• The Elmfield, big party house hire with heated pool in North Devon

    Call 01271 863 377

    The Elmfield, a boutique style 9 bedroom self catering big house

    with all year round heated swimming pool in Ilfracombe North Devon

    If you're looking for a lovely big self catering party house to bring together friends and family for a special occasion by the sea like a birthday celebration, wedding or seasonal get together The Elmfield in Ilfracombe North Devon is ideal. Have a look here at our newly created video tour.


    The Elmfield large private house for hire is open all year round, the accommodation sleeps 20 and is in a lovely Victorian villa, where contemporary boutique styling comes with a classic twist and a friendly family atmosphere just an 8 minute walk to the sea.


    The Elmfield offers an ideal base for your North Devon visit, there is an all year round heated indoor swimming pool located in a covered pool house in a terraced garden, your own bar and a childrens play room.


    We are Located 10 minutes from Ilfracombes stunning harbour, where Damian Hirsts impressive Verity, dominates, and local restaurants offer exceptional gastronomical treats.

    We are also just a few minutes walk from the famous tunnels beaches and wedding venue


    Call us on 01271 863 377 for the best deals!


    Have a look at whats happening in the harbour with the webcam





  • Elmfield large party house rates

    for bookings 2020

    Ilfracombe Harbour

    Elmfield High Season Rates 2020

    May - September

    (Excluding School holidays)

    Monday to Friday (4 nights) : £3500


    Friday to Monday (3 nights) : £3000


    Friday to Friday (7 nights) : £5000


    Midweek 1 extra night : £1000


    Please note: There is a minimum stay

    of 7 nights in school holidays


    Christmas Week and new year week £5500 Each.

    Woolacombe Beach Huts

    Elmfield Low Season Rates 2020

    Jan-April & October-December

    (Excluding School holidays)

    Monday to Friday (4 nights) : £2750


    Friday to Monday (3 nights) : £2500


    Friday to Friday (7 nights) : £3500

    October Half Term (7 Nights) : £4000

    Midweek 1 extra night : £750


    Please note: There is a minimum stay

    of 7 nights in school holidays


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  • Elmfield Video Tour

    Take a look and enjoy our November tour of The Elmfield!

    The Elmfield November Video Tour

    This is a brief walk around of all the rooms and communal areas including the bar, the heated pool and the carpark. Please get in touch if you need further details or if we have missed anything.

  • Glasses of Apple Cider


    November already?

    One of our favourite things to do this time of year is to blow away the cobwebs with a refreshing cliff top walk along the coast path to Lee Bay. Nestled in this stunning wooded valley is a regular haunt of ours The Grampus Inn​ with its real log fire, warm welcome and excellent local beers and ciders including Zoe's Favourite, Poundhouse Crisp from local brewery Sam's Cider​.


    Coming up for bonfire night what better way to warm the cockles than with a classic West Country mulled cider.


    Heres a tried and trusted recipe.

    • 1½ l dry cider
    • 7 tbsp Calvados
    • 400ml apple juice
    • 75g dark brown sugar
    • zest 1 orange, pared into strips
    • 4 whole cloves
    • 2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
    • 1 tbsp allspice berries


    Pour the cider, Calvados, apple juice and sugar into a large saucepan, and gently heat to mull.
    Add the orange zest and spices, bring to a simmer, then turn down and keep on a low heat for 20-30 mins. Ladle into glass mugs to serve.

    (Recipe from BBC Good Food)


    Eggnog Crème Brûlée What could be more festive than Egg Nog? Personally I'm off to do this right now.
    This recipe is from the New York Times


    • 8 large egg yolks
    • ½ cup/101 grams granulated sugar, plus up to 1/2 cup/101 grams for sprinkling
    • ¾ teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
    • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
    • 2 cups heavy cream
    • 1 cup whole milk
    • 1 tablespoon bourbon
    1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Put 8 shallow 4-ounce crème brûlée dishes in a large roasting pan. Bring a kettle of water to a boil.
    2. Meanwhile, in an 8-cup glass measuring cup (or large bowl), whisk together egg yolks, 1/2 cup/101 grams sugar, nutmeg and salt. Whisk in heavy cream, milk and bourbon. Divide mixture carefully among crème brûlée dishes. Transfer roasting pan to the oven.
    3. Very carefully pour the boiling water into the roasting pan to come halfway up the sides of the crème brûlée dishes. Bake until the edges of the custard are set but jiggle in the center, 25 to 30 minutes, taking care not to overcook.
    4. With a spatula or tongs, carefully transfer the dishes to a rack to cool completely. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 2 days.
    5. Just before serving, remove the plastic wrap and sprinkle one of the custards evenly with 2 to 3 teaspoons sugar. Pass a kitchen torch over the surface until the sugar melts and turns a deep golden brown. Repeat with the remaining custards. Allow the sugar to cool for a few minutes.


