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Detached Character Barn Within The Dartmoor National Park Private Sunny Garden

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Converted Barn in Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor, Devon - Modern, quiet location, close to open Moor and local amenities, free wifi

The Cowshed is quality accommodation, quirky yet spacious, a 15-20 minute walk to a range of local amenities including a small supermarket, deli, bakers, butchers, hardware store, Post Office, cafes, pubs and antique shops. There are lovely country views from the property both to the front and rear. There are pine floors throughout. Downstairs there is a large open plan living area with a log-burner and a newly fitted kitchen, fully tiled wet room with heated floor, patio with side entrance doors. Upstairs is the open plan bedroom, with original beamed vaulted ceiling.

This large room has lovely views; Juliet balcony to the front and and patio doors to the rear, opening onto a decked balcony with glass panels and stainless steel handrails, overlooking the walled courtyard garden. The garden has outside furniture, chiminea, a water feature and garden art. Nearby, Bovey Castle in a magnificent setting, has excellent golf, fine dining and bistro. National Trust Castle Drogo is a few miles away and many other attractions and beauty spots are within easy travelling distance. Dartmoor has so much to offer, rugged tors and beautiful landscapes, quaint villages and river walks. There are the famous Dartmoor ponies and Highland cattle grazing with sheep on the open moor, many good pubs as you tour around and tea rooms so you can experience the Devon Cream Tea! You will never tire of the scenery, sunsets and peaceful locations, visitors often return again and again and find new treasures each time. Please note that if your dates span two rate periods the rate quoted may be incorrect, please contact me for an accurate quote.

More Details

Owner
Wendy Head
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2017

About Wendy Head

We are Mark, Wendy & Ellie and we live on Dartmoor in Devon with our hens and ducks. We owned holiday cottages in a nearby village for 12 years, then took a break to bring up our daughter. We had the opportunity to purchase property in Rock, Cornwall which have been successful as holiday rentals. We have now converted the barn which was the site of the original Manor House before it burnt down. It has a 'home from home' feel which is important so you can relax and enjoy your holiday. We have added things we have collected over the years to make it feel homely for our guests. If you wish to plan a two centre holiday we aim to provide short breaks at both location except in high season.

We are nearby if needed but Cowshed has a private garden giving full seclusion for relaxation.

Wendy Head purchased this barn in 2007

Why Wendy Head chose Mid Devon

We have lived on Dartmoor for many years and love the countryside, walks and the relaxed way of life. There is something for everyone, walking, cycling, sightseeing, National Trust property and access to the coast is within an hour.

The Cowshed was converted during 2014 so provides a modern living space in a character building with lovely country views and a peaceful setting.

A real get away from it all location yet still providing great places to eat and many places to visit.

Cosmopolitan Exeter with its cathedral and beautiful old buildings, some still housing high street shops, is well worth a visit.

What makes this barn unique

We are conveniently located between Moretonhampstead and Chagford, both thriving moorland villages with lots going on. There are good pubs and restaurants, range of local shops, potteries and art galleries, swimming pools and a sports centre and immediate access to the moor.

We can provide guests with local knowledge of where to go, especially the little gems that locals keep to themselves! Riding, fishing, cycling, shooting and many other activities can be accessed locally and if we know what you would like to do we can source some information for you and even book activities. Some bikes available, do please ask.

The beaches at Teignmouth and Torbay are within a hour's drive, a little further are the stunning beaches and resorts of the South Hams, Dartmouth and Salcombe, Bigbury well worth a day trip. Tour over the moor to Princetown to see the prison and beautiful views and on to Tavistock with its bustling indoor market and unusual shops.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We were very pleased with the accommodation offered by The Cowshed, very comfortable and a lovely setting. We would certainly recommend this most ideal place for a holiday. Hosts Wendy and Mark were very friendly and helpful and we must commend them on a beautiful renovation of the Cowshed. We hope to be able to return on a visit at some time in the not too distant future.
Apr 2017
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Amenities

