Recent Guest Reviews
The perfect family getaway! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We stayed in The Fernery over New Years for four nights. We were three families with four children between us. The standard of the house is exceptionally high and the style and decor of the house is very tasteful and stylish. Beds are extremely comfortable and bedding was of excellent quality and plentiful. The kitchen is well stocked with cooking equipment and utensils, and we were delighted with our welcome gift from the owners which was a lovely surprise. The hot tub is very high quality and easy and an extra luxurious feel to our stay.Communication and transactions are prompt and efficient with the owner which makes life so much easier when booking. We have no negative comments to add, the house was perfect for our needs and hope to return in the future!
The Austwick Family
Impressive, wow factor very comfortable ! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
" As a group of friends we stayed at the Ferney. We had viewed the property on the website and upon arriving It didn't disappoint and the WOW factor was met! Jonathan and his family provide a home from home, attention to detail in the decor and every thing you could possibly need. It's a perfect home with plenty of space for couples away for a weekend. We had a fantastic weekend and would highly recommend this property and the use of the hot tub!!! Especially after the long walks in the surrounding area. Thanks again Jonathan for all your help and advice during the booking process. We took your recommendation on a local restaurant of the Quay and it again didn't disappoint. I would say to anyone though going out of season book a restaurant in advance. As many are small so get booked up quickly and some close for the winter season, so there wasn't much to choose from - so plan in advance!" Vicki B, 27 Nov 2017
"We had a fantastic time at The Fernery celebrating a special birthday. What a lovely venue to spend time with your family! The house was lovely, clean and inviting, the hot tub was the extra special touch. Lovely welcome cream tea awaiting us when we arrived, such a lovely gesture. We would definitely recommend booking The Fernery and we will definitely be looking to book again in the future." T Clark, Oct 2017
Wow! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"We chose The Fernery as our accommodation for our wedding party. First Impressions from pulling up onto the drive was WOW! The building, landscaping and the surrounding area were stunning. Stepping inside the WOW factor continued, the attention to detail and decor was excellent and the small touches like scones & coffee made it feel homely and inviting. We had a fantastic week here and would highly recommend getting the hot tub!! We look forward to staying again sometime in the future."
Mr & Mrs Artrey August 2017
5 Star ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"The house was really fabulous , it was every bit as good as it looked on the photos ! It was so spacious and light , we had lots of room and space for all 3 couples ,baby and 2 dogs . We loved the bifold doors and the decking area was wonderful - it was just a shame the weather didn't let us use it much !! Hot tub was super and was such a 'pick me up ' when tired ! The decor is super and really enjoyed looking at all the pictures and ornaments . The kitchen is very well equipped and it was a lovely touch to have scones , preserve and clotted cream left for our arrival ! It is such a comfortable and lovely house ! The only slight grumble was that although there were 3 TVs we could only get the living area one to have television programmes on ! Maybe some instructions left would help ? With the weather being very mixed ,occasionally it would have been nice to have made use of them . However , the property is very much a '5 star 'and we look forward to returning to it ."
Shelagh C. 27 Jun 2017
Fabulous! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
" Everything we dreamt of and more! An amazing place for my daughters wedding party stay! Housekeepers Pete and Angie couldn't have been more helpful! We will remember our stay here forever!|" Janet B,, 11 Apr 2017
Highly Recommended ! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
" Having stayed here to celebrate our mothers up coming birthday, we found The Fernery was a lovely place for the family to be together and enjoy each other's company, but there is also an abundance of space if you want to relax with a book or two. Lovely views, and the added bonus of the hot tub which the children loved! Highly recommend The Fernery to all." James L, 14 Apr 2017
Just simply a fantastic house ! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
" A really great property with loads of space and the highlight was the hot tub ! A fantastic property for groups of friends or families." Tark M, 12 May 2017
Modern, spacious house, a great place to relax! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
" The Fernery provides an ideal base to explore the beautiful coastline which surrounds Ilfracombe. The house is light, spacious and clean, with plenty of room to relax, with the added bonus of a fantastic hot tub! From the house, we walked along the coastal path, through Lee bay to Woolacombe, a lovely walk with the promise of a pint or ice cream at the end!" Barnaby S, 12 May 2017
Fantastic family/group accommodation. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
" Communication great throughout booking . Brilliant spotless house .only 5min drive from shops . Ideal for family holidays, suitable for all generations. Would highly recommend this property. Quoting some reactions as people walked through the door - wow, amazing, can we move in!!! Thank you very much ." Kay S, 29 May 2017
Absolutely Fantastic ! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"The property was absolutely fantastic. we all had an amazing time. enough space for three separate families with a couple of kids who loved the place." Lisa B., 18 Jun 2017
The Perfect accommodation for our Wedding Celebrations ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
" We are a week back from a beautiful 5 days at the fernery for a special occasion and wedding celebrations. We had the perfect weather to make full use of every part of the property. The gardens were wonderful and each had a different feel. The top garden was peaceful with beatiful views and a lovely spot to sit with friends and laze in the sunshine and let the world go by. The hot tub area was a fun area which wasnt overlooked and great fun. It was a clean and a lovely relaxing spot.
