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Ilfracombe Harbour a short stroll away
Primrose House elegant victorian townhouse
Original victorian features

Overview
5 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
9 guests
Minimum stay varies 
The minimum stay for this property changes depending on the dates selected
Townhouse
SPACIOUS TOWNHOUSE WITH BEAUTIFUL VIEWS - JUST A SHORT STROLL TO ILFRACOMBE TOWN & BEACHES An extremely spacious Victorian townhouse with beautiful views over the National Trust Torrs, this property makes the perfect family getaway. The bustling town centre of Ilfracombe is within easy walking distance (5 -15 minutes) and offers an array of shops, cafe's, pubs, take aways and restaurants [from high end to Wetherspoons - something for everyone!]. Further attractions include the quaint harbour where you can enjoy fishing trips, a visit to the aquarium, theatre, cinema, swimming pool, beaches, art galleries and Damien Hirst's spectacular Verity statue. The famous 'Tunnel's Beach' is just 5 minutes walk from the property. There are also stunning cliff-top walks over the Tor...SPACIOUS TOWNHOUSE WITH BEAUTIFUL VIEWS - JUST A SHORT STROLL TO ILFRACOMBE TOWN & BEACHES An extremely spacious Victorian townhouse with beautiful views over the National Trust Torrs, this property makes the perfect family getaway. The bustling town centre of Ilfracombe is within easy walking distance (5 -15 minutes) and offers an array of shops, cafe's, pubs, take aways and restaurants [from high end to Wetherspoons - something for everyone!]. Further attractions include the quaint harbour where you can enjoy fishing trips, a visit to the aquarium, theatre, cinema, swimming pool, beaches, art galleries and Damien Hirst's spectacular Verity statue. The famous 'Tunnel's Beach' is just 5 minutes walk from the property. There are also stunning cliff-top walks over the Torrs within a short walk from the property. A trip to the nearby spectacular sandy / surfing beaches i.e. Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton Sands are a must and are all within a short drive of Primrose House. Alternatively visit Ilfracombe's Tunnels Beach just a 5 minute walk. Or enjoy a round of golf at Ilfracombe Golf Course which boasts a sea view from every tee. The accommodation is perfect for families and friends to share, as it is arranged over three floors (bedrooms and bathrooms on first / second floors) with beautiful Torrs views from the front of the property. Primrose House has FIVE bedrooms. ~The top floor comprises of one double bedroom, one adult bunk room [with TV/DVD & PS2 console/games] and a large family bathroom with roll top bath, shower and WC. ~The first floor comprises of the master double bedroom, additional double and single bedroom along with a second family bathroom also with roll top bath, separate shower and WC. ~The ground floor comprises of large lounge with sunny bay window, feature fireplace, chandelier, chesterfield sofas, Satellite TV/DVD/BT You View, stripped floor, Persian rug etc. The spacious and well equipped Kitchen/diner features a handmade oak kitchen, granite worktop, range cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, microwave, hi fi and large dining area. ~Outside guests can enjoy the sunny courtyard garden with garden furniture and BBQ. Bed linen, bathroom towels, gas/electric, central heating, travel cot and high chair are included in the rental price. The property also has the benefit of an extensive book, CD and DVD library, Play Station 2 with games and numerous board games for all the family to enjoy. BT Wi Fi & BT Sport Ample roadside parking, well behaved dogs are welcome by arrangement (ground floor only) regret no smoking inside the property please. Perfectly located for weddings at the historic Holy Trinity Church and Tunnels Beach. If you are planning to stay in Ilfracombe, I recommend booking restaurants before your stay as restaurants do get booked up several weeks in advance during the busier times of the year. Please feel free to email or call if you need any further information about the property or local area. Check in details. It's a self check in process. Check in time 16:00 Check out time 10:00
House Rules
Pet-friendlyKid friendlyNo smoking
*Well behaved dogs are allowed, but they must to be kept on the ground floor please. Please make the owner aware if you are bringing your dogs. *We ask that guests clean the BBQ after use & leave the garden area clean, as you would wish to find it. No smoking inside the property please *No loud music after 10 pm please out of respect for our neighbours. *Please remove/leave footwear in the hallway, as we have nice new carpets.
Bedrooms
3 Fulls1 Bunk1 Twin
Bathrooms
2 Full baths

Meet the host
Caroline O
Hosting since January 2014
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 100%
Response Time: Within a few hours
Interaction with guestsGuests will receive details on how to access the property approx. 2 weeks before their scheduled stay. There is an information booklet provided on how to use the equipment and facilities within the property, as well as information on places to visit i.e. beaches and restaurants. If you are planning to stay in Ilfracombe, I highly recommend booking restaurants before your stay, as restaurants do get booked up, especially during the busier times of the year.

