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The Farmhouse

Lydford, Devon (Ref. 975734)

4.6

Very good

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  • Sleeps 10

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "If you would like a holiday break on a working farm in quiet countryside surrounded by fields of cows and sheep a stones throw from Dartmoor the the Farmhouse at Burnville Farm would be an ideal location."

    A large spacious house is well provided for with a cosy Inglenook fireplace in the dining room. An adjacent building has a gym, games room. There is a swimming pool and a garden for al fresco dining. The Farmhouse is an old building with creaky floors but generally fairly well maintained apart from the wicker chairs in the conservatory which need replacing (Tim the owner has been informed). There are steps in the house so not ideal for the disabled unable to manage them. It is not luxurious but if you don't need five star accommodation then this might be a good choice if you have children.

    Reviewed by WilliamMay 2022

  • "Had a great week on Dartmoor."

    We have stayed in the farmhouse about 20 years ago. It hasn't changed. The kitchen needs an oven/hob that caters for 9 people. The 4 ring hob and 1.5 oven is not adequate. The bathroom facilities could also be improved. The owners were attentive and friendly and delivered more firewood when we requested it, but be aware, you have to pay for it.

    Thank you for your feedback. We have never had a comment about the hob being an issue before. The bathrooms and certainly other areas of The Farmhouse have been updated since your previous stay. Plenty of logs are left, but as in most holiday lets, extras are chargeable. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MaryDec 2021

  • "Lovely big farmhouse, situated on the edge of Dartmoor!"

    Location was great, situated on a working farm. Staying just before Christmas it was muddy but we're used to that with 3 dogs and we came prepared. We could use an enclosed field nearby(one without sheep in it) and the dogs had the time of their lives! The farmhouse is unique in having a traditional dining room but very modern ktichen. Very very spacious, I got lost between rooms and doors at first :) One or two glitches with radiators not working, remote for TV not working etc but owners sorted straight away. Perhaps leave a radiator key handy, as my partner willingly would have 'bled' the relevant radiators? Loved watching the farmer/owner do his work around the farmhouse but sympathised with his 15 hour day! Grandchildren appreciated a bedroom each and the brownies which were eaten straight away, Everything was beautifully clean. Thank you for the stay-we will be back!

    Reviewed by RonaDec 2021

  • "Great stay for a weeks break for two of us and a dog out of season."

    Reviewed by TomNov 2021

  • "Really homely feel great setting would strongly recommend."

    Reviewed by CraigSep 2021

  • "The Farmhouse was gorgeous and there was space for us all without feeling on top of each other the pool was a massive hit."

    The famer and his wife made us so welcome. The walks, the views, seeing the animals, the lovely gardens, it really was a fabulous holiday. Thank you.

    Reviewed by VivianneSep 2021

  • "Lovely hosts."

    Helped in every way possible. 5 stars

    Reviewed by FaisalMay 2021

  • "The house is large, comfortable and well equipped."

    The games room is a real bonus for a wet cold week in Devon! The only thing I would say didn’t meet expectation was the lack of an enclosed garden. For some the partial enclosed garden across the yard would be ok but we have one reactive dog so having the farm dogs (albeit friendly farm dogs) wondering around by the back door with no enclosed safe space was stressful. Mr Cunningham was very friendly (without being intrusive) and let us know which fields had cattle/sheep and which ones we were free to wonder so there was plenty of space just not enclosed garden which was disappointing.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to send in your feedback regarding your recent stay. We are pleased you found the house comfortable and well equipped. Taking all feedback seriously, we have considered your comment regarding an enclosed garden, we feel that this would enhance our offering. Therefore, we intend to action this before the beginning of next season. We do hope that you will holiday with us again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MariaOct 2020

  • "Lovely cottage and Victoria who owned it was lovely we even had brownies when we arrived."

    .. only negative was the room with the bunk beds in smelt like urine ... one of the beds was damp and I think a child staying previously had wet the bed .... it was also a struggle to sleep 8 Adults we took an air bed as we were aware of the bed situation and was glad we did because of the damp bed .... I would say it sleeps four adults and four to five children comfortably...

    Thank you for taking the time to complete your feedback. We have raised your points with the owner who was saddened that you did not contact her during your stay regarding the bunk bed mattress which has now been replaced. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JaneSep 2020

  • "The Farmhouse was well equipped and had great facilities all round."

    Beautiful quiet location ideal for touring Devon and Cornwall. The owners were amazing and nothing was too much trouble. Definitely a place to book again for a perfect family holiday.

    Reviewed by AdamSep 2020

  • "The Farmhouse was extremely clean, spacious and well equipped."

    A problem with the shower was resolved promptly by the owner with minimal disruption to our holiday. There was just one point I would like to make - the main description of the house does not make it clear that the pool is shared with other properties. Given the current covid situation a rota was in place for pool usage which allocated 1.5hours per day for its use to each property. Looking at the description of other properties on the farm, the shared nature of this facility is much clearer. I would highly recommend that the description is amended to bring "the Farmhouse" in line with "The Red barn" and "the Coach House".

    Reviewed by DeborahAug 2020

  • "Idea for seeing the beautiful area around Dartmoor, Lydford Bude and Boscastle."

    Due to covid19 restrictions for tennis court you need your own racket and ball and need to book slot for pool use. House very comfortable and well equipped. Use of cottage garden for local produce was great. Owners always around to help with any problems. Will return.

    Reviewed by KimAug 2020

  • "We loved The Farmhouse and it was a great place to base ourselves for Dartmoor walks with our 3 big dogs."

    Relaxed and rustic farmhouse with all amenities but the swimming pool and tennis court are a super bonus. Will definitely be putting the place on our list to stay at again when in Devon.

    Reviewed by MaureenAug 2020

  • "Very cosy farmhouse."

    Loved the open fire which the owners had prepared ready for our first night. We then had 3/4 further evenings using the leftover logs which was lovely. If you have a toddler I would recommend a stair gate or potentially looking elsewhere as there are many steps/stairs to navigate in the house, as well as a large glass coffee table. However we safely moved that into the side hallway which gave lots more room for games and play space for our daughter. We had no accidents with her, she loved the high chair and we were very pleased to see an actual cot rather than a travel cot which we were expecting. The beds were extremely comfortable and warm and all rooms and bathrooms were very clean! We took 3 dogs with us and they all loved their daily strolls around the farm. There is a garden area but something more enclosed for our (pampered) pooches would have been ideal. You really are on a working farm and it was great to see! We saw Sheep being weighed by the farmer from our window, had them all being herded past the house and could hear them and the cows each day. The farmer Tim was very friendly and gave us some tips on where to go. I would recommend visiting the Whitelady Waterfall a few mins down the road, it was raining when we went but well worth the visit! Local Donkey Sanctuary about 20 mins drive was also a lovely family trip out, as was the National Marine Aquarium at Plymouth- would highly recommend this too. We were unaware that the pool at the Farmhouse was shared (later saw this in the small print on the website) and due to current circumstances was limited to one 1.5hr slot per day which with the weather we could only do on one day and found this time slot to be too short. Lovely and clean though and the gardens are very pretty too. We all had a lovely time and it was a great place for us all to spend time together as a family, have cosy evenings and beautiful walks. The views from this place are absolutely stunning!!

    Reviewed by RowanAug 2020

  • "Excellent house which was well equipped with plenty of space to accommodate 10 people."

    The games room, tennis court and swimming pool were brilliant additions to the house. The only criticism was that the wooden seating and parasol in the garden was covered in mould which meant we didn’t use it. Lovely setting with friendly hosts. Would absolutely recommend this as a holiday let.

    Reviewed by GlennJul 2020

  • "Comfy beds, a roaring fire, little lambs by the front door and a good games room."

    We loved every minute! We didn't venture out much due to some pretty bad weather but there was lots of room to spread out and enjoy our time together indoors. I don't think there are any shops/pubs in an easily walkable distance so bring supplies and enjoy!

    Reviewed by CatherineMar 2020

  • "The holiday was a great well needed break the Farm House was perfect and very comfortable and in a great location and the owners was very helpfully and nice, highly recommended this to everyone."

    Reviewed by LeeFeb 2020

  • "The homemade brownies on arrival were excellent."

    The farmhouse layout and facilities were superb. Having a huge open fire over Christmas was so homely and comforting. The whole extended family have praised us for their time away. The owners could also not have been nicer and were very attentive. Thank you

    Reviewed by PaulDec 2019

  • "This was a great location for a surprise 80th party."

    Lovely walks, food and relaxing with the massive open fire. The games room was fun for all the family. Everything was well equipped and large enough for the 10 of us. The only downfall was the oven as when cooking for 10 it needs to work correctly. A great cottage and would recommend anytime!

