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Little Cotton Barn

(Ref. 995343)

Dartmouth, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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28 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely converted barn all lovely big rooms."

    Well equipped kitchen. In a quiet area away from hustle and bustle. Ideal location for getting out and about.

    Thank you for your lovely comments. We are glad you enjoyed the peaceful area and were able to make the most of the location. Hopefully we will see you again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Frances Eleanor4.4Sep 2023

  • "The cottage was ideal for our party, comfortable and provided all we needed for our holiday."

    Thank you for your positive feedback. We are glad the property suited your group. Hopefully we will see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Liz3.8Sep 2023

  • "There were quite a lot of light bulbs not working the property was very dusty ..."

    There were quite a lot of light bulbs not working the property was very dusty the slates in the bed fell through there were false eyelashes in the bed I will say the maintenance department were helpful also the televisions in the bedroom did not work no signals

    Thank you for making us aware of this. We have of course been in contact with the cleaners and maintenance department. All issues have been rectified. We hope you enjoyed the property and lovely area. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark2.5Aug 2023

  • "Lovely property however lots of kitchen items were dirty, cobwebs and spiders in every room."

    King size bed very noisy when turning over so didn’t sleep well which was unfortunate as apart from that it was very comfortable. Location nice and peaceful. Clock in kitchen needed a new battery. Could be a 5 star property if it was maintained properly

    We are sorry you experience a few issues. We aim to have a high standard of cleanliness but as its a rural barn, the spiders are sometimes hard to control! We have asked the cleaners to be more aware though and have dealt with the bed and clock. We hope that you still enjoyed the property and its location. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carrie2.2Aug 2023

  • "Overall, we had a very nice holiday."

    The house is well-situated: close enough to Dartmouth so that you drive down in a few minutes, but also on foot - we walked down to the town almost every day. Also, the Sainsbury's superstore is around the corner, but the house itself is tucked away in a quiet farm lane, so we weren't disturbed by any traffic noise. The dining area, patio and master bedroom offer a lovely view over the fields. But: although the house itself has potential, it would need a lot of love to really feel like a home away from home. The decor is pretty bare and soulless, and the living-room is tiny; it was set up in a way that didn't allow all 6 of us to watch TV together. We had to move some of the furniture to make it possible for 5 to watch. The bedrooms were more generous, enough space for 6, but if you promote a house for 6, these people should be able to sit together comfortably in the living-room. The mattresses in the master bedroom were horrible: much too soft, AND they squeaked loudly every time my husband or I moved. VERY awkward, plus it disturbed our sleep. Please, get new, quiet ones!! That was, for me, the major drawback of this house!! Also, like many cottages made out of old barns, the house is sound-sensitive - you can hear every step someone takes above, every softest tread on the stairs. We didn't have young kids with us, but for people who do, this must be difficult. In the single bed bedroom there is almost no WiFi reception. The second sitting room (across the hall) doesn't help with that, sadly. A lot of the lamps didn't work so we had to hunt down functioning lamps for everyone to have a bedside light for reading. The property was reasonably clean, but there's room for improvement. Lots of dust in corners. In the master bathroom one of the two shelves was coming lose and slanting to one side so you couldn't put anything there. No rails and only one hook for towels. The washing-machine was fine, however the dryer was absolutely filthy and unusable. The lint filter hadn't been cleaned and was plastered not only with lint but matted with, apparently, dog hair, and the rubber rim was mouldy. Disgusting. That was another real drawback, having to dry laundry for 6 people without a dryer, in partly very wet weather! As is the case in many holiday cottages, the spray arms in the dishwasher were clogged with scale; I had to clean it myself in order to get clean dishes. The fridges both were in urgent need of defrosting - in one of them, we had to literally hack away thick sheets of ice before we could close its door properly. And speaking of doors: locking the door when leaving the house was a nightmare every single time because of the door lock. It was just shot! You had to use brute force and turn and rattle the key in juuust such a way and press hard against the door to be able to lock it. I began to dread the act of locking the door! The same, though not quite as bad, with the back/patio door. Like the inside, the outside of the property would greatly benefit from some loving hand – a minimum of a garden-like feeling would improve everything, instead it's just concrete and gravel and an empty piece of lawn. Shame, because the house could be really great and welcoming if someone took a little more trouble with it. We still loved out stay because Dartmouth and the South Hams are so lovely, took lots of walks om the coastal paths, saw the Castle, Coleton Fishacre, drove up to Dartmoor. It's situated brilliantly and nice to have a private parking space, but as a house, not the the best one we stayed in.

