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Old Armoury Barn

(Ref. 980894)

Ashburton, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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52 Customer Reviews

  • "Exactly what we needed, clean, well appointed and sooo very quiet and peaceful."

    Good access to other areas Exeter, Dartmouth,Totnes, etc. parking is as accurate as the description, compact and bijou. There is a carpark in the village.if needed. It is tight but perfectably accessible. We had a wonderful week. Thank you Mark and Jacqui

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Nov 2023

  • "Our second visit to Ashburton and first visit to the Old Armoury Barn, having stayed at the Forge last year."

    We were delighted with the similar level of quality and comfort in this property. It's warm, extremely comfortable and clean, with everything you need for a relaxing stay with lovely touches like the toiletries and fresh flowers. We loved the peaceful setting and the views of the trees. The owner was welcoming and helpful and we would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Veryan5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely location, owners very welcoming."

    Property was exactly as listed and highly maintained with both great care and attention. All facilities working with no problems. Drive into property is as stated on listing as very very narrow, have to take great care, is doable without getting scratches but would not recommend for big or expensive cars but park at car park for £4. Only comment was double bed which would be greatly improved with a king size and thicker pillows.

    Hello David, we are glad that you enjoyed your stay. All of the non-single beds across all of our properties are 150cm wide and 200cm long - that is, they are king size beds. Thank you for your suggestion for thicker pillows, we have in the past had a request for thinner pillows so not too surprising that many people prefer to bring their own. Thanks again for taking the time and trouble to give feedback and we hope to see you again at Old Armoury Barn one day. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David4.7Sep 2023

  • "A beautiful conversion, good sized bedrooms down stairs and gorgeous open plan accommodation upstairs."

    Spotlessly clean and Mark & Jackie are warm and welcoming hosts. As advertised the access is narrow, I drive a Ford S-Max and at the narrowest point, both my wing mirrors scraped against the walls. I could have folded them in but I chose not to as I used them to gauge the gap. That said, it wouldn’t put me off re-booking for future stays. The location is great, Ashburton is a love south Devon town with lots of shops and eateries. I would highly recommend the property.

    Reviewed by Phil5.0Sep 2023

  • "It's a lovely converted old barn , location was perfect right in the centre of Ashburton, a quaint old village with Everything you would Need , the owner is really helpful and had left a nice welcome pack and beach toys for the kids , unfortunately we had to cut our stay short but would love to return in the future."

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Aug 2023

  • "Beautiful and thoughtfully designed holiday property."

    Really enjoyed staying there, The little extra touches made it a real home from home. Perfect

    Reviewed by Brian5.0May 2023

  • "Do not be put off by the very narrow entrance lane - park in St Lawrence Lane - unload car - go to car park in North St."

    Less than 50 yds - no charge after 6.00 pm - very cheap short and long stay areas. We give the property 5* rating - well furnished, impeccably clean, very comfortable and quiet. Mini supermarkets, and many independent shops close by. Ashburton Arts Centre is really worth a visit

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2023

  • "Great location in the middle of the town"

    Reviewed by Dave5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely, clean property."

    Reviewed by Nick5.0Mar 2023

  • "Superbly fitted out, warm and cosy."

    Plenty of facilities for cooking etc. Some lovely touches. The fridge (technically a fridge freezer?) was very small. The main criticism is the supposed width of the lane, admittedly we have a large car , well under the advertised width, but struggled to get in, the angle of the wall at entrance and the downpipes made it very difficult. Perhaps the measurement could be amended?

    Thank you for feedback.We do give a accurate as possible measurement in millimeters at the narrowest point at the entrance. We hope to be able to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Jan 2023

  • "A perfect base for exploring Dartmoor and the coast."

    Beautiful accommodation, spotlessly clean and well equipped. Right in the heart of Ashburton with easy access to shops, pubs and restaurants but also quiet and peaceful. Thank you for a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Oct 2022

  • "This is a lovely property, the kitchen and living room are particularly light and spacious, in the centre of Ashburton, a pretty small town with independent shops, restaurants and cafes, and historic pubs, located just off the South Devon expressway on the edge of Dartmoor."

    Mark the owner, who lives behind the barn, is kind and helpful, and not at all intrusive. Creamo’s on the same road offer great unusual ice cream, there’s an artisan bakers, a fish deli, and a community centre with a selection of live music - jazz and Latin, some of these only open part of the week or at the weekends. We drove to the part of the moor we know well each day which is around Poundsgate and Dartmeet, however there were walks onto the hills around the town.

