Holy Trinity Church in Barnstaple was built in the 1840’s with its accompanying vicarage being completed in 1847. The property was very extensive and so split in half in the 1920’s, the vicar of the time living in the half the bed and breakfast now occupies.
We have always enjoyed staying in bed and breakfasts and guest houses, both with and without our family, meeting people and experiencing different places. So when we were presented with the opportunity for a career change, opening our own bed and breakfast was the way to go.
We moved to North Devon in January 2012 when we bought The Old Vicarage B&B in Barnstaple. The house had been converted to a guest house in the eighties and was in need of a little updating and so offered a great opportunity to really improve the accommodation to the high standards expected by today’s bed and breakfast guests.
We knew we wanted a guest house which combined easy access to beautiful countryside with close links to local amenities; North Devon and particularly Barnstaple provided the ideal location. We are very lucky as we have an extensive garden which brings with it the peace and tranquillity of living in the countryside, whilst still being centrally located near all the attractions of Barnstaple’s town centre. Should you decide to venture further out we are only a short drive (or bus journey) from everything North Devon has to offer.
During our first three years we put all our past experiences of staying in B&Bs and guest houses into practice as we refurbished the guest accommodation; carefully balancing keeping the character of the building whilst adding a range of modern facilities. We are pleased with the results and hope that you will be too.
The garden at the Old Vicarage is our long term project. Fruit bushes and trees have been planted in the bed inside the front wall and we were proud last year to serve our home made and home grown blackcurrant jam at breakfast. The back garden is spacious and a bit of a blank canvas at the moment where guests can enjoy the sun and extensive lawn. We have rejuvenated an old cedar green house and built raised beds for a vegetable garden and one day we will have chickens to enhance our supply of eggs for breakfast. If you want to find out what is next or where the “steps to nowhere” are going then please don’t hesitate to ask when you are here.
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We look forward to welcoming you to our bed and breakfast.
Sandi and Bryan
The Old Vicarage, Barnstaple, North Devon
An excellent b&b in Barnstaple. Lovely helpful hosts in top quality accommodation at a very reasonable rate. Fresh homemade cake was the icing to this delightful place to which we will return one day.
Excellent B&B in the heart of old Barnstaple. Spacious old house with 5* accommodation. Luxurious room and bathroom, shower was terrific! Bryan and Sandi very friendly and welcoming. Location is ideal for SW Coast path walkers as bus station is 5 mins walk away with connections to and from lots of points on the walk from Lynton to Clovelly.
What a lovely place to stay with such caring and attentive hosts, it is apparent that Sandi and Bryan have worked so hard to create the perfect place for people to stay and relax, we had a lovely quiet room with magnificent en-suite facilities in this charming old vicarage. We will most certainly be back.
Stayed for 2 nights and it was perfect from start to finish! Bryan was gardening when we arrived but stopped and carried our bags to the top floor and made us very welcome. The room was lovely – so peaceful looking out over the garden and church tower. We had a room each with bathroom facilities in the middle. The beds were so comfortable and the feather duvet was changed for me without any fuss to a synthetic one due to allergies. Sandi’s cakes were to die for – especially the lemon drizzle! Breakfast was plentiful and cooked to perfection. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this beautiful building and would return without hesitation if in this area again. Special thanks to Bryan who emailed me before we left home advising of a road closure on the route we would be travelling – how many B&B owners offer that service?!!