Silca Blanka


Silca Blanka is a luxurious cottage set in 60-acres of private grounds at Duckhaven Stud. Recently awarded a four-star gold rating by Visit England, this rustic family cottage is perfect for a break in North Devon.

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Save 15% on a mid week stay in the beautiful Silca Blanka cottage. Relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Duckhaven Stud.

28 Aug 2017 /// £469, £398 /// 4 nights

SAVE £245 on a 11night stay in one of our beautiful family cottages. The perfect bolt hole to relax after spending the days exploring the beautiful walks near by or catching the end of summer with some perfect beach days.

11 Sep 2017 /// £980, £735 /// 11 nights

This beautiful cottage was designed to be a comfortable home-from-home. Its bright and airy open-plan kitchen, dining and living area is perfect for spending quality time together.  Upstairs the cottage has a master bedroom, single bedroom and large walk in shower room.  Downstairs you will find a large open plan kitchen and lounge, WC and dining room.  One of the charms of staying at Duckhaven Stud is that you can collect fresh eggs for breakfast from our free-range hens. Whether you're cooking together in the kitchen or lounging around on the comfy three-seater sofas, we're sure you'll feel at home here.

Silca Blanka is one of the original jockeys cottages, which has hosted many champion jockeys over the years, adding to its rural charm. The cottage is named after one of our most famous racehorses who resided at the stud. Outside, the enclosed south-facing patio and barbecue area is perfect for lounging around on a warm summer's day and dining al-fresco.

We understand that a big part of family holidays in North Devon is reconnecting with nature. We'd love for you to meet our resident horses and farm animals. Say hello to our beautiful ducks, chickens, cheeky goose named Echo and our two bunnies, Mr. Bubbles and Swirls. You may also want to take our soppy black Labrador Raffles for a walk.

What better way to experience rural life than by spending it with our friendly residents.

Duckhaven Stud is the ideal base for your North Devon adventure. A 20-minute walk along cliff tops on the South West Coast Path will lead you to the golden sandy beach at Westward Ho!. Don't forget your body boards, buckets and spades! The beach is famous for its waves and amazing rock pools. For a bite to eat, the village has plenty of family-friendly tearooms, pubs and restaurants. A little further afield, check out two of North Devon's award-winning family attractions, The Big Sheep and The Milky Way. Or if the kids are looking for something to do closer to the cottage, our play barn offers table football, table tennis, basketball and a heated indoor swimming pool.

From the moment you arrive at Silca Blanka, we want you to feel totally relaxed, so tuck into a complimentary Devonshire cream tea as you settle in. If you'd like to add any extras during your stay or need any help planning your days out, feel free to get in touch with our friendly team.

  • Luxurious 4 star gold rated, single storey family cottage.
  • Egyptian cotton bedding and luxurious cotton toppers ensure you get a perfect nights sleep.
  • Ipod charger and docking station.
  • Complimentary WiFi.
  • Separate dining room.
  • Additional downstairs WC.
  • Dishwasher.
  • Washer/dryer.
  • Microwave.
  • All linen and towels included.
  • Spacious enclosed patio and BBQ area.
  • LCD TV and DVD in lounge and TV/DVD in bedrooms.

This access statement does not contain personal opinions as to our suitability for those with access needs, but aims to accurately describe the facilities and services that we offer all our guests/visitors.

Access Statement for Silca Blanka cottage July 2017



A two storey cottage located on a stud farm in Westward Ho!, with a floor space of 110 square meters with outside patio area. Open plan lounge / kitchen area, separate dining room and 1 double bedroom and 1 single bedroom.



•      Cottage is located on a stud farm with a single track leading to front door

•      Space for unloading and loading is situated outside the front door. Parking of vehicle 35 meters from cottage

•      Guests are able to preorder shopping but must be present to accept delivery

•      Information is given to all guests prior to arrival on local suppliers

•      Cottage is 100 meters from Bideford Bus route no 16 which operates hourly, with connection to national bus and rail links

•      Cottage is easily accessible for taxis

•      Cottage is 12 miles from nearest train station at Barnstaple

•      Owners will assist with carrying luggage on arrival and departure, if required


Key Collection, Welcome and Car Parking

•     Key collection is from the reception building during offices hours (Mon-Fri 9-5:30pm) For arrivals outside of office hours please call the office on 01237 238967 or 24-hour guest phone 07807 096997 to make suitable arrangements. For guests without phone please knock on door at main farm house “Duckhaven Stud” upon arrival.



Entrance to Property

•      Access via front door or patio double doors with low hearth from lounge

•      Alternative access via dining room door.

•      Portable ramp can be supplied if required

•      Standard 2’6” door frames

•      Well lit access




Lounge area

•      Large open plan lounge with  a three seater and 1 seater lounge suite made of fabric material

•      Large wooden square coffee table with storage underneath

•      36” inch wall mounted TV and DVD with free view




•      Kitchen  area

•      Breakfast bar

•      Integrated appliances including, washer dryer and dishwasher.

•      Stand alone microwave & coffee machine

•      Wall mounted shelving and low level cupboards


Dining room


•       Extendable wooden dining table with 4 wooden chairs.

•       Wooden wine rack

•       Door leading to front of cottage



Bedrooms and Sleeping Areas

•      The master bedroom has a king size wooden frame bed with 1 side table and lamp.

•      Large dresser with stool

•      Built in wardrobe with hanging poles.

