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Bedrooms 4
Space 1,650 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Shared heated indoor pool, en suite bedrooms and log fires - Devon at its best!

Barn Owl is one of nine cottages that have been sympathetically converted from the buildings of a former working farm. Enjoying tranquility, peace and quiet, the cottages are set in a traffic-free, secure setting amidst pasture land, and benefit from beautiful and unforgettable views of stunning countryside. With a heated indoor swimming pool and quality recreational facilities. Barn Owl has a large lounge with wood burning stove, well equipped kitchen, downstairs en suite bedroom ideal for those travelling with elderly family relatives, all bedrooms incl. flat screen TVs with integral, DVD players. Free Wi-Fi, heating, linen, towels etc. all included. Barn Owl has the added advantage of its own private courtyard garden with patio furniture and a barbecue. Barn Owl is part of a complex which benefits not only from the communal indoor swimming pool, but also a games room and external children's play area.

Barn Owl, is the only cottage on this complex rated as 5 star by English Country Cottages and is equipped with a recently, comprehensively refitted kitchen with dishwasher, large fridge/freezer and washing machine and two en suite bedrooms (one located on ground floor ideal for those travelling with elderly relatives). All bathrooms have recently been completely re-fitted and upgraded. Two further spacious twin bedrooms complete the excellent accommodation.

All bedrooms have flat screen televisions/DVD players. The property enjoys a private, courtyard garden with patio furniture and barbecue. There are a wealth of excellent restaurants and pubs in the locality catering for all tastes. A brochure giving details of places to visit, beaches and places to eat is available upon request.

All linen is provided.

A large capacity tumble drier is available in the swimming pool building foyer and there is a great games room ideal for those who want somewhere for the children to enjoy themselves.

More Details

Jonathan/Lesley Mannings
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 January, 2018

About Jonathan/Lesley Mannings

We are a discerning family who travel widely and enjoy high quality finishes and interiors. We have decorated Barn Owl with care and taste in the hope that all will enjoy the property and find it a peaceful and relaxing place to enjoy time with family and friends. Stanley our orange roan cocker spaniel certainly enjoys chilling here!!

Jonathan/Lesley Mannings purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Jonathan/Lesley Mannings chose Ipplepen

Barn Owl, rated by English Country Cottages as 5 star, has been finished to a very high standard with a newly fitted kitchen and three newly fitted bathrooms. For those who enjoy the finer things in life this is the ideal option.

What makes this cottage unique

Barn Owl offers guests a relaxing place to stay ideally located for easy access to the beautiful coastline of the South Hams as well as the rugged beauty of Dartmoor. With interesting towns such as Dartmouth and Totnes closeby and a wealth of attractions including the Dart Valley Steam Railway, Darlington Hall and a number of National Trust properties all within a short drive, this is the ideal place to stay whatever the season. There are also a great selection of local pubs and restaurants serving food to cater for all tastes and budgets and some of the closest even offer a home delivery service.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have just returned from a week stay at Barn Owl - the accommodation is fantastic with newly fitted kitchen and bathrooms. The weather was very kind and our kids took full advantage of the pool and games rooms. Well located too for beaches and places to visit. We will return!
Feb 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Ipplepen in South Hams District

Property Type:
  • cottage (terraced)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Holiday Complex
  • Luxury
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Bath with Shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 4 is located on the first floor and has two single beds, wardrobe, chests of drawers and flat screen TV with digital TV. Two cots are available on request.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
WI-FI is available at Barn Owl cottage.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(13 traveller reviews)

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average rating of 4.923077 based on 15 reviews

Great place

  • 5 of 5

Lovely and comfortable cottage to stay in. My family and I had a great experience staying there for 2 weeks. It was spacious, comfortable, clean and is a short distance from Newton Abbot and Totnes. The children's playroom is great and has everything they needed to be entertained and run around.

The cottages (9 of them) share a heated swimming pool with very clean changing facilities.

It is also very safe for kids to run around the garden and the playground which makes life easy for parents.

I would highly recommend this cottage.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guest Delighted you had such an enjoyable stay - thank you for your review. I hope we can welcome you again. Returning guests enjoy a 10% discount. Best regards Jonathan
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Very comfortable Barn Owl cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a very happy stay. A carefree holiday in a lovely location.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guest Delighted that you had such an enjoyable stay at Barn Owl cottage. Many thanks for your review and we hope that we will be able to welcome you back again soon. Best regards.
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Barn Owl Cottage August 17

  • 5 of 5

The accommodation was exactly like the photos on the web site. The cottage was clean and well equipped. The shared pool and play room was really useful because we had 4 children under 6 years of age. Often we had the pool to ourselves. The adventure playground was also popular. Ipplepen is well placed to get around South Devon, and we had plenty of day trips to beautiful beaches and harbours. Pennywell Farm was a delight, as was the steam train trip and butterfly farm.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

A modern reasonably well equipped holiday home. We had a wonderful stay despite the weather being atrocious. One dry day out of seven. A tumble drier would have been welcomed addition due to the weather. Unfortunately the pool was taken out of the equation, maintenance, which didn't go down well, especially with the grandchildren.

