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Mill House Barn

South Tawton, near Sticklepath, Devon (Ref. 976091)


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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "We were welcomed with warm scones, jam and clotted cream need I say more, what a treat - thank you."

    To be able to escape from the pressures of everyday life is a rarity but if you're in need of a quiet, relaxing break without wifi I can't recommend this place enough. It was a soggy, damp week when we visited, however the log burner was a great relief after a long walk. There are a couple of pubs in the neighbourhing village which provided great excuse for a walk, we recommend them both. Thank you to the hosts of this cottage for providing such a warm and welcoming stay.

    Reviewed by EmmaDec 2021

  • "Could not fault the accommodation ."

    The barn was well equipped with the usual homely requirements, the owners were very welcoming and pleasant, the welcoming treat was pleasant , As advertised the accommodation had no WiFi which I found in this day and age unusual?? But the deciding factor in not returning was the mobile phone signal being very patchy, and elusive

    Reviewed by GrahamSep 2021

  • "Found the cottage well presented and well equipped and the host very welcoming."

    Lovely area. Walks from the cottage on Very quiet country lanes. The owner mentioned and we agreed the sofa may need replacing or re-upholstering . Nice to see the use and provision of eco friendly cleaning products.

    Reviewed by PeterSep 2021

  • "Very comfortable and well equipped holiday home."

    Wonderful garden in a peaceful location. Lovely early morning walk from the barn with our dog. Super welcome pack from lovely hosts. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by PeterAug 2021

  • "We found dog food under the spiral stairs ."

    The shaving point in bath room only worked if you wiggled the light pointed this out to owner was not concerned about it which real can cause a fire. We had mice running around the floor . Windows never been cleaned for a very long time . Garden paths over grown & not kept tidy. The TV single very poor most times unable to watch due to freezing also no WIFI & in this day & age they are to be inspected to be available in a property. Before going away to the barn, we read some of the reviews which some of the above was mentioned & still have not been addressed.

    Thank you for your feedback. It has been addressed by the owner who confirmed the following. When you reported the bathroom mirror light issue and the shaving point not working the owner came to the property and fixed it by re-positioning the cover over the light that has an inbuilt safety feature that stops the light working if it is dislodged. The owner also provided an extra two pin socket for you to use. The TV signal does work. The owner provided instructions showing that the satellite box and not the TV controls the TV signal and this needs to be turned on. Regarding the Wi-Fi, the property is not advertised having it. The garden is maintained by the owner but it is weather dependent, this is why it was slightly untidy but it has now been resolved. For the dog treats under the stairs the owner does apologise. The previous dog must have nosed them underneath the outside seat cushion covers under the stairs where they were out of sight. The owner assures it will be always checked in the future to be sure it doesn't happen again. Regarding the little mouse, which was caught the day after you reported, it is the reality of being in the country side, in the middle of nature with fields nearby particularly at this time of year as the nights get cooler. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RobertAug 2021

  • "Horrible smell inside property, mess outside, no outside table & chairs and aweful access to property via extremely narrow roads."

    Worst holiday we have ever had, wished I had saved my money

    Reviewed by JuliaAug 2021

  • "The barn is very nice, the pictures are outdated also the parking is awful the ..."

    The barn is very nice, the pictures are outdated also the parking is awful the front is like a timber yard, i understand this but tidiness in a holiday home is the key, tv signal is weak, depending on the weather , garden could do with a bit more upkeep also

    Thank you for taking the time to complete your feedback which has been discussed with the owner. The timber in the shared garden with the owner has been purchased to make a garden shed. However, the window on the opposite side of the barn provides a much prettier outlook over the garden with its flowers and lawn. The TV reception is via a Freesat Satellite dish which was installed about three months ago and is aligned correctly and receives a good signal. The parking space for the barn is 5.4 metres long by 4.5 metres wide, so is of a good size. The owners would have been more than happy to help with any issues you may have had, if only they had been made aware of these during your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MarkAug 2021

  • "Spotlessly clean and everything you could possibly need provided for, even a cream tea left for us on arrival."

    Really good bed. Would recommend to anyone looking for a quiet place to stay.

    Reviewed by ChrisJun 2021

  • "Brilliant time ."

    Nice welcome pack . Lovely places to visit .

    Reviewed by MargaretMay 2021

  • "A fabulous retreat, peaceful and perfect for recharging the batteries."

    The owners were lovely and left us cream tea and scones on arrival and ensured we had a lovely welcome. We have already decided that we will return and would highly recommend Mill House Barn to anyone seeking somewhere tranquil and cozy.

    Reviewed by TamsinOct 2020

  • "The holiday cottage was brilliant!"

    Lots of considerate little touches like the cream tea on arrival and the OS maps of the area, (I forgot mine, so saved me having to buy another!). We liked the layout, the appliances etc were all of a very high standard which we have not experienced before, the dishwasher was a nice touch. It was very warm and cosy, by far the best cottage we have stayed in so far. Some really fascinating books to read and a decent collection of DVD's. The location was perfect for walks on the moors or on the very quiet local roads. Nice dog walk on site with the lovely river setting. Whilst it is tucked away in the countryside, it was very easy to find and not very far from the A30. If you want to get away from it all, walk the moors or just laze about and chill, this is an ideal location and property for achieving that!

    Reviewed by PeterOct 2020

  • "Great location."

    Good hosts. Value for money.

    Reviewed by AnneSep 2020

  • "If you want peace, quiet and an escape from the rat race this is the place."

    The only downside for us was the lack of public footpaths on the doorstep, we like to park up and walk. Can't fault the facilities and hospitality provided by our hosts.

    Reviewed by LouiseAug 2020

  • "Your directions to the property are slightly misleading, as there was no pub or Post Office in South Tawton."

    Also, it was lucky we had a small car, which could fit onto the drive in front of the property. For people with a larger car, parking would have been extremely difficult, as there was no other space in close proximity to the cottage. Beware of the very narrow and windy lanes too, as there isn't any room for manoeuvre should you meet a vehicle coming in the opposite direction, especially tractors !!! All in all though, it was a very enjoyable stay and some beautiful walks for people and dogs alike, all only a short drive away.

    The Owners are delighted that you had an enjoyable stay and took full benefit of the lovely walks in the area. The village pub has recently closed (temporarily we hope) and we have removed mention of it from the arrival instruction.The PO sign refers to the PO in South Zeal and is correct.The parking space at the property is photographed clearly and has accommodated tractors and SUV's. The local lanes are typical of this part of Devon.Thank you for taking the time to ensure the listing is correct. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LesleyAug 2019

  • "Lovely place to stay - parking for the car was a bit tight & Wi-Fi facilities would have been useful."

    Other than that perfect

    Reviewed by DorothyJul 2019

  • "Accommodation was great."

    However there were no facilities for hanging clothes up eg. wardrobe. The location is great - not far from A30 and Oakhampton yet peaceful and nice walks

    Reviewed by GarryJul 2019

  • "The barn was very well equipped."

    Everything we needed was there and it was comfortable - big fluffy towels and kitchen knives that were sharp. The garden has some more uncultivated parts with wildflowers and nettles to encourage the bees and bugs and there are feeders for the birds that you can see from the windows. The owners have a lovely river walk which is also available for use. A perfect retreat for a couple who need a getaway.

    Reviewed by KennethJun 2019

  • "Mill house barn was a delight to stay in, very well equipped an thought out."

    The cream teas was a lovey touch by Mervyn and carol. The information Sykes supplied about the surrounding area an the dog friendly places, especially as we had taken our westie Archie,was superb with handy links to each venues website Over all as a first time user I would definitely use Sykes again. Very impressed with attention to detail an quality of venues. Have no hesitation in recommending Sykes to family an friends.

    Reviewed by DamianMay 2019

  • "Lovely and private accommodation."

    The owner met us when we arrived and then we did not see them again for the duration of the stay which for us, met what we were hoping for. Also, there was a lovely cream tea on arrival. The accommodation itself was clean and met exactly the description. Being able to adjust the heating easily was great..the week started off very cold and ended in glorious heat!

    Reviewed by JenApr 2019

  • "Pleasant barn conversion in lovely peaceful setting and location."

