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Beautiful Medieval Manor in the heart of the Devon Countryside

Bedrooms 3
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Spacious Medieval Barn part of Grade 2 listed property near Dartington, South Devon, England - Near Beaches, Rivers and Dartmoor National Park

Gybbes Lodge is a beautiful and spacious medieval barn which forms one side of the courtyard of a very old Devon manor house. It is furnished with antiques in a comfortable and homely style. It is family friendly and there is plenty of space outside for kids to run around and explore.

The property is two miles from the village of Dartington and is also near the historic town of Totnes where there are great shops and restaurants serving everything from Devon cream teas to locally sourced fresh produce. Within easy driving distance there are numerous gorgeous beaches and Dartmoor is only ten minutes away. You can take a boat trip down the river Dart to the pretty town of Dartmouth, you can go sea fishing from Salcombe, walk the South West coastal path or take a steam train along the river Dart.

The area is famous for its delicious food and there are numerous old pubs to discover or seafood restaurants serving local delights of all sorts. There are great farm food shops and cafes with produce direct from local suppliers. There are activities to suit all ages and tastes. The area boasts many historic homes and castles to explore, small coastal villages to potter around, walking to suit all abilities, cycling trails and sailing trips of all kinds. In the summer Dartington also holds literary and music festivals but all year round there are numerous cultural activities going on as the area has a rich history in the arts. Dartington Hall Gardens, which are open to the public, are beautiful all year round.

More Details

Teresa Griffiths
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
August 14, 2017

About Teresa Griffiths

We live next door to the property in the old Manor House with our two boys. We hope that you will enjoy this beautiful part of Devon.

Teresa Griffiths purchased this barn in 2009

What makes this barn unique

Gybbes Lodge is part of a historic property listed in the Devon Rural Archives as dating back to the 14th Century. It is rural and peaceful yet close to a wealth of wonderful places to explore.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you Teresa and Jonathan for your warm welcome. We felt very comfortable immediately. The house is wonderfull! Restoration and renovation have been carried out with great care and a lot of taste. Unfortunately we couldn't stay longer. Thank you for your suggestions where to go and what to see. We hope to be back some day.

July 2014 Mark from Switzerland

We had a wonderful relaxing weekend at the barn. The barn is beautiful and spacious, and comfortably housed six adults. Towels and linen were top quality and all the beds were so comfy! It's really conveniently located - a 5 min drive from very nice shops and 10 minutes from Totnes and the train station. Teresa was a very welcoming host and was available to answer any queries in the run up to our stay, and as she lives close by was also around while we were there. I would definitely stay again!

August 2014 Laura from UK

A wonderful place to stay. Fantastic open plan living space and 3 beautifully decorated bedrooms with comfortable beds. Teresa had thought about lots of little details- from the cake, juice and milk on arrival, lovely wild flowers on the dining table, good information on the local area and the very well equipped kitchen.

We had a wonderful break- thank you!

August 2014 Lizzie from UK
Jul 2014
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Totnes Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
  • One bathroom with roll top bath One stylish slate en suite shower room
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 Super-king size four poster bed Bedroom 2 antique French double bed with en suite shower room Bedroom 3 twin with two singles
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Notes on accommodation: We offer a fully decorated tree for Christmas bookings. Outside: The property has a sizeable garden with outdoor seating and barbecue. Utility Room: washer dryer Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and towels included. Cleaning and laundry are done on changeover but can be arranged for longer stays at additional cost. Please bring your own beach towels.


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A real find , great house and lovely location .

  • 5 of 5

We would definitely recommend , fully equipped, beautiful house , friendly people , we would stay again.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jackie. So glad you had a good stay and thanks fr being such lovely guests. We hope you come back again.
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Remote situation making it very peaceful but within easy driving distance of fantastic places

  • 5 of 5

Spacious for 6 . Lovely large kitchen / dining / lounge area to share time together . Took our dog and the grounds and immediate public footpath were good for him too .

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely period property in great setting and location

  • 5 of 5

My nices wedding Need to come back with more time to explor this lovely part of england

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Andrew. So glad you had a good weekend. We'd love to have you back sometime - there's lots more to see!
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Full of character and great location

  • 4 of 5

The lodge is very spacious and full of character, however it is slightly lacking in comfort, the 2 settees are very large but uncomfortable, especially for the more senior person to get up from. As it accommodates 6 persons it would have been nice to have a couple of armchairs, rather than all have to sit in a line on the sofas.