    Who doesn't love a hot soup? Cock-a-leekie soup
    Serves: 12

    • 1.75kg (4 lb) chicken thighs
    • 2.5L (4 pints) water
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 50g (2 oz) pearl barley
    • 275ml (10 fl oz) chicken stock
    • 7 leeks, sliced
    • 2 sticks celery, sliced
    • 1 sprig fresh thyme, leaves chopped
    • small handful chopped fresh parsley
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1. In a large pot over high heat, combine the chicken, water, onion and pearl barley. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour. Remove chicken, discard the bones and skin, chop meat into bite size pieces and return to the pot.
    2. Add the chicken stock, leeks, celery, thyme leaves, parsley, salt and pepper. Simmer for 30 more minutes, or until all vegetables are tender.


    Its Bluebell season in sunny Devon and those people over at Devon Life have published a list of the seven best Bluebell walks in Devon.

    What are you waiting for?





    Its wild Garlic time in North Devon! If you are lucky enough to find some you could do worse than make some wild garlic pesto as we have been this weekend.

    • 100g fresh wild garlic leaves
    • 50g parmesan cheese
    • 50g toasted pine nuts
    • 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
    • lemon juice
    • salt and Pepper

    Blitz the ingredients in a food processor for a couple of seconds et voila!!
    Add in salt, pepper, and lemon juice to taste.


    Its that time of year when we have more brides than we know what to do with at one of the fantastic local wedding venues such as the Tunnels Beaches.


    Obviously you need the perfect drink for the occasion and that would be an Aperol spritz


    Its always best to use a big balloon wine/gin Glass.


    Fill the glasses generously with ice cubes.

    First pour three parts of Prosecco (75ml) over the ice.

    Then, pour three parts Aperol (50ml) into each glass in a circular movement.

    Finish with a dash of soda (25ml)

    Garnish with a slice of orange.


    Its absolutely that time of year to be getting creative with the Gin. Here is a fabulous recipe for Earl Grey infused Gin from our favourite Gin Blogger The Gin Queen



    500ml gin

    4 tbsp of loose leaf earl grey tea



    Pour the gin into a jar and then stir in the loose leaf tea. Leave for 3-4 hours.


    Go to the Gin Queen site for serving suggestions and further recipes.......Gin


    So we are in full holiday swing in town which obviously means that everyones attention turns to breakfast. We have just discovered making your own hash browns is super easy and super tasty. Here's how!



    2 russet potatoes, peeled​

    3 tablespoons melted butter

    ​salt and ground black pepper to taste

    ​1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste

    ​1 pinch paprika, or to taste


    1. Shred potatoes into a large bowl filled with cold water. Stir until water is cloudy, drain, and cover potatoes again with fresh cold water. Stir again to dissolve excess starch. Drain potatoes well, pat dry with paper towels, and squeeze out any excess moisture.
    2. Heat melted butter in a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Sprinkle shredded potatoes into the hot butter and season with salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and paprika.
    3. Cook potatoes until a brown crust forms on the bottom, about 5 minutes. Continue to cook and stir until potatoes are browned all over, about 5 more minutes.




    It's Blackberry time! Theres something really satisfying about going on a lovely long walk and returning home with a bag of juicy, fruity treasures. Heres one of our family favourite recipes, a delicious blackberry and apple pie.

    • 175g plain flour
    • pinch salt
    • 100g butter
    • 25g caster sugar
    • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
    • 1 egg yolk
    • milk to moisten and glaze
    • 300g cooking apple, peeled, cored and sliced (use Bramley's if possible)
    • 225g freshly blackberry
    • caster sugar, to taste


    Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Cut the butter into small pieces and rub in until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

    1. Mix in the sugar, lemon zest, egg yolk and a splash of milk to form a dough. Knead the dough lightly.

    2. Spoon the apples and blackberries into a shallow 1.2ltr/900ml dish, then sprinkle over sugar to taste.

    3. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface, large enough to cover the pie. Place the pastry over the filled pie dish, then seal and flute the edges. Glaze the top of the pie with a little milk, then bake for 40-45 mins until golden.



