Period property holiday accommodation in North Devon
Upcott House is an elegant and imposing Grade II listed Regency manor house that has been lived in by the Williams family since it was built in 1752. Full of interesting period features, the house and grounds have a surprise around every corner, from the ‘air raid warden’s office’ to the magnificent skeletons of standing ancient trees, all reflecting its fascinating past and family history.
Upcott House has two separate holiday cottages and four apartments of different sizes arranged around an attractive courtyard. All are well equipped with modern amenities.
Within easy reach of Upcott are the famous beaches of Westward Ho!, Saunton and Croyde, the unspoilt wilds of Exmoor, and nationally notable visitor attractions such as the Royal Horticultural Society’s Rosemoor Gardens and the National Trust’s Arlington House and grounds. The whole coastline locally is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and contains the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Braunton Burrows, the largest sand dune system in England. The Taw estuary is home to an abundance of wildlife and the Tarka Trail cycle/walking path runs beside it, forming part of the South-west Coast Path. Bikes can be hired in the nearby historic town of Barnstaple.
Set high on a hill among gardens and woodlands, the house commands far-reaching and breathtakingly beautiful views across the estuary of the River Taw. The woods and hedges frame open fields grazed by sheep. There are 69 acres available for guests to roam in, and the owners are keen on the conservation of their perimeter woodland and its wildlife. One 400-year-old ash tree is home to rare species of wood-boring beetles and is listed as a protected ‘veteran’ tree.
Despite its old-world grandeur, the atmosphere at Upcott House is friendly and welcoming and is the ideal place for a relaxed, family-friendly, dog-friendly holiday or short break. It boasts its own indoor heated swimming pool, a snooker room, a licensed bar with games and DVDs, and a very large, safe, grassed children’s play area which has a badminton net and a 14-foot trampoline with safety netting. Free broadband wi-fi is available in every cottage or apartment.