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Virvale Barn

Combe Martin, Devon (Ref. 903601)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/Sky TV Sky TV
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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52 Customer Reviews

  • "The owners are so friendly and the barn was lovely and comfortable."

    Amazing views. Lots to do as well. Myrtle daily visits were wonderful.

    Reviewed by NicoleSep 2021

  • "The Virvale Barn was lovely."

    The hosts were very helpful. The barn was beautiful and relaxing. Lots of space and BBQ facilities. Not far from lots of sights and nice beaches. The hosts provided a homemade cake, eggs and milk on arrival. They kindly showed my boys around the farm and even made a cricket pitch for the boys. I'd definitely recommend the location. Sykes were difficult to communicate with, they didn't respond to my emails and I was on hold forever. But I found it easier to communicate directly with Sharon.

    Reviewed by SheilaAug 2021

  • "Sharon and the family were wholly supportive and did a fabulous job making us welcome."

    Quality of Virvale Barn exceeded all expectations and would recommend it to anyone.

    Reviewed by NeilJul 2021

  • "Had a wonderful time we will not forget."

    The barn and location was stunning. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by PaulJun 2021

  • "Lovely, quiet place, stunning cottage, great walks."

    The owners are fantastic, nothing is too much trouble, lovely welcoming cake.

    Reviewed by NicolaMay 2021

  • "Our hosts Sharon and Greg were very welcoming."

    Sharon supplied a lemon drizzle cake that was very tasty, along with a few eggs, milk, coffee, tea and chocolate drink. The house was spotlessly clean and well provisioned. It may be worth warning people that access is down a very narrow lane. It did not trouble us, but some less confident drivers may be concerned.

    Reviewed by HughMay 2021

  • "Splendid location."

    Our hosts were perfect. Suitably kept their distance but when we needed them they were excellent. Lovely quiet setting to explore on foot. Bit of a tucked away gem.

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2021

  • "The owners were very welcoming to us (delicious cake, fresh milk and eggs awaited us on our arrival) and to our dogs."

    Virvale Barn is very dog friendly, upstairs and down, with hard floors and throws provided to cover the sofas in case they used them. The log burner in the living room made for cosy evenings. We loved exploring the farm and meeting the animals - feeding the horses was a highlight. Although the wifi was perfectly good for our needs, a technician came to install 5G the week we were there, so it should certainly be fine now. A lovely location, with a short drive to the cliffs or into Combe Martin, or a very pleasant long-ish walk down the valley to Hunter's Inn and the Heddon valley.

    Reviewed by LynelleApr 2021

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Virvale Barn."

    Due to the spring lockdown, we needed re-arrange our original booking at relatively short notice, but were totally unable to get in contact with Sykes, despite attempting to call and email them - massively frustrating! However, our hosts (Sharon & Greg) contacted us directly and were very accomodating when it came to rearranging our weeks' stay to later in the year. They were so very helpful throughout the process, up to and including our stay. The barn was very cosy and had a good variety of books, DVD's, board games, etc for when the weather was poor. All the facilities were excellent, with the one caveat being that the Wi-Fi desparately needs a booster of some sort. Overall, we would thouroughly recommend.

    Reviewed by AdrianOct 2020

  • "Perfect location, cottage had everything you needed, very comfortable and clean"

    Reviewed by LindaOct 2020

  • "Beautiful barn in lovely setting."

    Reviewed by SallyannSep 2020

  • "Fantastic barn with amazing views."

    Owners are lovely. We would definitely recommend visiting. 5 stars are not enough for virvale barn.

    Reviewed by ClareAug 2020

  • "Amazing hosts - thank you!"

    Lovely spot, a hidden gem!

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2020

  • "Amaizing place!"

    Beautiful view! We had very warm welcome and had a lot of help when we need. Lovely animals. Perfect place for families! Quiet and idyllic! Highly recommended!!!! Close to a beautiful beach. Wish to back there

    Reviewed by MonikaJul 2020

  • "Loads more than expected Absolute 5 star conversion Breathtaking views Lovely cake"

    Reviewed by MarkSep 2019

  • "It was a beautiful cottage in the most fantastic location, the owner was friendly and helpful - will definitely go back."

