Cottage industry: Kirstie Allsopp to rent out her Homemade Home in rural Devon for up to £3,500 a week

When it comes to finding the best place for a beach holiday in the South West, Kirstie Allsopp’s classic country cottage in Devon could be just the thing you need...

You'd expect Kirstie Allsopp's country pile to be pretty close to perfect and you wouldn't be far wrong!

Meadowgate in Welcome Mouth Bay (yes really) in North Devon, once a battered old farmhouse in a state of disrepair, stood empty for 38 years before Kirstie swooped in and turned it into a home fit for a makeover show.

The holiday home is let through firm Classic Cottages, who say they have had reservations for the retreat two years in advance. Wowzers!

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One of the country's most famous homemakers, known for her love of arts and crafts, Kirstie has opened the doors to the home she made famous in the show Kirstie's Homemade Home.

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From the lovingly homemade spreads strewn around the house, to the salvaged furniture and chintzy tableware - the Location, Location, Location star's taste on and off screen
appears to remain the same.

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Her current show, Kirstie's Fill Your House For Free, advocates reusing and repurposing items and, true to her word, it's an ethos she has kept alive throughout Meadowgate, with its mismatched crockery and thrown-together feel.

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The sprawling six-bedroom property (Kirstie calls it a cottage) can sleep up to 14 and fetches £3,402-a-week during the peak summer holiday period. Despair not, though. In less busy months you can snap it up for as little as £1,875.

Visitors to Meadowgate can enjoy Sky television and parking for four cars, but while dogs are more than welcome, smokers are most certainly not! You better stub that ciggie out at the door then.

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What's more, if you're looking for a bit of privacy, it's right off the beaten track so you won't be bothered by the tourist hordes - although it's a five mile trek to the shop. Yikes!

So, if you fancy catching the summer rays in a piece of TV memorabilia, then you might want to cancel the flights to Benidorm and head down to this Devonshire bolthole instead.

Meadowgate is available for hire through Classic Cottages.

Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.