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The Red Barn

Lydford, Devon (Ref. 975866)



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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

Accuracy of the listing

27 Customer Reviews

  • "A home from home as always , thankyou"

    Reviewed by KarenApr 2022

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

    Reviewed by SarahFeb 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 KarenFeb 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 EmmaOct 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 RuthSep 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 GrahamSep 2021

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

    Reviewed by RpAug 2021

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

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

    Reviewed by VictoriaJul 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 LorraineJul 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 JermeyJun 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 JackyJun 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 HilaryJun 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 PippaDec 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 ChrisOct 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 SamanthaSep 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 RichardAug 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 DanJul 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 MarkFeb 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 AliciaFeb 2020

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

    Reviewed by LouiseOct 2019

  • "Lovely barn lovely people lovely place"

    Reviewed by PaulAug 2019

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

    Reviewed by AndreaJun 2019

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

    Reviewed by LApr 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 ChristineFeb 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 MarleneOct 2018

  • "Excellent location, short walk to moor."

    swimming pool exellent. Outside space for dog.

    Reviewed by KayApr 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 SueApr 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.


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Kitchen Hall Dining Area Living Room Pool Room Pool Room Utility

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.

Region Information

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:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

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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