Exeter Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 3/4 (1 Bedroom with additional sofa bed) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom - oak double bed, built in wardrobes, oak chest/bedside cabinets. A sitting area has a sofa bed, ideal for children, can be screened off. It has a 32” Plasma TV, panel heaters. Large patio doors to balcony with views over courtyard and farmland.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The Cowshed can easily accommodate small families with use of the sofa bed and screens, or can provide a welcome retreat for two. Whether you like walking, cycling, riding, dining out, sightseeing or just relaxing away from it all – the Cowshed and Dartmoor has something for everyone. A special place where you instantly unwind and get into the slower pace of life. The Cowshed has a home from home feel, is spacious, and fully equipped for a relaxing holiday. Chagford nearby provides individual shops and boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Both Moretonhampstead and Chagford have open air swimming pools in summer, excellent gym and sports centre in Moretonhampstead, open all year. Local shops provide for all the essentials and more and supermarkets will deliver here. We do not allow dogs in the property, however we do have stables/sheds for dogs who are used to living outside. Horses by arrangement (extra). A non-smoking property.We are happy to offer short breaks in low and mid seasons, please enquire. Outside: The Cowshed has its own private walled garden, decked throughout with planters and bed of hostas surrounding the water feature. Wall art and chiminea for autumn evenings, table and chairs and sunloungers for lazy days. The courtyard is an incredibly sunny spot and enjoys sun into the early evening. The last of the sun can be accessed from the first floor balcony for an evening drink or al fresco meal. There is ample parking on the main driveway and from the bedroom to the front of the property you have lovely country views and can watch our hens and ducks enjoying Sloncombe life. Occasionally you can see deer and other wildlife in the paddock opposite. We are surrounded by fields and farm land in a small hamlet, a truly peaceful place yet not far from the village for essentials. There are walks directly from the property if you choose to leave the car at The Cowshed for a change. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The Cowshed is cleaned thoroughly after each rental period. Bedding (duvets, pillows) provided, linen for main bed is included, sofa bed linen extra.

Reviews

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Fabulous holiday getaway.

  • 5 of 5

The Cowshed more than lived up to our expectations. Light and airy, the conversion has been beautifully completed to a very high spec.

The property is perfectly situated to explore Dartmoor and the wonderful Devon coast. There are shops, restaurants and pubs at nearby Mortonhampstead.

We had a wonderful week here and were well looked after by owners Wendy and Mark, without hesitation we would happily recommend The Cowshed for a superb holiday in the lovely Devon countryside.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely property in a great Dartmoor location

  • 5 of 5

This is a real gem, a large yet cosy converted barn near to Moretonhampstead in the Dartmoor National park.

The outdoor garden is a sun trap and very relaxing to sit in, inside the property is well furnished, with good quality appliances and accessories which allowed us to cook easily. The lounge and bedroom are comfortable and bright, ideal for relaxing.

We thoroughly enjoyed the holiday, the pubs and shops in the village catered for everything we needed and the surrounding area is great for exploring and walks.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Holiday

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely place to stay, everything ​you need and more Wendy and mark are such welcoming hosts and very helpful with local knowledge,we did a great bike ride called The Granite Way (thank you to Wendy for the map ),so many things to do and see we will have to come back

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Relaxed.

  • 5 of 5

A very nice home from home. We enjoyed the location and the peace and quiet very much. On the first night of our weeks stay a small herd of deer came onto the property and stayed until they saw us watching them. Our host Wendy made us very welcome, and is able to provide lots of advice on places to go. We took advantage of our NT membership and went somewhere different each day.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Stunning charming property with a high spec finish A**

  • 5 of 5

Wendy and Mark were very accommodating of all my needs. I was given access to the building very early, as there wasn't a guest change over, and the directions were easy to follow. My first impressions upon seeing the building and interiors was WOW! The conversation from Cowshed to fantastic guest accommodation was done to such a high standard. The facilities were to a high spec, and every need had been catered for. The place was so cosy that I barely touched the posh electric heaters. Instead I lit the woodburner most nights, which was very efficient and hardly needed any wood. The bed was super comfortable and a good size. Good restaurants, shops and visitor attractions were in easy reach (5-10 minutes by car). It was good to know that public access to the gardens/barn was restricted with a key code gate onto the little lane off the drive. Very safe, as I was travelling alone. The bathroom was very luxurious with slate tiles and underfloor heating. The shower was very powerful and hot, with good controls in case you wanted cooler water or less pressure. I really cannot fault this place!

