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Barley House

(Ref. 975998)

Talaton, near Ottery St Mary, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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42 Customer Reviews

  • "We stayed at Barley House as part of a group of 9 in 3 of the cottages, this one was the largest."

    Its a fabulous cottage, very comfortable and well equipped and we hosted 9 for for dinner most nights (inc Christmas) very comfortably. The grounds are lovely and its nice for a quick dog walk around the village which is on the doorstep. Well positioned for trips to the coast in around 30 mins, golf course, posh farm shop and garden centre. Diana, the host was super helpful but unobtrusive...thank you for a fabulous trip, will will indeed return.

    Reviewed by Vanessa5.0Dec 2023

  • "Our 3rd stay at Talaton House & our 2nd at Barley House which we really enjoyed."

    Such a comfortable place to stay, lots to do locally and the cottage is very well appointed. The grounds are very well maintained. We will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Oct 2023

  • "Loved the cottage and its facilities."

    Our little grandson who lives in London particularly enjoyed the little walks in the grounds and the little wooded area. Very welcoming hosts too.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Aug 2023

  • "Beautiful property in a lovely location."

    The hosts are very lovely people who made sure we had everything we needed. The property is fully equipped and furnished to a very high standard. The area is very quiet and peaceful.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Jul 2023

  • "Excellent property in a wonderful location."

    Reviewed by Paul5.0May 2023

  • "A wonderful holiday in a beautiful location."

    Lots to do on your doorstep with Sidmouth, Exeter and Lyme Regis all within striking distance. The hosts were welcoming, helpful but unobtrusive and generally lovely. The property was outstanding with all you could want in a holiday cottage. The local village pub is also a must with a good pub menu and a welcoming landlady, Maria. I have no trouble at all recommending this property and would stay there again without hesitation. Thank you Diana and Paul for making our stay so enjoyable.

    Reviewed by Melinda5.0May 2023

  • "A great host."

    And a really comfortable and very clean house. Kitchen is very well equipped. Overall a great two weeks in Barley House.

    Reviewed by Ron5.0Jan 2023

  • "Perfect property for our family and dog."

    Impossible to fault.

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2022

  • "A fabulous cottage which suited our family needs which ranges from an 86 year old grandmother down to a 7 month old puppy."

    Well placed for days out and everyone was catered for. Diana was very welcoming and helpful, for which we would like to thank her.

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Sep 2022

  • "Barley house was just perfect in every way."

    Fantastic location. Beautifully renovated and a lot of thought gone it. The BBQ was a real treat and surprise. Diana and Paul very welcoming and friendly. Had a wonderful weeks stay, met some lovely like minded couples. Will definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Jas5.0Aug 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at Barley House thanks to Diana and her team."

    I would recommend anyone to stay and we would love to return. it was very comfortable and great for our dog. thanks Diana.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Aug 2022

  • "We had a wonderful time at Barley House, Diana was very helpful and the house is gorgeous!"

    Everything has been thought of to ensure you have a super time.

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Jul 2022

  • "Barley House, just perfect."

    Had a fabulous holiday, the accommodation could not get any better. Immaculate, excellent facilities, kitchen fully equipped, (air-con unit was amazing). Additional thoughtful extras, such as hand soaps, shower gels, tissues are provided. On arrival a bottle of Prosecco and dog treats were waiting for us, (what a lovely touch). The grounds are stunning and so peaceful. The owners are friendly and made us feel very welcome. It is definitely 5+ star.

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Jul 2022

  • "Beautiful property and excellent hosts."

    We had a great stay enjoying the lovely Devon scenery and making use of recommendations from our hosts.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jul 2022

  • "Great location and the best hosts you could find."

    Reviewed by Bradley5.0Jun 2022

  • "We had a lovely time whilst at Talaton House (Barley Cottage)."

    We visited Lyme Regis, Exeter Cathedral and walked along the Quayside. The Donkey Sanctuary was a lovely day out and they make you feel very welcome. Visited Beer, Seatin and Sidmouth. The Talaton Inn and Greyhound were nice to eat in. The cottage was clean and facilities very good would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Jun 2022

  • "My family of 5 with 2 dogs have just returned from a wonderful week at Barley House."

    The hosts were amazing the welcome gifts for us and our dogs was a lovely touch. Very clean, extremely good quality bedding and towels. Great open plan lounge kitchen and dining area. Very modern bathrooms with lovely under floor heating and plenty of hot water. Highly recommend and hope that we will return.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0May 2022

  • "Fabulous property in the little village of Talaton."

    The property had everything we could have wished for. Super spotless and beds super comfy. Loved the place and so pleased we took my 90 year old Mum as the room abs wet room were ideal. Strongly recommend a quiet place in a typical Devon village.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0May 2022

  • "Lovely property - easily as attractive and comfortable as on the website (usually you prepare yourself for there having been some creative photography but not here) and the surrounding grounds of the estate were peaceful and added a sense of seclusion."