The front patio of the house was perfect for sunny breakfasts and sundowners after a long hard day. The house itself is very socialble with one big main room and the bifolding doors that open out to the patio increase the space so much to again wonderful views. Jonathan (owner) and Angie (housekeeper) and her husband were delightful. Nothing was too much trouble and just so welcoming. We had a fabulous time and cannot wait to revisit. The log fire is beautiful and this property works come rain or shine for larger groups of friends/family. The properties location is ideal, lovely walks along the old railway line (and more) are right on the doorstep and so many lovely places to eat out and keep you entertained in the day. We cannot recommend highly enough.
Parking is plentiful with 2 inside the garage and one outside and there is amble on road parking also. Just such a lovely time here had by all. And beds that are comfortable....thats never the case when you rent somewhere! The attention to detail is just lovely and real value for money for the space you get. This review simply doesnt express just how perfect the fernery and the whole experience was. Thank you Jonathan and team we are so glad we found this property!"
The Cross & Morrison Families, May 2016
A Dutch family’s review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
" The Fernery is an absolute pearl when it comes to holiday cottages. A wonderfully architected villa on the edge of Ilfracombe, situated in the idyllic England's countryside near the most beautiful coastal shore’s we’ve ever seen.
A stay never to forget. Large, spacious, modern-styled house, with all the facilities you could wish for. The kids loved the play-room and terraced garden. Luckily the weather was great and we were able to explore the surroundings to the fullest.
A definite must-see is Lynton & Lynmouth, Porlock, Watermeet, Lee a small village just around the corner and most of all the South West Coastal path part of which starts not far from the Fernery. The most amazing sights, sounds and picknicks with famous Devon scones and clotted cream.
For a great Sunday Lunch we went to 'The Culbone', a small inn/pub on the edge of Exmoor which can be found on Trip advisor. We are grateful to have stayed here with our family. Thanks to Pete and Angie for their help when needed and to Jonathan for making it possible for us to stay in this great house."
The Postma Family , April 2016
Fabulous Easter Break ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“We had a fabulous week staying at The Fernery. The spacious rooms were beautifully and thoughtfully decorated and the layout, perfect for our family and friends (and dog!). Over Easter, the weather can be mixed (as it was for our stay) and the underfloor heating was a joy when we came in from our blustery walks on the beach. The area is beautiful; the coastline varied and breathtaking in places and Jonathan was very helpful in giving us his 'Top Tips' for places to visit; the best beaches, a great pub recommendation and there is also plenty of info. to peruse in the information folder at the house. Another of our favourites was the hot tub and the teenagers learnt to surf at Croyde Bay - amazing surf! We'd love to return...”
