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Melinda's Cottage
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Melinda's Cottage

A sympathetically restored 200-year old Grade II-listed fishermen's cottage, Melinda's Cottage nestles above a chuckling stream in the heart of a wooded valley in Bucks Mills, a tiny rural village on the North Devon coast. This family-friendly coastal cottage sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms just a short stroll from the beach. Buck's Mills, being at the end of a no through road which stops where the Atlantic starts, means it lies in a peaceful secluded location - there's minimal passing traffic!

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Melinda's Cottage offers self-catering holidays of 7 days or more and short breaks out of season/short notice (min. 2 nights)

Accommodation in this charming traditional country cottage in Devon comprises: * Sitting room with satellite TV, sofa, armchair and dining table seating 4. Original range, High chair provided * All electric, fitted kitchen with oven, washer-dryer, microwave, kettle, etc. radio and a selection of traditional games * Double bedroom with King-size bed * Bedroom with 2 x full length Small Single beds * Bed linen/towels provided

Melinda's Cottage has a pretty garden to the front with lawn, shrubs, picnic table and bench. Own parking space right outside!

Bucks Mills is about a 2-mile scenic woodland walk westwards along the Coast Path to the historic village of Clovelly. Walk east towards Bideford to find tiny coves and rocky shores

The Beach at Bucks Mills has a small stretch of sand as the tide ebbs away, with opportunities for rock-pooling, paddling and swimming.

Melinda's Cottage is nicely located for forays into Cornwall and resorts such as Bude and Tintagel. To the west are sandy beaches at Westward Ho! and Northam Burrows and Appledore, a quaint fishermen's village. Children can be royally entertained (you may have to drag them away) at two local theme 'farm parks', The Big Sheep and The Milky Way.

The ancient port of Bideford has all the main shops and services you may require including a Morrison's and Asda supermarket. Embark here for boat trips to Lundy Island and coastal cruises. There is a village shop at Bucks Cross a.bout a mile walk away and a historic thatched pub,The Hoops Inn, just a few minutes-drive or an evening stroll along the coast path.


  1. Bed linen and towels, except beach towels, are included in rent.

  2. Electricity including storage heating included in the price.

  3. We are happy to accept a well behaved dog.

  4. We are pleased to offer recent visitors to Melinda's Cottage a 10% discount (complete weeks only).

  5. Bookings: The calendar shows up to date availability but we recommend booking directly with us, using the phone number or email link from the 'My Favourite Holiday Cottage' website. Booking online via the calendar or using the VRBO website link will incur an additional 10% charge payable to VRBO. No additional charges apply when booking directly with Alex and Lucy the owners.



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Perfect Location

Perfect location
This was a little gem of a cottage for me, my husband and the dog. A lovely part of the world and the weather cleared up for our short stay


Seaside escape in picture-postcard location.

We had a super week in this beautiful, peaceful, historic cottage. Entering the village of Bucks Mills is like stepping back in time. The village is access only for cars, so the walk down the lane to the beach was easy even with bodyboards, picnic, and a paddleboard in our hands. There is sand on the beach at low tide right in front of the end of the path although we walked along the pebbles for about 15 mins to a larger stretch of sand with no one else on it most of the time. This despite it being the hottest (and busiest) week of the holidays! It seems that because there is only a small car park in Bucks Mills the beach never really gets busy - a real place to escape from the crowds. The rockpools were really interesting too - plenty of crabs and prawns to try to catch in the nets provided by Melinda’s. As well as the beach we found lots to do during our stay. We enjoyed lunch at the Farmer’s Arms in Woolfardisworthy and The Hoops Inn (it was too hot to walk to the Hoops but we would definitely do that next time if the weather is cooler). We also enjoyed playing at the Aquapark at the North Devon Wake Park a 5min drive away - this is a definite for all ages, and kept the teenager happy!


Melinda‘s Cottage

A long weekend spent at Melinda's, in pleasant and comfortable surroundings and the old world charm of a time gone by. The cottage was exceptionally well equipped, with the games and jigsaws appreciated. In spite of the November weather and Devon power cuts the weekend was very much enjoyed.

Victor S.