    Thank you for your detailed feedback. We appreciate your comments. All the issues have been addressed and rectified (Dryer, bed, dishwasher, locks, lamps etc. We have spoken to The Property checker who visits between handovers as these should have been picked up. However its sound like you enjoyed your holiday and made the most of the area. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kirsten2.5Jul 2023

  • "Great location."

    Peaceful retreat. Warm comfortable and secure. Family and dog friendly. Well equipped kitchen and furniture. Comfy beds. Walking distance to supermarkets. Everything needed for a great getaway holiday. We had a very lovely time. Fridge in kitchen didn’t work but there was another fridge freezer provided. Big oven not working but smaller one did.

    We are delighted that you enjoyed the peaceful location and the property and had a lovely time. Both problems have now been addressed and we appreciate you bringing them to our attention. We look forward to welcoming you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anne4.7Mar 2023

  • "First day and a half the heating wasn't working very well also there was no hot water this was a bit uncomfortable as the weather was cold also there was bad lighting by the main gate which certain people in my party tripped as it was very dark."

    We have been made aware of the problem you had and I believe it was due to the new NEST controls, which I'm glad the agents were able to rectify. The property is in a country lane with no street lighting but it has outdoor lighting and a general light on a sensor. Both have been checked and are working. We will look into anything else we can do. I hope you enjoyed The Barn with its Christmas decorations and of course the hamper! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicholas2.8Dec 2022

  • "The standard of this property was way below the one we used in Penzance the week before."

    There was no hot water other than the one electric shower down stairs. We reported it on the day after we arrived, but nothing happened. There was dust and cobwebs everywhere. It was as if we where the first people to occupy it after the winter shut down. There was no facilities for hanging clothes properly, nor drawers for of any size. The double bed in the main room was only inches from the floor and was very difficult to get in and get out of. The double doors from the dining area where damaged and could not be secured. The patio area was very uneven gravel and the access steps absolutely treacherous to use. Kitchen was very poorly equipped with cooking utensils, crockery and tools. This made use of the dishwasher a joke.

    We are sorry you felt the property didn't meet your standards. The hot water situation has been looked into and should have been while you were there. The cleaners have been informed about your comments. There is hanging space in each room along with large chest of drawers. The bed might be low for some but not unusually so. The double doors have now been repaired. We feel the kitchen is very well equipped as mentioned previous comments. There is a large amount of crockery, glasses and cutlery so guests never run short if the dishwasher is full. The property is a converted barn with interesting features which we have made use of making patio area a lovely area with a beautiful view. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David1.9Jul 2022

  • "Once found it was a great spacious place to stay, there are some relatively small tired bits, which could do with a spruce up/repair, but we booked to come back before we had even left, which I hope shows our overall view."

    Thank you for your positive feedback, we are delighted you enjoyed your stay! The property will receive the usual maintenance through the winter after a very busy summer. We look forward to welcoming you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tim4.7Jun 2022

  • "The property was tired."

    Had great difficulty locking the front door whenever we left the cottage. Outdoor space/funiture very uninviting. Weeds everywhere, no cushions. Due to no carpets very noisy when walking about . We would not stay again.

    Thank you for bringing the door to our attention, this has now been looked at. The outdoor furniture is about to be replaced, but hope you still enjoyed the beautiful views from there. The Barns wooden floors are ideal for families with children and dogs. I am sorry you feel you wouldn't visit again, as we have received some lovely comments this season. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Viv2.8May 2022

  • "Quirky place in quiet location, must be lovely on a summers evening to sit on the patio and watch the nights sky."

    Not far from the park and ride and Dartmouth. The Kitchen was very clean and well equipped. All the bedrooms and bathrooms were clean and the bedding was fresh and spotless. We enjoyed our stay but a few things need to be sorted. The place does need a little tlc. The blinds in two of the bedrooms need replacing as they were broken. One of the TVs in the bedroom didn’t work. Some of the small rugs were very tired and need replacing.