    We loved the garden, the fire and access to the river. The only downside was the uncomfortable settee.

    Reviewed by GrahamApr 2019

  • "The cottage was very warm and well fitted out except for the lack of hanging space."

    The use of the extended garden along the river was a treat the dog loved. The Barn was well placed to explore Dartmoor with good pubs nearby for eating etc. We would stay again and recommend it to friends. The wood burner was lovely with a generous supply of logs and looking out of the garden window we counted at least 9 diferent birds plus a squirrel, most relaxing.

    Reviewed by MikeMar 2019

  • "The barn was exceptional everything you needed and more very comfortable easy access to things around Devon and some lovely walks but better for that in spring."

    Very friendly owner would use this place again

    Reviewed by MichaelFeb 2019

  • "We had a lovely stay, the cottage was really clean within a really quiet ..."

    We had a lovely stay, the cottage was really clean within a really quiet location but only a short drive to the shops, the cream tea waiting for us was a nice touch and the owner was helpful, our terrier loved the walk next to the stream within the gardens, really nice

    Reviewed by ChristineSep 2018

  • "A truely hidden gem."

    It ticked every box for our requirements. A wonderful dog friendly location with a beautiful secluded garden with access along the river. Didn’t manage to visit everything in one week so would certainly go back and would also recommend to others.

    Reviewed by KarinaSep 2018

  • "An excellent cottage that is very well equipped."

    We were made to feel very welcome and had everything we needed on hand. The cottage caters very well for dogs with lots of local walks. The cottage is ideally located to travel to both North Devon and Cornwall. We had a wonderful week and thoroughly recommend to other travelers. We hope to come back!

    Reviewed by EllenJul 2018

  • "A really well equipped cottage, everything we could have wanted was there and it ..."

    A really well equipped cottage, everything we could have wanted was there and it was very clean a good size garden and with the added benefit of being able to use the field for our dog who also had a brilliant time padding in the river We had a lovely relaxing time and will be booking again when we get so more time off work Thank you to Mervyn and Carol

    Reviewed by SusanJul 2018

  • "Lovely place for a couple to get away from it all and reconnect with each other and nature - the cream tea on arrival was a great bonus."

    Reviewed by SharnApr 2018

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  • One level
  • 1 x double bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, WC, basin
  • Open plan living space with seating area with wood burning stove, dining area and kitchen.
  • Central heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge, washer-dryer, dishwasher, TV with DVD
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Off road parking for one car
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Note: Babes in arms only due to proximity of the river.

The property

In the pretty little hamlet of Taw Green 1½ miles from South Tawton is this dear little detached cottage converted from a barn behind a mill house.

Head up the stone steps into the open plan living space, all warm and cosy with a wood burning stove, lofty ceiling and attractive paintings and furnishings.

You will sleep peacefully in the comfortable double bedroom on the same level.

Sit out and enjoy the sun and the peace in the shared garden beside the River Taw, with its table and chairs and bench.

This is lovely countryside for walking, with Dartmoor nearby for getting your pulse racing heading to the top of tors.

Pretty little villages with friendly old inns abound and the cathedral city of Exeter has everything you could wish for in the shape of restaurants and shops.

With its wonderful rural setting, Mill House Barn is a fabulous tranquil retreat for couples to enjoy.

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

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About the location


The small village of Sticklepath lies along an old ridgeway path within the northern boundary of the Dartmoor National Park, and is home to a handful of shops, two traditional pubs serving good food and the fascinating Museum of Rural Industry. Encompassed by superb countryside, the surrounding area is a haven for nature lovers, walkers and bird watchers alike, while the nearby town of Okehampton boasts the remains of a fine Norman castle which dominates sleepy River Okement. Visit the nearby vibrant city of Exeter, with its magnificent cathedral, outstanding restaurants and colourful nightlife. Within easy reach, the fabulous beach resort of Bude, with its golden sands and cascading waves attracts surfers from the country over, while Westward Ho! with its prestigious Blue Flag awarded beaches is well worth a visit. A superb location for friends and family alike.

Region Information

Note: Babes in arms only due to proximity of the river.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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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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