    Reviewed by SarahSep 2019

  • "Sharon, Greg and family made us feel very welcome and were always on hand to provide expert support and advice."

    Virvale Barn provides a fantastic location for exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside and accessing the amazing beaches nearby. North Devon is an amazing place and Virvale Barn is the perfect location to explore it from.

    Reviewed by HowardAug 2019

  • "Great location brilliant walking location."

    Comfortable accommodation. Sharon and Greg friendly and helpful. The area has plenty to offer especially Combe Martin and Ilfracombe.

    Reviewed by KennethJun 2019

  • "A wonderful stay in a beautiful spot."

    Cottage was extremely comfortable and in a great location to explore North Devon. Highly recommend!

    Reviewed by KateMay 2019

  • "Another great week at Virvale Barn."

    The week went so quick and the weather was fantastic. From having breakfast on the patio which catches the sun in the morning to the fire in the evening in the living room. If you want peace and quiet with a fantastic view down the valley this is the place to go.Ideal for the visits to the beach and another gem found at Lee Bay. Don't bother looking elsewhere in Devon for your perfect accommodation and location it's here!

    Reviewed by DonMay 2019

  • "Virvale Barn is a fabulous place, set in amazing countryside and wonderfully peaceful."

    The hosts made us feel very welcome and couldn’t be more helpful. I’d recommend this place wholeheartedly.

    Reviewed by JamesApr 2019

  • "All of it..."

    The cottage was one of the best equipped cottages we've ever stayed in. The cottage was so peaceful and quiet and the owners were so welcoming. It is highly likely we shall return to this property for another holiday in the not too distant future.

    Reviewed by JaneOct 2018

  • "Peaceful relaxing surroundings."

    Outstanding location .Access lane to property a little bumpy. A few what i would describe as 'Speed Bumps " So drive slowly on approach. Maybe marking with Yellow line paint may help. That was my only complaint.

    Reviewed by KeithSep 2018

  • "We very much enjoyed our stay."

    The barn was lovely and both the humans and the dogs had a great break! Thank you very much!

    Reviewed by IngridSep 2018

  • "It was a lovely, quiet location to holiday in."

    the only issue was the intermittent wifi ...it might need to be upgraded as we had some access problems. Other than that it was fabulous.

    Reviewed by AlisonSep 2018

  • "We have been staying at various cottages in Devon and Cornwall for the past twenty years and this is by far the best."

    The location is brilliant being only ten minutes away from the coast and fantastic beaches at Woolacombe and Saunton beach.The barn was spot on with all the amenities you need and the view from the large window was amazing.The hosts Sharon and Greg could not do enough for you so friendly and always there to help with any questions you needed answering.The farm was lovely and fun feeding the pigs and watching the deer at dusk on the hill.

    Reviewed by DonMay 2018

  • "Stunning barn and beautiful location."

    Pubs in Coombe Martin easy to get too. Plenty of places o go to. Owners very helpful and friendly. Dog loved it too.

    Reviewed by JanetSep 2017

  • "The cottage was fantastic with everything we could possibly need."

    The owners were incredibly helpful and friendly.

    Reviewed by GarethJul 2017

  • "The owners were very helpful and friendly."

    The barn is very comfortable and in a great location for touring beautiful North Devon.

    Reviewed by JoannaJul 2017

  • "Wow a fantastic barn conversion finished to an exceptional high standard."

    The owners took time to have a chat about the local area and some things to do. The animals on site made it a nice place to stay especially sally the dog and the horses. I would highly recommend this property to families and couples looking for that quiet getaway .

    Reviewed by NigelJun 2017

  • "This property, and it's extremely welcoming and friendly owners cannot be faulted."

    It was probably the nicest, most private and secluded property we have ever stayed in - and we will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by RobertMay 2017

  • "Virvale Barn is a stunning holiday property."