The Hoare family, Easter 2016
Great base for exploring North devon and Cornwall ★ ★ ★ ★
“We had a wonderful stay at The Fernery. The house met all our expectations and offered a really comfortable stay for our family. The house is very spacious yet very cosy all at the same time. All the finishing touches to the property make it feel very homely. Ilfracombe is a beautiful town and is a great base to explore North Devon and we ventured down to explore parts of Cornwall. The beaches at Woolacombe and Croyde are just a short drive away. Jonathan was a pleasure to deal with and the information on the property and local area was very helpful. You really do have to see this wonderful house! ” The Brady family, March 2016
100% recommendation! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“This was a wonderful property and is just as represented in the pictures on the site. Jonathan was super efficient to deal with and everything went to plan. This property is very large with all rooms being spacious and there is plenty of outside space so even with a large family you would never feel cramped. Nearby beaches and restaurants are all great Overall I would give this property a 100% recommendation” The Owers family, February 2016
Fantastic Christmas Break ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“We have just spent a fantastic 5 days at the Fernery in Devon just before Christmas with our 3 children and dog. Jonathan and Heidi were the perfect hosts and made the trip run very smoothly indeed. The house itself is absolutely stunning and decorated to a very high standard with lots of attention to detail. It was fully equipped for all our needs and our children loved playing in the lovely garden. We had a great time exploring Ilfracombe and the surrounding areas. We loved the sandy beaches nearby especially Croyde and Woolacombe bay. We would highly recommend The Fernery to anyone. Thank you Jonathan and Heidi for letting us stay in your wonderful home!”
The McGlynn Family, December 2015
Great for teenagers and toddies! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
" We just wanted to say that my family enjoyed a fantastic week at your beautiful house. Space, comfort, all the mod cons, and a great music and DVD film selection kept us all entertained, particularly the 3 teenage boys. The weather was a mixed bag but still plenty of sunshine. Late afternoons in the private hot tub were a joy. With the Black Sands Bistro, The Quay restaurant, the Rock Inn and the Watersmeet Hotel Bistro nearby, you also couldn't ask for better food and service. I am sure we will return sometime soon."
The Akim Family, April 2016
Cosy Xmas break ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
" We spent a fantastic 5 days at the Fernery in Devon just before Christmas with our 3 children and dog. Jonathan and Heidi were the perfect hosts and made the trip run very smoothly indeed. The house itself was absolutely stunning and decorated to a very high standard with lots of attention to detail. It was fully equipped for all our needs and our children loved playing in the lovely garden. We had a great time exploring Ilfracombe and the surrounding areas. We loved the sandy beaches nearby especially Croyde and Woolacombe bay. We would highly recommend The Fernery to anyone. Thank you Jonathan and Heidi for letting us stay in your wonderful home!" The Brady Family, January 2016
Probably the best holiday accommodation in North Devon? ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“ The Fernery, was amazing and by far the best holiday accommodation I have stayed in. The open kitchen and living room area with the high ceiling worked very well and was surprisingly very comfortable and warm. I was particularly impressed with the vast collection of DVD's available to watch and the music collection. The kitchen was very clean and had all the equipment we required.
The four bedrooms again were very clean and spacious and comfortable and it was a good treat to have an ensuite for each. The kids loved the fact that they had their own space in the mezzanine where they had a vast choice of toys to play with and again a good choice of kids DVD movies.
Unfortunately, didn’t get a chance to use the hot tub as we had a busy itinerary, fingers crossed next time!..Overall, the entire party had a very good time and large part of this was due to the accommodation.” The Versy Family, July 2015
Woolacombe is the Uk's no 1 beach ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"We had a lovely weeks holiday & thought the location & house were great. The Fernery is a lovely well equipped spacious holiday home in a convenient location for Ilfracombe & Woolacombe. Would recommend a walk from Lynmouth to Watersmeet for a cream tea, obviously Woolacombe beach is a must & if you want a beautiful meal, try booking a table at The Rock at Georgeham." The Marsden Family, (Aug 2015)
Great for young children ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“ Thank you for our August week at The Fernery. The Fernery is a beautiful home- it’s like a holiday let that feels like a home- perfect! This was our first holiday with young children, and the were accommodated perfectly. Thank you.” The Smith Family, August 2015
A lifetime of memories! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“Thank you for lovely holiday at this amazing home, which has created a lifetime of memories for our family. We have had a great time exploring local attractions, and especially the famous Woolacombe Beach.”The Bahuta Family, August 2015