"We had a lovely family Christmas at the Barn."
.. The space was brilliant for the 9 of us plus 2 dogs. We Couldn't fault the facilities and the gorgeous surroundings. The Christmas tree was appreciated and the welcome goodies made us feel at home as soon as we arrived.Would love to return in the Spring or Summer to really appreciate the farm and and local walks.
Christine Alexander and family.
"Another wonderful weekend at the barn."
Beautiful setting, beautiful home and very kind and accommodating owners.
"We had a brilliant time at the barn."
The photos do not do it justice on just how big the place is. With 6 rooms, all en suite, and with space for the dogs, we had the whole family there : grandparents, parents and grandkids. It was amazing. Hot tub and games room room was a hit with the kids. The place is very remote and quiet, with lovely view over the valley. I would recommend The Barn to anybody.
"I booked this house for my friends and I to celebrate my upcoming 40th."
It had all the things we all enjoy - hot-tub, pool table, huge house, fabulous kitchen and plenty of space according to the listing. However upon arrival it turns out that the pictures simply did not do this property justice. The house is epic in proportions. The kitchen was the best stocked, well prepared place - the amount of cutlery became a bit of a standing joke! We truly could have managed banquets and catering for a wedding! Joanne the owner was lovely and easy to just pop a message to if needed and stopped by as we enjoyed wine on the terrace to check we were all happy. Do not hesitate to book this house, the space was wonderful. The Devonshire roads are quite an adventure, however I wouldn't think twice about coming back. The resident alpaca, goats and ostrich were charming companions to say hello to over the hedge too. The Barn, Southleigh... thank you for the best memories made.
"On arrival the house was spotless, every glass and piece of cutlery, the two fridges and six bathrooms all shone."
The kitchen really does have everything, we reckoned you could easily cater a small wedding there plus make the cake! Yes, the location is remote and we cooked meals every night, but what a joy in the vast kitchen with both electric and aga cookers.
We were very lucky with the weather so most of our downtime was spent outside on the terrace soaking up the incredible view and the sunshine, I could feel my shoulders dropping, it was so relaxing.
Activity wise we made good use of the hot tub and pool table, walked for miles along the stunning coastal paths, visited Beer and Seaton and had a fun afternoon clay pigeon shooting at Ashcombe Adventure Centre.
The lovely owners live in a cottage nextdoor and left us completely to our own devices, just saying to ask if we needed anything and waving to us on the terrace as they occasionally went past.
As mentioned in other reviews the floorboards are a little creaky upstairs but we all went to bed at roughly the same time so it wasn't an issue. There is no enclosed 'garden' as such but the owners were happy for our puppy to wander around the forecourt area and grassy field while we supervised, in fact he made friends with their lovely Bluebell and had a great time!
You can probably tell that we had a fantastic week and would not hesitate to recommend.
"The house was lovely, large and open plan downstairs was great for the whole family."
The games tables were fun too.
The hot tub was lovely too. The play equipment outside were handy.
House is very well equipped, kitchen has everything you need.
Slight negatives: there’s no enclosed garden as the play equipment is on the drive so kids need watching. Due to the open plan design and wooden floors you can hear EVERYTHING and everyone around the house.
The cockerel is awake very early every day!!!! But it’s a farm so we should have expected something like that!
All in all a great stay for a large family, thank you.
"Very remote, but very picturesque."
Floors creak so much they disturb anyone sleeping.
"Fantastic place to stay in a lovely area."
Lovely open plan ground floor and outside spaces, so it’s great for groups. Good size bedrooms. Lots of parking. Had a really great holiday. Thank you.
"We spent a lovely week at The Barn with my Mum and my brother and family."
The main living area is huge, with loads of room for everyone - ample sofa seating, a huge dining table, and the pool table was popular with us all. The hot tub is excellent and the children enjoyed the play areas.
The kitchen was well-equipped - I hate going away with a crowd and finding there are no big dishes to bake a lasagne or similar! No problem here a there is plenty of everything, including huge dishes. We loved using the Aga to cook on, but there is also an electric oven.
We fed all our scraps to the chickens and the kids enjoyed gathering the eggs, which we enjoyed plenty of. There is a Rhea (like an Ostrich), an Alpaca and some Goats in the field opposite the house.
I can't fault the house as it was great. Just be aware of a couple of things which are covid related so unavoidable I suppose. There is currently no BBQ, which was a small disappointment as we'd purchased food for a BBQ. Instead there is an outdoor electric grill, which we didn't use as it's a bit awkward to have a trailing cable, and just a bit of an unknown!
Also, there were no games/puzzles. I know not every house has such things anyway, but we love a board game in the evening and didn't take our own as we were tight on space.
Finally, there currently isn't anywhere shady to sit. We were blessed with hot weather but could have done with a parasol or two to set up on the patio. Loads of sun loungers though, which were lovely.
Overall, a fantastic place and would definitely consider returning.
"One of our criteria for selecting a property for our holiday this year was that it had a pool or a hot tub."
We selected this property on this basis. To arrive and find that the hot tub was not working was disappointing. To have it out of action all week, was really annoying and to then find that previous renters earlier in the month had had problems with the hot tub too made us really cross - as it appears that the problem might have been fixed but hadn’t been.
We’d also tend to agree with previous comments left that the bedrooms are spacious enough to have bigger than standard double beds and that the mattresses are a bit soft, making for not the best nights’ sleep.
The barn itself was lovely and the kitchen had good facilities - a decent coffee maker would have been a nice addition though.