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Delightful open plan barn conversion with piano in historic Dartmoor village

Bedrooms 1
Space 538 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps 2, 15 minute walk to the moor, in walking distance of two resturants

Townend Barn is detached and situated in an acre of grounds with Townend House the village of Lydford. The barn is situated behind the main house and the parking is off road. Beautifully converted to a high standard, the barn is open plan but intimate and heated by storage heaters and a very efficient wood burning stove. There is a grand piano to play, two bookcases filled with interesting books for you to enjoy; original paintings and wooden animal head sculptures decorate the walls. Lydford has no street lighting so after an evening meal at one of the three good restaurants in the village you can walk home without worrying who is going to drive. Lydford is a thriving working village and an ideal base from which to have a relaxing and interesting time. The moor is only 15 minutes walk. It is a beautiful unspoilt part of the moor - No ice cream vans or big coach parties. You can find wilderness within half an hour.

Changeover day is Friday.

More Details

Tania & Nick Skeaping
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 July, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks for a lovely few days in the Barn, it was wonderfully relaxing.
Apr 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Lydford in Lydford

Property Type:
  • barn (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 538 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom has a good shower, WC and wash basin. Towels, loo paper and soap provided.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
  • The bedroom can be separated from the living space by a heavy curtain. The double bed is very comfortable with Egyptian Cotton bedding and anti-allergen pillows and duvet. The bedroom area has an oak floor, beamed ceiling and tasteful furnishing. A clock/radio alarm is provided as is a chest of drawers and garment rail for clothes. We can provide a camp bed for a small child (under 5) and a inflatable single mattress for an adult.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Singles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Wifi is available on request. We welcome the use of our washing machine and tumble dryer. We will provide laundry soap. We welcome the elderly or infirm, however please be aware that there are stone steps leading up to the property and an uneven path which can be slippery in wet weather.


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Delightful open plan barn conversion with piano in historic Dartmoor village
average rating of 4.939394 based on 36 reviews

A lovely barn conversion in a blissfully quiet location.

  • 5 of 5

Townend Barn is a lovely holiday cottage behind Nick and Tanya's house, away from the road and looking out onto the garden. The cottage had everything I needed for my stay. Nick and Tania are very welcoming. Lydford is a great location from which to explore mid-Devon - whether up on Dartmoor or towards the coast. I had a fantastic stay and will come again some time.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

A very lovely property in a stunning area! The barn had all of the amenities that we needed to enjoy our stay, as well as a selection of walking and activity guides, and Nick and Tania were very helpful too!

The property was exactly a small pictured, and we would definitely visit again!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
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Beautiful,peaceful.Away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

  • 5 of 5

We had the most restful and peaceful 5 days .The barn had everything we needed.Nick and Tania were so welcoming and helpful.One of the highlights for us was curling up at night infront of the log burner.We highly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
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Beautiful Place away from it all.

  • 5 of 5

Delightful open plan barn conversion with piano in historic Dartmoor village with the lovely Lydford gorge just down the lane.

The Garden and the property were beautifully kept , and the log burning fire was a great delight .

Parking was provided close to the Barn this made loading and unloading very easy .

The location was idea as a base, and we spent many hours in and around the Tavistock area.

The property had all the comforts of home with a lovely garden were you can sit and have your meal in the pleasant surrounding .

The owner provide good customer service and was always at hand with more logs or to answer any quires .

We will defiantly stay here again , and would recommend it to any one who wants a break from our busy stressful world.

  • Review Submitted: 31-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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LOVE, LOVE this adorable Barn ~

  • 5 of 5

What a pleasant time we had here in Devon due to the amazing Barn and Tania! From the moment I contacted Tania, she was so helpful in assisting us in planning our time in Devon. We really appreciated all her efforts! The Barn is clean, great supplies, beautifully situated off the street, very quiet, perfect size for my husband and I, plus, off store parking. I can't say enough wonderful things about this adorable Barn! Run don't walk to rent this place.

  • Review Submitted: 27-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Everything was perfect. Perfect hosts. Perfect accommodation. Perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

Everything was perfect. Perfect hosts. Perfect accommodation. Perfect location.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Mar-2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Exeter International Airport
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Castle Inn, Lydford
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Nearest Train
32 Miles
Exeter St Davids Station
Nearest Motorway
34 Miles
Junction 31 M5
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Castle Inn, Lydford
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Dry Ski Slope
Nearest Beach
38 Miles
Crackington Haven
Car: not necessary

Townend Barn is well located to enjoy a large range of activities. We are in the Dartmoor National Park and just 15 minutes walk (2 minutes drive!) from the moor. Bodmin Moor is a 30 minute drive. We are 10 minutes drive from the towns of Tavistock and Okehampton and 45 minutes from the Cathedral city of Exeter. The market town of Launceston and the bright lights of Plymouth are within easy reach. You can catch a bus to Okehampton or Tavistock (on to Plymouth) in the village. Lydford has no streetlights so the night sky is there in all its glory, perhaps you could take a night walk on the moor for a totally different experience. Lydford Gorge, run by the National Trust and Lydford Castle run by English Heritage are within 5 minutes walk of the Barn. Dartmoor offers horse riding, cycling and walking. Within the hour you can be at the North Cornwall coast for excellent surfing, sandy beaches, rock pools and cliff top walks. There are two golf courses, water sports and fishing nearby

Other Activities: National Trust properties


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday barn in Lydford, Dartmoor

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
6 Jul 2018 - 6 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
7 Sep 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas and New Year
21 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £10

PLEASE NOTE THAT CHANGEOVER DAY IS FRIDAY. Check in time is 15:00hrs check out time is 10:00hrs. All weekly rate prices are for one week's rental including linen and towels, all electricity, storage heating and a basket of logs. We strongly advise taking out holiday insurance. Please check by email first if you wish to bring a dog, a £10 charge is made for each dog. Thank you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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