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Cross Syke Barn

(Ref. 969967)

Loxhore near Barnstaple, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "A wonderful stay at Cross Sykes barn so comfortable and peaceful."

    The barn and gardens are a delight. Well placed for many attractions. Valley of the rocks, lynton and Lynmouth and Clovelly but a few. Thank you Geoff and Carole

    Reviewed by ClaireSep 2023

  • "A comfortable and well-appointed cottage with beautiful shared gardens and a small lake."

    The cottage was very quiet and we all slept well all week. Lots to see and do in the local area and the cottage was in a good location to get out to the coast, for example Croyde; Ilfracombe; Woolacombe. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by ClaireAug 2023

  • "We have just returned from a fantastic family holiday on North Devon."

    Cross Skye Barn was clean, well equipped and the location was idyllic, we even had a go at rowing on the small lake/pond in the gorgeous grounds of the house- amazing! The welcome card, fresh flowers and homemade Brownies was a lovely touch, it definitely made us feel welcome. Thank you to Carole & Geoff, we hope to return to Cross Syke Barn in the future. Ken & Ivonette, Altrincham

    Reviewed by KenJun 2023

  • "The most beautiful stay at Cross Skye Barn."

    It was the most beautiful stay I think I have ever been too. The Barn offered us so much space and was very light and bright with the most comfiest beds and facilities. But the best part of our stay was the outdoor garden space. It has the most amazing space at the back and to wake up to the sound of the stream passing by was heavenly. A great escape from busy lives and lots to explore around in surrounding areas. We will defiantly be back to lovely Geoff and Carole whom were the best hosts and the brownies were an added bonus.

    Reviewed by PippaMay 2023

  • "A great barn staycation."

    It definitely had the wow factor when walking in for the first time, the big open plan ground floor with a log burner is what we needed for our half term getaway, our boy loved all the toys he found in the bunk bed room. The garden and lake was lovely. The only minors were the front entrance to the property is very tight, I had to reverse my VW transporter on to the drive so I didn’t hit the wall. But other than that it was great

    Thank you for your comments, we’re very pleased that you enjoyed your stay. We are currently working to improve the access to the barn so that it is easier for larger than average vehicles to drive in. Hope to see you again in the future Property Owner

    Reviewed by DanFeb 2023

  • "Exceptionally welcoming hosts."

    Wonderful property in a great setting. Comfortable cottage, will definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by ChrisSep 2022

  • "An absolutely outstanding property with an amazing garden."

    Very spacious, clean and well equipped with everything you are likely to need. Easily worthy of an award, likewise the hosts, Carole and Geoff. Well done to both of you, we really enjoyed our stay. Use the What3Words App to find it. The following words, replaying.dribble.kilowatt will take you to your parking spot!

    Reviewed by RaymondSep 2022

  • "Absolutely lovely accommodation - really really loved our stay here."

    Reviewed by SusannaAug 2022

  • "Absoutley gorgeous from walking through the door having a welcome gift (the brownies were divine) to the accomodation being perfect in every way we then walked into the private lake/gardens which are stunning ."

    .. They truly have thought of everything the only complaint I had was ......I had to leave ... Skye Cross Barn really is perfect

    Reviewed by JoannaJun 2022

  • "We had a fantastic holiday staying in the wonderful barn."

    The barn had everything we needed for our week away and the chocolate brownies were super tasty! The location of the barn was perfect allowing easy access to the coast, Exmoor National Park and Barnstaple.

    Reviewed by GrahamMay 2022

  • "Such wonderful owners to begin with!"

    A joyous welcome chat and many other chats afterwards, it makes a big difference and really made us feel more like visiting friends rather than host and customer! The garden is something else!- Its like having your own parkland to use. The property was comfortable in so many ways- we needed for nothing.In particular, i will rave about the beds the beds and bedding- absolutely top class!! Such gems are a rare find that I suppose I should keep to ourselves hoping that we may be able to get in again once everyone else discovers this absolute delight of a cottage. Thanks again Geoff & Carole- it was a privilige meeting you and enjoying your wonderful property.

