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    Bedrooms 2
  • £40 - £115 per room per night

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Comfortable B&B between South Molton & Barnstaple with panoramic views. Ground floor double ensuite, twin, family room. Aga-cooked breakfasts, delicious evening meals. Guest sitting-room.

Set in the heart of North Devon looking out across the Taw valley, with RHS  Rosemoor, RHS Partner Garden Castle Hill and The National Trust's Arlington Court all within 10-30 minutes, Rosie Banks B&B is a good base for exploring the area.  One of The South West Coastal Path Walks can be easily joined.

Expect comfortable rooms which can flexibly accommodate 5 guests. Good level access leads to a ground floor, ensuite double bedroom.  A first floor double room has an extra single room next door, if required, making it useful for family, friends or wedding parties travelling together.

The guest sitting room is well-stocked with books, maps and local tourist information.  It has magnificent views, free wifi and a television.  Tea and coffee are always available.  There's an Aga, a wood burning stove and central heating throughout.

 

Breakfasts include porridge, cereals, fruit and juice.  Your cooked breakfast has bacon, sausage, beans, mushrooms, tomatoes and eggs, all served with tea and cafetiere coffee, toast, marmalade and jam.  Early breakfast is available on request.

 

We offer a three course supper for £22 by prior arrangement.  

 

Sample menu - 

Smoked salmon starter 

Roast chicken with potatoes and seasonal vegetables

Chocolate pudding with cream

Coffee and mints  

 

Let us know if there are any special requirements you would like us to cater for.  

 

Dining Locally

A charming, short walk from the house across two fields and along a beautiful riverbank leads to a traditional local pub. Torches provided for late returns!  There is an excellent, award-winning pub 8 minutes drive away.  If you'd like advice on where to dine we can give you plenty of suggestions, from a Michelin starred restaurant reached in 20 minutes, to a wonderful Sri Lankan curry hut on the beach.

 

Garden Visiting

We are well placed for gardens.  RHS Rosemoor is 20 minutes away, RHS Partner Garden, Castle Hill, 8 minutes. Cothay Manor, Marwood Hill, Tapeley Park and Hartland Abbey are all within 30 to 50 minutes. Many interesting NGS gardens open locally throughout the year.  

 

Tempting specialist tree and plant nurseries include RHS Rosemoor, Millwood Plants, St.Johns, Thornhayes and Dulford. We can provide plenty of space and rain water from our butts for any purchases made!

 

Golfing

Conveniently placed for The Royal North Devon links course and The Championship East Course at Saunton, both 25-30 minutes away.  Local courses are found at High Bullen, Ilfracombe, Great Torrington, Libbaton, Portmore Golf Park, Willingcote, Mortehoe and Woolacombe Golf Club, all between 10 and 40 minutes away.

 

National Trust Sites

Lundy Island, Arlington Court, Baggy Point and Watersmeet are  lovely spots and as always wonderfully maintained by the Trust and with excellent facilities.  

 

Wedding Guests

We are within easy reach of The Hall Estate, The Milbrook Estate, Northcote Manor, High Bullen, St.Hieritha's Church, Chittlehampton and Country Ways Weddings. All are 5 to 15 minutes away.

 

Town and Coast

The little town of South Molton is an historic Georgian gem, a 15 minute drive, with a thriving, twice weekly traditional country pannier market, selling local products including Best of the West award winning drinks and cheeses.  South Molton has lots of  popular independent shops, cafes and tearooms and is well worth a visit.  

 

The fishing villages of Appledore, Instow and Clovelly are all within easy reach.  Day trips can be made to Lundy Island.  The sandy beaches of Saunton, Instow, Croyde, Putsborough and Woolacombe are all 25-35 minutes away.

 

Walking

Scenic country walks can be taken from our doorstep. Walkers can enjoy over 1000km of well-marked, well-maintained foot paths and bridleways on Exmoor National Park, 15 mins away.  Codden Hill with its spectacular views can be reached from the house.  The South West Coastal Path and the Tarka Trail are nearby, offering well maintained trails. 

 

Cycling

There is secure bike storage, a bike stand and hose for maintenance and cleaning. Rosie Banks B&B is on the Lands End to John of Groats Cycle Route.  Cyclists can join The West Country Way, The Tarka Trail and The Devon Coast to Coast routes. 

 

Riding

Stabling and hard standing is available for horse boxes and stock trailers.  Turnout, washing facilities and hay can be provided.   Coxleigh Barton has an excellent cross country course and the bridleways on Exmoor are second to none!  

 

Transport 

Benefiting from quick easy road links, the A377 Exeter road is accessed in 4 minutes and the North Devon Link Road A361, 15 minutes.  We are a good base for touring the area.  

 

Train

Umberleigh station.  A lovely day trip can be taken to the Cathedral City of Exeter on the famous Tarka Railway Line.  

 

Parking

We offer extensive private off-road parking and a gated yard for horse trailers, stock boxes and larger vehicles.  Exhibition artics can be accommodated but please check in advance re size.

 

Our Farm

We have traditional working horses, Working Bearded Collies, cats, Pekin bantams and Exmoor Horn sheep. We're always happy to show you round and we get spectacular rainbows and sunsets!  Open all year.

 

Available Extras

  • Three Course Dinner and Coffee
  • Two Course Dinner and Coffee

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    Double En-Suite 

    Luxury Double Ensuite
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    Sleeps 2
  • £70 - £85 per room per night

Luxury double ensuite, on the ground floor, with good level access from the parking area. A very light room with huge windows (fully double glazed), Tea and coffee making facilities provided.

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    Double 

    Small Double Bedroom...
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    Sleeps 3
  • £40 - £115 per room per night
  • Family Room - Adjoining Room

A small first floor double bedroom (eaves), with an adjoining single room if required and a private bathroom, making it useful for family, friends or wedding guests travelling together.

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Arrival By Car

From M5

Exit the M5 Motorway at junction 27, taking the A361 signed towards North Devon and Barnstaple. 

Continue on the A361 until reaching a roundabout where South Molton is signed to the left via the B3227. 

Take this turning and go on through the town of South Molton heading for Barnstaple. 

At a crossroads after the square take a left turning at Nadder Lane and continue on the B3227, which you have now picked up again, signed towards Torrington, Hill and Chittlehampton. Follow the B3227 for about 15 minutes, until you see the white village sign for Umberleigh and a 40mph speed restriction sign. Slow down! Take the right hand turn, signed for Hoe and Hawkridge.  This is a single track lane. Drive up the hill and Rosie Banks is at the top, on the left with two large white pillars outside.  There is a house sign on the first pillar.

From A377

We are approximately 55 minutes drive from Exeter.

Take the A377 out of Exeter towards Barnstaple.

Turn right off the A377 at The Rising Sun in Umberleigh, taking the B3277 towards South Molton and Chittlehampton. 

Continue through Umberleigh, passing the station and school on your right. 

The road starts to go uphill and you will see a 40mph sign. Slow down! Take the next left signed to Hoe and Hawkridge.  

This is a single track lane. Drive up the hill and Rosie Banks is on your left at the top with two big white pillars outside.  There is a house sign on the first pillar.

Arrival By Train

From Exeter St.Davids, take the Tarka Line train towards Barnstaple. You must ask the guard to let you out at Umberleigh station. It is a request stop. We are happy to meet you at the station or it is an 8 minute walk to Rosie Banks

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