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The Old Church House

Torbryan, near Ipplepen, Devon (Ref. 1017380)



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  • Sleeps 24

  • Bedrooms 11

  • Bathrooms 11

  • Pets Yes

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

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13 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely week at the Old Church House Inn."

    Fantastic venue for a large family gathering with plenty of space for everyone. We had our own pub quiz, made good use of the pool table and the darts, lit the fire in the lounge a few evenings and enjoyed the sunshine on the patio at the back. The pub garden was great for an Easter egg hunt for the little ones too. Amanda was very helpful and full of interesting information about this historic pub!

    Reviewed by Ann-marieApr 2022

  • "Great confusion with light switches!"

    Lacking bright enough lights for reading etc in sitting areas An exciting venue for children Lovely location with easy access to outdoor activities

    Reviewed by RichardApr 2022

  • "Dear Amanda, thank you so much for all your help in making it such a memorable amazing weekend at your fantastic property."

    I've already been recommending to a lot of friends and family and hopefully we can make a return visit next year! Many thanks, James

    Reviewed by JamesMar 2022

  • "We were a mixed group of family and friends staying for a long weekend to celebrate my wife's birthday."

    The accommodation and facilities was superb for a group together. The kitchen was easy to use even with a large group of people in it. The areas downstairs catered for all our needs. We hope to stay again

    Reviewed by AllanFeb 2022

  • "We had a fantastic New Year break, ideal place for all the family to gather, we did our own pub quiz in the bar and had lots of lovely country walks."

    Rooms were clean and comfortable and the commercial kitchen was great when cooking on a large scale. It’s a bit of a rabbit warren and there was a lot of ducking through door ways but that was expected given its age. We also went prepared for chilly nights in such an old building but the heating was incredible, we didn’t even get the wood burners going because we’d of over heated. We’d love to go back in the Spring/summer and make the most of the pub garden.

    Reviewed by HannahDec 2021

  • "We were a party of 18 staying in this unique inn for a weekend which proved to be a fantastic venue to celebrate a very special birthday."

    The spacious bar area lent itself to accommodating traditional pub activities e.g bar skittles, shove ha'penny karaoke which my family put on. The fact that the kitchen was upstairs and the dining room downstairs proved to be quite a workout for the younger and fitter members of the party. I was a bit surprised by the lack of any guest soap in the bedrooms given the current advice on frequent hand washing.Perhaps this is the government guidance for self catering establishments. However as we all had bath/shower products it was not insurmountable. We would definitely stay here again.

    We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay. We supply soap, hand sanitiser and paper towels in all our common areas: downstairs' shared toilet facilities, kitchen, and bar kitchen. We do not supply personal products in en suites. We'll certainly take on board your comments however and provide guest soaps in en suites going forward. We invite guests staying with us in the future to comment on this any any other improvements we can make. Thanks for taking the time to give us constructive feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by ValerieNov 2021

  • "The Old Church House Inn is a lovely place to stay."

    All my family thoroughly enjoyed our visit and the owner was very responsive and helpful which made our stay all the better. Big thank you to Amanda. Definitely think we will be coming back. The location was great too. So much to explore.

    Reviewed by HelenAug 2021

  • "What can I say ?"

    This is an absolutely amazing place to stay we were there in June, just the 6 of us and loved every minute so peaceful and full of character. We stayed for 7 nights used all the facilities. The host was really friendly and helpful. Definitely would like to visit again !

    Reviewed by MarkJun 2021

  • "This was a fabulous holiday."

    The pub is amazing with so much character and near to lots of great places for days out. It has everything we needed as a large family and the owner is nearby to help out if you need anything.

    Reviewed by NicolaJun 2021

  • "Really nice accomodation in an excellent rural location."

    All the rooms are very well equipped and comfortable. We enjoyed staying in a "real" pub which added to the atmosphere.

    Reviewed by SteveAug 2020

  • "The setting and the accomodation were outstanding and the owner was extremely ..."

    The setting and the accomodation were outstanding and the owner was extremely helpful nothing to much trouble facilities were excellent and the rooms were so comfy would highly recccomend we took a family of 24 plenty of space to do your own thing

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2020

  • "Fab venue, everyone had a great time just wish we had booked for a bit longer and that it was closer to us so we could book for the weekend!"

    Reviewed by LaurenAug 2020

  • "Wanted to say a big thank you to Millie in particular from the Sykes team."

    She couldn't have been more helpful and understanding, she saved our wedding weekend! Loved staying at The Old Church House, the host was very kind and helpful. The property could not be more perfect for an intimate wedding with family. The kids loved it too.

    Reviewed by HollieAug 2020

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  • 11 bedrooms all with en suites
  • Badger, King size and single bed, ensuite with bath/shower Bee: Double bed, ensuite with shower (seat and grab rails) Otter: King size bed, ensuite with bath/shower Fox: Double bed, ensuite with walk in shower, separate snug Songbird: King size bed, ensuite with bath Butterfly: King size bed, ensuite with bath Pheasant: Single bed, ensuite with walk in shower Stag: Twin: 2 small double beds, ensuite with walk in shower Dragonfly: King size bed, ensuite with shower Rabbit: Double bed and single, ensuite with bath/shower Ladybird: Double bed, ensuite with bath/shower
  • First-floor commercial kitchen
  • Utility room with Miele commercial washing machine, tumble dryer and rotary iron
  • Split level dining areas providing flexible seating for up to 24
  • Social area with bar, wood burning stove and 58" TV
  • Snug with wood burning stove and library
  • Games area with snooker table, darts alley and board games area.
  • Oil central heating and 2 x wood burning stoves
  • Oven and gas hob, 2 microwaves, fridges, freezer, commercial dishwasher, commercial washing machine, commercial tumble dryer, rotary iron TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cots and highchairs available at property
  • Cot bedding available on request
  • Ample off-road parking available in private, gated car park
  • Lawned garden and rear garden
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome, at a charge of £50 per dog, per stay
  • No smoking
  • Shop 1.1 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Note: Bar stock can be provided for self service or with bar server if required with prior arrangement and at an additional cost
  • Note: Available on request for a small additional fee: mini room fridges, serving chafers (to keep food hot using gel fuel)
  • Note: There are various steps throughout the property
  • Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £500
  • Please note: A maximum of 2 dogs only are welcome at this property 1017380, The Old Church House Note: The Old Church House does not accept bookings for Hen and Stag

The property

Ipplepen 1.2 miles, Newton Abbot 3.5 miles, Totnes 4 miles.

Stay in an historic Devon inn!

This enchanting Grade II* listed inn provides spacious and stylish accommodation to cater to the needs of your celebratory getaway with friends and family.

The Old Church House Torbryan is one of England's oldest and most unique inns: dating from the 13th century it is steeped in history and folklore.

Add to that it's special location- nestled in a picturesque village between majestic Dartmoor and Devon's glorious South Coast, and you have the perfect venue for a special getaway.

The venue comfortably accommodates up to 24 people, and can provide a range of services tailored to your needs- whether it's a family celebration, friends' getaway or business away event.

The venue is centered around theatmospheric bar, which, over the centuries, has welcomed Elizabeth I, HenryVIII (see the indentures on the walls) and, more recently, Arthur Conan Doyle,who is reputed to have developed the idea for The Hound of the Baskervilles at the inn.

On arrival, your choice of local ale,cider and lager will be on tap (first barrel included in price), along with a tailored selection of wines and spirits if required.

Along with our general cellar list, we can provide tailored wine/ spirit lists to suit your occasion.Bar staff, wine tastings and gin tastings can also be provided on request.

Surrounding the bar, there are multiple leisure areas to enjoy: a cosy lounge/library centered around a large log fire (logs supplied- we'll even come and light the fire for you on request!), a snooker room, darts alley and snugs.

The split level dining area has a breakfast bar with tea urn and large coffee maker.

We can supply cakes and afternoon teas if you are returning from walks on Dartmoor or a day at the beach.

The inn has a very large kitchen with fridges, freezers,dishwasher and large cooker.

We have good links with local chefs and caterers who will provide anything from a banquet or Hog Roast to a buffet.

We can arrange for a band to play in the bar if you'd like to be entertained while you relax, eat and drink.

Our beer garden has plenty of space for alfresco dining.

At the end of your day, make your way to one of the individually styled bedrooms, themed on Dartmoor wildlife: A selection of family, kingsize,single, and twin rooms, each with own en-suite, flatscreen TV, and tea and coffee-making facilities.

Cots supplied on request.

While South Devon's natural wonders and tourist attractions provide plenty to do, the inn can arrange activities for your party.

These include art classes, yoga/ wellness events, wine tastings, gin mixology- even a paranormal investigation!

Let us know what you are interested in and we'll see what we can do (all events are subject to availability and charged separately).

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £500.

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About the location


Ipplepen 1.3 miles; Newton Abbot 5 miles; Totnes 6 miles; Torquay 8.7 miles.

Torbryan is an ancient farming hamlet nestled in the heart of the South Devon countryside yet not far from Totnes, Dartmoor and the beautiful beaches of the English Riviera. Torbryan has its own 13th century pub and an even older church. Ipplepen, the neighbouring village, is only one mile away and has a small supermarket, a post office and a pub. Both villages of Denbury and Broadhempston are within 2 miles and also have pubs and village shops. Torbryan provides a great base for a cottage holiday and is ideally situated for exploring Devon and the South West. Totnes, only five miles from the village, sits beside the picturesque River Dart, and is steeped in history with its many original Elizabethan buildings. A few excursions from Totnes not to be missed include the breathtakingly beautiful river trip to Dartmouth and the steam train journey along the Primrose Line to Buckfastleigh. Dartington Hall, with its beautiful grounds, is nearby, hosting many music festivals each year. Dartmoor National Park can be reached within 30 minutes' drive of Ipplepen, offering 365 square miles of rugged moorland peppered with isolated villages. Ideal for getting away from it all, walking and simply gazing at the incredible views of South Devon, Torbryan provides the perfect base for your next escape.

Region Information

Please note: A maximum of 2 dogs only are welcome at this property.

Note: The Old Church House does not accept bookings for Hen and Stag

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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