    Reviewed by GeoffMay 2022

  • "This is the best accommodation we’ve had the pleasure of staying in."

    Beautifully clean, quality modern decor with lovely homely touches such as throws, ornaments and best of all a room full of toys for our 4 year old (allowing us some much needed r&r!). The barn is a car drive away from lots of nice places to visit. We loved driving back to the peace and tranquility of the barn each day, often with a food shop so we could stay in and eat rather than go out - the barn was too comfy not to spend time there! We will definitely be returning - it felt like home from home.

    Reviewed by KerrieApr 2022

  • "Absolutely perfect place."

    Really enjoyed our stay. Beds are super comfortable. Whole place is Equipped with everything you could need plus more. Super comfy sofa and very spacious lounge area. Beautiful private lake and garden area to wonder around. Hosts were super friendly and left the most amazing arrival welcome gift. Fantastic

    Reviewed by PaulFeb 2022

  • "We've had a second wonderful Christmas at Cross Syke Barn - the cottage is very cosy and was lovingly decorated by the owners."

    The flowers and brownies were a special treat. The barn is located brilliantly for exploring North Devon and its many beaches and coastal walks. The December weather wasn't brilliant, but the many board games, dvds and toys kept us all entertained and the fully equipped kitchen was great for cooking Christmas meals - fully recommended!

    Reviewed by LenaDec 2021

  • "The barn was spotless and full of everything that you would need, a real home from home."

    Reviewed by LouiseSep 2021

  • "Everything was clean and tidy and the owners were very attentive without being intrusive."

    We especially enjoyed the garden and boating on the owners lake. This is an observation and not a criticism at all - it would have been nice to have had a long handle broom to sweep the kitchen floor.

    Reviewed by JacquelineJul 2021

  • "Fantastic barn, beautiful setting, well looked after highly recommend."

    Reviewed by PhillipJun 2021

  • "We stayed at Sykes Barn for 2 weeks in May 2020."

    It is such a lovely place, very peaceful, clean and comfortable. We liked it so much we have booked it again for September.

    Reviewed by BarbaraMay 2021

  • "We have stayed in many self catering rentals, syke barn is the best equipped so far."

    Yummy brownies on arrival thank you. Comfy king size bed, large comfy sofas, lots of extras and thoughtfully furnished. The large grounds were a treat. We wanted rest and recuperation, syke barn the grounds gave us exactly that. Our hosts were on hand for anything we needed but not intrusive. Thank you

    Reviewed by AngieMay 2021

  • "We had a great stay at Cross Syke Barn - very comfortable, everything you could possibly need for a self catering holiday."

    Easy drive to the to the coast & National Trust properties. As it is in a rural location (which we like), there wasn't any road noise and the only things to wake us were the birds singing. Geoff & Carole were very welcoming and the brownies were amazing. We would definitely stay again :-)

    Reviewed by Joy HelenApr 2021

  • "What a lovely place to stay!"

    We had a fantastic time at this lovely, spacious, comfortable and well equipped cottage. The attention to detail in providing the best experience is evident through your the barn, and Carole and Geoff are so lovely. The highlight of Cross Syke Bar is the stunning garden with its own stream and the unique lake with a boat. Our 11 years old son had a fantastic time rowing around the little island every day. There is lots of great things to do as a family around d this stunning part of Devon and we were blessed by the sunny weather, specially at this time of year. We would definitely come back.

    Reviewed by PApr 2021

  • "Great accommodation, very highly specced out, lovely owners next door, will definitely be back."

    Reviewed by KevinSep 2020

  • "Very hospitable and welcoming hosts who thoughtfully provided us with some delicious homemade brownies."