    Reviewed by Debby5.0Oct 2022

  • "Very nice property, comfortable beds, very clean."

    The fridge is small, but that is my only small gripe. Host provided a warm welcome and property is in a very good location. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Sep 2022

  • "Very handy for shops, pubs, and takeaways, and yet surprisingly peaceful."

    Would definitely consider visiting again.

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Sep 2022

  • "The Old Armoury Barn was perfect for our stay in Devon."

    It allowed us to easily visit various places in Devon, including Dartmoor, the coastline and nearby towns or villages. Being in Ashburton was a bonus too because we had shops, cafes, post office and other services within a very short walk. The accommodation is well furnished and equipped, as well as being in a quiet location. We also enjoyed being able to sit outside for breakfast. All in all, we'd recommend the Old Armoury Barn, we were very happy with our stay there during the summer months.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2022

  • "Another relaxing stay at The Old Armoury Barn."

    The property is lovely, as are Mark and Jacqui and family, who will always offer help or advice if needed. The perfect location to explore Dartmoor and Devon and holiday with the family.

    Reviewed by Aram5.0Jul 2022

  • "Excellent Barn conversion which was very comfortable for our weeks stay."

    We would definitely recommend Old Armoury Barn to others and would also look to book here again if we were planning a trip to the area. The Barn is so close to the town centre which has everything you could possibly want and yet it was so quiet in and around the Barn, even over the recent Jubilee weekend. Thank you to Mark & Jacqui for a wonderful venue.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Jun 2022

  • "Thank you very much for providing such wonderful accommodation."

    A superb property in a lovely location. We were able to relax from the moment we arrived. We would definitely recommend staying here.

    Reviewed by Adele5.0May 2022

  • "Very comfortable venue and location good."

    The narrow entrance and parking a little concerning. We would have welcomed a 2nd towel hook on the back of the bathroom door in the en-suite bathroom.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7May 2022

  • "Absolutely brilliant place for us, very high quality and extremely comfortable and cosy."

    Lovely hosts and a beautiful part of the country. Would recommend to anyone.

    Reviewed by Judie5.0Mar 2022

  • "We had a very pleasant stay at the Old Armoury."

    The cottage was well equipped, very clean and cosy. We would highly recommend a stay.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Mar 2022

  • "Excellent location in the centre of the village."

    Drive is narrow(!) but entirely passable with care. Hosts very welcoming. Barn is immaculate, spotlessly clean and well appointed. If there was one thing, we prefer a softer bed and fuller pillows but taking your own isn’t a big deal and it’s entirely personal choice that the hosts can’t reasonably accommodate. Would stay again.

    Reviewed by Dawn4.7Feb 2022

  • "A superb barn conversion, lovelly light social open plan living with everything that you could possibly need provided."

    Fantastic location in the heart of Asburton with its excellent independant shops with good access to the coast and moors. We loved our stay here.

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Jan 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, new build but in keeping with surroundings."

    Well placed with short walk to town shops (wonderful fish deli is one minute walk away). Very clean inside, great layout and thoughtful touches such as film and book collection (and biscuits!). Owner met and chatted to us. I would advise checking car width and arriving in daylight on first day due to narrow lane at property.

    Reviewed by Charles5.0Nov 2021

  • "Very nice upside-down living in a compact town."

    Coljan the best restaurant, Old Exeter Inn amazingly quaint with haphazard service!

    Reviewed by Martin4.7Sep 2021

  • "Such a beautiful, individual cottage with wonderful views."

    Lovely hosts. Excellent location to get to the coast, Dartmoor and Exeter.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Sep 2021

  • "Lovely barn and one of best equipped accommodations we have stayed at in UK."

    Contrary to Sykes details, items such as oven gloves and tea towels were provided, as was a welcome pack of tea & coffee and biscuits along with milk in the fridge. Owners were very friendly and helpful, would recommend staying here and access lane was exactly as listed and no issue for family car.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Aug 2021

  • "Excellent quality accomodation that was cleaned to a very high standard."

    The owners were friendly and informative. We had a relatively large car, and with the wing mirrors folded in and one of us guiding the driver through the narrowest part of the access drive, this was not a problem. The Exeter Inn was a favourite for a great range of drinks and good quality food (limited to Pizzas only on Monday and Tuesday of the week we visited - days when other restaurants appeared to be closed). The Red Mullet fish and chip shop was good, as was OPOP, a co-operative type new venture next to the Post Office, and the take away ice cream parlour at the end if the street. Local Co-Op and Spar provided adequate facilities of everyday foods, both open early until late. Ella, the artisan bakery was excellent (changing daily bakes listed on a blackboard in the window) - get there in time before stock runs out and the shop closes early/ mid afternoon). A couple of delicatessen and a fruit and veg shop give added variety. All are within a 5 minute walk of the cottage.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Aug 2021

  • "We've used Sykes Cottages several times now and our expectations have always been met in full, therefore cannot say you exceeded expectations!"

