The Spinney is an 18th-century country house just 9 minutes' drive from Barnstaple town center. It is located in the heart of North Devon, just 7 miles from Exmoor National Park. Free Wi-Fi and free onsite parking are available, as well as a large garden, conservatory and a lounge with a wood burning stove.

A flat-screen TV and bathrobes are provided in each room at The Spinney, as well as countryside views. Every room has a private bathroom.

Local farm sausages are included with the full English breakfast, and home-baked bread with a selection of home-made preserves and marmalade are often available.

The seaside resort of Ilfracombe is only a 25-minute drive away. Croyde Beach is a 20-minute drive, and is famous for its surfing.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 8.7 for a two-person trip.

The Spinney has been welcoming guests since Jan 31, 2012

Property Highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (8.7)

Want a great night's sleep? This property was highly rated for its very comfy beds.

Breakfast Info

Continental, Full English/Irish, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, Buffet

Free Private Parking Available On Site


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Travel Sustainable property
Travel Sustainable property
This property is part of the Travel Sustainable program, which means it’s taken significant steps to make your stay more sustainable.

4 reasons to choose The Spinney

  • Prices you can't beat!
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  • The staff speaks English
Property questions and answers
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  • There is mention of a private external bathroom for a King size room and no mention of bathrooms for the other rooms. Please clarify.
    All the other rooms have an en-suite shower room. The private external bathroom is along a corridor from the King size room however there is also a si...
    Answered on February 26, 2020
  • The offer shown mentions, includes free Continental breakfast, does this mean other breakfasts full english etc are not included in that offer.
    Full English is one of the items included.
    Answered on July 28, 2022
  • Mobility issues with stairs is this room ground level or accessible?
    All rooms are on the first floor. It is an old house and are accessed by stairs.
    Answered on May 5, 2022
  • Do you offer vegan or vegetarian faux meat substitute sausages and/or bacon for breakfast ie: "This isn't bacon" Linda McCartney, Quorn etc.?
    I prefer not to, although I will if requested. The vegetarian dishes in my menu are vegetarian not faux meat.
    Answered on March 4, 2020
  • Do you allow small dogs?
    No, we do not allow dogs in the guest house.
    Answered on September 3, 2019
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Hosted by Jo and David Clark

Host Review Score

Jo and David Clark
The Spinney is a beautiful old property with many original features, it has a warm and calm atmosphere where we encourage our guests to unwind and relax. For David and I it is an ongoing labour of love and we work continuously to ensure our guests comfort and we are always looking for ways to enhance our guests experience. We have held an AA4 star Gold award since 2012. The Spinney has in 2017 been awarded the much coveted AA Egg cup award in recognition of the high standard of breakfast using the best of local produce and providing many home baked items including bread and marmalade
David and I love what we do, my love is baking and experimenting with new recipes for breads, jams and marmalades breakfast cereals cakes and pastries (So whilst we have a delicious tried and tested menu for breakfast keep an eye out for the specials board!) When I am not baking and looking after our guests I love to be walking through our amazing Devon countryside and on our beautiful beaches with David and our dog Honey an elderly Lurcher who likes to take life slowly and is like the rest of us at The Spinney chilled and relaxed! David is the gardener and spends many hours looking after the lawns and grounds but he is also an accomplished campanologist and rings for the local church, and he enjoys his practice sessions with the guys every week.
Shirwell is a small peaceful hamlet, of houses, with a village hall and a church set in the beautiful North Devon countryside we enjoy amazing views and walks from the door. The people of Shirwell are like most in North Devon relaxed warm and friendly. We are a short drive from our lovely local pub which provides lovely food and just a few minutes drive from the bustling town of Barnstaple.
Language spoken: English
Amenities of The Spinney
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Bathrobe
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Linens
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Alarm clock
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Garden
  • Electric kettle
  • Refrigerator
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Badminton equipment
  • Horseback riding Off-site Additional charge
  • Cycling Off-site
  • Hiking Off-site
  • Windsurfing Off-site
  • Fishing Off-site
Living Area
  • Sitting area
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Satellite channels
  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • Radio
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Special diet meals (on request)
  • Tea/Coffee maker
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Accessible parking
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Baggage storage
  • Packed lunches
  • Wake-up service/Alarm clock
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Board games/Puzzles
  • Books, DVDs or music for children
  • Board games/puzzles
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Smoke alarms
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Smoke-free property
  • Heating
  • Carpeted
  • Fan
  • Ironing facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
Languages Spoken
  • English

House rules The Spinney takes special requests – add in the next step!


4:00 PM - 8:00 PM


8:00 AM - 10:30 AM


Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children over 10 are welcome.

Children 18 and above are considered adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

Crib and extra bed policies

There's no capacity for cribs at this property.

This property doesn't offer extra beds.

Age restriction

No age restriction for check-in. (Only children 10 and up are allowed)

Maestro Mastercard Visa Solo Diners Club American Express The Spinney accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.


Smoking is not allowed.


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print

The only room where an extra bed can be accommodated is in the Premier Double Room.

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Please inform The Spinney of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.

FAQs about The Spinney

  • The prices at The Spinney may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • The Spinney offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Fishing
    • Windsurfing
    • Horseback riding
    • Badminton equipment

  • The Spinney is 3.1 miles from the center of Barnstaple.

  • Room options at The Spinney include:

    • Double
    • Twin

  • Check-in at The Spinney is from 4:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:30 AM.

  • Guests staying at The Spinney can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 9.8).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Continental
    • Full English/Irish
    • Vegetarian
    • Vegan
    • Gluten-free
    • Buffet
    • À la carte

  • From the nearest airport, you can get to The Spinney by:

    • Car 2h