The Garden House
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Barn | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
The Garden House is the perfect getaway for a family of four or two couples wishing for the peace and quiet of deep countryside. Found down an unmade lane, The Garden House is a modern barn conversion based within a converted stable block that once served a nearby stately home. With underfloor heating, heat-recovery ventilation, solar hot water + electricity, you'll be warm and cosy in this beautifully-appointed dwelling. Note there are no 'hidden extras': the price is all-inclusive.
Upstairs are 2 spacious bedrooms, one with a king-sized double bed, the other with your choice of either twin beds or—by zipping and linking—a second king-sized double. Both bedrooms have luxurious en-suites with large showers and East-facing windows to catch the morning sun.
Downstairs is a well-equipped luxurious kitchen/dining area with a fridge + freezing compartment, a gas hob, built in electric oven, a dish washer, washing machine and a microwave. The modern, large and comfortable open plan lounge/living and dining area has settees to seat four, a Freeview TV, DVD player and Wi-fi. A wood-burning stove provides that final touch of the country lifestyle.
Outside you have your own private patio to take in the afternoon sun, a private garden area and parking space for two cars. Walk through the gate and you have a further 18 acres of gardens and grounds to explore. Why not row round the large water-lilly-fringed lake, relax in the summer house on the south shore or walk more than a mile of paths alongside the stream and through the woods? Wildlife abounds, which you can observe from the strategically-placed hide and vantage points. Regular sights are barn owls, kingfishers and herds of deer—but you can also see grass snakes, badgers, foxes and no end of bird species, some quite rare. On clear winter nights you'll be astonished by the dark sky, which provides a fantastic view of stars which cannot be seen in other parts of the UK due to light pollution.
The Garden House is a great place to relax and a superb central location to explore Dartmoor (15 mins) and the North Devon and North Cornwall coastlines (25 mins).
Don't forget, The Garden House is part of the same group of barn conversions as Verbena Cottage (577027) and Ostler's Cottage (519343); so why not come with other friends (total 8 people) so that you can have a barbecue by the lake or go for a row together?
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||30 minutes drive|
|Nearest Amenities||1.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Nearest are Exeter (1 hr) or Bristol (2hrs)., Nearest railway: Exeter (50 mins by car).|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Boat available|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river|
About this location
The Devon region
North Devon is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and the region is known for its mild climate, lush green rolling landscape and stunning wildlife. There are no cities; just occasional sleepy market towns and—with quirky names and equally quirky chocolate-box views—inland villages characterised by winding streets of ancient thatched cottages; and no end of breathtakingly-picturesque fishing villages round the coast. Most settlements are served by old pubs steeped in history and local memorabilia, where you can hob-nob with the very friendly locals, or partake in delicious freshly served food, including the famous Devon cream tea. To see what's on offer you'll need a car—but no worries, driving is still an enjoyable adventure round here, like it was in the 50s and 60s. And there's lots to see.
The area is known for the many stunning gardens which are green and floriferous. Try an on-line search for some of these well known names: 'RHS Rosemoor', 'Docton Mill Gardens'; 'Winsford Walled Garden'; 'Marwood Hill'; 'Hartland Abbey'; and 'Buckland Abbey'. And for something more modern and architecturally stunning, the internationally famous 'Eden Project' is an eye-opening place for a day out.
For those wishing to take in great history and geography, the region abounds with more than its fair share of National Trust properties, from the foreboding, granite, 'Castle Drogo', to the fascinating 'Finch Foundry' with its working water wheels and metal working demonstrations. There's also the stately 'Arlington Court'; King Arthur's mystical castle at 'Tintagel'; and 'Lydford Gorge', complete with Victorian walkways around a rushing river that tumbles off Dartmoor.
For the adventurous there's walking on Dartmoor with a guide, sailing on either the picturesque 'Roadford Reservoir' or 'Upper Tamar Lake'; and bike hire to cycle along the long and traffic-free 'Tarka Trail'. For those who like wildlife (don't forget your binoculars!) you can visit the many reserves run by Devon Wildlife. Last, there's also no end of opportunities to fish; from fly-fishing for trout, to hooking some really big carp (40lb +) in the many local fishing venues (nearest 3 minutes walk away).
