We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Great find”
Review of Muddlebridge House

No photo provided
Got a photo?
Add it.
We can't find prices for this accommodation
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Fremington
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Muddlebridge House
Ranked #2 of 2 Fremington B&B and Inns
Hitchin, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great find”
Reviewed 18 June 2011

We just returned from a week's stay in Wheelwrights and had a great time. The cottage was perfect for us, we booked the three bedrooms with the ensuite shower as my parents were going to join us for a couple of nights, with two children as well it seemed sensible to have the separate toilet.
Everything had been thought of and provided, we made use of the swimming pool every day and as the weather was poor the kids used the games room a little.
Ruth and Graham were perfect hosts, we were left alone to enjoy our holiday but they checked in on us a couple of times and offered their guide book when necessary.
A great base for visiting Devon, will recommend to everyone.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Sleep Quality
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank cl_nadasdy
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

28 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    20
    6
    2
    0
    0
See reviews for
19
4
Solo
0
Business
0
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (3)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 October 2010

Good bits:

Good central location base for visits to all areas in North Devon. In particular easy access to Tarka Trail. Cottage well equipped and warm with plenty of cooking equipment. Close to local facilities and walking distance to two reasonable pubs. Handy bike hire facilities on site and good play area for children (although need supervision as not fenced). There are more likeable places with similar facilities, but if the budget is tight this place is acceptable.

Bad Bits:

Living accommodation a bit small for a three bedroom and toilet in bathroom with no alternative, so difficult for those like us with small children.
Disappointing location next to noisy road and this contributed to disturbed sleep in our cottage along with the flimsy roof which meant that rain in the night easily woke all our party. Owners did not ask if everything was OK or if we had a nice stay, which left us feeling a little unwelcome. Also pool closed at 7:00pm and not 8:00 as advertised so left no time for us to relax after the kids had gone to bed. Advertised internet access did not work all week, despite notifying the owners of a problem, no explanation given. Not a big problem for us, but did mean that some of our holiday planning was more guess work without the usual Googling abilities. Advertise as accepting dogs, but not really a dog friendly place as no exercise area on site and no free run area within easy distance, which can be a problem for that last thing at night exercise. Early 10:00 departure on Saturday is a bit rushed

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank KayakJim
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
SaffronBarnstaple, Owner at Muddlebridge House, responded to this review, 27 November 2010
This booking was made by an older lady relative who accompanied this family of four (couple with childen of 4 and1). We do not know if the choice was made solely by this lady or jointly with the younger couple but, clearly, very little reading of our detailed website or brochure (which contains identical information to the website and was sent to this lady when she made the reservation) had been done. Both describe very accurately the accommodation in each cottage, that Millers has one bathroom and a smaller living-room than Thatchers and Wheelwrights (which are usually booked by other three-generation parties of 5 who, sensibly, opt for a second bathroom). The literature also states the 10.00am departure time (very common in our accommodation sector) on Saturday mornings, which allows us to have up to seven cottages cleaned throughout, prepared, and beds made, ready for new arrivals by 3pm.
The cottages are NOT 'next to a noisy road', but set back between 70 and 100 metres from a coastal 'B' road and separated by plenty of tall trees, driveway, guest car-park, 10' high wall and outer court-yard. The cottage roofs are NOT 'flimsy' but solid and extremely well-constructed. However,in common with many barn conversions, they are fitted with Velux windows, where the only drawback is the sound of heavy rain during, perhaps, 8-10 nights per year.
A gentleman has just moved into one of the two adjacent cottages for a 6-week stay and, after two nights, said that he had 'slept like a log'.
Website, brochure and Information Book in each cottage refer clearly to pool opening times . 'Dusk' is 6.30pm by mid-October, but extended to 7.00pm for October half-term week when we are fully booked (the pool is open from 9.30 am- 8.00 pm during the main season). These times are mentioned during the pool-side safety briefing on arrival. I quite happily allowed this couple to use the pool/sauna for 15/20 mins beyond 7pm on two evenings before politely reminding them of the 7pm close on a further evening when we were due to go out.
The website/brochure state our very reasonable rules for pets. The Information Book suggests dog-toileting and exercise along the extensive bridleway which starts barely 200 metres from our drive entrance.
We are puzzled by the complaint that 'the play-area should be fenced' since our very secure (hedged) 2-acre rear garden is one big play-area. Fencing off individual areas or equipment would be difficult. We are somewhat aghast when we hear that parents of a 4-year old, let alone a 1-year old, expect to leave them unsupervised in any play-area, fenced or not.
We are sorry about the failure of our wifi service. Although the provider was contacted three times that week, I was unable to devote more time to the problem as I was immersed in urgent and extensive paperwork, sorting out the financial/tax affairs of my youngest brother who had died the previous month. Our broadband provider has only now, after many weeks, acknowledged that the fault was at their end. However, 'Kayak Jim's' party had our latest two volumes of Guests' Comments for approximately 36 hours. These books are packed with 3-4 years worth of useful and objective comments on local attractions, places of interest, restaurants, beaches, towns/villages etc., and would have been far more useful than internet access in helping to plan the week.
A follow-up phone call to the older lady relative suggested that her main dissatisfaction had been on departure when, at the house front door whilst handing in the cottage key, my chatty and smiley wife had failed to ask the specific question as to whether they'd had a nice holiday. Ironically, the lovely family of four who had been in the adjacent cottage left a note thanking us for a 'wonderful week's holiday'. Also, the three young families with grandparents who stayed in Thatchers and Wheelwrights that week, as part of an extended family birthday celebration, congratulated us on the quality of the cottages and our extensive facilities, saying they all 'hoped to return' (but most of our guests say that!).
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Yorkshire
Level Contributor
29 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2010

Stayed for 3 nights 1st September, b&b in the Exmoor Room - We had a wonderful stay and i wished we were staying longer. We were made to feel very welcome, the rooms are lovely and very comfortable (and have very good quality bedding, pillows & duvets etc which is always good to know)and have everything you would want and more.
The grounds of Muddlebridge are really nice to walk around too and they have provided so many facilities for everyone, whether in the b&b or the self catering cottages.
The heated pool was a very welcoming feature too and we made use of the pool twice.
The location of Muddlebridge is great for accessing any of the loactions - Instow, Fremington Quay, barnstaple, Bideford and many more.
We also hired bikes from the owners of Muddlebridge and cycled part of the tarka trail.... lovely day.
We can't wait to return........................

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Jay1h1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
West Midlands
Level Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2010

Muddlebridge House and Cottages is a fantastic place to stay if you want to visit the North Devon Coast. We stayed in Thatchers Cottage and it had everything that we required to make our stay comfortable. Great for children of all ages as it has a heated indoor swimming pool, play area and two games rooms. There is also a outdoor play area. Ideal location for visiting the local beaches such as Saunton Sands and Woolacombe. It is also very near to the famous Tarka Trail if you enjoy riding bikes.
The owners also cater for bed and breakfast in the main house.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank HappyFamily2010
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
devon
1 review
Reviewed 4 November 2009

Have been here on numerous occasions and have found everything to be wonderful. Ruth and Graham are lovely people and will do their uttmost to make guests feel at home. I have known them for 4 years and have never found them rude in the slightest. Maybe the comment from another person was unjustified in the fact that they had not stayed there .I am unnaware of what their problem was but rest assured the owners are never rude,quite the opposite!!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank lovekatts
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Been to Muddlebridge House? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Muddlebridge House

Property: Muddlebridge House
Address: Fremington, Barnstaple EX31 2NQ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Barnstaple > Fremington
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Fremington
Price range (per night): $45 - $49
Number of rooms: 2

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing