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Lovely Holiday Cottage with Indoor Heated Pool and Free Fishing. Open all year

Bedrooms 2
Space 10 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, large open plan kitchen, dining and lounge area on one level. Private garden with lovely views.

Come and stay on our historic organic farm set in the stunning Devon countryside. Bramble Cottage is converted from a Victorian Dairy with use of the indoor heated pool located beside it. The cottage is fully heated, has a wood burning stove and is open all year. Enjoy peace and quiet amongst our gardens, fields and woods. Try your luck coarse fishing on our beautiful lake which is well stocked . Make an adventure on our woodland walk, catch a giant carp on our beautiful lake or meet our friendly farm animals and pets. The nearest beach is 25 minutes away and we have some of the best beaches in the Country located within a short drive.

Sophia and Roy May
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

About Sophia and Roy May

Roy and Sophia May live on the farm at Wansley Barton with their 2 children, family pets and flock of organic sheep. We like to share our home with visitors and invite you to come and sample our beautiful Devon countryside and fantastic beaches.

Sophia and Roy May purchased this barn in 1996

Why Sophia and Roy May chose Winkleigh

The farm is in a peaceful location in lovely Devon countryside but near to everything that you could want. North Devon is one of the few unspoilt areas of England, where people are friendly, the air is clean and you can still see every star at night. Our house and cottages are very old and the site dates back to the Doomsday Book. We just love it here and we hope that you will too!

What makes this barn unique

The best thing about living here is there is no passing traffic, just peace and quiet. It is a place where you can do what you like, with no neighbours, no street lights, no pollution, just nature at its best.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The house is 100% more than we expected! It really made our trip. What a wonderful place. We had lots of fun and the house is super. Had a very enjoyable stay in this lovely house. Great welcome and swimming pool is fabulous.
Jan 2011
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Winkleigh Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 10 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 3 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Open all year. As well as farming organically we try to be as environmentally friendly as possible with renewable energy from a wood boiler using our own wood, wood burners in each cottage and recycling facilities. Outside: Indoor heated pool 8m x 4m. 50 acres of woods and fields to enjoy. Each property has its own private non-oeverlooked garden, a BBQ and garden furniture. Children's play area with swings, slide and trampoline. Stocked coarse fishing lake. Woodland walk.


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Lovely Holiday Cottage with Indoor Heated Pool and Free Fishing. Open all year
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 7 reviews

Clean, cosy and comfortable.

  • 4 of 5

A lovely rural idyll. A place to rest in the quiet of the countryside. The pool was an added attraction.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and for staying at Bramble Cottage. I am glad that you found it restful and made use of the pool. We hope to see you again.
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Perfect rural peaceful retreat. Having the lovely warm indoor pool was a real treat too.

  • 5 of 5

Would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Quiet, relaxing, well equipped, beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cottage in a quiet location. The indoor pool was a great thing to fall back on for the kids on rainy days. Owners were very friendly and helpful. Would definitely consider going again.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. I am glad that the children enjoyed the pool. We hope to see you again.
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Simply the Best

  • 5 of 5

Without a doubt one of the best family holidays we have had.

Truly 5 star boasting a heated indoor swimming pool that actually is heated to a comfortable degree and only 4 ft deep accommodates all the family.

The cottage has been expertly converted and no expense spared on the fixtures & fittings, it has everything you need (a home from home) .Like the pool the heating in the cottage is amazing, nice to have hot baths, proper showers and heated towel radiators.

To top it all I caught a cracking common carp in the lake

Thanks Sophia you made us very welcome.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and your kind comments. I am glad that you had a good holiday. You caught the biggest carp to date! We would welcome you back to see if you can catch an even bigger one.
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  • 5 of 5

A group of us went down to stay last week and we had the most incredible time, lovley warm welcome from Roy and Sophia. The house is stunning and clean,and the pool and lake where a great touch.

would definitly go back and recommend

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Bramble cottage

  • 5 of 5

As a party of 14 we rented the meadow cottage and bramble cottage. Bramble cottage is a very homely and comfortable 2 bedroom the views from the master bedroom and garden are outstanding.The hospitality from the owners Roy and Sofia are excellent providing milk wine and cake on arrival. The cottage is sufficiently equipped and very spacious the extra bonus is the indoor swimming pool which the children enjoyed along with the hours of fishing at the Lake behind. It's so relaxing and a great way to recharge batteries whilst having quality family time away The walks are fabulous in all directions from Wansley Barton and the local pub the New Inn in Roborough is so welcoming too with delicious food. We will certainly be visiting again

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Exeter Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The New Inn, Roborough
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Libbaton Golf Club
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The New Inn, Roborough
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Westward Ho
Car: necessary


A haven set on an organic sheep farm. Beautiful countryside with stunning views. Enjoy the stars in the clear night sky. Try the adventure of our woodland walk. Catch a giant carp or just enjoy the peace and quiet beside our lake.


25 minutes or 12 miles to the nearest beach. We are ideally placed to reach the sea, from sandy beaches, surf at Croyde or Saunton, to rocky coves or old fishing harbours such as the world famous Clovelly. The beaches in North Devon are amongst the best in England and the area has been recognized as having environmental importance and has been delegated a UNESCO Biosphere reserve.


1 hour from Exeter Airport, 1.5 hours from Bristol Airport.


RHS Rosemoor 3 miles. Great Torrington 5 miles. Bideford 12 miles. Barnstaple 14 miles.

Further Details:

Buying local food in Devon is an absolute pleasure as we have some of the best quality produce in the country. Try a Hockings ice cream or local beef and lamb. Sample a different pub or restaurant each day as there are a wealth of traditional country pubs and restaurants serving exceptional food, beers and ciders.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A deposit of one third is required to secure a booking. The balance is due 2 weeks prior to arrival.

Changeover Day:
Meadow Cottage weekly changeover Friday.
Bramble Cottage weekly changeover Saturday.
Short breaks usually Friday and Mondays but we can be flexible.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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