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.

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 are available and can be served at your leisure (please enquire at time of booking). 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 Molesworth Arms 
Pyworthy  9 miles
All the character and cosiness of a historic old pub (check opening times)

The Bull and Dragon
Meeth 12 miles
15th Century thatched pub serving great food run by a lovely couple

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.

Download directions to Church Cottage

  • 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 £95 per night

Breakfast Service from £10pp

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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……

April 2019 – Wish we could have stayed longer!

My partner and I spent our Easter long weekend at Church Cottage and it was one of the best trips we've had! The cottage is lovely and beautifully appointed, with a gorgeous view from the deck - loved to sit on it while having the yummy breakfasts and listening to the...

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April 2019 – Peaceful & Welcoming

What a fantastic spot, deep in the Devon countryside with only birdsong as background noise. Paula and Kevin are the perfect hosts and the Studio is the perfect retreat. With everything you need in the little kitchenette, a double rainfall shower and a beautiful view...

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March 2019 – A perfect weekend stay

This is by far the best Airbnb accommodation we have ever stayed in! Our expectations were high from the description and photos on the web nut nothing had prepared us for the wonderful setting. Nestled to the side of beautiful formal gardens, the views from the studio...

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December 2018 – Cosy Christmas

We only had a few days to see parts of Devon and Cornwall on Christmas holiday period. Having a car this place was suitable to see both and enjoy the beaches, parks and nature without much driving around. I would advise people to stay as long as the possibly can and...

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October 2018 – Perfect Mother/Daughter getaway

We had a perfect mother and daughter stay at Paulas place. The studio is a lovely rural retreat tucked away in a peaceful part of Devon -perfect for 'getting away from it all' and immersing yourself in nature. The accommodation exceeded our expectations -the finish is...

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September 2018 – A slice of British paradise

What a perfect weekend getaway. Paula made us welcome from the minute we pulled onto the drive of her beautiful place to the minute we left . The studio is immaculate, both in terms of cleanliness and attention to detail. She is full of local knowledge and recommended...

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September 2018 – Just perfect and so romantic

We were so excited to leave the motorway, loved the drive in the picturesque countryside. We were greeted by Paula's friendly neighbours first, before we took the right turn to the cottage. Paula is lovely, easy to talk to and always accompanied by friendly Breeze,...

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September 2018 – Idyllic

Our second visit this year and just as wonderful as our first-such a lovely place to relax and unwind, as soon as pull up-you feel so at ease. Paula is such a wonderful host,who has such an extensive knowledge of the area and places to visit. The breakfasts are so...

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August 2018 – Whatever the weather

Hidden in the beautiful Devon countryside is the brilliant studio overlooking pastures and meadow. We sat on the balcony most evenings and were greeted with the presence of Deer , sheep, horses, pheasants, squirrels and Paula and Kevin’s friendly dog. There are also...

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August 2018 – Peaceful location

The studio is in a very quiet, peaceful location with beautiful surroundings and even has its own meadow filled with wildlife to walk around. The studio itself is very stylish and well maintained, Paula and Kevin have an eye for detail and take every care to ensure...

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July 2018 – Beautiful Retreat

This was our second visit to the Studio and we cannot praise this beautiful retreat highly enough. The studio is furnished exquisitely and the attention to detail five star. Looking out from the private decking surrounded by beautiful meadows and woodland the views,...

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June 2018 – The Great Escape

What an absolute hidden gem of a holiday location. Hidden is right, it’s nestled in the depths of the West Devon Countryside and you couldn’t feel more secluded if you were on a deserted island with a volleyball! The studio accommodation is beautifully furnished and...

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