Orchard Barn offers the perfect combination of coast and country. The gorgeous conversion, which comfortably sleeps four people in two bedrooms, sits on more than eighty acres of private farmland, affording guests all the peace and tranquility they could desire (as well as a nature trail through the woods for leisurely walks). It can be rented on its own or, depending on availability, together with Meadow Barn which sleeps five guests in three rooms, and appeals to families and couples.
Guests are free to explore the farmland and drink in the views which stretch for several miles towards Dartmoor and Exmoor National Park, which is only five miles away. There are endless excellent footpaths, mountain bike trails, bridleways and opportunities for bird watching and fishing in the area. There is no better remedy to stress than a walk through the countryside regardless of whether you’re taking a gentle stroll in the sunshine or relishing the physical challenge of climbing a hill.
North Devon’s coast is an absolute delight no matter if you’re into sand castles or sunbathing, collecting shells or coasteering. Croyde Bay, Woolacombe, Saunton and Putsborough are all within easy reach, as are Westward Ho! and Appledore. Fish for your supper on the River Taw or pick up the catch of the day at Appledore Fish Dock and take it back to Orchard Barn for an unforgettable barbecue.
If you prefer to keep the Great Outdoors at arm’s length, you will still find plenty to keep you happily occupied for the duration of your holiday. Barnstaple is only six miles away, providing you with shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants, an interesting local museum and cinema. It’s the largest town in the area and at the heart of the famous Tarka Trail. One of the best places to browse is at the Pannier Market (closed Sun-Mon) where people have shopped since 1573.
Hatherleigh is an hour’s scenic drive south of Stone Farm, and certainly worth the effort. Not only will you pass through spectacular Devon countryside, but when you get there, you will be greeted by the prettiest sight of traditional thatched and cob cottages dating back to the 1500s. Try to time your visit for Tuesday morning when the market is held. Other places to visit include Ilfracombe, Bideford and Lynmouth, connected by a cliff railway with Lynton.
A holiday at Stone Farm will keep everyone happy. Orchard Barn is a lovely cottage finished to a high standard to provide you with a very comfortable base for enjoying North Devon’s most popular attractions.
Jackie Wildig joined Independent Cottages in August 2017
Orchard Barn is a modern conversion with a traditional layout. It has been finished and furnished to a very high standard to ensure your stay is a comfortable one. It is next door to Meadow Barn, yet both properties are separate and private.
Both bedrooms are up a flight of wooden stairs that lead from the living room. They each have their own television with satellite channels.
Outside: A private patio area features garden furniture and a kettle barbecue for guests to use. It's a lovely sunny spot that is perfect for dining alfresco. Off-road parking is provided. The owners have created a family nature trail through the woods. Guests are free to explore the farmland, which is bordered in part by a stream. Sheep, deer and hares can be spotted regularly. Lockable bike storage is available. Table tennis room available for guest use.
Additional information: Orchard Barn has central heating and WiFi throughout. Linen, towels (including beach towels) and utilities are included in the cost of hire. Body boards, wind breaks, deck chairs buckets and spades are available for guests to borrow. No smoking. No pets. Short breaks may be possible depending on availability. Bank transfer is the preferred payment method.
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