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The Cider Barn at Home Farm

Down Thomas, near Plymouth, Devon (Ref. 976244)



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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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48 Customer Reviews

  • "Charming and comfortable property which is very well equipped, exceptionally clean and has everything you need and more."

    The garden is gorgeous and private and our toddler grandson enjoyed seeing the cows and the tractor pass every day. The views are amazing. The owner is very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed exploring the area and there is a lot to do including some very nice pubs within a short drive.

    Reviewed by SusanMar 2022

  • "The property was in a stunning area and extremely clean throughout."

    The furnishings were of a very good standard as was the general inventory of items. Beds very comfortable. Lovely and quiet, plenty of bird life, and it was a pleasure to see so many stars at night and see a bat flying around. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by GeoffreyMar 2022

  • "A beautiful property finished to a high standard with great attention to detail."

    Everything we needed was there. We were made to feel very welcome from the minute we arrived. The safe enclosed garden a real bonus with a lively springer spaniel.

    Reviewed by KathrynMar 2022

  • "This property is simply stunning."

    Spotlessly clean, it’s huge, so warm and comfortable. Don’t think I have ever stayed in such wonderful holiday accommodation. The owner is such a lovely lady, who makes you feel very welcome , if you book this house you will be delighted with your choice

    Reviewed by RuthFeb 2022

  • "What a stunning property in a beautiful setting."

    The Cider Barn is warm, comfortable, equipped to a very high standard with very comfy beds, good quality bedding and superb HUGE fluffy towels. The furnishings are all comfortable and practically new. Tasteful decor, well thought out design, spotlessly clean....we didn’t want to leave! Even little touches like tissues and hand wash provided made such a difference. Deirdre is so welcoming and helpful too. Ideally placed to explore Devon and Cornwall - we covered Dartmouth and Dartmoor area plus both the South and North Cornish coasts and Bodmin Moor. Polzeath is only 1.5 hrs away. I can not recommend this place highly enough and believe it is greatly underpriced for the standard of accommodation offered. Well done Deirdre you have created a gem!

    Reviewed by TimothyDec 2021

  • "A Great property with lots of space, very comfortable and quiet we really enjoyed our stay and we would go back again."

    The owner was lovely and helpful and very approachable and respected our privacy.

    Reviewed by CherylNov 2021

  • "Wow what a fantastic property."

    Large, spacious, ultra clean and fresh. All modern amenities in an old historic barn. Lovely welcome hamper with excellent wine too, thank you. Situated on the quietest working farm known to man in Devon's lovely rolling countryside. A shortish, 1 mile, walk to the local beach and coastal walks down a steep country lane, very invigorating early morning. Local pubs offer excellent ales and fantastic foods and amazing staff. This cottage has to be sampled to be truly appreciated. Thank you Deidre for a fantastic week in your lovely Cider Barn and your lovely Devon County. Definitely Highly Recommended.

    Reviewed by NigelOct 2021

  • "The Cider Barn is a beautiful property."

    The rooms are spacious and furnished to a standard that goes far beyond the average holiday home. The attention to detail is astonishing. Arriving at the property was a jaw-dropping experience and it quickly became a place you looked forward to getting back to after a day out. The beds have oh-so-comfy mattresses and the bed linen is cool and crisp. Towels are fluffy and generous. With each bedroom having its own bathroom, you feel just as though you are having a country house hotel break. The kitchen has a huge table where everyone can gather for meals or simply sit talking, drinking, playing games. A lot of thought has been put into providing all of the equipment you could possibly need to whip up a tasty meal for your guests. And then there are two separate living rooms, both with TVs, so there’s no need for squabbling about what to watch. Our favourite was the delightful room with the log burner- complete with a basket of logs. We all enjoyed relaxing there. I could go on and on about this property. It delivers on every count. And I haven’t even mentioned the surprise space at the top of the stairs which has yet more sofas and a view of the enclosed garden. This was my favourite go-to with a mug of coffee and a good book. We had a fabulous week in this lovely environment, walking to the beach, visiting local hostelries and exploring Plymouth. A huge thank you to the owners for a wonderful stay. You are sharing something very special with all of your guests. Julia S, October 2021

    Reviewed by JuliaOct 2021

  • "Beautifully kept property in a lovely location."

