Holiday home The Old Police House is a terraced cottage in the village of Braunton. The cottage has two double rooms (one with access to the decked area) and a family room upstairs, along with a bathroom. Downstairs, the former cell is now a room with adult bunks and there is also a kitchen with dining area, a utility room and a sitting room. Outside is an enclosed, rear garden area accessed by steps, with a small lawn and a raised decked area with furniture and barbecue and views over the village. Cars can stop to load and unload directly outside the property, and parking is found in residential streets a two minute walk away or in the 24-hour council pay and display car park, just a four minute walk away. The Old Police House is ideally placed for enjoying the beautiful coastline of this area, as well as the walking, cycling, villages and towns of this lovely part of Devon.
Area Three miles from the beaches and coast of lovely Devon sits the village of Braunton, which has a bistro, pubs, cafes and shops. Visit Saunton Sands beach, tackle the South West Coast Path or try your hand at golfing. Over the estuary, the village of Instow has an attractive quayside which is home to a selection of pubs, as well as a sandy beach which makes a great spot for a family game or picnic taking in the views towards Appledore. Bideford is a thriving town with a selection of amenities, while Barnstaple offers yet more choice. A perfect base for a seaside or country holiday.
Region Devon, with its quiet country lanes, patchwork of lush green fields and sleepy villages is not to be missed. Stately home lovers will be spoiled and why not finish with a scrumptious Devonshire cream tea?
Amenities Gas central heating. Electric oven, 5-ring gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi. Fuel and power inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Parking available in residential street 2 mins walk away, 24-hour council pay and display car park. Loading/unloading only outside property. Steps to enclosed garden with small lawn and raised decked area with furniture and BBQ. One well-behaved dog welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop and pub 1 min walk. Note: Open fires are for decorative purposes only and are not in use. Note: Limited mobile phone signal.
Booked here with sykes cottages have emailed them no response so dont like leaving reveiws but feel i have tobon arrival there was the rubbish from previous tenants the parts of decking were unusable the top of fridge in kitchen was filthy the bath had scum in hadnt been cleaned for months looked like the shower screen was the same we found underwear in one bedroom on the floor the sofa in the living room had choclate and sweets under it as the dog sniffed these out all in cleanliness was very poor
Ive sent two emails now one when i was at the cottage other when i checked out .... Ive sent two emails now one when i was at the cottage other when i checked out both had pics and details about the house no one been in touch when we arived there was over a weeks worth of rubbish in garden there was a black bra under the draws in back bedroom there was sweet and chocolate under the sofa that the dog sniffed out and when we moved the sofa it was filthy under there the bottom of the bath looked like it hadnt been cleaned for months the shower screen had all soap scum and the sink in the bathroom had several cracks in and black mould and the fridge in the utility had about a inch of dust and filth on top hadn't been wiped for months i sent pictures in a email not heard a thing
Mr Haynes, September 2020
I would just like to say that I booked through booking.. Com where it was not clear this was a sykes holiday let.
I received no reply to messages sent through booking.com which has never happened before. I could not discuss check out or parking etc.
I also didn't know until AFTER we'd booked that we'd have to strip the beds and load the dishwasher, even with a 10am checkout.
And there was no toilet roll on arrival- in a place that cost over £400 for 2 nights.
The location of the house was good for amenities- the main road was noisy enough to wake us.
Nicely looked after house but one bathroom for 9 people is not enough.
First trip after lockdown and it was a dream. Lovely house with lots of space and everything you can think of needing in the kitchen! Close to a few different beautiful beaches and good walks nearby. Was very clean and with no direct contact with hosts all was covid secure. Great convenient location right in the centre of town. Will certainly look at getting some space next year when pubs are open :)
Mr Nevitt, September 2020
I had an email stating i could check in at 3pm arrived but couldn't get in the property.. The cleaners were there and told us check in was 5pm. Even though i showed them an email from the week prior to me arriving. There were no covid 19 procedures. No masks the property was a state The property was filthy, its not seen a duster for 20 years. There was food in the cupboards, rubbish everywhere. I will be complaining to yourself and i intend cancelling my December get away.
I was very shocked to find rubbish from previous Guests left in the garden by the back door. The owner know of our booking but no heating had been on for days so the house took 12 hours to heat up. The towels had seen better days, must have been years old. The house was not cleaned very good, make up on sheets, dirty floors. Would not book this cottage again. Did report it but to date no apologies from owner
Great value for money the pictures don’t do the house justice so it exceeded our expectations we came to Braunton for a wedding and soon realised what a great location the house is in making it easy to visit some of North Devon’s famous towns and beaches.. The riverside restaurant serves excellent roast dinner, we would also recommend Sian Bistro and the local fish and chips.
We will be returning at some point only set back would be parking at busy times as there doesn’t seem like there’s enough.
Very comfortable house which lived up to our expectations.. Very well equipt. We really appreciated the new, outside loo.
This house feels like home, we want to move here. Spacious, clean and beautifully equipped, with a large kitchen diner fitting us all in, including the dog.
The house is so well situated with the park up the road, the river walk 5 minutes away and the Tarka trail conveniently close.
We walked from the property on all these paths and up the hill at the back of the house where we had stunning views across Braunton Burrows.
Other days we drove to Braunton Burrows or Saunton Sands or Crow point, all 10 minutes drive, and wandered for hours taking in the wildlife, the plants and picking mushrooms and mussels for dinner.
We'll be back next year for sure.
Parking was just across the road in Caens car park which was very reasonably priced.. The boiler tripped out but was easy to reset when investigated although it did leave us with no hot water for a night.
These are minor issues compared to the very good position for beaches, food, pubs and a very comfortable well presented property which we thoroughly enjoyed. The property faces SQ delivery entrance so leaving the window open of a night may cause some people an issue with early morning for deliveries. Obviously with the window shut there was no problem however the weather being warm its nicer to have the draught.
Stayed for two nights, visiting the beach a couple of times during our stay. The house is centrally located on a road in the village, with shops and restaurants less than 5 minutes away, but it is still very quiet. House is very well equipped, we cooked while we were there. Garden was a bit cold for sitting out this time of year in the evening- we shall have to come back during the summer!
The perfect place to relax after a great day surfing- yes, even in September! Easy to wash and hang wetsuits in the garden afterwards. Such a convenient location (for both beach and shops right outside for breakfast!) and cosy space to spend the evenings. Plus I have kitchen envy- they really have everything you need here.
What a wonderful house!! The equipment is extensive (baking equipment/games/bodyboards/rock-pooling nets and buckets/Wifi soNetflix on the TV/bluetooth speaker....
Fantastic surfing in Saunton Sands. I bought a very good cheap wetsuit at the corner-shop from shopkeeper Nigel which was great! Also hired some from the beach at Saunton - ded easy. Chippy is brill. Coop 1 min.
Totally Awesome!! Great location + second toilet looks new and is great (there were nine of us). Have booked again!!
This place was amazing. Lovely relaxing house decorated beautifully with the perfect location to pubs/restaurants. Very well equipped. Would recommend
It was the first time we rented a big cottage for 7 of us and we were a bit apprehensive about the facilities at the cottage and the comfortableness of it.. However we were very pleased with all we had in the cottage and wouldn't hesitate to book again when we manage to be all together again.
The Old Police House is a spacious house in the heart of Braunton that comfortably fits our group of 4 adults and 5 children. Its in a great location, within walking distance of the shops, bar and famous Squires fish and chips and just a few mins drive from the amazing North Devon beaches. The house has been sympathetically renovated, keeping its quirky features including the wonderful "Cell" with its hand-built bunkbeds. Its well equipped and furnished. There is a large dining table that seats everyone off the open plan kitchen and a great decked garden complete with slide that keeps the kids entertained. In fact the kids keep asking "are we going to the house again for Easter?" Well we have just booked for the third time as its such a comfortable house in a great location.
Great holiday home, comfortable, roomy and great location..
Ideal for our requirements.. This is the second year we have used the house & will book again next year. Will be even better when the additional toilet installation is completed. Would suggest using sensor activated lights outside.
This is the second time I have visited the old police house.
This time we had lots of sunshine and really enjoyed lazing on the top deck with prossecco and raspberries; cooking up meals in the sociable kitchen (with ingredients from the shops conveniently 2 minutes away) and watching Netflix and a DVD from the selection. During the day we visited nearby beaches and dunes for long walks, the obligatory icecreams, and excellent fish and chips from over the road (squires are award winning and 16 is super - but closed Sundays).
I love waking up in the garden room to the sound of distant seagulls reminding you you are on holiday at the seaside. We also spent an evening playing various board games which was great fun and all provided too.
The house is really well equipped for relaxing and feels spacious and happy.
Oh and the shower is great - proper powerful and gets the salt of you easily.
I will have to come back again to use the lovely claw foot bath next time tho.
A fabulous holiday home in a fantastic position near amenities.. It felt like home from home and we will definitely be back.
The Old Police House is amazing. Thank you for providing such extremely comfortable beds. Very comfortable house, excellent kitchen area and nice bedrooms. The boys loved the cell room, especially the bunk beds.
BBQ was a lovely touch for a warm spring evening, and when the weather got wet there were lots of games, books and dvds in the house to occupy us.
Braunton is a great place to use as a base to visit North Devon. We went to all the local beaches and loved them all. Would defo recommend. Thank you - ticked all the boxes.
A fantastic house with all the amenities needed for a weekend or holiday stay. Comfortable beds, lots of space , great decked garden and full kitchen facilities
We visited local beaches within a few miles. Easy to walk into village (co-op and takeaways just round the corner )
Helpful folder of advice, highly recommended
Right in the heart of the town with a butchers, grocers, bakery, and Coop all 2 minutes walk away as well as plenty of surf shops and lovely cafes.
The house was amazing - such a great garden. We sat out on the decking and had a BBQ while the kids ran around the garden having a water fight and tiring themselves out on the slide before going to sleep in the fantastic bunk beds, which have to be seen to be believed - there is no bottom bunk!!
When it is sunny there are gorgeous beaches a few minutes drive away, and when it rains there is plenty to do just in the house: there is a cupboard full of board games, a smart TV, tonnes of baking equipment and great wifi.
We will definitely be coming back!
TOPH is absolutely lovely, full of character yet modern equipment and all the things you need.. The lounge is very comfortable for TV watching and the garden just right for my dog first thing with lovely walks, bars and restaurants all around. Street parking a street away wasn't a problem and dropping off luggage was fine, even with the double yellows.
Lovely house in a perfect location which is just a couple of minutes from shops, bars and restaurants. The property comfortably sleeps 9 and is very well equipped. Overall a fantastic property and we would definitely return.
This is a really well presented property suitable for all types of groups. The property is spacious and homely, and sits in a convenient location within the town and has some excellent surfing beaches within close proximity. We really enjoyed our time and I would recommend this property to anyone. We will visit again!
An amazing property that has everything you could possible need and more! It is a real home from home and we will be going back.
The property was situated in a good position within the village centre. There was good bus access to other towns and beaches in the area. The owners were friendly, helpful and were there to greet us on the first day. The house was an old police building and had a lot of character. It was spacious and clean and we would definitely visit again.
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