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Virvale Barn

(Ref. 903601)

Combe Martin, Devon Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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50 Customer Reviews

  • "Sharon is so welcoming and easy to talk to."

    Nothing is too much trouble and great advice for places to visit. The property is so lovely and glad we had a second visit there. It is great to have so much space and the views are outstanding. My daughter (18) loved having her own space in the beautiful upstairs bedroom. The showers are perfect, kitchen well equipped and great for cooking evening meals. Downstairs bed was uncomfortable as we do prefer a firmer mattress

    Reviewed by Tracey4.7Aug 2023

  • "We had a lovely break at the barn."

    The place has everything you need and more. The farm setting and field opposite provided a great space for Elsie our French Bulldog who loved being off the lead. There were no real issues. The cooker needs attention as only the left side oven appears to work. But that aside it was no issue. I called upon Sharon and she soon got to us up and running. This place is perfect, has a relaxed atmosphere and we even got some lovely sunshine. All credit to the owners. The TV upstairs needs to be a smart TV. That was a tiny issue but needs looking into. Thanks again. Great place. Mark Mark

    Dear Mark, Thank you for your review. In response: We are sorry that you had an issue with 1 of the the 3 ovens in the range not working. We strive to make everything as perfect as possible for our guests and fix any issue as soon as we are made aware of it. Re. the smart TV. I hope you noticed that the TV in the ground floor bedroom is a smart TV already. Our 2023 bookings were largely made a year ago or earlier, so we had to delay the upgrade to Autumn 2023 so as not to disappoint those who booked based on the earlier listing. The listing for 2024 bookings has been updated to reflect the change to a smart TV for next years season. Regards, Sharon Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark4.4Aug 2023

  • "We loved our stay here."

    Very quiet location and great secure paddock for the dogs. Charming cottage and owners nearby if any issues. A very scenic place and great if you enjoy the great outdoors and quiet.

    Reviewed by Robert4.4Aug 2023

  • "Lovely stay."

    Reviewed by Sara5.0Jul 2023

  • "What a welcome!"

    Lovely place and such welcoming hosts. If you're looking for a place away from it all...this is it! Fantastic views. Walking nearby. Super property.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2023

  • "Beautiful place to stay, so peaceful and relaxing."

    A great place to base ourselves. The super king size bed is so comfortable! Sharon was a great host, very friendly and welcoming and gave us some great suggestions and advice for during our stay. The Barn had almost everything we needed for our stay. The only thing that would have made it perfect would be to have the smart TV in the living room so we could log on to Netflix (neither of us have Sky and found the basic Sky limited) So nice that we could also walk around the fields too and had the weather been better, I definitely would have spent some time relaxing by the duck pond.

    Reviewed by Sheena4.4May 2023

  • "Stunning Absolutely fantastic place !"

    Lovely welcome from friendly owners Definitely will recommend to friends and will be back An absolute hidden gem

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely place, very peaceful, fabulous views, friendly owners."

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Sep 2022

  • "This barn was perfect in every way, it had everything needed … home from home."

    The owners were so helpful and nothing was too much trouble. The location was so peaceful with gorgeous views of the countryside. A great base for touring this part of north Devon. Definitely recommend and will be returning.

    Reviewed by Anita5.0Aug 2022

  • "A very well equipped let."

    Nothing too much trouble for the owners.A good base to visit coastal areas Would recommend

    Reviewed by D5.0Jul 2022

  • "Helpful owners who are on site."

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely Barn conversation Very Comfortable property lovely view’s owners very ..."

    Lovely Barn conversation Very Comfortable property lovely view’s owners very welcoming and obliging very Helpful on local places to eat

    Reviewed by Veronica4.7Jun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a fantastic location."

    Peaceful surroundings with lots of lovely walks and views yet handy for beaches, exmoor and a whole host of days out. The cottage was spacious and well equipped. Also very dog friendly. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Apr 2022

  • "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 Nicole5.0Sep 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 Sheila5.0Aug 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 Neil5.0Jul 2021

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

    The barn and location was stunning. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jun 2021

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

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

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0May 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 Hugh5.0May 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 John5.0May 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 Lynelle5.0Apr 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 Lisa4.7Oct 2020

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

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Oct 2020

  • "Beautiful barn in lovely setting."

    Reviewed by Sallyann5.0Sep 2020

  • "Fantastic barn with amazing views."

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

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Aug 2020

  • "Amazing hosts - thank you!"

    Lovely spot, a hidden gem!

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 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 Monika5.0Jul 2020

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

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Sep 2019

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

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Sep 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 Howard5.0Aug 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 Kenneth5.0Jun 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 Kate5.0May 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 Don5.0May 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 James5.0Apr 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 Jane5.0Oct 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 Keith4.7Sep 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 Ingrid5.0Sep 2018

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

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

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Sep 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 Don5.0May 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 Janet4.8Sep 2017

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

    The owners were incredibly helpful and friendly.

    Reviewed by Gareth5.0Jul 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 Joanna4.6Jul 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 Sarah5.0Jun 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 Robert5.0May 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 Susan5.0May 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 Alan5.0Apr 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 Sharon5.0Apr 2017

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

    Reviewed by Nick5.0Sep 2016

  • "Lovely cottage in a stunning location."

    Quiet and peaceful. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by Martyn5.0Sep 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 Anthony4.8Aug 2016

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  • 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, 42" TV with Sky and Freesat, Smart TV, DVD, SuperFast 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
  • Note: From March 2024 both TVs will be internet-enabled and Sky will no longer be provided)
  • Note: The hosts live at the farm and are happy to answer any questions or offer help if required
  • From the beginning of 2024 there will be a Smart TV in both the living room and one of the bedrooms

The property

ombe Martin 3 miles.

A fantastic barn conversion boasting its own private patio and parking, set in a 27-acre smallholding in the Exmoor National Park, with beautiful countryside views and walking from the door.

Virvale Barn is off the beaten track, but resides only three miles away from the nearest beach, cafés, shops and pubs 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 accommodation is arranged over two floors and comprises of a well-equipped kitchen/diner with a range and dishwasher, as well as slate worktops with a dining area, whilst the bright and airy, first-floor sitting room boasts triple-aspect views overlooking farmland and beautiful Exmoor beyond, a woodburner, vaulted ceiling and exposed pine floorboards, which all add to the property’s charm and character.

Both the first-floor super-king-size (zip/link) 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.

Guests are welcome to stroll around the fields, picnic by the private pond and enjoy the peace, tranquility & wildlife of this beautiful corner of Exmoor.

There is a bridle path from the Barn to a popular local Inn, just one of a number in the area.

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.

The beaches of Ilfracombe, Woolacombe, Croyde, Saunton Sands and the attractions of Lynton, Lynmouth and Exmoor all reside only a short drive away.

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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. Combe Martin has a very popular beach; the sheltered cove is perfect for rock-pooling and it is a popular paddle boarding bay. The village also boasts its own Wildlife and 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.

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