    Its Rocktober!!


    Time to make this rather lovely Prosecco Cocktail courtesy of My diary of us



    • 2 Plums
    • 6 Thyme Sprigs
    • Juice from one Lemon
    • 4 Tbsp. Thyme Simple Syrup (1/2 Cup of Sugar, 1/2 Cup of Water, bring to a boil, remove from heat, add thyme sprigs, stir, and let cool.  Chill until ready to use.)
    • 1 Bottle of Prosecco or your favorite bubbly 


    • Peel and chop 2 plums.  
    • Muddle the plums with the thyme simple syrup and lemon juice until all of the plum juices have been released.  (You can also muddle right in the glass if you prefer to have bits of fruit in your cocktail!)
    • Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker.
    • Pour over crushed ice evenly between two glasses.
    • Top off with prosecco and garnish with extra plum slices and thyme sprigs. 
    • Serve immediately.

  • Where to find the Elmfield large holiday house

    Detailed Local Map of Where to FindThe Elmfield in Torrs Park on Arrival In Ilfracombe

    Directions to the Elmfield


    From Barnstaple (A361): On entering Ilfracombe at the first set of traffic lights turn left towards sea front, then at the next set of traffic lights turn left and left again.

    This brings you into Torrs Park. Proceed up the hill, and we are located at the top. There are two approaches to the Hotel, one is opposite Norbury House the second is opposite Upper Torrs.

    From Combe Martin (A399): At the second set of traffic lights in Ilfracombe High Street turn right into Northfield Road. At the next set of traffic lights go straight across and immediately turn left into Torrs Park.
    We are at the top of the hill on the left. There are two approaches to the Hotel, one is opposite Norbury House the second is opposite Upper Torrs.
    contact us
    Zoë & Matt
    The Elmfield
    Torrs Park
    North Devon
    EX34 8AZ
    t. +44 (0)1271 863 377

    m. +44(0)7703105028
    e. info@theelmfield.com

    w. http://www.theelmfield.com


  • Get in touch with the Elmfield large holiday house

    If you're interested in hiring The Elmfield Ilfracombe for your self catering big house break please

    Call us on 01271 863377


    Alternatively use the form below but pleaser include your phone number in the message we will call you as sometimes our mails get caught in spam filters.

    We book up fast so please make sure you let us know if you have alternative dates in mind.

  • Ilfracombe and North Devon local attractions and places to eat and drink near the Elmfield

    Some of our favourite things to do in and around Ilfracombe:


    Natural Beauty:
    Tunnels Beaches - A firm favourite with our littluns

    RHS Rosemoor - Nestled in a Devon valley, Rosemoor blends formal and informal plantings to magical effect.
    Woolacombe - Superb Golden Beach
    Croyde - The Best Surf Beach In North Devon
    Exmoor - Home of the Famous Ponies and Spectacular Scenery
    Lundy - This Daytrip is a must, from Ilfracombe Harbour.
    Ilfracombe Princess - Fantastic short coastal excursions
    North Devons Biosphere Reserve - Learn more about North Devons Biosphere Reserve

    Kids/Big Kids:
    Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur park - A great day out for all
    The Milky Way - Great rides!
    The Big Sheep - Probably the country's only theme park based on sheep!


    Blakewell Fish Farm - A firm favourite, you can feed the fish and buy superb smoked trout and other local produce.

    Coasteering - Coasteering is an adventure activity that includes short sections of traversing around sea cliffs close to the water as well as short swims and lots of jumps from the cliffs into the sea. Jumps can be from as low as one foot up to 20 feet!
    Golf - this area is renowned for its golf courses.

    Ilfracombe Aquarium - Always a hit with the kids, the local aquarium is packed with information on the local sea creatures and has displays and a touch pool to get right up close to our sea dwelling friends.

    Keypitts Stables and Quads - This is where we are learning to ride horses, they have lessons and rides for all levels.

    North Devon Shooting Ground - Family friendly, they welcome all levels and abilities, clay pigeon shooting near Ilfracombe.

