Welcome to Church Cottage Studio

The Studio

Welcome to Church Cottage Studio, an exclusive grown up retreat for couples looking to spend time together. Tucked away down a long sweeping driveway in a peaceful, idyllic corner of Devon – waiting just for you.

Once the photography studio of BAFTA award-winning wildlife cameraman, Maurice Tibbles, this unique hideaway has been recently converted into the perfect place for you to relax and enjoy the tranquility that is sometimes hard to find.

Adjacent to our home (Church Cottage), this tasteful detached studio offers a luxury king size bedroom suite with Tempur mattress, Egyptian cotton sheets and luxurious bedding. Quality En-suite with double rain shower, bathrobes, towels and complimentary bathroom products.

Bespoke kitchenette with hob, microwave/grill and fridge.

Lounge/dining area with HD4 Smart Tv, cosy wood burner, patio doors to private decking area with views towards the wildlife meadows.

Underfloor heating and 24/7 complimentary Wi-Fi broadband.

As classic car enthusiasts, we can also offer scenic routes with traditional picnic hampers for you to explore this beautiful part of the Westcountry in style! Even your cherished classic car or motor bike will receive top class hospitality, in a secure garage with tools and cleaning equipment in readiness for the following day’s adventure.

The Gardens & Grounds

Church Cottage Studio lies next to a pretty listed church, originally dating back to the Norman period.

Set in grounds of 18 acres, this is a special wildlife haven to be enjoyed and explored.

The resident birdlife is a sound to behold; you might even capture a glimpse of the deer in the preserved culm grassland meadow or the elusive otter by the coarse fish lake. Take a leisurely stroll and picnic in the meadow or simply enjoy the views over the attractive garden and fields beyond from the raised balcony, all are there for the taking.  You can even do a spot of fly-fishing with over 2000 yards of fishing for two rods on the River Torridge, a 20 minute walk away.

New for 2017 – Sundowners – enjoy al fresco dining until the sun goes down over the meadow, complete with gas Webber BBQ, indoor & outdoor seating areas.

We love gardening and growing our own vegetables, our garden is your garden, there are no little segregation fences here. We also have a great passion for wildlife and have dedicated some five acres to a culm grassland meadow – The Maurice Tibbles Meadow, which you can see from your private balcony. In keeping with the origins of the Studio, we can provide you with a covert wildlife camera for you to set and capture on film some of our resident creatures both during the day and at night.


Delicious and freshly prepared breakfasts can be served at your leisure for a locally paid charge of £15 per person. Aside from our popular Bed and Breakfast service, the kitchenette provides the option to cook or warm something up for breakfast, lunch or evening meal.

There are so many fabulous local farm shops close by for you to chose some local produce and prepare it yourselves in the studio, allowing more time to relax either on the decking or next to the cosy wood burner.

There are also many characterful friendly Inns serving hearty homemade dishes and local ales, or fine dining restaurants for that special occasion we can recommend to suit all.

Out & About

Life Beyond the Cattle Grid!

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The Bickford Arms 
Brandis Corner 2.4 miles
Our very local pub serving hearty food, just a short drive away

The Torridge Inn  
Black Torrington  4 miles
Lovely food, welcoming local pub. Small but perfectly formed, so best to book!

The Half Moon
Sheepwash 5 miles
A traditional Devon pub with roaring fire set in a quaint partly thatched village

The New Inn
Roborough 16 miles
A 16th cent thatched inn that won the Devon Food & Drink award in 2016 & 2017

The Cornish Arms
Tavistock 30 miles
One of our favourite places to eat when visiting the popular town of Tavistock

The Three Crowns 
Chagford  32 miles
Inglenook fireplaces, stylish Orangery, set in pretty Dartmoor Stannery town of Chagford.

The 40-minute walk between the first two along the Bude canal is well worth doing offering a bite to eat at either end.

The Olive Tree  
Bude 16 miles

The Weir  
Marhamchurch 16 miles

Sandymouth Café
Sandymouth beach 18 miles


Watch the sun go down whilst dining at one of the many popular spots in Bude, such as:

Life’s a Beach 
Bude 16 miles

Bude 16 miles

The Pierhouse
Westward Ho! 18 miles

For that extra special occasion – here are some of our Fine Dining favourites

Hotel Endsleigh
Milton Abbot  25 miles

Chagford 32 miles

Blackberry Farmshop
Milton Damerel 3 miles

Instow 18 miles

Appledore 19 miles

Lifton Farmshop
Lifton 20 miles

Wade bridge 44 miles

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Bude  16 miles

Sandymouth Bay 16 miles

Clovelly 17 miles

Appledore 19 miles

Instow 19 miles

Hartland Quay 19 Miles

Crackington Haven 25 miles

Boscastle 29 miles

Tintagel  34 miles

Dunsland 2 miles
(guided walks available with local ranger)

