Extras to make your Stay EXTRA Special


These properties may have been awarded a 5 star grading, England’s highest award for self catering accommodation but there are many extras that even the most demanding guest may be surprised to find. The owners have tried to be creative in imagining what may make the difference between a lovely break and a particularly successful and memorable one.

Some surprises may include anything from bike repair kit and pumps to wind breaks, surf boards, buckets and spades and crabbing lines. There is a small inflatable boat, kites, children’s tennis rackets, and even a portable barbeque to take down to the cliffs. An outside tap is ideal for washing out wetsuits or rinsing off muddy or sandy gear and a selection of herbs in the herb garden are perfect for throwing straight on the barbeque or adding to marinades.

Fresh bread in the morning or to come home to after a day sightseeing? A lovely new bread machine is amongst the kitchen gadgets available for you to experiment with. The well equipped kitchens also includes a full set of stainless steel knives (and a sharpener!); a food processor and blender; silicone bake ware; cookery books, electric scales and a large selection of quality pots, pans, dishes and cooking utensils. Don’t worry…. for the lazy chef there is also a freezer, microwave and dishwasher!

The games room in Southclay


Both the houses are perfect for winter breaks. There is full under floor heating throughout the house in Southclay with individual thermostats in each room and in the Annex, a combination of underfloor heating and radiators to keep the chills away between late autumn and spring. Both properties also have a traditional, clear-view wood burner in the lounge as an extra feature which makes it extra cosy on cooler evenings or during stormy weather!

Electricity and heating oil are included in the rent, a stack of wood for the wood-burning stove in the living room is provided, thereafter it is available from Madeleine, the owners’ daughter, please ask.

At Christmas/New Year the owners will happily help you find a local tree for you to decorate with your own decorations or can install a tree ready with tasteful decorations and lights for instant seasonal cheer the minute you walk in the door. Throughout December the fabulous and extreemly popular Big Sheep Christmas Farmers' Market is held on Saturdays and Wednesdays at the other side of the village and is well worth a visit.


Many family friendly extras such as a cot, high chair and a stair gate are standard. We also provide children’s plastic cups, crockery and plastic glasses for use outside, in the hot tub and on picnics. A small selection of children’s toys, books and games and some children's chairs are also popular with many little visitors.

A huge library of brochures is provided to help you plan days out with the family in North Devon and hot tips in our Visitor's Guide but The BIG Sheep tourist attraction with its large undercover play area; sheep racing; lamb feeding; laser shooting; brewery and LOADS more is just down the hill and the Extreme Adventure Centre with high ropes and mountain boarding suitable for older children (and those of us young at heart!) is also at the bottom of the village.

Babysitting can be arranged if required, please ask.


We live in a beautiful part of the world which is a joy to share with our visitors. We do realise how important it is to protct the environmenbt for future generations to enjoy.

  • We have reduced energy use dramatically by insttalling an air-source heat pump to heat the swimming pool and three sets of solar panel to power the heat pump; to provide electricity for the laundry facilities and office and for general guest use.
  • Underfloor heating and radiators are controlled by individual room thermostats so that the temperature can be turned down in rooms not being used. Unlimited heating and electric is provided but we ask our guests to use the heating and electricity responsibly turning down and switching off whenever possible.
  • We source products and services locally, supporting local businesses and suppliers and use refurbished equipment and machinery if possible.
  • We reduce waste by recycling and composting and also provide facilities for our guests to sort their waste
  • We use ecological laundry and cleaning products and air dry 95% of our laundry in the sea breezes on the washing line.



Marshford Organic Foods (local and international organic produce) www.marshford.co.uk

Johns Supermarket & Delicatessen (delightful local supermarket supplying local meat, fish, fruit and veg, cheese etc and many fresh/local or interesting delicatessen products alongside standard packaged goods) www.johnsofinstow.co.uk

Tesco www.tesco.com

Sainsburys www.sainsburys.co.uk

ASDA www.groceries.asda.com

Majestic Wine www.majestic.co.uk


A qualified chef living locally in the village will produce home cooked, often home grown or locally sourced, family friendly suppers or can do dinner party menus for a special occasion. Freshly prepared and delivered to the fridge with instructions where necessary but would prefer not to serve. (Contact Southclay Holidays to arrange)

West Country Caterers (well established, family run business concentrating on home cooked cuisine) Will deliver pre-ordered house party meals, freezer food, or can bring a meal to serve. See their web site for details of the type of menu offered www.west-country-caterers.co.uk  Tel: 01769 560473

Sargies Cornish Kitchen (Dave and Kirsty Sargent for delicious, stress-free food cooked in your kitchen and professionally served....  based in Bude, North Cornwall)  Tel 01288 359010  www.sargiescornishkitchen.co.uk   


Ring Jacquie to discuss your requirements and she can help tailor your visit to keep everyone happy


Lyn is highly recommended www.barefootnailsandbeauty.co.uk 

Directory of other North Devon Therapists www.bodyandmindzone.co.uk


Marci is an experienced yoga and fittness instructor and a private session can be a delightful way of relaxing

- A BUTTLER or TWO for a special afternoon/evening... 

(A butler "in the buff" is extremely popular with our hen parties!)


Surfing/kitesurfing lessons: www.northdevonsurfschool.co.uk  www.514elemental.com 

Horse riding: www.riding-school-north-devon.co.uk (lessons)  www.gooseham-barton.com (hacks)

Golf: www.royalnorthdevongolfclub.co.uk

Teen/Adult Adventure Centres: www.theultimatehigh.com   www.skernlodge.co.uk


A lovely treat for your car (and to make leaving less painful?)

 And LOTS more....


Remember.... If you have particular requirements or would like help to arrange extras, PLEASE do contact Southclay Holidays to discuss it with Jacquie and she will try and make your dreams come true!

Book Direct with the owner



Crisp, frosty mornings with mist in the valleys, long wild walks on the cliffs...  warm up in the hot tub and hunker down in front of the fire with a good book or jigsaw...

What a great time of year!


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"This is our 3rd visit here and it has been as wonderful as ever. Hopefully we will be back next year! Liz"