3 (all year)
Castlebury Barn is a gorgeous barn conversion in a stunning location. It features all the luxuries you could wish for in a modern holiday home, from ensuite bedrooms to comfortable furnishings, a cosy log burner, and an outdoor wood-fired hot tub with incredible views. The two-bedroom property is on the edge of the East Devon village of Membury in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just a few miles from the Dorset border. There are lots of opportunities for walking and cycling from the door and the UNESCO Jurassic Coast is within an easy drive. The cottage sleeps four people in two ensuite bedrooms, with a flexible layout that suits couples, families or friends. There's also a sofa bed in the living room to accommodate a further one or two guests if required.
Membury is the place to stay when you want to escape the noise and bustle of the daily grind. It's an idyllic spot in the Blackdown Hills, and many visitors make the most of having this pristine, unspoiled landscape for walking and cycling. Climb National Trust Golden Cap for breathtaking panoramic views or, closer to home, the ancient hillfort site of Membury Castle. Alternatively, go south to the South West Coast Path. Even sitting in the garden and birdwatching with the binoculars thoughtfully provided by the owner is a pleasure. The Jurassic Coast is only 20 minutes from Castlebury Barn, putting seaside towns like Lyme Regis, Charmouth, and Seaton within easy reach whether you want to spend a day at the beach paddle boarding, kayaking and fossil hunting, or simply or to pop out for lunch or a drink with a view.
Local attractions include Pecorama, a family-friendly venue with trains, gardens, play areas, picnic spots, and a cafe. The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth is a year-round favourite (with the benefit of free entry), or see the meerkats, otters and other residents of the Axe Valley Wildlife Park. Foodies can take a cookery course at the Riverford Canteen and Cookery School and tour the Lyme Bay Winery. The cathedral city of Exeter is around 45-minutes by car, while Taunton is even closer. There's a huge choice of places to eat, drink, and shop, whether you love to browse the markets or want the convenience of having your groceries delivered to the door.
Castlebury Barn is an oasis where you can unwind and relax with your family and friends. Bookings are available all year round, with short breaks possible depending on availability.
Shelley Cruze joined Independent Cottages in August 2021
Castlebury Barn has been renovated to a very high standard with all accommodation on one level. It's a stylish mix of natural textures, modern finishes, and classic furnishings that come together into a wonderfully welcoming place in all seasons.
Outside: The outdoor space has been skilfully landscaped to be as usable as the interior living area. It's a place you'll love to relax whether in the wood-fired hot tub or lingering over relaxed alfresco meals. The garden is child and pet friendly, with panoramic views over the Yarty Valley. There is an allocated parking area with an EV charging point.
Additional Information: Utilities, WiFi, bed linen and bath towels are included. The cottage is dog-friendly with well-behaved dogs welcome by arrangement. Guests to provide dog and beach towels if they are required. Short breaks are possible outside of peak season, depending on availability. Smoking is not permitted.
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