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Tania & Nick Skeaping

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Delightful open plan barn conversion with piano in historic Dartmoor village

28 Reviews
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

Dartmoor Barn Rental Photos and Description

Sleeps 2, 15 minute walk to the moor, in walking distance of two resturants

Townend Barn is detached and situated in an acre of grounds with Townend House the village of Lydford. The barn is situated behind the main house and the parking is off road. Beautifully converted to a high standard, the barn is open plan but intimate and heated by storage heaters and a very efficient wood burning stove. There is a grand piano to play, two bookcases filled with interesting books for you to enjoy; original paintings and wooden animal head sculptures decorate the walls. Lydford has no street lighting so after an evening meal at one of the three good restaurants in the village you can walk home without worrying who is going to drive. Lydford is a thriving working village and an ideal base from which to have a relaxing and interesting time. The moor is only 15 minutes walk. It is a beautiful unspoilt part of the moor - No ice cream vans or big coach parties. You can find wilderness within half an hour.

Locally produced ready made meals can be pre-ordered for the week

Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Tania & Nick Skeaping (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks for a lovely few days in the Barn, it was wonderfully relaxing.
Apr 2010
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Reviews

4.9
based on 28 traveler reviews

Delightful open plan barn conversion with piano in historic Dartmoor village
average rating of 4.928571 based on 31 reviews
5

Beautiful Place away from it all.

  • 5 of 5

Delightful open plan barn conversion with piano in historic Dartmoor village with the lovely Lydford gorge just down the lane.

The Garden and the property were beautifully kept , and the log burning fire was a great delight .

Parking was provided close to the Barn this made loading and unloading very easy .

The location was idea as a base, and we spent many hours in and around the Tavistock area.

The property had all the comforts of home with a lovely garden were you can sit and have your meal in the pleasant surrounding .

The owner provide good customer service and was always at hand with more logs or to answer any quires .

We will defiantly stay here again , and would recommend it to any one who wants a break from our busy stressful world.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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5

LOVE, LOVE this adorable Barn ~

  • 5 of 5

What a pleasant time we had here in Devon due to the amazing Barn and Tania! From the moment I contacted Tania, she was so helpful in assisting us in planning our time in Devon. We really appreciated all her efforts! The Barn is clean, great supplies, beautifully situated off the street, very quiet, perfect size for my husband and I, plus, off store parking. I can't say enough wonderful things about this adorable Barn! Run don't walk to rent this place.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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5

Everything was perfect. Perfect hosts. Perfect accommodation. Perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

Everything was perfect. Perfect hosts. Perfect accommodation. Perfect location.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Helen

  • 5 of 5

Our short stay here was wonderful. Property was in excellent condition and the owners where very helpful. Lovely and peaceful - just what we were looking for!

  • Submitted: May 7, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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5

Beautiful, peaceful and relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Townend Barn for four nights over Easter and couldn't have been more pleased. The Barn itself is really lovely to stay in and has everything you could need and more - including a log burning stove and a grand piano! It has been beautifully renovated to a high standard, was spotlessly clean and was lovely to come home to after a day exploring.

The setting is also very beautiful, with a lovely garden full of flowers and wildlife including two ducks! Perfect to sit in and enjoy the sunshine.

The village itself is very picturesque and the barn is a short walk to a Lydford Gorge which is a must to visit. Also within a very short walk is a great local pub called The Castle Inn. It has a big garden and excellent food - the pie and mash was particularly good! There isn't a village shop but Okehampton is about a 10 min drive away which has a Waitrose, Co-op and independent shops and the kitchen is well equipped to cook.

Nick and Tania were perfect hosts and made us feel very welcome and that we could ask for anything we needed.

If you're looking for a holiday in a peaceful and relaxing setting with the option to explore Dartmoor, Devon and Cornwall then Townend Barn is perfect.

