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Tranquil Barn Conversion for 4, Outstanding Views in Devon'S Glorious South Hams

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Last updated: 07/28/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Totnes barn description

Converted in 2011 to an exceptionally high standard in a contemporary fashion but retaining the character of a traditional barn complete with lots of beams. The furnishings are stylish, yet homely and comfortable with the beds having Egyptian cotton bed linen & non-allergenic bedding.

The Barn is extremely light and airy, with plenty of natural daylight flooding in through generous glazing panels in the roof, so even on a dull day the Barn still retains its light.

There are two bedrooms, a bathroom and open plan living/dining/kitchen area on the first floor with far reaching views across the Harbourne river valley. There is a ground floor with ample storage, washing/drying facilities and wetroom. An underfloor heating system keeps it cosy when needed.

There are two 5' beds, one of which may be split into two singles [2 x 2.5'] with prior notice.

There is also a fully equipped kitchen with microwave, oven, ceramic hob, dishwasher and integral fridge/freezer. All cutlery, crockery, utensils etc provided.

Private, enclosed south-facing patio area with garden furniture & barbecue for al fresco eating. Also perfect for stargazing from as there is no light pollution. Picnic ware is also provided.

There is parking for 2+ cars.


There are numerous National Trust properties nearby, including Greenway, Agatha Christie's holiday home; Cotehele near Saltash; Llanhydrock, near Bodmin; Coleton Fishacre [originally the home of the D'Oyly Carte opera family]; Castle Drogo [designed by Lutyens] the last castle to be built in England;

There are many beautiful beaches too and of course Dartmoor National Park with the Dartmoor ponies.

The surrounding area is well served by some excellent restaurants catering for all tastes.

Approximately 30 and 23 miles away lie the cities of historic Exeter and naval port of Plymouth respectively, with a large range of shops, both high street favourites and more interesting, independent shops. Exeter Cathedral is one of many places well worth a visit and the surrounding Cathdedral Green contains many historic buildings. You can also visit Exeter Underground Tunnels which date from the14th century. These medieval passages beneath Exeter High Street are a unique ancient monument: no similar system of passages can be explored by the public elsewhere in Britain and they are quite fascinating!

In Plymouth, one of many interesting places to see are the Mayflower Steps, from where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail to America. Much of Plymouth was rebuilt after World War II but the remains of Charles Church, on a busy roundabout, remain. It was destroyed by incendiary devices in March 1941 and now looks at odds with its more contemporary surroundings!

Dartington Hall Estate is well worth a visit. In 1925, Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst purchased the neglected 14th century Dartington estate. The Elmhirsts were pioneers, inspired by many innovative thinkers of the time and Dorothy had inherited considerable wealth, which she devoted to founding the Dartington Hall Trust. Dartington rapidly became a magnet for artists, architects, writers, philosophers and musicians from around the world, creating an exceptional centre of creative activity.

It is also the base for the “Ways with Words” literary festival held in July each year. It is a festival of words and ideas and is a vibrant and joyful 10-day event, a chance for those who read books to meet those who write them. The setting is glorious, the atmosphere is invigorating. People come together in spectacular surroundings to share the pleasure and power of language and ideas. The warmth and energy of this lively gathering make it a memorable occasion.

There is a beautiful garden with wonderful herbaceous borders and a tilt yard where jousting took place. In spring, there are camellias, magnolias, azaleas and numerous colourful bulbs. Also, the witch hazel walk is a sight to behold, filling the air with perfume and being under-planted with pretty blue chinodoxas.

The Great Hall is a magnificent medieval building with huge fireplaces and vast beamed ceilings. There is a very good pub/restaurant there too, the White Hart, with a wonderful ambience and excellent food.

There is also a unique cinema there “The Barn” and the Roundhouse Cafe, serving home-made cakes.

One of the best and nearest beaches is the sheltered, gently sloping, Blue Flag status Blackpool Sands, approximately 9 miles away. There is a beach shop, loos and wonderful award-winning cafe, The Venus, which serves excellent organic, local food and has glorious views too. One could almost believe one was in the Mediterranean when observing the pine trees against the blue skies!

