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Luxurious self catering Barn set in Idylic South Hams countryside near Coast

Bedrooms 5
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Barn in Blackawton, near Dartmouth, South Devon, England - Peaceful location, minutes from the coas

Stay at Big Barn, South Devon

Set in stunning South Devon countryside close to Dartmouth and South Hams Coastline and Beaches

Architecturally dramatic with a vast comfortable living space 5 sumptuous double bedrooms, a games room, private garden and drive. An outstanding place to celebrate, relax and holiday with friends and family.

The impact of the interior is immediate, a large open plan space with a long dining room table, a sleek granite kitchen, oak beam vaulted ceilings, big relaxing sofas and a state of the art wood burner.

The 4 downstairs bedrooms are individually and creatively decorated. Each with an adjoining bathroom/wet room, huge comfortable Louis XV1 and Victorian ironwork beds, sumptuous mattresses, pillows and bed linen. A spiral staircase leads up to the 5th bedroom 'Crows Nest' on the mezzanine level.

The garden offers a barbecue terrace, games room, secure enclosed play area and ample parking.

Dartmouth, Totnes, Kingsbridge and the South Devon coastline are just minutes away, Dartmoor and Salcombe are also within a short drive

Contact the owner for a booking form and cancellation policy queries.

More Details

Caroline Murray
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2018

About Caroline Murray

Caroline Murray is the owner of Big Barn and Larcombe Farm.

Caroline Murray purchased this barn in 2004

Why Caroline Murray chose Totnes

I took on at Larcombe Farm in 2004, having grown up on a Devon family farm near by I knew that the return to the way of life and taking on Larcombe was what missing in life . Arriving at Larcombe for the first time I knew that I had come home. Larcombe is a rare and magical place, it was a big project but I happily it turned into a labour of love. The creation and conversion of The Big Barn has enabled the sharing of this wonderful and magical place that has become a happy and special place for returning guests to come home to year after year.

Making the Farm House inhabitable was the first challenge as there was a lot to do, then embarking on the barn conversion in 2005 was even more daunting! Big Barn evolved, being converted from Larcombe’s giant threshing barn, by the end of 2007 Big Barn was ready for guests.

Big Barn has subsequently appeared in a number of publications including Homes and Garden Magazine and also features in the pages of design and coffee table books


We at Larcombe welcome visitors to come and experience the Big Barn and it's unspoilt peaceful glorious surroundings . It is a perfect place from which to explore the lovely South Hams and all it has to offer.

What makes this barn unique

Big Barn is surrounded by the South Hams countryside, ‘an area of outstanding natural beauty’ and is very close to local award winning beaches.

Sitting within its own private grounds, Big Barn benefits from Larcombe Farm’s green pastures, offering peace and tranquillity and fun.

Close to the towns of Dartmouth, Totnes, Kingsbridge and Salcombe, and within just 1.5 miles of the rural villages of Blackawton and East Allington which have 2 wonderful pubs. Blackawton has a community village shop for the necessities. The towns of Dartmouth and Kingsbridge are just 15 mins drive.

Big Barn is unquestionably a very special place to stay and I hope you love it as much as I do.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"An amazing couple of days, wish we could have stayed longer. Fab, fab Barn. Thank you to our wonderful hosts."

"Thank you Caroline, Big Barn is amazing and so well equipped, you have thought of everything! We have had a wonderful time here, family & friends. We did ‘play’ come dine with me and didn’t feel the need to go out! (Apart from our 3 ½ hour walk!) A New Year not to forget, we hope to return again one day!"