    Host Deidre made you feel very welcome and provided a lovely welcome basket of fruit, wine and coffee. The Cider Barn is warm, comfortable and very quiet with stunning views despite being a working farm. You are spoilt for choice as to which room to sit and relax in but whichever room you choose you can guarantee you will be comfortable. There is absolutely everything you need to self cater with, a true home from home. Loved the Barn, just wish we could have stayed longer so will be making a return visit at some point.

    Reviewed by KevinOct 2021

  • "An absolutely beautiful property."

    Very spacious and well equipped with stunning views from every window and a very well kept generous garden. It was really interesting to learn about the history of the barn and nice that they’d turned the well into a feature. An extremely comfortable property with everything you need. The under floor heating was definitely a luxury that everyone enjoyed (including the dog).

    Reviewed by AlisonOct 2021

  • "An absolutely stunning and spacious property, in the most beautiful and peaceful location."

    The Cider Barn was very well equipped, immaculately clean and very tastefully decorated. Some lovely beaches nearby, a nice pub in Down Thomas serving great food and also close enough to visit parts of Cornwall too. Deirdre is a very kind and helpful host and we enjoyed learning some of the history of the property and local area, our daughter loved her daily walk to visit the farm animals too! One of the best properties we have ever stayed at and we will be back!

    Reviewed by HelenAug 2021

  • "Amazing week away in an amazing barn!"

    Full review on tripadvisor.

    Reviewed by AndyJul 2021

  • "This is a lovely property."

    It has been done to a high standard, is lovely and spacious and in a great spot. The view out over the fields as the sun rises is absolutely gorgeous. Very peaceful and would thoroughly recommend.

    Reviewed by AndrewJul 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, made to feel very welcome and would definitely recommend anyone looking for a peaceful break."

    Reviewed by LisaJun 2021

  • "The Cider Barn was the best house we've ever stayed in, it was a credit to the owner Deidre."

    Reviewed by ChristopherMay 2021

  • "Probably one of the nicest holiday homes we have stayed in."

    Exceptional quality and comfort. Deidre was so welcoming & the fruit bowl & bottles of wine were a lovely and welcome gesture. Lovely walks straight out of the door down to the beach and fortunately we were blessed with lovely weather. A fantastic place to escape the madness of the world we’re living in at the moment. Would highly recommend The Cider Barn.

    Reviewed by KatieApr 2021

  • "We loved the Barn."

    Extremely high quality and attention to detail. Loved it and would return again

    Reviewed by LisaApr 2021

  • "Beautiful location, excellent accomodation, a very relaxing break only one gripe, wifi was very poor, weve had a great much needed break THANKYOU."

    Reviewed by StevenOct 2020

  • "Very quite,excellent condition loved it"

    Reviewed by ChristineSep 2020

  • "This is our second visit to the Cider Barn and was as good as the first visit."

    Such a beautiful Barn with everything you could possibly need. Spotlessly clean. We had a wonderful time and plenty of restaurants to visit which served amazing food. Hope to visit again in the future. The owner Deirdre is so welcoming and friendly. Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by SarahSep 2020

  • "Wonderful house and garden, excellent facilities."

    Lovely countryside walks from the door. For the more energetic beaches can be reached within a couple of miles but be prepared for the hills. Would certainly return.

    Reviewed by LindaAug 2020

  • "What a wonderful barn, we all had a fantastic time."

    The barn was spotlessly clean and every measure had been taken to ensure it was Covid safe - thank you. It has a lovely enclosed garden which is perfect for chilling in and a fab garden room to watch the world pass by. There are loads of walks straight from the door. On Thursday evening there is a local show a short walk away, lovely cakes and homemade burgers etc... everyone is so friendly. A special mention to Deidre who is just lovely and helpful. The brochure doesn’t do this accommodation justice- it’s just perfect.

