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Hartsmead is a Single Storey Barn Conversion Within The Dartmoor National Park

Bedrooms 1
Space 430 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Comfortable stone cottage for 2 people surrounded by open fields and moorlan


Hartsmead is situated on the lower slopes of Dartmoor on the outskirts of Lydford village. We are ideally placed for walkers and cycling enthusiasts as the Granite Way cycle path No 27 is at the end of our lane and the open Moor is a 5 minute walk up a grass track.

Originally an old stone barn, Hartsmead has recently been converted to give light and spacious accommodation for one couple, offering all the modern amenities to make your stay as comfortable as possible no matter what time of year.


We are less than 10 minutes from the stannary town of Tavistock so all the amenities are within easy reach yet we can walk out of our door, up a grass track and be on the open Moor within 5 minutes. We are ideally placed on the western edge of Dartmoor to visit North Devon which has Exmoor as well as the coastline, South Devon and Cornwall, which is only 30 minutes drive away where you have the dramatic north and south coasts.


Hartsmead Cottage comprises of a large living room with a full height ceiling showing the original beams which has the lounge, dining area and kitchen. The separate bedroom has a king sized bed and next door is the modern bathroom with a separate bath and shower.

Outside there are stunning views at the front across the patio, our own fields and the valley beyond where you can see farmland with grazing sheep, with Lydford Forest in the distance and in between there is the Lydford Gorge with it's fascinating walks along the river, all within a few minutes of us.

The living room and bedroom overlook the enclosed garden and pond which faces south west so the perfect spot for watching the sunset over Cornwall in the distance.

Hartsmead is approached up a traditional Devon lane with hedges and fields on either side and there is dedicated parking just outside. The large glazed front door leads into the impressive living room with all the comfort you will need including free Wifi and TV.

The modern fitted kitchen has fridge/freezer, electric hob and oven, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine and everything you need to make it feel home from home.

The bedroom has a glazed door leading out onto a small grassed area next to the pond and the modern white bathroom has a corner shower and separate bath so you can take a long soak after a day exploring Devon. All bedlinen and towels are provided.

I regret that no pets are allowed and this is a no smoking cottage.


We moved to Devon in search of a rural lifestyle and we were fortunate to find this old farm situated on the lower slopes of Dartmoor on the outskirts of Lydford Village. Hartsmead was part of an old farm which we have renovated so we are onsite to assist you at any time if required. We are situated on the original Okehampton to Tavistock road which has now all but disappeared due to a new one being built but you can still see the remains of the old stoney lane behind the cottage which now forms part of our land. This is an interesting site with lots of history attached and we have a current framed OS map of Dartmoor on the wall in Hartsmead for you to plan your routes as well as an old 1806 map of the area so you can see how it has changed.

For the benefit of any foreign travellers, we speak both English and French.


The ancient village of Lydford has a chequered past but is now a peaceful village which can boast a pub, a country house hotel, a restaurant and we even have our own Farm Shop which sells local produce.

The local bus service passes at the end of our lane which goes to Exeter passing through Okehampton and to Plymouth via Tavistock.

The National Trust Lydford Gorge with the White Lady waterfall is only a few hundred yards from us and the ruined Castle which was a prison in days gone by is on the edge of the village.


We are truly spoilt in this area for fresh local produce and variety of restaurants. Lydford has a Good Food pub called The Castle just up the road as well as The Lydford House Hotel with an excellent restaurant and lovely cream teas in the centre of the village and at the other side of Lydford we have The Dartmoor Inn with it's delicious fine dining. We can recommend many other pubs and restaurants in the area which cater for all types of budgets and tastes, so something for everyone.


There is so much to see and visit in Devon and Cornwall no matter what time of year and we are always happy to assist you although there is lots of literature in the cottage to help you choose.

There are a number of National Trust properties including Cotehele house and gardens which is just outside Tavistock as well as RHS Rosemoor Gardens near Torrington, which has the Dartington glass factory nearby.

The world famous Eden Project is about an hour's drive away which is well worth a visit and also in Cornwall is the magnificent house and grounds at Lanhydrock.

From wild coasts to moorland to historic houses and gardens, we are perfectly placed to see it all.

More Details

Kim & Bernard Olesqui
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french
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Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
September 23, 2018

About Kim & Bernard Olesqui

We moved to Devon in search of a rural lifestyle and we were lucky to find this former farm situated on the lower slopes of Dartmoor. After renovating the main house and now this barn we are retired and enjoying all that Devon has to offer.

Kim & Bernard Olesqui purchased this barn in 2008

Why Kim & Bernard Olesqui chose Lydford

We chose this property because it ticked everything on our wish list including being able to walk or ride on to Dartmoor without having to go along any roads while at the same time being on the edge of a village and close to amenities.

We have all the benefits of rural life without being isolated.

There are no close neighbours but easy access to the village.

What makes this barn unique

As mentioned before, we have access to Dartmoor without having to go along any roads and close to a village with a pub and farm shop.

We can easily access the A30 dual carraigeway which allows us to drive easily to Cornwall or Exeter.