    It is very stylish and comfortable. The location is amazing being at the end of a private road and overlooking the edge of Exmoor. But Combe Martin is close by , Exmoor is on the doorstep and some of the main coastal North Devon resorts a short drive away. Sharon and Greg are friendly and welcoming. One of the best holiday homes I have ever stayed in.

    Reviewed by SusanMay 2017

  • "Virvale Barn is in a great location close to Exmoor and the coast."

    The owners were particularly helpful. A great place to stay. We had a wonderful week.

    Reviewed by AlanApr 2017

  • "We had a very relaxing time at Virvale Barn and thoroughly enjoyed staying there, it is ideally situated for visiting various beaches and for countryside walks as well as Exmoor Zoological Park."

    The owners made us feel very welcome and the views were stunning, will definitely return for another visit.

    Reviewed by SharonApr 2017

  • "Great location, great accommodation, excellent WiFi and a very friendly welcome."

    Reviewed by NickSep 2016

  • "Lovely cottage in a stunning location."

    Quiet and peaceful. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by MartynSep 2016

  • "Virvale barn was perfect for us as a family with a dog,it was clean, comfortable and the hosts were very helpful,set in a beautiful tranquil area away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life the scenery from the up stairs lounge window was amazing and a nice place to sit and chill."

    It was a most relaxing place and an ideal base to explore Devon .

    Reviewed by AnthonyAug 2016

  • "Virvale Barn is in a very tranquil position surrounded by working farms with no passing traffic."

    Very friendly owner who was not intrusive. The sitting area was at first floor area with good views. Generally a good retreat from the hurly burly but near to seaside and local attractions.

    Reviewed by MikeMay 2016

  • "We have just returned from a wonderful week at Virvale Barn and would strongly recommend it to others."

    The location is totally tranquil with fantastic views. Extremely well appointed and spacious accommodation with lots of period features and very comfortable beds.

    Reviewed by HelenMay 2016

  • "Can't fault this property; the location and the barn were both fantastic."

    The standard of accommodation was excellent and the hosts were great, very helpful. We will certainly be returning next year.

    Reviewed by AmieApr 2016

  • "The barn is a lovely conversion, done to a high standard and is perfect for families and couples looking for a quiet romantic break."

    The owners are lovely and really helpful. The barn is close enough to the larger towns of Llfracombe etc. and there's plenty of things to do in the surrounding area. Overall, a great holiday and we're likely to come back next year.

    Reviewed by MatthewMar 2016

  • "The accommodation was excellent."

    The owners were very friendly and happy to help.

    Reviewed by WendyJul 2015

  • "The owners were very friendly."

    The cottage was peaceful and the surrounding countryside was superb.

    Reviewed by KevinJun 2015

  • "Liked the peace and quiet of the barn set in lovely countryside."

    The animals on the small holding and the mass of wild flowers everywhere. Perfect.

    Reviewed by BruceMay 2015

  • "A very quiet peaceful location with many good walks and helpful hosts."

    It was clean and comfortable and had a light and airy lounge with good views. Good TV and internet.

    Reviewed by RebeccaApr 2015

  • "Virvale Barn was our ideal holiday home from the position and quality of the accommodation."

    In addition the warmth of the reception and care we received during our stay was exceptional. We shall have happy memories of our stay at Virvale Barn and hope to return again soon.

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2014

  • "The Barn was very well maintained and very comfortable & homely."

    The owners were very helpful and friendly. The Barn was in a secluded position which was ideal for a quiet, peaceful break.

    Reviewed by CarysAug 2014

  • "It is rare that you obtain the combination of excellent accommodation and perfectly welcoming hosts."

    We cannot speak highly enough of the owners and their efforts in realising a lovely holiday for me and my family. The provision of lovely touches, a welcoming cake, dogs bowls and the freedom to roam across the grounds made the week for us. We shall certainly return.

    Reviewed by HaydnAug 2014

  • "A great property, we were made to feel very welcome by the owners."

    Loved the access we were allowed to their farm & fields.

    Reviewed by KarenJul 2014

  • "The Barn was lovely and homely and had everything we could possibly want."

