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Headborough Farm and its outbuildings began in late medieval times and have been modified and extended throughout their long history. The largest building is the tithe barn where crops (effectively a local 10% tax on tenant farmers) were secured. The barn was neglected in the 20th century and suffered some severe structural damage, culminating in a fire in the 1980's which damaged the roof and upper walls.
The current owners obtained listed building consent to restore the entire building from its state of total ruin, with about half to be used as a holiday home. After two and a half years' work involving numerous local skilled artisans, the end result has satisfied the needs for conservation whilst providing a unique and comfortable house. Many of the materials used were either recycled or locally sourced. The thatch is under-lined with sheep's wool and the new walls are highly insulated and up to 900 mm thick! For extra comfort, the windows are either triple or double glazed. It is a very comfortable and low energy dwelling.
Inside, the fittings and fixtures are modern and functional. The furniture (beds, sofas and curtains) has been chosen to provide the comfort of typical 4-5 star hotel, whilst fitting in with the country rustic style of the oak beams and planked doors. All technical parts are modern and efficient; the under-floor heating system, the cooking equipment, the laundry, and the TV system included.
The Tithe Barn has its own private outside spaces including a patio and barbecue / recreation area. The remaining part of the barn is a spacious galleried games room with table tennis table, a large 7 ft pool / snooker table and a quality cross trainer. Here you will see the full beauty of a traditional oak framed roof and the underside of the thatch.
Warm, Comfy, Wonderful
By C Ford on 08-Jan-2018
A return visit to the Tithe Barn to see in the New Year. We were very grateful for the warmth and the lovely thick walls and thatch, as Storm Eleanor did her worst outside! The only thing that is maybe lacking from the barn is a dvd player - might be a useful addition, especially when the weather is too inclement to want to venture out. Apart from that, amazing home from home, with everything else you could possibly need.
Beautiful, Homely And Very Clean Cottage
By A Sims on 07-Jan-2018
We stayed in the property over Christmas. The owners had kindly put up Christmas decorations and we loved the cottage. It was impeccably clean and well appointed. It was quite pricey for the Christmas period but I would definitely stay again. The only minor criticism is that it’s quite hard to find on a dark winter’s evening and so an outside light illuminating the name sign would be useful.
Great House In A Lovely Location
By P Cherry on 28-Sep-2017
The house is in a lovely location. It's only a few minutes walk to the shops and restaurants of Ashburton and yet you feel as if you're in the middle of the country. The house has been beautifully converted. It's comfortable, light and airy, with large spacious rooms and a gorgeous outlook. It's also the best-equipped self-catering accommodation we've ever stayed in.
My husband has limited mobility and he really appreciated the easy ramped access through the front door, the wide doorways and the completely level ground floor; and also the very spacious living room and bedroom which made it easy for him to get around with a walking frame. There was also lots of space on the patio for him to move around. The shower in the wet room was excellent and Stuart provided us with a shower stool and toilet frame. For outings it was easy to bring the car up to the front gate which avoided any need to get across the stony drive with a wheelchair or walking frame.
Altogether we loved it and would happily book another holiday here.
Stone And Thatch...with A Modern Twist
By J Gatenby on 21-Aug-2017
A short stroll from the centre of a small but bustling town centre brings you to the delightfully quiet Headborough Farm and the Tithebarn. The rebuilt barn is stunning, spacious and hides a modern interior which marries perfectly with the original stonework. Ashburton is ideally placed for easy access to Dartmoor and South Hams, and, for its size, has more than its fair share of food shops and antique centres. There is even a heated outdoor swimming pool which opens at 7.00 a.m. on two days per week. It's a great start to the day, but do note - the signs are for pedestrians, not cars; park in the town centre and walk.
On a warm, sunny afternoon the patio at the Tithebarn is perfect for a long lunch and the bi-fold doors make it very easy to keep everyone fed and watered.
We had Mabel the dog with us and could take her into an adjoining field which is big enough for serious playtime, if you like that sort of thing.
Stuart and Jane are considerate hosts who put a lot of effort into the place and we enjoyed our stay from the moment we arrived ... and if it's raining, there's always the games room
Fantastic Place To Stay
By Anon on 30-Jul-2017
Great location for visiting places. A very warm welcome from Stuart and Jane. We had a very comfortable stay and our daughter, who is a wheelchair user, could get around easily into the shower room and bedroom which are on the ground floor.Stuart and Jane provided a raised toilet seat and there was also a ramp to access the property.The Barn was spotless and was very well equipped.We hope to visit again in the future.
By Anon on 16-Jul-2017
From the moment of arrival at The Tithe Barn Stuart and Jane make you feel very welcome. The Barn is immaculate, comfortable, very well thought out and equipped to meet your every need. The Barn is beautifully situated a few minutes from Ashburton , a lovely unspoilt Stannary town with a range of interesting shops. If you want a break from self catering there are plenty of eating opportunities in Ashburton and surrounding area, and the Old Library restaurant in the town is well worth a visit. The Barn is also a short distance from the moor and its breath taking scenery.
In summary the Tithe Barn is truly outstanding, in a wonderful location, with welcoming hosts. It is beyond a 5* experience and you could not ask for more.
Great Pet-friendly Top Of The Range Luxury Self-catering Accommodation
By Anon on 23-Jun-2017
We wanted a cottage where we could join together as a family, from the very youngest who was only a couple of weeks old to the eldest who had just celebrated their 70th birthday. We also had a large dog, and someone with limited mobility. Tithe Barn suited us all! Everything had had a lot of thought put into it to make our stay truly luxurious. Stuart & Jane were welcoming - leaving us a welcome pack which included some warm home made scones along with fresh clotted cream and homemade jam. It was a lovely start after our long journey. The Barn itself had a large open plan kitchen/dining room (This had a really great selection of all the kitchen utensils, crockery, everything we needed we found!) a really large lounge with a large Freeview TV, with Netflix, large sofas, a great selection of books/games/puzzles From the lounge, there were floor to ceiling opening doors,so you can walk from the sitting area into the patio courtyard, which has a large table with chairs and parasol, There is also a gas fired barbeque. Also downstairs there is a fully equipped laundry room and a large bedroom with a large wet room and toilet. The shower was top of the range, not only having a rain shower but a hand held one too. Perfect for someone with limited mobility or wheelchair bound. Up a few steps there was a large games room with table tennis table & dart board!! This gave us hours of fun as a family to relax in the evening. Even though wheelchair users couldn't access this, I think you could enter from the backdoor outside and, once you were in the games room, it was disabled friendly. Upstairs there were a further 2 large bedrooms each with a large bathroom and beautiful views overlooking the lovely countryside. Tithe barn was one of the best self catering cottages we've been to. All the little extras that make it truly luxurious. The underfloor heating was lovely too. The only small drawback was the gravel outside the barn which made it hard for the wheelchair. Not impossible, but you needed someone to help push the wheelchair from the car into the barn. We highly recommend this lovely cottage and its very friendly owners.
Fantastic Cottage On The Edge Of Dartmoor
By K Bailey on 20-Jun-2017
Fantastic three bedroom cottage situated within easy walking distance of Ashburton and on the edge of the moors suitable for a family of six and also pet friendly, large field for the dog to run around.
The owners made us very welcome, including homemade scones and clotted cream on arrival.
We have already recommend this cottage to our friends and we are planning to return next year
Perfect Base For South Devon Holidays
By C Ford on 16-Jun-2017
This is a tremendous holiday home, in every possible way. The property itself has been built and fitted out to a vry high standard, and is a real pleasure to live in, the quiet, green spaces all around are lovely, and the hosts are as welcoming as you could hope for.
Ashburton is a fabulous little town, packed with little shops and possibly the best bakery, making the best cakes fresh each morning, that I've tasted anywhere in the world. Really.
But what made this just right for us was the location, as everything is in easy reach, unlike when we've stayed right on the coast for past trips, stuck down winding roads so you end up staying at just one or two beaches. From here its still quick to the beach, but also the moors, parks, forests, towns, cities pubs and restaurants - everything is 20-30 mins drive away. But the house is so comfortable that on a sunny day you sometimes just don't feel like going anywhere.