    We are glad you enjoyed your stay and the delights of the location! Thank you for letting us know about the blinds, they have now been fixed, along with the TV and some rugs replaced. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Fiona3.8Oct 2021

  • "Lovely roomy property in quiet surroundings."

    Glad you enjoyed The Barn and its surroundings. Hope you can visit again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ann4.4Sep 2021

  • "Lovely converted barn, ideal for large families."

    Large grounds for children to play.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed the space that is offered for large groups, especially for the children! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emma3.8Sep 2021

  • "Re Little Cotton Barn Dartmouth Hi, I am emailing because I wanted to give you feedback on our stay."

    I will start with the positives. It's a very roomy cottage, with an excellent utility room. The South Hams area is beautiful, we enjoyed being close to Dartmouth. Unfortunately I do not feel that the cottage was up to a good standard at all. It was very old and not very clean. The windows were very dirty and have not been cleaned for a very long time. The back door has a very dodgy lock and we struggled to open it. We could not sit outside because there was a foul smell all the time. It really was very unpleasant. We had constant noise from the building site, we understand this will not be permanent. The kitchen really needs some extra room to store groceries, no bread bin, there were a couple of plates that are chipped. We had to call on the first day to report that the downstairs light had gone in the shower room and waited until weds for the guy to fix that, which meant we couldn't use the shower. This shower room was grim and damp. Other lights had gone and he was able to replace some bulbs but not the LED lights as they needed to be ordered! Upstairs, the en suite shower door does not close properly, also the shaver light does not work. Overall it was a very disappointing stay. We brought my elderly parents for a holiday in what was marketed as a 4 Star property but it really fell short. We paid a lot of money, around £1800 pounds for the week. We realise this price is enhanced post covid so your owners can cash in on the staycation boom, but many of the comments above were written in the visitor book since 2016. Visitors have written in the book that it needs TLC which is an understatement. Do you listen to/act on feedback? Finally, the co owner who lives nearby was very quick to accuse both ourselves and the people staying at the farmhouse of leaving dog poo on the grass. They didn't have a dog so he came back to see us, we respectfully pointed out that we had picked up our dog mess. I don't believe it deserves your 4 star rating. Regards Natalie Barker

    Reviewed by Natalie1.3Aug 2021

  • "We rented Little Cotton Barn and Little Cotton Farmhouse as our party size was 12 (16 years - 75 years) and we wanted plenty of space."

    The properties are in a rural location making it very peaceful, but be aware of the very narrow (single-car width) Devon lanes you drive along to get to the properties! Easy walk to supermarket and bus stops - Blackpool Sands beach 15 mins away by bus or car. Shame there’s not a pub in walking distance, but plenty of choice in Dartmouth (make sure you book as everywhere super busy).

    Thank you for taking the time to send us feedback. We are glad you enjoyed the delights of Little Cotton and Dartmouth. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Catherine3.8Jul 2021

  • "Great place to stay - lovely barn really enjoyed my stay thank you"

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Oct 2020

  • "We loved our stay"

    Reviewed by Melanie3.4Sep 2020

  • "We stayed in Little Cotton Barn during a particularly wet and windy week, on the plus side: - The barn had good proportions - despite the weather conditions, we were kept warm indoors, with good heating and hot water - lovely shower in the en-suite - very comfortable beds However, we were disappointed with - - the utility room and the kitchen cupboard and contents all smelt very musty / mouldy."

    Even when plates and cups were washed and placed back in to the cupboards, the smell returned in no time - the general level of maintenance could be improved. Some of the rooms felt unfinished, bare pine not sealed / varnished, bathrooms with no skirting boards. The rugs and cushions around the house felt old and used and a little dirty. Some of the kitchen implements were past their use or not well maintained. None of which suggests the four stars it is listed as. - the grass outside hadn’t been cut in a long time which made playing there difficult and very wet - Although the internal space was generous, there was no noise insulation between the downstairs and the bedrooms due to single panel loose fitting doors. Once one person was up in the morning, it woke everyone else up. All in all we did enjoy our time at the Barn. Close to Dartmouth and with lots to do in the local area.

    Reviewed by Sophie3.1Oct 2019

  • "Ideal family base, play area for children especially well equipped."

