Star Cottage


Star Cottage sleeps 4 plus an infant.  This is a five-star single storey family property, with a glorious south facing garden and a family hot tub overlooking the countryside.  Moments from Westward Ho!'s sandy beach and surrounded by our beloved horses, goats and hens.  Star Cottage offers a luxury family holiday with a difference.

This fabulous four person family self catering holiday cottage is named after one of our most famous race horses and Chester Cup winner Star Player.  Star cottage has wonderful views over the rolling countryside and a south facing enclosed garden which makes it prefect for relaxing with loved ones on those balmy summer Devon nights. 

  • Luxurious 5 star rated, single storey family cottage.
  • Private family hot tub.
  • Enclosed south facing outdoor lounging and BBQ area over looking the North Devon countryside.
  • Comfy super king bed, Egyptian bedding and luxurious cotton toppers ensure you get a perfect nights sleep.
  • Two double/twin ensuite bedrooms.
  • Contemporary interior design of purples, greens and neutral colours designed to help you relax.
  • Private parking for one vehicle outside your front door.
  • Widescreen LCD TV and DVD in lounge and TV/DVD in both bedrooms.
  • Separate freezer unit, washer/dryer/ dishwasher.
  • Complimentary WiFi.
  • All towels and linen included
  • Private parking 
  • Complimentary traditional Devonshire cream tea on arrival
  • Direct access from the grounds on to the South West Coastal Footpath


Star cottage sleeps four and is one of our most popular family self catering holiday cottages at Westward Living.  Set on our 60-acre of private headland at Duckhaven Stud, this spacious property was designed with families in mind. Accommodation includes one large en-suite double bedroom and one spacious en-suite twin bedroom. Both en suite bathrooms have baths with showers over them.   After a day of exploring the surrounding countryside and sandy beaches, there's no better place to wind down than in this cottage's luxurious living space. Sink into the leather sofas or enjoy a family meal in the fully equipped kitchen and dining area. For quiet evenings in, there's a 50-inch widescreen TV and a DVD player.

On a warm summer's day, step outside into the stunning south-facing enclosed patio. Chill out on the sun loungers, fire up the barbecue or relax in the family 4 person hot tub with a chilled glass of wine or locally brewed Devon ale. There's no better place to enjoy North Devon's slower pace of life. If you're eager to head to the beach, Westward Ho! is just a three-minute drive away, or wander over grassy hilltops and take in the views on your way to the beach via the South West Coast Path. The beach is perfect for swimming, body boarding, surfing, rock pooling or simply soaking up the sun. Westward Ho! is full of family-friendly tearooms and restaurants too.

Duckhaven Stud is a former thoroughbred-racing yard, still home to many of our beloved horses. In fact, Star Cottage is named after one of our most famous racehorses, Star Player, who won the Chester Cup ridden by Frankie Dettori. We'd love for you all to meet our friendly horses and farm animals. Our resident rescue hens will treat you to delicious free-range eggs throughout your stay, perfect for eggs and soldiers to start your day.

If the kids are looking for somewhere to play games nearby, our play barn is full of exciting activities. With a pool table, table football, table tennis, basketball and a heated indoor plunge pool (open May to September) , there's plenty to keep them busy. We're also lucky to have two award-winning attractions nearby. Visit The Big Sheep and The Milky Way, both just a short distance from Westward Ho!

Enjoy a complimentary Devonshire cream tea when you arrive and if you need anything else during your stay, please just let us know. Our friendly team will be happy to help you with any little extras.

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 Star cottage February 2019

A single story cottage located on a stud farm in Westward Ho!, with a floor space of 120 square meters with outside enclosed garden with patio area and BBQ . Open plan lounge / dining / kitchen area and  two double bedrooms, both with en suite.

Cottage is located on a stud farm with a single track leading to front door
Parking for 1 vehicle directly outside the front of the cottage on a gravel surface.
Guests are able to preorder shopping but must be present to accept the delivery
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 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 arriving out of hours without a phone please knock on door at main farm house “Duckhaven Stud” upon arrival.