Sandymouth Bay 16 miles

Lydford Gorge 24 miles

Castle Drogo 32 miles

Arlington Court & Carriage Museum 34 miles

Cotehele 36 miles

Location & Contact Details

Address: Church Cottage, Bradford, Holsworthy, EX22 7AW

Tel: 01409 282 931

Email: Click to email

We are nestled in the Ruby Country, nicely positioned within easy driving distance of the dramatic North Devon coastline and the golden sandy beaches and fishing villages of North Cornwall. In contrast, the magnificent Dartmoor National Park provides superb walking over its many exhilarating Tors, legendary Bronze Age stone circles and stone rows. There are also many cycling opportunities, including the Tarka and Camel trails.

  • 2 miles to the local Inn (Brandis Corner)
  • 4 miles to village shop (Shebbear)
  • 7 miles to supermarket and banking facilities (Holsworthy)
  • 16 miles to Coast (Bude)

Church Cottage Studio

  • 17 miles to Dartmoor’s ancient town with Railway station (Okehampton)
  • 29 miles to popular pannier market town (Tavistock)
  • 40 miles to Exeter city and International airport

Tariff & Availability

From £120 per night. Breakfast Service £15 per person.

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We know that Church Cottage Studio is a very special place to stay, but don’t take just our word for it, our Guests think so too……

Stunning break!

My husband and I stayed in this beautiful studio for two nights. It was wonderful! Everything has been done to such a high standard while retaining it’s charm! It’s been cosy, peaceful, stylish and comfortable! We both slept so well! Paula was a wonderful host and we...

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A perfect Birthday Escape

Having a birthday in the UK at winter-time can be a bit of a damp squib but we have just found our perfect getaway at Church Cottage... I'm not sure how we managed it but the sun shone during the day, the log fire blazed at night and all the birds were amazing to...

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Such a beautiful cottage with stunning surroundings! Certainly the place for a romantic relaxing break, from the cosy wood burner to the wonderful light up decking, and definitely one of the comfiest beds. The extra touches like the binoculars to the wellies to...

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Fantastic studio in a beautiful part of Devon

Had a great stay in Paula and Kevin's studio in a beautiful part of rural Devon. Our only regret is that we only stayed for two nights and wished we could have stayed longer. The location is perfect, set in beautiful rural Devon countryside, but only 30 minutes from...

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Idyllic spot

Great converted photographer's studio and a very warm and welcoming host in Paula. My girlfriend and I had an incredibly relaxing, peaceful time - and we couldn't have been better looked after. From the guest wellies to the tree lights, and the USB fast charger...

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Absolute perfection

A beautiful studio finished to the highest standard in immaculate gardens, overlooking fields and woodland and providing a peaceful retreat if you're lucky enough to stay here. Paula is a fantastic host (those breakfasts are to die for - thanks Paula), we missed...

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Very welcoming

A lovely house surrounded by beautiful grounds. Paula was very welcoming and offered us plenty of suggestions of things to do in the area. The attention to detail in the cottage is brilliant - couldn't recommend it anymore! Matt & Lucy - Aug 2017

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A beautiful Honeymoon experience

Paula made our experience at the cottage amazing. Not only were all services very well taken care of, she went the extra mile in every aspect including giving us an amazing gift for us to remember our experience here. This was the best choice for our honeymoon by my...

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Such a special place to stay

We had such a fantastic and relaxing time at Paula’s place where we felt at home straight away and absolutely enjoyed the beautiful setting of the cottage. The cottage is just perfect with so many clever and luxurious details (lovely bathroom, cosy wood burner,...

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Incredible! A little piece of heaven

The best way to describe Church Cottage is "a little piece of heaven" We read many of the reviews before we went and were sceptical that they could be so positive. However, from the moment you arrive you appreciate that none of them do it justice. If you don't believe...

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Simply wonderful!

We've recently returned from a short break at Church Cottage Studio, and can honestly say we feel incredibly lucky to have found such a hidden gem! From the stunning decor inside the studio to the private BBQ area overlooking Maurice Tibbles Meadow, this idyllic...

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Peaceful bliss in country haven

Church Cottage Studio was everything we had hoped it would be - a peaceful sanctuary from the busyness of life. Paula is the perfect host and has thought of everything to make your stay extra special - the quality of all the fittings is to the highest standard, from...

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