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Apple Barn

South Molton, Devon (Ref. 1089038)

4.9

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  • Sleeps 10

  • Bedrooms 5

  • Bathrooms 4

  • Pets No

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Features

  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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6 Customer Reviews

  • "Overall, our stay was really pleasant."

    The cottage itself is beautiful, it had a perfect blend of modern and old style, the outdoor seating was great, the hot tub area was great, and the surrounding countryside was perfect. There was plenty of room in the car park. All the beds and sofas were comfortable, and the kitchen was a good size, and the fridge/freezer was a perfect size. The games room was great, and we were grateful the owner gave us binoculars to see some deers. We also enjoyed the complimentary eggs, milk and cake (which were delicious). However, there are a few minor suggestions we would make that would take this cottage to a 5 star level: 1) The owners did not nearly give enough toilet roll, kitchen roll, bin bags or dishwasher tablets. 4 toilet rolls between 8 people for 6 days is very stingy. We would prefer more of these essentials than the cake and eggs. We had to buy more of each of those things which we feel we shouldn't really need to do. Also, why weren't the loo rolls already in the toilets rather than in the basket in the kitchen? And why weren't the towels already on the beds? 2) there was no Compost bin or recycling boxes at the cottage. Initially, this forced us to use more black bins before we decided to go get recycling boxes from the car park. 3) the hot tub always had too much Chlorine which gave a few of us bad skin reactions. I have a hot tub at home myself and I can tell you there was way too much Chlorine in there. 4) the kitchen was not very well stocked. There were no decent knives, there weren't enough breakfast bowls for everyone, and there were no smaller ovenproof dishes. 5) the dishwasher wasn't very good - our dishes would often come out dirty. Also, you asked us to ensure we put any dishes through one last clean in the dishwasher, but you didn't give us enough dishwasher tablets so we couldn't. 6) the 2 pieces of wood you gave us didn't fit into the fireplace. 7) the shower in the bottom bedroom would often overflow, and it ran of hot water pretty quickly. The shared bathroom upstairs was hard for some people to lock as the door is quite stiff. 8) if you can, please get better Internet as it was very weak, and when more than 3 people connected to it, it wouldn't work. The Internet didn't reach some rooms at all. We hope you take these minor suggestions on board as we would love to come back again. Thanks for a great stay.

    Hi Andrew, we are glad you liked the property in general and the surroundings, we took over Lambscombe in December and are constantly updating our offering to guests. Can I please point out that Lambscombe as are all other Sykes properties are self catering and not hotels. The welcome pack is exactly that it provides our self catering guests with some essentials to last them until their own shopping etc. arrives. Since covid most guests prefer toilet rolls etc. in the welcome pack and old rolls removed to avoid any contamination etc. the same goes for towels which demonstrate they are freshly laundered before each arrival. We also provide black sacks and clear sacks for towels and bedding so that guests can strip their beds before leaving. (this is again standard for self catering and protects our team from any potential transfer from bed linen, all properties are fogged before cleaners enter). Regarding waste etc. there is a recycling area where guests separate their waste into glass, plastics, metal and cardboard this is stated within the welcome booklet. I have separated your waste for collection we encourage our guests to recycle as much as possible. As this is a rural area bins are kept away from properties to avoid unwelcome pests. We use Bromine and not Chlorine in our tubs as it is far less likely to cause irritation. The chemical levels are checked daily and fed via a dosing system, sometimes if the tub is not in regular use by guests levels can build up but were within recommended testing levels. I will look into the knives and sharpen as required although there is a knife sharpener provided in the utensils draw, we will also perform another check on bowls etc. as quantities were in line with Sykes guidelines. Apologies on the wood as we stop providing log baskets at the end of April although guests are of course welcome to use the woodburners at any time. I will speak to the changeover team as to why any wood was left. I will also take a look at the bathroom door and the lower shower, if you had reported the issue I would have dealt with it straight away. We have individual broadband connections for each cottage via BT but unfortunately only receive around 5MB on each due to the distance from the exchange. We have enquired about alternative connections but no line of sight means wireless is out and fibre to the premises is still being rolled out in Devon. Hopefully these minor points didn't spoil your experience of the tranquility and stunning surroundings at Lambscombe Farm Cottages.We look forward to welcoming you all back soon. Yours Sincerely, Damon Williams Property Owner

    Reviewed by AndrewMay 2022

  • "We was there for a long weekend and everything was perfect , everything we wanted the owners were very helpful and friendly , we will 100% be booking again."

