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The Old Workshop

Knowstone, Devon (Ref. 953898)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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20 Customer Review(s)

  • “Cosy little home from home studio.”

    Very nice owners who made sure we had everything we needed. Situated on a working farm it has a genuine country feel about it and is in an Ideal position for exploring Exmoor and North Dartmoor.

    Very nice owners who made sure we had everything we needed. Situated on a working farm it has a genuine country feel about it and is in an Ideal position for exploring Exmoor and North Dartmoor.

    - Ms Crocketts, October 2021

The property

This conversion of a small barn into a double studio is on a working farm in beautiful Devonshire countryside just south of Exmoor National Park.

The stone building with slate roof is one of only two holiday cottages on West Bowden Farm and has been carefully converted and equipped to provide high-grade accommodation suitable for couples who want to experience the real farming countryside.

All accommodation is on the ground floor.

There is a studio with double bed and two large armchairs, a kitchen and bathroom, full central heating.

Next to a beautiful thatched cottage and pond, the Old Workshop is opposite traditional stone barns used for cattle.

As well as being a working farm, the owners run a small B&B in the farmhouse.

The farm is remote and quiet but, surprisingly, is less than a mile from the main A361 where there is a rest area with a diner open from 8am to mid-afternoon.

Less than a mile to the north is the 13th Mason Arms at Knowstone, a pub with a very well-regarded restaurant.

With the A361 being so easily accessible, Tiverton in one direction and Barnstaple in the other are both less than twenty minutes away.

The main attraction is, of course, Exmoor, the wild and wonderful National Park dotted with small towns and villages, with dramatic landscapes and wildlife.

The beaches of the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are also only half an hour on from Barnstaple.

Tastefully done, this character conversion makes a perfect base for couples who wish to explore Exmoor and the wider attractions of North Devon while getting the full farming experience


  • All ground floor
  • Open plan studio accommodation with double bed, kitchenette and sitting area
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge,central heating , TV with Freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off road parking
  • Front patio with furniture
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub 10 mins walk and shop 15 minute drive ( 8 miles way )

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About the location


South Molton 10 miles; Barnstaple 20 miles.

Just a few miles from the southern edge of Exmoor, the quiet village of Knowstone with its thatched cottages and beautiful country church is the epitome of rural life. Surrounded by a tapestry of woodland, deep valleys, lush green meadows and winding country lanes, it is the place to relax and reinvigorate. Exmoor National Park, with its superb walking country, breathtaking scenery and rugged hills, is a short drive away, while the North Devon Blue Flag beaches are within easy reach. The nearby market town of South Molton, famous for its many antique shops and weekly pannier market, is a must, while Bampton, a small-town winner of Britain in Bloom is a mere 14 miles. The area also has several other visitor attractions such as Dulverton, the gateway to the moor – a perfect starting point for exploring the wild empty spaces of the region with its large population of red deer. Dunster Castle (NT), Wimbleball Lake nature reserve and water sports centre, the Grand Western Canal with its horse drawn barges and the surrounding area’s historic houses, beautiful gardens and country pubs will keep the active visitor occupied for days. The city of Exeter, with its Norman cathedral, vibrant shopping centre, restaurants and clubs can be reached in about 40 minutes.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas