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Ground Floor

Double Bedroom Bathroom Kitchen Dining Area Lounge




Buster Barn

(Ref. 975739)

Sampford Spiney, near Tavistock, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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111 Customer Reviews

  • "This is a fantastic cottage it has everything you could possibly want for your holiday."

    Best cottage we have ever stayed in. Lovely area with plenty of great walks. Made to feel very welcome by Sally and Monty. Thanks for a great holiday.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Apr 2024

  • "Fabulous property…."

    Met all our expectations and more. After enquiring with Sykes if the bed was a Kingsize …. I was told it was just a double bed ! So was thrilled to find it was a lovely king size bed which was exceptionally comfortable. Hosts Monty & Sally warm & welcoming. Hope to return again

    Reviewed by Pauline4.7Apr 2024

  • "Wow, what a beautiful barn situated in a stunning area."

    Sally and Monty are the most lovely people offering a very warm welcome. Very peaceful and stress free. Fantastic walks which the dogs also loved. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Mandy5.0Mar 2024

  • "Had a lovely stay and felt really relaxed and comfortable."

    The cakes were a lovely touch as well!

    Reviewed by Pete5.0Feb 2024

  • "We have just got back from a few days R&R at Busters Barn."

    Sally and Monty are great hosts (not forgetting Winston the Lab!). If you are looking for a quiet place to chill out and as a base to walk from it's just for you. Warm, cosy and comfortable. Although the weather was extremely wet while we were there the barn was lovely place to return to. The dogs had a good time and settled in straight away. The enclosed garden lovely for dogs. Top Tip : When you travel there. As you get to Tavistock turn off the sat nav and follow the directions Sally has given and you will have no problems finding it.

    Reviewed by David5.0Feb 2024

  • "Can’t praise Buster Barn highly enough."

    Comfortable, warm, home from home, in a spectacular setting. Everything you could need provided. Dogs equally made welcome. Wonderful hosts who couldn’t do enough to ensure your stay was enjoyable . No hesitation in recommending the Barn to anyone looking for peace and quiet in wonderful countryside.

    Reviewed by Toni5.0Feb 2024

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our winter break at Buster's Barn."

    Sally and Monty are considerate hosts, and have created a comfortable and cosy base to explore Dartmoor. The location is great, you can walk straight from the property to enjoy the moor or just as easily navigate to further reaches by car. Whole heartedly recommend for a peaceful and relaxing break.

    Reviewed by Vicky5.0Dec 2023

  • "Great place, had a lovely week"

    Reviewed by Debra5.0Nov 2023

  • "We have just returned from a wonderful break at Buster Barn Sally and Monty are ..."

    We have just returned from a wonderful break at Buster Barn Sally and Monty are lovely hosts Buster Barn has everything you will need comfy and warm The bed is very comfortable The garden is lovely and dog friendly and views are fabulous Thank you for a wonderful stay

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Oct 2023

  • "Fabulous location for complete rest and comfort Very friendly hosts who are helpful and welcoming but not impinging in the slightest Dartmoor is stunning it has a beauty of its own ."

    .dramatic landscape and quaint little villages

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Oct 2023

  • "Buster Barn is just perfect."

    Owners Sally and Monty are very friendly and helpful without being intrusive. It is so peaceful and quiet in a beautiful part of Dartmoor. Great walks from your doorstep and our two dogs loved it.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Oct 2023

  • "Can’t really fault it !"

    Highly recommended it for couples with dogs. The perfect place, sally and Monty have thought of everything, it’s home from home

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Sep 2023

  • "Absolutely perfect cottage in a beautiful location."

    The cottage was clean and contained all facilities and equipment that one would require. We were able to walk with the dogs from the cottage onto the moors with ease in either direction. The enclosed garden was safe to let the dogs out without worrying that they would run off. The hosts were pleasant but not intrusive and left all the facilities to make ample cups hot beverage on our arrival and enjoy the home made cakes they supplied. Sadly we picked the wettest week of the year to holiday and our enjoyment of the great outdoors was severely limited. Despite this there was a coat dryer machine which was ideal. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Sep 2023

  • "A great cottage well equiped in a beautiful part of Devon owned by friendly people who provided us with local knowledge."


    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2023

  • "Buster Barn was a wonderful home from home."

    In a beautiful setting with quite wonderful views. Several local walks on the moor can be accessed directly from the farm with many more sights and activities available just a short drive away. The Barn is well equipped and wants for nothing. The bed is very comfy and the shower just what the doctor ordered. Sally and Monty provided us with a lovely welcome and we would happily recommend Buster Barn to anyone looking for a charming and peaceful break. Thank you

    Reviewed by Bruce5.0Aug 2023

  • "Absolutely beautiful."

    We had such a fabulous week. The cottage (barn conversion) had everything we needed. It is very comfortable and clean and has a lovely private garden. The owners, Sally and Monty, are lovely and kind and even posted my coat back to me that I left behind. Although they live in the farmhouse next door, we felt our stay was secluded and private. We can highly recommend it. I was worried my husband (a city boy at heart) would find being so isolated difficult, but he loved it too. And there are plenty of lovely pubs and small villages within a few miles to explore (a short journey by car). We can highly recommend the Royal Oak pub at Meavy for great food. For a pint, the nearest pub at Walkhampton has a lovely friendly vibe ( we didn't try the food, but apparently, Steak and Ale Pies there are a favourite with the locals). Don't hesitate to book this fabulous find if you are looking for peace and quiet and great walks on Dartmoor.

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Aug 2023

  • "First class service"

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Jul 2023

  • "Buster barn is lovely with glorious views."

    Hosts very friendly & helpful.roads to buster barn very narrow and it's hard to find.

    Thank you for your feedback, we are glad to hear you had a nice stay. We have reviewed the directions provided and they are accurate along with providing What3Words to help you to find the property, we advise guests call us should they be experiencing any difficulties arriving at the property. We are sorry to hear you experienced difficulties finding us and hope it did not cast a cloud on your holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie4.1Jun 2023

  • "A lovely secluded, spacious barn with a beautiful garden, perfectly enclosed for our curious spaniel!"

    Property has everything you need a ideal for exploring Dartmoor. Some lovely walks straight from the barn so less need to take the car out which made a nice change and a relief from navigating the very narrow lanes! The walk up to the pub at Merrivale has a convenient stream and pool which our dog loved especially as we chose the hottest week to stay!

    Reviewed by Maggie5.0May 2023

  • "We only stayed for two days but wish it was two weeks."

    The barn was spacious for its size and the wife and I enjoyed every minute of staying there and waffle our dog had the freedom of roaming the enclosed garden while we sat with a drink in the quietness with just the birds chirping. It truly is the perfect place to unwind and relax. The barn is beautiful and has everything you need from the washing machine to an excellent selection of dvd's for a relaxing night in. My wife is already looking at dates to re- book and we have only been back 2 days. Don't pass this up you will regret it... it is perfect for you and your four legged freind.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0May 2023

  • "Very welcoming hosts and the property exceeded our expectations."

    Beautifully located with views of the tors. Hope to return again soon.

    Reviewed by James5.0May 2023

  • "We had a lovely comfortable, peaceful stay at Buster Barn, also very secure garden for our 2 dogs."

    We were made to feel very welcome and look forward to visiting again

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Apr 2023

  • "Buster Barn is the perfect place for a quiet retreat on the edge of Dartmoor."

    A beautifully converted barn, it is mainly open plan with a sizeable double bedroom and spacious ensuite bathroom / wet room. The whole Barn is very well appointed and equipped and hosts Sally and Monty are kindness itself, always available but never intrusive. They have looked after me wonderfully in the years I've been coming to them. Just don't be surprised by the winding country lanes - it is rural Devon after all!

    Reviewed by Tricia5.0Mar 2023

  • "We spent 2 weeks at buster barn."

    Enjoyed every minute of it. Lots of walks nearby for our dogs. The furnishings were top quality. On days we did not go out there was a big garden for the dogs to roam without fear of getting out. Believe me our little poppy would have found a way out if she could. Plenty of dvd’s to watch. Some films and box sets we hadn’t watched for years and some we wouldn’t normally watch. The barn was warm throughout and all towels and bed linen were top quality too. The owners were very helpful. The kettle stopped working mid week and they provided another straight away. They helped us unpack the car on arrival and milk tea coffee sugar all there when we entered and a box of lovely cream cakes. Also no need to take bubble Bath shower gel hand soap fairy liquid and washing machine liquid and conditioner all there to use. We will definitely be rebooking for 2024.

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Mar 2023

  • "Lovely, comfortable, clean and well equipped withe everything we could need."

    It was warm and having our three dogs with us it was great to have an enclosed garden. The situation was great being on the moor. Perfect.

    Reviewed by Hamish5.0Feb 2023

  • "We had the most wonderful stay at Buster Barn."

    It was just what we needed, time to relax, sit back and hit the STOP button on our busy lives. We absolutely enjoyed our break at Buster barn, its own surrounding were stunning set in beautiful Dartmoor. Just sitting on the sofa looking out the door onto the moor was mesmerising and the little seat in the garden was so peaceful. Opening the patio door for our collie to go out and lie on the little bridge watching the birds, the pond and the water in it !! Monty and Sally were perfect hosts, on hand with advice and guidance but you also wouldnt actually know they were there either, on hand but not intrusive. Buster barn had everything you could think of, wish for or not need! but we are in no doubt that every wish, whim and request was and would have been catered for - if you had forgotten to pack it I am in no doubt it would have been there somewhere!! The property was clean, well decorated and with mod. cons. I loved that there was no mobile signal at the property. Wifi was available if you needed it for emergency contact. At night it got so dark - stunning skies when you got to see the moon and stars (well it was January!) If you could visit heaven on earth, I think Buster Barn would be that place!!

