Silca Blanka


Silca Blanka is a fabulous self catering holidyay 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.

Silca Blanka cottage is named after one of our best racehorses at Duckhaven Stud. Silca Blanka is a two storey self catering holiday cottage which sleeps 3 in a double and single bedroom.  The cottage has an open plan kitchen/dining area with a separate lounge.

  • 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.
  • Washing machine
  • Microwave.
  • All linen and towels included.
  • Spacious enclosed patio and BBQ area.
  • LCD TV and DVD in lounge and TV/DVD in bedrooms.
  • Traditional Devon cream tea on arrival
  • Direct access onto the South West Coastal Footpath from the grounds
  • Available for short breaks and weekly bookings


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.

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 2018

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

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
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
01 Jan 2020 05 Jan 2020 £918
06 Jan 2020 06 Feb 2020 £593
07 Feb 2020 23 Feb 2020 £733
24 Feb 2020 29 Mar 2020 £632
30 Mar 2020 19 Apr 2020 £803
20 Apr 2020 07 May 2020 £765
08 May 2020 25 May 2020 £727
26 May 2020 04 Jun 2020 £972
05 Jun 2020 28 Jun 2020 £774
29 Jun 2020 19 Jul 2020 £871
20 Jul 2020 20 Aug 2020 £1283
21 Aug 2020 27 Aug 2020 £1238
28 Aug 2020 03 Sep 2020 £972
04 Sep 2020 27 Sep 2020 £748
28 Sep 2020 18 Oct 2020 £672
19 Oct 2020 01 Nov 2020 £871
02 Nov 2020 21 Dec 2020 £580
22 Dec 2020 31 Dec 2020 £918

We love this cottage, its so cosy and perfect for the three of us, see you again next year

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!