Barn in Totnes
4* Visit England + Gold Award Converted 19th Century Barn, near Totnes, South Hams, Devon


Barn ref : P33026
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Dennis & Clare Smith

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Overview
  • Property Type Barn
  • Location Totnes
  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2
  • Minimum nights stay3
  • Low season price per night£70
  • High season price per night£130
  • Average price per night£85
  • Customer rating 4.9 / 5 ( 32 reviews )
  • Please contact the owner directly to confirm the price and availability
Description

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Converted in 2011 to an exceptionally high standard in a contemporary style but retaining the character of a traditional self catering 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 self catering barn is extremely light and airy, with plenty of natural daylight flooding in through generous glazing panels in the roof and windows, so even on a dull day the self catering 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, a cot and highchair too.

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. We can sleep 4 adults plus baby.

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.

NB: During high season, bookings are taken for a minimum of 3 nights only. Otherwise, it is a minimum of 2 nights. We accept well-behaved, small dogs with prior notice.


Local Area:

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;
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;

If you would like to book, we will need a 30% deposit to secure the booking, with the balance being payable 6 weeks before arrival. In the event of cancellation, if it is less than 6 weeks before you are due to arrive and we are unable to re-let, the deposit would be forfeited. Although it may be possible to transfer the forfeited deposit to a future booking if suitable dates are available.

Reviews

Perfection


By G Dilley on 30-Aug-2018

A really lovely, beautifully designed, immaculately presented, property in an ideal location. Add in the genuinely warm welcome from the hosts, and there is nothing else to say other than: perfect.


5 of of 5

A 10-out-of-10 Experience!


By Lynne And Jorg, Exeter on 07-Jun-2018

A wonderfully comfortable, relaxing and quiet place, meticulously looked after and with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. Clare and Den were perfect hosts, who made us feel very welcome. We will be back!


5 of of 5

Short Break


By Psyche Hudson on 12-Apr-2018

A very comfortable and well stocked cottage for our family of 4 adults, with the most beautiful view over the Devon hills to the sea. Would recommend a stay in this part of the world and this cottage is the perfect place to start. A quiet and out of the way place, but with easy access to some lovely places - Dartmoor and the coast.


5 of of 5

Perfect Retreat


By Hannah on 02-Apr-2018

We have stayed in this lovely cottage a number of times and it has become a home from home. Beautifully decorated and well equipped, it has everything we need for a relaxing and peaceful holiday. Clare and Den are always so welcoming and friendly - and close by if you have any questions. It's so quiet, with beautiful views across the Devon countryside we instantly unwind. The beds are really comfy, the shower is hot and it's always spotlessly clean. I want to go back now!


5 of of 5

Wonderful Barn Property In Beautiful Devon


By Penny B on 11-Sep-2017

One of the best VRBO experiences we've had. Claire and Den are wonderful, thoughtful hosts who take great care of the property and of you while you are their guests. The Barn is beautifully maintained, and has all the comforts of home. The views from the sitting room are just divine. We had a wonderful week there this past summer (took me a while to get some time to write this up!) and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, despite having some wet weather. This is an outstanding property, would definitely come back for another stay. We really could not have asked for a better experience.


5 of of 5

Superb Accommodation And Stunning Location


By Liz R on 02-Sep-2017

Date of Stay
12 Aug 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our second stay at this delightful Barn which is beautifully appointed, well-equipped - and spotless! Located close to Totnes, we were able to enjoy the excellent restaurants and cafes in the town as well as the countryside along the Dart river and the coast itself. Den and Clare are excellent hosts: helpful and considerate. Highly recommended.


























































































































































































5 of of 5

Great Location And High Quality Accommodation.


By Rachel B on 18-Apr-2017

We took my parents here for a mini break. We all were very impressed by the standard of the accommodation, including the fixtures and fittings. A light and roomy space with all the comforts of home. It was in a great location with stunning views and very convenient for Totnes. Clare and Den are marvelous hosts-helpful without being too overbearing and Freddie the spaniel was adorable. It was our first experience of a self catering holiday so it will be hard to find somewhere comparable. We will definitely be back.