    Reviewed by ChrisDec 2019

  • "Fantastic Cottage, the owners are extremely helpful and welcoming."

    flowers put in every room and freshly cooked brownies waiting for you on arrival. The pool is excellent and the games room the kids loved!

    Reviewed by JulieJul 2019

  • "My family had a wonderful holiday in The Farm House."

    The kids loved the freedom and adventure on the farm and learned loads. Watching a calf being born was a highlight, as was bottle feeding some orphan lambs. The grounds are wonderful and lead to some fabulous walks, including down to Lydford Gorge which was well worth the £25 family ticket. The owners are lovely and always seemed happy to answer al the questions that the kids (and us adults) had to ask.

    Reviewed by ChrisApr 2019

  • "As a retired GM of a Country House Hotel, my expectations are very high."

    I couldn't fault anything at all. The attention to detail always makes for a wonderful stay, tea and brownies set out for our arrival, fresh flowers around the farmhouse and a basket of fresh eggs given to us on our first morning - there were delicious!!!

    Reviewed by BarbaraMar 2019

  • "Fantastic cottage, friendly helpful owners, superb location"

    Reviewed by SamOct 2018

  • "The farmhouse is very spacious, clean and homely."

    It was a wonderful week and would definitely reurn some day. Highly recomended.

    Reviewed by SusanSep 2018

  • "Fabulous property and amazing hosts."

    Cannot be faulted. Will definitely be returning next year for another digital detox. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by MatthewSep 2018

  • "The holiday was great and the Farmhouse met the needs of all 10 of us with plenty to do across the farm."

    Reviewed by CarolynAug 2018

  • "This was a fantastic holiday from start to finish and was thoroughly enjoyed by adults and children alike."

    Great facilities and staff really helpful and kind. Outdoor pool, tennis court and games room particularly enjoyed and I’d definitely recommend to families whatever the age of children. Endless activities, walking and other attractions nearby. One week not long enough for us! Only issue was sat nav taking us to another farm with difficult road so would call once in area to clarify directions. A wonderful place.

    Reviewed by EdwardJul 2018

  • "Holiday was great Victoria and him are lovely people always happy and cheerful ..."

    Holiday was great Victoria and him are lovely people always happy and cheerful and very helpful if you need anything always had a good holiday on the farm

    Reviewed by DeniseJun 2018

  • "We booked our holiday before we got a puppy, Michelle from HH was kind enough to call our hosts if the puppy was indeed welcome to the Farmhouse."

    We had a lovely week at the Farmhouse, you can walk right up to the Moors or plan a visit to the coast. We visited the Bedruthan steps, very beautifull!!

    Reviewed by CathrineApr 2018

  • "The property is located at the heart of a working farm and views from all its windows are onto a large cattle-shed, where you can watch the cattle being fed."

    The farmhouse is spacious and well-equipped and comfortably furnished in a traditional style. A winning feature is the enormous open fireplace in the dining room, in which a fire had been made up before our arrival. Additional logs are available for purchase. The dining room is dark and cosy and a good place to hunker down when Dartmoor's notorious rain or fog sets in. The light-filled conservatory is a wonderful place to have breakfast and is stocked with huge numbers of board games. The small gym in a converted barn opposite the house has a few good-quality machines, there is also an indoor games room which we didn't use. It is possible to walk from the farm direct (through a few fields and over a few stiles) onto the moor - on Tim's recommendation we walked via Gibbets Hill and Wheal Betsy to the excellent Elephant's Nest pub at Horndon and back via Mary Tavy. There is plenty to do and see in the vicinity: the charming village of Lydford with the famous Lydford Gorge walk practically within walking distance from the farm, the elegant UNESCO-listed market town of Tavistock about 20 minutes' drive away, large National Trust properties with extensive grounds at Cotehele and Buckland Abbey, and the scenic Tamar Valley Railway offering a picturesque alternative way of travelling into the great port city of Plymouth from the railhead at Gunnislake. A short drive takes you to the many attractive sites on the moor: the stone rows and circles at Merrivale were particularly atmostpheric on a damp and windy Dartmoor day. Overall a very enjoyable visit!

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2018

  • "A great base for a holiday on Dartmoor - we’ve been staying in the Farmhouse on this lovely working farm for many years."

    The owners are very friendly and welcoming.

