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Multi Award Winning on the beautiful English Riviera - luxury with surprises - The Threshing Barn (Sleeps upto 8 + infants, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms)

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights



The Threshing Barn (Sleeps upto 8 + infants, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms)

Brimming with quality “cosy, spacious, well-equipped, peaceful, delighted, spot-on or great location” are just some adjectives used by guests for Threshing Barn; whether couples or smaller parties taking advantage of low season partial occupancy deals or extended families or friends together on their holiday or wedding.

Upstairs are 4 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms accessed via a spiral staircase. Each bedroom has beautiful furnishings with oak beams, "comfortable quality beds", lovely duvets and sheets, plus separate bedside lights. The bunk bed room is simply lovely being a favourite of one of the owner’s teenage boys, so kids won’t be disappointed if they find themselves in there. One bathroom even has a slipper bath. Downstairs features a beautifully furnished dining area, living room with triple settees, fully fitted kitchen, plus very useful toilet & shower room. Extras like information folders, BT infinity, pampering treatments, child or even pet sitting simply add to the experience.

About the property

Pilgrims Rest Cottages E996

Feel free to come and stay at now 5 times finalist for the Top Self Catering Establishment and Dog Friendly Business on the English Riviera and South Devon (2013 winner, 2014 runner up, 2015 winner, 2017 double runner up), where Pilgrims Rest Cottages features 4 beautiful, individually unique barns brimming with history yet combined with modern day luxuries and some stand out surprises for our guests.

King-size and super king size beds; slipper baths; oak beams; lovely furnishings; fully fitted kitchens, dining rooms and lounges with the essential super-fast Wi-Fi, TV/DVDs and gardens.

Welcoming guests year round they offer extras outside the norm for self-catering such as a “Personal Service” to access gems in the area covering walks / beaches / restaurants / man-made and natural attractions and “Onsite extras” such pampering treatments, baby-sitting, dog-sitting, baby / toddler packages or even maid service.

Found in one of the villages of Torquay called Barton on The English Riviera, past guests have found them in an ideal location (average score 5.7 out 6) with ease of access to local shops within a stroll, countryside within 500 yards, beaches and coast walks within 1-2 miles and a multitude of restaurants, country inns, man-made and natural attractions within a 1- 5 mile radius.

Whilst we have the great outdoors on our door step, the cottages also come with secure court yard, orchard garden, and main garden including sun loungers, BBQs and play equipment just in case you feel like staying home, whilst inside TV/DVD, BT super-fast Wifi, access to Netflix, comfy settees and cosy, warm rooms.

Whether you are looking to come away as a couple, family, extended family or families, friends together for a wedding, anniversary, birthday, summer holiday or simple get away do come and enjoy your 2017/18 holiday or break with us.

Your hosts Martin & Kim

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Martin Brook
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
December 8, 2017


Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Prince of Orange
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Car: recommended


Within a 5 mile radius you can access over 10 beaches from secluded coves to long stretches of sand (nearest within 1mile)! Guest folder has details. Nearby Maidencombe (16th Century Thatched Tavern); Watcombe Cove; Oddicombe with historic tram and chef pub of the year (Cary Arms); Meadfoot with woodland behind; Ness Beach (via smugglers cove); Torre Abbey (awarded best sand for sand castles in UK); Preston (with beach huts), Paignton (Pier), Goodrington (waterpark) and Broadsands. Wonderful!


By air - The nearest airports are Exeter (22 miles), Plymouth (38 miles), Bristol (100 miles).

By sea - Cherbourg , Santander and St. Malo reached by sea ferry crossings to and from Plymouth. A transfer by coach, bus, train or taxi will be necessary.

By train - Trains to Newton Abbott or Torquay from all over the country with a short taxi ride.

By car - Torquay is 100 miles from Bristol, 184 miles from Birmingham and 217 miles from London.

Owner can help with taxis. Car hire not necessary.


Local shops within 100yds: off-licence, Tesco, Coop, post office, cash points, bakers, fish and chips, Chinese, and pharmacy. Numerous shops, restaurants, attractions within 0-10 minutes by car. Exeter is 20 minutes drive. Totnes and Dartmoor are within 30 minutes. There is a good local bus service (50yds to nearest stop). Two train stations within 10 minute drive.

Further Details:

If travelling with children, one doesn't want to travel too far to entertain them! Two local beaches are within a few minutes; cinema, ten pin bowling, under ground caves, coastal zoo, in door play zones, golf, squash, tennis, in door wave pool are within 10 minutes; and if you go up to 30 minutes you find water park, adventure parks, another zoo and Dartmoor. Whether sun, rain or shine, something to entertain, never mind your relaxing base!

Thinking about the parents, or adults travelling without children, the surrounding area is also literally packed with shops, restaurants, sports activities, countryside, historic houses and beautiful gardens all within a 20 minutes drive. English, French, Greek, Italian, Chinese, Indian and Nepalese Restaurants within minutes of the property; similarly Golf, Gyms, Sailing, Boating, Saunas. On top there are theatres and a museum, also within Torquay.

With such a choice, we can provide local knowledge to help you choose the right place to eat or visit, saving you time, money and frustration - as a family we hate finding that great place right at the end of a holiday, so we will try not to let that happen for you! We have even negotiated some discount rates for our guests at various places!

Available Rentals

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Booking Notes:
Threshing Barn has discounts for partial occupancy out of high seasons to attract parties of 2-6; 4 bed priced at near to 3 or 2 bed rates! Honeysuckle caters for couples at discounts in similar times. Similarly for The Old Manor Farmhouse. The changeover times are 4pm on arrival and 10am on departure. To make a secure booking, a 25% deposit is necessary. The remaining balance is then due 6 weeks before arrival.

Changeover Day:
Changeover days are Saturdays during summer season and flexible throughout the rest of the year.


Torquay Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Bunk beds 3' each
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Ensuite with Jack and Gill bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , Ensuite with access to Jack & Gill bathroom
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , Can be made into twin with zip and link super king bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Notes on accommodation: The Old Manor Farmhouse was built in the 15th Century. It included a "Linny" attached were animals were held in the winter and also three traditional barns. Maid service, baby and/ or pet sitting and on site pampering available on request. All are both child and pet friendly, with, for children stair gates at top and bottom of the spiral staircases plus high chairs and cots available on request. There are organised folders on local information, which is so important when coming to an area for the first time covering: eating out / in (30+); walks (20+); sports (you name it); beaches (22); man made and natural attractions (50+) - the combined total cater for all and helping guests find those gems. All heating, towels and bedlinen provided with the barns having easily controlled central heating and plenty of hot water. Smoking inside is not permitted. The owners now live in the Linny, so are easily available to give help and advice. Outside: Secluded garden and courtyard with sun loungers, tables, companion seats and barbecue for the barns. Separate garden for The Old Manor Farmhouse to the front next to lane. Access to further garden for all.


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The Threshing Barn (Sleeps upto 8 + infants, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms)
average rating of 4.92 based on 25 reviews

Gr8 characterful property.

  • 5 of 5

Gr8 relaxing time helped by smiley Martin. When he told us the property was 500 yrs old and linked to the Spanish Armada,I was a little nervous thinking 1 or 2 of them might want to make our acquaintance. But not a buenos Noches in sight. Slept fantastic in extremely comfy matresses. A fantastic fortnights weather,couldn't have timed it better! We as a family of 3 stayed the first week and our parents followed the second week. All enjoyed the stay enjoying a variety of pursuits. Playing cards in the garden around the large table in the barmy evenings drinking a glass of wine was a nice end to the day. Keep up the good work.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Glenn, It was a pleasure to have you and your family visit all the way from bonny Scotland and glad you really enjoyed the barn, gardens and all the area has to offer. With the micro climate down here, we are indeed spoilt with the weather with most sunshine hours on main land GB. The Armada crew left years ago to make way for our guests! Thank you for taking the time to write and thank you also for your kind words. We'll certain keep the good work up and hope to see you all again soon. Martin and Kim
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comfort, cosy, well placed to explore surrounding area

  • 5 of 5

We had a great holiday staying in Threshing Barn, we received a very warm and friendly welcome. The lounge is cosy and the nice large dining table is perfect for family get together meals, the beds are very commfortable and the bathrooms well presented.

There is lots of information available about the area to be found in the Barn and also from the owners.

There is lots to do in the area and we found a one week stay wasn't enough.