5 of of 5

Comfortable Barn In Beautiful Countryside.


By Barbara S on 01-Apr-2017

Five star accommodation. Comfortable, peaceful and in an ideal location close to the coast and lots of local places to visit or go walking.


5 of of 5

Perfect Hideaway


By Hannah C on 20-Feb-2017

This is our third visit to East Leigh Barn and we were very glad to be back. Clare and Den were so welcoming and the cottage was warm, very comfortable and wonderfully quiet. Everything is top quality, from the kitchen equipment and crockery to the bed sheets and towels. And, of course, the views across the fields are breathtaking. We ventured out to Paignton for crazy golf, Occombe Farm for lunch and Totnes to poke around in the shops but what we enjoyed most was pottering about in the cottage, playing on the patio and sitting curled up on the window sill, taking in the views. The children particularly enjoyed lounging around on the lovely warm wooden floor! We hope to come back soon - thank you Clare and Den! Response


5 of of 5

Beautiful Property In Idyllic Surroundings


By Tanya F on 24-Jan-2017

This was a return stay and it was just as lovely as we remembered it. The house is of really high standard and exceptionally well equipped. The owners are helpful and genuinely nice people - they're just across the courtyard but in no way intrude and are just available if you need them. It's a perfect, tranquil, restorative place to go - hopefully we'll be back very soon.


5 of of 5

A Wonderful,peaceful Place To Stay.


By Veronica Mason on 22-Jan-2017

The Barn was very comfortable with great facilities. We loved the rural location. Highly recommended. Response


5 of of 5

Our Third Trip To East Leigh


By Charles D on 12-Sep-2016

This was our third family trip to East Leigh. A stunning property, great accomodation in a stunning location. Clare and Den could not be more hospitable. A place to well and truly get away from it all. We will be back... Response


5 of of 5

Comfortable, Cosy, Modern And Clean


By Charlotte H on 04-Sep-2016

We had a wonderful week in Devon and East Leigh Barn was the perfect location. It's well situated for both beaches and the moor and is a lovely place to come back to at the end of the day. The Barn is well equipped with modern and high spec fittings - loved the bathrooms. Clare and Den are very welcoming and helpful hosts and we can't wait to come back!


5 of of 5

Wonderful Place In Beautiful Devon


By Florian M on 23-Aug-2016

We had a wonderful week in the East Leigh Barn. It is located in a very quiet spot near Harberton which itself is near Totnes. The location is perfect for trips to the coast and to Dartmoor. Our favourite spot was Startpoint and hiking around the steep cliffs but Dartmoor is also a very special place and great for hiking and having a cream tea later. In the Barn there was five of us (2 adults, 3 kids aged 6, 10, 12) which was fine but it is better suited for 4. Clare and Den are really lovely and helpful hosts. They discussed our plans for the day with us and made suggestions on what to see and how to get there. The kids had a great time playing with the dogs and cats and feeding the fish (literally).


5 of of 5

A Lovely Barn Conversion


By Paul M on 31-Jul-2016

A beautifully executed barn-conversion in a very picturesque part of the world. This property combines the charm of an old stone Barn with all the modern luxuries that you could wish for. The Barn has been finished to a very high standard and is situated in the middle of the extremely beautiful and quiet South Hams area. It was spotlessly clean and well appointed. Our hosts were very friendly and welcoming and Den even fetched his ladder and climbed up to rescue a fledgling jackdaw that had managed to get his foot entwined in some wool. We all had an excellent week and hope to go back some day.


5 of of 5

Tanya Foley


By Tanya Foley on 08-Mar-2016

Lovely well equipped property in great area with outstanding views. Owners couldn't have been more helpful or pleasant and ensured our stay went without a hitch. Highly recommend and look forward to a return visit!


5 of of 5

A Great Place To Explore South Devon


By Charles D on 10-Oct-2015

A great rural and peaceful location, but close to beaches and Dartmoor. Would definitely go again. A great base for exploring.


