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The Round House Ilfracombe

England / Ilfracombe, Devon
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Step back in time, to a grandly unique circular home that's ideal for group breaks with something to celebrate.

Perfectly located next to the Cairn Nature Reserve, and with far-reaching views out towards the Bristol Channel from the very top, The Round House began life as something of a challenge!

Built in 1910, the striking house was created by a builder who had been set a specific task: to construct a completely round home.  He succeeded admirably, and the resulting Round House is now an exquisite setting for seriously special group breaks.

Approached by a sweeping drive, and surrounded by colourful landscaped gardens that are a frequent winner of ‘Ilfracombe in Bloom', you can rest assured that your entrance will be suitably grand.  

As you walk through the turreted entrance porch and into the stunning hallway, with its gleaming parquet flooring, feature ceiling, and Gothic-style doors, you'll definitely be in the mood to celebrate!

The house boasts a wealth of immaculate style and elegance, period features and thoughtfully-chosen art and accessories throughout. The luxurious dining room is the perfect place for everybody to come together and break bread, with its Adam-style fireplace and ornate oak dining table.

Head for the sumptuous living room after that hearty meal, accompanied by a digestif and your favourite people. Surrounded by tasteful décor and a shining chandelier overhead, it'll be ridiculously easy to relax.

There are five comfy bedrooms - three doubles and two twins - to choose from on the first floor, one with its very own adjacent TV ‘snug' room. You'll also discover a glorious art deco-style bathroom that's perfect for freshening up in suitable style.

But the real jewel in the crown here is the spectacular rotunda room and roof terrace. Once you've headed up the stairs to be greeted by that incredible 360-degree vista, you may never want to leave!

The rotunda room is equipped with a TV and a cosy seating area, along with table football for those in a competitive mood, while the roof terrace is furnished with a dining table and chairs, for al fresco dining accompanied by blazing sunsets.

During the day, take a stroll through those gorgeous gardens, where you'll also find a variety of plants, whimsical sculptures, and a furnished summerhouse that's perfect for gazing out at the sea, or curling up with a good book.

If you're in the mood to explore, the Cairn Nature Reserve is filled with historic woodland to meander through - bring your binoculars to catch sight of the flourishing wildlife close up!  

With the beach a mere mile away, and the nearest pub and shops accessible within a short stroll, you'll never be short of something to do. Yet you may simply choose to refill those wine glasses, sit back, and enjoy the exquisite charms of The Round House all holiday long.  

Things to note


Check in at 4pm, check out by 10am. The roof terrace is bordered by a safety balustrade. Please note that there is a small dwelling at the top of the garden with its own private access for the owners' occasional use. No smoking.  

One of the truly local brands in the Original Cottages family.

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The basics


Region: Ilfracombe, Devon
Cost (from): £660 (7 nights)
Sleeps: 10
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 2
Minimum stay: 3 nights
Property ref: 1153

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Facilities

An early 20th century roundhouse sleeping up to 10 guests. Ground floor: hallway, lounge with Freeview TV, open fire. Dining room.  Kitchen/breakfast room with electric oven, gas hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge. Utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Cloakroom with WC, shower cubicle and basin. Half landing: Snug/TV room with TV, DVD and video. Bedroom 1, double bed and basin. Bedroom 2, double bed. Bedroom 3, double bed. Second half landing: Bedroom 4, twin beds and basin. Bedroom 5, twin beds. Cloakroom, WC. Bathroom with bath and fitted shower over bath, WC, basin. Second floor: Rotunda room with TV, access to furnished roof terrace. Exterior: furnished garden, summerhouse, barbecue.  Linen, towels, cot/highchair and heating provided. WiFi access. Private parking.

Local Activities

Walking, cycling, woodland trails, birdwatching, beaches, watersports, fishing, golf, pony trekking, shopping.

At a glance

  • A striking circular house boasting 360-degree views out to the Bristol Channel and surrounded by award-winning landscaped gardens, perfectly located next to the Cairn Nature Reserve, Ilfracombe.
  • The house sleeps up to 10 guests in five first-floor bedrooms, three doubles and two twin.
  • There is a furnished rotunda room and roof terrace at the very top, ideal for al fresco dining and relaxing!
  • Two well-behaved dogs are permitted.
  • There are many attractions close by, with the beach accessible within a mile, and the nearest pubs and shops a short walk away.
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