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The Hayloft

Manaton, Devon (Ref. 975818)



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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
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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43 Customer Reviews

  • "This was our 3rd visit in six years to the Hayloft barn."

    This on its own shows this is a great place to have a family holiday, with or without a dog. The owners are 5* Hosts and are always on hand if needed. They have gave us a warm welcome ever time we have arrived, and we have always been sad to leave. The barn is well equipped and very clean. The beds, towels and lining are clean and comfortable. The 3 bathrooms are modern, and we have never had problems with hot water. The barn is 5 minute walk to the local pub for drinks and hot food. Their is some nice walks and bike rides that can be challenging at times. We was a party of 6 and one dog. Age group 48 to 74. I would highly recommend this host and place and for sure we will be going back again one day.

    Reviewed by MichaelApr 2022

  • "We had a fantastic stay at the Hayloft."

    It was even more spacious than we expected and very well equipped. There were plenty of toys for the kids (which they loved) and lots of useful kitchen equipment that you don't always find in a cottage rental. We like to cook on holiday so found this very useful. The rooms were lovely and comfortable and everything was clean and tidy. The location of the cottage was also fantastic, right next to the wood, lovely pub nearby (The Kestor) and we did a walk to Lustleigh which was wonderful (The Cleave was brilliant and in idyllic setting). Astrid was very welcoming and nothing was any trouble, I would recommend this cottage to anyone whether it is a group of friends or a family. Dartmoor is a very beautiful area, some of the moorland is impressively vast and bare but there are also lush woodlands (right from the door!) and the Tors nearby are a definite must to visit, especially Hounds Tor. Thank you for a wonderful stay!

    Reviewed by SarahFeb 2022

  • "We had a lovely weekend in the Hayloft."

    It's in the most stunning location, surrounded by amazing landscape. We spent our weekend walking on Dartmoor during the day and relaxing in the loft at night. We loved the layout of the space, the high quality of the amenities and the view of the stars through the huge windows. We will definitely be coming back for at least a week so as to get the most out of spending time here. We were also very lucky with the weather which was an unexpected bonus.

    Reviewed by JackieFeb 2022

  • "Suited us very well spacious great garden for the dogs very helpful and courteous owner Would stay again"

    Reviewed by DavidJan 2022

  • "We had the most wonderful stay at the Hayloft, the property was even better than the photograph’s, they really have thought of everything , Astrid and her husband made us feel so welcome we will certainly be returning ."

    Reviewed by MichelleJan 2022

  • "Excellent accommodation; clean and extremely well equipped with good facilities."

    The property is convenient for walking with many excellent trails right on the doorstep. There is an excellent pub, The Kestor Inn, five minutes walk away that serves great food and is very welcoming. The owners could not be more friendly and helpful. We would highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by JennyDec 2021

  • "Excellent holiday."

    Property was really well placed for walks straight from the door into lovely countryside and forest. A unique and characterful space, at the same time as being modern and with all facilities. We appreciated three en suite bathrooms and we appreciated being able to bring three doggies. That made a big difference for us. Possible improvement would be hanging space in two of the bedrooms and drawer space in the third. Despite the winter weather (over which nobody has control) we have very fond memories of a happy walking holiday. Just lovely and Astrid was very welcoming. Thank you.

    Reviewed by AnnaDec 2021

  • "We loved the Hayloft."

    It was spotlessly clean and had everything we needed for a relaxing, get away from it all break. Have booked for next year already.

    Reviewed by SarahNov 2021

  • "Simply beautiful."

    Our first holiday in 4 years & our sons first ever holiday. We couldn’t have asked for anything more.

    Reviewed by RachelNov 2021

  • "From the moment that we arrived we were totally delighted with the setting of The Hayloft and the welcome we received from Astrid."

    The property is in a stunning location, so very quiet, with lots of brilliant walks on the doorstep. There's a pub just 5 minutes away where we received a warm welcome and enjoyed a great Sunday roast! The Hayloft is really well equipped, very comfortable and exceptionally clean. We lit the log burner every evening with logs generously provided by the owner. We were a party of 4 adults and one dog and the layout was just brilliant, all on one floor, so sociable whether we were cooking, reading or chilling out watching a film on the smart TV. Each of the 3 bedrooms were en-suite (one with a lovely bath and the other two with showers). The only suggestions we would like to make (as we like to stay home and cook from time to time) would be for a large non-stick frying pan with a lid which can be used for so many dishes plus a couple of different size options on casserole dishes, that's all!! The views of the surrounding countryside are beautiful. We will definitely be returning next year!