    The cottage was spotless and very well equipped. Location was peaceful and pretty and had easy access to Barnstaple etc. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by MarkAug 2020

  • "Wonderful welcome, wonderful accommodation and amazing gardens."

    .. simply bperfect! Photos do not show the magnitude and full extent of this fabulous barn location.... and the chocolate brownies were the best we have tasted! 10/10!

    Reviewed by FrancescaAug 2020

  • "Cross Skye Barn was a wonderful place to have our family Christmas."

    It was lovingly decorated with little touches by the owners and was cosy, clean and `comfortable. The wood burning stove was especially lovely, as were the well-equipped kitchen and comfortable beds. The owners have done a fabulous job in creating a both tasteful and practical space. The games, lego, train tracks etc were a big bonus for our two children (7 & 5) on the rainy days. The grounds of the cottage are beautiful and feature both a river and a lake. Finally, the location is a great launch pad for exploring the beautiful North Devon countryside - beaches, coastal walks and lovely pubs are only a short drive away. We'd love to come back!

    Reviewed by LenaDec 2019

  • "The barn is really lovely."

    Absolutely immaculate and spotlessly clean and equipped with everything and more you could need. Owners are definitely ensuring your stay is a good one. Barn is located in a very quiet and rural location so perfect for those looking for a peaceful stay. Superb!!

    Reviewed by ValAug 2019

  • "Fantastically well equipped holiday home in lovely gardens."

    The property is very close to the owners home, but they are a very nice couple (and Carole’s fudge brownies were amazing!). The property is very secluded and extremely peaceful, but is therefore also quite a way from local shops and pubs. Would thoroughly recommend this high quality rental.

    Reviewed by BAug 2019

  • "Fabulous accommodation in beautiful setting."

    Hosts were friendly and made us very welcome. Fabulous garden with lake.

    Reviewed by MikeAug 2019

  • "Great holiday home for the family."

    Easy to find and can be located without travelling down very narrow country roads. The chocolate brownies that awaited us when we arrived were a welcome sight after a long journey! Lots of toys and games to keep the children amused which they were able to play in the very spacious lounge. DVD player used a few times as well. Great place.

    Reviewed by PaulAug 2019

  • "We had a perfect holiday with 2 year old twins."

    The cottage was amazing and exceeded expectations. Lots of toys and games to play with. Also had milk and probably the best batch of brownies we have ever tasted

    Reviewed by KatharineJun 2019

  • "The lake at the property made it so special."

    our little girl went out on the boat with us most evenings.

    Reviewed by FionaMay 2019

  • "Fabulous cottage."

    Good location near some lovely beaches. Very comfortable and well equipped.

    Reviewed by KatieMar 2019

  • "Very well appointed detached conversion in a lovely quiet location."

    Rural but easy driving distance to Barnstaple. Open plan layout suited our needs (six month old baby) perfectly. Beds very comfortable and sofa perfect to relax on at the end of the day. The lake was a nice surprise! Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by NicholasSep 2018

  • "Though nice the location was too remote for us."

    Easier to get to during the day but harder at night.

    Reviewed by LindaSep 2018

  • "No everything was great ."

    Reviewed by AmandaJul 2018

  • "Spacious cottage with modern interior."

    Immaculately decorated and beautifully clean. The owners are extremely helpful and pleasant. Everything you could wish for has been catered for. Situated just 5 Miles from Barnstaple. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by AnneJun 2018

  • "We had a wonderful week in this beautiful cottage."

    We were welcomed warmly and shown around the property and grounds and treated to homemade brownies. Carole and Geoff were very friendly and dealt with a couple of very minor issues immediately. We loved the light airy barn conversion. Our grandchildren played happily with all the toys and games available and especially loved being taken around the lake in the rowing boat. There are lots of lovely beaches in the area and lots to do for families. Probably the best family holiday we have had in a long time - we recommend this property highly.

    Reviewed by JulieMay 2018

  • "Fabulous holiday home, exactly as shown on website."

