“Idyllic, we wanted to stay forever” We had the pleasure of staying at the Barn in May 2013 a week before the school holidays, enjoyed everything about the place and would have no hesitation in recommending it to any of our friends.
The accommodation: it’s impossible to think of anything that was not provided in the property. The kitchen is very well equipped for those that like cooking, it’s not a token kitchen like some holiday lets and has every utensil, pot and pan you could imagine. The upstairs is one big room and has plenty of space to eat and relax, and a selection of DVDs for the rainy days.
Neither of the bedrooms are massive, but this is a cottage after all, the twin room is probably best suited for children (or smaller people) as I’m pretty tall and didn’t quite fit in one bed. The double has a good size ensuite and there is another separate bathroom on the lower floor. There is also a very useful utility room, we didn’t do any washing, but the space was great for storing cases, shoes, coats etc.
Outside: the Barn is built on a hill, with the farm on the lower side and access to the property from the upper level (there is a door downstairs on to the Farm) which makes the property feel more private as you don’t need to go through the farm to get in. Outside is a patio area with BBQ, (which is a bit of a sun trap) and surrounded by a small gated area of grass, which was great for keeping the smaller ones in. Beyond the fence is a big field which the kids can run around in, and has a massive trampoline, which my daughter was never off. She was also very excited every morning to go and collect eggs from the chickens, she didn’t like the pigs as much because they were smelly, she’s only 3.
Location: You will need some transport if you stay here, it’s a great base to visit the whole of south Devon, but everywhere is a slow drive due to the narrow roads. The resorts of Paignton and Torquay took more than 45 mins, Salcombe and Dartmouth were about 30mins, but there a plenty beaches much closer (times based on low season). Stokenham is about a mile or so from the Barn, it’s walkable (but the roads are very narrow and dark) and has two pubs, the Tradesman’s Arms is a very nice restaurant, the food was excellent, but it’s not really a pub. The Church House is more of a family friendly pub, but again the food was very good, both made us feel very welcome.
Finally a big thank you to Piers for making us feel very welcome on the Farm, he was available when we needed him, but just let us get on with enjoying the Farm. The welcome basket is a nice touch and I can recommend trying the sausage and bacon.
“Beautiful barn in lovely location” We spent 4 nights at the Barn. The barn has been converted to a high standard and is the best self catering accommodation we have stayed in. The kitchen is well equipped and the very efficient log burner kept us beautifully warm and cosy. The welcome hamper was very appreciated. Piers and Sue are very friendly and welcoming and there if you need them. This is a lovely area and being just over a mile from the sea, this is a great location.
“A perfect week” We had a wonderful week at Cotmore Farm with our dog. The cottage had high quality appliances and everything you would need apart from wifi signal. The countryside around the farm was beautiful and great for walking, although the road to the beach was steep and had many turns so it was not ideal for strolling down to the sea. It was lovely to learn about the farm and enjoy the variety of farm animals that live on Cotmore. It's also worth following some of the suggestions in the information pack; the coastal walk to the lighthouse via Hallsands, Llannacombe beach and the South Devon Chilli Farm are all definitely worth a visit. Piers and his family were unobtrusive but friendly and helpful. We would recommend Rose Cottage and would love to return in the future.
Meg, Ben and Partner (woof)