There are several more around the Torquay area and a little further away [approx. 13 miles] is Bantham Beach, a vast expanse of fine golden sand which overlooks Burgh Island with its famous Art Deco hotel. The island and hotel were used in the filming of Agatha Christie's Evil Under the Sun featuring Peter Ustinov who played Hercule Poirot, Maggie Smith and James Mason. Also on the island is the Pilchard Inn, a rustic and charming 14thC inn, perfect for refreshments. You can walk across to the island when the tide is out, or take the unique sea tractor!

For wildlife and history enthusiasts, the Slapton and Torcross areas are worth a visit too. In the early hours of 28th April 1944 8 Landing Ship Tanks full of American servicemen were just off the coast of Devon. Their purpose to take part in Operation Tiger, the rehearsals for the D-Day landings in Normandy. A 32-ton Sherman tank lost in the practice landings was later recovered from the sea bed and is now displayed at Slapton Sands in memory of the 946 American servicemen who tragically lost their lives.Ken Small, who had struggled to raise the tank, received a personally signed letter of appreciation from Ronald Regan!

Slapton Ley is the largest natural lake in south-west England. Although it is only separated from the sea by a narrow shingle bar, it is entirely freshwater.The lake is surrounded by reedbeds, marshes and woodland habitats.You can see many wildflowers on the shingle ridge during the summer including Yellow Horned Poppy and Vipers Bugloss. The nature reserve is the only place in Britain where you can find Strapwort on the lake shore.

You can hear and occasionally see Cetti's warbler all year round. Slapton Ley is an important staging post for wintering and passage birds including Swallows. If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of Badgers, Otters, Dormice and Bats.

In complete contrast to the seascapes is the rugged landscape and wild outdoors of the Dartmoor National Park, with miles of open moorland with wild ponies grazing. You can visit many places including Widecombe-in-the-Moor, upon which the tale of Uncle Tom Cobley is based.

The following places of interest are a further very small selection and are all within a short distance of East Leigh:

National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth;
Pennywell Farm & Wildlife Centre, Buckfastleigh;
Buckfast Abbey, Buckfast;
Kents Cavern, Torquay;
Totnes Castle, Totnes (English Heritage);
Woodlands Leisure Park near Dartmouth;
South Devon Railway;
Paignton Zoo, Paignton;
Dartmouth Castle, Dartmouth (English Heritage);
Ashburton, ancient Stannary town;
Totnes;
Dartmouth;
Dartmoor National Park;
Sharpham Vineyard & Cheese Dairy, Ashprington;
Canoe Adventures, guided canoe paddling aboard Voyager 12-seat canoes on South Devon’s glorious River Dart;

Property Type

      • Barn

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
              • Pets Not Allowed
              • Children Welcome
              • Wheelchair Inaccessible
              • Non Smoking Only
              • Low Allergen Environment
              • Long-Term Renters Welcome

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4

              • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

                5' kingsize bed...moreless

              • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

                can be split into 2 singles [2.5' each]...moreless

              • Deep, comfortable pocket sprung mattresses on divan bases in each bedroom with non-allergenic duvets and Egyptian cotton bedding, with carpeted floors and built in wardrobes [wooden hangers provided] with chests of drawers. Main bedroom overlooks the Harbourne Valley and other bedroom overlooks courtyard. Both bedrooms have a wealth of beamed high ceilings and ample lighting....moreless

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub

                with handspray fitted to bath...moreless

              • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

                wetroom...moreless

              • Beautifully appointed upstairs bathroom with double ended bath and fitted handspray, large wash basin/vanity unit, close-coupled WC, heated chrome towel rail, extractor fan and illuminated bathroom cabinet with shaver socket. Fully tiled floor with under-floor heating and Velux type roof light. The attractive groundfloor wetroom is fully tiled with a close-coupled WC, chrome heated towel rail, corner washbasin with cabinet above, thermostatically controlled shower and fold away screen. There is also an extractor fan and Velux type roof light. Towels are provided together with liquid soaps....moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • We have been awarded a four star grade with gold award for our accommodation by Visit England. Please note accommodation is on first floor, so younger children will obviously need supervision in this respect. There is an ipod dock available not a stereo system. Long term rentals welcome in low season....moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • DVD Player
                  • Books
                  • Books For Adults
                  • Games
                  • Television
                  • Satellite / Cable
                  • VCR
                  • Radio
                  • Stereo