    Reviewed by Natasha5.0Jan 2023

  • "Second stay at Buster Barn."

    Lovely little cottage for two people. Warm and comfortable in beautiful setting. Owners helpful and friendly without being intrusive. The only drawback is for anyone who doesn't like reversing on single track lanes.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Nov 2022

  • "Our third stay and each and every time has been wonderful."

    Sally & Monty are amazing hosts and the location is perfect. The cottage has everything you could need, it is private and well furnished with its own little courtyard & garden. The array of birds to see is on the feeders is astounding! It is peaceful, tranquil & soothes the soul. You can access the moor for a breathtaking scenic walk without driving anywhere and return to home comforts with ease. Two good eating pubs not too far away either. The Mary Tavy Inn & The Peter Tavy Inn. Highly recommend staying here, it’s our go to place for a Dartmoor holiday.

    Reviewed by Morwenna5.0Nov 2022

  • "The hosts were so friendly, offering to show us the way should we miss them on the narrow moor roads."

    Cakes and milk welcomed us and the barn was cosy and friendly. Fabulous for dogs and ideas were given regarding nice walks and places to eat. We only wish that we had been able to stay longer.

    Reviewed by Vanessa5.0Oct 2022

  • "We have just got back from a week stay in Buster Barn with our 2 dogs."

    The barn was in an extremely pretty area and the views from the large garden was breathtaking. The barn was lovely and clean had all the facilities you would need. Bed was comfy and the owners provided blankets for those colder nights too! Will be going back as the position of the barn was great for a walking holiday with dogs. Lanes are narrow as some people have mentioned but after all this is Devon and these places have been around for longer than made up roads anyway! Lanes are all accessible and easy to manage. All in all great week, lovely place and position, owners really friendly and always on hand, Devon is my favourite place. Thanks Buster Barn for having us!

    Reviewed by Christy5.0Oct 2022

  • "Sally and Monty are the kindest, most generous and attentive hosts, whilst still giving guests space and making them feel as though the Barn is their own."

    Nothing was too much trouble. I love staying there. Thank you, Sally and Monty.

    Reviewed by Tricia5.0Oct 2022

  • "Have loved staying in Buster Barn, it’s well equipped and cosy with a beautiful enclosed garden, perfect for dogs."

    The barn feels like the middle of nowhere, with miles of walking across the moors right from the door, yet Yelverton and Tavistock are only a short drive away. The owners are lovely, and left us home made cakes, milk and flowers. Found the lanes in the immediate vicinity to be very narrow and was initially nervous of scratching the car, but actually it was fine. I can’t wait to come back. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Sep 2022

  • "The cottage was great and the location better than expected, its was great to be able to walk the dogs without getting in the car, and they were great walks."

    The hosts were welcoming, but gave us space thank you.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Sep 2022

  • "Fabulous property, idyllically situated."

    Charming, friendly and relaxed owners. Couldn’t be better. The lanes are not for the faint hearted.

    Reviewed by Hugo5.0Sep 2022

  • "We loved everything about out stay at Buster Barn."

    The property itself has everything anyone would need for their comfort. It is clean, well-maintained and has ample storage for clothes etc. It is set in the most idyllic, tranquil spot with glorious views and just the sound of birdsong and the odd sheep to accompany your sitting in the beautiful garden watching spectacular sunsets over the moor. The owners Sally and Monty could not be more welcoming, friendly and approachable. A truly memorable week.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Aug 2022

  • "A lovely cottage in a quiet corner of Dartmoor."

    The cottage was well equipped and in a beautiful location. Thankyou Sally for a wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by Joel5.0Jul 2022

  • "New broadband worked well - reliable mobile phone use."

    Lovely place to stay. Dogs really enjoyed being able to run off-lead in the field and swim in the stream. Garden and arboretum are very pretty - well fenced but the border collie managed to jump over the walls. Great views from the seat at the top. We enjoyed walking on the tors around the farm and along the rivers and around Burrator Reservoir.

    Reviewed by Jo5.0Jul 2022

  • "What an idyllic retreat!"

    Some lovely cakes were left to start our holiday off. The cottage was exactly as described. The surroundings were quiet and peaceful. You could sit out the front and admire the Tors in the distance or laze in the private back garden, listening to birds or watching the antics in the small pond. Entry to the moors was via a gate in the back and you could walk up to Kings Tor and Foggintor Quarry. We even heard and saw Cuckoos in the morning. Thank you Sally and Monty for such a wonderful retreat.

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Jun 2022

  • "Very quiet, clean and comfortable with a friendly welcome."

    This is a fantastic setting for a week in Devon.

    Reviewed by Nayan5.0May 2022

  • "A delightful rural cottage."

    It provided everything we needed and was in a truly peaceful situation. A true ‘escape from everything’.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0May 2022

  • "A very comfortable property with everything one needed."

    Extremely good location for exploring Dartmoor from the doorstep. We particularly appreciated the secure garden for our dog. The views are simply stunning. We hope to be back soon.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Apr 2022

  • "Warmly welcomed by Sally and she and Monty were helpful and very obliging."