The hedges along approach roads to the property could do with being trimmed back, anything larger than a standard saloon car gets a 'lashing' and can damage paintwork.

The maintenance staff were very helpful and knowledgeable about the surrounding areas.

A good place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guest we are delighted you had an enjoyable stay - just sorry we couldn't have done anything about the weather! Just addressing the issues you raised:- a) There is in fact a large capacity tumble dryer in the entrance to the swimming pool - sorry you didn't find that either. b) With regards the swimming pool it was unfortunate that essential maintenance was required and this meant that the pool was out of action for two days of your stay. c) Devon lanes at this time of year are always looking a bit shaggy, particularly after heavy rain. However, they are unlikely to cause any damage to car paintwork - most of the over hanging plants are just grass and a weeds. Sadly they are not owned by us and we are beholden to the local farmers to keep them trimmed. I am delighted our maintenance staff were so obliging and that overall you rated your stay as 5 star and "ideal". I hope we can welcome you back to the cottage again.
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Great Property in excellent location

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed the cottage with a family of 5 plus Granny in the ground floor room with en suite. On site facilities were great with a lovely warm pool for the kids and plenty of room to run around. Would recommend as a perfect base for a family holiday within an easy drive of all that Devon has to offer.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tim We are delighted you had a great time at Barn Owl and thank you for your excellent review. I hope we will be able to welcome you and your family back on another occasion. With best regards Jonathan
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Cosy, compact rural retreat

  • 4 of 5

Our group of 7 adults, 2 babies and 1 dog spent a lovely (if rainy!) Christmas at Barn Owl Cottage. The owner was really pleasant to do deal with and provided quick and useful communication. This compact rental sits within a mini complex of other holiday homes with a central courtyard between the terraces. Despite this, it doesn't feel overlooked and was very quiet during our stay. It sits atop a hill so we certainly got the brunt of the bad weather, but there are lovely views of surrounding fields when it's sunny. It's worth noting you can't use any of the nearby fields to walk your dog and will have to go further afield. Travelling to Totnes and local villages was easy and quick, and we found a lovely, welcoming church for Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. Totnes is a quirky, quaint town that we really enjoyed visiting and is perfect for gift shopping with afternoon tea & cake!

The furnishings are great for a busy family as they are hard-wearing, if not particularly luxurious. The wood-burner in the living room was easy to use and kept us all really warm, although we didn't really need it with the heating on. The communal games building with toy room and swimming pool was ideal for our party of mixed ages, as we could entertain the small children easily despite the rain. The pool was very clean and had modern changing facilities. There was enough room for two families to enjoy it at the same time, although we rarely encountered this scenario.

The internet/Wifi was pretty slow, but in fairness this is a country hideaway and so this probably isn't your top priority if you stay here! There were a few little niggles with the property that were highlighted through us having babies with us, but the owner was really good about taking steps to improve this. All in all we felt this place represented good value for money during the holiday season and we are really grateful for such accommodating owners. We probably pushed the limit of how many people could comfortably stay here, but with a few less people or more day trips out and about I think it makes an ideal Devon retreat.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Newton Abbot
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Car: recommended

Only four miles from bustling Totnes with its popular market and interesting cobbled streets and easily accessible from the motorway network via the Devon Expressway which is approx 4 miles distant. The beaches of Bigbury, Salcombe, Blackpool sands are all easily accessible as are the beautiful towns of Dartmouth, Chagford and Tavistock. Whether you are looking for walking on the moors, walking on the beaches, or more active pursuits like sailing, water skiing, quad biking or horse riding, this is the ideal location. For culture buffs there are theatres at Exeter, Plymouth and even closer, Dartington Hall offer a rich and varied mix of musical and theatrical events. During the Summer months there is also a varied program of outdoor concerts and events to enjoy. Children will love the nearby Pennywell Park, House of Marbles and Living Coasts as well as Paignton Zoo and the Dart Valley Steam Railway.

Other Activities: Cooking school, quad biking,

Golf: There are two superb golf courses in very close proximity - Dainton is just 5 minutes by car and Dartmouth only 20 minutes.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Ipplepen, South Devon

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
13 Jan 2018 - 9 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
10 Feb 2018 - 17 Feb 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
24 Feb 2018 - 24 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
31 Mar 2018 - 6 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
7 Apr 2018 - 13 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
14 Apr 2018 - 4 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
5 May 2018 - 19 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
26 May 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Jun 2018 - 9 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
16 Jun 2018 - 22 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
23 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
14 Jul 2018 - 25 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 15 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £150
Pet Fee £25

Please note;

1. All the above dates are for 7 days commencing/ending on Saturday (changeover day)
2. A refundable security deposit of 10% of the total cost of the holiday is required up to a maximum of £250.
3. Reservations will only be confirmed on receipt of a deposit and all balances must be received at least 8 weeks prior to your departure
3. Call for short stay rates and special deals

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 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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