    Reviewed by PaulJul 2020

  • "Wonderful time last minute placement mid-week and we would love to visit again beautiful setting gorgeous barn"

    Reviewed by GarrethFeb 2020

  • "The location was quiet and peaceful surrounded by beautiful countryside ,but two beaches only a few miles away."

    At the local pub the food was really good and well priced.The house is amazing.So clean and perfect we thought it had just been built.We have been to a lot of properties but this surpassed anything we have ever been to.The two bottles of wine were a pleasant surprise.Deirdre the owner is lovely and was very friendly and showed us around and then let us get on with our holiday.We will return in the summer , for longer next time thou.

    Reviewed by HayleyFeb 2020

  • "Lovely converted barn"

    Reviewed by NeilFeb 2020

  • "The cider barn was wonderful, fantastic luxury."

    we miss it already, thankyou for a truly lovely stay,

    Reviewed by MarjorieJan 2020

  • "A wonderfully appointed place to stay with everything that you might need."

    Comfortable, clean, well appointed and a helpful owner. Well located for seeing the sights of Plymouth and Dartmoor. A beautiful setting.

    Reviewed by LindaOct 2019

  • "The Cider Barn provides an extremely spacious luxurious sanctuary in the midst of rolling Devon countryside."

    To come home from a long day to the comfortable sofas and warmth of the log burner soothed the senses. Underfloor heating throughout ensured the large rooms remained comfortably warm, whilst the underfloor heating and large towel radiators in the bathroom provided a delicious extra warmth. There are many spaces to have ‘time-out’ from other guests if need be where you can relax undisturbed, such as the upstairs sofa room with glorious floor to ceiling glass allowing you to become immersed in the garden and watch the rabbits. As well as the main sitting room with the log burner there is a sofa room between the kitchen and the sitting room which provides a good space for children to play and watch tv, the generous sofa engulfed the four of us in various horizontal positions - 3 of whom are well over 6 feet tall. The kitchen is large with a two oven Rangemaster with 5 ring induction hob which coped well with two large family reunion dinners. This is complemented by a large dining table which we managed to comfortably sit 12 around by commandeering the bathroom stools. There is an ample selection of blue and white crockery, mats and knives and forks. Fridge freezer is half and half. The two double bed bedrooms are breathtaking in size and comfort. The master, with it’s walk in wardrobe and bath with shower over ensuite added to the feel of luxury and spaciousness. The twin room is equally comfortable with ensuite. The conversion has been thoughtfully and tastefully completed, with touches true attention to detail brings. All fixtures and fittings are top quality, no expense has been spared. There was always ample hot water. The flat access, and ability to get the car close to the front door make it very accessible for elderly and infirm visiting guests. Equally, the main living area being on the flat ground floor made it safe for very young children and easy for the elderly to manoeuvre around and use the downstairs bathroom . The bedrooms are upstairs. A mile further down the road is a very pretty beach with a car park. The working farm is unobtrusive, the occasional tractor or truck went past the kitchen windows but as all windows have movable blinds or shutters this did mot infringe on our privacy. The Cider Barn rose to the challenges we presented it with and across the generations many happy memories were made.

    Reviewed by WendyOct 2019

  • "The accommodation was stunning."

    Tastefully decorated and very spacious. If you are looking for a holiday where you can relax and unwind, with no hustle and bustle then this is the perfect location. Situated on a working farm, the surroundings are beautiful and not too far from the nearest beach. We had a wonderful holiday. Would recommend 100%.

    Reviewed by DianneAug 2019

  • "A fantastic week at Cider Barn in Down Thomas."

    Deirdre was a wonderful host and the accommodation was second to none.

    Reviewed by DAug 2019

  • "5 star rating in every way."

    Our host was the best we could have imagined. A beautiful setting and house. Excellent.

