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Varley Lodge

(Ref. 1050557)

Prixford near Barnstaple, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "Varley Lodge was a joy from the moment we went through the door."

    It's light, spacious and cosy. My children quickly turned the snug into their "play snug" and I don't blame them, it's a lovely space. The longe is very comfy and, as it was March, we had the fire lit most nights. The kitchen was very well equipped with all the tools you'd have at home plus more that I'd never expected! The underfloor heating down stairs is something I will miss a lot! Upstairs the bedrooms are clean and airy. Lovely big bath in the master bathroom, water was hot quickly and all was very clean. Hot tub was a lovely treat and the children loved the garden space for flying their kites. 100% recommended, really loved it here, didn't want to leave!

    Reviewed by Kirstie5.0Mar 2024

  • "Varley lodge for us had mixed reviews Beds very comfortable and clean, lovely welcome pack, hot tub nice, views amazing, the down side extremely cold especially upstairs, cleanliness not that brilliant cob webs a lot of and stains on the furniture and throws could do with a was ."

    Snug lovely idea but telly not working due to no Ariel and very very cold. Kitchen could definitely do with a deep clean and kitchen utensils could do with a upgrade, information pack could go with a upgrade unfortunately not one of our best holidays but the area was lovely

    Reviewed by Gary3.1Nov 2023

  • "Lovely property in an area of just a handful of cottages."

    Very quiet with amazing views and a large garden. Spacious property with the addition of the snug, although this area didn't seem to have any heating. Kitchen well equipped and hot tub was a great addition. A few cobwebs around, but to be expected for an old property with lots of character. Fab location to be able to enjoy the North Devon Coast and to cycle on the Tarka Trail. We needed to speak to the owner whilst we were there, and he was very friendly and helpful. Definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Debbie4.4Oct 2023

  • "We just returned from a wonderful week at Varley Lodge and the house was better than we expected!"

    On arrival we were greeted with a wonderful welcome pack- milk, soft drink and scones- delish! The twin and super-king beds were incredibly comfortable and we spent most of our time in the main living room warming by the fire. We spent everyday in the hot tub - our favourite place, especially after returning from an autumnal walk. The wifi was very reliable across the entire house - I was even able to join a work call from the upstairs sitting room with no issues. Overall, we had an incredible stay and we were sad to leave - would certainly come back again.

    Reviewed by Ceri4.7Oct 2023

  • "Lovely cottage with incredible views."

    Very tranquil and comfortable base. Possibly not the most comfortable beds but we all have our own preferences. Our stay was at the end of a busy season and a little maintenance is required.

    Reviewed by Simon4.7Oct 2023

  • "It was our first holiday as a group and we couldn’t have picked a better place!"

    The rooms were gorgeous and everything was so clean. There was everything you could want or need. The living room had such a cosy feel to it especially with the fire lit. The views were phenomenal, and the hot tub was a perfect addition after a long day out and about. The only thing we really found annoying were the amount of flies that were about, could maybe do with a couple of fly traps, we didn’t have windows or doors open or anything, they were just there in the livingroom. We counted one night and there was nearly 20 just in the sitting room. But considering that’s the only real issue we had, that shows how amazing varley lodge was!

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Sep 2023

  • "A beautiful setting in a beautiful part of Devon; the views and sunsets are stunning, a real gem of the area."

    The cottage is well presented and just as described, the welcoming pack of cream tea was a welcome bonus. Highly recommended for those who want a comfortable, quiet stress free and lazy break. Many thanks to everyone involved in making Varley Lodge what it is.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Varley Lodge."

    The location is excellent and well positioned for getting to the beaches at Woolacombe or Saunton Sands or for exploring the towns around North Devon. Varley Lodge is very spacious and comfortable. The garden is large and gives great views down to the coast. The hot tub is a great feature. We loved our stay and would highly recommend Varley Lodge.

    Reviewed by Tom4.4Jun 2023

  • "Really nice holiday cottage, well finished renovation with lovely oak beams."

    The property was very clean and tidy with a well stocked kitchen. It has a good size garden which is well kept for children to run around in and has an excellent view of the coast. Our son loved the hot tub which is tucked away around the back and nice and secluded. It is in a great location with lots of things to see and do within a short drive. It has a bbq and a selection of games for children. One thing to be aware of is that it's right next to a working farm and the cockerel may wake you up in the morning! If you can live with that it is an excellent place to spend your holiday.