    Thank you both for having us in Buster Barn, especially for the various provisions, flowers and delicious cakes. The cottage was clean, very well equipped and a good size. Perfect for relaxing - a true home from home. We did many walks directly from the cottage and loved watching the birds feeding in the garden. We had clear skies on a few nights and just going out the door to the garden and looking up at the night sky and seeing so many stars was a brilliant experience. Thanks again for what was a memorable holiday.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Mar 2022

  • "Wonderful location with amazing views."

    Excellent facilities for our dog, particularly the freedom for her to walk and run safely in fields/grassland attached to the property. The barn provides everything necessary for a comfortable holiday and although it was cold upon arrival, quickly warmed up and stayed warm and cosy throughout our stay (in a rainy cold February) Warm welcome to us and our dog from our hosts which we much appreciated, thank you highly recommend.

    Reviewed by and Mrs4.7Feb 2022

  • "Excellent fully equipped cottage."

    Comfortable lounge furniture, good sized light and airy bedroom with xomfortable bed. Surroundings fantastic with lots of wild birds. Nice touches by owner, including fresh flowers and home made cakes.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Feb 2022

  • "Perfect in every way."

    I love staying here and hate having to leave.

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Feb 2022

  • "Lovely barn in an excellent location for seeing Dartmoor"

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0Jan 2022

  • "Fantastic location."

    Very comfortable cottage. Looking forward to going back.

    Reviewed by Frances5.0Nov 2021

  • "We had a lovelly stay."

    The cottage was clean, warm and cosy and had all the facilities that we needed. It was peaceful and quiet and we had many walks in the beautiful local countryside without needing to drive in our car. Good pubs and shops close by when we needed them. Lovely welcoming touches were flowers on the dresser, delicious home-made cakes, milk in the fridge. The owners checked to make sure we had everything we needed. We will definitely return and recommend the cottage to our family and friends

    Reviewed by John5.0Nov 2021

  • "Beautiful accommodation in a beautiful location with fabulous views Peaceful setting with lots of local woodland walks and gorgeous gardens ."

    Will definitely visit again . Perfect place to relax The barn was homely and provided everything you need. Well equipped for you and your dog to enjoy Thank you xx

    Reviewed by Janette5.0Oct 2021

  • "So peaceful and relaxing."

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Oct 2021

  • "Buster Barn is a wonderful property and Sally and Monty are perfect hosts."

    They went over and above all expectations in making my stay perfect. Absolutely nothing was too much trouble. The property itself is very well appointed and equipped. Thank you, Sally and Monty.

    Reviewed by Tricia5.0Oct 2021

  • "A really lovely clean , comfortable cottage in a beautiful setting."

    Peaceful and a good location for walking out on the moors. We loved it!

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Sep 2021

  • "This cottage is amazing."

    The location is perfect for peace and quiet surrounded by moorland. From a lovely welcome onwards we were made to feel very welcome. The cottage is very well equiped and well maintained. I would recommend this location to anyone wanting to exploor Dartmoor and the surrounding area.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Sep 2021

  • "This was our second holiday at buster barn and we will definitely book again."

    It's a beautiful cottage in the countryside with lots of wildlife, peace and tranquility. Buster barn has everything you need to make it home from home and the owners Sally and Monty are ever so friendly and welcoming. Would definitely recommend as a holiday cottage.

    Reviewed by Rob5.0Sep 2021

  • "Great location, Sally and Monty were very helpful giving advice of where to visit."

    Would definitely recommend Buster Barn, perfect for a peaceful break, great local walks, breathtaking scenery.

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Sep 2021

  • "We had the most wonderful week at Busters barn."

    Beautiful scenery, just the place to relax and get away from the city. Sally and Monty were great, ready with any advise on the area. Would highly recommend Busters Barn. A pet friendly little bit heaven to enjoy!

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Aug 2021

  • "It is literally in the middle of nowhere we had to stop and check the sat nav ..."

    It is literally in the middle of nowhere we had to stop and check the sat nav beware there are lanes so narrow you have to reverse for oncoming traffic which is precarious at times there is no mobile phone signal either and no internet x

    Thank you for your feedback. Our pictures on the website show the rural location of the property. We also advise of the narrow, winding moorland lanes within our website text. The owner has confirmed that there is internet. Mobile signal, however, is intermittent, so a landline telephone is available within the property. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lorna4.4Aug 2021

  • "Fantastic location in extremely well equipped and comfortable converted barn."

    Lovely and cool in very hot weather. Sally and Monty couldn’t have been more helpful and Sally’s cakes are to die for. So peaceful and with walks from the door. Fully recommend.

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Jul 2021

  • "Buster Barn is an idyllic holiday retreat, set in a wonderfully beautiful and peaceful valley."

