Japonica Cottage is an ideal one bedroom self catering holiday cottage for relaxing peaceful holidays, romantic breaks, short breaks and weekend breaks for couples or friends sharing.
This cottage looks out onto a small courtyard area which in turn looks out towards a central stone circle within the larger courtyard formed by the cottages and Downe House. The small courtyard area is gravelled and bounded by a low stone wall with garden table and chairs.
The ground floor has two original oak beams running from front to back that creates a lovely atmosphere for the delightful open plan living, dining and kitchen area which is fully equipped and includes a dishwasher, oven, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer. The living area has a living flame electric fire, two 2-seater sofaw, television with freeview box and D.V.D. The dining area has an antique pine table and four dining chairs.
The first floor has an open plan bedroom with en-suite shower room with two large window lights that gives the feeling of sleeping under the stars on a clear night. It has a Queen bed (5'), two bedside tables, chest of drawers, fitted wardrobe and a three quarters length mirror hung on the wall.
• Central heating in all rooms
• Communal gardens
• Includes all consumables
• Garage parking
• Bathrobes and slippers provided for adults
New Gym facilities at Downe
Our gym is available to guests aged over sixteen and is open from 7.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. each day during their stay.
The gym is beautifully located in the Atlantic Room and has views across fields out to Hartland Point and Lundy Island beyond. (Lundy Island is where the Atlantic meets the Bristol Channel.)
The gym is spacious, light and airy and equipped with aerobic equipment, free weights, an ab trainer, an exercise bench and exercise mats.
All of the aerobic equipment is either Life Fitness equipment
(including a treadmill, a cross trainer, a stepper, an upright cycle and a recumbent cycle) or Concept 11 equipment (a rower).
The gym is accessed through the Reading Room in the Conservatory. There is a raised area here overlooking the gym equipment with a seating for the less energetic to sit and admire their dynamic partners!
The Atlantic Room also houses a library and dvd collection for our guests to use.
French windows from the Gym lead out to a raised patio area with tables and chairs looking out to Lundy Island - another opportunity to enjoy the wonderful surroundings.
Our home from home cottages provides lovely accommodation for a relaxing break throughout the year.
Visit Trip Advisor to read some of the wonderful reviews that past visitors to Downe have written. Those reviews are Downe's best advertisement - they are all genuine and show a consistent picture of lovely holidays at Downe.
Take a break with us at Downe Cottages before 3rd July and a traditional Devon Cream Tea - homemade scones, renowned Rodda's Clotted Cream and Strawberry Preserve - will be waiting for you in your cottage!TripAdvisor property ID 3970773...Read more
Japonica Cottage, Ocean Views in North Devon Bideford, West Country, England
Additional Location Information
Japonica is set withing a beautiful courtyard formed by a group of old stone barns which have been lovingly converted to provide luxury self-catering cottages. Most of the cottages are one bedroom and the ambiance of all of the cottages is quiet, peaceful, perfect rest and repose. Deliciously romantic Japonica is located one mile from the Atlantic going west, one mile going north and three miles going west.
More About This Location
Beach or lakeside relaxation, Rural retreats, Warm winter getaways
Nearest train station: Barnstaple, 25 miles Car is recommended
“A relaxing, romantic stay with outstanding food!”
Left on 10/15/2010 for a stay in October 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Oct 15, 2010Stayed Oct 2010
This was a great break. The cottage was comfortable & warm with a very good bed and superb shower! The hot stone massage was really sensational - totally relaxing but what really stood out was the excellent food. Delicious, with a really home cooked feel - great portion sizes & the home grown salad just topped it off perfectly. We felt like we had a week away, not a weekend! The spa facilities were good and the sauna & steam was great temperature and never over full. The owners clearly cared a lot about how good a time we had and wanted to do everything they could. Highly recommended!
Left on 09/08/2010 for a stay in September 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Sep 8, 2010Stayed Sep 2010
Driving true Cottage is bit night mare my GPS doesn't work But... don`t worry people over there are very2 friendly and they are all know this Place. after a day in there you know the easy way to get out and browse ring the country
When you come to the parking area it was amazing bird are singing flower was blooming weather wise is excellent what else you wanted more, BTW Spa is the best after driving for many hours my muscle need a treat. you never guest this place is there for you waiting for relax and enjoyed the life of living in country side.
believed me you never disappointed
Left on 08/27/2010 for a stay in August 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Aug 27, 2010Stayed Aug 2010
My mother needed some well deserved time away from the hustle and bustle of city life and Downe Health Spa & Cottages was perfect for this.
She took me along with her for four days of pampering and relaxation. Right from when we arrived, we were well catered for by Jeremy and Linda, who were friendly, welcoming and extremely helpful.
There is varied selection of treatments to choose from and you are guaranteed to feel well pampered at the end of them. My mother particularly enjoyed the steam room, which she stated was "divine".
The cottage in which we stayed, Japonica, was clean, neat and furnished to a high standard, as well as surprisingly well stocked. Digital tv is available, but my mother and I were too busy taking long walks around the area and soaking in the beautiful scenery to watch tv!
Overall, the experience was a thoroughly enjoyable and peaceful one. If you are looking for break away from your busy life, or just a short vacation in a scenic, rural location by the sea, Downe is the place for you.
Finally, we would like to express our gratitude towards Jeremy and Linda, who made our arrival and departure hassle free by picking us from and dropping us back at the station, as we came by train.
Left on 08/06/2010 for a stay in May 2010 | HorseshoeReviewed Aug 6, 2010Stayed May 2010
a family occasion with no previous experience of this type of accommadation. Enjoyed the comfort of the lodge and the catering, everything provided showing a lot of forethought and care. Enjoyed meeting various members of the family who were seperately housed in their own lodges.
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