“We booked Woolleigh Barton Stables for 3 couples based on the 4* rating and description of the cottage.”
Pros: - The cottage is large and well converted with plenty of character. - It’s well located, and a number of attractions are within a short drive. - The swimming pool was clean and well heated. Cons: - Upon arrival we found a lot of dog waste around the entrance and grounds outside the cottage. - Inside the cottage we immediately found it dirty, including the kitchen surfaces and cooker hood, photo attached. The floors didn’t look like they were cleaned and there was no vacuum cleaner available for us to hoover. - On the first evening we tried to run and bath and found no hot water. We had to contact the owner who explained to us that we had to remove the cover to the boiler and restart it, which we had to do at least twice a day throughout our stay. This isn’t what you should expect and raises a question about the frequency of maintenance that it receives. - Initially the advertised outside furniture was missing, which wasn’t ideal due to the hot weather. The owner arranged for furniture to be brought from the neighbouring cottage. - No welcome pack / instructions about the cottage for example where to put rubbish etc. was provided. We would also expect a list of key local services including doctor, vet, supermarket, pubs etc in the local area. - There is no wi-fi, which we would expect to be included in a 4* cottage. This should have been made clear in the advert, especially considering the very poor phone signal. - There were dogs constantly (day and night) barking from a neighbouring private property – not necessary something that the owner can control but worth being aware of.
- Swimming pool
- Off road parking
- Ground floor bedroom
- Open fire
- Garden / Patio
- Cot available
- Highchair available
- Washing machine
Woolleigh Barton Cottages
Beaford 2 miles. These two sympathetically restored barn conversions are adjoined and situated within an acre of meadows in a rural location two miles from Beaford in North Devon. Overlooking sloping grassland leading down to the Torridge river valley, the cottages are in an ideal tranquil setting, and provide a quiet getaway for families and groups, and in total sleep eighteen people very comfortably. Both cottages share an indoor heated swimming pool and both have been furnished and equipped to a high standard containing individual pieces of antique furniture and artefacts. Attention has been taken to retain and enhance the character of the dwellings including exposed beams, feature stone walls, oak timber sills to windows with original beams over and boarded floors in the main living rooms. Each has their own patio and garden furniture and a brick barbecue, plus they share a large grassy meadow, an ideal area for ball games and fun. The village pub, which is said to be haunted, is only two miles away and provides a warm, friendly welcome and good local food. Near to Beaford is the ancient market town of Torrington where there are a huge range of local amenities and plenty of history. Garden lovers will enjoy the extensive grounds and stunning roses at the RHS Rosemoor Gardens. Guests can also take a trip to Dartington Crystal to see the glassblowers and to enjoy a traditional Devon cream tea in their adjoining restaurant. The North Devon beaches are only a half hour drive away and provide spectacular waves and long sandy beaches. Other nearby attractions includes family theme parks such as The Big Sheep and The Milky Way, the quaint Cliffside fishing village of Clovelly and the market town of Bideford.
Wooleigh Barton Stables is a cosy stone barn retaining its sturdy wooden ceiling beams and exposed stone walls in many of the rooms.
The large comfy leather sofas and woodburner in the open plan sitting room ensure a cosy night in and, together with the farmhouse dining table, make it a sociable space for family holidays.
The separate country kitchen is extremely well equipped for a family.
The stairs lead up from the living room where there is a double en-suite bedroom and two twin bedrooms sharing a family bathroom with freestanding bath.
On the ground floor is a super king-size double bedroom with an en-suite shower room, ideal for those not able or wanting to climb the stairs.
Doors lead out from the living room to a private patio and lawn area with seating and a barbecue, plus there is a further grassy area shared with the attached cottage and ideal for ball games and meeting the neighbours.
Next door to the cottage, in an adjacent barn, is the indoor heated swimming pool, shared with the attached holiday cottage and open all day and evening.
Note: This property is attached to Ref.914961, together they sleep 18.
Four bedrooms: 1 x ground floor super king-size double (zip/link, can be twin on request) with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 2 x twin. Bathroom with freestanding bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC. Kitchen. Sitting room with dining area and woodburner.
- Oil central heating with woodburner
- Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD, selection of books, games and DVDs
- Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
- Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
- Cot and highchair
- Off road parking for 2 cars
- Shared use of indoor heated swimming pool
- Enclosed rear garden with furniture
- One well-behaved dog welcome
- Sorry, no smoking
- Shop and pub 2 miles
- Note: Next to a working farm, dogs to be kept on a lead when outdoors.
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About the location
Great Torrington 4 miles; Westward Ho! 15 miles.
Beaford is a small rural village in North Devon, with a haunted pub and close to the spectacular RHS garden at Rodemoor. Four miles away is Great Torrington, an unspoilt town built on high ground above the River Torridge, and is a short drive from the spectacular North Devon Coast at Westward Ho!. With historic links to the Civil War, the Torrington 1646 attraction at Castle Hill in the town gives an interesting insight to the Roundheads and Cavaliers. Another leading tourist attraction is Dartington Crystal where visitors can see craftsmen blowing and shaping glass, follow the history of glassmaking and buy some beautiful pieces. The town has a good selection of individual shops, a friendly atmosphere, and some good inns. There are many villages to visit on the North Devon Coast, including picturesque Clovelly, built on a steep hillside above the sea, Westward Ho! with fabulous sandy beaches and Hartland village with narrow streets, village square and Hartland Point with breathtaking sea and coastal views. Great Torrington is a quiet, convenient base from which to explore North Devon, the Tarka Trail and the rolling Devon landscapes.
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