    North Devon Wake Park - North Devon Wake Park boasts a stunning lake with all the trimmings. It doesn't matter if you have never wakeboarded before, they will get you started.

    Survival Paintball And Airsoft - A 35 minute drive, a great full day out for the more energetic amongst you

    Sea Kayaking at Lundy - Great Adventure

    Tarka Trail Bike Hire - Time to get active along the mainly flat Tarka Trail
    Torrs walk to Lee and more - there are many superb walks straight from our front door

    There are plenty of places to surf for the beginner right up to the most advanced professional at - Woolacombe, Combesgate, Croyde, Saunton, Putsborough and Westward ho!
    Nick Thorn Surf School - Nick Thorn Surf Coaching is a Putsborough based surf school offering Level 4 Master Surf Coach surf sessions for beginners, intermediate and advanced surf development. The sessions are fun and safe for all people from 6-80 years of age. They also offer Stand Up Paddle boarding, Coasteering, Junior Lifeguard and Lifeguard training specific sessions.
    Magic seaweed Woolacombe website 


    Broomhill art centre - Lots of sculpture plus a great restaurant and Jazz
    Landmark Theatre - Our local Theatre a short walk away.
    Chambercombe Manor - As featured on TV, a very haunted place indeed.
    The Plough Arts Centre - Music, Cinema, Drama, its all here


    There are some superb restaurants to discover in and around Ilfracombe all personally sampled by your intrepid hosts for research purposes obviously!

    Some of our favourites alphabetically are:


    The Antidote - Fantastic wine bar with superb food right here in town! winners of a Michelin bib gourmand

    Bar Electric - Bar Electric is an independent café, bar and restaurant boasting fantastic views from the sun terrace of the world renowned beaches of Woolacombe in North Devon.The bar has a relaxed atmosphere accentuated by funky décor and furniture, great music, surf movies on loop.

    Blue Groove - Great Bistro menu situated in the surf town of Croyde.

    Chocolate Emporium - Our very own bespoke chocolate shop.

    Emperors Court - Our favourite quality Chinese restaurant on the high street.

    Espresso Seafood - Perfect for a sunny day, Helen and Harvey serve up the best sea food in town (closed October-Easter).

    Giovanni & Lucas - Large family run Italian restaurant near the seafront.

    Hunters inn - Great walks should always end up at a great pub and the Hunters Inn is just such a pub with a superb Pub Menu

    Ilfracombe Tandoori - Very local Bangladeshi/Indian.

    Lyn Bay Fish and chips - Amazing fish and chips every time from these guys, they even deliver!

    Monty's Caribbean Kitchen - Monty's Caribbean Kitchen is a family run business, first started up by husband and wife team Patrick and Angelina Montague in 2014. Patrick is originally from Jamaica and grew up enjoying the good food and sunny skies of the Caribbean. Our family love it.

    Noel Corston - Fine dining in Woolacombe (book ahead).

    The Red Barn - Large surf inspired bar in Woolacombe with superb sea views and a great basic menu.

    Relish Brasserie Ilfracombe - Fantastic Fish, Pizzas and Burgers.

    The Rock Inn Georgeham - Superb Gastro Pub about 15 minutes drive.

    Settantanove - Marvellous fresh pizzas made by our good friend Omar.

    71 - Tasty Modern European great value.

    Siam Bistro - Our closest and best Thai Restaurant in Braunton 15 mins by car.

    SQ - Traditional sumptuous restaurant in Braunton with a superb bar.

    Squiers - Superb fish and chip restaurant in Braunton, a favourite of Damien Hirst and John Major.

    Thomas Carr - Recently awarded a Michelin star in the 2017 Michelin Guide, Thomas Carr has the Olive Room on Fore Street. They believe that fine dining is best enjoyed in a relaxed and unpretentious environment.

    Waterside Diner - A hidden gem with a lovely view that we discovered whilst walking along the Tarka trail to Barnstaple.



    Annie and the Flint - Wonderful coffee and excellent for gluten free (and non gluten free) treats.

    Costa Coffee - You May have heard of these, this new store is a fabulous addition to the high street.



    Pubs and bars:

    Admiral Collingwood Wetherspoons - A spectacular award winning design with a lovely sea view terrace and the usual great prices on a wide range of food and drinks, very popular with visiting families.