    High standard of accommodation, decor, equipment, setting. Lots of lovely attention to detail.

    Reviewed by NicolaMar 2018

  • "Had a wonderful time at Syke Barn, not too far out from Barnstaple in a tranquil part of Devon."

    The barn was immaculate and furnished beautifully. Great countryside where you could see trees and hills around you. We even saw sheep outside our windows. Though it was cold and rainy outside there was enough to do inside for all ages. All types of games were available as well as space to play football and bat and ball. Lived the electric train set and Lego. The wifi really helped with the teenager's need to stay in touch with friends. The kitchen was well equipped we even cooked a roast one evening. The log fire was really cosy in the evening. The bedrooms were all reasonably sized and far enough apart that there was space for the 6 of us. Just be careful if you have a teenager they can use up the hot water! Glad it only happened once. We enjoyed trying out Alexa! to get the weather and listen to music. It was easy to get around with trips to Barnstaple, Woolacombe, Morton Hoe and Arlington Court. Tesco also delivered to the house which really helped. The owners were lovely and left us an amazing lemon cake. Definitely felt spoilt, they were on hand but left us to ourselves. Couldn't ask for more and catered for our different age range.

    Reviewed by SalemaMar 2018

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin, 1 x ground floor child bunk
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with a kitchen, dining area and a sitting area with a woodburning stove.
  • Oil central heating, woodburning stove
  • Gas range cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine
  • TV, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available of request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed rear patio, decking and gravelled area with furniture and a gas BBQ
  • Shared use of land with lake and stream
  • Sorry no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 miles
  • Note: Children must be supervised when outside due to lake and stream
  • Note: Please note, this property has a private water supply
  • Note: Note:No Stag/Hen or same sex parties
  • Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping Bond of £150.

The property

Barnstaple 5 miles.

A refreshing, homely barn conversion set in a beautifully remote location near Barnstaple in Devon.

Cross Syke Barn is next door to the owner's home, the rural location and brilliant features in this property make it the ideal place for friends or family to come together and enjoy a holiday.

Enter into the property with a delightful bunk room to your left, perfect for children to stay in.

The rustic tiled flooring leads you towards the light and bright open plan living area which boasts a stylish kitchen, dining for 6 and a comfortable sitting area with cosy seating, a TV and a stunning woodburning stove to keep you warm whilst watching a favourite film.

The wooden staircase takes you up to the freshly decorated bedrooms with charming wooden furnishings and velux windows.

The interior of the property is topped off with a lovely family bathroom with a charming wood-panelled bath.

Make the most of your outdoor space whilst staying in this wonderful Devon cottage, there is a brilliant patio and decking area with plenty of seating and a gas BBQ for some al fresco dining under the sun.

Why not visit the nearby National Trust property Arlington Court with plenty to do for all the family?

Barnstaple is a short drive away, this charming town offers everything you need with plenty of shops, parks and a museum to discover.

The Exmoor National Park is easily accessible, offering almost endless opportunities for walkers, cyclists and wildlife seekers.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Exeter 40 miles.

Barnstaple enjoys a superb location at the mouth of the Taw Estuary, on the spectacular North Devon coastline between Westward Ho! and Croyde and is a short drive from the Exmoor National Park. Barnstaple is a busy traditional Devon coastal town with a pannier market, shops, restaurants and bars, along with two fabulous sandy beaches, which are popular with surfers and families. The town is renowned for its floral displays having won a Britain in Bloom award and flowers are found around every corner of the town in the most unusual places. Barnstaple lies at the end of the magnificent Tarka line railway journey, which takes you through the spectacular North Devon countryside of wooded river valleys, rugged moorland and a stretch of coastline, plus close by is the picture postcard coastal village of Clovelly. A combination of numerous long sandy beaches and family attractions makes Barnstaple a desirable holiday destination.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Christmas