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Reviews (58)
GrandTour19852415674
GrandTour19852415674
1 contribution
Spacious, well equipped house, perfect for our 2 families
Our party of 9 had a fantastic stay at Primrose House. Caroline was very helpful with our questions in the lead up to our visit. The house had everything we needed - and more. It felt spacious and there was a great selection of books and games for the children. Ilfracombe is a great base for exploring the local area - Woolacombe and Croyde beaches a highlight. Lovely coast walks. Can recommend Ilfracombe museum for a rainy day!
Visited April 2023
Written April 10, 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Caroline O
Caroline O
Thanks for your kind review, I'm glad you all enjoyed your stay at Primrose House/Ilfracombe. You're welcome back anytime :) Caroline
Written May 1, 2023. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

travellingwithkids90
travellingwithkids90
6 contributions
Perfect for a family holiday
Primrose House is really characterful and spacious, in a quiet location with impressive views, yet a short walk from the amenities of the town. The house was very clean and there were lots of useful instructions and thoughtful items. The owner, Caroline, was very helpful with communications and answering queries. We enjoyed a BBQ in the courtyard back garden and also a glass of wine sat on the bench at the front! It was our third attempt at staying here (covid got in the way twice), but it was worth the wait.
Visited April 2022
Written April 19, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Caroline O
Caroline O
Thanks for your review, i'm glad that you enjoyed your stay in Primrose House and we'd be happy to welcome you back again in the future. Kind regards Caroline
Written May 29, 2022. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Maureen C
Maureen C
1 contribution
Family Holiday
Just back home from a week in Devon staying at Primrose House. There were 9 of us in total 5 adults and 4 children 9, 13, 12 and 15. The house is ideally placed for all amenities with parking outside for both cars. The house is beautifully furnished and has all you need for your stay. Unfortunately there was a problem with the shower on the top floor so it was out of use but Caroline the owner very kindly r refunded us some monies for the inconvenience and we managed quite well. The weather was quite unsettled but despite that we had a great time. We would happily return to Primrose House again.
Visited August 2021
Written August 22, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
OliverSJD
OliverSJD
Thanks very much for your review. My sincere apologies for the shower issue that you experienced, but that has been fully resolved now [concealed shower unit has been totally replaced]. We'd be happy to welcome you back to stay at Primrose House again in the future. Kind regards Caroline
Written September 12, 2021. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Sherpa821448
Sherpa821448
7 contributions
Hols
Well what can i say, the moment you walk in the door the Georgian features sing out to you, the open plan kitchen and courtyard are fabulous, you can not fault the place. Loads of entertainment for the children ie books, games, dvds and music. The courtyard has an ample bbq perfect after a long day at the beach. All the utensils you could possibly need are there on hand. The facilities are fabulous, the bedrooms and bathrooms are beautiful. The best bit the view, out of my bedroom window out this world, a short walk into town where there is shops, pubs restaurants and alsorts of crafts and playareas for the children. Truly amazing house, the weather was beautiful had a fabulous time. Thankyou for everything nothing was any trouble.
Visited May 2021
Written June 5, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
OliverSJD
OliverSJD
Apologies for delayed response, thanks so much for your feedback and glad you enjoyed your stay in Ilfracombe / Primrose House. Kind regards Caroline
Written June 16, 2021. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Georgina L
Georgina L
1 contribution
Fantastic stay
Primrose House was an amazing find - beautiful, clean and spacious house in a great location for exploring Ilfracombe and surrounding coastline.
Visited October 2020
Written October 11, 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
OliverSJD
OliverSJD
Apologies for delayed response, thanks so much for your feedback and glad you enjoyed your stay in Ilfracombe / Primrose House. Kind regards Caroline
Written June 16, 2021. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