Lydford Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 430 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • A white modern tiled bathroom with separate corner shower and bath. Towels are provided.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • There is a king sized double bed and all bed linen is provided. A glazed door with wooden shutter leads out into the garden.
  • Books
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking


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Hartsmead is a Single Storey Barn Conversion Within The Dartmoor National Park
average rating of 4.9666667 based on 30 reviews

A lovely cottage in a really spectacular area. Wonderful hosts

  • 5 of 5

We had a superb week staying here. The cottage is extremely comfortable and very well kitted out with more than enough space for two people. We loved just sitting watching the birds (so many) on the bird table. Kim and Bernard are lovely people, and were perfect hosts: welcoming, good communicators, accessible without being intrusive. They've created a lovely space for people to relax and unwind and I'd thoroughly recommend it to anyone. The surrounding area is perfect for exploring as well. Lydford has two excellent pubs and a farm shop, as well as the famous gorge. We got out to both the north and south coast very easily. The countryside is spectacular and there are lots of places to visit- we mainly just pottered round national trust places, and ate cream teas!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It really makes us happy to hear that our guests have had a great time here on Dartmoor and we would like others to share this wonderful place too. Having couples like this in our cottage makes life easy as they are so respectful and appreciative. I do hope that we can meet again one day.
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Perfect Holiday

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely cottage in beautiful countryside. The owners are incredibly helpful and friendly, whilst not intruding unnecessarily. We saw 25 bird species from the window!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We would just love all our guests to be like this wonderful couple as they were so appreciative of the wildlife and the countryside around us. The cottage was immaculate and our little chats always very informative. We really hope that they will come back one day.
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  • 5 of 5

Very enjoyable four night get-away at Hartsmead. Kim and Bernard made us feel most welcome and Bernard gave us good suggestions for sightseeing. The Barn is very comfortable with everything you need and we found the tranquility we were searching for - no aircraft or traffic noise! Despite our mature ages, we walked Lydford Gorge which is well worth the effort. Beautiful!

D&M May 2018

  • Submitted: May 28, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely friendly couple who made the most of the Dartmoor countryside during their stay. Always friendly and ready for a quick chat but we didn't see them that often because they were out enjoying beautiful Devon. The cottage was immaculate when they left so we would definitely love to have them visit Hartsmead Cottage again.
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Hailsham, East Sussex

a gem in every respect

  • 5 of 5

From my arrival last Friday to my leaving today I had a fabulous time at Hartsmead. The cottage was in excellent condition and was bright and airy. I have lots of video of the birds and squirrels taken from the window by the setee. The view from the patio seating is wonderful as is the view of the garden from the side. The door from the bedroom to the garden is a wonderful idea and the velux roof windows are great for airing the whole building. The hosts Kim and Bernard were wonderful, unobtrusive but there to help if needed. I cannot recommend this property highly enough and will certainly return the next time I visit Devon.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely gentleman who clearly loves Dartmoor and the surrounding countryside, so much so that he was hardly in the cottage at all as he also brought some incredible weather with him so he will be welcome back here any time! The cottage was clean and tidy after his stay so truly a 5 star guest and we really enjoyed our chats together.
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Gorgeous days in the heart of Devon

  • 5 of 5

We found a charming cottage in perfect harmony with the nature and equipped with everything you need to enjoy a comfortable and unforgettable holidays

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: A most charming couple who spent every day touring around Devon and Cornwall. The cottage was immaculate when they left and we would be absolutely delighted if they would visit us again.
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Hartsmead is Worth a Visit

  • 4 of 5

Excellent position. Pleasant accommodation. Well equipped kitchen area. Lovely bathroom. Comfy bed with fine sheets and sumptuous duvet. Hospitable hosts.

Only downside is the approach from the road which is deeply pot-holed but if you take it slowly its OK.

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Regarding the lane up to the cottage, it is owned by the council and unfortunately at the time of their stay, there were a number of pot holes but having been in touch with the council since then, they have agreed to come in the New Year and repair it, which is great news for us and all future guests in the cottage.
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
The Castle
Nearest Ferry
37 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
13 Kilometres
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
40 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
The Castle
Car: recommended

On the doorstep we have walking, road cycling and mountain biking as well as horse riding. Dartmoor is perfect for all these activities as well as hiking.

We are located on the cycle route No 27 called The Granite Way which means you can go from coast to coast.

There are local riding schools which are perfectly positioned so that you can ride out on the open Moor and enjoy the spectacular views.

We have a number of National Trust properties to visit, the nearest one being Cotehele house and gardens which is less than half an hour from here. The famous RHS Rosemoor Gardens is definitely worth visiting near Torrington which also has the Dartington Glass Factory nearby.

Castle Drago the last castle to be built in England near Moretonhampstead is worth a visit and if you wish to venture into Cornwall, the Eden Project is a must no matter what time of year and that is only one hour's drive from here, while Lanhydrock is one of the best house and gardens in the region.

We are ideally positioned to visit several coastlines including North Devon, where you will also find Exmoor, South Devon and the North and South coasts of Cornwall with all the famous coastal towns of Padstowe, St Ives and Newquay to name just a few.

We shall be happy to help you with any information about this area although there are lots of leaflets and information in the cottage for you.

Also, we have a large OS map of Dartmoor up on the wall together with an old 1806 map of our area which is very interesting to browse.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $32.79
Refundable Damage Deposit $65.58

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.