    The barn is very comfortable and well equipped with extensive gardens to relax in, as well as a nice barbeque area. All the outdoor areas are securely enclosed which is perfect for the dogs! We were definitely lucky with the weather during our stay and in fact it was far too hot to go out walking during the day, but this was not a problem as there are so many walks that can be done from the 'front door' that we easily managed some long walks across the moors in the evenings. There are also some very pretty paths and quiet lanes through the wooded valleys which were cooler! We did not have to drive anywhere at all during our stay such is the range of routes available, which was a huge plus point for us. The hosts were very friendly and welcoming but unobtrusive and we look forward to returning in future years.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Jun 2021

  • "Beautiful little barn in a glorious location."

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Jun 2021

  • "Lovely, full-equipped cottage."

    Warm, clean and comfortable. Has everything you need for a relaxing holiday from cupcakes on arrival to a spare iPhone charger (and everything in between). Loved watching the birds and our little sausage dog was very happy in the contained back yard. Plenty of walks and things to do in the area. Pity about the weather!

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0May 2021

  • "Our holiday was better then we expected."

    It was mine and my partners first UK break and Buster Barn was the peaceful get away we needed. Sally greeted us when we arrived and made us feel so welcome, her cakes were also incredible and such a lovely touch. The property has everything you could need for a break and the garden has incredible views over the surrounding countrysides. The garden is completely enclosed so it was amazing for our border collie who came along with us, and as well as this Sally allowed for us to have access to the field behind the property which meant on the raining days we could still exercise the dog. The property was so quiet all of the time and our break could not have been more relaxing. Highly recommend for anyone who wants to get away for a break in a beautiful area, there are amazing views and walks to enjoy without having to stray far.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0May 2021

  • "We really loved our stay at Buster Barn."

    It is very well equipped, comfortable, homely, spacious and in a stunning setting with unbelievable views. With walks from the door in every direction, we found Dartmoor fascinating with lots of history and folk lore. One week was certainly not enough. The owners were very welcoming and provided many thoughtful additional extras. Maps and books on the locality were especially useful during our stay. If you are active and want to explore Dartmoor, you’ll love it here. If you just want the peace, the wild life and to soak up the views from the garden seat, then look no further.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0May 2021

  • "We had a lovely peaceful time at Buster Barn, had everything we needed supplied there."

    Beautiful scenery all around, hosts are very approachable and friendly but leave you alone to relax . Walks from your doorstep or drive out for varied places to visit or shopping. Our three 10-14 yr old dogs enjoyed their holiday too. We all would have stayed there longer if we could. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Christina5.0May 2021

  • "Busters barn was amazing & very welcoming."

    In a wonderful peaceful setting yet close to lots of walks. The barn was so well equipped with everything you need, as well as very comfortable & warm. A beautiful well kept garden to sit in & enjoy the sounds of the countryside & birdsong. Exceptional.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Apr 2021

  • "A fault on the phone line meant we had no landline or internet for 5 days, in an area where there is no mobile network coverage."

    Though not a problem caused by the owners, they did all they could to accommodate us. A great little property, very comfy and plenty big enough for us and our dogs, with a nice secure garden. Very friendly and attentive owners. Set in a beautiful location, the views from the property have to be seen to be believed.

    Thank you for taking the time to complete your feedback. We can confirm that the phone line has now been fixed by open reach. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roland4.7Oct 2020

  • "The cottage and garden were beautiful."

    It was extremely well equipped. Thank you a lovely break.

    Reviewed by Liza5.0Oct 2020

  • "Buster Barn is perfect for a get away from it all break, furnished to a high standard and with everything you'll need."

    The hosts were welcoming, really helpful but totally I obtrusive. The area is picturesque and we would recommend Buster Barn for anyone wanting a quiet getaway break.

    Reviewed by Lee5.0Oct 2020

  • "Buster Barn is an absolute gem!"

    Lovely cosy comfortable well equipped cottage, very private with beautiful surroundings & breathtaking views of rugged Dartmoor. Sally & Monty are wonderful hosts and couldn’t have been more friendly & helpful. We arrived to a warm welcome & some yummy home baked cupcakes - what could be better? The cottage was also perfect for our Springer Spaniel who we managed to keep out of the pond! It was also nice to sit and watch the array of birds on the feeders which you are given food for to put out for them. Buster Barn really is a home away from home & we will definitely be back for another visit. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Morwenna5.0Sep 2020

  • "Buster Barn was a perfect bit of peace in a rather mad world."

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Sep 2020

  • "The pictures reflected the cottage perfectly."

    It was very comfortable and well-equipped in a fantastic location.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Aug 2020

  • "This is a beautiful cottage, with the best direct walking we have found in our 36 years of visits to Dartmoor."

    Far bigger than anticipated, with outstanding, on site, owners we were extremely comfortable and totally recommend. Perfect.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Aug 2020

  • "Amazing escapism!"

    Buster barn is perfect for those wanting to get away from it all and ideal location for exploring’s on the doorstep, quite literally. Sally and Monty are perfect hosts to go with their perfect cottage. Can’t speak highly enough of the whole holiday.

