The Red Barn, Nr Lydford, Devon
2 miles south-west of Lydford and 1 from its famous gorge, 400 yards of private farm-lane end at Burnville Farm, a lovely farmstead amid beech trees. It is on the side of a shallow stream-valley with supreme views of Dartmoor hills and tors and to Brentor’s peak-top church, from almost anywhere on the 250 acre working farm (direct moor access from it). There are sheep, cattle, ponies, pigs, chickens and ornamental pheasants. You can "go anywhere" on the farm and help is most welcome.
There’s stabling and grazing for your own ponies and horses, a pond (picnicking), with mallard, moorhen and usually Canada geese in spring; badgers and foxes about. Clay pigeon shooting (and instruction), archery tuition (equipment provided) and mountain bikes (adults’ and children’s) can also be arranged. There’s an outdoor heated swimming pool (32’ x 16’ and 3’6" to 8’ deep, available 25 May to 15 Sept) and hard tennis court shared with the owners. There’s also fun badminton and volleyball, games room (6’ pool table, table tennis, skittle alley) and a well-equipped gym in a refurbished barn. Fresh veg. is available in season from the lovely walled vegetable garden and meals are available in the owners' house.
A mile away by car or a 10 minute walk across Burnville Farm, is the Red Barn ( Helpful Holidays reference A51), a wonderful barn conversion surrounded by its own enclosed garden with a terrace at the back. It shares the tennis court, swimming pool and all other facilities at the farm with the friendly owners (and three other holiday properties on the farm) and has splendid long views over farmland to the moor.
Front door leads to a good-sized hall off which the very spacious, stylish beamed living room with windows all one side and doors to terrace, fireplace (woodburner), deeply comfy sofas, books, antiques and good paintings, TV/DVD/video, wood floors with rugs over. Lockable door to an indoor swimming pool (15’ x 8’ x 3’ deep - ‘endless pool’ with variable river flow for ambitious swimmers) and jogging and rowing machines in panelled room with glazed door to terrace. Pretty dining/fitted kitchen, well-equipped, excellent handmade fitments (dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer), pine dining table, glazed doors to little patio (table/chairs). Utility room with washing machine, tumble drier; downstairs loo (washbasin). All downstairs floors except living room have good terracotta tiles.
Upstairs, three pretty, very individual bedrooms, all with superb views - a double with 5’ brass bed and en suite bathroom (suite plus hand-shower), another double with 5’ pine bed and en suite bathroom (suite plus triple tray power-shower), a twin with antique Victorian beds and en suite bathroom (suite plus hand-shower). A really fine ‘five star’ cottage. We very much like this farm, the houses, the whole atmosphere, and they have been much praised. Red Barn is just one of more than 447 Helpful Holidays holiday cottages throughout Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset that make dogs very welcome.
The West Country offers miles of open space, stunning scenery and a relaxed welcome – and that friendly attitude extends to your dog too. We’ve smart apartments and cosy cottages that sit right beside the many dog-friendly beaches, where your dog can cavort on the sand or paddle in the surf, and then enjoy a cliff top walk with you along the spectacular South West Coast Path.
Further inland, you’ll find our dog-friendly holiday cottages right in the heart of perfect dog-walking country which will leave you both feeling rejuvenated. The heather-clad hills and tors of Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin Moor are a challenge but worth the climb. Whilst your dog enjoys rummaging and rabbity scents, catch your breath, and take in those ‘top of the world’ views.
Many of us at Helpful Holidays are dog owners too, so do call us for a chat and tips on how to make your West Country holiday with your dog a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Red Barn Features:
On a farm (you’re free to wander).
Direct access to Dartmoor (walks).
Off street parking.
Outdoor swimming pool.
Indoor swimming pool.
Stabling/grazing for ponies.
Telephone: 01647 433593
Email: [email protected]
Sleeps: 1 to 6