The Old Shippon, Dunsdon Farm
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Barn | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
The Old Shippon at Dunsdon Farm, an historic 54 acre farm, situated in picturesque North Devon countryside adjoining the Dunsdon National Nature Reserve, with its rare culm grasslands, yet only seven miles from the North Cornwall coastline.
The Old Shippon is a beautifully restored stone barn, set within a historic farm courtyard setting, (with its own private entrance and garden). Restored in 2011 to a very high standard, the cottage features solid oak staircase, doors and skirting and has been decorated with a contemporary feel, yet still retaining the charm of its historic agricultural past.
The Old Shippon boasts three good-sized bedrooms, sleeping six people, and a reverse layout with bright open-plan living space, all under-floor heated.
Your comfort is our main aim, so we have filled one of the finest holiday cottages in North Devon with books and games that can be enjoyed in front of the wood burner in winter, or on one of the two patios in the summer. Also featuring Wifi, a BluRay/DVD player and an iPod docking station so that you can enjoy your films and music.
As dog lovers (and owners) ourselves, we are pleased to be able to offer The Old Shippon as one of the finest luxury dog friendly cottages in Devon. For dog owners we provide a “Dog Pack” with essentials to make your stay in Devon so much easier. With plenty of great local walks and 23 acres of our own private woodland , your dog can enjoy the five star luxury, as much as you!
The farm is managed primarily for conservation, we have our own fold of Highland cows, along with donkeys and horses, for children and interested adults, we organise farm walks where they can get closer and meet the animals.
For wildlife lovers, the farm is managed under Higher Level Stewardship, with a unique culm grassland re-creation project on part of the land, jointly managed with Devon Wildlife Trust. We also have resident roosting and nesting barn owls on the farm, (you might be lucky enough to view them on our “Owl Cam”).
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Bude 8.5 km|
|Nearest Amenities||6 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Exeter, Nearest railway: Barnstaple|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The Old Shippon is a beautifully converted three bedroom property (sleeping six) offering Luxury accommodation over two floors, and a reverse layout to take advantage of the views.
The Old Shippon is situated within an historic farm courtyard setting, (with its own private entrance and garden) where some of the buildings are thought to have dated from the medieval period. The land has been farmed on this site for many hundreds, (possibly thousands) of years, the farm being recorded in the Doomesday book.
When renovating the property, significant attention was paid to its historic setting and maintaining its character as an historic agricultural building, whilst providing accommodation of the highest standard.
Also with the British weather in mind we have tried to make the property as comfortable as possible, so if the weather closes in, you can just snuggle up in front of the wood burner with a coffee and good book.
Features & What’s Included
The Old Shippon has a reverse layout (to take advantage of the views), and has oak flooring on the upper level and lower hallway. The accommodation is fully double glazed, with underfloor heating throughout.
The accommodation downstairs comprises of two large double bedrooms (one with en-suite), a family bathroom (with shower over bath) and a twin bedroom. (All bed linen and towels included) More Information….
Upstairs – Living
The accommodation is open plan with a large spacious fully equipped kitchen at one end and dining seating for six. At the other end you will find a snug area with comfy sofas, tv and woodburner, with a gallery above (ideal for children or parents! who want to get away). Also provided are books, games, DVD player and Ipod Doc/Radio. More Information….
Property - For The Little One’s
At Dunsdon Farm we recognise how important it is to cater for our little guests as well as are bigger ones! We endeavour to provide those items that make things a little easier and more enjoyable, available at The Old Shippon are: Microwave, Cot, High Chair, Selection of Games.
|Further details outdoors|
The upstairs living area takes advantage of the views across the Devon countryside towards the North Cornish coast, and with large oak framed windows within the original barn openings, “light is a plenty”.
“A beautiful space to relax and enjoy a coffee and book in front of the woodburner, when the weather closes in”.
The upstairs living space is open plan with a large and spacious fully equipped kitchen at one end, and dining seating for six. At the other end you will find a snug area with comfy sofas, television and woodburning stove, and gallery above (ideal for children or parents! who want to get away). Also provided are books, games, DVD player and Ipod Doc/Radio.
This modern fully fitted shaker style kitchen has a large oak worktop and an extensive range of cupboards, where you will find everything you need for your stay. Built into the kitchen is a large oven with halogen hob, a full size dishwasher, washer/dryer and fridge with freezer compartment. The kitchen is also complete with a microwave.
The dining area which adjoins the kitchen has a large country style oak table and chairs (seating six comfortably), with oak dresser and ipod dock/radio.
The Snug complete with woodburning stove is the ideal place to relax, with two large comfy sofas and arm chair, wide screen television with Bluray/DVD player, and coffee table with a range of games for your entertainment.
The Gallery is situated above the snug and accessed via the oak stairway, this is the perfect spot for children (or parents!!!) who want to get away into their own space. Complete with bean bags, and a range of books for your enjoyment.
The accommodation downstairs comprises of two large double bedrooms (one with en-suite), a family bathroom (with shower over bath) and a twin bedroom. (All bed linen and towels included).
