"Orchard Barn House" is set in a 15th century cider orchard next door to the owners Farm House and Weaving Studio. The owners, Susie and David, have recently renovated the Barn House with a rustic/contemporary feel and a love of craftsmanship.
Inside, "Orchard Barn House" is light and bright with wood, stone and one off art pieces. It has a sleek contemporary kitchen and open plan living and dining room with a Scandinavian feel of Eames style chairs, leather sofa, Barcelona glass table and black frameless roof windows which let the light flood in.
There are 3 light and bright double bedrooms with stylish wooden beds, oak flooring and a mixture of stone and wooden walls.
"Orchard Room" is a double bedroom with an ensuite shower room.
“Courtyard Room” is a double bedroom with ensuite shower room.
“Valley Room” is a double bedroom with private shower room.
There is a sunny patio in the orchard for you to relax in which looks over the flax beds which Susie and David plant, harvest and process for Susie to spin into linen before weaving it into her artwork and cushions. It’s amazing to see the vivid blue flax flowers in the summer.
Close by is a supermarket, and excellent restaurants in Totnes, Dartmouth and Brixham. Stoke Gabriel on the River Dart is a few minutes drive away with its two pubs, a cafe and riverside walks.
There are no shortage of things to do in the local area, with kayaking on the River Dart, visiting South Devon’s glorious beaches, walking on Dartmoor and the South West Coastal Path or visiting the historic villages, towns and cities of South Devon.
Sea Kayaking Guided Tours
While you are staying with us, would you like to have a go at Sea Kayaking? Sea Kayaking is a wonderful way to discover the hidden beauty of the coastline and river estuaries of South Devon.
David will be your guide… he is a British Canoeing qualified Sea Kayak Leader and Sea Kayak Coach with many years experience paddling around the South Devon coastline.
If you are new to Sea Kayaking, Torbay is an ideal place to start with its sheltered waters, beaches and rocky coves. The coastline is a UNESCO Global Geopark. It is home to the sea grass beds which are the breeding grounds of our native species of seahorse.
If you are interested in wildlife the Dart Estuary between Totnes and Dartmouth is the place. Seals, Cormorants, Little Egrets, Kingfishers, Herons and a wide variety of seabirds are often seen as we paddle or drift along with the tide in amongst the reed beds and remote side creeks.
For the more experienced Sea Kayakers, the South Hams coastline, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, has a rugged coastline, sea caves, headlands and exposed cliffs for the more adventurous.
Susie Gillespie is an internationally renowned textile artist and her workshop is set in the C15th orchard adjacent to “Orchard Barn House”. Flax is grown from seed in the orchard, harvested, processed and spun into linen for Susie to weave into her artwork. Susie puts on creative weaving courses suitable for both complete beginners and experienced weavers.
Within easy reach are some of the most spectacular all year round walks in the country, from the dramatic South West coastal footpath, the green lanes of the South hams countryside and estuaries, to the ancient landscape of Dartmoor which is a 30 minute drive away.
Villages and towns.
There are no shortage of picturesque and historic villages and towns to visit nearby. Stoke Gabriel on the banks of the River Dart, the historic ports of Dartmouth and Brixham and the unique culture of Totnes with its alternative independent shops and cafes.
South Devon is a brilliant place for sea and river water sports with its fantastic beaches, river estuaries and creeks ideal for sailing, sea kayaking, white water canoeing, surfing, wild swimming and paddle boarding.
There are many National Trust houses, gardens and coastal footpaths to visit nearby. Greenway – home of Agatha Christie, Coleton Fishacre, Compton Castle, Overbecks, Saltram, Buckland Abbey, Anthony, Cotehele, Lanhydrock and Castle Drogo.
Places to visit.
Dartington Hall - for its cultural festivals, Ashburton for antique lovers, Totnes – for it’s Elizabethan Market, Dartmouth for it’s castles and river trips and Sharpham vineyard for wine tasting tours. And if you get a chance a day out at the Eden Project.
For the kids.
We are situated between the seaside town of Paignton and the rural village of Stoke Gabriel on the river Dart so there is plenty to do for you and the children. In the town there is a very good Zoo, a fun waterslide park, a steam railway, a sea life aquarium, prehistoric caves and lots of other family attractions plus 6 or 7 safe family beaches in the sheltered bay. A firm favourite is crab fishing at Stoke Gabriel, Brixham or Dartmouth.
Our nearest beach is Broadsands which is a 10 minute drive away. It is a sheltered beach ideal for young children with all the amenities. Within 30 minutes drive are many remote and spectacular beaches. Bantham (surf school), Blackpool Sands, Gara rock, Hope cove, Mothercombe, Man sands and many, many more for you to discover.
Stoke Gabriel is our local village which is 5 minute drive away or a 30 minute walk via the green lanes. It is on the banks of the river Dart with a couple of cafes and pubs. Steeped in history and surrounded by beautiful countryside, this rural parish nestles into the green rolling hills of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Quay is the perfect place for children to go crabbing, and there are beautiful walks along the riverbank or through the old apple orchard and winding streets of the village.
You can kayak up the river spotting seals, cormorants, kingfishers, herons, little egrets, and a wide variety of other wildlife or down the river to the historic port of Dartmouth
Dartmoor National Park is a 30 minute drive and one of the last great wildernesses in the UK with an inspirational landscape of heather clad moors and rugged tors. It's a landscape quite unlike any other, populated by lofty granite tors, mysterious hut circles and standing stones, ancient woodlands, sturdy clapper bridges, rushing streams, Dartmoor ponies, bustling stannary towns and secluded villages. A wonderful place for walking and exploring.