Self-catering cottage, countryside location, close to unspoilt beaches/coves
Alan or Gemma
About Alan or Gemma
I moved to North Devon over 40 years ago. And now have a family of four. I have been self-employed since moving to North Devon, first as a surfboard manufacturer and now of other watercraft, Including windsurfers, SUP's, wave skis and rescue boards for the Royal National lifeboat Institute. I have applied my craft in France, Spain, Portugal and Germany. My own company Surf Pro Designs is now well established within the UK and abroad.
Alan or Gemma purchased this Cottage in 1994
Why Alan or Gemma chose Woolacombe
I purchased Summer Haze Cottage in 1993. It is the largest and third property I have renovated, being almost derelict and certainly unliveable. In two years it became habitable and now many years later is complete including the holiday cottage which resides next door to the main cottage yet has its own private gardens. One of the main reasons for buying the property was its position within and area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), close to ocean and the fact it had nearly 3 acres of land, gardens, and workshops. The size of the property was also a consideration as the potential to create holiday accommodation for others to enjoy this is area of the North Devon Coast and countryside were quite evident.
What makes this Cottage unique
The cottages unique benefit is that it sits in a quiet hamlet within the AONB and coastal conservation area and yet is close to the ocean with one of Europe's best beaches just a couple of miles away. Visitors can enjoy the authenticity of a 200 year old cottage that's been renovated, having the unique benefits of its own sizeable large garden (ideal for holidaying dogs), including a play area. The ability to stay at Summer Haze Cottage without use of a vehicle to enjoy what this area has to naturally offer is a rarity.
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Beautiful cottage in quiet, stunning area
Had an amazing week in Summer Haze Cottage. 2 kids, 2 dogs and my husband and I were delighted with the accommodation and the constant sunshine was a huge bonus. The cottage stayed lovely and cool as it’s close enough to the sea to feel a lovely breeze. The garden was loads of fun for the kids and dogs and for me sunbathing too! Close by to Lee Beach for snorkelling and body boarding and of course stunning Woolacombe beach was 10 mins in the car. The cottage was Well equipped with everything we needed and a beautiful and generous welcome basket on arrival. Alan was a superb host and had so much local knowledge that enabled us to make the most of our time in the area. He is such an interesting guy to speak to and went above and beyond to look after us. What a fabulous start to the summer.
What A Week!
After an arduous car journey we were delighted to be greeted by the utterly lovely Summer Haze cottage. Alan, the owner, is a fantastic host - was extremely welcoming and helpful. The cottage itself is exactly as described and is charming. The garden/play area were an instant hit with the kids and the cottage is cosy, clean and well furnished. We will definitely be back and have no hesitation in recommending Summer Haze. FIVE STARS.
Great break with family
We were a family group with ourselves and dog, daughter and son in law, 2 and a half year old grandson and 12 week old twins. We chose the location because of the garden with play equipment and the generally welcoming description of the cottage, and we were not disappointed! Our grandson loved the swings, slide, playhouse and ride on toys and our dog was very happy to just stay out on the lawn. Unfortunately, the weather was not wonderful, so the time in the garden was limited.
We were very pleased with the amenities - the kitchen was well well supplied for all our cooking needs, and especially good for those who enjoyed coffee! We got a Sainsbury’s delivery without problem.
Alan was very helpful with advice on walks locally for the dog and we found plenty of places within the locality to go with the twin buggy! Arlington Court was great all round for toddler, babies and dog and we had one good afternoon on a little beach at Woolacombe with a very good cafe for good quality takeaway food- clearly very popular with locals in the know!
The welcome basket provided was very generous and the washing machine was very useful with the babies - it was good to have tablets supplied for both that and the washing machine.
The only reason I have put 4 stars for the location, is because the road down to the hamlet is a narrow lane with passing places - traffic was light this week, but one imagines it would get busier with other cottages occupied later in the summer, and a very good pub down the road at Lee. It can be quite tricky if you meet several large cars and have to back up - we managed to scrape our rear bumper that way- but if you are prepared, and patient, its fine!
We would certainly recommend Summer Haze Cottage to anyone, with or without small children and dogs!
Absolutely fabulous holiday in unique beautiful cottage
Had a fabulous time. Both Alan and Gemma were fantastic and friendly and the welcome package of milk and various biscuits, cookies and wine (plus other things) was a wonderful surprise (although the kids didn't get a sniff of the shortbread, all mine!) The location was perfect for the area and both Alan and Gemma were very knowledgeable with recommendations for places to visit or eat. Nothing was too much trouble. I'll be booking again for next year as soon as I get paid. Thank you Alan and Gemma. 😀
Perfect location, lovely cottage, very child friendly, fantastic enclosed garden for the dog
Had the perfect holiday at Summerhaze, came away totally relaxed! The cottage is ideal base for exploring the North Devon coast, left car and just walked for miles. Alan was a great host and an absolute mine of local information and so friendly (had many a chat ). Garden was ideal, had separate child area which granddaughter enjoyed and Logan our dobermann had a great time (he must have had a good time as had trouble getting him in the car when it was time to leave).
The cottage has everything you could need. Mobile reception not great but that was a bonus as could chill out with family, log burner is a nice touch as evenings were a bit chilly.
Would recommend the cottage especially if you have dogs as have stayed at other cottages who state they have enclosed gardens and when arrived are definitely not, our dobermann (a great escape artist) was well contained so another plus point for relaxation!
Lovely Cottage and location
We had a lovely stay at Summer Haze. It's a great location, just far enough not not hear traffic, but close enough to pop and get Fish and Chips. It's a great base for walking some of the beautiful surrounding countryside and exploring all of the coves and beaches nearby.
Alan was on hand to give some welcome advice about where to go, what to see, with some fascinating tales of the local area, and a really interesting and friendly chap to chat with.
It's a great cottage with everything we needed, and a fabulous welcome pack, which was well received. A smashing garden with an area for young (and slightly older) children to play, and an area for sitting out and BBQ.
Views of the surrounding area were amazing.
My wife's first comment was "Wow, the photos don't do this place justice".
It's a lovely, charming cottage in a beautiful setting.
Summer Haze Cottage is situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which is in close proximity to all the major surfing beaches and coves around the North Devon area - Woolacombe, Barricane, Coombsgate, Grunter, Puttsborough, Croyde & Saunton Beach and a half hour drive from the surf break @ Lynmouth. Summer Haze Cottage is situated next to a variety of winding footpaths leading to the South West Coastal Footpath, with its unspoilt valleys, coves and headlands, with others leading into the wooded valley behind the property and down to the picturesque village of Lee Bay. Exmoor National Park with all its natural beauty - coastal walks, beaches, coves, villages, valleys, woodlands and moorland, is only a 20 minute drive away. So, whether you are looking for a chilled-out-get-away or an action packed, adrenalin charged break, Summer Haze Cottage, North Devon is the place to head to for all year round enjoyment. There's plenty to do and plenty to see for everyone.
Other Activities: Surfing, golf, boat rides, coasteering, snorkeling + loads more!