    Reviewed by Ali5.0Mar 2020

  • "This is our third time at Buster Barn and Sally and Monty always make us feel very welcome, the location is wonderful and with access directly onto dartmoor its a walkers paradise,we."

    will be returning in the not too distant future.

    Reviewed by Glyn5.0Jan 2020

  • "We had a lovely holiday staying at Buster Barn."

    Sally and Monty were so lovely and welcoming & the home made cakes were a lovely treat, especially after such a long drive. Sally and Month have really thought of everything & Buster Barn is lovely, comfortable, cosy and well equipped. We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and would highly recommend staying at Buster Barn to anyone wanting to explore beautiful Dartmoor.

    Reviewed by Naomi5.0Dec 2019

  • "We arrived late at night due to traffic delays but found Monty and Sally there with a warm greeting with lights and heating on."

    There was milk in the fridge and home baked cakes. The cottage and garden are fantastic and the garden was totally safe for our dog. There was every comfort inside the cottage and the views were stunning. We really enjoyed our time there and would have no hesitation in recommending Buster Barn. Certainly if we are down that way again we would rebook the cottage.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Oct 2019

  • "Buster barn is in a beautiful setting."

    Sally and Monty welcomed me and there was fresh milk and homemade cakes on arrival. The photos of the place do not do it's got much more character in real life! We were so sorry to leave so we booked again for next summer!

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Sep 2019

  • "Buster barn is a beautiful peaceful location."

    Ideal for people who want to get away from a busy lifestyle and relax. The setting is just idyllic. Ideal location for exploring south Devon, Tavistock, Totnes and Salcombe which were just a few places we visited. The moors give you the opportunity to walk with the dogs and empty your head and totally feel chilled ! Thank you sally and monty who were there if you needed anything. Lovely cakes waiting on arrival which my husband soon ate.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Sep 2019

  • "This was our first experience of a cottage holiday and we feel that at Buster Barn the bar has been set very high."

    Sally and Monty had thought of everything and gave us a really warm and friendly welcome to their delightful and very comfortable (and warm) cottage. Chris and John

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2019

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and well equipped."

    The owner was very friendly. We had a wonderful peaceful relaxing break. The only downside was the very narrow lanes to get there but don’t let that put you off as it is well worth it once you get there. Also to walk anywhere directly from the cottage is uphill which my husband couldn’t do due to his bad knee so we had to drive to get onto the moor to walk the dog but this wasn’t really any great inconvenience. Overall we had a lovely stay and would highly recommend Buster Barn.

    Reviewed by Janet4.7Sep 2019

  • "Excellent property, wonderful surroundings, helpful and friendly owners who were a pleasure to deal with."

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Aug 2019

  • "Sally and Monty were lovely, very friendly without being at all intrusive."

    The weather was awful but the barn was very comfy and had a great film collection which made the rain a little less frustrating! Roads leading to Buster Barn are not for the faint hearted as they are extremely narrow with hardly any passing points but that was the only downside and the beautiful surroundings upon arrival made it worthwhile.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Aug 2019

  • "A lovely cottage in a peaceful setting with friendly and helpful owners nearby."

    They have thought of everything. Great walks from the cottage and then sitting in the garden with lots of wildlife around. Feels like a place a hobbit could live.

    Reviewed by Guy5.0Aug 2019

  • "We had an amazing stay at Buster Barn."

    The garden was amazing as was the cottage itself, and it had everything you could want. We will definitely miss the place. Our host went out of her way to help us out finding a specific souvenir we were looking for, which was wonderful.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Jul 2019

  • "What a super place."

    The photographs do not do it justice. I almost don’t want to write a review in case someone else wants to book the next time we do! Perfect peace and quiet, very homely and comfortable accommodation and friendly but non-intrusive owner who bakes the most delightful cakes.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jul 2019

  • "We have never stayed in such a beautiful tranquil place before, the owners Sally and Monty made us so welcome ("

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Jul 2019

  • "We had a lovely week staying at buster barn, sally & monty are lovely & we’re ..."

    We had a lovely week staying at buster barn, sally & monty are lovely & we’re very welcoming, it was a lovely place to stay, a home away from home with beautiful scenery, peace & quiet

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Jun 2019

  • "Buster Barn is a beautifully situated property on the edge of Dartmoor, the only drawback being (not the owners fault) is that the last 1/2 mile of lane leading to the barn is a very potholed, leaving us with a ruined tyre."

    Nether-the-less the barn was superb with everything included for a wonderful holiday, even a good supply of videos if forced to 'stay in' because of the weather. The hosts made us very welcome, the home made cup cakes were lovely. For a couple wanting an out of the way holiday Buster Barn is the property.

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0May 2019

  • "Buster Barn is situated in an idyllic spot, is very clean and comfortable and looked after very well by its owners."

    A very charming and relaxing place to stay.

    Reviewed by G M5.0May 2019

  • "Very warm welcome by Sally and Monty to this perfect cottage ."

