is great for cooking, eating and relaxing. Modern well equipped kitchen and big comfy sofas with a smart TV! The hot tub is amazing and adds that bit of luxury. Lynne was very helpful and lit the fire for our arrival and even got our Read morefood shop delivery in for us- thank you Lynne. Hide

Reviewed by Annaliese 2nd October 2020

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We went as a group of 6 after our holiday abroad was cancelled and I could not recommend this property enough. The building is stunning inside and out, every inch of the house was spotless on our arrival and even though it rained all weekend, this didnt phase us as the house had everything there to entertain us. We will definitely be returning! ThaRead morenks to Lynne & Kevin for a great stay x Hide

Reviewed by Molly 18th September 2020

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A faultless stay! Such a beautiful home, the pictures look lovely, but the house is even nicer in real life. Owner could not of been any kinder and more helpful. Would 100% recommended this place to friends and family. Would love to go back.

Reviewed by Victoria 11th September 2020

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beautiful house in a perfect location, 2 mins from all major shops and a easy trip to beaches. Lovely pub down the road and lots around to do. Would highly recommend this house and will definitely be back. The house has everything you could possibly need with a lovely hot tub.

Reviewed by Janette 4th September 2020

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Beautifully renovated and decorated old school house, with all the mod cons available. Great outdoor space especially if you have children. Childrens games room with a pool, table tennis and table football (child size) to keep them happy. Outdoor Hot tub also available for all to use. Not far from Barnstaple.

Reviewed by Gail 28th August 2020

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Perfect holiday home, gorgeous house. A real home from home welcome. Lynne is so lovely and helpful. An absolute must if you have a larger group of people. Thank you xxx

Reviewed by Michael 21st August 2020

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This was a great holiday home for our party of 6 adults and 4 children (all aged under 10). The house is immaculate, very comfortable and cleverly designed for groups. The children loved exploring the house, the large and safe garden, and the hot tub, and there was plenty for them to do at home when the weather was poor. The owners are unobtrusive,Read more but readily contactable for queries. Load the Ringco App in advance to simplify the car parking arrangements, which work well. Hide

Reviewed by Mairead 7th August 2020

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The house is beautiful and had everything we needed. The space at the back and the games room were perfect for the kids and they loved it there. The owners were so helpful with recommendations for things to do and areas to go to. We had a wonderful time and the location, although not right next to the beach, was great as a base and it didn't take lRead moreong for us to get to any of the beaches or attractions etc. Hide

Reviewed by Sean 31st July 2020

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We visited the Old School House for a week at the beginning of August and had a wonderful time. The accommodation layout was perfect for our party and the facilities were all excellent. The kids made great use of the hot tub and also enjoyed the games room during wetter spells. The housekeeper Lynne was super-helpful and always available to answer Read moreany questions. It's a perfect spot for a family trip to North Devon. Hide

Reviewed by J 24th July 2020

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Reviewed by James 10th July 2020

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Amazing Place to stay for a relaxing break. House is very clean, spacious and has everything you need. The Hot tub is an added bonus. Parking is only 1Min walk away and is only 12 for the week. Lynne was always a phone call away if we had any Questions and is very friendly. Will definitely be booking again.

Reviewed by Daniel 4th July 2020

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What a great property, definitely be booking again. Other than the inability to park on the drive its perfect. The parking issue is easily resolved by the local parking being so close and affordable at 12:20 per week. A stones throw from the Tarka trail we hired bikes from the recommended retailer by the host and they were cheap enough and was our Read morefavourite day. Worth noting the big sheep and the Milky Way are nearby if taking children. Highly recommend this property. Thank you. Hide

Reviewed by Rob 15th February 2020

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We had 5 days of rain during our week-long stay so the accommodation we stayed in proved to be extremely important. The cottage was absolutely perfect - very large in size, comfortable and perfectly laid out. The owners were on hand if we any problems and were very friendly. Weve stayed in several cottages over the years but this was definitely oneRead more of the best and wed highly recommend it to anybody considering renting it. Hide

Reviewed by Mark 31st January 2020

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Lovely accommodation!!! Everything we needed and more. Lynne was so helpful providing stair gates, high chair and travel cot. Could not recommend this property more!!!

Reviewed by Amy 27th December 2019

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We had an amazing time at the Old School House. The property is stunning and everything that you need is provided. The owners are very friendly and helpful and clean the hot tub each morning. The garden space is great for children and the inside newly decorated. Both adults and children had a great time. Although there is no onsite parking, the carRead more park is reached within a 30 second walk and cost only 10.20 for the week. Would highly recommend. Hide

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