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Converted Barn Between Dartmoor And The Beautiful South Devon Coastline

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Barn in Avonwick, Nr. Totnes, Devon, England - This Pretty 19th Century Barn Overlooks A Farm And Out Across The Peaceful Valley Of The Horsebrook

Converted nearly 30 years ago but recently updated this barn is the ideal base for your holiday. The open plan kitchen and lounge allow comfortable and welcoming space looking out over the peaceful valley. 3 bedrooms, one double and 2 twins. Outside seating and dining area with access to a shared garden. The Barn offers a quiet peaceful countryside base whilst giving good access to both the South Devon coastline and Dartmoor.

Helen Caine
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
October 10, 2017

About Helen Caine

Helen was brought up in the farmhouse. She and her husband Peter bought the Barn in 2008 from members of her family.

Why Helen Caine chose South Hams

The Barn was where we played in the hay as children and fed the young calves who were housed in the lower floor! It was converted nearly 35 years ago and now is sited in the peaceful valley I knew so well.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"A really wonderful time. Thank-you for ensuring we had everything for our baby. He loved it! Thanks again."

"We had a really lovely stay here! Fabulous walks on Dartmoor and visits to the beach - and then a cosy cottage to return to. Thanks! Helen and family were extremely helpful always."

"We really enjoyed your lovely barn We loved cycling up and down the hills, liked walking (rain and sun) and enjoyed the town of Totnes several times. Many thanks for your hospitality and for our comfortable stay in your well-equipped Barn."
May 2013
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Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Avon Inn
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Wrangaton Golf course
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Totnes station
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Turtley Corn Mill
Car: recommended


The beautiful beaches of the South Devon are only 20 minutes drive away, sandy Bigbury and Thurlestone, pebbly Slapton and more comercial Paignton or Torquay. There are many small coves and cliff walks where it is possible to get away from people altogether.


By car - we are 1 mile from the Avonwick/South Brent turn-off from the A38 South Devon. Expressway (a car is recommended).

By train - we're 7 miles and a cab ride from Totnes main line station, served by fast trains from London, the Midlands and the North.

By air - Exeter airport is less than a 45 minute drive.

By sea – Brittany Ferries dock at Plymouth (18 miles).


The barn is 5 miles from the historic town of Totnes with it's Castle and Guildhall and many places of interest and 5 miles from the pretty market town of Ashburton known as the gateway to Dartmoor. These local market towns boast a variety of individual shops from the quirky to the traditional. Within walking distance is the village of Avonwick with it's friendly village pub and beer garden; a shop selling local produce and an unusual little church.

Further Details:

As well as the village shop in Avonwick there is a good local butcher, baker, delicatessen and small Co-Op in South Brent (11/2 miles), a large Tesco just down the A38 at Lee Mill (7 miles) which can deliver here, along with many restaurants in towns like Ashburton and Totnes.


Avonwick House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Toilet 1 - toilet
  • Family bathroom with wc and bath with shower over. WC also on 1st floor with kitchen and living room.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Main bedroom with double bed, bedroom 2 with twin beds and smaller bedroom 3 also with twin beds. Cot for baby is available on request. All bedrooms are downstairs in this up-side-down house.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Horsebrook Barn offers a peaceful setting for adults and children alike. Parents of very young children should be aware that there is a stream in the garden which is accessed by crossing the shared driveway. Up to 2 dogs are welcome. The open fire is ready with one basket of logs and lighting sticks. Further wood available at a small additional cost. Smoking is not allowed in the property. Outside: Outside the Barn is a patio area with seating perfect for breakfast and morning coffee in the sun. There is a large shared garden with a woodland area and lawn. A gently running stream borders the southern edge of the garden. The garden is a haven for wildlife with pheasants, woodpeckers, hedgehogs and slow worms. Deer and foxes have also been seen in the valley. Barbecue available to enjoy the balmy summer evenings. Utility Room: Washing machine is available in the shared laundry room along with iron, ironing board and drying rack. Outside washing line also. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen, bath and hand towels are included and changed weekly. Please bring your own beach towels.


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Converted Barn Between Dartmoor And The Beautiful South Devon Coastline
average rating of 4.857143 based on 8 reviews

Great location, great property and great hosts

  • 5 of 5

Firstly - the photo's do not do the place justice. It is light and spacious and clean - everything we wanted. The cream tea was fabulous - thank you. I even managed to get to grips with the aga for cooking. Everything was easy to use (heating, wifi etc.)

As we were visiting for a family funeral, rather than a lovely holiday, the cottage was perfect as we didn't need to worry about anything and it was a nice environment to come back to.

Although we didn't get to do much exploring we could see that the location is perfect for getting to all manner of attractions and we are considering returning for a proper holiday. Turtley Mill was a great place to have lunch.

Thank you Helen and Peter

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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We had a wonderful week in this comfortable, well equipped house.

  • 5 of 5

Horsebrook barn is a charming and cosey house. We found it spacious and clean and had all the things we needed for a lovely holiday. The location is perfect for exploring South Devon and the site is peaceful and quiet despite being in easy reach of the main roads to get you about.

Having a selection of books, games and dvds helped to entertain the kids. Helen and Peter also provided a cream tea on our arrival which was much appreciated after our long journey.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect spot

  • 5 of 5

Wonderfull location, lots of space in the house everthing you need is available like books, games also for the children. Nice area to stay with beaches, Dartmoor National Parc en the lovely city Totnes nearby. The owners Peter and Helen where very helpfull. A place to go back once again.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely barn equipped with everything needed

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a lovely week in this area of south Devon with our four legged friend. The owners were friendly and met us on arrival, gave us all the info needed and then left us to enjoy the delicious fresh scones which were waiting for us. The barn is very well equipped and is in a great location. It is only 5 minutes from the main road which was great for exploring the area. It is situated in the rolling hills of the South Hams with countryside views. We would recommend the barn to anyone thinking about staying and would love to return.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, we are glad you all enjoyed your stay, including the 4 legged one! We will look forward to seeing you again.
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excellent, however.....

  • 4 of 5

It was a lovely country location, it was a beautiful cottage which well maintained there were all the facilities that one could ask for.

The owners were very nice and would do anything they could to help us enjoy our holiday. It is very well situated for country pursuits and not to far from the seaside town of Paignton,

The only drawback is if you have a large car like myself you will have to reverse out into the road onto a blind bend which can be dangerous and scary.

This could be resolved by a small and inexpensive widening to a small area of the drive.

However I would still recommend this cottage as we enjoyed our weeks stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Ein Platz für den perfekten Urlaub

  • 5 of 5

Der ehemalige Stall wurde stilsicher und liebevoll ausgebaut. Wir haben uns sofort heimisch gefühlt und abends in den vorhandenen Büchern geschmökert oder einen Film gesehen. Die Lage ist idyllisch und ruhig und dabei ein sehr guter Ausgangspunkt zur Erkundung der Umgebung mit dem Auto. Mit kurzen Fahrten erreicht man Ausgangspunkte von Wanderungen oder Sehenswürdigkeiten. Wir wurden von den Vermietern herzlich mit einem Cream Tea begrüßt.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $32.97

Booking Notes:
Contact us by phone or email to ensure availability, then a deposit is payable to confirm the booking either through this website, by Paypal or by cheque. The balance is due 1 calendar month or at least 4 weeks prior to arrival.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is usually Saturday, arrival after 4pm and the property must be emptied on departure by 10am.

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.