Downstairs (under floor heated) and set around an open hallway, you will find three beautiful appointed bedrooms and family bathroom, as with the upstairs, the character is brought to life, by beautiful oak flooring, doors and skirting’s.
With double bed and a large light double aspect, is tasteful y furnished with John Lewis and Laura Ashley furniture and bedding (with luxury down duvet and pillows). This room has two bedside cabinets, wardrobe and large chest of drawers, also having a radio alarm clock and television.
With twin beds, tasteful y furnished with John Lewis and Laura Ashley furniture and bedding (with luxury down duvet and pillows) this room has a bedside cabinet and large chest of drawers, also having a radio alarm clock.
Bedroom 3 (With En-Suite)
A large room, tasteful y furnished with John Lewis and Laura Ashley furniture and bedding (with luxury down duvet and pillows). This room has two bedside cabinets, wardrobe and large chest of drawers, also having a radio alarm clock and television.
The en-suite, with natural slate flooring, having toilet, wash basin (with under cupboard) and large shower, for the men we’ve also made shaving easier with a heated mirror.
With beautiful natural slate flooring, and having a toilet, wash basin (with under cupboard) and bath with shower, for the men we’ve also made shaving easier with a heated mirror.
The West Country region
The West Country and in particular North Devon, offers much more than a beautiful landscape, with many National Trust properties and nature reserves to visit, alongside many wonderful visitor attractions, all within easy reach.
Dunsdon Farm is set in beautiful countryside adjoining the Dunsdon National Nature Reserve, designated a SSSI, as a rare and protected culm grassland.
Dunsdon Farm itself is managed under Higher Level Stewardship to protect and enhance the culm grasslands it manages.
Fo more information please do not hesitate to contact us as we are more than happy to help.
Holsworthy is the nearest town to The Old Shippon and is a market town with both a visitors and livestock market, held weekly.
Holsworthy has an excellent range of shops and Waitrose supermarket.
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3 Jul 2014
"The Old Shippon is truly excellent for a holiday or a family celebration."
We visited out of season in March to celebrate a 60th birthday. Our party of seven was two young couples, an enthusiastic German Shepherd and of course a rather older couple. We all loved it. The Old Shippon is beautiful and superbly equipped. It was perfect for a family celebration whilst located within easy striking distance of many things to see and do. Five star accommodation and a five star welcome. A special mention must be made of the owl cam which is a hoot! The best accommodation we have ever had for Diesel the dog who barked seven times when asked for his rating
26 Jun 2014
"Idyllic, Relaxing and Beautiful."
Old Shippon is quite simply the best place we've holidayed in the UK by a long way. It is a truly wonderful holiday home in a stunning setting. We loved it and we'll certainly be back. In our experience many dog friendly holiday homes can fall short of expectations, but not so Old Shippon. It is beautifully furnished, comfortable, spotlessly clean and has a properly secure garden and a private 23 acre woodland (!) in which your four legged friends can play to their hearts' content. The surrounding countryside just begs to be explored. You'll struggle to find better! Highly recommended.
26 Jun 2014
"A warm comfortable home from home"
There is so much to do around this property - walking, cycling or driving. The grasslands are a calm oasis, with the added bonus of pond dipping! All equipment is provided for you as well as access to a huge storage shed for bikes/ beach gear. The property is spacious and has everything for your stay...and more. It has 'an away from it all' feel, with a chance of catching up with nature and you get to learn about Highland cattle, donkeys and Owls if you wish! We all had such a great time (humans aged 10 to 75 and dog aged 15).
18 Jun 2014
We were spoilt rotten staying at the Old Shippon. From Kirstie's homemade scones, sunshine everyday, the beautiful clean well equipped cottage and even the barn owl put in an appearance. It'… More
4 Nov 2013
"Luxury, spacious, extremely comfortable self catering accommodation!"
You cannot fail to have a good time here, even in bad weather. The porch area is more than big enough for everyone's coats and wellies and the under floor heating ensures the property stays warm … More
12 Oct 2013
"Brilliant accommodation and and commendable hospitality on arrival"
This is a five star accommodation for people with dogs. All furnishings are high quality and dog kennels are provided which gives you the freedom should you need to go out for a meal or outing minus y… More
1 Sep 2013
"Peace, tranquility, top-notch hospitality and superb accommodation"
Upon arrival, we could not believe the property was even better than we had envisaged. The warm welcome from the owners was superb. They took time to answer all our questions throughout our stay and e… More
29 Jun 2013
"Best accommodation ever"
We booked this to visit north Devon and Cornwall. We have stayed in many self catering places before but this one really is the best so far. If you love wildlife...especially wild flowers this place i… More
2 Jun 2013
"Comfortable base for North Devon"
Our half term week at The Old Shippon was simply marvellous. From the welcome plate of fresh scones and clotted cream to the comfort and warmth of the converted barn. It's been renovated to an ex… More
25 Apr 2013
"Luxury Accommodation with Breathtaking Views"
No photograph can do justice to this lovely accommodation. It is perfection. From the fresh flowers to the weather forecast for the days of occupation, from the tide table for fishermen to the history of the conversion of the shippon, no detail is spared. You can even view the owl-box on the web-cam.
It really is a hidden treasure.
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