2 of the bedrooms were large enough to accommodate a dressing table, with a mirror and stool so the ladies in our group could sit and do make up and dry hair rather than have to stand in front of the wardrobe.

Very disappointed in the garden area, this is right by the road and is an uninteresting, unkept bit of grass, without any welcoming table and chairs.

None of this detracted from us thoroughly enjoying our stay though as it was very central to lots of places of interest.

On the positive side the lodge had everything you needed in terms of kitchen utensils, loo rolls and the basics like salt and pepper.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for you feedback Sara. I have chosen not to put in dressing tables as guests often come with small children and want the extra space for travel cots and I prefer not to fill the rooms too full of stuff. However I shall see if I can find a suitable solution to the make up dilemma. I'm sorry you found the garden disappointing. This is a first for us I must say, but maybe one person's 'unkempt' is another person's 'natural'. All the garden furniture is in the shed in the garden [as stated in the Info sheet] where it is kept if its been wet. There are deckchairs, a dining table and six chairs. There is also a BBQ. Guests are encouraged to use it whenever they wish and in the summer months it is mostly left in situ. I hope your stay was enjoyable none the less Best wishes Teresa
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Beautiful setting, impressive building!

  • 4 of 5

I recently enjoyed a short 2 night stay with a friend and her 2 teenage daughters. The property is part of a much larger estate in a lovely countryside setting, but only a few minutes drive from Dartington and Totnes. We did a pottery lesson at the Dartington shops which was fun and enjoyed walking around Totnes. The pre-stay contact from the owner was excellent and we were visited on the 1st night to check all was okay. It was very comfortable, the only very minor negative was the early morning gardening noise from next door, but it certainly didn't dampen our lovely stay!

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful holiday property.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed as a family of 6 for a long weekend and all wished we could stay longer. Beautiful character property, well equipped and fantastic log burner fire which added immensely to the atmosphere. Great location but always follow directions given by Teresa , not sat nav. A friend who came to visit got very lost using sat nav ! Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended


Gybbes Lodge is within driving distance of numerous beautiful beaches. The beaches are approximately 20-40 minutes drive from us and range from town beaches with facilities and shops, a good local surf beach at Bantham and lots of lovely child friendly beaches for paddling and swimming. The South West coastal path will also lead you to less visited coves and glorious coastal scenery.


The nearest airport to us is Exeter which is approximately 40 minutes drive away. Bristol airport is about two hours drive. Both are reachable by train from our local station at Totnes. The nearest ferry port is Plymouth. Totnes station is on the main intercity line between London and the South West. It is about 3 hours to London by train. Drive from London 3.5 - 4 hours. There are buses that go past our house to Totnes but a car would be recommended to fully enjoy the local area.


Dartington village is about two miles away and has a village shop with post office, garage, bus stop and small shopping complex - The Shops at Dartington.

Totnes is our local town which is about three miles away. This has a large range of shops and restaurants, leisure centre, tourist information and banks.

Further Details:

Totnes is the departure point for River Dart cruises and the Dart Valley steam train. It also has a very picturesque High St and ruined Norman castle, lots of pubs and cafes and waterfront dining. There is a bustling market every Friday.

For seaside towns try Dartmouth, Kingsbridge and Salcombe. You can take a boat out for a mackerel fishing trip or browse the shops and have fish and chips on the beach. We also suggest a drive up on to Dartmoor simply to admire the spectacular scenery or for a walk or a swim in remote river pools.

Dartington Hall has beautiful gardens and a cafe, bar and restaurant - great for sitting out in the sunshine in the garden of a Medieval house.

For the energetic - try a surf lesson at Bigbury on Sea, or a cycle tour through the woods at Haldon forest.

Totnes is also a centre for all things alternative - you can find yoga classes of all types, massage and a huge range of therapies and treatments on offer.


Rates & Availability

Totnes Barn Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 3 2017
5 night minimum stay
Sep 4 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Dec 15 2017 - Jan 1 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $128.93

Booking Notes:
30% deposit required for bookings more than two months before arrival. Full fee required on booking for bookings less than two months prior to start date.

Changeover Day:
Change over day Saturday unless by prior arrangement.

Notes on prices:
Last minute bookings: if property available less than ten days prior to arrival email for special offers.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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