Manor House, Atherington, Nr Barnstaple, North Devon, England - Peaceful Rural Location, 20 Minutes to The Beach, Close to The National Parks Close to Golf Courses
About Sally-Anne Allen
We moved to Boreat Barton from Winchester in Hampshire 12 years ago with our daughter Georgina and live in a converted barn next to Boreat Manor. We made the decision last year to renovate the property and to let this lovely old farmhouse on a self catering basis to large family groups as we could not bring ourselves to part with it . We love it here each season bring its own special beauty to the landscape and we would not want to live anywhere else. In Spring the fields surrounding Boreat are full of new born lambs, the summer air is filled with the scent of fresh hay and there is an abundance of wild flowers. In Autumn the landscape takes on a colourful hew to be followed by the crisps frost and a sprinkling of snow in Winter. We are open 365 days a year offering self catering family holidays for large groups, short-breaks weekend an mid-week breaks and room only accommodation (off peak only). We also offer celebration packages and in-house and fine dining with your own private chef. Our Staff - Caraline and Samatha our are part-time housekeepers. On occasions they will be at the property to greet you when you arrive and you will see them in the grounds from time to time. Please feel free to have a chat with them about Boreat Manor and the local area and amenities. They will be only too please to answer any questions you have. Mike is our maintenance man and is on hand to carry out any minor repairs and you will also see him giving a helping hand in the garden. Nick is our gardener and you are sure to see him during your stay mowing the grass or tending the borders. Mary looks after the horses and other animals as well as helping out with housekeeping duties. Income from Boreat Manor is being invested in the property and the grounds and we are currently reinstating the woodland ponds and creating pathways and seating areas for our guests to enjoy the stunning scenery.
Sally-Anne Allen purchased this Farmhouse in 2000
Why Sally-Anne Allen chose Atherington
Boreat Manor is a lovely Medieval Manor and Barton Farmhouse with 10 acres of land and most amazing views. There is no light pollution here and the sky at night is beautifully filled with stars. There are awesome sunsets over the stunning Devonshire Dales. A long Private drive ensures seclusion with no traffic. Boreat Manor may not suitable for wheel chair users as there are steps in the property itself in keeping with an old farmhouse and in the grounds giving access to the property, garden and patio. Barnstaple is just 10 miles. The City of Exeter is only 30 miles with its Cathedral, Shops and Restaurants including Michael Caines. Exmoor is 12 miles, ideal for walkers and Lorna Doone Valley. Dartmoor is close by and includes Okehampton, the Dart Valley and Tavistock. Beaches galore include Westward Ho!, Saunton Sands, Croyde, Woolacombe all great for surfing whilst Golfers will love the 'Links' at Westward Ho! and Saunton, Libbaton is just 2 miles. It's PERFECT!
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Peace and tranquillity, the sound of the sheep in the fields and our Dartmoor Pony's, the birds singing, stunning sunsets, fantastic views. Roe Deer are often in the paddocks, the resident Barn Owl hunting at dawn and dusk, you also see the Little Owls! Buzzards, Kestrels, Sparrow Hawks and plenty of Robins, Wrens and tits.The occasional fox in the woods can be seen on Walks. Quiet country lanes and tracks with wooded valleys where you are never far from the crystal clear waters of the rivers, streams and babbling brooks of the Devonshire Dales and Tarka Trail. Boreat Manor is Medieval over 1000 years old and is part of the former Manorial site. Boreat was also used as a Farmhouse and is now restored. It has a magical feel all of its own and children love to explore the rambling house .
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Amazing long weekend with friends
This house is an amazing place, well presented and very clean. We had a fantastic stay and would highly recommend it.
a great place for a family get together. we had a amazing weekend. boys with toys loved the double shower!!!!! we will be back
Thank you. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to seeing you all again in the future.
