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Beautiful Barn, Perfectly Placed Twixt Dartmoor and the Coast. Outstanding Views

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Last updated: 04/23/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Barn
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property


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 pocket sprung 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. We also have Wi-fi.

There are two 5' beds, one of which may be split into two small singles with prior notice, thus making one double and one twin bedroom.

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 ample 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 Cathedral Green contains many historic buildings. You can also visit Exeter Underground Tunnels which date from the 14th 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 ambiance 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!

Over the years Torbay, Totnes and Dartmouth have all been used as featured locations in the films of Rosamunde Pilcher's books, which have been screened on one of Germany's main state TV channels, ZDF.

The South Hams has also been used recently for the filming of a BBC drama, The Coroner.

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;
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;
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Member since: 2011

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/23/2017

Property Type

  • Barn

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    smoking outside only....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

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


  • 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 rental enquiries welcome in low season....moreless


  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


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

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Dining table and chairs to seat 6 in adjoining dining area....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Under floor heating...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Egyptian cotton bed linen ...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking:

    In private courtyard...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    In private courtyard...moreless

  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    Egyptian cotton towels...moreless

  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Serving dishes, grater, chopping boards, kitchen knives, weighing scales, stick mixer, baking tins, pans, colander etc...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped with all modern conveniences...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    4 ring ceramic hob...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Lawn / Garden:

    Pretty, sunny patio area with flower borders....moreless

  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio


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from 54 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Rate 5 2017
Apr 22 - Apr 28, 2017
3 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Changeover Day: Saturday

Early May BH
Apr 29 - May 5, 2017
3 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Changeover Day: Saturday

Rate 7 2017
May 6 - May 26, 2017
3 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Changeover Day: Saturday

Late May BH
May 27 - Jun 2, 2017
3 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Changeover Day: Saturday

Rate 9 2017
Jun 3 - Jul 7, 2017
3 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Changeover Day: Saturday

Summer 2017
Jul 8 - Sep 1, 2017
7 night min stay

Rate 11 2017
Sep 2 - Oct 13, 2017
7 night min stay

Oct half term 2017
Oct 14 - Oct 27, 2017
4 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Rate 13 2017
Oct 28 - Dec 15, 2017
3 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Christmas 2017
Dec 16 - Dec 22, 2017
4 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Changeover Day: Saturday

Christmas/New Year 2017
Dec 23 - Jan 5, 2018
7 night min stay

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • No additional mandatory fees


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

All breakages/damage must be paid for

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Last updated: 04/23/2017
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34 Miles
Nearest Airport
Exeter International Airport
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Church House Inn, Harberton
23 Miles
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Nearest Golf
Dartmouth Golf & Country Club
3 Miles
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Junction 31 M5
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
Blackpool Sands

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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2008

About the owner: I grew up in the Cotswolds, near to Stow-on-the-Wold & Bourton-on-the-Water, gradually moving south until reaching Harberton. Although the Cotswolds are undoubtedly a beautiful part of the country, I find the views around this village incomparable. My husband was originally from London but moved to Devon 40 years ago and subsequently discovered his great-grandfather had been born in the neighbouring parish! He was in the music business for many years and still owns a recording studio, although he is more involved now with his art business. We bought the Farmhouse in 2008 complete with the 19thC barn and began a gradual programme of improvements over the following three years, wishing to achieve a sympathetic restoration of the house and similar conversion of the barn. We live just across the courtyard from the Barn which has its own parking and large patio area, so we are there if needed but you have complete privacy if not! So its the best of both worlds.

Why the Owner Chose Totnes, UK:
We fell in love with this property due primarily to its location. The views truly are quite simply breathtaking. We love to watch the light and shadows change across the valley as the day goes by and also as the seasons evolve. Guests are always stunned by our beautiful views!

The Unique Benefits at this Barn:
The barn is in a quiet, rural location with amazing views over the River Harbourne Valley, yet we are only 2 miles from a village store/garage and 3 from the medieval market town of Totnes The beam from Start Point Lighthouse can be seen across the sky when the lighting conditions are favourable.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/23/2017

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  • 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 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

  • 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 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

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