    Lovely location down lanes full of wild flowers and birds . Walks from the door up onto the Moor away from traffic and totally peaceful.

    Reviewed by Karine5.0Apr 2019

  • "Buster Barn is an extremely quiet haven on the moors so expect to hear nothing but the birds and see amazing scenery!"

    Just what was needed being a 'townie'. The barn itself had everything- a deep bath to relax in, a very large and comfy bed and lounge/kitchen area had everything you needed. Sitting outside in the garden soaking in all the surroundings was just glorious. Sally and Monty were also extremely friendly but unobtrusive. Milk and yummy cakes on arrival were much appreciated so all-in-all a fantastic holiday!

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Apr 2019

  • "We rarely go to the same place twice so this is a top recommendation."

    This place is on the edge of the moor with excellent walks from the doorstep but it’s easy to get to Two Bridges, Dartmeet and Postbridge where many good walks start. One of the nicest Dartmoor towns is Tavistock with good shops, cafes and a gallery. The hosts are very welcoming and the accommodation is spacious, well equipped, warm and comfortable. Internet in very rural locations can be a problem but the dedicated service into the barn achieves enough speed to stream a movie or FaceTime friends. Phone signal is mostly non-existent but picks up within 1km of the Barn; it’s a pleasure to be almost offline anyway. BUT there is a house phone in the Barn which you can use for incoming calls.

    Reviewed by Miranda5.0Mar 2019

  • "This barn conversion was an absolute delight!"

    The location was perfect and the facilities superb. Everything we could possibly need was provided. The owners Sally and Monty were lovely and very helpful.

    Reviewed by Lian5.0Mar 2019

  • "This is our second time at Buster Barn and Sally & Monty,s welcome is as always so warming."

    The walks from the cottage are great and access is straight onto the moor with no need to use the car. The Barn is well equiped warm and cosy and and great to come back to after a long walk with the dog. We will booking the property again in the not to distant future.

    Reviewed by Glyn5.0Mar 2019

  • "Buster Barn is just magical!"

    We needed a get away from it all experience and couldn't have asked for any more. The location is wonderful with walks from the door in all directions. We found beautiful little spots with no-one else around, just a few sheep. The owners were friendly and helpful despite being in the midst of planning their own holiday. The accommodation is very comfortable and allowed us to immediately unwind (which doesn't happen very often) with cosy lounge, bath and shower facilities and a homey feel. We couldn't imagine a better break on Dartmoor. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Feb 2019

  • "Wonderful barn conversion, incredibly kind and generous hosts."

    Stunningly beautiful location. Sally and Monty couldn't do enough to make my stay perfect. My Golden Retriever Tia loved romping in the arboretum and we both enjoyed watching the birds. Best place I've stayed - and I've been fortunate to have stayed in some lovely places. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Tricia5.0Jan 2019

  • "Buster Barn is right in the heart of all the very best walks in Dartmoor."

    It is perfectly situated as a great location and is home from home. We had a fantastic week and the owners couldn't do enough to ensure our stay was pleasant.

    Reviewed by Alex5.0Dec 2018

  • "It was the best one we have stayed in"

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Nov 2018

  • "What a beautiful holiday home, peaceful, clean, a real home from home."

    Sally and Monty make you feel so welcome and the cakes were beautiful along with the milk on arrival. A great base camp for walking, a walk along the disuse Princetown Railway is a must.

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0Nov 2018

  • "Once again, Sally and Monty were the perfect hosts."

    The cottage was immaculate and the homemade cakes were very welcomed. Sally provided milk and there were enough teabags, coffee and sugar to tide us over. There was enough of everything you need to make this a fantastic holiday. The location is superb, with Tavistock being a short drive away, as is Plymouth. Being able to see the stars at night and the serenity of no traffic is truly magical.

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Oct 2018

  • "Everything was provided and we were made to feel very welcome."

    We could not have wished for anyhting more. It was a brilliant holiday which was thoroughly enjoyable. Many thanks.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Oct 2018

  • "Buster barn is an excellent cottage situated in a picturesque setting."

    Very peaceful area with lots to explore. Sally and Monty were very friendly and it was a pleasure to meet them. The cottage itself had everything anyone would need. It was very clean and comfy and for the time of year it was warm inside. I would recommend this cottage to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday as it is very peaceful here and did me the world of good, totally rested now .

    Reviewed by Collette5.0Sep 2018

  • "Monty and Sally were very welcoming and made sure all was to our satisfaction."

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2018

  • "The location and barn is fabulous."

    The owners friendly and helpful. The garden and views are amazing. The area is wonderful for walks and exploring Dartmoor. Our only negative point would be the access as you have around 3 miles of very narrow (and I mean narrow only 1 car width wide) lanes to get to the barn with very few passing places if any for the last 3/4 mile. If you had a new car or were not happy doing a lot of dodgy reversing I would think before booking. We are used to lanes and have an older car which was already scratched so no probs.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Aug 2018

  • "Buster Barn is a fantastic place to stay if you want a rural location in the heart of Dartmoor, and the owners are very welcoming and helpful."

