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The Byre

(Ref. 10149)

Truckham Farm near Combe Martin, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

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44 Customer Reviews

  • "Loved every minute just like before thank you so much for having us again ❤️"

    Reviewed by Kirsty5.0Mar 2024

  • "Disappointed the cottage was quite cold when we got there and it took a while to warm up, apart from that the cottage was a great location and good views."

    Reviewed by Jill3.8Nov 2023

  • "Great stay."

    Reviewed by Alex4.4Oct 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, wonderful location"

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Oct 2023

  • "Great location with great views peaceful and ideal base to explore Devon"

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Aug 2023

  • "A beautiful cottage in a perfect location."

    Just about the best cottage we have stayed in. A real countryside retreat, but close to the coast and lots of attractions.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jun 2023

  • "This was a great place to stay."

    It’s usual to believe that the photos on the website give the best impression of the cottage, but if anything they didn’t do justice to the size and quality of the house. The outside area is quiet, with only birdsong and the noise of sheep to accompany your afternoon in the sun. Small point to note: the access is down a half-mile farm access which is a bit steep and bumpy in places, but you need not worry, it’s worth the effort! Just don’t bring the Porsche! Great hosts too.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0May 2023

  • "A perfect retreat in a beautiful setting."

    The hosts are very friendly and couldn't be more helpful. We have already booked our next visit. Well done The Byre - top marks!

    Reviewed by Mark5.0May 2023

  • "It is an amazing property and certainly ideal for our holiday need being quiet and isolated the children were able to make as much noise and not disturb anyone, and being situated on the farm they loved watching he animals."

    The owners were friendly and advice on directions helped immensely on arrival day. The cottage was warm and cosy with all the amenities required and accommodated our need of a travel cot and baby gate. We would definitely like to stay again it will be next year mind as they are fully booked for the remainder of 2023 which shows good quality. Loved every minute

    Reviewed by Kirsty5.0Apr 2023

  • "A truly lovely holiday cottage that is spacious and very comfortable."

    The view is astounding and the cottage worked very well for us as we had our Devon grandchildren visiting. A great base for visiting the North Devon coast.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Mar 2023

  • "The Byre is a cosy, well equipped cottage set in the heart of the North Devon countryside where you can relax free from any traffic noise and with access to an amazing dark sky display (weather permitting)."

    The bed was very comfortable and the shower was also good. Plenty of room in the kitchen for those who tend to self cater, rather than eat out and a decent sized freezer. Nicola and Michael were very welcoming and the cream tea was delicious. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Bernard5.0Feb 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, veiws from the cottage amazing."

    Walks from the door along the coastal path. Had a brilliant week of walking. Definitely recommend this cottage, cosy and warm, and everything you need for a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely cosy cottage in a wonderful setting with glorious views"

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2022

  • "Fantastic, lovely location, well equipped and everything needed for a relaxing holiday."

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely location - very peaceful and tranquil."

    Very comfortable cottage with everything we needed.

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0May 2022

  • "A fabulous cottage with views down the valley from all the rooms."

    A perfect location for walks and visiting many places. Very friendly owners who make you feel welcome and are happy to share information about the local area which is really useful.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0May 2022

  • "Very comfort cottage with wonderful scenery down a steep valley."

    Very restful. The week went far to quick.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Apr 2022

  • "Wonderful stay, perfect location"

    Reviewed by Romana4.7Apr 2022

  • "Great cottage, with great views, and so peaceful."

    Ideally situated to visit lots of different places, all within easy reach,Would definitely stop there again if visiting that area,

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Mar 2022

  • "Stunning location."

    Friendly and helpful (but not intrusive) hosts. Comfortable and spacious accommodation. Wonderful walks in the area. Nothing to dislike or complain about. I rarely say I would go back to a place because there are so many beautiful locations and sites to explore in the UK, never mind the world, but I would definitely seriously consider 'The Byre' again as a future holiday destination, it is just so beautiful and peaceful and yet accessible.

    Reviewed by Heather4.7Mar 2022

  • "This is a lovely place to stay."

    The Byre itself has everything you could want, and is so peaceful. Sitting on the terrace or just looking out of the window at the view of the valley beyond is therapeutic. Nicola and Michael are friendly, laid-back and helpful. We shall go again.

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Nov 2021

  • "We loved our stay at The Byre."

    It’s a lovely cottage, in a peaceful setting with great views down the valley. The cottage was well equipped and has a lovely, private seating area outside. The owners were very friendly and approachable and happy to offer advice about places to visit locally. Thanks for the cream tea too!

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Sep 2021

  • "We loved the Byre and are so glad we chose it for our holiday this year."

    It’s in a beautiful location with loads to do nearby. We would strongly recommend booking through Sykes cottages not Vrbo as we did. Vrbo passed us directly to Sykes having help themselves to over £100. Comparing the same bookings next year Vrbo charge over £200 more for an identical experience. I’ve posted a similar review on the Vrbo website but have no doubt this will be moderated in some way.

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Aug 2021

  • "The Byre is in a beautiful spot, secluded, with stunning views."

    The location, although remote, has easy access to many of the attractions in the area. The hosts made us feel welcome and had lots of tips for things to do in the area. We would definitely recommend and come again!

    Reviewed by Geoffrey4.4May 2021

  • "Found it hard to find as we were not expecting a farm gate (which was shut) at the top of the farm track."

    Reviewed by L3.4May 2021

  • "With an outstanding view and totally peaceful the Byre is well-positioned, well-resourced and comfortable."

    We would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Julian5.0Oct 2020

  • "Very peaceful location with a stunning valley view."

    A steep track down to the property ensures you are secluded, which suited us totally. Nicely furnished and very comfy bed. Perfect for those who want to switch off.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Sep 2020

  • "We had a wonderful time staying at The Byre."

    The cottage is very lovely and the views are fantastic. Everything you need is to hand. Our hosts were great and if you needed to know anything about the area they were able to help and gave suggestions where to visit. We will certainly be back.

    Reviewed by Miss5.0Sep 2020

  • "The setting is so peaceful and relaxing which is just what you need to unwind."

    There are so many places to visit which are only a short drive away including Woolacombe, Putsborough and Saunton Sands which are great for bodyboarding. I would definitely like to stay at The Byre again and the owners are so welcoming and friendly.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Aug 2020

  • "We had a two week stay at The Byre."

    The cottage is lovely and the owners, Nicola and Mike are really helpful and welcoming. The cottage is comfortable, clean and well equipped. Views are amazing, whatever the weather! Our daughter loved watching the chickens and sheep. It’s also a great base for exploring the local area. The beaches are sandy and if you don’t mind a little walk away from the main areas, fairly quiet. We tried Saunton Sands, Woolacombe, Putsborough, Croyde & Barricane. We also visited Arlington Court and the walks around Heddon Valley. Would definitely recommend - a cosy cottage in a beautiful setting.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Aug 2020

  • "The cottage is indeed remote but close enough to local attractions."

    Coombe Martin beach only 10 minutes away. Nestling in a valley the views are stunning and perfect if you need to relax and unwind. Exmoor Zoo fabulous but Coombe Martin Wildlife Park and Zoo not so good. The enclosures for the wolves overcrowded and totally dreadful. Lots of National Trust properties and land in the area. Good attractions for children too.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Sep 2019

  • "It was a lovely little cottage and the owners were lovely."

    ..will definitely be staying here again...

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Aug 2019

  • "The cottage was positioned on a hill with a great view of the valley."

    Owners were very friendly and the cottage gave us everything we needed. Quiet place to relax, read a book. Or visit the neighbourhood for some nice diners or a beautifull sunsets.

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Jul 2019

  • "The holiday was brilliant, the cottage was well prepared and the view was amazing!"

    The owners were very pleasant and helpful.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2019

  • "The Byre is a well appointed cottage with stunning views across the valley."

    The back garden gets the sun virtually all day. The owners are friendly, helpful and provide a cream tea for new arrivals. We stayed when all the lambs and ewes were out in the fields and they provided some good entertainment. The long driveway is a bit daunting the first time but after that its fine as long as you drive slowly. We recommend visiting Arlington Court, Hunters Inn (plus walking routes), Valley of the Rocks (lookout for the mountain goats) and Combe Martin museum.

    Reviewed by Sue4.4May 2019

  • "We stayed at The Byre for a week with a 5-year-old and a 2-year-old."

    The setting is absolutely stunning, surrounded by unspoilt countryside. The owners, Mike and Nicola were wonderfully welcoming and friendly. Nothing was too much trouble for them. They showed the children the lambs in the barn, let us name their new chickens and gave us fresh eggs! The location is superb - a great base to explore the local area (Combe Martin, Ilfracombe, Linton/Linmouth etc) and Mike and Nicola gave lots of great tips too. The cottage is perfectly appointed and child-friendly (including cot, stair gate, high chair). The children adored the stay here and we did too - peaceful and relaxing!

