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Milk Churn Cottage, perfect retreat, near Dartmoor & Coast. Grade 2 listed.

Bedrooms 2
Space 731 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Barns Grade 2 Listed

Pridhamsleigh Manor Farm is a 16th Century Grade II listed property situated on the Southern edge of Dartmoor National Park and Ashburton. Manor Farm and Barns have undergone a massive restoration by the present owners over the last 2 years, and offer a unique property converted in a contemporary fashion, still retaining the character, beams and quirkiness associated with this type of building. The furnishings are stylish, yet homely and comfortable. The property overlooks an attractive courtyard,with rolling hills, forests and beautiful views all around. Free WIFI.

The barns are an ideal base from which to explore many areas of the South Hams and Dartmoor.

Dartmouth, Totnes,Salcombe and Bigbury On Sea are some of the beautiful locations nearby. Dartmoor National Park is just metres away where you can walk, ride, fish, nearby historic towns such as Tavistock and Widecombe in the Moor and a wide variety of spectacular landmarks.

The property is midway between Plymouth and Exeter.

There are a number of National Trust properties within the area.

Exeter is a beautiful University Town, with Museums, Restaurants, and interesting shops.

Milk Churn Cottage is a Grade 2 listed restored barn with beautiful scissor open beams.It has luxurious new furnishings to make your stay as comfortable as possible.Superb open plan Lounge/Diner Kitchen upstairs with vast beams.Very comfortable yet stylish furniture, and good selection of cooking pots, pans and utensils

Attention to detail in the two bedrooms with stylish yet pretty bedlinen, again with beams, and a fully fitted bathroom with lovely new rain shower and bath,

Plenty of hot water, and luxurious towels, so that you can totally relax.

Outside is a sun trap with old stone walls, table and chairs and umbrella for eating out, or loungers and cushions to relax.

Fantastic in the evening for looking at the stars.

Local Attractions: Dartmoor National Park – Dartmoor National Park is the largest area of open country in England covering some 368 square miles. It is an exceptionally beautiful place to visit at any time of the year, with wide expanses of open moorland, wooded gorges and tumbling rocky rivers.

Buckfast Abbey – A modern Benedictine Abbey with wonderful stained glass windows and gardens. The famous Buckfast tonic wine and honey can be purchased in the gift and produce shops.

The Butterfly Farm and Otter Sanctuary – Situated near the South Devon Steam Railway station. Feed the otters and enjoy the wonderful butterflies in a tropical setting. You can even be an otter keeper for the day!

South Devon Railway – Relax and enjoy the unspoilt views of the river Dart from the comfort of a South Devon Railway, steam or vintage diesel train from Buckfastleigh to Totnes.

Towns: ASHBURTON– A very attractive Stannary town dating from Saxon times. It has a superb selection of antique and craft outlets, together with many interesting shops and eating places, and a lovely bakery, making fresh bread and cakes daily.

BUCKFASTLEIGH Vibrant, lively and with a touch of mystery surrounding it, you’ll discover that Buckfastleigh is one of the most diverse towns in South Devon. The town is dominated by the Benedictine Buckfast Abbey and is a mix of ancient and modern attractions surrounded by miles of prime Devon countryside, wild moorlands and hidden valleys to explore.

TOTNES – An Elizabethan market town with lots of interesting shops and eating places and the ruins of a Norman castle. From the quay take a relaxing boat trip to Dartmouth.

DARTMOUTH– Only a 35 minute drive away, Dartmouth is a Historic town full of narrow streets, art galleries, delicatessens and other interesting shops. It is home to the world renown Britannia Royal Naval College.

Pridhamsleigh Cavern: Opposite Pridhamsleigh Manor Farm is Pridhamsleigh Cavern this is the second longest cave system in Devon and has been accessible for at least 2 centuries. It was presumably revealed, like most Devon caves, by quarrying. A large entrance portal leads to an insignificant crawl into the rest of the system - about 700 metres of so of complex, maze like muddy passages through which a variety of routes can be taken.

If you wish to visit the cave please approach by approved route through the orchard containing the ancient dove cote. There is a fee of £1.50 to the farmer payable down the chute in the wooden kiosk at the gated entrance.


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Wendy Waghorn
Member since: 2011
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About Wendy Waghorn

Graham and I loved this area of Devon and had a holiday apartment in Bigbury, we had renovated 3 or 4 other properties, so when the Manor House and barns came up for Auction we couldn't resist it. It really is a beautiful area. It has been hard work, but very rewarding and it is great seeing guests faces when they arrive as it has a real WOW factor.

Graham's background is TV and film. He worked for the BBC as a Director of Photography and Cameraman on Films and TV for over 25 years. My background was Fashion Buying for 20 years, with a switch over to Interiors Buying and Desisn.

