About the property
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- Minimum Stay0 - 7 nights
Otter Pool Barn is a new conversion of an old barn with six bedrooms.
OTTER POOL BARN, is a large, spectacularly converted barn, with a hydrotherapy/spa pool and hot tub. It is surrounded by farmland, with a private five acre field and lake for fishing, and other water activities, set between Ilfracombe, Woolacombe and West Down in the Devonshire countryside, with Exmoor less than 10 miles to the East. Otter Pool Barn is a few miles from beautiful golden beaches and within easy reach of the market town of Barnstaple.
The conversion of this centuries old, former threshing barn is dramatic, with a triple height majestic fireplace, hand crafted exposed ceiling beams, gargoyles and a Minstrel’s Gallery. The grand staircase has been relocated from an 18th century grand house and the wood panelling and stained glass are also reclamation treasures. It is extremely well equipped, featuring everything you might expect in a luxury holiday home.
Indoors there is the Great Hall, a snug lounge, a huge kitchen/diner, six bedrooms and three bathrooms. Outdoors there is a sheltered, south facing, courtyard with barbecue and seating. The garden has children’s play equipment and a swim spa/hot tub, as well as the large field and lake.
Otter Pool Barn is fully accessible throughout, with the installation of a wheelchair lift to the upstairs. Outside areas, the pool and into the adjacent land towards the lake are also accessible. Full details are available at in a separate section at the end of this review. The discrete inclusion of accessibility features into the barn has enabled it to retain the atmosphere of a luxury family home, whilst being suitable for a holiday with anyone you want to include in your party.
The Great Hall, with its vaulted roof, huge inglenook fireplace and log burning stove is a wonderful place for the family to be together. There are a selection of comfortable chairs and sofas. The cupboard under the stairs is full of toys. There is a toilet in the room under the stairs. (The ‘Ladies’ stained glass door another reclamation treasure!) Double glass doors give access to the rear courtyard, outdoor seating and the barbecue.
The snug lounge, ( a bit of a mis-description, as it is another large room) is accessed through a pair of double glass doors, with an additional thick curtain, allowing a bit of peace and quiet if you have a noisy group! There is a large TV and a fireplace with an electric stove and yet more comfortable chairs and sofas.
The well-equipped 30ft kitchen/dining room has an oak stable door to the courtyard, pool and nearby car parking areas. At one end of the room there is a wood dining table, that can sit 14 people comfortably, perfect for communal dining. Otter Pool Barn is equipped with crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils for at least 18 guests. The granite topped island and work surfaces and electric range cooker give plenty of space for those who love to cook, to prepare banquets for their guests. With every kitchen gadget that may be required, a large, American style, fridge/freezer with ice maker, microwave, coffee machine and plenty of storage for your own food this kitchen will be a pleasure to prepare food and cook in.
All bedrooms and bathrooms are equipped with in-wall, sliding, solid oak doors and luxury oak flooring. For those not familiar with profiling beds, they are suitable for use by anyone and are a standard 3ft single bed size. All bedrooms are equipped with Freeview TVs. All three kingsize double beds can be configured as twin beds – select this option at checkout.
Bedroom 1 (downstairs) has two electric profiling single beds and an integrated, tracked ceiling hoist, through to the spacious ensuite wet room. This room has been designed with disabled visitors in mind, but is equally suitable for anyone to use. It has a private access door to the courtyard.
Bedroom 2 (downstairs) has a 6’ kingsize double bed.
Bedroom 3 (upstairs) is a large room with a 6’ kingsize double bed and access to a Janet/John ensuite wet room.
Bedroom 4 (upstairs) has one profiling single bed and one standard single bed and access to a Janet/John ensuite wet room.
Bedroom 5, (upstairs) adjacent to the family bathroom has one profiling single bed and one standard single bed.
Bedroom 6 (upstairs) also adjacent to the family bathroom has a 6’ kingsize double bed.
Bedrooms 2,3 and 6 can be made up as doubles; Bedrooms 1, 4, 5 single beds due to profiling nature of beds
All bathrooms are designed as wet rooms, with flat access showers. The family bathroom also has a free-standing bath.
Bedroom 1 has a large ensuite wet room.
Bedrooms 3 & 4 share an ensuite wet room.
A further toilet/basin is provided in the ‘Ladies’ room under the stairs in the Great Hall.