    Reviewed by AnnaMar 2018

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Summary

  • Four bedrooms upstairs: 1 x super king double, 1 x king size double (plus single bed by arrangement), 1 x single, 1 x room with two sets of bunks (one 2'6")
  • Bathroom with bath, WC and basin
  • WC and basin
  • Downstairs hall
  • Living room
  • Sunroom
  • Dining room with open fire
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry room
  • Shower room with shower, WC, basin.
  • Central heating with open fire
  • Microwave, fridge, tumble dryer, washing machine, dishwasher, 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 four cars
  • Garden with tennis court, barbecue, shared outdoor heated pool
  • Three well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Check-in time 4pm, departure by 11am
  • Note: The outdoor pool is available from 27th May to 16th September

The property

The Farmhouse is one of the three lovely holiday homes on Burnville Farm, looking like it came from a child's picture book.

It is big and old and stands on the edge of the traditional Devon farmyard.

Leave your boots in the hall and head through to the comfy sitting room with its traditional beams, off which is a bright sun room for fine days.

The kitchen is well equipped for preparing meals to enjoy around the big sociable table beside the open fire in the dining room, where fascinatingly the table is an ancient dough trough.

The four comfortable bedrooms are all upstairs, peaceful places to sleep well after busy days exploring the area and enjoying the farm amenities.

Outside, you will find your own big enclosed pretty garden with lawn, trees, stream and barbecue 20 yards from the house.

Beyond this, there is as much freedom and fun as you could wish for.

You are welcome to wander the 250 acre farm and help when possible, picnic beside the pond, swim in the shared seasonal outdoor swimming pool, play tennis and use the shared games room and gym.

Maybe arrange with the friendly owners to try clay pigeon shooting and archery or hire mountain bikes and head out over the open moorland which surrounds the farm or on the Granite Way cycle trail (small extra charges may apply).

This is brilliant walking country too, or if you have horses you can bring them and ride since stabling and grazing are available.

Golf and gliding can be arranged nearby and Roadford Lake is excellent for water sports.

With so many activities available, yet in such a peaceful spot, The Farmhouse is an ideal location for a fabulous family break.

Floorplans

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Sunroom Living Room Entrance Hall Dining Room Kitchen Open Woodhouse Shower Room Laundry Room Hall

Burnville Farm Cottages

2 miles south-west of Lydford and 1 from its gorge, 400 yards of private farm-lane end at Burnville Farm, a lovely farmstead. It is on the side of a shallow stream-valley with supreme views of Dartmoor hills and tors and to Brentor’s peak-top church, from almost anywhere on the 250 acre working farm (direct moor access from it). There are sheep, cattle, ponies, pigs, chickens, ornamental pheasants. You can roam the farm and help is most welcome. Pond (picnicking) with mallard, moorhen and usually Canada geese in spring; badgers and foxes about. Stabling/grazing for your own ponies/horses. Clay pigeon shooting and instruction, archery tuition (equipment provided) and mountain bikes (adults’ and children’s) by arrangement. Fenced outdoor heated swimming pool (32' x 16' and 3'6" to 8' deep, available 25 May to 15 September) and hard tennis court shared with owners. Fun badminton and volleyball. Games room (6' pool table, table tennis, skittle alley) and well-equipped gym in a refurbished barn. Lovely walled vegetable garden; fresh veg available in season, and eggs. Spring water. Professional catering available and meals in the owners' house. Golf and gliding, 2 miles. For you to stay in are The Farmhouse, The Coach House about 100 yards up the private lane, or The Red Barn a mile away. The owners live nearby but out of sight and do B&B in their own house a mile away by car or a 10 minute walk across Burnville Farm, is The Red Barn, surrounded by its own enclosed garden with terrace (barbecue) at the back and splendid long views over farmland to the moor.

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

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About the location

LYDFORD

Tavistock 6 miles; Okehampton 6 miles.

Nestling among mature woodland on the western slopes of Dartmoor, the historic village of Lydford is a jewel in this area of outstanding scenic beauty. To the north, just half a mile away, the high tors come right down to the village edge, while to the south the River Lyd winds its way through Lydford Forest on its tumbling course northwards. Lydford village has an interesting medieval castle and nearby Lydford Gorge (National Trust) with its peaceful woodland walks and White Lady waterfall is a must. The village also has a Post Office, pub and award-winning restaurant. Whether walking the moors, fishing, watching the amazing wildlife or just visiting the many attractions of this stunningly beautiful area, you'll never be lost for something to do. The moorland market towns of Tavistock and Okehampton are both a short drive away.

Region Information

Note: The outdoor pool is available from 27th May to 16th September.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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