The 15th century cottage is situated in a sheltered valley, a stone’s throw away
from a remote Atlantic cove. It is approached by a private track through woodland
which quite suddenly opens out to reveal a view of the cliffs and the sea, with the
cottage below the gorse by the Abbey stream. It’s unique position makes it a wonderful
place to relax, enjoy the natural surroundings, and escape from the pressures of
modern living; there is no telephone or television! A mobile telephone, if you must,
will work from the top of the cliff - 5 minutes steep climb - but you would not find
a more spectacular place from which to telephone! The cottage has was used as a film
location for Rosamunde Pilcher’s ‘The Shell Seekers’ with Vanessa Redgrave and Maximillian
Schell heading a star studded cast.
A 16th century (or earlier) detached cottage in the heart of Stoke, a small hamlet
between Hartland and Hartland Quay in one of the most unspoilt parts of England.
In the early 18th century it was, for a short time, a hostelry when Hartland Quay
Inn had had its licence withdrawn for rowdy and drunken behaviour ! The hamlet of
Stoke consists of a few cottages and the beautiful church of St Nectan, called ‘The
Cathedral of North Devon’ due to its huge size and tall tower, once used by wreckers
to entice ships onto the rocky shore whose captains believed it to be the lighthouse!
Lady Stucley, Affeton Castle, East Worlington, Crediton, Devon. EX17 4TU. Tel: 01884
860225 Fax: 01884 861134 Email: hartland_abbey