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The Red Barn

(Ref. 975866)

Lydford, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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43 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a wonderful stay would go again owners very welcoming and lovely so friendly couldn't do enough for us"

    Reviewed by Anita4.7Mar 2024

  • "We had a lovely week at Red Barn , the kids loved the pool which was a great feature and provided hours of entertainment."

    We will be back at some point in the future .

    Reviewed by Claire3.8Oct 2023

  • "Everything was just perfect best weeks I’ve had in three years"

    Reviewed by Darrern5.0Sep 2023

  • "Stunningly beautiful location, fantastic for totally relaxing ,hosts could not do anymore to make our stay memorable."

    Will be staying again

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Jul 2023

  • "Floor boards creaking loudly upstairs wakeing people up if you got out of bed for toilet or to come downstairs."

    Very old creaky wardrobes and drawers so lived out of our suit cases for the week.Only one very small tv in main bedroom none in the other two.quilts were winter ones and sounded like a packet of crisps every time you moved.Downstairs lounge tv very small for such a big room and old and dated.Kitchen tea towels were old ,stained and full of holes.One tiny little drop of milk was your welcome pack of groceries.The garden at the back was glorious to look out onto, the only really good thing about the place, and the size of the house itself. As for the endless flow indoor pool !!! Only fit for children to play in not for adults to swim.For a farm house I suppose it's fine but if your looking for a 4 or 5 star rating home this is not it.It would be great for children and dogs who don't care about how clean the place is etc but for us unfortunately we were not impressed especially for the money we paid.Great property to look at and wonderful gardens but inside needs updating etc etc a small drop of milk was a poor show to welcome guests into your home. Sorry but have to be truthful about our experience.

    Thank you for taking the time to complete your feedback. We are aware of the squeaky floorboards but need to take the carpet up to be able to screw the floorboards down. The TV in the lounge has been replaced but we won’t be adding further TV’s to the bedrooms. The duvets are good quality feather and down duvets. The tea towels have been checked and are fine. We’re confused by your comment regarding the milk, we leave milk, brownies, coffee pods, teabags, sugar and fresh flowers for all of our guests. Adults can use and swim in the endless flow swimming pool, there is also an outdoor heated pool on site which guests can use and is shared with ourselves and guests in our other properties. The pictures on the website are a true reflection of the property. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jonathan3.4Jun 2023

  • "The Red Barn was amazing, the views from the property were wonderful, we had an amazing 6 nights stay with our two dogs."

    The cottage was more than we could have wanted with the endless pool being the highlight of our stay. Both Victoria and Tim the owners of the Farm being so welcoming and friendly, we had breakfast at the farm 3 mornings which was lovely.

    Reviewed by Susanne4.7Jun 2023

  • "Red barn was the perfect get away the kids loved the pool,the garden was ..."

    Red barn was the perfect get away the kids loved the pool,the garden was beautiful and the dogs loved it, the house was kitted out with everything we needed and so comfortable we all had a great week

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Apr 2023

  • "This is simply a perfect holiday house for families in all seasons."

    We (my husband, 17 & 11 year old sons, Dilys the dog and I) visited the The Red Barn for a February half term break and were extremely impressed with the house and facilities. The location is simply perfect, very quiet with beautiful views across farmland and out to the moors. The house itself is spacious and very well equipped with everything you could possibly need for a family holiday. The pool is a huge bonus and so convenient as it's actually part of the house. The beds were extremely comfy and the heating works very well so the house was always toasty which was very important in February. The owners were kind and helpful - I'd love to go back one day soon please!

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Feb 2023

  • "The cottage was well equipped everything that you needed was there Beds were ..."

    The cottage was well equipped everything that you needed was there Beds were comfy and lovely location hosts were friendly The only issue was that the host wanted to maintain the pool while it was being used and the children all had to get out which ruined their time in the pool

    Thank you for taking the time in leaving feedback. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but I am sure you can appreciate that it is most important to maintain a high health and safety standard keeping guests safe. We hope to able to welcome you back to The Red Barn. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vaness4.7Dec 2022

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    Pictures do not do the property justice. Beautiful house in a picturesque location. Outstanding views of the fields and sheep. Well equipped kitchen, comfortable living area and lots of space. Cot and high chair provided for the children. Clear instructions for the pool. Excellent communication from the owner. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Ashwin5.0Dec 2022

  • "Th Red Barn is in such a peaceful location."