    Very well equipped interior and Diana and extremely welcoming host.

    Reviewed by Julian4.7Apr 2022

  • "Absolutely stunning property - exactly as shown in the photos."

    Beautifully furnished, luxury accomodation - it was immaculate & cannot believe doggies are allowed! Chose this cottage as loved what i saw on the website and so that our daughter, partner & their dog could join us for a few days. Lovely that we were able to meet the owner Diana, she met us when we arrived and was so warm and welcoming. She really cares about making sure everything is ok for her guests. The views and grounds are absolutely stunning too - it was a memorable holiday - thank you! Chantelle & Nick

    Reviewed by Chantelle5.0Mar 2022

  • "We had a very comfortable and enjoyable time at Barley House."

    It was warm, well equipped and welcoming. We did not bring our dog but had we this would have been perfect for him.

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Feb 2022

  • "Wonderful accommodation with everything you need and beautiful surroundings."

    Everything seemed new and very clean. Hosts were very welcoming. Very much recommend

    Reviewed by Sophia5.0Jan 2022

  • "Warm, clean and fresh."

    Beautifully furnished and equipped and three fabulous bathrooms. Great location in the countryside on the edge of the village. Diane and Paul were very welcoming and helpful. All 3 couples would be more than happy to stay here again.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Oct 2021

  • "Another lovely stay at Talaton, the cottages & location are delightful."

    Everything that you could need & more. Diana & Paul are wonderful hosts & we will definitely return for a 3rd stay. Many thanks from the Morris family.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Oct 2021

  • "This was a superb property with excellent facilities."

    The kitchen is a fully stocked with all the utensils you'll need and had a Nespresso pod machine. The beds were comfortable and bathrooms modern. 10/10.

    Reviewed by Lee5.0Sep 2021

  • "Excellent grounds for a relaxing weekend away."

    Excellent quality of accommodation throughout. Will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Sep 2021

  • "A highly specified and roomy cottage in a lovely setting within a peaceful village."

    The owners have taken care to anticipate the needs and expectations of guests. A very welcoming host too, who clearly tries very hard to ensure a memorable stay. Just lovely!

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jul 2021

  • "A lovely cottage in a beautiful setting."

    The owners were really thoughtful and it was a great stay.

    Reviewed by Jeremy5.0Jul 2021

  • "Beautiful accommodation in a really lovely quiet garden of a large house with lovely grounds."

    Devon is a beautiful county with stunning scenery.

    Reviewed by Rebecca4.7Jun 2021

  • "Another lovely property with Helpful Holidays."

    Barley House was spotlessly clean with every facility you could need. Lovely hosts and location.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2021

  • "This is a fabulous place to stay, I can’t recommend it highly enough."

    Reviewed by Keith5.0May 2021

  • "My family and I stayed in Barley House for a week after Christmas and over new years eve."

    The hosts had decorated the property with a Christmas tree, which was a lovely welcome for our party. We selected the property for the spacious open plan living accommodation for our party of five and our labrador. There was plenty of room for the dog cage and we were able to walk our dog around the grounds of the property. There were local walks listed in the accommodation guide in the property which was very helpful. The kitchen was well stocked with plenty of utensils, pans and ovenware. However, if any future guests did not want to cook, there were plenty of places to eat near by. And a pub within a stones throw. The three bedrooms where spacious; the first floor having their own bathrooms, and the ground floor having a neighbouring bathroom. The underfloor heating was lovely on your feet in the bathrooms. As were the waterfall showers, fluffy towels, and cotton bedding. Overall the property was comfortable, warm, homely and spacious. We would certainly return and recommend Barley House to our friends and family.

    Reviewed by Jacky5.0Dec 2019

  • "Highly recommend."

    Our family of 6 plus 1 infant and 1 dog enjoyed a truly wonderful Christmas (2019) get together at Barley House, Talaton. The hosts were absolutely fantastic and on arrival we found a super welcoming hamper, which was both personalised and thoughtful in that it contained some gluten free items for my daughter and a small Xmas gift for my Grandson. We loved the beautiful location which was only a short drive from the coast. The accommodation was very clean, warm and comfortable. We wish we could have stayed longer and definitely hope to revisit one day.

    Reviewed by S5.0Dec 2019

  • "Stunning property in a gorgeous village location."

    People were so warm and friendly, fabulous meal at the Five Bells.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Sep 2019

  • "The owners have equipped the house to a very high standard, kitchen equipment superb and extra touches like welcome note and flowers, along with shower gel and hand-wash provided if wanted was a lovely touch."

    Very welcoming owners.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Aug 2019

  • "A great place in the countryside, beautiful peaceful surroundings."

    accommodation was excellent, could not fault it and would recommend it to anyone going to Devon. Either looking to just relax or as a base to explore Devon.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Aug 2019

  • "The accomodation was absolutely lovely, the hostess was very welcoming, friendly and helpful."