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Ideal accommodation to explore Dartmoor

  • 5 of 5

We have no hesitation in reinforcing the other highly positive reviews for this well designed and spacious accommodation. We had a lovely relaxing stay within picturesque surroundings. The property is decorated to a very high standard, it is spotlessly clean, comfortable and has all the amenities required to enhance a visit to the gateway of Dartmoor. Wendy and Mark are exemplary hosts who have an excellent knowledge of the area and they made us feel truly welcome throughout our stay.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Map

Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Exeter
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Plymouth
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Newton Abbot
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
M5
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Teignmouth

Coast/Beach:

Beaches at Teignmouth and Torbay can be accessed by car within an hour, and a little further are the stunning beaches and dramatic coastline of the South Hams. Dartmouth is about an hour and 15 minute drive, Salcombe another half an hour at most but all well worth a visit.

Travel:

Exeter Airport 30 miles

Channel port at Plymouth 43 miles

Railway stations at Exeter 23 miles and Newton Abbot 14 miles

We recommend you do have a car, although there is a country bus service with limited destinations and times

Distances:

The Cowshed is just over a mile from Moretonhampstead and approximately 2 miles from Chagford. Exeter is 20 miles, Torbay 20 miles so all within easy reach.

National Trust property approx 5 miles.

Numerous beauty spots and tourist attractions both on the moor and in nearby locations.

Further Details:

15-20 minute walk (5 minute drive) to range of local shops including deli, bakery, butchers, cafes and small supermarket, hardware, antiques, Post Office and pubs. Open air swimming pool in summer, sports centre with tennis courts, gym and a range of classes open all year. Cash point at local Coop store, Lloyds bank although limited opening, and at Chagford. Local art gallery with regular events and workshops.

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Rates & Availability

Exeter Barn Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High Season
Jul 13 2017 - Sep 6 2017
Changeover Day: Thursday
7 night minimum stay
$682
 
 
Mid season 2
Sep 7 2017 - Oct 11 2017
3 night minimum stay
$135
$579
 
 
October Half Term
Oct 12 2017 - Oct 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
$611
 
 
Mid season 3
Oct 29 2017 - Dec 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
$90
$386
 
 
Christmas and New Year
Dec 21 2017 - Jan 3 2018
7 night minimum stay
$669
 
 
Low season 1
Jan 5 2018 - Feb 8 2018
3 night minimum stay
$75
$322
 
 
February Half Term
Feb 9 2018 - Feb 17 2018
7 night minimum stay
$483
 
 
Low season 2
Feb 18 2018 - Mar 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
$75
$322
 
 
Easter
Mar 29 2018 - Apr 18 2018
7 night minimum stay
$579
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes: Please note that if your dates span two rate periods the rate quoted may be incorrect, please contact me for an accurate quote.
A deposit of 25% is required to secure your stay, the balance to be paid no later than 8 weeks of the commencement of your holiday. The deposit is non-refundable unless we are able to re-let the property if you have to cancel your holiday. We strongly recommend that you take out cancellation insurance as a minimum.

Changeover Day:
Thursday but flexible, we welcome short breaks but may limit this in high season. We aim to accommodate where we can and can provide a two centre approach if you wish to take advantage of our Cornwall properties too. Please enquire and we will try to help

Notes on prices:
We try to be flexible on arrival/departure dates, please do enquire. Two or three nights break are charged at 70% of the weekly rental, 4 nights at 75%, and 5 nights at 80%. Additional linen available for sofa bed at £12 per set.
Electricity and a basket of logs is included.
Dogs who can live outside and horses by arrangement, price to be agreed at time of enquiry.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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