Fantastic weekend away

I couldn't praise John and Jo more as property managers; they were so prompt, polite and understanding in their approach. Their cottage is absolutely perfect; an idyllic fisherman's cottage set in a classic Devonshire village- the complimentary cookies were a dealbreaker! Would throughly recommend the cottage and the homeowners to anyone. Thank you so much again, Rob and Alice.

Rob M.

Fantastic cottage and location

“A lovely little old cottage in a quiet and unspoilt village with a great history . We stayed over New Year with our two young daughters. Did some great coastal walks and visited some fabulous local pubs-the Hoops and the Farmer Arms. Good selection of board games and videos to keep us entertained in the evenings. Kitchen well stocked with utensils, plates etc. The space is small as described, but very well managed so worked well for the four of us. Beds are very comfy. The village shop at the top of the hill is well stocked. We took our own fuel for the fire as recommended and it worked really well. Evening walks to the beach coming back in the dark was a total hit with the kids. Make sure you take a torch if you go out after dark which is essential but adds to the fun of staying in this village. A little gem. We will be back.”8


Wonderful break

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We enjoyed our stay immensely. The cottage has a simple, comfortable charm just right for a relaxed family break.

Neil and family

Lovely cosy little cottage

Comfortable and well equipped. Great location and really helpful owners. Highly recommended !!

Lorraine F

Lovely stay but too short!

Lovely village and cottage. Joanna was very helpful with instructions and recommendations before our trip. We stayed at Melinda's Cottage while walking the South West Coast Path. We were comfortable during our stay and enjoyed learning about the history of the area and people.

Eva D.

Great staying at your cottage again

Hi Jo & John, Many thanks for a lovely stay. The weather held and we had a great time in and around Bucks Mills

Ed (return visit)

Lovely cottage, felt like stepping back in time

Bucks Mill is a bit off the beaten track, but if you like walking and want to be away from the crowds, this is perfect. We loved it, it is very private, but you do have to drive to all amenities. The village is steeped in history with it's lovely cottages, including this charming cottage. It's small, but very quaint.

Lisa K.


A lovely cottage and a lovely beach and a really sunny week. We went body boarding at Westward Ho!, crabbing and eating fish and chips in Appledore, wake boarding at the Milky Way and prawning in Bucks Mills.

Jasper Stevens, 26 August-2 September 2017

We really loved this picture postcard cottage and in a special setting.

Lovely cottage in peaceful location

Stephen B.


Another fantastic week in Bucks Mills. We arrived in lovely sunshine and had 3 days of blue skies. Caught lots of prawns in the rockpools, had some great walks and a few meals at The Hoops Inn – as good as always, and nice to be able to walk there. Also had a lovely walk from Brownsteam to Clovelly and back before an ice cream stop. Great fun and back next year!

Alex Sevens, 26-Aug-2 Sept 2017

Full of character

Had a very enjoyable short stay. Cotage is very comfortable and full of character. The hamlet feels very secluded which we loved.

Julia G.


Stunning location! We were very lucky with the weather, a few showers but plenty of sunshine too. Beautiful walks with incredible views. The cottage is just right for a walking holiday.

2-9th September 2017


Cloudy rainy week which didn’t put of nightly walks to the beach. Lovely relaxing week – never rested so much before. Melinda’s Cottage is a lovely little place and would come again.

Trudy & John, Worcestershire, 9-16th September 2017


Really, really good holiday back in the cottage for the first time since 2005. We will return to Somerset relaxed and bronzed after several long coastal walks including to Clovelly and Hartland Bay via Docton Mill and Spekes Mill Mouth. Plenty of time to potter on the beach and read on two wet afternoons. Had a good lunch at The Hoops and a delicious evening meal at the Pattard Kitchen north of Hartland which has just opened recently. We can also recommend ‘the fishman’ who lives in Higher Clovelly. Rang him on Thursday evening and collected two fresh-cooked succulent lobsters on Thursday. Thank you for letting us rent your lovely cottage again.

William and Judith, Glastonbury, 16-23 September 2017

Sunshine and ice cream all the way!

