Blackdown Hills holiday barn rental with internet access, walking, TV and rural retreat

44 reviews

From the owner

  • Barn
  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
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Key information

  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking. See Policies & House Rules
  • Nearest beach 27 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Car essential
  • Pet friendly

From the owner

The magnificent Nordic interior styled 'Blackdown Barn' lies at the foot of the Blackdown Hills – officially recognised as an area of outstanding natural beauty thanks to its breath-taking mix of ancient heath and native woodland. Located within the 13th Century parish of Broadhembury and nestled within the soft, East Devon countryside, from the grounds of the property you can see not only the Torrs of Dartmoor but also the coastline of Lyme Bay, whilst benefiting from being just half an hour from the beautiful beaches of Devon's Jurassic Coast, the rugged beauty of the Exmoor National Park and by way of contrast; the theatres, restaurants and high class shopping of Exeter – the shire's very own Cathedral City.

Blackdown Barn is a self-contained detached building in it's own privately fenced grounds, and offers guests a fabulous degree of space on a luxurious scale. A massive 100sq metres of galleried living space beneath a high, open-beamed timber ceiling, providing an unparalleled sense of freedom and refreshment the moment you walk through the Barn's double doors. The Barn brings you face to face with nature too, thanks to all its six west facing windows which look straight into the tall sycamore trees of the property's very own woodland copse – the home of Tawny owls, Tree-creepers, Woodpeckers and other woodland birds.

With its gym, pool table room, surround-sound home cinema system with 55" Smart TV' lounge area, cosy library and family indoor games zones, magnificent large solid elm dining table, Blackdown Barn's multiple features offer relaxation and entertainment for everyone no matter what the weather holds! In the summer, there is the shared outdoor heated swimming pool (Mid April to Sept) with family barbeque & outdoor dining, along with large secluded gardens for summer games [please note the pool and gardens are only shared with us as owners so that our children have a chance to use the pool in the summer too!, but we are very aware of guests privacy]. The property provides a fantastic location for families or groups of friends, with the convenience of our local pub within a very short walking distance.

Accommodation comprises: Massive 100sq.m central living area, 1 x 40 sq.m mezzanine galleried gym room; 1 x 40 sq.m mezzanine galleried games room with 7ft pool table (also with oak top for further table top games); 3 bedrooms: 1 master/family bedroom with kingsize bed and additional full single size French day bed; 1 twin room with two extra wide single beds; 1 double bedroom with en suite shower room. Additional family bathroom with freestanding bath, and one further cloakroom (this cloakroom has a loo only, not shower room as in the summary below). Fully equipped kitchen with our popular lime green Smeg larder fridge, complete with electric cooker and hob, microwave cooking facilities, and 8kg washer/dryer. Boot room providing ample space for footwear, luggage or buggy storage. Two sofa beds provide flexible extra sleeping if required, however, we recommendation a maximum of 9 guests. Cot & high chair also provided.

All bed linen and towels supplied, along with swimming/beach towels, and double size sleeping bags and blankets for the sofa beds. Well behaved dogs/pets are welcome with permission - please advise the owner of your breed of dog and add the additional £50 pet fee to your booking. Plenty of hot water and centrally heated with a direct oil boiler, the property is warm and welcoming.

The property is owned by a family with 4 children, and much thought has been given to the requirements of families or groups. We hope very much you consider staying with us!

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Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King Bed Single Bed
  • Bedroom 2: Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3: 2 Single Beds
  • Beds in other rooms: 2 Sofa Beds
  • 1 Family bathroom, 1 En suite, 1 Toilet Only


  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • Cot available
  • High chair available


  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Accessible for wheelchair users — please contact the owner for details before booking


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Shared outdoor pool (heated)
  • Shared garden
  • BBQ
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Pool or snooker table
  • Games room
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Interaction with guest

We will be available to help with any advise on places to visit, where to eat, good local walks etc.



Cancellation policy

Full refund

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

Partial refund

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

No refund

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

100% refund100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
Booking confirmed
50% refund50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.
24 hours after booking
No refundNo refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.
4 weeks before
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Things to know

Check in: 17:00 Check out: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.


This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Damage deposit: £250.00

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No smoking at this property

House rules

We don’t allow groups of teenagers; or college/University students.
No loud music or loud noise after midnight.
Pets are welcome, but dogs do need to be kept on leads outside, and owners must be advised of breed at the time of booking - £50 pet fee applies.
Smokers must smoke outside the property.
The main entrance gate must be kept closed.
Pool & house rules are listed in the Booking Agreement.
All guests must comply with COVID-19 restrictions.