    Reviewed by Matthew4.4Jun 2023

  • "We loved this property and hope to return."

    Very generous grounds. There was everything we needed for an enjoyable & relaxing break.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0May 2023

  • "The cottage was in a beautiful location with the most stunning views."

    The cottage decor was very tasteful and in keeping with the age of the property. There were added extras upon arrival which really added to the stay. The hot tub was lovely and positioned so you can enjoy the sunsets in any weather. I would highly recommend the cottage for all stays with friends or family.

    Reviewed by Anna5.0Feb 2023

  • "It was one of the rare experiences where the property you book is even BETTER than the photos online."

    We loved every minute staying at this very special property

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Dec 2022

  • "Absolutely fantastic!"

    A wonderful property that had everything we needed. The hot tub was a great bonus too. The location is perfect as it was awesome to be in the countryside. Loved our holiday so much and we definitely recommend to all ages (our age range is from 6 yrs to 78 years old). Thank you.

    Hi Lin, so glad that you all enjoyed your holiday and thanks for the feedback and comments. We love the views too! Neil & Rachel Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lin5.0Oct 2022

  • "Amazing Property, the best sykes cottage we have stayed in."

    Hi Paul, thanks for the feedback and comments and really pleased you had a great time. Neil & Rachel Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2022

  • "A beautiful property that is well equipped and certainly didn't disappoint."

    It is set in a rural location with stunning views. It is situated close to Barnstable and it is easy to navigate to South Devon and Cornwall. The hot tub was an added bonus and thoroughly enjoyed by all four of us. Would thoroughly recommend this property and wouldn't hesitate to re book in the future.

    Hi Cheryl, lovely to hear that you had a good holiday and thanks for the comments. Hope to see you again! Neil & Rachel Property Owner

    Reviewed by Cheryl5.0Jun 2022

  • "Varley Lodge is a delightful spacious and comfortable family accommodation in a beautiful setting with plenty of safe outdoor space."

    The housekeeper was on hand (by phone) with any queries and was prompt with replying, as was the owner when she couldn’t help us. This was our second visit to the property and we shall certainly return again in the future. Within easy reach …15 mins of the beautiful Saunton Sands beach and some great days out for the family.

    Hi Karen, it's great to have you stay with us again and glad you enjoyed your stay! Neil & Rachel Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen4.4May 2022

  • "Lovely cottage with amazing views from the large private garden."

    Cottage is beautifully decorated, very clean and comfortable. Outside 8 seater table/chairs and 2 sun loungers are provided. Hot tub is private and not overlooked. One of the nicest cottages we have stayed in and would definitely recommend it.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0May 2022

  • "We’ve stayed in many self catering properties over the years and this cottage was possibly the best one we’ve ever stayed at."

    It was warm, comfortable and extremely well equipped. Spotlessly clean,as we come to expect with Sykes properties. Very comfortable beds with lovely bedding and excellent quality throughout. Well maintained property and grounds. A comprehensive guest information folder with a contact number for our house keeper. A quick response by text message when we sent a query to her. The location was ideal. I would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Nancy5.0Feb 2022

  • "Great location and amazing views from the huge garden."

    The kitchen is well equipped and rooms all comfortable. The hot-tub was much used and enjoyed. Our only feedback would be that the property was too warm with the underfloor heating, especially downstairs. We tried to adjust the thermostat but this did not seem to make much difference so we had to open doors and windows.

    Reviewed by Kirsty5.0Jan 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage and great views,plenty of space ,only downside was the ..."

    Beautiful cottage and great views,plenty of space ,only downside was the underfloor heating is so hot downstairs but upstairs the children's bedroom and end bedrooms were so very cold could do with a heater ,the hot tub only worked with some jets so weren't able to use very disappointed, house keeper was very helpful came and turned heating up

    Reviewed by Patricia3.4Dec 2021

  • "Beautiful property"

    Reviewed by Connie4.7Nov 2021

  • "Great accommodation, very spacious and well equipped in a great location."

    Great views and surroundings. Would definitely recommend. Exceeded our expectations.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Aug 2021

  • "Varley Lodge was a really comfortable place to stay with everything you could possibly need catered for."

    With stunning views and the added luxury of a hot tub it genuinely exceeded all our expectations!

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Jul 2021

  • "A beautiful cottage we felt relaxed immediately upon arrival."

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0May 2021

  • "Varley lodge is truly amazing!"