For eating out, we have numerous local pubs serving good plain fare (several within 12 mins) and a sprinkling of 'gastro pubs' with restaurants, such as the 'Rydon Inn' at Holsworthy (15mins). For those wishing to try something special, why not push out the boat with lunch or dinner at a top Michelin-starred restaurant such as 'Gidleigh Park' at Chagford (45 mins)?
This is a region with bags to do and experience.
The Garden House nestles in the most sparsely-populated area in the region—no 'rush hour' here—equidistant between the rolling moorland of Dartmoor (15 mins*) and the great beaches of the North Devon and Cornish coast, famed for its delightful fishing villages, cliff walks and sandy surfing beaches (nearest, 25mins). On the doorstep we have Winsford Walled Garden (a 1 minute walk); Halwill Nature reserve (3 mins); the North Devon Alpaca Park (9 mins); and Cookworthy Forest with its cycle network (7 mins).
Dark skies are guaranteed as the nearest city is 45 miles away; you'll be stunned by what you can see from the patio and garden, particularly on clear autumn and winter evenings (if you don't own a pair, why not buy or borrow a pair of binoculars or telescope to bring with you?). Torches are supplied in the cottage for those who wish to explore outside at night.
For your provisions we are blessed with 2 Waitrose supermarkets: in Holsworthy (12 mins) and Okehampton (15 minutes); each having a Co-operative supermarket as a near neighbour.
[*Distances are by steadily-driven car, unless indicated differently.]
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15 May 2014
"The perfect property for relaxing with friends and family."
A lovely modern barn conversion. Lots of space inside and out. In a beautiful location.There are lovely walks from the property and a lake to laze away the day, or row the boat if you're feeling … More
Thanks very much. We look forward to your return!
1 May 2014
"Top class accommodation"
we stayed here from the 26th to 29th of April. We thourhly enjoyed our stay, the cottage was beautiful and clean . Also kept to a very high standard , it rained all weekend but we still had a lovely t… More
We're blushing, Agata. Thanks!
16 Apr 2014
We began searching for somewhere to go to in Devon rather late but were quite surprised to find a suitable house available at a reasonable price. Anne and John were very communicative answering our i… More
Thanks for a comprehensive response, Sue. It's heart-warming to hear that guests appreciate our hard work and commitment to ensure The Garden House provides the highest quality holiday accommodation. Sorry the summer house and the rowing boat weren't available during April. We carry out repairs and a repaint over the winter and, depending on the weather, typically have them ready for use from the beginning of May 'til the end of September—give or take a week or two.
10 Mar 2014
I can say without reservation that the Garden House is the best self catering property I have ever stayed at. The house is perfect inside. The bed we used was huge - 6ft wide, beautifully comfortabl… More
Thanks for a wonderful review, Sue. After all the rain during Jan and Feb the lane had developed a few potholes, but after a dry week this week we've been out and filled them all in. Will be fine until next winter now.
17 Feb 2014
"What ever the weather."
It was a short stay with up and down weather but we made the best of it,warm clothing ,hats and coats and off we went.The vase of flowers and home made cake made it feel very special and warm on the f… More
So pleased you liked The Garden House and, as we say to everyone who visits in winter, do please come again in summer when everywhere is green and the flowers are out: it's even better!
14 Jan 2014
"Even Mum was happy"
We had my mum for Xmas, so a quality location was paramount. And The Garden House delivered. Spotlessly clean, beautifully laid out, environmentally designed and therefore always snug - it was PERFECT… More
We're really pleased you enjoyed yourselves. It's nice for us when guests appreciate the work we put in to design and convert an old farm building and make it as environmentally sustainable as possible (energy performance, Band 'A').
Since you've been, we've finished the work to repair the approach road and, while I still wouldn't recommend bringing the Ferrari due to the 'sleeping policemen' in the lane, I can guarantee you'll not come across any potholes -- which is more than you can say for some of the main roads at the moment!
We hope to see you again sometime: perhaps during the summer?
3 Nov 2013
"Excellent, great value accommodation"
We rent a lot of holiday cottages and this would have to be one of the best we have stayed in. The barn was really comfortable and the quality of the décor and finish was lovely - the bathrooms were … More
Thanks for a great review, Chris. We're glad your family enjoyed their holiday. Yes, we'd love to welcome you back in the summer—the end of October can be rather dull.
We're planning to get together with our neighbours over this winter to improve the lane and remove the potholes. There'll only be the 'sleeping policemen' to deal with then!
Best wishes, Anne and John
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