Another fantastic week in Bucks Mills. We arrived in lovely sunshine and had 3 days of blue skies. Caught lots of prawns in the rock pools, had some great walks and a few meals at The Hoops Inn is as good as always, and nice to be able to walk there. Also had a lovely walk from downstream to Clovelly and back before an ice cream stop. Great fun and back next year!

Lucy Ferrier

A lovely cottage

We've had a really lovely week here in North Devon. Bucks Mills is beautiful and Melinda's Cottage a perfect haven for a holiday in the area.
The peace and quiet are a perfect tonic and set us up nicely.
A lovely cottage, we hope to return soon.

Nicola, David & Riana O'leary

Peaceful week

Lovely peaceful week spent in Devon, exactly what we were looking for - lovely walks, great rock pooling and fantastic sunsets.
Thank you

Scott & Lisa

Special little cottage

Thank you so much for letting us enjoy your very special little cottage in a very special part of the country. We've thoroughly enjoyed our stay, especially the beach.
Hope you'll have us back

Dan, Alex & Ella

Lovely cottage

Fab week exploring North Devon. Melinda s Cottage was a perfect base - clean, cozy and comfy.


Beautiful cottage

Lovely cottage in a wonderful location. Great communication by the owners ahead of the stay too, so all made very easy. Lovely quiet village and well positioned for lots of excellent walks. We had a fantastic week, thank you very much!


Comfy bed!

A beautiful cottage in an idyllic setting with peace and quiet,a beautiful beach ,woodland walks and coastal paths.
The location is also ideal to pop out in the car to many beautiful places of interest -Westward Ho beach, Hartland Point/Quay, Clovelly, Barnstaple etc.
The supermarkets are a short drive from the property and there is plenty of choice…Asda( with a petrol station),Lidl and Aldi.
The cottage is cosy,the bed comfy and everything you need is there.
We can’t wait to return !!


Lovely cottage & garden

We loved our stay in Bucks Mills, the cottage and garden are just lovely and the location was superb. We loved exploring the beach at Bucks Mills with our toddler but also had great trips to nearby Clovelly, Bude and Westward Ho! so Bucks Mills was the perfect base. The cottage itself is fairly basic but we were very comfortable and had everything we needed. We very much hope to have a return trip.


Hope to visit again

We had a fantastic week at the cottage, beautiful weather really made the week perfect. The cottage itself is a gem, oldy worldy and unspoilt. It oozes character inside and out, kept very clean, well equipped and a great retreat from busy modern life. The beach is not a stones throw away, a pebbly beach but sand and rock pooling can be found at low tide. Easy parking outside and tons of picturesque walks with the dog in every direction. John and Jo were great Hosts, very easy, lots of info and helpful in everyway. We hope to visit again soon. perfect!


Adorable & comfortable cottage

We stayed as a family with two young boys (under 5) and had a thoroughly wonderful time at Melindas cottage. The cottage is absolutely delightful- full of charm, very comfortable and had all we needed. WiFi was much faster than at home! The boys loved playing on the pretty little garden and looking over the wall to the stream. The village is picture perfect but also very peaceful. A pleasant wander past the other beautiful cottages that make up the village, alongside the stream, and it’s down the hill to the beach. Lots of rock pools to explore and sand at lower tides. Also very peaceful. Lots to do in the surrounding area. Plenty of great walks, picturesque towns, gardens and beaches of all kinds to explore.


Fantastic cottage

Lovely authentic cottage in great surroundings
We had a great stay at this lovely cottage in beautiful Bucks Mills. We felt very welcome, everything was really clean and well organized. The communication with the owners was very pleasant. We will come again!!


Cosy cottage

Devon Break
Great spot, as described and lucky with the weather.

Martin and family

Stunning location

Lovely cottage in a peaceful location
Lovely quiet cottage in a very peaceful location. The beach is only a few minutes walk down a hill albeit quite steep with good rockpools. Very comfortable cottage with everything you need. Right on the SW coastal path for good walks and excellent sandy beaches nearby.

Mollie P.