We had been considering buying a holiday home in south Devon, as we like it so much, but now we won't bother as this looks like becoming a very regular spot for us in the coming years.
Beautifully And Thoughtfully Renovated Barn At The Foot Of Dartmoor
By Anon on 31-May-2017
Had a long family weekend in April for a wedding in Ashburton. The Tithe Barn was perfect for a family of 4-6 plus space for extra visitors for lunch or dinner. Lovely location, pond and garden. Walking distance to Ashburton restaurants and shops. Jane and Stuart (and dogs) more than kind and welcoming and we quickly felt at home. Will certainly try and return for a longer stay.
Beautiful Accommodation For 3 Couples!
By Anon on 12-May-2017
We were a party of 6 seniors who spent two weeks at the Tithe Barn, Ashburton and had a wonderful time. The accommodation was quite incredible. 3 double bedrooms, all with their own bathrooms. Two of the bedrooms could be made into twin bedded rooms - ideal for us. The location is so tranquil being on the outskirts of Ashburton. There were plenty of local walks albeit rather hilly. We spent Easter here and found the kitchen to be so well equipped we were able to cook a full turkey dinner. We did have a problem with the tumble dryer but it was replaced with a new one within the hour! Underfloor heating was a comfort on those chilly nights, especially in the bathrooms. Ashburton was a nice little town with plenty of local shops and restaurants. The roads away from the A38 were very narrow and interesting to drive. This location is very close to Dartmoor, and we were able to visit plenty of National Trust sites. Stuart and Jane were very attentive hosts and very easy to deal with before, during and after our stay. We would certainly recommend this unique property.
Fantastic Property In A Beautiful Part Of Devon
By Anon on 15-Apr-2017
The Tithe Barn in Ashburton is easily the best appointed property we have stayed in [out of] the many we have booked through Premier Cottages. The specification is absolute top quality and the owners have put a great deal of thought into all aspects. We are a family of five with three children (10,8,8) and we had a brilliant time. The children played either on the swings or in the mown fields of the property (often with the owners dogs who were great companions) or made use of the games rooms with a pool table and table tennis. The property is just on the border of the national park and within a couple of minutes we could be on the moor walking. It is also conveniently located close to a number of other attractions in the area with the Beach 35 mins away to the South and the same time to places like the National Trust's Lydford Gorge or Castle Drogo. The owners were very friendly and helpful even drawing us maps of local walks away from the crowds that only locals knew! Would definitely book and again and I would highly recommend.
Family Get Together
By Anon on 27-Jan-2017
We booked the Tithe Barn for a family get together with our adult children now living in different parts of England and abroad. The accommodation is an amazing beautifully finished restoration with oak and thatch and space and comfort and warmth. It is very well equipped throughout and more than met our requirements. We found it easy to access Dartmoor and could walk in to Ashburton. Even in January we could sit outside (well wrapped up) and enjoy the sunshine. Now of older age we were delighted with the layout and practicality of our bathroom and our wonderfully comfortable bed. Our children were equally thrilled with The Tithe Barn. Jane and Stuart were most helpful and thoughtful hosts.
A Very Comfortable And Luxurious Place To Stay In Beautiful Surroundings
By Anon on 03-Jan-2017
This is a lovely place to stay. The barn is built to a very high standard and is both comfortable and luxurious. The hosts are very helpful and accommodating. It's situated in beautiful surroundings within easy reach of many scenic beauty spots and wonderful walking areas.
