Residential Care Home

A Care Home With a Difference

A care home situated near Westward Ho! in North Devon, Heron’s Lea is a large detached home built in 1924.
Situated in three acres of beautifully tended gardens and lawn areas able to accommodate 20

"Heron’s Lea is a family owned and managed Residential Care Home with a genuine warm and happy atmosphere located in Westward Ho!, North Devon. Our aim is to enhance our older clients’ quality of life in their latter years by providing individual care to a very high standard, and to ensure they feel their privacy, dignity and personal choice is maintained as far as possible."

Heron's Lea Residential Care Home


Our residential care home has an excellent selection of spacious rooms, all superbly decorated in ‘homely’ designs with bright colours and fittings. The rooms are all fitted with television points, WIFI Internet, alarm call points and a fully addressable fire alarm system installed in March 2019. Ten bedrooms have en-suite facilities and the remaining nine all have wash basins. We can also offer respite care for your loved ones.

We pride ourselves on providing high quality furnishings and fabrics to ensure an easy transition from
‘home to home’. Personal treasured belongings are welcomed as we respect that these are extremely
important when settling into a new home. 


Here at Herons Lea, we have two beautiful large lounges, both with wide screen TV’s and reading areas. We have three modern unisex wet rooms / shower rooms and three unisex toilets throughout the property. We use specially adapted disabled equipment including mobile hoists for immobility. We  also have chair lifts to reach the first floor. 

Medical Centres & religious services

You can register with a choice of Practices: Northam, Wooda Surgery or Bideford which all provide us with an excellent level of care and commitment. We have District nurses, G.P.’s etc call on a regular basis (as and when required). Clergy of all religions are welcome to visit. 

Treatment room

A treatment room is available to enhance the services on offer these include free optician and dentist visits on a six monthly basis. Extras include: Hairdressing is available on a weekly basis, Massage (by a local sports therapist) on a fortnightly basis and Chiropody once every six weeks. 
Heron's Lea

Food and Dining

Food is very important to us here at Heron’s Lea. We pride ourselves on providing delicious home cooked
meals on a daily basis, using local produce where possible. Individual tastes are taken into
consideration and special diet requirements are catered for.

Meal times are looked forward to by our residents and numerous visitors have commented on the
delightful aromas permeating through the front door.

Activities and Entertainment

Here at Herons Lea we have entertainment or activities both in the morning and afternoon daily. This includes mostly In-house entertainment and once, sometimes twice a week we have external entertainment that come and visit us. Some of these include singers / chair aerobics / entertainers / art & craft workshops / mobile clothes shop / even alpaca visits and much more. In the sunny seasons we like to organise trips out to places of interest. These include Garden centres / Fremington Quay / One of our many beautiful North Devon beaches / Torrington Common (With a local famous Hockings icecream ofcourse), To name a few. 


Staffing is another extremely important asset we are proud of. Consisting of our Registered Manager, Yannick Lavictoire, who joined us in 2020 and the 35 kind, efficient and conscientious members of staff. Some have been with us since 1994 when we opened as a Care Home. We firmly believe in taking care of our staff by rewarding their personal achievements and enhancing their training. Most possess NVQ 2-3 in Care and some are SEN qualified nurses.

Residents’ can guarantee a happy smile when they wake and again when their day is drawing to a close. Customer care is extremely important to us all and the genuine interest and well-being of our clients is paramount.


We are able to provide care for the older person 65+, and are registered to accept clients with mild /
medium dementia. Yannick will provide an assessment/trial period to ensure we can meet the
needs of the person.

For current fee rates please contact us using the contact details below.

Contact Us


If you have any further questions or would like to arrange an informal visit, please contact us using
 the telephone number, or fill the form below  Meet the team. Herons Lea

01237 476176

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How to find us

Leave Bideford from the main Heywood Road Roundabout, and take the 1st exit (A39) signposted
Bude/Camelford. Follow this road for 1 mile, taking the right hand turning, signposted Westward Ho!
Continue along this road for approximately 500 meters, and take the second turning on the left (sign
post at end of drive). Heron’s Lea is the last detached property.