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Higher Bumsley Barn

Parracombe, Devon (Ref. 1046399)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
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11 Customer Review(s)

  • “The property is very isolated, reached down narrow lanes and finally down a long very steep drive half way down the Combe.”

    , some distance outside Parracombe. All walks from the property likewise are very steep. None of this was indicated prior to our arrival! This should be indicated in cottage info.

    , some distance outside Parracombe. All walks from the property likewise are very steep. None of this was indicated prior to our arrival! This should be indicated in cottage info. A larger fridge / freezer would be helpful.... particularly as the barn is so isolated.

    - Mrs Derwent, September 2021

The property

A characterful barn conversion nestled in the beautiful Heddon Valley, offering magnificent panoramic views over the valley to the lake and wooded hillsides beyond, Higher Bumsley Barn is a truly wonderful location to enjoy a break to Devon.

Situated just outside the village of Parracombe in the heart of the Exmoor National Park, the property lies within 50 acres of traditional hill farm, perfect for a family of three or a couples’ escape.

Although still a traditional hill farm with an enclosed field system, Higher Bumsley is now an Environmental/Conservation Farm with a small herd of wild Exmoor ponies, Hebridean sheep, chickens, ducks, geese and cats, and has a site for one of Britain’s rarest butterflies, the High Brown Fritillary.

Being a County Wildlife Site too means you can be witness to a diversity of plant species and wildlife, even spotting red deer in the fields in very early morning, as well as buzzards and peregrine falcons, making this a sublime spot for nature enthusiasts.

The property itself dates from 1862 and has been stylishly converted from a former barn, set just a short distance from the owner's own home, it boasts accommodation all on the first floor.

Upon entering this property over the rustic bridge, you are welcomed into a light and spacious open-plan living space with a vaulted ceiling, with a fully-equipped kitchen and dining area for the budding chef to prepare a mouthwatering meal.

Afterwards you can sink into the inviting sofa and light the woodburning stove, a real luxury on those cooler evenings, before you enjoy entertainment from the TV, with the last of the evening light coming in from the large glass balcony doors.

Throw open the doors and step onto the decked balcony for some alfresco dining on a balmy summer evening or for your morning coffee, soaking up the stunning views over the River Heddon, across wooded hillsides and out to Exmoor.

Retire to one of the two attractive bedrooms, with a double and a single, both excellently decorated and with plenty of storage, as well as enjoying more spectacular views from the windows, served by a spacious shower room.

Spend time relaxing in the garden too, indulging in an afternoon Devon cream tea, or head down into the village of Parracombe to the local pub for a mid-afternoon treat, with more eateries and restaurants to choose from in the seafront town of Lynton or the village of Combe Martin.

An energetic hike or cycle over Exmoor National Park is a perfect way to take in the scenery, revealing outstanding beauty spots and locations for a picturesque picnic, with a public footpath which runs right past the door offering the best place to start.

Visit the wonderful Exmoor Zoo for a great day out, especially with a little one, with the zoo home to a wide range of animals, including the only pair of black leopards on exhibit in the UK!

Head to the stunning beaches of Combe Martin, Ilfracombe, or Lynmouth, great for surfing and water sports as well as paddling and sunbathing, with many hidden coves and bays scattered along the coast, explore the South West Coast Path to uncover some secret secluded places!

Barnstaple also boasts a theatre, cinema, plenty of eateries and nightlife for the young at heart.

For a refreshing retreat to North Devon, book Higher Bumsley Barn.


  • First-floor accommodation with level access from the rear
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Electric thermostat controlled central heating with woodburning stove
  • Purified spring water
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Lawned garden area with bench seating
  • Balcony with table, chairs and parasol
  • Secure mountain bike storage
  • An electric car charger will be installed in due course for overnight charging of electric vehicles
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 5.2 miles, pub 1.9 miles
  • Please note: Check-in from 4pm
  • Note: There is a landline in the property for local or incoming calls only
  • Note: The property is approached by a long partially unmade lane

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About the location


Lynton 4.9 miles.

In and around Parracombe, encounter acres of heather-clad moorland, wooded valleys and crystalline trout streams and if you are fortunate - red deer and the Exmoor ponies. Capture photographs of where the moor meets the sea. Be inspired by majestic cliffs and rocky coves. Guided Exmoor ranger walks are also available both along the coast and inland. 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 for locals and visitors alike, and is home to a very popular beach as well its own Dinosaur Park! Follow the 230 hidden steps down to Golden Cove for some spectacular views. Situated on the South West Coast Path, Combe Martin is also home to several dog-friendly pubs and local stores; great for provisions along your journey. If you fancy getting out on the water, book a chartered fishing or wildlife trip, or alternatively hire a kayak and take to the calm waters in the bay.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas