Garden & Local Surroundings


At the front of the cottage a path leads through the garden approximately 80 meters to a spacious parking area.   The property behind the cottage extends to include a patio, from which stone steps lead up to a lawn with a bench that overlooks the stream and the meadow beyond.

You can park close to this gate for unloading luggage.

A garden gate leads to the lane, while a path crosses the lawn and follows the course of the stream through an arbour with a pond and apple trees to arrive at the spacious car parking area. The distance from the cottage door to the parking area is approximately 80 meters.

Nature and privacy will be your chief allies here. Bordered on one side by a stream and on the other by a lane, the cottage garden meanders between the two and is inhabited by a variety of wild birds, and beautified – particularly in spring and summer – by many flowers and shrubs. The high hedgerows along the nearby lanes are full of foxgloves, honeysuckle and blackberries.

The garden path follows the stream through the property to the car parking area.

A “Philham Water” sign marks the gate into our off-road parking area, though the posts by the lane have been removed.

First view of the cottage, walking from the car park.

To the rear of the cottage, the property extends for approximately 15 meters and includes a patio with a picnic table and a BBQ. From here stone steps lead up to a small lawn with a bench that overlooks the stream and meadow beyond.


Stone steps leading from the patio to a small lawn with a bench that overlooks the stream and meadow beyond.

This is an active dairy farming community, and sometimes the lanes around the cottage are used by the farmers for herding cattle.

Philham Water Cottage site map


The Hartland Peninsula is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

The cottage is less than 2 miles from the rugged Devon coast with its high cliffs and wooded valleys.  The farms around the cottage are mostly dairy with lush green meadows often inhabited by grazing cows and sheep.

Coastal farmland.

The South West Coast path; popular with hikers.  Lundy Island can be seen on the horizon.

The amazing geology of the Hartland Peninsula.


Driving out of our valley towards the A39 and Cornwall, you will cross Bursdon Moor, where a small parking area offers fabulous views at sunset, as well as good mobile phone reception, if you cannot get it down in the valley. 


The village of Hartland, less than two miles away, has craft and grocery shops plus 3 pubs and a coffee shop.

It’s a bit of a hidden secret, but you can do worse than take a walk during spring through the bluebells at Hartland Vale. It’s quiet; there is a stream, so great for dog walking.

The cottage is near the border between Devon and Cornwall, with the ruins of mythic Tintagel – supposed birthplace of King Arthur – only 40 minutes to the south.

For more info and photos about this area of outstanding natural beauty, see “Guide to Local Attractions