Entrance to Property
Access via front door with low hearth approximately 2cm.
Alternative access via double patio doors.
Portable ramp can be supplied if required
Standard 2’6” door frames

Sitting Room/Lounge
Large open plan lounge with 2 x sofas both sofas are two seater and made up of leather material
42” inch wall mounted TV

Large open plan kitchen/dining room with breakfast bar and stools
Integrated appliances including, washer dryer and dishwasher
Stand alone microwave & coffee machine
Round Dining table with 4 chairs
Wall mounted shelving and low level cupboards

Bedrooms and Sleeping Areas
Master bedroom has a pair of zip and link beds and can be set up as either a double or twin bedroom, with bedside cabinets and lamps
Stand alone wardrobe with hanging poles.
Dressing table with wall mounted TV above
Second bedroom has a pair of zip and link beds and can be set up as either a double or twin bedroom, with bedside cabinets and lamps
Stand alone wardrobe with hanging poles.
Dressing table with wall mounted TV above

Bathrooms, Shower-rooms and Toilets
Bedroom one – en suite bath room which comprises of  a standard bathroom suite with a bath and shower over.
Bedroom two – en suite bath room which comprises of  a standard bathroom suite with a bath and shower over.

Gas fired central hearing with radiators throughout with wall-mounted controls 
Wall mounted electric fire in the lounge

Level patio area with outside furniture made of wicker including, 2 person bench, table and chairs and 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 £1035
28 Oct 2019 19 Dec 2019 £695
20 Dec 2019 31 Dec 2019 £1089
01 Jan 2020 05 Jan 2020 £1102
06 Jan 2020 06 Feb 2020 £712
07 Feb 2020 23 Feb 2020 £880
24 Feb 2020 29 Mar 2020 £758
30 Mar 2020 19 Apr 2020 £964
20 Apr 2020 07 May 2020 £918
08 May 2020 25 May 2020 £872
26 May 2020 04 Jun 2020 £1166
05 Jun 2020 28 Jun 2020 £929
29 Jun 2020 19 Jul 2020 £1045
20 Jul 2020 20 Aug 2020 £1540
21 Aug 2020 27 Aug 2020 £1486
28 Aug 2020 03 Sep 2020 £1166
04 Sep 2020 27 Sep 2020 £898
28 Sep 2020 18 Oct 2020 £806
19 Oct 2020 01 Nov 2020 £1045
02 Nov 2020 21 Dec 2020 £696
22 Dec 2020 31 Dec 2020 £1102
01 Jan 2021 03 Jan 2021 £993
04 Jan 2021 04 Feb 2021 £640
05 Feb 2021 21 Feb 2021 £792
22 Feb 2021 01 Apr 2021 £682
02 Apr 2021 18 Apr 2021 £868
19 Apr 2021 05 May 2021 £827
06 May 2021 27 May 2021 £785
28 May 2021 03 Jun 2021 £1050
04 Jun 2021 24 Jun 2021 £836
25 Jun 2021 15 Jul 2021 £941
16 Jul 2021 19 Aug 2021 £1384
20 Aug 2021 26 Aug 2021 £1338
27 Aug 2021 02 Sep 2021 £1050
03 Sep 2021 25 Sep 2021 £808
26 Sep 2021 14 Oct 2021 £726
15 Oct 2021 28 Oct 2021 £941
29 Oct 2021 19 Dec 2021 £460
20 Dec 2021 31 Dec 2021 £993

Thank you for another great stay in Star cottage, its the perfect home from home when we come away to explore North Devon.

We loved our stay in Star cottage, there was nothing better than waking up to those views every morning, it so peaceful we didn't want to leave (again!) Ben and Sue from Warrington

What a super holiday in Star cottage! We could not fault a thing and loved all the little touches like being able to collect our own freshly laid eggs for breakfast and our cream tea on arrival. Staying here is an absolute must if visiting North Devon!