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Raleigh Barn - Detached Grade II Listed in a rural setting, two ensuite bedrooms

Bedrooms 2
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Barn in East Putford, Bideford, North Devon, England - Peaceful, Rural Location, A Short Distance From The Local Village And 15 Minutes To The Sea

Raleigh Barn is a Grade II Listed converted milking parlour made of stone and cob in the grounds of a Listed farmhouse, all of which dates back to the 16th Century. We are in the heart of rural North Devon surrounded by peaceful farmland and hedgerows full of flowers and within 15 minutes drive of a long and varied coastline ranging from quiet sandy beaches to stunning rocky cliffs. This is a superb, relaxing location in any season. Those who love the great outdoors will love this area, ideal for nature lovers, water sports, walking, cycling, and more. The barn was newly converted in July 2014 and has a number of features to retain and enhance its character. It retains its original thick walls, has exposed beams and bags of character.

With all rooms on the same level, access is easy and both bedrooms have their own en-suites, one with a double-ended bath/shower and the other with a shower only. The bedrooms both have king-size beds and one room can be configured as a twin room if preferred.

The open plan living room has an area for dining and a well equipped kitchen with fridge, dishwasher, integrated oven and ceramic hob, and microwave. A washing machine (and dryer) and freezer can be found in the adjoining Boot Room. Furnished with comfortable fabric sofas and oak flooring throughout to complement the character of the cottage, the living area is bright and airy. There is oak flooring in the living area, kitchen and bedrooms and the whole barn is heated by underfloor heating from our biomass boiler. There is also a log burning stove in the living area for that extra cosy feeling on chilly nights!

French Windows open out onto the patio and garden with a seating area and BBQ and there is a secluded 2 acre meadow available for guests about 200 metres away along our private track. This has a small picnic table where you can enjoy distant views of Dartmoor and the rolling Devon countryside, while you do a bit of wildlife spotting.

There is private parking immediately behind the barn. In the village, less than 10 minutes’ drive away, is a friendly pub and shops.

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Holsworthy Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • En-suite to bedroom 1 with bath/shower over, wc and basin. En-suite to bedroom 2 with shower, wc and basin.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has a king-size double bed. Bedroom 2 has a choice of either a king-size double bed or two single beds (just let us know what you prefer). Both bedrooms have their own en-suite bathrooms.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • surfing
Notes on accommodation: There is oak flooring throughout the barn (except the bathrooms) and heating is underfloor via our biomass heating system (which also serves the main house). Outside: The garden is south and south-east facing and very sunny. Please note, however, that the gardens are not yet mature due to the recent conversion of the barn. Beyond the garden there are wildflower hedgerows with farm fields (usually filled with cows). There is a BBQ plus garden furniture and 200 metres along our track is our 2 acre meadow with picnic area and small wood. There are reference books in the cabin to help guests identify the abundant wildlife. Utility Room: Entry to the property is via the Boot Room which contains a washer/dryer and freezer. The slate flooring makes it an ideal place to remove your muddy boots or hang your wetsuits before entering the main living area. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linen is provided, along with a set of bath towels per guest. The barn is cleaned prior to your stay and new linen and towels will provided if you stay more than 1 week.


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Raleigh Barn - Detached Grade II Listed in a rural setting, two ensuite bedrooms
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Beautiful Barn in Countryside

  • 5 of 5

This tastefully decorated and renovated barn is a perfect stay for two couples. The two bedrooms have ensuites and the rest of the property is furnished to a high standard. The owners live next door and were very helpful during our stay. The location is perfect for all areas of North Devon. We really enjoyed our short break over new year and would love to go back at some point.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The cottage is well equipped, warm and very comfortable. There was a lovely jam sponge cake awaiting on arrival and that was received gratefully. The location is quite remote but a visit to the local Gnome Reserve is a must

It is ideally located to explore north Devon and we will definitely return.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A beautiful and confortable property

  • 5 of 5

The property is very comfortable and well finished. It's often difficult to find a bed like your own - but these were a home from home! It is set well into the countryside so be prepared for a drive to get onto main roads - but once on them a number of places are in an easy reach.

We really enjoyed our stay

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic converted barn

  • 5 of 5

This barn has such a special feel to it. It's comfortable, has everything you need and there was such a warm welcome from Myles when we arrived. The added touches of a homemade cake and beautiful jug of flowers made it an extra special week for us all. I would definitely recommend this barn to my family and friends.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Superbly renovated barn in the middle of the Devon countryside!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful couple of weeks in this property, Myles and Sarah have created a beautiful holiday home and couldn't have done more to make our stay enjoyable and memorable. The cake and flowers on arrival were fantastic and we loved walking the lanes (where the flowers are not cut back like they are in Derbyshire!) and meeting Sally! One of the friendliest and well behaved dog we have ever met.

