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The Spinney Bed & Breakfast 

A unique 18th Century Country Guest House in the Heart of North Devon

Enjoying magnificent views across the stunning North Devon landscape, The Spinney Country Guest House in Shirwell, near Barnstaple, offers first class bed and breakfast accommodation.

This charming country house, once the former rectory of Shirwell, is just three miles from the historic market town of Barnstaple in North Devon. The Spinney dates from 1750 and sits in an acre of ground. It has five beautifully appointed rooms and gardens with seating so that guests can appreciate the beauty and tranquillity of its setting. With our newly refurbished comfortable snug lounge with wood burning stove, country garden, and woodland, we offer many little luxury touches to make your stay a memorable one.

Our warm and informal environment in the heart of North Devon is the perfect place to unwind.

The Front Exterior of The Spinney Country Guest House

About us

The Spinney has been around since 1750. Over the years, as you’d expect, it’s seen a few additions and changes. It’s been a rectory for the Arch Deacon of Barnstaple, a hunting lodge, and a family home. In its most recent incarnation, it’s a guest house. Penny & Mick became the proud owners in June 2022 and have taken care in their approach to modernise the business whilst ensuring the history of the property is restored and preserved. 

To protect both the house and the setting we try to run The Spinney in a manner that is as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible. We continue to make commitments that we are sure you will notice when you come to stay.

  • We ensure that all produce comes from local sources
  • We home make breads, biscuits, cakes, jams etc
  • We have a rigourous recyling programme ensuring we seperate all plastics, cardboards, papers, cans etc
  • Low energy light bulbs are in use throughout the property
  • We provide vast information on local public transport options
  • We offer walking routes and cyling information so that our guests can enjoy the countryside in a sustainable way
  • We provide storage for bicycles and other outdoor equipment 

Full english breakfast


At the Spinney we cater for all dietry requirements and offer a wide breakfast selection.


The breakfast room and grapevine at The Spinney Country Guest House


From our luxurious rooms, comfortable guest snug to country gardens, theres a place for everyone to enjoy their stay at The Spinney.


Devon landscape trees, fields and hills under blue sky


With so much to see and do in Devon, our perfect location makes the best base for you to explore Exmoor, Barnstaple, Ilfracombe and many more



We’re located in an idyllic spot with fabulous views over open countryside and beyond to Exmoor. Whilst it has a truly rural feel, it is just a five minute drive to the bustling market town of Barnstaple. This way, you can enjoy the slow calm of the rural idyll, while also not going in want of civilisation. The Spinney is the perfect location to tour and discover the many delights North Devon has to offer.

Our Certifications

AA 4 Star Gues Accomodation Silver Award
AA Breakfast Award Logo
AA COVID-19 Confident Logo
Travelmyth Accomodations in Barnstapple Award Logo