Christmas On Dartmoor
By Anon on 02-Jan-2017
The tithe barn was a fabulous place to spend Christmas. It has been beautifully restored, with light and airy rooms, and plenty of space for a party of adults. The open plan main reception room meant that the cook wasn't shut away from the festivities, which was a nice change, and the underfloor heating meant that we were toasty warm despite some very cold weather outside. We have had breaks in many holiday lets, but the Tithe Barn was by far the best equipped we have ever been to. The location is brilliant, with walks on Dartmoor right on your doorstep, but beaches an easy drive away, given that Ashburton is on the edge, not the middle of Dartmoor. Plymouth and Exeter are not too far away either; we can personally recommend Exeter for theatres, cinema, and many places to eat out if you need them. However there are a few places to get great food in Ashburton itself, and we had a wonderful meal in Moorish, which is only a ten minute walk from the barn. Stuart and Jane were very welcoming, even before we arrived, contacting us with suggestion for places to eat out, and offers to take in our shopping order if we needed them to. There are plenty of maps and leaflets in the barn so you will never be short of places to visit, but Stuart and Jane are close by it you need any help at all. A nice touch again was being shown around the barn when we arrived, by owners who are justifiably proud of their property.
By Anon on 07-Nov-2016
We had a wonderful few days at Tithe Barn it is a truly beautiful holiday home , everything you could think of is there and more .. the attention to detail is outstanding .. I would not hesitate to recommend this place
By Anon on 29-Oct-2016
The Tithe Barn is about as good as you will find. The whole layout and facilities are first class. Excellent bedrooms and a very well equipped kitchen. Stuart and Jane were very helpful and friendly hosts. I would have no hesitation in recommending this property for those looking for a high-end holiday let. Great location for the Moor and Coast, with Ashburton a few minutes walk. We hope to be back.
Lovely Peaceful Break
By Anon on 06-Oct-2016
We were looking for a nice peaceful cottage, near to Dartmoor, but with all the luxuries of modern living, and we found it in The Tithe barn. The facilities were excellent, with a downstairs bedroom for the less mobile person, and all of a very high standard. There were lovely walks within a stone's throw of the property and easy access up onto the moor. And when our outdoor activities for the day were over, we could relax in comfortable surroundings with superfast broadband and Freesat television. A most pleasant place to stay indeed.
Excellent Property In A Lovely Setting
By Anon on 29-Sep-2016
The barn has been done up and decorated to a very high standard, and filled with very good quality equipment. The setting is beautiful and the owners, who live next door, are friendly and extremely helpful. Ashburton is a lovely small town filled with interesting shops, and it is a great place to explore the moor and the coast from. We had a lovely relaxing week there and would thoroughly recommend it.
A Terrific Stay In The English Countryside!
By Anon on 14-Sep-2016
This wonderfully renovated historical building was the perfect spot to spend a few days in Devon. It's well lit open spaces were truly relaxing and offered plenty of room for my toddler to safely explore. Jane was a fantastic hostess who provided true gems on where to go and where to eat. I would highly recommend spending your vacation at the Tithe Barn!
WOW - What A Cottage!
By Anon on 26-Aug-2016
From the moment we arrived at The Tithe Barn (a wonderful barn conversion finished to the highest standard) we wanted for nothing - Stuart and Jane appear to have thought of everything! We were a group of six adults a mix of family & friends, there was plenty of space for everybody and we made good use of the games room in the evenings when we returned from our walks even if it did get a little too competitive :) The location was great for walks on Dartmoor and visits to the coast - we hope to visit again in the future!
Exceeded Our Expectations And Was The Perfect Luxury Holiday Home.
By Anon on 31-Jul-2016
5/5 The Tithe Barn exceeded our expectations and was the perfect luxury holiday home.
Left on Jul 31, 2016 for a stay in Jul 2016
A truly stunning barn conversion, tastefully and lovingly restored to create a holiday home that was a pleasure to stay in. Every little detail had been thought through and the barn was really well equipped. We enjoyed cooking in the kitchen ( I even used the slow cooker ) and eating on the courtyard patio. All the bedrooms were comfortable, large and ensuite but the master bedroom ensuite was absolutely fabulous! Our hosts Stuart and Jane were friendly, welcoming and helpful giving us plenty of ideas about the locality. They shared home grown vegetables and picked blackcurrants which got baked into a pie! It was great to take a short stroll into the lovely little town Ashburton, with an Artisan Bakery, an excellent deli as well as a fish deli. We tried out one of the circular walks from the house which we enjoyed as well as investigating a few Tors and interesting villages that were within a short car ride. We liked that there was so much to do without driving far and our week filled up very quickly. An exceptionally lovely property which we would recommend without reservation!
