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Detached Character Barn Within The Dartmoor National Park Private Sunny Garden

Bedrooms 1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 nights


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

Wendy Head
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
January 15, 2018

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 Exeter

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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Exeter Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • 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
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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
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.


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Detached Character Barn Within The Dartmoor National Park Private Sunny Garden
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  • 5 of 5

What a lovely place to get away from it all. Beautiful property and lovely owners, would love to go back

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Remote and Quiet yet still Convenient

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed spending Christmas at The Cowshed. It was warm and very well equipped. After a walk on the moor, coming home to a roaring log fire was lovely. The underfloor heating in the wet room was also delightful. Apart from numerous brilliant walks, we also visited Greenway, Castle Drogo and Dawlish. The Cowshed is well positioned for both coast and countryside so there is never far to go. We had a small problem with the TV but Mark sorted it out very quickly and also supplied logs for the fire which was most appreciated. This is a very nice property and an ideal touring base at any time of the year.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful barn conversion

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful barn conversion in a great location for exploring Dartmoor with the convenience of having a small town (Moretonhampstead) only five minutes drive away.

The barn is comfortable, fitted out to a high standard and in peaceful quiet setting. Would happily stay here again.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Really relaxing stay

  • 5 of 5

We spent 3 nights at the Cowshed earlier this month and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Wendy and Mark were very welcoming. The Cowshed is in a beautiful and peaceful location and has been finished to a very high standard. Nearby Moretonhampstead has plenty of nice eateries. We hope to return in the spring or summer to make use of the lovely outside space

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Lovely hideaway in a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We could only stay 3 nights in the Cowshed but loved everything about it, especially the log burner! Thanks Wendy for you efficient correspondence and lovely welcome when we arrived. Would love to return, and stay for longer next time!

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Great location, perfect accomodation

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful place, with everything you will ever need when away from home. In an excellent location and a lovely host. I will definitely return.

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Newton Abbot
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Nearest Beach
10 Miles


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.


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


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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

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