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0Apr 2019

  • "Lovely place, nice to come home to after a day exploring, comfortable private."

    Reviewed by Martine5.0Mar 2019

  • "A very warm welcome received from our hosts."

    Plenty of local information located in welcome pack. A very clean well appointed property. Very quiet location with fabulous views from the property. Excellent menu choices and meals at local pubs and restaurants.

    Reviewed by David4.7Dec 2018

  • "The Byre was a wonderful base from which we were able to explore the beauty of North Devon."

    The owners were laid back, welcoming, helpful and knowledgeable about all the best places to go nearby. Our little girl enjoyed seeing the animals around the cottage, waking early to see the hens outside her window and saying goodnight to them before bed. She still talks about seeing the pigs eating ‘biscuits’. My favourite evenings were spent relaxing in the swinging chair overlooking the hills. We hope to go back soon.

    Reviewed by Simon J5.0Jul 2018

  • "This cottage was absolutely excellent - from the location to the facilities inside."

    I couldn't fault it in any way

    Reviewed by Frank5.0Aug 2017

  • "Brilliant cottage with fantastic views over the valley."

    Well equipped and comfortable. We had a very enjoyable week and the owners were very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Dave5.0Jul 2017

  • "You would find it difficult to find a more peaceful location."

    The view across the valley is absolutely beautiful. This is a real countryside holiday - complete with owls, foxes, rabbits, pheasants and farm animals. Our grandchildren loved it. The owner was very helpful and welcoming but not at all pushy. The long farm track was not a problem - just part of the adventure! Thank you.

    Reviewed by Geoffrey4.6Oct 2016

  • "Lovely barn in very peaceful surroundings with fantastic views."

    Owners very welcoming when we arrived. A hill farm which meant a half mile track from the road but if you go slowly and carefully no problem with your car and it was what we wanted, quiet with lovely views. Lovely and clean with everything you needed in the very nice kitchen. You could override the heating when you wanted some heat and having a wood burner there too if you needed it. A place to sit outside too in good weather.

    Reviewed by Carole4.6Sep 2016

  • "Really nice people."

    Perfect place. can't fault anything about your service or our cottage or our holiday. What more can I say?

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Sep 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king size, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area and woodburning stove.
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, tumble dryer in owner's farmhouse at extra cost, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • EV charger- chargeable at cost
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed lawned rear garden with terrace, furniture and BBQ
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2.5 miles.

The property

Combe Martin 2.5 miles.

A delightful barn conversion on a hill farm, in a courtyard setting across from the owner's farmhouse, and off the beaten track, within half a mile of the Exmoor National Park near the coastal resort of Combe Martin.

This cottage provides a light and airy holiday retreat, with some beautiful views towards Exmoor National Park.

With slate floors, a woodburning stove and contemporary furnishings, this cottage combines rural living with modern amenities to provide temptingly stylish holiday accommodation.

The spacious sitting room overlooks the garden of this cottage, where there is a pleasant terrace to sit and relax and watch the sun setting over Exmoor.

Much of the picturesque North Devon coastline around Combe Martin is owned by the National Trust, providing opportunities for walking the South West Coast Path through dramatic scenery.

There is a pretty sandy beach at Combe Martin and plenty of shops geared towards holidaymakers.

There are many attractions in the area for families, including Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway, Exmoor Zoo and the Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre.

A charming cottage in the country, with access to a variety of activities.

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About the location


Ilfracombe 5 miles; Woolacombe 12 miles; Barnstaple 13 miles.

At the point where the Exmoor National Park and the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty meet, is where you'll find Combe Martin. This small seaside resort, with all of the necessary amenities, is a great attraction to locals and visitors alike, and is home to a very popular beach as well it's own Dinosaur Park! Combe Martin is home to the historic Earl of Rone festival held in May each year and has an annual carnival in August. This is an ideal base for touring, and discovering the delights of North Devon, with Lynton and Lynmouth, Woolacombe, Croyde Bay, Saunton Sands, Ilfracombe and Barnstaple all within easy reach. There are also numerous National Trust properties and gardens waiting to be enjoyed. Surfing at Woolacombe is among the best in the South West, while the South West coastal path passes within a mile. Combe Martin is a great base for enjoying a seaside getaway, with something to keep everybody entertained.

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