    Reviewed by AnitaNov 2021

  • "A fabulous barn in a wonderful location."

    A joy to stay in .Peaceful, relaxing and well equipped with lovely decor. Helpful neighbours on hand if needed.

    Reviewed by HelenOct 2021

  • "The owner was very helpful and friendly."

    The level of cleanliness was excellent. The property was in a peaceful setting, with lovely walks from the cottage, an excellent pub a five minute walk away and very friendly sheep. We had a brilliant break and would highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by LouiseOct 2021

  • "Fabulous host , really friendly and welcoming."

    Fantastic for Barney my sprocker enjoyed the garden and local walks from the house. Great friend pub nearby Fantastic base for exploring

    Reviewed by JuneSep 2021

  • "The accommodation was beautiful, with three great double bedrooms, all with en-suites, and a lovely large kitchen lounge area."

    The location couldn't be bettered, with exceptional views and plenty of walks straight from the door. There's also an excellent pub within walking distance, which was great for food, as well as drinks. The Hayloft owners couldn't have been more helpful, checking if everything was OK, offering advice on things to do and places to visit. They are lovely people who have prepared a beautiful place to relax and enjoy a great holiday. I would recommend this property to anyone, especially, if like us, you need three double rooms. A fantastic place to stay.

    Reviewed by KenAug 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in the heart of the countryside."

    Very clean and comfortable with great facilities. The owner was on hand to give help and advice and went out of her way to be pleasant and friendly. Would love to visit again in the future.

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2021

  • "When you spend extra for a really nice UK home you are really hoping it will live up to the photos."

    This was a lovely place in a lovely area. I would say worth the money. The garden is much more accessible than the listing says and the hosts were very kind and offered their bbq. These updates on the site could improve the listing. Had a lovely break at The Hayloft.

    Reviewed by SandraAug 2021

  • "If you are looking for peace and quiet, comfy beds, a little bit of luxury and plenty of walks with a pub 3 mins walk away that does fantastic food look no further."

    The Hayloft was impeccably clean, had everything we could need and the owners were extremely helpful. Truest unique and exceptional. Would highly recommend. 5stars+

    Reviewed by ClaireJul 2021

  • "What a beautiful gem in East Dartmoor."

    Great location especially having plenty of walks straight from the back garden into the woods, our dog loved it. The place was very clean and well-equipped and the owners were very welcoming and helpful. Had lovely warm weather which meant exploring south Devon and we only had one wet day but this meant a trip to Exeter to visit Ikea! Lots of beaches and coastal walks within half an hour - would recommend as would accommodate families or friends as each bedroom has en-suite facilities.

    Reviewed by CharlotteJun 2021

  • "This was our second stay at The hayloft and we are looking to go back again."

    Time we took our 8 month old Labrador and he absolutely loved the walks from the door and being so close to the moors. Ingrid was the perfect host and so concerned when the kettle stopped working. all sorted very quickly. I would certainly recommend The Hayloft to anyone.

    Reviewed by HeatherMay 2021

  • "The Hayloft is a great family holiday home."

    It is perfect for our family of 5 with modern facilities but set in a quiet and beautiful location. The garden can be used for a tranquil moment in the sun or a place for early evening games. The walks and woodland behind the house are fantastic too and guests must walk through the valley to the Cleave pub. Great to be back at the Hayloft.

    Reviewed by MichaelMay 2021

  • "The Hayloft was spotlessly clean."

    Astrid & Paul checked to make sure we were happy with everything. It is a beautiful place.

    Reviewed by DianeMay 2021

  • "Had a fab time, clean tidy and a lovely helpful couple who own it"

    Reviewed by MelvynOct 2020

  • "We had a wonderful week at The Hayloft."

    Astrid and Peter were excellent hosts, showing us around the property, pointing out the many walks straight from the door and then leaving us alone to enjoy it! Even on the one day when it rained nearly all day we were happy with the woodburner alight and a jigsaw to complete. While the brochure says that the private garden is through the owners' garden (something we were a little concerned about) there is another way in that does not intrude on the owners' privacy at all, although they are such friendly and thoughtful people I doubt they would have minded. All in all, a stunning property in a stunning location!

    Reviewed by HeatherSep 2020

  • "This was our second holiday at The Hayloft, and it was peaceful and wonderful like our first stay."

    We was greeted by the fantastic host Mrs Ashford and her son, who helped us with our suitcases. The Hayloft kitchen is fully equipped for a self catering holiday. In the outside pump shed is the washing machine and butler sink for the dog if it got muddy. The 3 bedrooms are all a good size and all on suite. 2 with showers and one with a large bath. Plenty of hot water to all of them. The log burner was perfect. The Hayloft is perfect for walks with or without a dog. Local pub just 5 minutes walk away. I would not think twice about returning one day to this barn holiday.