Stylish house let down by the detail
The house is a massive renovation/extension of an older property done with some style, albeit very traditionally as the name suggests. Some rooms are rather gloomy. It is spacious, and set in very pleasant surroundings adjacent to the owners property and two or three other converted barns. There are effectively 3 sitting rooms, a small conservatory, two have log burning stoves. The kitchen is spacious, very attractive and very well stocked for a rental property. Overall the quality of the renovation is very good and the property has a homely feel.
I should add that the owner had taken some trouble to decorate the house for Xmas and done so very well. Thank you for that.
The downside is that this overall quality is badly let down with some of the detail.
Most of the sofas and chairs in two of the three sitting rooms (not the Chesterfields in the library) are in such bad condition that they are barely useable. The whole seating simply collapses, no support, impossibly uncomfortable. They need urgent replacement.
The heating in winter is an issue. The house welcome book (though interestingly not the web site) says openly that the heating struggles to cope in the bedroom areas, and it does. Electric heaters are provided as back up. When we arrived, the house was cold, and the weather was quite mild for December. I suspect that the house might have been unoccupied for the previous week or more and the heating only put on on the day of arrival.
The underfloor heating downstairs was efficient, but the bedrooms freezing, It took a couple of days to air the house through, not a great introduction, and even then upstairs was quite cold. I would not have wanted to stay here in a real cold spell.
Some of the beds were decidely tired and unsupportive, and frankly not of the quality that the house itself might suggest. A shower in an en-suite did not operate properly until two of us managed some level of repair.
Small detail in an otherwise impeccable kitchen, but the several frying/skillet pans, were unusable, in that they were all non-stick coated, badly scarred and flaking off, unless you fancy a Teflon mix.
Both sets of steps leading to the entrance door (not the door shown on the web site which is off limits), and the path, were dangerously slippy. Given public liability issues a surprising state and so easily remedied.
One final note, despite adjacent properties at no time did the owner pop in to ask if all was OK, surprising in our experience.
Thank you for your comments we will certainly address the issues raised. With regard to the heating it is left on constantly through the winter on a timer and we put on constant 24 hrs before your arrival. It is difficult for us to please all guests as some have complained it is too hot. The heating could have been set to constant by guests as detailed in the welcome pack. There are two wood burning stoves in the property. We were surprised to hear about the mattresses as most are new and hotel grade. We regard to the sofas we were unaware of any issues as no previous complaints but will certainly replace over the next few months. We do have a housekeeping book where guests are invited to leave notes on anything that needs addressing. For slippery outside areas there is a bin outside the entrance door containing gravel and salt. The house is a very old traditional farmhouse kept very ,much in that style and the decoration is not modern but kept in the traditional style. Our guests who stayed at New Year had no complaints whatsoever they loved everything about the property and will be returning in the summer.
The property is beautiful and the views are stunning.
The weekend was great and the property was perfect for big families. I would have liked a bit more information on the history of the property as I know some of it dates back to 1066 (rather than the huge lists of do’s and dont’s?). It was lovely to be able to celebrate Mum’s 70th birthday with all of her children and grandchildren together in such a great place. Lots of happy memories, thanks.
Thank you for your lovely review. With regard to the history of the house we have been busy putting it all into a book with photos, extracts from diaries of the people that lived at the property and reference to the Boreat aisle in the local church complete with tombs including a knight of the realm. The list of do's and dont's is necessary because of the nature of the property and we will bring everything together to make things easier for guests in 2019. The house is having some alterations done to make family celebrations even better in 2019.
The house was perfect for our group of three families. Lovely and spacious and really well equipped.
We enjoyed the quiet location of Boreat Manor and it was in easy reach of nearby attractions and the coast for trips out. We were six adults and six children and there was plenty of space for us not to be on top of one another and for the (teenage) children to hang out. The bedrooms were large and plenty of beds to accommodate our sleeping arrangements - and a fabulous family bathroom. The kitchen was a great space and really well equipped for catering for 12 people - as was the dining room. The house was actually more spacious than it looked in the photos and exceeded our expectations which is always a nice feeling for the start of the holiday. We stayed in the summer but we all thought the house would also be great in the winter with the fire going. We would highly recommend this property.