Why Wendy Waghorn chose Ashburton

The brilliant things about this property are the fact that you are tucked away in a small quiet lane yet close enough to the A38 to be able to jump on it and travel around easily (avoiding the narrow country lanes). Plus you are in the middle of countryside and beside Dartmoor, but also very close to the Coast and some beautiful harbours. The history of the building is amazing. Beams galore!

What makes this barn unique

The great thing is we have plenty of space, and so my daughter, and grandchildren can stay whenever they like. My grandson loves it so much he has visited on every school holiday so far.

My grand daughter stayed 4 times during the last Summer holidays.

They love all the coastal areas, and wild horses.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Ashburton in Staverton

Property Type:
  • barn (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 731 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No Bicycles allowed in the property
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Fully fitted bathroom with lots of hot water, lovely and warm. Plus Rainforest shower and shower screen in the bath. Towels, soap,toilet paper supplied. We have a separate baby bath if required.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , Bunk Bed
  • We have a good sized Double bedroom, with Chest of drawers, large mirror, wardrobe, bedside tables and lamps. Lovely Terence Conran bedding and towels. The 2nd bedroom has good sized single bunk beds, plus wardrobe, bedside table and lamps,again, lovely bedding and towels. There is also room for a cot in either of the bedrooms. We have a travel cot which can be made available. Both bedrooms are on the ground floor.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Gated Community
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
This is a delightful property, although called cottage is really a spacious barn, which is perfect for a couple or a family up to 4 people, maybe 5 with a toddler or baby. We have a high chair, travel cot, or blow up mattress, stair gate if required. It has its own entrance and gate, sitting area outside with table and chairs, and 2 loungers. Secure parking and lots of space outside. Superb country position, yet easily accessible to all other areas,


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Milk Churn Cottage, perfect retreat, near Dartmoor & Coast. Grade 2 listed.
average rating of 4.714286 based on 21 reviews

A little slice of Devon

  • 5 of 5

Well located for East Devon. Just off A38 which makes coast and the moors very accessible. We even headed to Cornwall for a day. Although near the road, Milk Churn is very quiet. Property is very clean, modern and well kitted out. Loads of DVDs for when TV has repeats and you want to get away from depressing news programs. Having the heating on for us after a wet and windy day on Dartmoor was especially welcome. Strongly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Suffolk, England

Very nice barn conversion

  • 4 of 5

Milk Churn Cottage is really cosy and is very nicely furnished and equipped. Location ideal for exploring the area. We had a great week. Wendy was lovely, making sure everything was ok and suggesting places to visit and where to eat. Would have been 5 stars but for the A38 being close by (obviously, there is nothing Wendy can do about that of course !!) - not a problem at all when in the barn due to the thick walls, but a little bit too noisy for us when sitting out in the courtyard. This did not detract in any way though from us having a lovely stay.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Got lots of writing done!

  • 5 of 5

We had a really comfortable week's stay at Milk Churn Cottage this Easter. The high vaulted ceiling in the kitchen/lounge area gave a light and spacious feel to the accommodation. Everything was clean and well maintained, beds comfy and shower really good too. Wendy couldn't have been more helpful. It's easy to switch off with so many lovely Dartmoor walks on our doorstep - again Wendy recommended some excellent ones nearby, along with dog-friendly gasto-pubs. Riverford Organics cafe and farm shop (called Ben's) are only a couple of minutes drive away so perfect for stocking up on quality provisions. The close proximity to the A38 didn't trouble me at all - the birdsong drowned out much of the road noise! The wifi was a bit hit and miss though so I needed to get a dongle to aid my research and writing, so I'd recommend that if you need reliable connection. Other than that I can highly recommend Mick Churn Cottage and would be glad to return some day soon.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Baden-Württemberg, Deutschland

Gemütlich, verkehrsgünstig gelegen

  • 4 of 5

Wir haben unsere Zeit im Milkchurn Cottage sehr genossen. Das Wetter war so gut, dass wir morgens und abends draussen essen konnten. Das Cottage ist so schön wie auf den Bildern beschrieben. Unsere 17-jährigen Söhne konnten gut im Hochbett schlafen. Wendy hat alles sehr nett dekoriert. Die Jungs nutzten gerne die Tischtennisplatte draussen. Das Milkchurn Cottage ist verkehrsmäßig sehr günstig gelegen. Man ist gleich auf der Schnellstraße. Dafür hört man draußen etwas den Verkehrslärm. Drinnen hört man aber fast gar nichts. Wir haben jeden Tag etwas unternommen. Wir besichtigten die nahe Buckfast Abbey, hatten einen traumhaften und sonnigen Tag im Dartmoor Nationalpark, spielten als Anfänger Golf in Bovey Tracey, waren am Hafen in Brixham, besuchten Freunde in Weston-super-Mare, liefen ab Dartmouth Castle einen wunderschönes Teil des Coast Path und machten auf dem Rückweg zum Flughafen einen Zwischenstopp im Coldharbour Mill Museum. Wendy war im Buchungsprozess immer direkt über Email zu erreichen. Auch vor Ort stand sie immer für Fragen zur Verfügung. Zum Beispiel als wir einen Münz-Waschsalon oder einen Golfplatz suchten. Vielen Dank liebe Wendy.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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We had a lovely time, thank you!