    It is truly stunning. We stayed as a family of four with our dogs and enjoyed wonderful walks, lovely trips to Tavistock for the shops and cafes and there are some great local pubs a short drive for food and drinks. The barn has what you need, and the bedding is wonderful. The pool is a great extra, our children had never swum against a current before! Final comment - the barn was so lovely and warm throughout our stay and the lounge photos don't do it justice!! Thank you for a lovely stay!

    Reviewed by Emma4.7Oct 2022

  • "Excellent spacious, comfortable property with good facilities in an excellent location."

    Very helpful owners who have a good reputation in the area.

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2022

  • "A lovely comfortable place in wonderful location Very peaceful."

    A few tall tumblers would be helpful.

    Reviewed by Jane4.7Sep 2022

  • "This was our second stay in the Red Barn - we love it there and hope to return again in the future."

    The house is large and comfortable with a super garden and lots of beautiful walks. The pool is brilliant for the family.

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Jul 2022

  • "The Red Barn is simply stunning and in every way lived up to our expectations."

    The accommodation is stylish, yet extremely comfortable and it doesn’t take long to feel really at home there. The attention to detail is of the highest standard, the views are outstanding and much care has been taken in maintaining the garden and property. The endless pool was the icing on the cake and we would have no hesitation in recommending this property.

    Reviewed by Denise5.0May 2022

  • "Had a great 7 nights at the beautiful red barn!"

    very homely place, much like a home from home! Swimming pool is a great addition to keep the kids entertained, very reasonably priced too! Would definitely recommend to friends and family that would like a relaxing break away from the hustle and bustle of our normal lives!

    Reviewed by Scott5.0May 2022

  • "A home from home as always , thankyou"

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Apr 2022

  • "We had an amazing stay - loved the house - hope to return next year!"

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Feb 2022

  • "The Red Barn is a very quiet place with great views over the countryside."

    There are a few things that could be better . The floors are very creaky, so if you are a light sleeper this is a problem. The barn was converted in the early 2000s. The pool is great , a little treat to enjoy . The downside to this property is the 4pm check-in , and the 9am check-out. I did request if we could vacate at 10 but the owner never replied to my message

    Reviewed by Karen3.8Feb 2022

  • "Lovely property in a beautiful peaceful location."

    This is the second time we have stayed in one of the hosts properties and I can't fault them. Everything you could need is there, bedding is good quality and clean, the kitchen has every pot or utensil you could need. The pool is a lovely addition and the kids loved it. Thank you for a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Oct 2021

  • "This converted barn is really very special."

    We were not blessed with fabulous weather, so unfortunately could not make the most of the rest of the farm, but we were very comfortable and would highly recommend to other visitors

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Sep 2021

  • "We got the e-mail with the wifi password whilst travelling to the accomodation, unfortunatley with no mobile signal at the Barn we could not access this until the following day when we had phone signal."

    A day earlier would have been better. No other complaints . The place is fantastic. Would definitely use again.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Sep 2021

  • "Beautiful barn conversion set on the edge of Dartmoor."

    Reviewed by Rp4.4Aug 2021

  • "Lovely house in a beautiful, peaceful location."

    We had a brilliant time and have already rebooked for next year.

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Jul 2021

  • "The Red Barn is lovely set in a beautiful location, very comfortable."

    BUT the outdoor swimming pool and game’s room are about 15 minutes walk across country and uphill. I feel this should be explained in the listing as I didn’t expect it to be so far away from the Barn . We also had to book a slot for one and a half hours per day in advance for the outdoor pool. Not sure if this is down to Covid or not .We did however have the indoor pool was great . Overall we thoroughly enjoyed it

    Thank you for your feedback, and we are pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay. Sorry if you missed, that there is a 10 minute walk to the pool and tennis courts, in the description. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lorraine3.4Jul 2021

  • "Wonderful location, beautiful grounds, easy access to the moorland and walks to Lydford."

    Very comfortable accommodation at The Red Barn. Well equipped kitchen. Use of facilities such as the swimming pool easy with a fair system for booking. The owners were welcoming and respectful of our privacy. We wished we could have spent longer there because we all had a very relaxing holiday. Thank you

    Reviewed by Jermey5.0Jun 2021

  • "The Red Barn is in beautiful surroundings and is well provisioned."

    It is a little remote and at least an hour from the coast. It is perfect for the dogs with plenty of room for them to run around. An upgrade to some of the facilities would be advised. The loungers did not have any cushions and hob was difficult to use. We were unable to work out how to maintain heat for cooking even though we read the instructions. The dials were worn so it was difficult to see where to set the switch. Having said all this we would book here again and none of the above detracted from our enjoyment.