    Reviewed by Reg5.0Jul 2018

  • "Buster Barn is situated in an idyllic, tranquil location with stunning views."

    It was a beautiful setting to relax in after a day out on the moors. The outdoor space is private to the barn. Sally and Monty are friendly and helpful. We were there during the hot weather and they kindly bought a fan to help with cooling the cottage. They are really responsive to their guests and this extra touch added to the enjoyment of our stay. Superb week!

    Reviewed by Lou4.4Jun 2018

  • "The owners of Buster Barn were very helpful without being intrusive."

    The bird feeder provided us with a week of birdwatching at close quarters. There were wonderful walks from the door.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Jun 2018

  • "Peaceful and relaxing holiday in an idyllic location."

    The barn has everything you need for your holiday with very friendly and helpful owners.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0May 2018

  • "Sally and Monty, our hosts were very welcoming and went out of their way to help us."

    Such a comfortable and cosy cottage, even the cats and dog made us welcome. I would highly recommend Buster Barn and look forward to another return visit.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0May 2018

  • "A very comfortable spacious cottage in a peaceful and scenic location."

    Well equipped with a lovey patio area and a private garden with superb views. Sally & Monty the hosts are very welcoming and helpful, immediately making you feel at home. This is a wonderful location for walking, as access onto the Moor is on the doorstep and quick vehicle access to Tavistock, Princetown, or Yelverton allows for easy visits to further afield. This is gem of a cottage, where you can really enjoy your holiday and would be very happy to return to.

    Reviewed by John5.0Apr 2018

  • "Buster Barn is a great base for walking and visiting."

    The walking in the immediate area (starting from the front door) can be tailored into either half or full days. Good moor walking abounds and you’ll likely meet no-one, those we did meet were local and really friendly. Visiting; Tavistock is a lovely centre with interesting shops, deli, wholefood, provisions, gallery and pannier market - oh, and the amazing cheese shop. Okehampton, we were expecting to have flourished since the bypass - not at all, it has a museum and Waitrose! Totnes is right across the moor but always worth a visit as is Bovey Tracy with the Devon Guild of craftsmen in a very imposing mill building - lots of good work there for any budget. And if you visit Belstone, have lunch at the Tors Inn and then go and see David Gundry in his amazing pottery just down the lane. The owners, Sally and Monty live across the yard and are lovely people. The accommodation is very well appointed and spaxious for a 2 person place. It’s very private and has amazing views across to. Line of nearby tors. The nearby villages are worth walking through.

    Reviewed by Miranda5.0Mar 2018

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  • All on one level
  • One king-size bedroom with en suite bathroom
  • Open-plan living area, with sitting area with sofa bed (converts to double bed for alternative sleeping), oak fitted kitchen, dining area and glazed double doors to courtyard.
  • Central heating
  • Microwave, fridge-freezer, washer-dryer, TV with DVD, WiFi, Phone, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request, Off road parking for two cars
  • Enclosed garden with barbecue
  • Three well-behaved dogs welcome at £15 per pet per week
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Note:From the parking area, a gravelled pathway to 5 big uneven granite steps into the property (alternative level access via gravelled courtyard)
  • This is not suitable for anyone who should have mobility issues
  • Note: The WIFI in the property cannot support multiple devices

The property

In the small hamlet of Sampford Spiney, tucked away at the end of a private drive is Buster Barn, a detached single-storey converted granite barn.

You have the best of both worlds here, scenic and secluded, yet close to interesting moorland towns Buster Barn is well placed for exploring wild and rugged Dartmoor.

The spacious open-plan living area with an oak fitted kitchen, (washer-drier, microwave, fridge-freezer, gas hob/electric oven) armchairs and sofa bed (converts to double bed for alternative sleeping), has glazed double doors to the courtyard garden - a lovely place to spend time.

The spacious kingsize bedroom is tranquil and inviting and has a huge en suite bathroom.

Buster Barn is surrounded by an enclosed courtyard where there is a table and chairs, barbecue and ornamental pond (netted), over which a neat little trip trap bridge leads to gently sloping hillside garden and arbour with spectacular long views to a panorama of tors.

You can walk via a small lane to the open moor and Crip Tor and Ingra Tor are both around ¾ mile away.

Further afield, the market town of Tavistock has an indoor pool, cinema and plenty of shops and restaurants, and Plymouth, Devon's Ocean City is within an easy drive.

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

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About the location

Sampford Spiney

A delightful Village nestling in the south-west slopes of Dartmoor. Tavistock has an indoor pannier market, a diverse range of shops, an excellent choice of pubs, bistros, restaurants, a theatre and a cinema, as well as a leisure pool.

Note:From the parking area, a gravelled pathway to 5 big uneven granite steps into the property (alternative level access via gravelled courtyard). This is not suitable for anyone who should have mobility issues.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas