The Garden House
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from £70 /night help Price for guests, Nights
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Barn / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4 Home 539632
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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.
A video is available on You Tube, just search "Holiday Cottage in Devon: The Garden House" (don't forget the "inverted commas"!).
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|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites|
|Check in time:||15:00|
|Check out time:||10:00|
|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|
|Furniture||King Beds (2), 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|
|Access||Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
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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