    Thank you for taking the time to complete your feedback following your stay at Red Barn. The cushions for the loungers are stored under the stairs. We have spoken to the owner re the hob dials and she will rectify this. Despite the points raised we are pleased you enjoyed your stay, it really is a magical place to spend time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jacky4.1Jun 2021

  • "I think it should be made clear that the red barn is 20 minute walk from the pool and tennis courts."

    Otherwise excellent place

    Thank you for your feedback, we are sorry if you missed in the description that there is a 10 minute walk to the outdoor pool and tennis courts. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Hilary3.8Jun 2021

  • "Lovely barn, very comfortable with great walks from the doorstep."

    Really enjoyed relaxing in front of the wood burner and the kids enjoyed the pool.

    Reviewed by Pippa5.0Dec 2020

  • "Nice touch of the owners to leave some nice treats in the cake box, they were very accommodating to our group and our dogs, we will certainly recommend and hope to return."

    Lovely barn, nice enclosed garden for the dogs and we had all the facilities we could want.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Oct 2020

  • "We had a lovely stay at the red Barn, the best equipped holiday property we have ever stayed at."

    The house was gorgeous and the location amazing, our 3 spaniels loved being able to walk straight out onto the moors. The large secure garden is a real bonus for dog owners. We made full use of the flow pool and treadmill and appreciated the dishwasher, washing machine and tumble drier, Tim ( our host) was great, ringing to check all was good on the night we arrived and he arranged and led a clay pigeon shooting session for some of our group which was a real highlight of the holiday. You won’t go wrong with a stay at the Red Barn.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Sep 2020

  • "Although very nice the house did not fully live up to expectations and I did not consider it good value for the very expensive rental cost."

    The property is somewhat ‘tired’ with, for example, drawer fronts falling off, doors ‘jamming’ and difficult to lock, kitchen equipment not up to expectations (I had to buy a frying pan as the ones provided were in a poor condition.) Particularly the ‘endless river’ function of the swimming pool was not working for half of our holiday which is a shame as this was one of the main features for selecting this property

    Thank you for your comments. We have discussed this with the owners who have advised that the drawer fronts have now been fixed. The front door has been checked and does not jam; the key sometimes needs a little wiggling. They will sort through all of the kitchen equipment and utensils and anything that needs replacing will be replaced. There was an electrical fault with the 'endless river flow' function of the swimming pool, which had to be fixed by an engineer. As soon as the owners were made aware of the problem, they contacted the engineer, who came as soon as he was able to. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard3.4Aug 2020

  • "We had a great week staying at the Red Barn."

    The property was in a very good state of repair and was clean and well equipped. Having shared access to a pool and tennis court was a bonus and our three sons all enjoyed exploring the fields in this very picturesque location. Thoroughly recommended.

    Reviewed by Dan5.0Jul 2020

  • "A lovely clean tidy and spacious house, was surprised at how nice it was."

    Remote house with stunning scenery, A 5 minute walk and you are on the moores. Would definitely recommend this.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Feb 2020

  • "Despite the weather being terrible whilst we were away, the cottage was extremely comfortable and had everything we needed."

    The pool was a blessing for my daughter. We will definitely be returning

    Reviewed by Alicia5.0Feb 2020

  • "Always a wonderful place to stay - the owners are very welcoming, the Red Barn is fabulously located and very comfortable."

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Oct 2019

  • "Lovely barn lovely people lovely place"

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2019

  • "Well equipped property in a quiet location with some lovely walks and views."

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Jun 2019

  • "A realy good holiday, walking on the Moor with the dog's, horse riding, and lot's of swimming"

    Reviewed by L5.0Apr 2019

  • "Firstly, although I have ticked 'met expectations', that is because I have high expectations which are quite often not met by holiday companies."

    So I am glad to say that Sykes and this holiday cottage met everything. The home is in a quiet location, a half mile walk (or with an old dog a drive!), up to the moor and then lots of walking, beginning with level walks. We only managed short level walks with an older dog, but level walking is essential for him. The home itself was very clean, comfortable, the pool was wonderful, although initially seemed much smaller than I would have liked, but swimming against the current was great, swimming on the spot! You can alter the current, so I had it at very gentle!! The pool is a reasonable size for children to be in without the current. We had a great time and are looking at dates to go back.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Feb 2019

  • "Very homely."

    Lovely beds and bedding. Good shower and plenty of hot water. Kitchen well equipped. Lounge has plenty of comfy furniture. Pool was well used and a added plus to this accommodation. Views to die for. Very remote so need transport. Good walks on the moor. Good dry weather was a bonus for us. All round excellent relaxing autumn break .