The sheltered south facing courtyard has facilities for al fresco dining, barbecues and relaxation. It is paved throughout with attractive rainbow sandstone, the pathway being highlighted in brick paving. The sandstone paving continues round the pool, where views across the green fields open up.
The heated, private 5.5 metre pool is suitable for use as a hydrotherapy pool, lap pool or fun swimming pool. Its temperature can be independently set to suit needs. At one end is a hot tub. The electrically operated pool cover allows single person use, as well as ensuring the pool is safely covered when not in use. A warning light, in the kitchen will show when the pool cover is open. Adjacent to the pool is a changing room, shower and toilet.
The car parking area is fully paved, with plenty of space to allow access to vehicles. There is room for at least 5 cars. Movement activated lights allows safe access at night. A gentle paved slope gives access to the courtyard and property. A path from the courtyard leads into the five acre field, meandering gently towards the private lake. A seating area for barbecues and picnics is provided at the end of the path, overlooking the lake, with extensive views towards the Torridge Estuary and Bideford.
The lake, easily big enough for boating, canoeing, kayaking and many other water sports should keep the family entertained for many hours. It is stream fed and so the fresh water is renewed constantly throughout the year. A fishing jetty should provide hours of pleasure for those who wish to fish and a safe shallow entry point (most of the lake is over 10 feet deep) will enable fun play in the water on sunny days. The lake has been stocked with fish, but wild otters have also been observed in the water, so their dinner may have been good, providing more challenging sport for those fishing! The owners have conducted cleanliness checks on the water, but all use of the lake is undertaken at your own risk.
The property is fitted with an automatic generator to ensure that power is always available, even when there is an extended power cut, ensuring that equipment, lighting and heating is always available.
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This enchanting property has been graded by the Nationally Accessibility Scheme (NAS) has achieved “Access Exceptional’ grading for accessibility, and also meet the standards required for visual and hearing impaired guests. It has also been given a 4* Gold Award. Full details of the standards can be found here. The owners are pleased to be able to advise you that the inclusion of many of the accessibility adaptations has been supported by a LEADER grant.
With six accessible bedrooms, two downstairs and four upstairs, it is anticipated that any combination of family, friends, carers and mobility requirements can be catered for. Four profiling beds are provided. Two in bedroom one (with the x-y ceiling hoist) and two in separate rooms upstairs, a mobile hoist is available if required. Visitors will need to bring their own slings to use with the hoists.
Doors throughout the property are oak and fitted to slide internally in the walls, minimising obstruction and enabling easy use, by those with limited mobility. Floors are all level, with durable, low glare, non-slip surfaces ideal for use with walking aids or wheelchairs. External doors are fitted with flush doorsills to enable easy access.
Consideration has also been given to other fittings, including press button showers, with rain heads and hand spray facilities, shower seats are available and taps are lever operated. Extra power sockets have been fitted throughout the property to enable easy access, regardless of bed layout and the snug lounge and bedroom lights are provided with dimmer switches. Additional floor standing lights are available throughout the house to enable lighting to be adjusted to suit visitor’s needs.
Bathrooms are large and have fully level access showers. The bath in the family bathroom is suitable for use with the mobile hoist. A toilet seat raiser is available and appropriate handles are provided in all bathrooms.
Outside, accessibility has also been thoroughly catered for. The pool is suitable for use as a hydrotherapy pool. Its temperature can be set to suit needs. The linked hot tub allows access for everyone, with a removable partition to move from one part of the pool to the other (a reasonable level of mobility is required to remove/replace the partition) and a sling/chair hoist has been installed (chair provided) to enable access to those unable to get into the pool unassisted. The electrically operated cover allows single person use, as well as ensuring the pool is safely covered when not in use.
Please specify how many king-size beds required - default setup is single beds
Bath Towels: GBP 0.00 (Max 12)
Dog: GBP 20.00 per dog per week/short break
High Chair: GBP 0.00 (1 Available)
High Pressure Relief Air Mattress: GBP 0.00
Internet: GBP 0.00
Spa Pool: GBP 190.00 per week/short break
Travel Cot: GBP 0.00 (1 Available) - please provide own linen
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 25, 2018
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WALK TO - Through private gate onto the Tarka Trail for walking and cycling and access to other fabulous countryside and coastal walks. Local reservoir directly adjacent to the farm may provide opportunities for fishing (permits may be available). This a great place for days out with family and friends. Fields, lake, river.
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Contractual booking deposit: 30.00% rent