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About the owner

Michaela M.
Average reply time:
3 hours 56 minutes

Calendar updated:
19 Oct 2021

Years listed:

Based in:
United Kingdom
Languages spoken: English
This Barn has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and sleeps 9. It has been listed on Holiday Lettings since 23 Jan 2013. Located in Devon, it has 44 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £2119 to £2519.
The Owner has a response rate of 90% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 19 Oct 2021.


44 reviews
Very Good

Great location and good size barn, but small kitchen and only one shower
Aug 2020

Location: The location was excellent, near to the M5 but certainly didn't feel like you were near a motorway. Lovely grounds to wander around and near to lots of activities which we thoroughly en… More 

Reviewed 6 Sep 2020

Owner's reply:
Thank you for your comments and your lovely note left in our Visitor's Book. On your family leaving, it was good to hear you had enjoyed your time at the barn. We are sorry the bathroom arrangements didn't suit your family, we do carefully describe the exact layout in our property details so that guests can decide whether it is suitable for them before booking to avoid any disappointments. The property is very large and we installed the largest external direct boiler available at the time, and it provides constant hot water, even for larger groups. Thank you for mentioning the slant on the pool table, we were not aware of this and will check and adjust it accordingly. The pool is an outdoor pool and is partially heated by a solar cover, as well as an electric heater. We endeavour to maintain the pool at around 84-86 degrees, and it can increase up to 90 in periods of hot sunshine. The average temperature of an outdoor pool in the UK is 82. We do our very best to maintain a nice comfortable pool temperature, but we appreciate if the air temperature on the day is colder at this time of year, it feels less warm to swim, this is more of a challenge in Sept compared to the hotter summer months. With regard to damages, we never charge for general wear and tear items like broken glasses, plates, saucepans etc, but we do charge for avoidable damages to items that do need to be replaced. We are sorry that the check-in time had to be extended, this is to allow every item in the property to be thoroughly cleaned and proper disinfection routines, which has increased the time it takes on changeover days. We are committed to ensuring the property is safe and properly cleaned prior to our guests arrival during this time of pandemic. We are delighted you enjoyed the produce from our garden and apple trees, and wish you and your family all the very best.
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

Great visit!
Aug 2019

Beautiful, peaceful setting - great location having things to do within a half an hour drive. Lovely barn, mattresses were amazing! Love the open layout - would be an added bonus if the kitchen was w… More 

Reviewed 22 Aug 2019

A Holiday Lettings verified reviewer

Beautiful barn
Aug 2019

Spent 2 weeks with 4 adults, 4 kids & 4 dogs. Barn is lovely much bigger than expected. Everything very clean & well kept. Perfect location for beaches & activities for children.

Reviewed 10 Aug 2019

A Holiday Lettings verified reviewer

Unique barn with a pool
Jul 2019

Our family of 7 stayed at Blackdown Barn for 10 days. It was massive! The outdoor pool was a real bonus. The kids used it well as the weather was fantastic. There is also a pool table and gym equipmen… More 

Reviewed 23 Jul 2019

Emma C

Four perfect days of R&R
Jul 2019

Great place to come to after stressful few months. All very welcoming, including hamper. Relaxed after a couple of minutes. The Barn is a fab place for teenagers and Coco the dog, who had a second lea… More 

Reviewed 3 Jul 2019

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If you have any questions before booking, you can send the property owner/manager a message via the contact form on their listing. Once you’ve booked, you can discuss the rental and make arrangements for your trip by logging into Manage my booking.

How do damage deposits work?

In most cases, you don’t pay a damage deposit up front. Instead, we save your payment details securely and you’re only charged in the event of damage to the property.

Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

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You can pay the remaining balance of your holiday at any point. Simply go to Manage my holiday booking and click Pay now.

We’ll automatically charge the balance payment to the same payment method 10 days before it’s due. Go to Manage my holiday booking to see when the payment will be taken.

How can I retract my booking request?

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How do I cancel my booking?

Go to Manage your holiday booking to cancel your booking. Here you can view your cancellation policy to see if you’ll be refunded.

How do I edit my booking?

You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your holiday booking page. To change your holiday dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send Michaela (the owner) a message.

If Michaela (the owner) agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your holiday booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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