We have no complaints at all, our family group loved it.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Debra, It was lovely having all the family stay. Jacob certainly loved his dinosaurs! We found a week wasn't long enough for us too - but rather than 2 weeks, we moved. Glad you found our folders useful; tricky when you travel to an area for a holiday, not knowing where to go or what to see - so we introduced our folders with our own experiences and then, over the years, added guest recommendations. The large dining table and open plan design downstairs has certainly been successful for families to enjoy, laugh and relax together, and comfy beds are so needed after a full day. See you again soon and thank you for taking the time to write your review. Kind regards, Martin and Kim
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Comfortable, quiet and convenient!

  • 5 of 5

This lovely suite had everything we needed for our party of 7, including three bathrooms!! Our host Martin met us upon arrival and quickly set us up with a some great suggestions for dining and offered several ideas for running routes for the runner in our group. Thanks Martin, it was a memorable stay and we would love to come back!

  • Submitted: May 6, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Certainly the 3 bathrooms goes down well with larger parties - we know its importance with 7 in our family so made sure Threshing Barn had the extras needed! Always a pleasure to guide guests on eateries and things to do specific to their party, so whatever you are looking for, all can be catered. It also helps that we love running and eating so know the gems in the area! It was such a pleasure having our 'Canadian' guests come and stay with us; ironically our next party to arrive also coming over from the same neck of the woods. Thank you for your kind comments and taking the time to write a review on Pilgrims Rest and Threshing Barn and hope to see you again one day. Kind regards, Martin and Kim.
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A beautiful cottage in a stunning location!

  • 5 of 5

The threshing barn was the perfect place for us to celebrate our birthdays. Martin and Kim are exceptional hosts and made us feel very welcome. The surrounding location is fabulous and we were all entertained for the whole 4 days.

The barn has four lovely bedrooms and 3 bathrooms so no arguments over it's use!

There is a full kitchen so we could do our shopping and cater adequately. The outside space is lovely and the children enjoyed using their scooters on the paths in and around the cottage.

Thank you for making our time so enjoyable.

We hope to go back soon!

  • Submitted: May 4, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We knew the stunning location, when we came for a holiday now 20 years ago, staying up the road and moved! We designed Threshing Barn to be not only luxurious in the furnishings, but as importantly in the facilities such as the 3 bathrooms - so important with a large family gathering. Threshing Barn is a popular choice for family celebrations - but 2 birthdays together was certainly special and glad the barn gave all you needed with the open plan design so that you could all gather together with plenty of space. Your comments on us are most kind. We love our guests having a great time and so pleased everything went well. See you again soon, Martin and Kim.
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Comfortable converted barn with accommodating host but tight parking

  • 4 of 5

Well kitted out for a big family with children, baby and dog.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you all enjoyed your holiday with us and had a very relaxed and comfortable time in Threshing Barn. Please thank Katherine for her kind comments on us being "genuinely dog friendly and child friendly with so much provided for dogs, children and babies". To us that means a lot; we know how the little extras can go a long way and be so useful. Glad you enjoyed our local beaches and eateries but sorry about the tight parking; you threw us with 3 cars with allocated spaces for 2 in the car park but we managed to reorganise with another guest kindly offering their space for dad to help. All the best and thank you for taking the time to write the review. Martin and Kim
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Lovely cottage just as advertised had a great week at the Treshing Barn. Owner was very helpful

  • 5 of 5

The property was perfect for 8 people all sundries provided such as tea coffee etc. We arrived to find milk cookies and a nice bottle of red provided free of charge. The cottages are close to lots of places of interest and easy to find. As a family we would thoroughly recommend the Pilgrims Rest experience. We are already looking forward to returning in the near future.

Steve and Jill Baker

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Steve and Jill We are so pleased Threshing Barn was a great venue for a special birthday celebration; with everything provided for every age group from 7mths to 60 (!) and you found some excellent eateries and attractions close by - 'On The Rocks' is certainly a great place to eat and The Model Village fantastic for kids. When guests travel a reasonable distance we think the welcome goodies just help - no one wants to go straight out to the shops; a cuppa tea, coffee and cookie or something a little stronger goes down well. We really appreciated the recommendations of places to visit, left in the barn - so helpful for new guests and finally, thanks for bringing with you our furthest guests from down under! See you soon, Martin and Kim
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