Silca Blanka is a fabulous self catering holidyay cottage set in 60-acres of private grounds at Duckhaven Stud. Recently awarded a four-star gold rating by Visit England, this rustic family cottage is perfect for a break in North Devon.
Silca Blanka cottage is named after one of our best racehorses at Duckhaven Stud. Silca Blanka is a two storey self catering holiday cottage which sleeps 3 in a double and single bedroom. The cottage has an open plan kitchen/dining area with a separate lounge.
This beautiful cottage was designed to be a comfortable home-from-home. Its bright and airy open-plan kitchen, dining and living area is perfect for spending quality time together. Upstairs the cottage has a master bedroom, single bedroom and large walk in shower room. Downstairs you will find a large open plan kitchen and dining area, WC and separate cosy lounge. One of the charms of staying at Duckhaven Stud is that you can collect fresh eggs for breakfast from our free-range hens. Whether you're cooking together in the kitchen or lounging around on the comfy corner sofa, we're sure you'll feel at home here.
Silca Blanka is one of the original jockeys cottages, which has hosted many champion jockeys over the years, adding to its rural charm. The cottage is named after one of our most famous racehorses who resided at the stud. Outside, the enclosed south-facing patio and barbecue area is perfect for lounging around on a warm summer's day and dining al-fresco.
We understand that a big part of family holidays in North Devon is reconnecting with nature. We'd love for you to meet our resident horses and farm animals. Say hello to our beautiful chickens and goats (Ben and Jack). You may also want to take our soppy black Labrador Raffles for a walk.
What better way to experience rural life than by spending it with our friendly residents.
Duckhaven Stud is the ideal base for your North Devon adventure. A 20-minute walk along cliff tops on the South West Coast Path will lead you to the golden sandy beach at Westward Ho!. Don't forget your body boards, buckets and spades! The beach is famous for its waves and amazing rock pools. For a bite to eat, the village has plenty of family-friendly tearooms, pubs and restaurants. A little further afield, check out two of North Devon's award-winning family attractions, The Big Sheep and The Milky Way. Or if the kids are looking for something to do closer to the cottage, our play barn offers table football, table tennis, basketball and a small heated plunge pool (open May to September).
From the moment you arrive at Silca Blanka, we want you to feel totally relaxed, so tuck into a complimentary Devonshire cream tea as you settle in. If you'd like to add any extras during your stay or need any help planning your days out, feel free to get in touch with our friendly team.
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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 Silca Blanka cottage February 2020
A two storey cottage located on a stud farm in Westward Ho!, with a floor space of 110 square meters with outside patio area. Open plan kitchen/dining area, separate lounge and 1 double bedroom and 1 single bedroom.
Cottage is located on a stud farm with a single track leading to front door
Space for unloading and loading is situated outside the front door. Parking of vehicle 35 meters from cottage
Guests are able to preorder shopping but must be present to accept delivery
Information is given to all guests prior to arrival on local suppliers
Cottage is 100 meters from Bideford Bus route no 16 which operates hourly, 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 without phone please knock on door at main farm house “Duckhaven Stud” upon arrival.
Entrance to Property
Access via front door or patio double doors
Portable ramp can be supplied if required
Standard 2’6” door frames
Well lit access
Cosy lounge with faux leather corner sofa
Wooden square coffee table
36” inch TV and DVD with free view
Wooden dining table with 4 wooden chairs.
Patio door's and main access door leading to front of cottage
Wall mounted TV
Intergrated appliances including washer dryer and dishwasher
Stand alone microwave and coffee machine
Bedrooms and Sleeping Areas
The master bedroom has a king size wooden frame bed with 1 side table and lamp.
Large dresser with stool
Built in wardrobe with hanging poles.
Wall mounted TV with integrated DVD
Second bedroom with two 2ft 6 single beds with bed side cabinet and lamp
Vanity unit and free standing wardrobe
Bathrooms, Shower-rooms and Toilets
Ground floor WC with hand basin
First floor family shower room with WC and hand basin and wall mounted towel rail
Gas fired central hearing with radiators throughout with wall-mounted controls
Enclosed patio area with outside furniture made of wicker including, 2 person bench, table and chairs and gas bbq. There is a small step to access patio area directly in front of the cottage
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
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 training pool with jets (no hoist so not suitable for disabled access) open May - September
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)
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. www.firstgroup.com - 08457 48 49 50 and www.nationalexpress.com - 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: www.thetrainline.com or phone 0870 010 1296