"On behalf of all of us, thank you so much. We had an amazing time, riotous partying, bracing walks, games of ping pong/ table tennis, relaxing in the enormous baths… A fabulous way to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. A truly stunning place. If you ever get tired of farming, you have an interior design career to fall back on. A million thanks Caroline."
May 2014
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Totnes Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Up to 2 dogs welcome by prior arrangement and agreement ( £20.00 per dog per stay)
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - shower
    Shower room 2 - shower
    Shower room 3 - shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Each bedroom has a modern en-suite bathroom or wet room. The bathrooms have a large bath with an over bath power shower; the wet rooms have rainfall power showers. Each has a heated towel rail, hand basin and loo with soft white bath and hand towels.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 7 ft double or twin bedded room. (Option :can add bed/cot)
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double , 2 x 4ft wide beds linked or as twin. (option extra bed/cot)
    Bedroom 5 : Crows Nest - 1 queen , 2 child bed , King Sized double plus optional 2 x single beds.
    Bedroom 3 : Indian. - 1 queen , King sized bed. ( Optional room for cot)
    Bedroom 4 : Woods - 1 king , Huge 7 ft double. Can be arranged as Twin beds.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Lily: 7 ft wide bed, can be split into 2 singles Disco: 2, 4ft wide beds Indian: 5ft wide four-poster bed Woods 4: 7ft wide bed, can be split into 2 singles Crows Nest: double bed with 2 additional (2ft 6in wide) floor mattresses on slatted bases.
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: There is additional bedding, equipment etc for babies and small children including: child stair gates, fire guard, high chairs, cots, bedding for babies. All available by arrangement. *Please note the telephone is for incoming and 999 calls only. There is good internet signal and mobile reception at Big Barn. Outside: Big Barn has a beautiful mown meadow perfect for ball games and running wild, there is a TP swing set and seesaw for younger children accessible from June - October. Alternatively walk for miles in wonderful, private countryside where you will find medieval woods with exciting nooks and crannies to explore. There is a games room across the terrace with plenty of toys for everyone, including pool table, table tennis table, a piano and a darts board. Utility Room: There is a utility room adjacent to the kitchen where you will find a washing machine, tumble dryer, freezer, microwave and additional storage. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included. The property is cleaned prior to arrival, for stays longer than 1 week an interim clean will be arranged by the owner. For information about additional cleaning arrangements please contact us. Other: The dining area has a large rustic dining table stretching 11ft across the centre of the room, with seating for up to 12 people.


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Luxurious self catering Barn set in Idylic South Hams countryside near Coast
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Great Barn is Superb

  • 5 of 5

Always difficult to really assess a property or hotel over the description on the internet and reviews although very helpful cannot always paint an accurate subjective picture.

However the Big Barn was even better than we imagined in all senses.

The quality of the property even down to the ancillaries was superb and attention to detail excellent.

The location and surrounding views are stunning and easy access to Dartmouth,Salcombe etc.

You cannot fail to have fun with all the facilities and the sleeping accommodation is also first class.

We loved it so much that we are already making another future booking

Highly Recommended

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review and wonderful feedback. We are very thrilled indeed that Big Barn ticked all the boxes for your family holiday In Devon . We very much look forward to welcoming you back to Big Barn soon.
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Just Do It

  • 5 of 5

By virtue of the fract that you are reading this review I guess you are considering staying at Big Barn. The best advice I can give is to stop considering and do it - without any hesitation.

Superbly located in rolling farm land within easy reach of all Devon's wonderful attractions, Big Barn is architecturally breathtaking, furnished with style, flair and innovation.

At the end of a farm track, quiet and peaceful, Big Barn is an imposing and appealing feature of the lanscape. Inside the design and attention to detail is truly awesome. Contemporary kitchen equipped with everything - and more - you might need. Beautiful wooden floor leading to extensive dining area and spacious lounge. The decor and accessories are tasteful, eclectic and of a very high quality.

Five bedrooms, delightfully decorated and furnished, huge beds with crisp linens, ultra-modern en-suiite bathrooms.

Furnished patio area, barbecue, games room.

All areas impeccably clean and maintained.

You may have guessed that we - three generations - LOVED our time at Big Barn and are delighted to recommend itto you.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic property

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the big barn for the 1st May bank holiday 2017. We were 5 couples away for a weekend celebration. Caroline greeted us as soon as we arrived and we were very pleased with our choice. Caroline showed us the ropes and left telephone number and email if we encountered any problems. We didn't! The barn is fantastic, each room was special and decorated beautifully so no arguments about who had which room.

The standard of decoration and cleanliness is first class. All cutlery, crockery, serving platters,glasses, cooking equipment thought of (even a whisk to whip cream for a pavlova!).

The large dining table and chairs gave 10 of us ample room for meals and there is plenty of seating so no one felt on top of each other.

The views are stunning and it is in a very peaceful area. We walked to a local pub on the first night for a bar snack which was very busy and charming. We also walked into Dartmouth (just over 7 miles) and got taxis back.

A truly stunning rural location which we all hope to visit again soon!

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sally and crew. It was a joy to meet you all and thank you for your review. We are so pleased that Big Barn worked well for your celebrations with friends and do very much hope to see you again Soon. Thank you!
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  • 5 of 5

Spent time here with family for special birthday celebration. The accommodation is amazing with wow factor. Shopping was delivered by supermarket and on our arrival Caroline the owner had unpacked everything and placed in fridge and larder units. Any item for cooking etc was available and everything was spotlessly clean. The living area is extremely comfortable and contemporary and bedroom areas are beautifully decorated each with on suite facilities. The two boys enjoyed playing in the gardens and games room and the paddock where they played football. This is one of the nicest places that we have stayed and all the family plan to return within the year. Thank you Caroline for a wonderful holiday. Graham & Felicity

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Graham .Thank you for your review! It was lovely meeting you all . I am so happy that Big Barn worked so well for your Special Birthday and gathering of the clan to mark the occasion. We very much look forward to seeing you back at Big Barn very soon. Thank you again. Very best regards and wishes to you all. Caroline.
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
The George Inn at Blackawton
Nearest Ferry
26 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Best Western Golf Club Dartmouth
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
A38 Avonwick or Buckfastleigh
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Slapton Sands
Car: necessary


With the beautiful South Devon coastline on your doorstep there is plenty to see and do. The area offers a wealth of safe, clean beaches, perfect for swimming, surfing, wind surfing, water skiing, sailing, canoeing and fishing.


Given Big Barn's rural location a car is essential to get around.

The nearest airport is Exeter Airport (40 miles)

The nearest train station is in Totnes (10 miles)


The nearest villages are:

Blackawton (1.4 miles)

East Allington (2.6 miles)

The nearest towns are:

Kingsbridge (6 miles)

Dartmouth (7.4 miles)

Totnes (10 miles)

Salcombe (12.3 miles)

The nearest Cities are:

Plymouth (25 miles)

Exeter (38 miles)

The nearest beaches are:

Slapton Sands - a long stretch of pebbled beach, great for fishing and watersports (4 miles)

Blackpool Sands - voted the UK’s best family beach by Conde Nast Traveller readers (5 miles)

Further Details:

There are several beautiful coastal and market Towns nearby, home to some fabulous restaurants. For a full list of our favourite places please visit our website or contact us.

As well as the beautiful beaches and excellent restaurants there are plenty of other leisure activities the South Hams has to offer including: Paignton Zoo, Woodlands Leisure Park, Pennywell Farm, Dart Adventures, coastal walks and several wonderful National Trust Houses, including Agatha Christie's house Greenway.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $416.78

Weekend breaks are available during our low season only (outside of public and school holidays). Please contact us for more information about weekend availability and prices.

Changeover day is Friday.

For weekly bookings:
Arrival is after 4:30pm on Friday
Departure is before 10:30am the following Friday.

For weekend bookings:
Arrival is after 4:30pm on Friday
Departure is any time on Sunday.

Notes on prices:
Prices are based on weekly bookings (Friday-Friday).

Big Barn is also available for longer stays (more than 3 weeks) please contact us for a more info.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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