    Reviewed by MichaelSep 2020

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage in a great location."

    Very welcoming host.

    Reviewed by JudithAug 2020

  • "We had a wonderful week in the Hayloft despite the wet November weather."

    We loved the large open space, comfortable and beautiful furnishing, and lovely wood floor. Enjoyed the views out of the windows when it was too wet to go out. And even when it was rainy, with raincoats on, within 10 minutes you are in the most magical misty woods. Late autumn is certainly a very good time to visit Dartmoor...the colours are stunning! Thank you Astrid and Peter for making us feel so welcome. We'll definitely be back. Chris, Bill and Louisa.

    Reviewed by ChrisNov 2019

  • "The Hayloft is really impressive and the quality of finish is to a high level."

    Astrid was the perfect host and is next door should you require anything. The location is stunning and is exactly what we were looking for..... a walkers paradise, and there were lots of maps and information available about the area. We were 3 couples with 3 dogs and I can't think of anything that would have improved our stay. Thank you so much

    Reviewed by AntonyNov 2019

  • "The beds could do with an upgrade otherwise a fantastic Let"

    Reviewed by PeterOct 2019

  • "Astrid was just wonderful and apart from providing top class accommodation she was so very welcoming and a lovely person."

    Reviewed by AlanSep 2019

  • "Heating in the main room was fine, but the bathrooms and lower lobby were cold and heat needed in the lobby to dry out clothing after a very wet week."

    Reviewed by SSep 2019

  • "The location is gorgeous with many walks available straight from the front door."

    We enjoyed the area immensely. The loft itself is spacious and light and all bedrooms have nice sized bathrooms. The owners were friendly and helpful when the WiFi was not working very well. The only negative is the stairs, they are not pictured or mentioned but they are quite steep and the only access to and from the property.

    Reviewed by MichaelaAug 2019

  • "We have just returned from a super holiday staying at the 'Hayloft'."

    The Hayloft is an extremely well equipped and comfortable barn conversion, there was nothing we needed. There's a large garden and paddock for dogs, lovely walks straight into the woods from the accommodation. The owners Astrid and Peter were very welcoming and were happy for our teens to go through their garden to see the horses, sheep and chickens, you're never too old to feed sheep!!!! We had a large bowl of the most delicious fresh eggs delivered from the resident chickens during the week......lovely!

    Reviewed by SarahAug 2019

  • "Brilliant hosts; so helpful with suggested local walks and very accommodating with our working dogs’ requirements."

    The open plan living area was beautiful and great for families. Bedrooms were generous, beds very comfortable and bathrooms very clean. The surroundings were so peaceful and it was such a treat to be able to walk(and run!!!) straight from door into miles of woodland and moors. We will certainly be returning ASAP.

    Reviewed by LaurenJun 2019

  • "Three generations and a dog enjoyed the accommodation provided."

    Not a problem for us but some might like to be reminded of the stairs to property but worthwhile for lovely view!

    Reviewed by WendyApr 2019

  • "The Hayloft is an amazing beautiful place."

    We were met by Peter who showed us to The Hayloft,when we walked in we were amazed at how lovely the place was. This is a barn conversion which has been done to the highest standards,the equipment in the Hayloft are all high quality and there is everything you require,right down to things like dog leads and towels for your dogs. There is lovely log burner to sit next to on cooler nights. The views from almost every window over the lovely Dartmoor countryside are outstanding,on the only day we had rain, just for a few hours,we spent the time just looking out the windows,great, who needs to watch television when you can just look at beauty out of your window?Astrid the owner was lovely, she has gone to the trouble of making a list of walks in the area,one for each day,she is very informative about the area and is very approachable for places to visit etc. We traveled with two dogs and they absolutely loved it,either in the garden or the many woodland walks from the property up onto the moors or down to the rivers all beautiful. This is by far the best holiday cottage we have ever stopped at and hope to return soon. My only regret is I hadn’t found this place twenty years ago when I was young enough to do more of the splendid walks in the area. If ever a property deserves more than 5 stars, then this is it. Loved it

    Reviewed by WilliamMar 2019

  • "As described, a very nice holiday, quiet and peaceful."

    Owners very nice and helpful. Lovely walks from your door. Also a lovely local pub. Our dogs loved it.

    Reviewed by SusanMar 2019

  • "Astrid and Peter are an extremely warm and welcoming couple and we were all (humans and dog) made to feel at ease from the moment we arrived."

