Barnfield is a large, comfortably furnished and well-equipped character cottage in a quiet country village on the edge of the Exmoor National Park north of Barnstaple. It lies within an easy drive of North Devon's finest beaches and the wilds of Exmoor. This baby and pet-friendly cottage is suitable for large families or groups of friends. The cottage has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms (2 en-suite), many living spaces and a secure south-facing suntrap garden with off-road parking for 3 cars. The cottage is well-equipped with facilities for young children and infants and also for up to 3 dogs.
The ground floor offers a good-sized oak-beamed lounge with pine floor, sofas (one being a double sofa bed), armchairs, beanbag, wood burner and Smart TV. A second door gives access to stairs to the first floor.
To the other side of the hall, a door leads to a large kitchen diner with exposed stone walls. Windows provide a view of the garden to the front and down the little lane to the rear. The kitchen is fitted with bespoke units offering plenty of storage space. The big farmhouse kitchen table comfortably seats 8 guests. Cooking is done using a Marshall Stove (think Aga) with two hot plates the main oven and a warming oven. It's the easiest way to cook and means no worries about fiddling with dials, timers and switches! For the keen chef, there are some Aga cookbooks to hand.
Kitchen appliances include a dishwasher, microwave, 4 slice toaster, coffee machine, cafetiere, electric kettle, fridge-freezer, wine rack, knife sharpener and all the necessary pots, pans, crockery, cutlery and utensils to keep every kind of chef happy when preparing meals to suit every occasion.
There are two other doors leading from the kitchen. The first leads to the dining room; another room with exposed stone walls and flagstone floors, that was once the dairy. The dining table made from recycled timber seats 8-10 guests. The oak pew, which seats 4, came from the old Methodist Church in the village.
The second door leads to a utility room and a separate wet room with shower, WC and washbasin. The utility room itself contains a clothes airer and a washing machine.
The door at the other end of the utility room leads to the ground floor bedroom. It is suitable for those who would rather not have to climb the stairs to bed and has zip-and-link beds allowing it to be used as a double or twin room. It's a popular choice for guests as one end of the room comprises folding French Windows leading out onto the terrace and giving level access from the drive. Throw open the doors on a summer morning and let the sun flood in along with the fragrance of the Mock Orange that grows on the terrace. The bedroom has underfloor heating.
A second door leads through to the large games/chill out room which has far reaching rural views across the valley (and stunning sunsets). Once an old stable, it has been converted to create a large living space. It has its exterior entrance via a glass-fronted stable door that leads onto the drive. This high-ceiling room with original oak beams also has underfloor heating. As a games room, it is equipped with table football, X-Box 360, PlayStation 2, Wii, a piano and some traditional family board games. A great place for teenagers to hang out or for use as a second lounge.
Stairs to the first floor lead from the lounge and give access to the other three bedrooms (one en-suite) plus a family bathroom. The master bedroom lies at the end of its own landing and is a spacious, light and airy triple aspect room with some lovely rural and village views. The king-size double bed has a bamboo and memory foam mattress. Wake up to the sound of birdsong or lie in bed and watch the TV. The room has bedside lights for reading in bed, a dressing table, wardrobe and a chest of drawers - plenty of space to hang and store clothes. This bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with power shower, basin and heated towel rail and WC.
The second double bedroom is located at the other end of the cottage. Comprising a double bed with bedside tables/lights, a chest of drawers and built-in wardrobe, it catches the morning sun quite nicely. The old fireplace is now there for decorative purposes.
The third bedroom contains a set of full-sized bunk beds (large enough for the young at heart as well as the young). It too has a space for storing clothes, a bean bag, tiny table and chairs for the Under 5's and even a dolls house. Thee are window locks on the windows and a stair gate which can be attached at the top of the stairs to keep young children safe and secure.
Barnfield is a child-friendly cottage and includes these features - some of which can be found in the third bedroom, the others in appropriate parts of the house:
* Travel cot (please bring your own bedding)
* High chair
*Baby alarm monitor
* Changing Mat
* Plastic plates, bowls, mugs and cutlery
* A collection of children's books
* Fireguard for the wood burner in the lounge
The final room on this floor is the family bathroom. Completely re-fitted with a new suite in 2016, it has a bath with overhead shower, WC, washbasin, airing cupboard and heated towel rail.
The garden surrounds three sides of the house. It has two lawns, flower beds and two patio spaces (one with a fitting for a whirly-gig clothes drier). High stone walls and shrubbery such as clematis and jasmine create a private feel and lovely spaces in which to enjoy picnics, sunbathing and BBQs.