kelster.whippet
kelster.whippet
60 contributions
Pretty much everything you need...
Just got back from a weeks break in Ilfracombe and can highly recommend staying here. The house is a 3 storey Victorian terrace situated at the top of the town. Things we really appreciated was the house was well thought through, everything you needed for self catering. We found a nice balance of eating out several nights and cooking in. The house is in a good location being a nice if not hilly stroll into the town for an evening meal. There is a pretty church we walked through at the end of the road which took us straight down to the town and shops and restaurants. The weather was a bit naff whilst we were down but we still went in the sea every day with wet suits. Ilfracombe is very well situated near all the best Beaches including croyde and Woolacombe. Caroline the owner touched based with some recommendations once we booked and this was helpful. Caroline recommended a walk from Ilfracombe to ley along the coastal paths which we did and again it was hilly but worth it. We found a nice little bakers and butchers near by plus short walks to co-op and Lidl for supplies so again all very handy and easy. Restaurants I can recommend are terrace tapas and antidote. All made for a lovely little break. We will definitely come back to north Devon. Only negative for us personally is the bedrooms in the house were very very light we both have trouble sleeping so heavy blinds or black out blinds are ideal but that might not be the case for everyone. We both normally pack eye masks for this reason but might be helpful for someone reading this review to bear in mind!
Visited October 2020
Written October 4, 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
OliverSJD
OliverSJD
Apologies for delayed response, thanks so much for your feedback and glad you enjoyed your stay in Ilfracombe / Primrose House. Kind regards Caroline
Written June 16, 2021. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

rebecca p
rebecca p
1 contribution
Beautiful Town House
We have just got back after staying 1 week in this beautiful house. 3 generations and there was plenty of room in this well equipped house. With 2 beautiful bathrooms it made life easy. Court yard garden a pleasure to sit out in. Walking distance to town and shops and Harbour. Would highly recommend the property. Rebecca Pearce
Visited July 2020
Written August 2, 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
OliverSJD
OliverSJD
Hi Rebecca Many thanks for your kind review. I'm so glad that you all enjoyed your stay at Primrose House and we'd be happy to welcome you back again in the future if you are visiting North Devon. Kind regards Caroline
Written August 10, 2020. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Allyson E
Allyson E
South Wales, United Kingdom7 contributions
Lovely family getaway
Went away for the New year and my Birthday to this lovely house with my family.Everything you needed was there.Caroline the owner left chocolates and 2 bottles of prosecco in the fridge,which was a lovely gesture. House was very spacious for 5 Adults and an 8yr old,and 4 yr old.Also an enclosed yard for our westie.In walking distance of town and shops, and plenty of taxis if you didnt want to walk home after a night spent in ilfracombe. Highly recommend this lovely house,that was clean and tidy,and furnished beautifully. Great holiday house that had a Victorian feel to it.
Visited December 2019
Written January 19, 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
OliverSJD
OliverSJD
Thank you so much for your kind review, i'm so glad you enjoyed your stay and the NY gift of chocolates and bubbles! We'd be delighted to have you stay with us again next time you're in North Devon. Kind regards Caroline
Written May 13, 2020. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Lyn C
Lyn C
Sheffield, United Kingdom185 contributions
Perfect for an extended family
A real gem! A beautifully presented house with large airy rooms all with period features plus all the mod cons one could require. A great location with lovely views across the valley and a glimpse of the sea from the front bedrooms-only 10 mins walk from the centre of Ilfracombe and the Tunnels beaches and easy on road parking. Even the bathrooms were huge with both shower cubicles and large freestanding bath tubs. Were were three generations with the youngest being teenagers but there was space for everyone and the teenagers could go off on their own. There is a park at the end of the road for letting off steam as there is no garden but that is the only flaw! A perfect homely base for exploring north Devon. Definitely recommend.
Visited August 2019
Written August 27, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
OliverSJD
OliverSJD
Hi David. Thanks for your kind review and I'm pleased to hear that you all enjoyed the house and it's facilities. As you know we do have a patio area at the rear of the house, but outdoor garden space is generally limited in the Ilfracombe area with its proximity to the coast and Torrs. We'd be happy to have you stay with us again next time you are in the North Devon area 😊 Caroline
Written August 29, 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

