THE ACCOMMODATION AT BAKER'S COTTAGE IS COMFORTABLE AND WELCOMING. Most of the rooms are decorated using Farrow & Ball paints and attention has been paid to creating a relaxing atmosphere. The light and airy central stairwell imparts a sense of space in this little 2-bedroomed cottage. Despite being located close to the town centre, its position behind our own home shelters it from street noise so that you are awakened in the morning by birdsong rather than traffic.
The ENTRANCE is off the terrace, which is accessed via a covered passageway from the street, into the KITCHEN/DINER. This is equipped with an oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, slow cooker, toaster, kettle and a range of cooking equipment, cutlery and crockery. There is a pine table with 4 chairs. Dishwashing tablets/liquid, washing powder, tea towels etc. are provided. This leads on to the HALL and STAIRS. A doorway off, with a single step, gives access to the LOUNGE with soft seating for 4, TV, dvd player, electric stove with log-effect, board games and books.
We leave a WELCOME PACK, which varies in content but always includes something for when you arrive and something for your breakfast the following morning (cereal and milk as a minimum). Salt and pepper, teabags, sugar and cooking oil are also supplied.
Upstairs are 2 BEDROOMS. The master bedroom has a double bed and the second bedroom has a zip-and-link bed (this can be set up as a 5ft kingsize or 2 x 2ft 6ins full-length singles). A hairdryer is provided. All bed linen is supplied and beds are made up for your arrival.
The family BATHROOM is spacious and includes a bath, bidet, washbasin and shower cubicle with electric shower. Shower gel/shampoo/soap is provided along with a supply of toilet paper etc. Fresh bath and handtowels (1 each for each guest) will be in the bathroom.
There is no private outside space as this is shared with ourselves and is largely a utility area (for dustbins etc) and access to the bike shed and our tiny raised potager - regrettably, the potager is too small to share with guests. There is also an extending, wall-mounted, outdoor airer for guests to dry washing when the weather is fine. There is room for bikes on the deck or in the bike shed. Surfboards may also be kept on the deck but not taken into the cottage or bike shed. Seating is provided on the decked patio at the side of the cottage by the bike shed so that guests may enjoy a glass of wine outside in the evening.
PARKING: There is on-street parking on the other side of the road limited to 2 hours between 8am and 6pm and subject to availability. This side is double-yellow lines but unloading is permitted. The nearest car park is behind the Pannier Market (just one street away) and costs 70p/hour, £3.50/day or £16/week. Tourist Permits are available at £25 per week and these can be used in all Torridge District Council Car Parks except the Burrows (but including Westward Ho! Main).
There is no broadband but free Wifi is available at the nearby library and at various cafes and pubs in town.
No smoking or vaping in the cottage.
Bideford is hilly and Baker's Cottage is located on a hill.