Smiley Cottage


Smiley Cottage is a family friendly single storey cottage which sleeps up to four guests and offers a perfect base for your North Devon holiday adventure. This popular family holiday cottage is dog friendly and has two ensuite bedrooms. Smiley cottage has a walk in wet room in the master bedroom and is also dog friendly. Smiley self catering holiday cottage is perfectly situated to enjoy everything the area has to offer.

Smiley cottage is a luxurious 4 star gold rated self catering family holiday cottage. This  single storey family cottage is dog friendly and has a walk it wet room.

• Cottage sleeps 4, bedrooms can be twin or double 
• Open plan lounge with wood burning effect stove
• Two ensuite bedrooms
• Walk in wet room with optional shower chair 
• Complimentary WIFI
• Seaside theme interior design and large open plan living area
• Wider doors, round dining table and optional ramp to assist our guests with wheelchairs.
• Widescreen LCD TV and DVD in lounge and TV/DVD in bedrooms.
• All linen and towels included
• Dishwasher
• Fridge with ice-box
• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Gas BBQ and patio area
• Private access on to the South West Coastal Footpath
• Traditional Devon cream tea on arrival
• Short breaks and weekly bookings
• Dog friendly



This much loved cottage is named after Mr Smiley one of our most cherished racehorses, this horse was much better at being cuddled than winning races but he was  Kathy’s favourite.  Elegantly styled with coastal touches, the cottage has two large double or twin bedrooms, one with a wet room. Smiley Cottage has been designed with families in mind and holds a four-star gold rating from Visit England. With a fully-equipped kitchen and dining area, there's plenty of space to cook a delicious family meal. Feel free to collect fresh eggs for your breakfast from our lovely free-range hens! In the lounge, two comfy sofas and an LCD TV offer the perfect setting for lazy mornings or evenings. Smiley Cottage is dog-friendly too, so your pet doesn't have to miss out on a luxury holiday. 

Duckhaven Stud extends for 60 acres over rolling North Devon headland. Formerly a thoroughbred racing yard, many of our prize-winning horses can be seen grazing here. Our friendly farm animals would love to meet you! Visit our delightful chickens and our cheeky goats called Ben and Jack. 

Our farm is perfectly situated to explore North Devon, with the best of rural and coastal life easily accessible from the cottage. The pretty coastal village of Westward Ho! is just moments away, with two miles of golden sands, family-friendly cafes and restaurants to enjoy. Just 10 miles from Duckhaven Stud, The Milky Way is an award-winning wheelchair-friendly attraction. With indoor games and outdoor activities, this popular North Devon attraction is great in all weathers.

In 2018 our cottages at Westward Living won Gold for Best Self Catering in the Devon and South West Tourism Awards, in previous years, Smiley Cottage won a bronze award for accessible tourism in the South West Tourism Awards. The cottage has an optional ramp and shower chair.  If you would like to know more about our range of accessible properties, please contact us and we will be delighted to talk you through the options and help you choose which cottage works best for you and your needs.  Just let us know in advance if you have any specific requirements and we will be happy to assist putting you in contact with local specialist suppliers. If you have any questions at all about the cottage's accessibility, please feel free to give our friendly team a call.

We want you to feel totally relaxed from the moment you arrive at Duckhaven Stud, so enjoy a complimentary Devonshire cream tea as you settle in. If you would like any extras or help planning activities during your stay, we're happy to help.

This access guide 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 Guide for Smiley cottage February 2019

A single storey cottage located on a stud farm in Westward Ho! 
120 square meters with outside patio area. 
Open plan Lounge / dining / kitchen area with two double bedrooms. Master bedroom with walk in wet room. Second bedroom with en suite.

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 in preparation for arrival
Information is given to all guests prior to arrival on local suppliers
Cottage is 100 meters from Bideford Bus route no 16 please check here for operating times
Cottage is easily accessible for taxi
Cottage is 12 miles from nearest train station Barnstaple
Owners will assist with carrying luggage on arrival and departure

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 arriving out of hours without a phone please knock on door at main farm house “Duckhaven Stud” upon arrival.