    Reviewed by Katharine5.0Jun 2021

  • "Jacqui, Mark and family were extremely welcoming and helpful."

    Cottage was excellent. Tea, coffee and milk available on arrival. Fresh flowers in every room. Location within 1 min walk of High Street and all amenities. Note the narrow drive entrance, we had a large vehicle, older Jeep Grand Cherokee, which pushed the limits, only about 25mm to spare each side, but ok with care.

    Reviewed by Pete4.7Jun 2021

  • "The accommodation was perfect, it had everything you needed, beautifully clean and the mattress was SO comfortable that I have asked if the owners would let me know the make."

    We shall definitely re visit.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Apr 2021

  • "Beautifully renovated barn in the center of Ashburton."

    Comfortable, clean and fully equipped. Super helpful and accommodating owners. Thank you Mark.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Apr 2021

  • "A very comfortable, cosy, well-equipped and spotlessly clean home, with friendly and helpful owners."

    Thank you!

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Oct 2020

  • "Really clean and comfy …."

    friendly owners ….would recommend,

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Sep 2020

  • "This is a very well presented, well equipped, comfortable and spotlessly clean holiday home."

    It's in a great area for exploring coast and moor. The owners are very helpful and welcoming, right next door, immediately available if needed but leaving you to enjoy your holiday without intruding.

    Reviewed by Jackie4.4Sep 2020

  • "The location is good but as the Barn is located in a courtyard which is shared by other properties around the courtyard then of course there are no views and no private garden space."

    The Barn is approached by a very narrow access bordered by other properties and it is very difficult to get a medium size car through, so it is important to note the access width given in Barn details. The wash basin tap in the En-Suite is fitted too close to the wall, prohibiting its proper use, very annoying. There is only a small selection of BBC Channels available(No other channels) on the TV, but there is a selection of DVDs .

    Thank you for taking the time to complete your feedback following your recent stay at Old Armoury Barn. The Barn is exactly as described on our website, there is a private outside seating area allocated to Old Armoury Barn which is not overlooked by the neighbours. Due to the reverse level nature of the property, again as described online, the views are benefited from the 1st floor of the property over the Ashburton townscape to the hills and woods beyond - many guests find this delightful. We are sorry to hear you found manoeuvring your car difficult, again we are very specific in our online description regarding the size of the approaching lane and have had much larger vehicles access the property without trouble. Thank you for bringing the issue with the tap to our attention, we have notified the owner of the property who is arranging to have this fixed as soon as he is able, had you notified us during your stay, the owner would have happily tried to rectify this for you before your departure. Over 20 TV channels are available, due to the specification of the transmitter in this area, Freeview channels are not available, hence why we do not advertise Freeview as part of the TV package at Old Armoury Barn, if you were having difficulties with the television we would have been happy to assist you had you contacted us. Despite the points raised we hope you managed to enjoy your visit and the glorious September weather. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Colin4.1Sep 2020

  • "We have visited Old Armoury Barn a few times and were pleased to see it is still at the same high standard in terms of cleanliness."

    In fact, the owners are going above and beyond to ensure cleanliness with extra measures because of COVID. We were greeted warmly and had a lovely stay. We will be back I'm sure!

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Aug 2020

  • "We had an enjoyable stay."

    Hosts were lovely. A fan upstairs would be useful as very warm when we stayed

    Reviewed by Justine5.0Aug 2020

  • "Nice welcome from Mark, nice to be shown around the place and its features and later than evening, some fabulous homemade scones with jam and cream."

    ... This is a great base for doing things in and around south Devon, I would recommend this cottage to anyone!

    Reviewed by Bruce5.0Jan 2020

  • "Mark and Jacqui were excellent hosts and the home baked scones and cake were very much appreciated."

    Fresh flowers in all the rooms added a nice touch. The barn is very comfortable, spacious and spotless with quality furnishings, linen and towels. It was a novelty staying in a town, but Ashburton is very quiet and one doesn’t hear noise from the A38. The town is a delight with many independent shops: the fish deli was a particular favourite. One minor point: there is a small ice box freezer within the fridge so be aware if you do an online order. We had a delightful stay and would wholeheartedly recommend the barn.

    Reviewed by Debbie4.7Sep 2019

  • "The cottage had everything we needed, and more."

    There were homemade scones with cream and jam waiting for us on arrival and fresh flowers in the rooms. The kitchen was more than adequately stocked with cutlery and crockery. All the rooms were well furnished and spotlessly clean. The owners were very friendly and accommodating and provided us with bicycle storage. Excellent accommodation and if we go back to Devon then we will look no further than the Old Armoury Barn for accommodation.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Sep 2019

  • "This property is simply amazing."

    You will want for nothing when you stay. The owners greeted us warmly and even, once they knew the age of our children, brought round a selection of toys and games for them, plus extra towels in case we decided to travel to the beach. They also advised that if we needed anything at all, just let them know. The property is well positioned in the centre of Ashburton. The high street is a minutes walk away and has traditional shops like a bakers, a butchers and a delicatessen plus a host of antique/bric-a-brac shops and a brilliant guitar shop which was quite unexpected! There is a also a Spar and a Coop for your everyday food items. Ashburton itself is located just on the A39 which provides great access to other areas of Devon and then further into Cornwall. We visited The Lost Gardens of Heligan and The Eden Project which were both just over and hours drive away. There is a plenty to see nearby too including England’s tallest waterfall at Canonteign Falls. Being on the edge of Dartmoor means a short drive puts you in the middle of a wilderness too which is great to explore. The property is very comfortable with lovely fixtures and fittings. Kitchen has a dishwasher, washer dryer, microwave, cooker and hob plus many, many utensils. Bedrooms have lots of space, built in wardrobes, en suite bathroom in the master bedroom and a separate bathroom too. Good size digital TVs in both bedrooms and a bigger tv in the living room. Good selection of films and books provided plus free access to WiFi which was very useful. Property has a parking space which is handy as the yard to which the property is attached is pretty tight. Access to the property is up a very narrow lane which we were aware of before we travelled but you get used to it. We have a VW Passat and it went up with the wing mirrors folded in. We really enjoyed our stay here and will really consider returning! Full credit to the owners for being so friendly and providing a wonderful property for our family holiday.

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Aug 2019

  • "Beautiful house in the stunning Dartmoor area and for visiting the moors and south coast."

    The house was immaculately decorated with all we could need (including some delicious homemade scones for our arrival). The house has DVDs, games and books too for the rainy days. You won’t be disappointed if you book. The parking is tricky and you need to be better drivers than us to navigate the narrow driveway to get to the front of the house. We gave up and used the towns car parks.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jul 2019

  • "Beautiful spotless house."

    Everything needed was supplied plus more.So much thought went in to making this 1 of the best places we have stayed in.Some difficulty getting up the narrow driveway due to size of car and neighbour having scaffolding up,but this was mentioned prior to our arrival.South facing sitting out area a bonus.Scones cream jam milk tea and coffee waiting for us on arrival.A nice touch.Ashburton is a lovely friendly little village.

    Reviewed by Shirley5.0Jun 2019

  • "Excellent property and welcoming and friendly hosts."

    Nice touches like the flowers and scones.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jun 2019

  • "The accommodation was spotlessly clean and loved the nice touch of the homemade scones and jam."

    The facilities were excellent too would definitely return. The entrance is narrow and you need to guide the driver in but you get used to it so wasn’t a problem for us at all.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0May 2019

  • "The Old Armoury Barn was a delight to stay in and Mark & Jaqui Bartram were excellent hosts."

    The accommodation was furnished and finished to a very high standard and is a place we would certainly recommend to anybody looking to stay in the area.

    Reviewed by Cliff5.0May 2019

  • "Really good to go back to Old armoury barn after staying last year."

    It still remains a very good place to stay. Very clean, modern and comfortable. I am fussy about where I stay and it meets our high standards! The owners are very friendly and welcoming and go above and beyond to make sure we have everything we need. They even provided us with spare beach towels, bucket and spade for our little one and toys to play with. The warm scones on arrival are a lovely touch too! WiFi is poor, and is the only thing that we would suggest could be improved. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0May 2019

  • "I very much enjoyed my stay at Old Armoury Barn."