Lots of space for big families
Lovely property with loads of space for the whole family: multiple sitting rooms, beautiful sun-room, games room with pool and darts for older kids / adults to enjoy, and all the cooking equipment you need for making your own meals.
Would highly recommend Woolacombe beach (about 40 mins drive away), as well as the clifftop walk in Lynton to the Valley of the Rocks.
INSTOW BEACH 15 Miles Golden Sands and Dunes ideal for families, dogs.
WESTWARD HO! BEACH 15 Miles Golden Sand and the Famous Pebbles. Ideal for Families, SURFING WIND SURFING KITE BOARDING/BUGGY DOGS
SAUNTON SANDS BEACH 15 Miles Beach miles long, Dunes, Families, SURFING WIND SURFING KITE BOARDING/BUGGY'S DOGS
BRAUNTON BURROWS 14 Miles Adventure walks family,dogs.
CROYDE BEACH 16 Miles Awesome SURFING DUDE WICKED ICECREAM
PUTSBOROUGH 18 Miles Surfing
WOOLACOMBE 19 Miles Family Surfing
Umberleigh Train Station - 6 Miles Walk, Taxi, Car
Barnstaple Bus Station 9 Miles
Exeter Train Station 31 Miles
Exeter International Airport 39 Miles
Plymouth Ferry Port 52 miles
Newquay International Airport 75 Miles
Bristol International Airport 83 Miles
Bournemouth Airport 123 Miles
Southampton Airport 142 Miles
Birmingham Airport 182 Miles
East Midlands Airport 217 Miles
Channel Tunnel 249 Miles
A Car is essential but trains go to these locations from Umberleigh also.
Atherington - 1.8 miles
High Bickington - 1.2 miles
Libbaton Golf Club - 2.5 miles
EaglesCott Airfield - 4.1 miles
Great Torrington Tarka Trail - 6 miles
Barnstaple, Oldest Borough in England - 9 miles
South Molton - 11 miles
Instow Beach - 15 miles
Westward Ho - 16 miles
Arlington Court National Trust - 16 miles
Saunton Sands Beach - 16 miles
Exmoor National Park - 17 miles
Dartmoor National Park - 21 miles
Lorna Doone Valley - 30 miles
EXETER CHIEFS RUGBY -31 MILES
The Post Office in Atherington - 1.8 miles
The Post Office in High Bickington - 1.2 miles
Fishleigh Rock Garage - 3.8 miles
MAIN SUPERMARKET SHOPS
Tesco, Sainsbury, Morrison, Lidl - Barnstaple 9 miles
Sainsbury - South Molton 11 miles
Lidl - Torrington - 6.8 miles
Barnstaple - 9 miles
Exeter City - 31 miles
All major banks are in Barnstaple and South Molton.
Barnstaple and Exeter
RESTAURANTS AND PUBLIC HOUSES
There are many local restaurants and public houses details of which will be found in the property on arrival.
Local Activities are countless and you can do almost anything here and we even have our own recreational Airport at Eaglescott where you can come along and learn to FLY
BALLOON RIDES are also available by appointment through us locally subject to Weather Conditions and availability. Please indicate if you are interested in this when booking.
Plenty of action including Water Sports such as Surfing, Kite Surfing, Wind Surfing, Kite Buggying, Snorkelling, Diving, Walking, Climbing, Shooting, Paintball, Adventure Parks, Zoos, Spa Treatments, and much more.
Place of Interest including Exmoor National Park Dartmoor National Park, Bodmin Moor, Goss Moor and Plenty More LOL.
We have several Castles close by and these are listed on Boreat Manor website.
RUGBY SPORTS TEAMS
EXETER CHIEFS PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM JUST 40 MINUTES AWAY
BATH CITY PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM JUST 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES AWAY
If you have any specific interests we can often make arrangements for you before your arrival so just let us know and we'll take care of it.
Please look on our website www.boreatmanor.co.uk for more information.