    There was no mention of 'no dogs in any particular rooms' one of my 'pet hates'! and Astrid showed me around the house without fuss and said if there were any problems to let them know. The barn was warm and so cosy and the Dartmoor walks are always a treat for us. The daily wheelbarrows of logs were another joy, thank you both, as having the stove running all day supplied another level of warmth and ambiance. We look forward to seeing you again soon

    Reviewed by KathrynJan 2019

  • "It is our 3rd visit to the Hayloft."

    We are never disappointed. A great central location for Dartmoor. The accommodation is perfect. Spotlessly clean. Has everything you need for a relaxing break. Owners are so friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by SusanOct 2018

  • "The Hayloft is lovely."

    Plenty of room, and light and airy. It is in an ideal spot, close to many of the well-known sights of Dartmoor, plus there are some lovely walks to take from the grounds, without having to use the car. Astrid and Peter are very friendly and helpful. It was a perfect week, we had a wonderful time. Thank you!

    Reviewed by SusanJun 2018

  • "The location of the property was perfect for us."

    Tucked away behind the owners home it was peaceful and private. There was easy access to Dartmoor and surrounding towns and villages. Lovely local walks for dogs and humans. Decor, furnishings, crockery, cutlery and linen all very nice. Spotlessly clean, beautiful en suites to all bedrooms. Wonderful warm welcome by the owners and their children.

    Reviewed by VivMay 2018

  • "The Hayloft is perfect, a lovely, peaceful location, a stylish but comfortable home from home (it does not feel remotely like a holiday let) with everything so thoughtfully & kindly provided by Astrid and Peter."

    We could not have wished or asked for more. It was hard to tear ourselves away and head for home but we were of one mind, we would all love to return! A big thank you.

    Reviewed by AlisonApr 2018

  • "We have booked with HH for the past 4 years and we have not been disappointed once."

    This year cottage was The Hayloft Devon in the Dartmoor National Park. We was warmly met by the owner Astrid who was fantastic and very helpful infoming us of some nice places to walk too and visit . The barn was very clean and very well equipped for a great stay Great log burner. A nice plus was 2 lambs were born on our third day and was lovely to see. I would not think twice in recommending this property to anyone. Roll on to next year for our next helpful holiday property .

    Reviewed by MichaelApr 2018

  • "Lovely location, quiet & peacful."

    We felt very welcome by the owners and although we had no issues at all during our stay there was always the offer of help if we were to need anything. A thoroughly relaxing week.

    Reviewed by AndyMar 2018

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  • Three upstairs double bedrooms, two (one with king size bed) with en suite shower room with shower, WC and basin and the other with en suite bathroom with bath, hand shower, WC and basin
  • Upstairs open plan sitting room with wood burning stove and kitchen and dining areas
  • Downstairs hall.
  • Central heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge, freezer, tumble dryer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Blu-ray, DVD, WiFi, 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
  • Up to Three well-behaved dogs welcome by arrangement
  • There is a supplementary charge for 2nd & 3rd dog
  • One Stable (5 x 4 meters) can be provided, suitable for max. two horses, £50 per week
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Pub less than 1 mile from property.

The property

This lovely cottage converted from a hayloft above stables is situated in the peaceful hamlet of Water, just 400 yards from the pub in the Devon village of Manaton on the edge of Dartmoor.

This is a relaxing country base for families or couples.

Head from the parking area beyond the owners’ farmhouse down a gravelled path into a courtyard and step up to the front door to find yourself in a big tiled hall which is a useful space for storing your walking gear.

From here, take the stairs up to the open plan living space, where you will want to gaze at the amazing views over fields to Black Hill.

The hand built kitchen with dining area features at one end, whilst at the other end the leather sofas are comfortably positioned by a cosy wood burning stove.

The three bedrooms are comfortable, all being en suite.

A traditional Devon courtyard outside is a lovely place to eat at the table, and beyond the owners’ garden you have your own enclosed private garden with a picnic bench to enjoy.

Nine acres of gardens with pond and fields welcome you to wander, or head off along a half mile walk through woods to Lustleigh Cleave and the River Bovey.

There is also stabling if you would like to bring your horses to ride.The Hayloft is a relaxing place to stay and immerse yourself in the freedom of peaceful Devon countryside and moorland.


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Entrance Hall

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

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About the location


Lustleigh is a picture postcard village set on the deep wooded slopes of eastern Dartmoor and within Dartmoor National Park. With a pretty church, village shop and excellent pub along with lots of thatch cottages you can see why Lustleigh made it to the Telegraph's top villages.

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