    George and Dragon - Traditional pub on Fore Street with great pub food and often a quiz on Tuesdays.

    Grampus - A spectacular cliff top walk from the Elmfield takes you to the Grampus in Lee Bay, check listings for traditional live music and open mic nights.

    The Hip and Pistol - Traditional and vegan food, Big screen Sports.

    The Thatched Inn - Traditional pub with great food situated on the road out of Ilfracombe towards Combe Martin, superb Sunday dinners.



    We have some wonderful caterers in town who can handle parties of any size and who have great feedback from previous guests.


    The Deli - Lisa and her team have catered for all kinds of indoor and out door events here and in the local vicinity

    Tommy g - With over 15 years experience in the catering trade, Tommy G's Catering & Events offers bespoke menu design for all Weddings, parties, functions & Events.

    GT Ales - Superb ales either by the bottle or in the barrel, delivered to your very own bar


    Food News for North Devon:
    A Taste of The West - A great website for foodie adventurers
    Food Magazine - for local Foodie News
    Sharpham Wines - Fantastic local wines and cheeses


    Local Wedding Information


    The Elmfield is a perfect venue for wedding accommodation. Hiring the whole house gives you complete flexibility over your day.


    When you hire the Elmfield as your wedding accommodation you have complete freedom in how you choose to cater for your guests. We are more than happy to help you plan your day and put you in touch with excellent local suppliers or you can go full self catering.


    Wedding Essentials:

    Dejeuny Flowers - Jane Fultons wonderful floral creations are very popular with our brides

    Jo Kift Makeup - Beautiful wedding makeup and hair from Jo Kift

    Tunnels beaches - An amazing wedding venue, featured often on TV has to be seen to be believed

    South West Event Hire - A huge range of furniture and bar essentials for wedding parties

    Sweet William Flowers - Another great florist from Ilfracombe

    The Deli - They can organise an excellent afternoon tea and staff for the day

    Indigo Perspective - Jon Malyn Photographer, responsible for many of our website pictures

    Twisty Focus - Mike Atkinson Photography Barnstaple

    Shine - Hair and Make-up Ilfracombe (Rosie and team)


    Halflight - band acoustic duo from Bristol

    Georgia and John - Acoustic duo - play in the pier in Ilfracombe, live locally - no website, Georgia's mobile number is 07964 240946. These two are brilliant


  • About Us

    Ted, Matt, Harvey and Zoe owners of the Elmfield

    The Elmfield Story so far......

    About the owners

    Zoe, Matt, Harvey and Ted moved to the Elmfield from London in 2007 taking over an already successful Bed and Breakfast business. We ran the House as a Bed and Breakfast until 2015 getting great reviews and many trip advisor certificates of excellence. One Christmas we needed to be away and put the house up for hire as a big holiday house.


    We left the booking system live to see what the demand would be and the house started to fill up for the rest of the year. On reflection, we decided that a big holiday house is the kind of holiday we would choose for ourselves and friends and family so we changed the business to what it is today.

    The Elmfield Big Holiday House with heated pool  Ilfracombe

    About the House

    The Elmfield started life in the late 1800's as a purpose built gentlemens residence covering a large area with an orangery and a market garden. During the second world war the Elmfield was used as a school for evacuated Londoners, we even had a gentleman visit us reminiscing about escaping the school and heading off back to London along the railway tracks aged 7.


    The architecture and superb sea views made the town a firm tourist favourite from the Victorian era onwards with a number of royal visits.


    The Elmfield became a hotel in the 60's during another boom time for Ilfracombe. The railway, since removed, still ran into Ilfracombe from London ending up across the valley from the house. There are stories of fold out beds being laid out in the dining room just to accommodate the sheer numbers of guests visiting the town during this period.

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  • Plastic Free North Devon

    At The Elmfield we are happy to support the Plastic Free North Devon Campaign

    Plastic Free North Devon Logo

    Let's Clean Up Devon!

    Plastic Free North Devon is a local environmental movement started by volunteers who want to reduce the impact of plastic pollution on the environment in North Devon and beyond. Working with local councils, community groups, businesses, schools, residents and visitors, they aim to:


    • Raise awareness of the issue
    • Reduce the amount of plastic consumed
    • Clear waste plastic from the environment
    • Ensure that it is recycled or disposed of appropriately.


    You can find further information here