•      Wall mounted TV with integrated DVD

•      Second bedroom with two 2ft 6 single beds with bed side cabinet and lamp

•      Vanity unit and free standing wardrobe



Bathrooms, Shower-rooms and Toilets

•      Ground floor WC with hand basin

•      First floor family shower room with WC and hand basin and wall mounted towel rail




Gas fired central hearing with radiators throughout with wall-mounted controls 




Enclosed patio area with outside furniture made of wicker including, 2 person bench, table and chairs and gas bbq. There is a small step to access patio area directly in front of the cottage



•      60 acres of coastal farm land rugged terrain

•      Access to south west coastal foot path from farm, steep incline as was once used to train horses

•      Use of mule (buggy) for trips over the grounds for guests with limited mobility

•      Sand school for schooling horses

•      Children’s play area

•      Farm viewing area



Additional Information

•      Use of mule (buggy) for trips over the grounds for guests with limited mobility

•      Private horse tours by arrangement

•      Access to hens for freshly laid eggs

•      Boules area

•      Children’s play area

•      Personal concierge service 24hrs

•      Ocean Kave, for use by guests for bird watching and relaxing and private dining, also has disabled access toilet facilities.

•      Small indoor heated training pool with jets (no hoist so not suitable for disabled access) open May - September




Future Plans


•      Tarmac main drive in Oct 2017


Contact details


Address                                Westward Living, Duckhaven Stud, Cornborough Road, Westward Ho!

         North Devon. EX39 1AA


Telephone                            01237 238967


Email [email protected]


Grid Reference                    SS 429286


Hours of Operation              24hrs





Northam Health Centre         01237 474994 (1 mile)

Emergency Dentist               01237 476786  (1 mile)

Nearest Hospitals:

·       Bideford Hospital Abbotsham Road Bideford, Devon EX39 3AG 01237 420200 (small hospital) 4 miles from Westward Living

·       North District Hospital Barnstaple 01271 322577 (main hospital with A&E) 12 miles from Westward Living


Philip Corbin Opening times: 8.30am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 12.30pm Saturday. 5 miles from Westward Living

Later appointments by arrangement. -

Church Surgery, 16 Bridge Street, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2BU, UK. Tel/Fax: 44 (0) 1237 471110

email: [email protected]



Local Accessible Taxis:


Bideford Cars 01237 429992

Quay Cars 01237 472027

both of above firms have wheelchair accessible vehicles.

Torridge Taxi & Shuttle have 4&8 seater taxis 01237 422632 / 07872345267


Local Public Transport:


Bus - First Bus – Beacon Bus and National Express all run regular services from Westward Ho! village centre. - 08457 48 49 50 and - 08717 818181

Train – nearest station is Barnstaple – 9 miles – with link to Exeter St Davids

Nearest main line station is Tiverton Parkway – 45miles – direct to Paddington, Bristol, Birmingham etc. Contact: or phone 0870 010 1296



Start Date End Date Weekly Price
11 Aug 2017 27 Aug 2017 £946
28 Aug 2017 03 Sep 2017 £746
04 Sep 2017 28 Sep 2017 £577
29 Sep 2017 19 Oct 2017 £518
20 Oct 2017 29 Oct 2017 £669
30 Oct 2017 21 Dec 2017 £450
22 Dec 2017 31 Dec 2017 £704
01 Jan 2018 11 Feb 2018 £483
12 Feb 2018 18 Feb 2018 £594
19 Feb 2018 29 Mar 2018 £513
30 Mar 2018 15 Apr 2018 £650
16 Apr 2018 26 Apr 2018 £588
27 Apr 2018 03 May 2018 £620
04 May 2018 24 May 2018 £588
25 May 2018 03 Jun 2018 £783
04 Jun 2018 05 Jul 2018 £624
06 Jul 2018 22 Jul 2018 £702
23 Jul 2018 09 Aug 2018 £1031
10 Aug 2018 26 Aug 2018 £993
27 Aug 2018 02 Sep 2018 £783
03 Sep 2018 27 Sep 2018 £606
28 Sep 2018 18 Oct 2018 £544
19 Oct 2018 28 Oct 2018 £702
29 Oct 2018 20 Dec 2018 £472
21 Dec 2018 30 Dec 2018 £739
01 Jan 2019 03 Jan 2019 £911
04 Jan 2019 07 Feb 2019 £590
08 Feb 2019 24 Feb 2019 £729
25 Feb 2019 28 Mar 2019 £628
29 Mar 2019 21 Apr 2019 £798
22 Apr 2019 05 May 2019 £760
06 May 2019 23 May 2019 £722
24 May 2019 02 Jun 2019 £966
03 Jun 2019 04 Jul 2019 £768
05 Jul 2019 21 Jul 2019 £865
22 Jul 2019 08 Aug 2019 £1275
09 Aug 2019 25 Aug 2019 £1230
26 Aug 2019 01 Sep 2019 £966
02 Sep 2019 26 Sep 2019 £743
27 Sep 2019 17 Oct 2019 £667
18 Oct 2019 27 Oct 2019 £865
28 Oct 2019 19 Dec 2019 £576
20 Dec 2019 31 Dec 2019 £911

Perfect home from home, as horse racing fans we were delighted to meet Alan who trained Silca Blanka and hear all about his great races and stay in his cottage, this cottage is a winner just like the horse!

FREE wifi throughout
All our cottages have FREE wifi providing unlimited access to the Internet.
Flexible Booking Dates
We offer flexible changeover dates of Friday and Monday which enable guests to enjoy short and long breaks throughout the year. We are also able to accommodate more flexible dates upon request and subject to availability
On-site facilities for guests
We have so many on-site facilities to keep you busy. If you have children....