    They have gone beyond the description of this lodge, it offers so much more & has everything you need & more. The Views are unreal! Hot tub and lodge burner completes it. We have been to many lodges but this is by far the best we have been to! The pictures are amazing but in person this lodge is honestly a different level! We will 100% be back! Thank you.

    Reviewed by Hazel5.0Apr 2021

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size (zip/link, can be twin on request), 1 x king-size with en-suite shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x twin
  • Family bathroom with bath, handheld shower, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • First-floor snug
  • Underfloor heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric range cooker and gas hob, fridge, freezer, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher, Sky TV, TV with DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Welcome pack provided
  • Stairgates, travel cot and highchair available
  • Off-road parking for four cars
  • Enclosed garden with lawn, patio, seating and barbecue
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2.4 miles, pub 1.8 miles
  • Note: First-floor ceilings can be low in places, please take care
  • Check in is from 4pm

The property

Resting among surrounding views of the North Devon countryside and the far-reaching Taw Estuary is Varley Lodge, a renovated eco-friendly barn conversion offering the perfect base for a group of six to explore Devon's coast and country.

This detached property is tucked away in the tranquil village of Prixford, sitting on a working farm and utilising eco-friendly techniques such as the ground source heat recovery system for the underfloor heating and rainwater collection.

Find the characterful interior to your delight, keeping to original features and decorated with contemporary fixtures.

The stylish kitchen/diner is equipped with granite worktops, oak panelling, a range cooker, gas hob, dishwasher, coffee maker, and of course the essential amenities needed for self-catered cooking.

The family dining table is perfect for sociable dinners over a bottle of wine, or a place to enjoy a fun-filled game night.

Spend an evening in the welcoming sitting room, letting the wood-burning stove create a cosy atmosphere as you snuggle on the sofa and flick through the Smart TV.

The ground floor also hosts a handy utility room with a washing machine and a neat cloakroom for your convenience.

A summer afternoon can be spent in your own idyllic haven in the large enclosed rear garden, adjoining lush fields and accessed via the kitchen or sitting room patio doors.

Choose to dine alfresco with food from the barbecue in this idyllic setting or take the opportunity to unwind or gaze at the stars whilst relaxing in the hot tub.

Two staircases lead you up to separate corners of the first floor, head up one towards the beautiful mezzanine snug room, choosing to relax in a moment of peace with a cup of tea and a good book, or to catch up on your favourite TV show!

Find the second staircase which takes you over to three stunning bedrooms offering pretty décor, ample storage and views to far-reaching landscapes.

Bedrooms comprising a super-king-size which can be changed to a twin if needed, a master king-size with a luxury en-suite shower, and a twin room.

Resting next to the bedrooms is a delightful family bathroom, fitted with chic features including a calming bath tub with its own handheld shower, as well as a lovely separate walk-in shower!

Varley Lodge sits within a short drive of Devon's famous golden coast – the sandy beaches at Croyde, Woolacombe, Putsborough and Saunton Sands to name a few, with the Jurassic coastline in easy reach.

These glorious beaches are a paradise for surfers of all ability levels, with boards, wetsuits and expert tuition available at most locations.

Explore the peaceful surroundings and take a stroll among the encompassing verdant fields and farmland before heading over to Barnstaple town centre where you'll find an abundance of shopping facilities to stock up on goods, as well as local pubs and restaurants for when you fancy an evening out of the kitchen, or enjoy a romantic walk next to the River Taw.

Nearer to home, the villages of Braunton, Muddiford, West Down have a variety of restaurants, pubs, cafes and shops, whilst the Marwood Gardens and Tea Rooms are less than 1 mile away.

Choose a day of adventure along the exciting Tarka Trail, which runs through Braunton, reaching over 180 miles across North Devon and Exmoor; take your pick between foot or pedal, viewing unspoilt areas of Devonshire landscapes, quiet countryside, a striking coastline and rugged woodland.

Find attractions all within easy reach of the property including Barnstaple's popular Pannier Market, meander around town to view various award-winning flower displays, or learn all about the town's history at the Museum of Barnstaple.

More fun can be had at the amazing Exmoor National Park, visit wonderful wildlife such as ponies and deer, spend a lazy Sunday driving around rare beauty, or delighting a family-friendly day out at Exmoor Zoo!

There is so much to do in this area, Varley Lodge is the perfect base to discover the wonder of Devon

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £450.

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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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Note; There is a Good Housekeeping Bond of £450 for this property

This property offers the following short breaks:

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