We hope to return soon.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review, it was a pleasure having you to stay. I am glad you loved the garden it is great when the weather is so lovely and you can enjoy sitting outside. The good news is we have a village shop opening in May 2014. More good news is that the kitchen is being updated in June 2014 to include more storage, a dishwasher and a beautiful new cooker! Hopefully see you back at the Barn in the not too distant future!
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Can’t Wait to Return

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a relaxing location in the southwest where you can go for hikes on the moor or in the countryside, where you have a secluded sanctuary to return home to, and where gracious hosts are welcoming and always have excellent recommendations, then Townend Barn in Lydford is the perfect place for a rejuvenating holiday. To say that we loved our time there is an understatement. We could have happily been there for several more weeks. We hated to leave the friendly, relaxing atmosphere where we could go for amazing hikes right from the door of the charming barn (a car is not necessary). The barn itself was absolutely lovely. We were met with a cream tea and pasties in the immaculately renovated barn. It was so pleasing to cook with quality pots, pans and utensils, and then to relax in the evening with their library of excellent books and films. The barn also includes excellent guidebooks and maps for the area. Every detail has been attended to by the most gracious of hosts. Interacting with Tania and Nick was so refreshing after the anonymity of London. They were attentive, friendly and unobtrusive. Our time at Townend Barn was the highlight of our three week trip in the UK. We cannot say enough positive things about the experience and are already saving up for a future trip from the US to the UK. While the bus service to Lydford is somewhat limited, if you plan ahead you can use it to travel to other locations that also offer amazing hikes. Okehampton has excellent grocery shopping options with a Waitrose as well as a local shop offering local produce, dairy and meat (great quality). We are so happy we stayed at such a wonderful oasis.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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Map

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Exeter International Airport
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Castle Inn, Lydford
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Plymouth
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Okehampton
Nearest Train
32 Miles
Exeter St Davids Station
Nearest Motorway
34 Miles
Junction 31 M5
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Castle Inn, Lydford
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Dry Ski Slope
Nearest Beach
38 Miles
Crackington Haven
Car: not necessary

Townend Barn is well located to enjoy a large range of activities. We are in the Dartmoor National Park and just 15 minutes walk (2 minutes drive!) from the moor. Bodmin Moor is a 30 minute drive. We are 10 minutes drive from the towns of Tavistock and Okehampton and 45 minutes from the Cathedral city of Exeter. The market town of Launceston and the bright lights of Plymouth are within easy reach. You can catch a bus to Okehampton or Tavistock (on to Plymouth) in the village. Lydford has no streetlights so the night sky is there in all its glory, perhaps you could take a night walk on the moor for a totally different experience. Lydford Gorge, run by the National Trust and Lydford Castle run by English Heritage are within 5 minutes walk of the Barn. Dartmoor offers horse riding, cycling and walking. Within the hour you can be at the North Cornwall coast for excellent surfing, sandy beaches, rock pools and cliff top walks. There are two golf courses, water sports and fishing nearby

Other Activities: National Trust properties

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Rates & Availability

Lydford Barn Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
July High Season
Jul 23 2016 - Jul 29 2016
7 night minimum stay
$730
 
 
July/August High Season
Jul 30 2016 - Aug 26 2016
7 night minimum stay
$752
 
 
Aug/Sept High Season
Aug 27 2016 - Sep 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
$730
 
 
September Low Season
Sep 3 2016 - Dec 15 2016
7 night minimum stay
$555
 
 
Christmas/New Year 2016
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
$564
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$531
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $13

Change over day is Friday. Check in time is 15:00hrs check out time is 10:00hrs. All weekly rate prices are for one week's rental including linen and towels, all electricity, storage heating, basket of logs and a cream tea and homemade pasties. We strongly advise taking out holiday insurance. Please check by email first if you wish to bring a dog, a £10 charge is made for each dog. Thank you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Dartmoor Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 50 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom has a good shower, WC and wash basin. Towels, loo paper and soap provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib
  • The bedroom can be separated from the living space by a heavy curtain. The double bed is very comfortable with Egyptian Cotton bedding and anti-allergen pillows and duvet. The bedroom area has an oak floor, beamed ceiling and tasteful furnishing. A clock/radio alarm is provided as is a chest of drawers and garment rail for clothes. We can provide a camp bed for a small child (under 5) and a inflatable single mattress for an adult.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
Wifi is available on request. We welcome the use of our washing machine and tumble dryer. We will provide laundry soap. We welcome the elderly or infirm, however please be aware that there are stone steps leading up to the property and an uneven path which can be slippery in wet weather.

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