4 of of 5

Beautiful Barn In Stunning Location


By Louise P on 09-Sep-2015

We had a wonderful time during our stay! The Barn has been converted to a very high standard. Every last detail has been well thought out. The quality of the interior is excellent and the Barn is equipped with everything you may possibly need. The location is stunningly beautiful with fantastic views over the South Hams. Location wise, the Barn is central to some of the best attractions in Devon. Clare and Den, the property owners are incredibly helpful, informative and friendly. We had a wonderful stay and I would highly recommend this property for couples and families alike.


5 of of 5

Lovely Barn In Peaceful Location


By Brents on 13-Jul-2015

We have just returned from a lovely 4 day stay in the Barn with our elderly parents. We received a very warm welcome from Den and Clare, the owners who also live on site in their farmhouse. The Barn has been renovated to a very high standard, is well maintained and a lot of thought has gone into providing everything you need for a self catering holiday. Having said that, we only cooked breakfast as we spent our days exploring this beautiful part of Devon. We enjoyed two excellent meals at the local pub The Church House. Day trips included the Round Robin boat, steam train and bus trip to Dartmouth from Totnes; this was a great trip starting with the boat trip down the picturesque river Dart. The living area of the Barn is on the first floor with stunning views across the rolling Devon countryside. A drink in the peaceful courtyard, catching the last rays of sun was very pleasant. Our stay was very enjoyable and we would definitely recommend the Barn to our friends and family and we hope to return ourselves. Our thanks to Den and Clare for a lovely stay.


4 of of 5

Beautiful Barn Conversion In Lovely Setting


By Barbara B on 13-Jul-2015

Enjoyed a lovely week in a beautiful area. Den and Clare were very friendly and helpful. The property was clean, comfortable and well equipped. The local pub served excellent food and Totnes was a good base to use public transport from (buses, boats and trains) with parking at the railway station reasonably priced for the day. The Round Robin trip is well worth doing and several National Trust properties are within easy reach. Overall a very good holiday destination.


5 of of 5

Beautiful And Comfortable Cottage


By Anonymous on 11-Jul-2015

Enjoyed a lovely week in a beautiful area. Den and Clare were very friendly and helpful. The property was clean, comfortable and well equipped. The local pub served excellent food and Totnes was a good base to use public transport from (buses, boats and trains) with parking at the railway station reasonably priced for the day. The Round Robin trip is well worth doing and several National Trust properties are within easy reach. Overall a very good holiday destination.


5 of of 5

Superb And Tranquil


By Ken R on 05-Jun-2015

We were thrilled with our choice. Our trip wasn't a holiday, but as a base for working nearby, but this is a terrific base for a holiday. The location is hidden away, but only a few minutes from the village of Harburton, Harburtonford and Totnes. The Barn itself was the highlight for us. The conversion is to an incredibly high standard, and every detail has been considered. The space is airy and light, but still feels cosy, and we really couldn't fault it, and when the sun is out the little patio is a peaceful place to sit and listen to the birds. Topping this off, is that Clare and Den, the owners live next door and as well as being just genuinely nice people, also put a high regard to ensuring that guests are well looked after. All in all, a lovely relaxing place to stay, which manages to feel luxurious and homely. Highly recommended!


5 of of 5

Sehr Gut Ausgestattetes Ferienhaus In Schöner Lage


By Anonymous on 19-Apr-2015

Dieses sehr schön hergerichtete Ferienhaus diente uns an Ostern als Ausgangspunkt für viele Unternehmungen. Die ländliche und ruhige Lage mit ca. 20 bis 30 Minuten Fahrzeit sowohl an die Küste als auch in den Dartmoor National Park ist sehr zu empfehlen. Die Beschreibung im Internet ist absolut zutreffend, die Wohnung ist geräumig und wirklich mit allem ausgestattet, was man eventuell brauchen könnte. Besonders genossen haben wir den tollen Ausblick aus dem Wohnzimmer über die englische Hügellandschaft. Die Vermieter wohnen direkt nebenan auf dem Grundstück und sind sehr nette, hilfsbereite Menschen, die sich sehr um alles gekümmert haben. Auch unsere beiden Töchter (9 und 11 Jahre) haben sich sehr wohl gefühlt und haben sich besonders mit den Hunden der Vermieter angefreundet. Etwas besonderes ist auch das Church House Inn im benachbarten Harberton mit leckerem Essen. Wir können diese Unterkunft sehr empfehlen und würden jederzeit wiederkommen!