    Reviewed by Marlene4.4Oct 2018

  • "Excellent location, short walk to moor."

    swimming pool exellent. Outside space for dog.

    Reviewed by Kay4.7Apr 2018

  • "This is the third year we have stayed at The Red Barn."

    We all love it, especially our two dogs who can't wait to get in the garden to play!

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Apr 2018

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  • Three bedrooms: 2 x king size double with en suite bathroom with bath, WC and basin (one with hand shower), 1 x twin with en suite bathroom with bath, hand shower, WC and basin
  • Downstairs sitting room with wood burning stove, Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility room
  • Downstairs WC with basin
  • Hall
  • Indoor swimming pool.
  • Central heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge-freezer, tumble dryer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with DVD, WiFi, Phone, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request, Off road parking for four cars
  • Enclosed garden with tennis court, barbecue, indoor pool, outdoor heated pool
  • Three well-behaved dogs welcome, Sorry no smoking.

The property

Burnville Farm is a lovely traditional farmstead hidden in trees on the edge of open Dartmoor two miles from the Devon village of Lydford.

The Red Barn is situated a mile away by car or ten minutes across fields from the farmyard.

With two other holiday homes, you enjoy access to the 250 acre farm with its farm animals, pond for picnicking beside and wildlife, and you are even welcome to help on the farm if you wish.

There are all kinds of wonderful activities available here.

There is a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a tennis court (shared with the owners), plus a games room and well equipped gym in an adapted barn.

You can arrange to experience clay pigeon shooting and archery, or have fun games of badminton or volleyball.

Golf and gliding are on offer just a couple of miles from Burnville Farm.

With direct access to the open moors from the farm, this is lovely walking country and you can arrange to use mountain bikes too or bring your own horses.

With seasonal eggs and veg available, plus the option of meals in the owner's' house or professional catering in your own holiday home, you can feast like kings.

The hall leads into the big living room with wood burning stove and French windows to the terrace.

The pretty kitchen with dining area is well equipped, and through a lockable door is your own ‘endless flow’ indoor swimming pool with treadmill and rowing machine.

Upstairs, the three bedrooms are all en suite but with their own character.

With all the activities on site, plus the beautiful hills of Dartmoor beyond, Roadford Lake for water sports and pubs and amenities in Lydford and Tavistock, the Red Barn is a fine place to truly relax and have fun.

Burnville Farm Cottages

2 miles south-west of Lydford and 1 from its gorge, 400 yards of private farm-lane end at Burnville Farm, a lovely farmstead. 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, ornamental pheasants. You can roam the farm and help is most welcome. Pond (picnicking) with mallard, moorhen and usually Canada geese in spring; badgers and foxes about. Stabling/grazing for your own ponies/horses. Clay pigeon shooting and instruction, archery tuition (equipment provided) and mountain bikes (adults’ and children’s) by arrangement. Fenced outdoor heated swimming pool (32' x 16' and 3'6" to 8' deep, available 25 May to 15 September) and hard tennis court shared with owners. Fun badminton and volleyball. Games room (6' pool table, table tennis, skittle alley) and well-equipped gym in a refurbished barn. Lovely walled vegetable garden; fresh veg available in season, and eggs. Spring water. Professional catering available and meals in the owners' house. Golf and gliding, 2 miles. For you to stay in are The Farmhouse, The Coach House about 100 yards up the private lane, or The Red Barn a mile away. The owners live nearby but out of sight and do B&B in their own house a mile away by car or a 10 minute walk across Burnville Farm, is The Red Barn, surrounded by its own enclosed garden with terrace (barbecue) at the back and splendid long views over farmland to the moor.

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

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About the location


Tavistock 6 miles; Okehampton 6 miles.

Nestling among mature woodland on the western slopes of Dartmoor, the historic village of Lydford is a jewel in this area of outstanding scenic beauty. To the north, just half a mile away, the high tors come right down to the village edge, while to the south the River Lyd winds its way through Lydford Forest on its tumbling course northwards. Lydford village has an interesting medieval castle and nearby Lydford Gorge (National Trust) with its peaceful woodland walks and White Lady waterfall is a must. The village also has a Post Office, pub and award-winning restaurant. Whether walking the moors, fishing, watching the amazing wildlife or just visiting the many attractions of this stunningly beautiful area, you'll never be lost for something to do. The moorland market towns of Tavistock and Okehampton are both a short drive away.

Note: The outdoor pool is available from 25th May to 15th September

Note: Please check with the owner of this property regarding availability of the Games Room

This property offers the following short breaks:

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