The meadow is spectacular and many an enjoyable minutes were spent there in the sunshine.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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A stay in the heart of the country!

  • 5 of 5

A perfectly appointed barn conversion. Tastefully furnished with everything we could possibly desire. There was a Victoria sandwich cake, milk in the fridge and tea to welcome us!

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
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Property Manager

Myles Thomas
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018

About Myles Thomas

We are Myles and Sarah Thomas. Myles is an ecologist and worked in environmental protection for over 30 years. Sarah is a Nurse Practioner at a local doctor’s surgery. In January 2013, we bought a 16th Century Grade II Listed Devon Longhouse in North Devon with plans for a self-sufficient, low carbon life style supported by two high quality, characterful holiday cottages.

It took over a year to repair the main house by making it weather tight and warm, and a further 4 months to convert one of the outbuildings to holiday accommodation. We completed Raleigh Barn in August 2014 and have just converted Raleigh Cottage for Sarah's mum.

Myles Thomas purchased this barn in 2014

Why Myles Thomas chose Holsworthy

Why North Devon? We love the peace and quiet and beautiful variety of the area. It’s such a contrast to the hectic part of the country that we used to live in! Rugged Exmoor, sandy surfing beaches, secluded coves, fantastic walking and cycling. Not to mention the rolling hills, beautiful countryside and friendly people (the pubs are quite good too!).

Guestbook comments from the manager

Coming from Germany, my wife and I spent two weeks in the wonderfully converted barn. Just right to tune down. And it is not difficult to feel at home as we were welcomed by a delicious home baked cake by Sarah. Milk, tea, marmalade and bread for the first breakfast kindly supplied as asked for. The modern version of country style interior yields a warm and harmonious atmosphere, great to relax even on a rainy day. The barn is fully equipped with all you might need for a pleasant stay. The information the owner generously supplies to find your ways around are most excellent, where to shop, where to dine, which maps to use to explore the Hartland peninsula. East Putford is not more than a couple of country houses. No distractions, just quiet and peaceful. And as soon as the little terrace will be finished you even might enjoy the little private garden in front of the barn. Raleigh is located just in the middle of the peninsula, so it is never more than 20 to 30 minutes to the coast by car. If ever we shall spend our holidays in north west Devon, this is our place to stay.
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As we are located in the corner of north west Devon, we have coast in two directions. To the west are the North Cornish beaches of Bude, Sandymouth and Northcott Mouth. These are all glorious sandy beaches and are approximately 25 minutes’ drive away. To the north is the North Devon coast with the ancient fishing village of Clovelly 15 minutes away and the glorious, sandy beaches at Instow and Westward Ho 20 minutes away.


This part of north Devon is one of the most peaceful, remote areas of the country so a car is essential. The nearest train station is at Barnstaple (25 miles) and the nearest mainline station is at Exeter (55 miles). The nearest airport is Exeter (60 miles) or Bristol (100 miles). The nearest ferry port would be Plymouth (55 miles). Poole would be 135 miles and Portsmouth approximately 180 miles.


The village of Bradworthy is less than 10 minutes drive away. All three West Country Moors (Exmoor, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor) are within a 45 minute-1 hour's drive. Clovelly (fishing village) is 15 minutes away. The beautiful Hartland Peninsular is about 20 minutes away, as are RHS Rosemoor and Tapeley Gardens. For the kids, the Big Sheep and Milky Way Adventure park are 15 minutes away. Other places of interest nearby include The Tarka Trail, Tamar Lakes and a range of wildlife reserves.

Further Details:

In our guest pack we supply all the information you could need regarding the best pubs and restaurants in the area (four good pubs within 10 minutes drive). We also list all the supermarkets (Asda is the nearest and is 15 minutes away) and local shops plus everything of interest including beaches, gardens, children's activities, arts and crafts, sports etc.




Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner.

Changeover Day:
Saturdays are the changeover days and the barn will be available from 3:00pm. We ask that you vacate the barn by 10:00am on the day that you leave.
There may be flexibility in the changeover day outside of school holidays (contact us for details).

Notes on prices:
We request a 25% deposit to confirm the booking, with full payment 8 weeks before your stay.

Cancellation -
More than 8 weeks before your stay: Return of deposit less £25 administration fee.
Less than 8 weeks but more than 4 weeks before your stay: Refund of 50% of the booking fee.
Less than 4 weeks before your stay: Refunds are only made if the property can be re-let.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.