    The owners (and their pets !) were all very welcoming and friendly and the property was very conveniently situated to see all of Exmoor and the coast.

    Reviewed by NicolaJun 2014

  • "The idyllic country setting and the remote quiet setting of the Barn was exactly what we sought and we were not disappointed -it was just perfect."

    The Owners extended to us a warm welcome and after offering us their undivided services left us to settle in. The Barn, decorated to a pleasing country standard is very well equipped with all that was needed to offer to us the comfort we sought. The country setting, the quietness and even the sunny weather all contrived to make this a memorable week's holiday. We will certainly be checking the calendar closely for any availability when the time comes for a second holiday break. Days out to a variety of coastal locations and other sites added to our enjoyment of our week in Devon.

    Reviewed by PeterMay 2014

  • "This holiday property is by far the best that my family and I have stayed in for many years."

    Being on a farm with plenty of land it was great for our young grandson and two dogs. Five days of bliss in the lovely surroundings in a most beautiful part of the Devonshire countryside. The owners who live close by are friendly, made us very welcome and were on hand for any help we required. Excellent.

    Reviewed by RichardApr 2014

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The property

Combe Martin 3 miles.

A fabulous barn conversion, attached to a potting shed on a smallholding, a few yards from the owner’s farmhouse, situated off the beaten track near to the coastal resort of Combe Martin.

Boasting wonderful views over the Exmoor National Park, this Combe Martin cottage has been lovingly restored and is immaculately-presented throughout.

The well-equipped kitchen in this spacious cottage near Combe Martin offers slate worktops with a dining area, whilst the bright and airy, first floor sitting room boasts large windows overlooking farmland and beautiful Exmoor beyond, a woodburner and exposed pine floorboards, which all add to the property’s charm and character.

Both the first floor zip/link twin bedroom and the ground floor king-size bedroom have en-suite facilities at this Devon holiday home and they are a delight to retire to after a day’s walking.

This Combe Martin cottage sits in 27 acres of peaceful pastureland where sheep graze and there is a public footpath, which leads to a popular inn serving excellent food and drink, plus guests have their own private patio and are free to wander through the picturesque land and enjoy the surroundings.

Much of the stunning North Devon coastline around Combe Martin is owned by the National Trust, providing ample opportunities for walking the South West Coast Path.

There is a pretty sandy beach and plenty of shops that are geared towards the holidaymaker in Combe Martin, and there are many attractions in the area for families including Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway, Exmoor Zoo and the Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre.

A superb Combe Martin cottage in the country with access to a variety of activities.


  • Two bedrooms with en-suite shower, basin and WC: 1 x ground floor king-size double with TV, 1 x twin (zip/link, can be double on request)
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • First floor sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Electric central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric range cooker with induction hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, 2 x TVs (one with basic Sky, one with FreeSat), DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Front patio with furniture, use of owner’s farmland
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 3 miles
  • Note: Due to the deep pond, streams, gullies and the concrete steps leading to the property entrance, children to be supervised at all times
  • Note: Due to the owner’s dogs, ponies, chickens and pigs, ensure dogs are supervised at all times.

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About the location


Ilfracombe 5 miles; Woolacombe 12 miles; Barnstaple 13 miles.

At the point where the Exmoor National Park and the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty meet, is where you'll find Combe Martin. This small seaside resort, with all of the necessary amenities, is a great attraction to locals and visitors alike, and is home to a very popular beach as well it's own Dinosaur Park! Combe Martin is home to the historic Earl of Rone festival held in May each year and has an annual carnival in August. This is an ideal base for touring, and discovering the delights of North Devon, with Lynton and Lynmouth, Woolacombe, Croyde Bay, Saunton Sands, Ilfracombe and Barnstaple all within easy reach. There are also numerous National Trust properties and gardens waiting to be enjoyed. Surfing at Woolacombe is among the best in the South West, while the South West coastal path passes within a mile. Combe Martin is a great base for enjoying a seaside getaway, with something to keep everybody entertained.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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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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