My stay 10-17 August 2019
The cosy cottage is very quaint with a small bridge at the front to cross a stream and a garden full butterflies, the walk down to the beach although very steep is through the quiet village of Bucks Mill with lovely cottages a long the way and the valley covered in woodland. When at low tied there was a gully of sand between the rock pools for easy access to swim. The location was great for the A39 to discover South towards Bude places such as Hartland Quay with magnificent rock formations and Sandymouth a beautiful sandy beach with big waves and RNLI present and National Trust free parking. And to the North for provisions Asda was 10 mins away towards Bideford and Westward Ho! also has a lovely stretch of sand.

Conrad H.

Very helpful owners

Quaint, quiet and peaceful
Picture postcard cottage in a perfect quiet village location near the sea. Fully equipped with everything you may need on holiday. Wifi very useful as we had no phone signal inside the cottage (thats not a bad thing), and good enough to stream Netflix etc. Great base to explore local attractions and some great walks on the doorstep, just be aware the cottage is in a valley and walks involve hills some of which are very steep in places. Owners John and Jo were very helpful with regular information via email. We really enjoyed our week at your cottage and would holiday there again, the only negative for us was the lack of shower but thats just a personal preference. Keith & Paulette

Keith & Paulette

We will return ☀︎☀︎☀︎☀︎☀︎ excellent

Delightful cottage”
Reviewed 14 Sep 2019
If you are looking for a peaceful holiday cottage away from the stress of real life look no further. Birdsong,buzzing bees,fluttering butterflies and a trickling stream are all you will hear . A very quaint cottage full of history and character two mins walk pto beach and an invigorating morning walk up the hill for paper milk bread eggs etc. Car parked directly outside cottage so within 20 / 30 mins back to town life or visit one of the beautiful beaches of North Devon namely Bude Saunton or Croyde. Book this cottage while you can as it is normally booked months in advance and enjoy the revitalised feeling when you return to real life !

Jackie & John

Unique location, cosy authentic cottage.

We had an amazing stay in John and Jo's house, it's a beautiful cottage and the location is incredible. John and Jo were excellent hosts.


Great place to stay

Bucks Mills is very unspoilt and a cute place to stay . A stroll down to a wonderful rocky beach and close to Clovelly to drive to for an evening drink when all the visitors have gone ! The cottage is small and with a range and simply furnished is a unique experience.


Will return

Perfect little cottage in a beautiful location. Bucks Mills is truly beautiful! The cottage had everything we needed. John was great with communicating everything we needed to know and it was a pleasure to have such a smooth booking/check in/out experience. Would definitely recommend, can't wait to go back.


Back in time

Lovely little cottage in a stunning location. The garden and surrounding area was just gorgeous in the summer sun when we were there. Would definitely return


Country Retreat

Bucks Mills is an almost unknown location on the North Devon coastline and yet one of real natural beauty. The village is stunningly pretty and very small. The single road winding it’s way down to the sea is lined by character laden cottages adding even more charm. The sea at high tide is gloriously noisy because of the boulders on the shore and is incredibly beautiful. The village is packed with charm. And the cottage is a lovely place to use as a secret base from which to go exploring. You need to be fit though as the descent to the shoreline is very steep.
The cottage was immaculately cleaned prior to our arrival and was fully equipped with everything you needed and with no silly surcharges or surprise costs. The owners were a delight to deal with and the whole experience was a joy.

Kevin W

Just what the doctor ordered

Bucks mills is the land that time forgot (peace quiet and tranquility) but not too far from interesting places to vist. Don't venture out at night without a torch, as no street lights. We enjoyed are stay very relaxing.

Heather and Steve

Brigadoon in Bucks Mills

Just like the story of Brigadoon, the Scottish village that only appears every hundred years. This little place is in a hidden valley, very peaceful, lots of butterflies and birds and even a hedgehog in the garden one night, which the dog found so exciting she went mental running around, she'd never seen one before.
Lots of new experiences for her as she's only a puppy, she especially liked the sandy beaches, where she ran riot, Crooklets beach is a good one if you want to avoid the crowds.
Didn't manage to find a fish a chip shop which was a bit disappointing but on the whole, a lovely quiet little place and Melinda's is a darling little cottage. Would definitely stay again. Louise and Delilah

Louise and Delilah