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely time staying in Milk Churn Cottage. It really is very conveniently located if you want to explore the area, within reach of lovely towns, coast and the moor.

We were made very welcome, toys and books had been put out especially for our three girls, they particularly love the dressing up things. I expected their bedroom to be cramped as we needed an extra bed in there but it was lovely and cosy, nice bedding and the 'spare' bed was very good quality and comfortable. Our bedroom was lovely too, very prettily decorated. With three little ones it was great to have a bath and a shower, although the shower screen did make it a little awkward to bath two at the same time.

Upstairs is a great open plan area, it was nice to be all together. The decor is lovely and there are was plenty of space for five of us. I was a little concerned about the rugs, I think they need a non-slip backing, just to be sure there are no accidents. We did find the TV a bit tricky to operate. Maybe a page could be added to the cottage manual? However it was quite nice to have a break from TV!

The little kitchen is fairly well equipped, nice big fridge/freezer. As a larger group we were using up the crockery quite quickly so it was good always have hot water and of course the dishwasher! I did find the area a bit dark. If there were anyway of adding a bit more light that would be really beneficial for the cook!

We enjoyed using the courtyard and the girls had fun with the outdoor games equipment. We really appreciated the tips that Wendy gave us on where to walk and also tipping us off about Teignmouth beach. We had a lovely day there, it was really convenient as we parked just behind the beach and there were toilets close by. Wendy told us there was a park, cafe and shops nearby too but the girls wanted to spend all day on the beach! The other lovely beach day we had was at Bigbury, only about 40 mins away.

All in all we had a lovely holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your very kind remarks, I am so glad you all had such an enjoyable holiday.We would have happily explained the TV remote if you had asked. The Barn kitchen has high beams and we have 4 spotlights on the beam aimed at the worktop, 3 worktop unit lights, and an oven light over the hob, so I think that is very good lighting, plus a window in the kitchen. It is great that we can offer such a safe area for children to play. I do hope you get the chance to visit us again, your family will be made most welcome. Kind regards, Wendy
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Lovely well equipped cottage with easy access to dartmoor and the coast

  • 4 of 5

A lovely cottage, very well equipped and travel cot, high chair and stair gate all provided for our baby. Big open plan kitchen / sitting room. Good sized bedrooms and comfortable bed. The bathroom is a good size and great with a baby as it has a bath. The bathroom is the only part of the cottage that didn't quite meet the high standard of the rest of the property, just slightly tired looking compared to the rest. We would definitely return for another stay here in the future though!

Nice outdoor area and lots of parking. Outdoor games provided too.

Good location if you want to split time between dartmoor and the south coast.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your superb review, we are so pleased you had a good holiday, and you would like to return. You would be made very welcome. We had a few days gap between a booking, so we gave the bathroom a facelift, to make sure it was up to our impeccable standards. To keep the Barn in the pristine condition that we insist on, we are constantly doing maintenance and repairs.Many thanks again for your kind comments. Best wishes, Wendy and Graham.
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Nearest Airport
23 Miles
Exeter Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
22 Miles
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Stover Golf Course
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
18 Miles
M5 J13
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Broadsands,Preston Beach,Blackpool Sands,
Car: recommended

The history of Pridhamsleigh Manor Farm on the borders of Dartmoor dates back to the 16th Century when it was one of Devons most important properties.Tradition has it that in the 1700's Pridhamsleigh was lost as a gambling debt by the Gould family.

Pridhamsleigh Manor Farm is on the southern edge of Dartmoor,close to the historic towns of Ashburton and Buckfastleigh.

Pridhamsleigh Manor Barns (1860's) are a perfect base from which to explore many areas of the South Hams the coast and Dartmoor. If you have a love of the sea then places such as Dartmouth, Bigbury On Sea and Salcombe easily come to mind or explore Dartmoor where you can walk, ride, fish, white water kayak on the river Dart and visit historic towns such as Tavistock and Widecombe in the Moor.

There are fantastic pubs in Ashburton and nearby on Dartmoor where good food can be enjoyed in a true country pub setting.

PLEASE NOTE: The Manor House and Barns have undergone considerable renovation,google earth does not show this.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday barn in Ashburton, South Hams

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
July Special
14 Jul 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2018
21 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September Specials 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
October Specials 2018
29 Sep 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Half Term 2018
20 Oct 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2018
3 Nov 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Xmas 2018
22 Dec 2018 - 28 Dec 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
New Years Eve 2018/9
29 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Weekend rates or mid week breaks please email Wendy for prices
Free Wifi included
All hot water & electricity included
All towels and bedding supplied

A security deposit of £100 is required
Payment Methods Accepted

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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