    It's the perfect place to stay if you want to be right in the centre of Ashburton and yet have peace, and lovely views. There's no traffic noise at all. The upstairs sitting room and kitchen are modern and well designed, spacious and full of light. They look out over the rooftops and the hills beyond. The house is comfortable (including good mattresses) and well-equipped. I stayed in winter and the house was very warm. I was impressed by the efficiency of the electric radiators, and how easy it was to adjust the heat in each room. The owners were unfailingly helpful and kind. It was a real pleasure to have fresh flowers in the sitting room and bedrooms, and to be greeted with tasty home baked scones, with jam and clotted cream. The only improvements I'd suggest would be a salad spinner, small size paring and chopping knives, and one really comfortable high-backed armchair for those of us who are older and need a bit more support when sitting.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Jan 2019

  • "We really enjoyed our time at the Old Armoury."

    The owners went above and beyond to make sure that we had everything we needed. The accommodation was beautifully designed, spacious and comfortable. And the location was amazing - right by the shops and restaurants, but totally quiet (apart from the church bells ;) You do need a narrow car though! The little lane is only 7 foot wide!

    Reviewed by Tara5.0Oct 2018

  • "The cottage is everything and more that you would wish for in a holiday cottage."

    The owner is very welcoming and a cream tea is waiting for you on arrival. We could not fault the cottage itself or the owner. Negotiating the extremely narrow entrance and car parking space into Tanners Yard was the only drawback. We have a C-Max and with the side mirrors in there were only millimetres to spare and one of us needed to be outside guiding the driver through. However, parking is available in the nearby public carpark. This is only a short distance away but you have to pay.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Sep 2018

  • "The cottage was fantastic, spotlessly clean and with everything we needed."

    Cannot recommend it enough.

    Reviewed by Marisa5.0Sep 2018

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  • Two ground floor bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite shower over bath, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • First floor open-plan living space with kitchen, dining and sitting area with woodburning.
  • Electric heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Off road parking for one car, two small cars possible (please enquire)
  • Courtyard garden
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: This property is accessed via a narrow lane, 2150mm at minimum point

The property

Just a short stroll from the heart of pretty Ashburton is the gorgeous Old Armoury Barn.

Tucked away in a quiet courtyard, this former barn has been beautifully converted to provide excellent, contemporary, accommodation for four guests.

Laid out in a reverse-level style to take advantage of the light; the spacious open-plan living space is simply stunning.

All natural materials have been used to create this bright and airy room which has an exceptional quality of design.

Featuring hard wood floors and exposed roof trusses, the stylish sitting area with a cosy corner woodburning stove looks out over the surrounding roofscape to the countryside beyond.

The large kitchen/dining area is a brilliant space for preparing a meal and has sleek surfaces and a solid oak table and chairs.

The ground floor bedrooms are equally stylish and are wonderfully restful.

Outside is a small, south-facing patio with attractive wooden planters and furniture, ideal for an alfresco evening meal.

Ashburton, a former Stannary town, has a rich history and many ancient buildings.

Well-known for its quality independent shops, including an award-winning fish delicatessen, several antique shops and a nationally-recognised cookery school, here you have the best of both worlds.

Dartmoor with its tors, rivers and rugged landscape is on your doorstep and here you can try your hand at fishing, pony and llama trekking, climbing and kayaking.

Meanwhile, the South Hams offers some of the best beaches in Devon, picture-postcard villages, and attractive small towns such as Totnes, Dartmouth and Salcombe.

The South West Coastal Path passes through the region taking in some of the most spectacular scenery in the UK.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Newton Abbot 8 miles; Torquay 17 miles; Plymouth 25 miles

The ancient Stannary town of Ashburton lies on the southern slopes of Dartmoor and is an ideal spot from which to explore the rugged high moors to the North and a beautiful coastline to the South. The scenery in this area of South Devon is glorious in all weathers and offers visitors opportunities for walking, pony trekking, canoeing, fishing and lazing on the beach. Ashburton has some interesting artisan shops and with its interesting history and museum, has built a reputation for its high standard of antiques and fine collectables outlets. It also has lovely tea rooms, a wine bar and a fantastic food deli providing fresh fish and olives. In the surrounding area, Dartmoor has many picturesque villages and hamlets with old thatched cottages and ancient churches, surrounded by a patchwork of fields and woodland. Lustleigh, North Bovey, Chagford and Widecombe- in- the- Moor are fine examples. The attractive seaside town of Teignmouth is a half hour drive and the popular Blackpool Sands, although a little further down the coast, is one of South Devon's most beautiful natural treasures. An award-winning privately managed 'Blue Flag' family beach with turquoise blue sea giving it an almost Mediterranean feel. So whether it is moor or coast that you’re seeking for your getaway, Ashburton is a really central town from which to be based.

This property is accessed via a narrow lane, 2150mm at minimum point.

Please note: 5 night are available from the 15th of April. Please contact us if you would like to place a booking.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season