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The Oak Barn

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Very Good 4.5/5 Score from 11 reviews

from £105 /night

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The Oak Barn widecombe stands in the small hamlet of Venton

Barn | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

This completely re-built detached barn for two or four people has been lovingly handcrafted with local oak finished to the top of the range specification, professionally designed and furnished to delight the most discerning visitor to Dartmoor.The uninterrupted views from the sun terrace over surrounding pastureland towards Dartmoor Tors are breathtakingly beautiful.

This is a supremely peaceful place to stay, set just off a sleepy lane - and you may see Dartmoor Ponies passing the gate en route for the hills - yet you are within easy reach of many of South Devon's main attractions. A 5 Minute level walk takes you to the welcoming local pub, The Rugglestone Inn, which serves "real ale" and scrumptious food and the village of Widecombe-In-The- Moor, famous for its annual fair is a further 1/2 mile stroll. Visitors enjoy free-range eggs from our tiny flock of hens. Visit in Autumn or Winter for cosy evenings round the wood fire - and come to walk in all seasons in fabulously lovely Dartmoor countryside.

Beneath the vaulted arched Oak trussed roof sits the Lounge and across the bridge the Kitchen and Dining Room, designed as an “upside down house” to make best use of the stunning and uninterrupted views across Dartmoor and create a light and airy and spacious living environment.

Devon made beech framed comfortable sofas sit in the spacious lounge making an ideal and restful environment for lounging in front of the lovely log burner or watching a film from a wide range of DVDs on the large plasma television. Sit and lounge plug in your iPod and relaxing to some music.

The whole house is under floor heated to provide a constant warm atmosphere with silent operation. At night, you can set your own ambiance using lamps, low level in-floor lighting or high level up-lights.

The fully equipped kitchen, handmade from solid oak by Dartmoor Carpentry, with granite work surfaces and full size butchers block is an aspiring chef's delight, with quality pans and knives, a 5 burner two oven range, fridge and separate freezer, dish washer, washing machine/ dryer and everything else we could think you may need. (Even 40 bottles of Red, Rosé and White wine - on an honesty box arrangement).

Downstairs sit the two en-suite bedrooms (both bathrooms have both big walk in showers and baths) divided by the entrance hall, one having a contemporary designed fully curtained king-sized four poster bed ,the other having two single beds that zip and link to form a super king sized bed. No expense has been spared on the quality of the linen or mattresses ensuring real comfort and luxury. Cots and high chairs can be provided. The large flagged entrance hall is ideal for outdoor wear and is a great 'drying room' because of the under floor heating.

Both designer bathrooms have walk-in showers with big shower heads and loads of room. The baths are spacious and deep, the aim is to make the bathing experience one of quality, warmth and relaxation, soft fluffy towels and candles are provided.

For the colder wetter Dartmoor days, recovery is on hand in the form of a cedar lined sauna, warming and soothing the aches and pains usually caused by the Dartmoor favourites of walking, cycling or horse riding. The sauna is accessed via the four poster bedroom.

Outside the building is a large south facing terrace, dining area with BBQ and lawn area with sun loungers.

Just a stroll away is a wonderful traditional Dartmoor Pub - The Rugglestone Inn, providing top quality food and drink.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Shaldon 30 km
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest railway: Newton Abbot 20 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Sauna, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Safe, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites
Furniture King Beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking

About this location

The Devon region

Visit Devon and you'll find that there is more to this spectacular and diverse county than you might have thought. In addition to beautiful beaches and stunning scenery, you'll find National Parks, rustic villages and towns, historic buildings and ruins, extreme sports and the best in food and drink. With plenty of places to stay in Devon, the most difficult decision you'll have to make is where in this unique area of the UK you want to visit first.

Plymouth and Exeter both might be situated in Devon, but they each have distinctive characters of their own. Plymouth is a city for family holidays in Devon. Steeped in history and the scene of Sir Francis Drake's legendary game of bowls, Plymouth is also hailed as the cultural centre of the county. With great theatre, live music and art galleries, it's full of excitement and entertainment for the whole family and one of the best places to go in Devon.

Exeter also has its fair share of history, with parts of the city dating back to Roman times. However, it also boasts a superb high street with cobbled streets and squares housing high street and independent shops and boutiques. If you're looking for a relaxing cultural getaway with plenty of opportunity for retail therapy, then Exeter's the place for you. However, it is also close enough to the sea and surrounding countryside that you can base yourself in the city and still enjoy the rest of the Heart of Devon.

The English Riviera:

Torquay is the gateway to the English Riviera - an area that is packed with things to do in Devon, England. Torquay is steeped in maritime history and plays host to a number of sporting events and festivals, including the Riviera's own regatta. It also has its own UNESCO-stamped Geopark, where visitors can explore a unique ecosystem and take part in a variety of unusual activities such as Coasteering, Canoeing the Coves and catching and cooking your own dinner, under the supervision of the sous-chef at the Elephant Restaurant. However, if the last option sounds too much like hard work, the area is stacked with some of the best places to eat in Devon.

South Devon:

South Devon offers the best of countryside and coastline, whichever way you choose to enjoy it. The area is packed with water sports and gentle walks and there are plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy. South Devon is a landscape of gentle rolling hills backdropped by the drama and wildness of Dartmoor, making it a region of contrasts. Its unique character has encouraged artists and musicians to make South Devon their home, and you'll find plenty of galleries, music festivals and alternative livestyle centres in this part of Devon.

Widecombe in the Moor

Dartmoor - Purple, heather clad moorland, wide open landscapes, rushing rivers and obscure stone tors shape the landscape of Dartmoor. But that is just one small part of a big picture.

There are rolling valleys, bogs and wetland, waterfalls and well trodden paths, ancient, eery forests and lonely ruins. Sometimes ominous, challenging, extreme, sometimes welcoming, heart warming; always breathtaking, always changing, the landscape of Dartmoor is alive in every sense of the word.

Whether you're looking for a challenging trek across windswept moors, or just a relaxing stroll through secluded woods, you've come to the right place.

Dartmoor has it all. Blaze your own trail, be a pioneer, explore and take the less trodden route. If you know your way around an OS map, download one of the many map routes below, gather your kit and head out the door.

You want picture postcard Dartmoor villages with thatched cottages and rambling lanes? Try Lustleigh or Moretonhampstead. How about historic market towns with traditional stores, tearooms and crafts? Head to Tavistock, Bovey Tracey or Okehampton. What about something a bit different, a little bit quirky? It's got to be Widecombe-in-the-Moor. Maybe you want folklore, and Dartmoor myths and legends? Princetown is the place to be.

Tiny hamlets, bustling towns, or pretty villages, Dartmoor is thriving, lived in, real.

Devon boasts five areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO Geopark, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and two National Parks. Perhaps the most famous of the National Parks is Dartmoor. Its rugged beauty inspired Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles, and has been used as the backdrop for Hollywood blockbusters. With 368 square miles to explore, you can walk for miles without seeing another soul or visit some of the Devon attractions to be found on the moors such as Haytor and the fascinating Dartmoor Prison Museum. Feeling a little more energetic? Then why not cycle the Drake's trail or encounter the herds of pure-breed Dartmoor ponies that wander the wilds? And when you need a little sustenance, be sure to check out the hospitality of the moorland pubs and restaurants, such as the wonderfully named Nobody Inn.

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9 Feb 2015


"The perfect weekend away!"

This was our third stay at the Oak Barn and it won't be our last. If I had the money to own a property on Dartmoor it would be this one - and I wouldn't change a thing. The owners, Richard… More

19 Jan 2015


"Amazing place to stay with a great welcome"

Loved staying at Oak Barn, firstly the house itself is exactly as advertised and absolutely beautiful, gorgeous furniture and all the facilities you need. It is situated in a perfect village and are… More

14 Jan 2015


"I would STRONGLY advise against anyone staying here"

Im a young professional and have stayed in many places all over the world this is probably the worst I have ever been treated. These people are NOT hospitable at all. I have left shocked by their thre… More

We suppose after 20 years of managing holiday cottages we where due an experience like this, we have never witnessed this type of behaviour from any previous clients. As you can see from the rest of our reviews for this property and our adjacent holiday cottage "Widecombe Cottage" this is not a normal response from our guests. We have to respect the occupants of our other property and neighbours of our hamlet, so partying till the morning, having vans turn up and mattresses dragged into the property and extra people staying; breaks all sorts of contractual conditions of letting as outlined in the Holiday Lettings terms and conditions and voids our insurance cover. In fairness the clients did apologised the next morning and offered to leave. As a gesture of good will we gave a refund minus cleaning and linen costs. We will continue to welcome couples and family's to stay in these luxury cottages within this quiet corner of Dartmoor.

25 Aug 2014


"Rust, ruimte en luxe"

Zoek je rust dan moet je afreizen naar The Oak Barn. Midden in het natuurgebied van Dartmoor, op 10 minuten loopafstand van het pitoreske dorje Widecombe-in-the-Moor ligt dit geweldige vakantiehuis. H… More

1 Jul 2014


"5 * Luxury in a 5* Location"

This is the second time we have stayed in the Oak Barn, the Barn is stunning with a 4 poster bed in the main bedroom and a stunning bathroom that would rival any luxury hotel. The kitchen/dinning/sitt… More

6 Apr 2014


"Luxury cottage in beautiful setting on moor"

We were lucky to have a short break for a birthday celebration and stayed in this cottage for its proximity to Gidleigh Park. The cottage is very well designed and exactly as described on the website.… More

23 Mar 2014


"Satisfaction guaranteed"

This cottage has been beautifully crafted by its owners and offers cosy, clean and very comfortable accommodation in a stunning location. Easy access to the moor straight from the door, a 5 minute str… More

28 Nov 2013


"A wonderful place to stay in the middle of stunning Devon countryside"

There is one big problem when you stay at the lovely Oak Barn and that is you do not want to leave! From the moment you arrive when you are greeted with a lovely freshly cooked sponge cake, fresh eggs… More

10 Nov 2013


"Beautifully converted barn for a luxurious and cosy stay"

The Oak Barn has been converted to the highest standard, the underfloor heating secretly works away keeping the barn warm and to give that extra cosy feel we couldn't resist the log burner which … More

20 Sep 2013


"Superb accommodation, beautiful location, welcoming hosts"

Fortunate to get a cancellation, July 20th 2013 - one week. Directions, provided by the owner, to get to the cottage, were most helpful. At the end of the journey, found ourselves going down a short … More

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