                  Theme

                  • Away From It All
                  • Tourist Attractions

                  Attractions

                  • Churches
                  • Cinemas
                  • Library
                  • Marina
                  • Museums
                  • Playground
                  • Recreation Center
                  • Theme Parks
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Zoo
                  • Live Theater
                  • Restaurants
                  • Ruins

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Walking
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Sight Seeing

                  local services and businesses

                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Medical Services
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Groceries
                  • Hospital

                  Location Type

                      • Rural

                      sports and adventure activities

                      • Rafting
                      • Deepsea Fishing
                      • Freshwater Fishing
                      • Hiking
                      • Jet Skiing
                      • Surfing
                      • Skiing
                      • Golf
                      • Wind-Surfing
                      • Water Skiing
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Sailing
                      • Cycling
                      • Fishing
                      • Snorkeling
                      • Sound/Bay Fishing
                      • Spelunking
                      • Whitewater Rafting
                      • Swimming
                      • Tennis

                      catering options

                          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

                          Dining

                          • Dining Area
                          • Child's Highchair
                          • Seating for 6 people

                          General

                          • Heating
                          • Linens Provided
                          • Washing Machine
                          • Clothes Dryer
                          • Parking
                          • Activities Guide
                          • Hair Dryer
                          • Local Activities Guide
                          • Local Maps
                          • Local Restaurant Guide
                          • Basic Soaps
                          • Toilet Paper
                          • Telescope
                          • Parking Off Street
                          • Broadband Access
                          • Internet
                          • Towels Provided
                          • Iron & Board

                          Kitchen

                          • Grill
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Toaster
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Freezer
                          • Stove
                          • Oven
                          • Microwave

                          Outside

                          • Barbecue
                          • Patio
                           

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                          Summer holidays
                          Jul 12 - Sep 5, 2014
                          7 night min stay

                          £1,045

                          Changeover Day: Saturday

                          Rate 13
                          Sep 6 - Oct 3, 2014
                          3 night min stay
                          £140
                          Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
                          £785

                          Changeover Day: Saturday

                          Rate 14
                          Oct 4 - Oct 17, 2014
                          3 night min stay
                          £90
                          Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
                          £525

                          Changeover Day: Saturday

                          Half Term
                          Oct 18 - Oct 31, 2014
                          7 night min stay

                          £625

                          Changeover Day: Saturday

                          Rate 16
                          Nov 1 - Dec 19, 2014
                          2 night min stay
                          £80
                          Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
                          £460

                          Changeover Day: Saturday

                          Christmas/New Year
                          Dec 20 - Jan 2, 2015
                          7 night min stay

                          £815

                          Changeover Day: Saturday


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                          • Taxes Not included

                          Notes:

                          NB: There is the possibility of negotiating the changeover day if required and depending upon availability.

                          All bed linen and towels are provided, however, please bring your own beach towels

                          E & O E

                          A 30% deposit is required to hold a booking with the balance due 6 weeks before arrival.

                          For bookings arriving within 6 weeks, payment must be made in full. If payment is not received by this deadline, we reserve the right to re-let the accommodation & the deposit may be forfeited.

                          For international payments, our bank charges us £7.50 to accept them, so this needs to be added on to any payment.


