Ilfracombe offers all ages the perfect break whether active or leisurely. Enjoy!
Anne & Graham Symonds.
About Anne & Graham Symonds.
As I have always loved the coast, retirement seemed the right time to make that longed for wish and I moved to North Devon. Every day looking out across the water never ceases to delight with yachts and ships sailing back and forth. The signal from Saint Nicholas lighthouse strikes it's blue light all night long telling sailors they are almost home. The lively pretty harbour is a constant hive of activity with the catch of the day unloading and boat owners working on their sailing craft in readiness for another busy season. I have lived here in North Devon since the year 2000, and in that time my husband and I have rejuvenated a sad, forgotten fruit orchard neglected for over 20 years, but now bearing an Autumn harvest. We furnished cosy Seaview Garden Apartment with antique and vintages pieces and it now accommodates 2/3 guests. Without fail holidaymakers marvel at the view across to the Welsh Coast as I still do, and enjoy the wonderful sunsets. I have made my dream a reality to live by the coast and Ilfracombe has so much to offer all age groups so we have friends of all ages now.
Anne & Graham Symonds. purchased this Apartment in 2000
Why Anne & Graham Symonds. chose Ilfracombe
Seeing the stunning view when I turned the corner from Portland St, made up my mind before even viewing the property, I just HAD to live there. The garden was drowning in weeds and so un-loved, but the worst area was the orchard as it had disappeared from view under huge brambles and was being used as a local dumping ground by lazy people! It HAD to be rescued and the view was priceless, so it became a project of a lifetime. There is always something calling for needy attention, but that is why I have a retired builder for a brilliant reliable maintenance man. It Also Helps That We Happen To Be Husband and Wife!!
What makes this Apartment unique
The surprise of a hidden garden with stunning views and the orchard below was just too tempting to ignore. The lovely sunsets were such a bonus and you can't put a price on a STUNNING view! The orchard patio area invites you to relax and enjoy an even better view of the harbour with VERITY, the wonderful creation by DAMIEN HIRST, now at home by the water's edge with a message for the world - Truth and Justice.
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Home from home
Wonderful cottage, stunning views. Couldn't have been more pleased. Excellent!
A Comfy Stay and Lovely Hosts
A great property for dog owners. Lovely sea views and a beautiful garden/patio area to enjoy them. The owners live next door and were lovely and helpful.
Lovely couples getaway in Ilfracombe
The property is ideal for couples looking for a getaway in North Devon. The owners, Graham and Anne, are very nice and on hand for any advice. Lovely break .
Home from home
Lovely little cottage in the middle of Ilfracombe. Hosts were very welcoming and made us feel at home from the very start. Lovely patio with plenty of furniture. Our dog loved the orchard to run around in, very secure. Would recommend this little gem.
Amazing hosts and Amazing views
From the moment we arrived we felt at home . Graham and Anne were lovely and very helpful all round .They have a lovely cottage with amazing views .
Holly our dog enjoyed the lovely walled garden . Would definitely return.
July 2019. One week Summer Break
This was our first Summer holiday in the U.K. for years, and we were looking for somewhere relaxing and peaceful to recharge our batteries after a very busy and stressful few months.
Well what a true Gem we found in this property, set just off, the notorious too busy main road( no noise heard from the road) with lovely views out over the Town and out to sea.
It had a spacious and well laid out patio area with plenty of seating, set just above the owners private orchard which a second patio area,and we were able to make use of this as well,again with beautiful views a glass of wine, G& T, so relaxing.
It is a five minute walk into the town, down Fore Street which has lots of good quality resteraunts, then easy access to the Harbour, the town and lots of other eateries .
You have access to Anne & Graham's rented garage, which is a must if your bringing a car.
Good routes to surrounding resorts, Croyde,Woolcombe,Coombe Martin, Barnstable etc.
The property is well maintained and stocked and very tastefully decorated as is the patio area. Everything you need away from home was provided, good quality towels and bedding with lovely comfortable bed. Separate shower room and toilet and a small but perfectly adequate kitchen area, no complaints at all about the accomadation.
Anne & Graham were wonderful hosts keeping a low profile but always friendly, offering good advice about local area,shopping etc.
Would I recommend this property,absolutely yes, if the weather is good as it certainly was for us, the surrounding Area is beautiful and well worth exploring, good access to local walks, cliffs and some lovely gardens.
Back at work now unfortunately, but batteries well and truly recharged.
There are many super beaches in the area. Surfing is popular as the most invigorating of water sports at Saunton Sands,Putsborough, Croyde and the beach voted the best in Europe in 2016, Woolacombe, less than 5 miles from here. There is also an indoor swimming pool less than a half mile from our holiday cottage.
A great farmer's market every week offers superb local produce and is highly recommended.
Walking on beautiful Exmoor beckons, or do an easier Coastal walk. Stunning.
There are so many good restaurants here in Ilfracombe offering local produce and fresh-caught catch of the day fish, plus The Olive Room is a Michelin Star restaurant in Fore St. People travel from other parts of Devon because of the choice and quality of our restaurant menus! Got to try local food on holiday! Our locally brewed cider is a must try. You will want more of this amber liquid, such a delicious and refreshing drink.
Try a trip to Lundy Island and see the puffins that have now returned to the island. A welcome sight. There are many local trips available along this protected coastline Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to spot seals, and dolphins if you are fortunate.
A local 11th Century Manor House, stunning CHAMBERCOMBE MANOR is an absolute must is you enjoy history, antique furniture and stories of a rather spooky nature involving this famous haunted house. I personally have experience of it! Don't forget to say "you cannot come with me" or you may find you have a spirited visitor around!!! (FACT.)
Many of the local restaurants are just a short walk away so you will be spoiled for choice from Tapas to Michelin Star, and Fore Street is where it's at!!! The oldest pub in the area in the George and Dragon, in use by the locals long before the Tudor or Elizabethan age. A Great Atmosphere and just a minute's walk to the harbour area.