JaneB
JaneB
Sheffield, United Kingdom13 contributions
Perfect place for a holiday
Lovely, big old Victorian terrace full of character in a good position. There was 8 of us and the house accommodated us wonderfully. Very well equipped, there wasn't anything we needed that we couldn't find. The only reason I haven't given it 5 stars is because we found some of the mattresses on the beds uncomfortable.
Visited June 2019
Written June 16, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
OliverSJD
OliverSJD
Hi, thanks for taking the time to provide your feedback. I'm glad that you liked the house and i'm sorry to hear that some of the guests found their mattresses uncomfortable, we do replace them regularly to maintain quality. I will check them again and replace any as required. Caroline
Written July 2, 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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What this rental offers
Nearby
  • Golf course (within 30 mins drive)
  • Horse riding facilities
  • Tennis court
  • Hiking areas
  • Countryside area
Indoor amenities
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Internet access
Living spaces
  • Highchair
Kitchen and dining
  • Grill
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Things to do
  • Fishing spots available
  • Watersports
  • Cycling areas
Outdoor amenities
  • Patio
  • Private yard
Location info
  • Kid friendly
  • Beachfront/Lakeside
Wi-fi and internet
  • Wi-fi
Bathroom and laundry
  • Dryer
  • Iron
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washer
Entertainment
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Television

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About the neighborhood
Ilfracombe is a Victorian seaside resort, with many famous beaches, an old harbour, and a local museum showing off the town's relationship to the sea. The North Devon coast is also famous for its history of smugglers, shipwrecks and fishermen. The towns amenities and facilities are all within walking distance (5 -15 minutes) of Primrose House. This includes several supermarkets, Theatre, cinema, indoor swimming pool, a range of pubs and award winning restaurants. There is a wide selection of tea shops and enjoying freshly cooked fish and chips whilst watching the boats at the harbour is a must. Damien Hirst is also responsible for Verity, a 66 ft bronze sculpture at the end of the harbour. The town also boasts a Yacht Club on the harbour front and this plays a major part of the towns social scene, and includes gig racing. From the harbour, there is a ferry to Lundy Island and boat trips along the coastline. There are many festivals and events held in Ilfracombe throughout the year, these include the Victorian festival, music festivals, car rallys and rain or shine you will always find something to do! On the cusp of Exmoor National Park, it's a walkers paradise with many spectacular walking trails offering unspoilt natural beauty, peace and tranquillity. From a family stroll around Ilfracombe Harbour, an hour's ramble to Hillsborough with it's glorious panoramic views of Lundy Island, a leisurely circular walk along the spectacular South West Coast Path to Lee to the challenge of a full days trek to Woolacombe, you will find a wide variety of walks just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed. Barnstaple, North Devon's regional centre is approx.12 miles away and includes more extensive shopping, larger superstores, leisure centre as well as its famous Pannier Market and Butchers Row.
Getting around
The nearest train station is Barnstaple, approx.13 miles away. There are local buses which connect Ilfracombe with Barnstaple and other areas along the North Devon cost.
Access
Car advised
How to get there
If travelling by car from the M5 take junction 27 onto the A361, bypass Tiverton and stay on the road through Barnstaple to Ilfracombe. Or alternatively past South Molton take the A399 scenic drive to the coast. The nearest National Rail station is Barnstaple, from there you can travel by local bus or taxi to Ilfracombe. National Express also run a daily coach service which drops off/starts from town.
Activities nearby
Fishing spots availableGolf course (within 30 mins drive)Horse riding facilitiesTennis courtWatersports

Things to know
Check in / out timings
Check in after 4 PM Check out by 10 AM
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available if you cancel thereafter

*Booking fee is excluded from refund amount

Notes from owner
NB: A deposit of £250 will be required to secure a booking. The deposit will be returned to guests following their stay, following property inspection for damages. Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion. Regret that we cannot accommodate 'Friday - Friday' bookings or short stays during July and August. During this period, minimum stay/charge is 7 days. In the 'off peak season' we can offer 'long weekend' breaks or longer term stays. Please contact me for more information and prices. Linen/towels are provided for your stay and guests are welcomed to wash/refresh the linen and towels using the facilities available. If guests choose to use additional linen or towels during their stay, then there will be a charge of £50 deducted from the deposit to cover the extra laundry costs. Guests are required to bring their own beach towels, house towels must not be used for the beach please. We ask that guests do not leave dirty dishes in the dishwasher, that they clean the BBQ after use and leave the garden area clean as they would wish to find it i.e. clean up after their pets. If guests fail to leave these facilities clean, there will be a charge of £50 deducted from the deposit to cover the cost of additional cleaning.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Primrose House

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