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Kirstie Allsopp's rural retreat available for rent

By This is Exeter  |  Posted: April 24, 2009

  • FOR RENT: Kirstie Allsopp's Welcombe property.

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THE North Devon home belonging to TV property show presenter Kirstie Allsopp is now available to rent — at a cost of £2,000 a week.

Ms Allsopp is showcasing her Welcombe home in a new Channel Four programme, Kirstie's Homemade Home, which launched last Thursday.

She bought a farmhouse in the rural village last year and has renovated it using skills she has learnt from local craftspeople.

The house, Meadowgate, is now available for holiday lets through West Country cottage specialists, Helpful Holidays.

No-one had lived in the house for 37 years when Ms Allsopp bought it and set about transforming it on a shoestring budget, scouring local second-hand shops, salvage yards and auction houses to furnish the entire property for just £23,000.

During the six months it took to do up the house, Ms Allsopp also learnt 18 different crafts, many of them from people in the West Country, and made the most of local facilities.

Helpful Holidays describes Meadowgate as a large, totally secluded detached property, half-a-mile from Welcombe Mouth beach surrounded by meadows and woods in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

It is midway between Hartland and Bude with a pub and shop within a mile in the hamlet of Welcombe.

The farmhouse sleeps 12, boasting five bedrooms and three bathrooms.

The interior is described as full of colour, fun and family comfort with wood, slate or tiled floors and under-floor heating. There is an open fire, kids' playroom with television, toys and games and a large kitchen/dining room with a six-oven electric Aga and old dresser, table tennis in the garage, an external warm shower and broadband.

Prices rise to £2,500 during the school summer holidays and £3,000 in December. For more information visit www.helpfulholidays.com

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  • BillyGee  |  June 22 2011, 10:15PM

    Well Kirstys next door neighbour has been running a profitable kinky B&B for over ten years complete with purpose built dungeon - although heard a whisper in Kilkhampton today that the kinky place is up for sale and there is already an offer in from a bunch of dominant women to turn it into a 'slave ranch'. Can't wait to see what channel 4 programme comes out of that - perhaps Kirsty could rebrand as Mistress Allstrop and get involved!

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    old fart @ play, Barum  |  May 07 2011, 1:17PM

    Hi Dave on Exmoor, Do you mean me? Love you website.

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    Ian, Hartland  |  May 06 2011, 5:48PM

    What's with the hostility? I couldn't care less if Kirsty has a house here or not, I'm not in the least bothered, good for her, why such aggressive feelings?

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    Will, North Devon  |  May 06 2011, 8:50AM

    Stop giving her free advertising. £2000 a week! Lots of families in Devon do not earn that in a month.

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    cockney w**kah, Landan  |  May 05 2011, 1:59PM

    Cor blimey you carrot crunchers are sore! I'd pay ole Kirsty 3 or 4 bagsosand for that drum, mind you I,m loaded !. Lavly.

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    stuart, devon  |  May 05 2011, 12:09PM

    it,s ok it will be rented out to a family of 12 afghan asylum seekers within a month at our expense

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    jack, England  |  May 04 2011, 7:42PM

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.43822799726.51074.512344726&l=521ec0d391 picture gallery of previous occupation of the house. More pics available upon request

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    Curious, Around  |  April 28 2009, 4:59PM

    First of all, the market will determine whether this pays off. I would think it quite difficult especially now to find enough knobs to rent at that rate. I do have a question though - the website for renting the place shows a number of bedrooms and beds, but it only totals 9. The ad says it sleeps 12. I wouldnt want to be one of those stuck sleeping on a settee at that price.

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    fed up, bideford  |  April 26 2009, 9:13PM

    bloody disgrace we got enough home counties yobs here already.keep devon for devonians

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    michael Moore, United Kingdom  |  April 26 2009, 9:12AM

    I stayed at Meadowgate from 1951 until 1960 and again in 1963 and knew Mrs Bond, Mrs Conway and her son David well. I was saddened when I returned to to area in 1997 to find it derelict with trees growing through the windows. I returned again this Easter and was so pleased to see that it had been restored although the bit on the end where the garages used to be is not in keeping with the rest of the building. I love the programme and as we move through the house it brings back many happy memories. I do wonder if renting it out will be a success as there are so many litle ornaments etc around that breakages are going tobe unavoidable. the valley itself is very remote with only 3 other properties and a farm within half a mile, the access road are very narrow and passing places almost non existant. People carriers and 4X4 owners be warned.

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