    Supermarket and Park and Ride within a mile, so useful.

    Reviewed by Kenneth4.4Jul 2019

  • "There is a recurring problem with the hot water supply according to previous guestbook comments."

    When the central heating is on, there is virtually no hot water. If you turn the central heating off you can manage with hot showers, but a bath is out of the question. There are several plug in heaters which kept the property nice and warm. Otherwise, the barn was spacious and quite well kitted out. It is in the middle of no-where and walks are only on the surrounding country lanes - but it does mean it's also nice and quiet. We did raise the hot water issue with Coast and Country and they were very helpful and hopefully will sort out the water problem for the next guests.

    We are very please to hear that you enjoyed your stay in Dartmouth. We would like to thank you for your feedback regarding the issue with the hot water and we can confirm that this has now all been rectified. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lisa4.1Mar 2019

  • "Little Cotton Barn is a little hard to find, it is better to use goggle earth to pinpoint it more accurately."

    When you get to a five barred gate which says to be kept closed at all times you have to go through it to access the Barn. Very suitable for us and our son, daughter in law and two girls aged 4 and 6. We didn't find all the internal steps a problem as did a previous review. All the equipment worked well the only big downside was the lack of hot water, we were not able to use the middle bathroom bath or the ensuite shower. Fortunately our granddaughters were only with us for the long weekend so we managed with the shower in the utility room which was an electric shower. Good value for the money we paid (£100 reduction) but would hesitate to use it if it were more. Having said all that there was loads of space and very comfortable beds. We would, price dependent, like to use it again and try to do a little bit more walking in this lovely area. Thank you.

    Thank you for your feed back we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your holiday in Dartmouth. We are sorry that you had a issue with the water we have now looked in to this and resolved the issue, please now that if this was mentioned during your stay to the local office we would have done our best to solve this for you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael3.8Feb 2019

  • "Little Cotton Barn was just perfect for our Christmas Break in South Devon."

    The barn was warm, cosy and very well equipped. Nice little touches like a welcome bottle of wine, Christmas decorations and small things like dishwasher tablets and washing up liquid were really appreciated. We would definitely stay here again if we needed accommodation in South Devon - it was just perfect, Thank you :)

    Mrs Lynne ParsonsJan 2018

  • "Attention to detail badly needed."

    Drains smelled awful in second and third bathrooms and there has obviously been a leak behind the downstairs loo. Windows filthy. Loo downstairs was flushing permanently so we gave it up. TV in master bedroom incomprehensible and we did mention this. Good kitchen equipment, so-called games room really scruffy. Terrace needed attention as chairs sticky all the time from overhanging trees. Toaster was replaced instantly when it tripped the fuse board. Master bedroom and bathroom very good. The situation was wonderful and we did have a really good holiday!

    Mrs J GriffinSep 2016

  • "Good size, very comfortable and plenty of space and nice and airy feel to an renovated property."

    Nice outdoor space for kids to play in but games room looked very tired and needed some money spent on it. Overall good value for money

    MIKE JONESSep 2016

  • "Excellent facilities but the heating and hot water could both have benefited from being hotter"

    Feb 2016

  • "Full marks for cleanliness, comfortable beds, wonderful towels and hot water, caretaker most friendly and helpful."

    Very well equipped, so much so that there was hardly any cupboard space left to store food, also utility room very hot so nowhere cool to store vegetables. Lots of steps and low doorway. Bare boards upstairs made it quite noisy. On arrival not clear where to go, needs a better sign for Little Cotton Barn. Surroundings not the prettiest but very convenient for Dartmouth and 8 minutes on footpath to big Sainsburys. Not quite excellent but would rate as very good.

    Sep 2015

  • "There were a few little things that let the property down, kettle leaks which is dangerous when pouring boiling water, trampoline net broken with big holes, 1/2 the toaster does not work!"

    Kitchen needs some food storage space but apart from that an amazing property which we would like to book next year!!

    Oct 2014

  • "Layout not ideal for young children but very comfortable and well equipped"

    Jun 2014

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This property is part of the Coast & Country Cottages collection.
Choose from over 400 properties in Salcombe, Dartmouth and the surrounding South Devon coast and countryside - the perfect destination for a holiday all year round.


  • Three bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size (can be set up as a twin on request), 1 x king-size bed with en-suite walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with freestanding bath, hand held shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with large electric shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Sitting room
  • Snug
  • Gas central heating, controlled by Nest
  • Electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, kettle, toaster, Tassimo coffee machine, iron, ironing board
  • Smart TV, 4 x TVs, Bluetooth speaker, DVD player, CD player and CDs, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair, travel cot, stairgate, baby bath, bouncing chair, potty and step, and bed guard available
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Private outdoor area with table, chairs and picnic bench
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.1 miles, pub 1.7 miles
  • Note: You will need to bring your own tea towels, oven gloves and beach towels, these will not be provided
  • Note: The large outside area is a shared space with the pet friendly holiday let next door
  • Note: Please make sure pets are supervised at all times whilst in outdoor areas
  • Note: Please note that there is a £25 charge per pet
  • Note: If you would like the super-king-size set up as a twin, please contact the office

The property

A beautifully renovated traditional barn settled close to the picturesque town of Dartmouth, Little Cotton Barn is an ideal getaway for a family, with easy access to the Start Bay Coastline.

Be greeted by off-road parking, utilising the storage provided for coats and shoes, before making your way over to the living area.

This stylish property boasts period features, adding character to each room, with tiled flooring stretching throughout the ground floor.

When you need to settle down with a cup of tea, choose between a snug with a beanbag, armchairs and a Smart TV or a larger sitting room with a colourful rug, TV and leather sofas, with plenty of natural light making this an ideal spot to catch up on a good book or your favourite TV shows.

The kitchen/diner is amply fitted with all of the home-from-home amenities needed to cook up a storm, sporting contemporary décor, and guests can indulge in a heart-warming meal in the dining room, a truly lovely space with a bare stone wall and wooden beams adding a sense of history, or alfresco in the private patio that has table, chairs and a picnic bench.

On the ground floor you will find a refreshing shower room where you can soak the sand from your hair, and on the first floor a bath ideal for relaxing amongst the bubbles, before retiring to one of the three tasteful bedrooms, beginning with a stunning master bedroom housing tall ceilings with wooden beams, wooden flooring, a TV, a king-size bed and a handy en-suite, and there is also a twin bedroom and a super-king-size zip-link that can be set up as a twin on request, both with tasteful décor, TVs and storage.

Make the most of the sunshine with alfresco dining at the patio, enveloped in countryside views and fresh air, and the little ones can enjoy the play area on the large grassed area close to the property.

This beautiful barn conversion is only a short distance from the coastal town of Dartmouth, where there is a stunning harbour offering views of the boats bobbing in the sunshine and the ocean beyond.

Here you will find tasty eateries ideal for a family meal out, as well as independent shops and a convenience store so you can stock up on essentials and Park and Ride facilities are also close by.

Take scenic walks along the River Dart, or enjoy countryside trails through the rolling hills, or there is the option to spend a day at one of the glorious sandy beaches, ideal for watersports, wild swimming and picnicking with a backdrop of the ocean and the salty air.

History lovers will enjoy a trip to Dartmouth Castle and Kingswear Castle, and for an action-packed day for the kids, head over to Woodlands Family Theme Park.

All of this and more with a stay at the idyllic Little Cotton Barn.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Totnes 12 miles.

Dartmouth lies on the banks of the beautiful River Dart estuary in the popular and picturesque South Hams area of South Devon. Located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and close to the coast, Dartmouth is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Devon. It offers a stunning waterfront, ancient narrow streets lined with boutique shops, restaurants and art galleries plus many local events such as the annual Dart Music Festival and the Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta, along with the Dartmouth Food Festival held every October. There are many interesting cycling and walking routes around Dartmouth, including the South West Coast Path, the Dart Valley Trail and plenty of quiet country lanes. A trip on the Dartmouth Steam Railway through picturesque countryside to Paignton is a must, and so is a boat trip across to Kingswear and on to Brixham, a pretty little harbour town. For those seeking some beach activities, there is a wide choice in the South Hams area such as Blue Flag Award winner Blackpool Sands, and Slapton Sands, both extremely popular and just a stone's throw from Dartmouth. A relaxing location in South Devon.

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The outside area is a shared space with the pet friendly holiday let next door.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas