Chapel Cottage Lee Bay

Ilfracombe, Devon

Between wooded valley slopes and the sea, a place of beauty and history, quirky and well-loved - and with a pub across the fields


7 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 9


Find character and history at the bottom of the Fuchsia Valley 100 yards from the sea. The house sits in three acres of managed wilderness, mown meadow, spreading camellias, flourishing figs (spellbinding in that special haze as the sun filters through the sea mist) with a secluded patio, a double swing seat, and, behind a screen of trees, a tennis court. And the interior seems deliciously old-fashioned – a rare treat these days, when all is leather and chrome and white and predictable. A big kitchen (Aga, pine table, pots and pans, Belfast sink) leads to a small dining room, which leads to a sitting room with a fireplace in its middle and a study to the rear; there’s a bedroom too on this floor. The style is an engaging mix -plump sofas, a shelf of books, a jug of flowers, assorted china… kick off your shoes and unwind. More bedrooms upstairs, all plainly furnished, crisp and white, most with country views through stone-framed windows and two with views of the sea. What to do? With such special surroundings you’ll not stray far – walks from the door, a great village pub, and a buckets-and-spade beach just below.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights on weekdays. 3 nights at weekends. 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £214
Weekly price
from £1500
Damage deposit
1 Cottage for 9
From £2147 beds4 bedrooms


Beautifully presented and located cottage. Excellent facilities - clean and very well equipped with excellent heating from the farmhouse aga. Very prompt and efficient information on cottage which is in a beautiful wooded valley only minutes from a flat walk to the sea. Very Quiet and peaceful yet near micro brewery pub!

Amanda, Stroud

We go every year, for the passed 8 years and will continue to go for ever if possible. We think Lee Bay is ideal for families and Chapel Cottage is the ideal location. The extensive grounds means there is plenty of space for the grand children to run around and play and the tennis court is a bonus. Lovely kitchen and our door eating area and BBQ.

Matthew, Pershore

This was our first visit to Chapel Cottage and we are very much looking forward to returning. Our children, parents and our dog instantly fell in love with the cottage and beautiful grounds. The wonderful cosy kitchen provides the perfect family dining experience. I'm already looking forward to sitting on the outdoor swing chair with my morning coffee, taking in the peaceful garden views. We had many wonderful adventures with the children and dog, exploring the caves along the coast line and rock pooling in the bay. Honestly, we're counting the days until we return. Highly recommend a visit!

Kealy, Richmond, surrey

Been a regular visitor at Chapel Cottage for years for everything from anniversary breaks a deluxe to family get togethers. There is nowhere else that gives us such a sense of welcome, sanctuary and relaxation. The position of the cottage gives it a sense of privacy in spectacular scenery and yet it is so close to sea, pub and footpaths. We love its comfortable style, gorgeous garden and warm welcome.

Diane, Oxford

We have stayed at Chapel Cottage a couple of times and are booked to go again this year. The house is really fantastic for a family group and when the sun is shining the garden is idyllic. The position of the property is perfect ... turn right and you can walk to the bay and the sea and turn left for a super meal and warm welcome at the pub. The coastline is superb and great for walking and exploring. We would thoroughly recommend Chapel Cottage!

Marian, Canterbury

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Ginny Potts

  • Visit the bronze statue of Verity by Damien Hirst on the harbour at Ilfracombe, some 10 minutes away and his art gallery all within easy reach of one another. Or try his restaurant with excellent cuisine, booking advisable.
  • Trips to Lundy Island, renowned for seals, basking sharks and puffins. Six miles by one mile, a perfect day out for the whole family.
  • Fabulous walks along our very rugged coast line taking you to Woolacombe and further. Or why not try a forest walk, we're surrounded by them all.
  • Beaches galore, Woolacombe with its 3 mile stretch of golden sand, Barricane, famous for shell collectors, with a lovely restaurant on the beach or our own Leebay, 5 minutes from the cottage, perfect for bathing or nets and buckets for the less vigorous.
  • Our local chef, Julia for all your catering needs. Meals delivered to your door, home cooked and delicious with a full al a carte menu, ready to pop in the oven after a day at the beach.
  • Barnstaple with its indoor Victorian Pannier market, something different everyday, including art and crafts, antiques and wonderful quirky clothes for the more adventureous. Ilfracombe aquarium, all locally caught species from around the North Coast.