    Reviewed by CashJul 2019

  • "This is definitely one of the best holiday cottages we have stayed in, it certainly deserves its 5 star rating."

    Deirdre, the owner, is so welcoming and took time to show us around on arrival. A lovely touch were the bottles of wine and huge bowl of fruit! The barn has been refurbished to a very high standard with everything you could need but at the same time has a lovely home from home feel to it. It feels relaxing from the minute you arrive. The location is wonderful with stunning views across the fields to the front but a beautiful secluded private garden at the back with access from both levels. We didn't want to leave! Brilliantly located for easy access to the south west coastal path, no need to drive somewhere to walk which was great but also good road access so the best of both worlds. We definitely hope to stay here again.

    Reviewed by MaryJun 2019

  • "The Cider Barn truly is a memorable place to stay."

    We have used Sykes for many years and this has to be the best we have found. Nicely situated for the hustle and bustle of Plymouth and the tranquility of Dartmoor with its wonderful wildlife and panoramic views and the stunning coastline very nearby - everything you could need or want a very short drive away. The rooms are amazingly bigger than they appear in photos, the setting is lovely and quiet with a tranquil, enclosed garden. Dierdre was very welcoming and helpful without intruding. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

    Reviewed by AlanMay 2019

  • "The Cider Barn is a beautifully presented property in a very pretty rural location."

    It is not too far from the coast and there are lovely countryside walks from the door. The owner Deidre made us feel very welcome and we felt at home straightaway. I would have no hesitation in recommending it to family and friends.

    Reviewed by SusanMay 2019

  • "The property, location and owner were lovely."

    We couldn't have asked for anything more.

    Reviewed by VickyApr 2019

  • "The Cider Barn is a fantastic property in a beautiful peaceful location with an abundance of bird and bat life visiting the garden."

    It's also within short distances of many lovely places to explore. Deirdre made us feel so welcome and it was great the dogs had the run of a good sized garden. We hope to return to the cider barn in the not too distant future.

    Reviewed by JulieApr 2019

  • "A lovely house to stay in."

    Extremely comfortable and spacious. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by EileenJan 2019

  • "We stayed at the Cider Barn to enable a family reunion as my son lives in nearby Wembury."

    The Cider Barn is very well equipped - all needs have been anticipated. We had a lovely time. Comfortable Beds and quiet at night so we slept like logs.

    Reviewed by ChristineJan 2019

  • "The Cider Barn has been renovated to an incredibly high standard by the talented and inspiring owner Deirdre Giles."

    The fixtures, fittings and furnishings have been chosen with such care and attention to detail and were all of top quality making this spacious, comfortable, immaculate accommodation a truly amazing place to stay with everything that was needed. The location is so peaceful with beautiful views across the garden and fields it is also within walking distance to Wembury beach and other coastal footpaths although transport to reach the shops is necessary. As a family of 6 we stayed for a week over the Xmas period and arrived to find that Deirdre had thoughtfully put up a beautifully fresh Xmas tree and other decorations she also left us wine and a huge bowl of fruit. Deirdre lives in the adjoining farmhouse, she was so welcoming, helpful and kind yet never intrusive, it was really a pleasure to meet her. We had our Plymouth friends visit us during our stay and they were all in agreement with us that Cider Barn is without a doubt quite exceptional, it certainly has the WOW factor and worthy of the highest review and recommendation. Our sincere thanks to Deirdre for everything , we didn’t want to ever leave but we have taken so many wonderful memories with us of our Xmas at Cider Barn .

    Reviewed by TrudyDec 2018

  • "Diedre was an amazing host, very welcoming, even took my arm when I was carrying the baby to take me around to the property, checked on us before leaving to make sure all was ok too."

    I would love to go back to visit. A beautiful and immaculate property that exceeded my expectations, I booked it for my partner and daughters birthdays and it was the perfect base for us.

    Reviewed by EmmaNov 2018

  • "The Cider Barn provided an excellent stay and place to explore South Devon."