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                          Location

                          34 Miles
                          Nearest Airport
                          Exeter International Airport
                          23 Miles
                          Nearest Ferry
                          Plymouth
                          3 Miles
                          Nearest Train
                          Totnes
                          30 Miles
                          Nearest Motorway
                          Junction 31 M5
                          10 Miles
                          Nearest Beach
                          Blackpool Sands
                          1 Miles
                          Nearest Barpub
                          Church House Inn, Harberton
                          7 Miles
                          Nearest Golf
                          Dartmouth Golf & Country Club
                          3 Miles
                          Nearest Restaurant
                          Totnes

                          Car: Necessary

                          East Leigh Barn is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty and is close to the historic market town of Totnes. It is located one mile from the village of Harberton in the South Hams district of South Devon and is within easy driving distance of both the natural beauty of Dartmoor National Park and the stunning South coast.

                          On some nights, the distant glow of Start Point lighthouse [over 15 miles away] can be glimpsed across the sky.

                          It has been recently converted to a very high standard, with high quality fixtures/fittings, from a 19thC building in a courtyard setting which comprises the original 17thC Grade II listed farmhouse, together with a further barn. It is placed a perfect mid distance twixt moor and sea and enjoys an enviable, elevated position with far-reaching, south-facing views over and beyond the Harbourne Valley. The view from the Barn extends across the verdant Harbourne river valley, transporting you back to a gentler pace of life, as there is virtually no visible reference to the 21st century.

                          The hamlet of East Leigh is steeped in history and was even mentioned in the Domesday book of 1086.

                          In the pretty nearby village of Harberton, you will find the 13thC Church House Inn, which is perfect for a cosy supper or quick drink. There is also a 13thC church, St Andrews, containing a Norman font, 15thC rood screen and octagonal 15thC pulpit.

                          There are some lovely walks which may be undertaken from the property. The South Devon coastal path has some of the most picturesque and spectacular views. In this region of South Devon, there are also some lovely quaint towns and villages, with many thatched cottages and narrow winding lanes.

                          Totnes is a picturesque Elizabethan town, with many interesting and varied shops to explore, quaint and characterful tea rooms, a museum, galleries etc. Totnes Castle is one of the best preserved examples of a Norman motte and bailey castle in England. The surviving stone keep and curtain wall date from around the 14th century. You can take trips down the River Dart from Totnes and there is a vibrant market on a Friday in the town square with a wide variety of stalls. On Tuesdays in season, there is also the unique Elizabethan market, where stallholders don their Elizabethan finery!

                          Please see 'Description' for more places of interest.

                           

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                          Photos

                          • East Leigh Barn

                            East Leigh Barn

                          • View over the Gate

                            View over the Gate

                          • Patio Entrance

                            Patio Entrance

                          • Part of the Light & Airy Living/Kitchen Area

                            Part of the Light & Airy Living/Kitchen Area

                          • Downstairs Wetroom

                            Downstairs Wetroom

                          • English Tourist Board Rating

                            English Tourist Board Rating

                          • The East Gate, Totnes

                            The East Gate, Totnes

                          • The Norman Castle, Totnes

                            The Norman Castle, Totnes

                          • Bantham Beach with Burgh Island

                            Bantham Beach with Burgh Island

                          • Start Point Lighthouse

                            Start Point Lighthouse

                          • Dartmouth Harbour

                            Dartmouth Harbour

                          • Exeter Cathedral

                            Exeter Cathedral

                          • View from the Barn-Harbourne Valley in Summer

                            View from the Barn-Harbourne Valley in Summer

                          • View from the Barn-Harbourne Valley in the Snow

                            View from the Barn-Harbourne Valley in the Snow

                          • Spacious Master Bedroom

                            Spacious Master Bedroom

                          • Dining Area

                            Dining Area

                          • The South-Facing Patio

                            The South-Facing Patio

                          • Gold Award

                            Gold Award

                          • The 16thC Guildhall, Totnes

                            The 16thC Guildhall, Totnes

                          • Wistmans Wood, Dartmoor

                            Wistmans Wood, Dartmoor

                          • Blackpool Sands

                            Blackpool Sands

                          • The picturesque River Dart

                            The picturesque River Dart

                          • Cathedral Green, Exeter

                            Cathedral Green, Exeter

                          • South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh

                            South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh

                          £66 - £149 per night (GBP)
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                          2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 4

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