    Many thanks again :-)

    Hi Michael, glad you all enjoyed your stay, we would love to welcome you back again. Many Thanks Damon & Karen Property Owner

    Reviewed by MichaelMay 2022

  • "Had a great week staying in Apple Barn."

    Damon was an absolute star, always happy to help even through the difficult weather conditions ensuring we had everything we needed. Even let our son use his telescope on the rare clear night we had. The fresh eggs and cake were a lovely touch and a nice surprise. The Barn itself was very well equipped and a lovely place to stay to watch the wild birds and Squirrels. Beds and sofas we very comfortable for a rental property. Will definitely consider staying again and would recommend.

    Hi Ty, many thanks for your positive feedback it definitely was a challenging week weather wise. Glad your son enjoyed the telescope he can give us some lessons next time. As you know we are in the process of renovating the complete site and adding some more features to make a stay at Lambscombe even more enjoyable. Hopefully see you all again soon. Regards, Damon & Karen Property Owner

    Reviewed by TyFeb 2022

  • "We recently had a great weekend at Apple Barn, it was the perfect break in a place that felt so homely and comforting to 7 overworked adults in desperate need for some TLC."

    Our only feedback would be that the single beds in the far end room were incredibly noisy and the boys in there kept waking themselves and each other up through the night, the signage out front is impossible to read on a dark winters afternoon. And the hot tub could do with a little extra lighting. Very minor points and only mentioned to help you improve. Thank you for a perfect weekend.

    Hi Kerri, so glad you all enjoyed your stay, as you know we have only just taken over so any heads up are appreciated. We look forward to seeing you again at Lambscombe. Kind Regards, Damon Property Owner

    Reviewed by KerriJan 2022

  • "Apple Barn is a perfect guest house for a large family."

    The layout enabled all to socialise together with plenty of room and space. The hot tub was a particular attraction, which was very well maintained.

    Hi Dawn, many thanks for your lovely feedback. As you know we have only recently taken over at Lambscombe and are making changes. Including all new bed linen etc. and towels etc. as well as commencing general upgrades to ensure that Lambscombes extremely high standards are not just maintained but improved on. We hope to see you again when the sun is shining. Kind Regards, Lambscombe Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by DawnDec 2021

  • "We had a great holiday at Apple Barn, the property was lovely & had everything we could have needed."

    We stayed over Christmas & were impressed with how well the kitchen was equipped & the gorgeous Christmas tree. The owner was lovely & really helpful too. I would highly recommend staying here & really couldn’t fault it.

    Hi Clare, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Lambscombe, and hope to see you all back again when the sun is shining. Have a happy new year, Damon and Karen Property Owner

    Reviewed by ClareDec 2021

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Summary

  • Over three floors
  • Five bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor king-size with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x second-floor king-size with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 2 x second floor twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Utility
  • Shared external games room
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric double oven and hob, microwave, 2 x fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, iPod dock, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent Oct-March; at other times of year fuel for stove can be purchased locally
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent; hot tub towels are not provided
  • Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available on request
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Private 6-person hot tub overlooking the valley
  • Enclosed lawned garden with furniture and barbecue
  • Shared use of 6-acre site
  • Shared external games room with table tennis, pool table, table football and TV with PS2 and games
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2.1 miles
  • Note: One of the double bedrooms and both twins have sloping ceilings
  • Note: The property is over three floors, with 8 steps from ground floor to first floor level and then a further 8 steps to second floor level
  • Note: This property is in a rural location, accessed by country lanes that are single track in some places
  • Note: Whilst all parties are welcome at the property, guests should be made aware of the quiet, rural nature of the location and consideration should be given to the other guests and properties on-site

The property

This beautiful detached North Molton cottage has a lofty open plan living space with floor-to-ceiling windows, vaulted beamed ceilings and a woodburner, creating a room filled with light and a cosy atmosphere on cooler occasions.

After a day of rambling, look forward to spending your down time here, reflecting upon the day or tuning into the TV and catch up on your favourite shows.

The kitchen/diner has slate floors and a large refectory table, and with stylish furnishings throughout, making this a splendid spot for a special family gathering.

Each of the three king-size double bedrooms have en-suite facilities, with the ground floor bedroom perfect for less mobile guests.

The lawns at the front of the cottage overlook the sweeping river valley, and provide a glorious, sunny spot to prepare holiday plans together on summer afternoons.

There is also the welcome addition of a 6-seater hot tub, perfect for an evening soak under the stars.

A wonderful, spacious property for a holiday to remember.

Note: This property is next to Refs. 1089061 and 1089069, together they sleep 25.

Lambscombe Farm Cottages

North Molton 1.5 miles. A group of delightful barn conversions situated around a traditional cobbled courtyard, on the owner's non-working farm, in a peaceful rural location near North Molton in North Devon. Set into the side of a beautiful wooded valley, these cottages near North Molton have a wonderful outlook across pretty meadows and vibrant green rolling hills. Each property is presented to a high standard with a wealth of features such as slate floors, exposed beams and stone fireplaces to provide cosy holiday cottages. The perfect setting for a romantic winter weekend, a special celebration, or a fun-filled summer holiday with family, these North Molton cottages provide a fabulous rural getaway all year round. Each North Molton cottage comes with sociable open plan living areas with woodburning stoves, and many of the bedrooms have luxury en-suite facilities. Guests will also find a shared external games room housed in a barn conversion, with table tennis, table football, a hockey table and pool table. Outside each property is a private garden area, perfect for enjoying sunny weather in with a refreshing drink. Situated on the edge of the Exmoor National Park, these Devon cottages nestle amongst a varied and inspiring landscape popular with outdoor enthusiasts, where you’ll find wonderful walking, cycling, horse riding, fishing and birdwatching, all within easy reach. The heather-clad moors, dramatic coastline, dark night skies and pretty villages make Exmoor one of Britain’s most idyllic hidden treasures! North Molton is just a short drive away offering essentials, whilst South Molton, some 5 miles away, has extensive facilities with a range of traditional shops offering fresh, local produce, a fabulous pannier market held twice a week, a range of gift, home and jewellery shops, along with a host of excellent tea rooms, wine bars, pubs and restaurants. With their stunning location, luxurious accommodation, excellent on-site facilities and the warmest of welcomes, booked together or separately, these North Molton cottages are truly a magical place from which to enjoy your Devon holiday!

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £500.

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About the location

SOUTH MOLTON

Combe Martin 19 miles; Ilfracombe 24 miles; Woolacombe 25 miles.

The attractive market town of South Molton is known as The Gateway to Exmoor and is ideally placed in North Devon, boasting a range of shops, amenities and a twice weekly market. Being pleasantly situated not far from both coastal and inland beauty spots it will suit visitors of all tastes. In close proximity are forests, moors, rivers and coast, with churches and other buildings of historical significance. Residents find the quiet charm of the area attractive and visitors soon experience the sense of civic pride held by the locals. There is superb walking on the South West Coast Path and the North Devon beaches are varied and interesting. Visit the National Trust's Watersmeet Gorge, Valley of the Rocks and the funicular cliff railway. Up on Exmoor, there are various walks to suit all abilities, as well as highlights such as Tarr Steps, Landacre Bridge and the village of Withypool. Further afield, the resorts of Ilfracombe and Combe Martin are well worth a visit, and for some of the best beaches in the country, visit Woolacombe and Saunton and Croyde.

Region Information

Please note: Property does not accept a Sunday check in.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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