    The gardens were lovely and ideal for walking our dog in a safe environment. The village setting was very pleasant with friendly people in the local pub and the community shop, which was just outside the accomodation. All in all a brilliant place!

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2019

  • "We had a lovely stay over the long Easter weekend."

    The home was very well equipped, making a great first impression on the kids, as did the unexpected welcome pack including an Easter activity and biscuits for the dog. They loved having their own ensuites in the rooms upstairs and we enjoyed the privacy of the downstairs bedroom with its own wetroom in the room next door. Our dog Comet was very happy and settled in well, with the wooden and tiled floors making it very easy to keep clean after walks. It felt very private, with the hosts available when needed and unobtrusive when not - the perfect balance. There was no noise from others or outside. Noise does travel within the Barley home itself, but this was welcome as it made it easy for us to listen out for the kids upstairs. A very good find and one I'm sure we'll return to, especially as there is room in the other homes for other relatives when they come to visit too.

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Apr 2019

  • "The cottage was stunning."

    Refurbished throughout with new bathrooms and kitchen. Comfortable, stylish with everything you need. We enjoyed the bbq outside while the children loved playing in the huge grounds of the main house. A magical place we will be coming back.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Aug 2018

  • "Wow, what a lovely cottage, set in idyllic contryside suroundings."

    The cottage was equipped with everything you might need from dishwasher, washing machine and microwave. Large lounge with plenty of seating and a well equipped kitchen. We had 7 days of pure r & r.

    Reviewed by Ron5.0Aug 2018

  • "Barley House is modern, spacious, quiet, clean and comfortable."

    It is set in lovely grounds close to the owners house. The owners are very friendly, helpful and keen to ensure you have an enjoyable stay. Dogs are made welcome which is great as the standard of other cottages is not always so good when dogs are allowed. Talaton village is small with one shop and a pub which serves typical pub food-generous portions and very friendly staff. There are plenty of other good pubs serving food nearby. It’s a 15-20 mins drive to nice beaches in Sidmouth, Branscombe and Exmouth amongst others. Bikes can be hired at Darts Farm to cycle along the Exe estuary. Our second stay here and hopefully not our last.

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0Apr 2018

  • "Beautiful house, impeccably designed and decorated, very comfy bed and gorgeous bedding, fantastic grounds for the children to play in, lovely hosts, great pub and shop one minute’s walk away, short drive to lovely villages and beaches."


    Reviewed by Sadie5.0Mar 2018

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  • Over two floors
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x super king-size double (zip-linked 6' bed or twin on request) with en suite bathroom, 1 x twin (zip-linkable to 6' double on request) with en suite shower-room
  • 1 x Ground-floor king-size double bedroom
  • Open-plan living area with sitting area, kitchen and dining area with glazed doors to terrace
  • Ground floor shower-room with shower, hand shower attachments, grab rails, basin and WC.
  • Electric panel heaters
  • Microwave, fridge-freezer, washer-dryer, dishwasher, TV with Blu-ray, DVD, WiFi, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request, please bring own linen for cot
  • Off road parking for two cars
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Pub less than 1 mile from property.

The property

Barley House sits at the end of the row and is accessed via a wide, gently sloping paved path.

Inside is a light-filled open-plan living area with big glazed doors to the pretty front terrace.

The cottage has three bedrooms, a ground-floor double bedroom with access to a shower-room and two further first floor bedrooms, a double with en suite bathroom and a twin (zip-linkable to 6' double) with en suite shower-room, both have handsome beams to the apex.

Outside you'll find a little seating area and attractive gravelled terrace adorned with potted plants and pleached trees, and you are of course welcome to use the extensive lawns and grounds.

Talaton House Cottages

In the heart of Talaton is striking Grade II listed Talaton House, a former rectory, renovated from its 18th century origins and surrounded by acres of beautiful parkland and specimen trees. Beside the house, the original stables, Groom's Cottage (975996) and Hayloft (975999) have been finely converted with flair into four excellent cottages, all exceptionally well done with smart design, stylish furnishings, oak/tiled floors and sleek kitchens. A sweeping drive (shared with the friendly owners & main house) leads to the cottages. They all look over scenic parkland alongside the main house and you are welcome to wander the vast lower lawns (picnic benches, barbecue area, dogs on leads welcome) and peaceful circular woodland walk. Groom's Cottage (975996), Gardener's Cottage (975997) and Barley House (975998) each have a gravelled terrace (table/seating) at the front, made private with attractive planting and pleached trees. Loading/unloading outside the cottages; shared parking area, just beyond (10 to 30 yards). An outstanding location; much thought has gone into making these superb places individual, stylish and comfortable.

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

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About the location


Ottery St Mary sits beside the River Otter and is well known for its literary connections to the poet Coleridge and for its beautiful church often referred to as a Exeter cathedral lookalike. Ottery St Mary is also famous for its traditional 'Tar Barrels' which attracts more than 3000 visitors on 5th November each year.