    The owner made us very welcome and the Barn was extremely clean and well appointed. It is very spacious and thoughtfully decorated. Would highly recommend and we will hopefully return in the spring.

    Reviewed by StephenNov 2018

  • "Simply the best sykes cottage we have stayed in."

    what a wonderful place to stay.

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2018

  • "The thought and care that had gone into providing for every need to make a happy and comfortable stay."


    Reviewed by BarbaraOct 2018

  • "Dierdre was very welcoming and helpful, the barn was beautifully decorated, Spotlessly clean and had everything you could need."

    There were lovely walks for the dog (and us), a really good location and we look forward to revisiting. We had a wonderful stay and would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by SukhwantJul 2018

  • "The Cider Barn was a fantastic property which far exceeded our expectations."

    It was larger than we expected and fitted out to a very high standard. All new fittings and appliances and very clean. The owner Deirdre lives in farmhouse next door and was most helpful. Would definitely rate 5* and recommend.

    Reviewed by DianeJul 2018

  • "The barn is a wonderful conversion and probably the best accommodation we have ever stayed in."

    Deirdre is lovely and one hand if needed for any information etc. Good location for days out and a pub within walking distance.

    Reviewed by TeresaJun 2018

  • "The Cider Barn exceeded all expectations , in forty years of high quality cottage/barn UK holidays, this was the best."

    Reviewed by PatriciaMay 2018

  • "A beautiful converted barn, very comfortable beds all en-suite, fantastic kitchen with everything you could possibly need, very peaceful and quiet garden with sun-trap - the only sounds we could hear were the pheasants and sheep!"

    Lovely walks for the dog. Small working-farm with delightful owner next door who went out of her way to meet our needs. Highly recommend - we would return.

    Reviewed by GuyonApr 2018

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  • Three bedrooms: 2 x king size doubles (one with dressing room and en suite bathroom with bath, shower over, WC and basin, the other with en suite shower room with shower, WC and basin), 1 x twin with en suite shower room with shower, WC and basin
  • Hall
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Snug/TV room
  • Sitting room with wood burning stove
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, WC, basin
  • Utility room.
  • Electric fires, underfloor heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge-freezer, tumble dryer, washing machine, dishwasher, Smart 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 three cars
  • Enclosed garden
  • One well-behaved dog welcome, Sorry no smoking
  • Pub less than 1 mile from property.

The property

This smart cottage converted from an attached barn is situated down a private drive on a small working Devon farm a mile from Down Thomas.

Designed with thought and care, this is comfortable and stylish accommodation for families or anyone looking to holiday in a beautiful area.

Head down the steps to your front door into the hall and then step down again to the spacious kitchen, a lovely room in which to cook and eat with its fascinating glass-topped well and big wood table to gather around.

Double doors open to a dear little snug with TV and then head through a massive door into the spacious, comfy sitting room with wood burning stove.

For quiet time with a good book, armchairs have been thoughtfully provided on the landing, beside the beautiful lofty en suite bedrooms which look over the surrounding fields with grazing cows.

On a sunny day, sit out in the pretty enclosed garden behind the cottage where you can eat alfresco around the table.

You are only five miles from Plymouth city centre here, with its wide choice of restaurants and shops to browse.

There is plenty going on, with a big theatre, cinemas, the historic Hoe to explore and the National Marine Aquarium.

For outdoor activities, you are spoiled for choice.

Bovisand Bay has a sandy beach, as does Wembury with its rock pools to explore, bathing waters and marine conservation centre.

There is golf nearby, or head to Mount Batten for all sorts of water sports at the activity centre beside the marina.

And at the end of the day, you have a bar and restaurant at the country house hotel just a 350 yard stroll from the cottage.

The Cider Barn at Home Farm is a smashing place for discovering stunning coast, countryside and city.

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

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About the location

Down Thomas

Surrounded by the rugged beauty of Dartmoor, the glorious countryside of the South Hams and the vibrant scenery of the South Devon coast, Plymouth offers the perfect mixture of maritime heritage and natural beauty in a vibrant city environment.

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