An Unforgettable Holiday
By Anon on 29-Jun-2016
Both my husband and I were looking for an idyllic place to stay on the edge of Dartmoor, and we found it in buckets. I have been living in Dubai for 10 years and married my British husband a year ago, so wanted to see where he grew up as a child and to experience the best of the south west of England. ‘The Tithe Barn’ was a perfect place to spend our time and a great base from which to make the most of what the area has to offer. Ashburton town is literally five minutes’ walk away, and we were able to find all we needed to make the most of the barn’s wonderfully well equipped kitchen and dining space. Although the barn is quite close to the town you feel you are in the countryside as well. It is only short drive to some incredible moorland scenic walks. Over our one week stay we had typical British mixed weather, so it gave us the opportunity to enjoy the well equipped games room during the rainy days. When we did brave the wet weather to walk on the moors, it was fantastic to come back home and have the laundry room to hang all our wet gear to dry; and the bedrooms with the wet rooms and the amazing rain-effect showers. We would just like to thank our hosts -Jane and Stuart- for making our stay a wonderful experience. We won’t forget the fresh homemade scones we were offered on our arrival. We really felt like part of the family.
Incredible Stay In This Beautifully Renovated Barn By Dartmoor
By Anon on 29-Jun-2016
We had an incredible stay at The Tithe barn in Ashburton. The barn has been beautifully renovated and is situated in beautiful grounds overlooking a large pond with carp and an apple orchard. We could have easily spent our whole holiday in the barn because it so comfortable and luxurious. The kitchen had an large range cooker and was equipped with everything you need to cook for large groups. The games room with table tennis and pool, gives you loads of entertainment in the evenings or if it's raining. Jane and Stewart were outstanding hosts, making us feel welcome from the start and helpful when we asked for any recommendations for walks or places to eat or drink! We'd recommend the Rugglestone Inn pub for food, great place to end after a long walk! It was so easy to find and the directions from google took us straight there (a short drive from the A38). We hope to return soon. Highly recommended!
Fabulous Cottage In Superb Location
By Anon on 12-Jun-2016
Stuart and Jane were the perfect hosts and live next door, so were always on hand to offer advice and answer queries. The cottage is beautiful. It has been finished to a very high standard and is so well kitted out. We enjoy cooking and the kitchen equipment was the best we have ever had. My father came with us on holiday. He has Parkinson's and has very reduced mobility. The downstairs bedroom and wet room was ideal for him. He appreciated the ramp to get into the property and was able to use his walker easily once inside. The village of Ashburton is a delight - so many artisan shops and delis. We were able to buy all our food from there, which was within walking distance of the cottage (although down a hill, so you wouldn't want to carry to much back up the hill). I would definitely recommend this property and can't wait to go back.
Amazing Conversion, Great Location, A Fabulous Welcome And A Games Room To Boot!
By Anon on 24-Apr-2016
We had reason to stay in Ashburton this Easter and were delighted to find the Tithe Barn available. Stuart and Jane, the owners, gave us an exceptionally warm welcome when we arrived, and showed us around the amazing conversion they had undertaken themselves. The property has all the facilities you could possibly want, amazing open living space and a warm homely feel while being utterly up to date. The bedrooms each had en suite bathrooms, lots of space, comfortable beds and the master bedroom has a fabulous view over the pond and rolling hills of the edge of Dartmoor. Our son Thomas was exceptionally pleased to find a fully stocked games room, complete with pool table and table tennis table. We spent rainy days playing in there, or on some of many board games also supplied. And on sunny days we had a bbq on the patio and enjoyed taking it easy in the sun. The house is fabulous, the facilities are faultless, you will find everything you need in the fully equipped kitchen, and we delighted in entertaining my brother who was also staying in Ashburton around the great kitchen table. We are already planning to return to the Tithe Barn and make more of its great proximity to the nearby moor and beautiful towns in all directions.