Entrance to Property
Removable ramp to patio style double doors for easy wheelchair access
Alternative access via front door with small step.
Low-level light switches.
2’9” door frames

Sitting Room/Lounge
Large open plan lounge with 2 x sofas both sofas are three seater 
42” inch wall mounted TV 

Dining Room
Please see below

Large open plan kitchen/dining room
Integrated appliances including, washer dryer and dishwasher
Stand alone microwave & coffee machine
Round Dining table with 4 chairs – suitable for standard size wheel chair
Wall mounted shelving and low level cupboards

Bedrooms and Sleeping Areas
Master Double bed room has zip and link beds leading to en suite bathroom
Large built in wardrobe with hanging poles and low level shelving
Second bedroom has a pair of zip and link beds leading to wet room (moveable shower chair can be provided on request)
Wall mounted TV with integrated DVD in both bedrooms

Bathrooms, Shower-rooms and Toilets
Second bedroom en suite – large walk in wet room with shower – please contact us for specific details.
Master bedroom – en suite facilities comprising of bath with shower over, WC and basin

Gas fired central hearing with radiators throughout with wall-mounted controls 
Free standing optimist log burner effect fire in lounge

Level patio area with outside furniture (not enclosed), table and chairs and calor gas bbq

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
Children’s play area

Additional Information
Access to hens for freshly laid eggs
Children’s play area
Ocean Kave, for use by guests for bird watching and relaxing and private dining, also has disabled access toilet facilities.
Small indoor heated plunge 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
18 Oct 2019 27 Oct 2019 £880
28 Oct 2019 19 Dec 2019 £591
20 Dec 2019 31 Dec 2019 £926
01 Jan 2020 05 Jan 2020 £964
06 Jan 2020 06 Feb 2020 £623
07 Feb 2020 23 Feb 2020 £770
24 Feb 2020 29 Mar 2020 £664
30 Mar 2020 19 Apr 2020 £843
20 Apr 2020 07 May 2020 £803
08 May 2020 25 May 2020 £763
26 May 2020 04 Jun 2020 £1021
05 Jun 2020 28 Jun 2020 £813
29 Jun 2020 19 Jul 2020 £915
20 Jul 2020 20 Aug 2020 £1347
21 Aug 2020 27 Aug 2020 £1300
28 Aug 2020 03 Sep 2020 £1021
04 Sep 2020 27 Sep 2020 £785
28 Sep 2020 18 Oct 2020 £706
19 Oct 2020 01 Nov 2020 £915
02 Nov 2020 21 Dec 2020 £609
22 Dec 2020 31 Dec 2020 £964
01 Jan 2021 03 Jan 2021 £894
04 Jan 2021 04 Feb 2021 £576
05 Feb 2021 21 Feb 2021 £713
22 Feb 2021 01 Apr 2021 £614
02 Apr 2021 18 Apr 2021 £781
19 Apr 2021 05 May 2021 £744
06 May 2021 27 May 2021 £706
28 May 2021 03 Jun 2021 £945
04 Jun 2021 24 Jun 2021 £752
25 Jun 2021 15 Jul 2021 £847
16 Jul 2021 19 Aug 2021 £1246
20 Aug 2021 26 Aug 2021 £1204
27 Aug 2021 02 Sep 2021 £945
03 Sep 2021 25 Sep 2021 £727
26 Sep 2021 14 Oct 2021 £653
15 Oct 2021 28 Oct 2021 £847
29 Oct 2021 19 Dec 2021 £414
20 Dec 2021 31 Dec 2021 £894

Thank you for another wonderful stay in Smiley cottage, we love the new wet room and super comfy sofas in the lounge Kerry and Keith Nov 2018

You have really thought of everything. The wet room was great and we are very grateful for all the little touches. Mike and I loved the trip in the buggy to see the sunset - can't wait till next time!