5 of of 5

Lovely Property


By Sarah S on 13-Feb-2015

This is a top quality and tastefully renovated Barn just outside a small village near Totnes. We have been to many holiday homes and this is definitely the best we have come across in this area. It was spotlessly clean and all fittings were of a very high quality. The hosts were friendly and welcoming but never intrusive. We would recommend this property and would go back if in the area.


5 of of 5

Eastleigh Barn, Totnes


By Mrs Olivia Railey-Charteris on 12-Nov-2014

Wonderful location, wonderful views, wonderful hosts. The Barn is beautifully renovated and decorated and very well equipped. The kitchen is well appointed and easy to use as are the bathrooms. Everything (and more) that you may need is there, Clare and Dennis have obviously worked hard to achieve a lovely haven to escape to and have thought of everything to help you to relax and enjoy your break. We look forward to returning as does our daughter Agatha, who thinks it's her second home. We would highly recommend this property and have already talked needlessly to our family and friends about its knowledgeable hosts and relaxing environment.


5 of of 5

Simply Perfect


By Hans-Joachim H on 29-Sep-2014

We spent two wonderful weeks at beautiful East Leigh Barn. The house is well equipped and very tidy. Everything is of high qualitiy. What was more important to us, however, was the warm welcome from Clare and Dennis. They were so very friendly and helpful to us. We really felt at home. East Leigh Barn is a good place to relax and on the other hand it is not far away from many interesting places in Devon - Exeter, Plymouth, Torquay and other seaside towns and villages, and above all Dartmoor.


5 of of 5

Schoenes Freienhaus In Laendlicher Umgebung


By Georg E on 20-Aug-2014

Ein sehr schoen eingerichtetes und gut ausgestattetes Ferienhaus mit schöner Aussicht ueber das Huegelland. Die Vermieter sind sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit. Die Gegend ist malerisch und ausgesprochen ruhig. Ein schmales Auto ist zu empfehlen, die Straßen sind zwar asphaltiert aber von hohen Hecken auf beiden Seiten begrenzt.


5 of of 5

Top Quality Barn


By Michael B on 18-Jul-2014

Great venue to stay. Still top notch from 2 years ago. 1st class owners


5 of of 5

Beautiful Barn, Lovely Hosts.


By Gemma B on 09-Jul-2014

Just back from a lovely short break in Devon at the beautiful East Leigh Barn. Clare and Den are more than welcoming and very considerate, and the Barn itself cannot be faulted. Every care has been taken with its restoration and everything is of the highest standard. We were so comfortable it was hard to leave in the morning to start the day's adventures! We can't wait to book again next year - a really good location for exploring South Devon in the day, then collapsing into extra comfy beds in the evening. The large private courtyard was great for our little one to run around in and ideal for al fresco dinners and breakfasts. You won't be disappointed!


5 of of 5

Cosy Barn In Beautiful Scenery


By Anonymous on 29-Apr-2014

the ideal accomodation for a break in South Devon if you seek a cozy escape from noise and bustle. Very well equipped and maintained. Great view which will motivate you to explore the nearby moor or coast and definitely spaceous enough for four people to stay inside if the weather wouldn't allow.
Clair and Dan are lovely hosts.


5 of of 5

Absolutely Lovely


By Hannah C on 10-Mar-2014

Thanks Clare and Den for making us feel so welcome. We can't wait to come back!


5 of of 5

What A Fabulous Place And Such Lovely Hosts !


By Julie Williams on 31-Jan-2014

A very warm and comfortable retreat .. Every facility available and well presented and thought out ... Even down to the luxury of the sheets and towels .. Loved it a real home from home even in the winter.


5 of of 5
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