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The Garden House Barn

2bedrooms
4sleeps
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Barn / 2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 4

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • High chair available

Description from owner

Description

The Garden House is the perfect getaway for a family of four, or two couples, wishing for the peace, quiet and clean air of deep Devon countryside. Found down an unmade lane, The Garden House is a recent conversion of a 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 that 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

The Garden House is the perfect getaway for a family of four, or two couples, wishing for the peace, quiet and clean air of deep Devon countryside. Found down an unmade lane, The Garden House is a recent conversion of a 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 that 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 48" Freeview HD 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".

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?

TO CHECK THE AVAILABILITY AND PRICE, without obligation, please click on the orange 'Check price and book' button. This will invite you to enter your preferred dates and will then tell you whether it's available and the price for that period. You can trust the calendar! Note the Changeover day is SATURDAY!

Location description from owner

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.

Beaworthy

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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Bed & bathroom

  • 2 en suites

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Private fishing lake or river
  • Boat available
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Policies

Check in time:15:00, Check out time:10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
Payment
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Smoking
No smoking at this property
Cancellation policy
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About the owner

Anne and John R
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Calendar updated:
25 May 2016

Languages spoken: English

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