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Charming 2 bedroom cottage in tranquil valley, perfect for families or couples

Bedrooms 2
Space 882 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

2 bedroom cottage with high spec interior and traditional features

Stay a bit longer! We offer a 12 noon check-out on Sundays, where no new guest is arriving on that day. Please let us know if you would like to do this and we'll confirm whether it's OK.

Cowslip Cottage is nestled at the end of a mile-long track that winds its way through rolling hills and a deciduous wood, opening out onto a grassed valley with a meandering stream, before rising to the entrance to the property. Between April and November, you may well pass bullocks that enter the valley to graze, or deer, pheasants, foxes and the other wildlife that make their homes here.

The holiday home is a converted, detached, granite and beam barn (or 'byre') that sits in a tranquil, bowl-shaped valley, approximately 3 miles West of Tiverton, in the heart of the mid-Devon countryside. It shares a courtyard with the main house (Brookham), both being part of a secluded, early Victorian, stone-built smallholding.

The cottage is accessed via its own private patio and lawn, where you can prepare an outdoor feast on the granite barbeque, sit and relax in the sunshine, break out the binoculars or play games on the lawn, all in close contact with fresh air, beautiful scenery and the abundant wildlife of the Devon countryside.

Entering the tiled Hallway, via the timber porch, the wooden stairs lead up to the oak-floored upstairs, housing a well-appointed Kitchen/Diner and welcoming Lounge.

The Kitchen's oak doors hide a wide selection of cooking utensils and tableware, and the solid slate worktop incorporates a double oven and extractor hood, should you decide to 'cook at home', together with a stainless steel sink and drainer. The integrated fridge and washer/drier are housed below the worktop, along with numerous cupboards and drawers. A long, timber table and benches provide ample seating for wining and dining, games or just drinking in the view outside.

The oak-mantled fireplace and stove in the Lounge are set against an old, granite stone wall that reaches up into the vaulted ceiling. The stove is surrounded by comfy furniture and a 32" flat screen TV, where you can watch normal programming, one of the many DVDs provided or any films you have on your hdmi-equipped devices. Or, again, you can sit and watch the countyside scene that is right outside the Lounge windows, as you plan what to do next in glorious Devon.

Downstairs, the Main Bedroom has a very comfortable double bed, with wardrobe, clothes shelves, bedside cupboards, and an adjoining en-suite. The En-suite has a tiled floor, WC, basin, shelving unit, towel rail and deluge shower for freshening-up after that long, scenic walk or fun day at the beach.

The Double Bedroom has cleverly designed beds that can be used as normal twins or slotted together to form a Super Kingsize berth. The room has a built-in wardrobe, dressing table and a comfy chair for those precious moments where there is nothing else you'd rather do than just sit in peace and quiet.

The Bathroom, adjacent to the Double Bedroom, has a tiled floor, toiletries trolley, WC, basin, towel rail and a large, deluge shower.

All rooms are centrally heated, making for a cozy home, even without lighting the stove. Hot water is on demand, and clean fresh bedding, linen and towels are provided. Electricity and oil is included, as well as a small supply of eco logs for the stove.

The cottage has direct access to the 1km footpath that leads to Buzzards, the National Trust woodland, which is home to otters, doormice, rare bat species, deer, fox, owls and, of course, buzzards.

A five minute drive takes you into the historic market town of Tiverton, offering supermarkets, many dining and takeaway outlets, recreation facilities and a refreshing, hassle-free shopping experience.

Given its central location and good road access, Withleigh is a great place from which to base expeditions to any part of Devon, including Exmoor, the North and South Devon coastlines, Diggerland, Dartmoor, the ancient city of Exeter, Exmouth, Halden Forest Park, Torbay and the many other attractions and destinations the county has to offer.

Devon is home to many National Trust venues, including the Knightshayes Court and Estate, Killerton, and the Wellington Monument, which are all close by, as is the opportunity to take a ride on the 'Tivertonian', one of the last remaining horse-drawn barges in the country.

Please be advised that internet bandwidth is limited, and mobile signal poor or absent within the valley. Also, the lane to the cottage is narrow, so please drive carefully. There are a couple of passing places, but these can be difficult to see at night.

More Details

Andy and Angie Eills
Member since: 2018
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 July, 2018

About Andy and Angie Eills

After seeing and falling in love with Brookham, we bought it in 2012 and carefully renovated the house and barn, now known as Cowslip Cottage. Andy works in Devon and Angie manages the house and garden (especially the garden, which takes a lot of effort and determination). Prior to this, we lived in Sussex, and prior to that, we spent four years in the USA, where Andy worked for American Express in Manhatten. Of all the places we have lived, Brookham is the most special. It is just a delightful, little island in a fantastic county.

Andy and Angie Eills purchased this barn in 2012

Why Andy and Angie Eills chose Tiverton

The property is on its own in a bowl-shaped valley, filled with woodland and traditionally farmed fields. It is sheltered from most wind directions, and has a South-facing aspect which benefits from the best of the Devon sunshine. It really is a rural haven, and yet it is only a few miles from town, and not many more to the M5, so it doesn't feel isolated. Maybe that is what gives it its special character.

What makes this barn unique

Peace and quiet in beautiful surroundings

Good standard of accommodation

Centrally located for those who want to reach all parts of Devon


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Tiverton in Tiverton

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 882 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • 12 noon check-out offered for Sunday check-outs, where there isn't a new guest arriving on that Sunday. Please request this and we will confirm.
  • Not suitable for under 7s
  • Minimum stay increases to 6 nights during school holidays
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Deluge shower
    En-suite Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Deluge shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Double Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Singles attach to each other to form a Super Kingsize bed
    Main Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , Main Bedroom has its own En-suite shower room
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services


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Charming 2 bedroom cottage in tranquil valley, perfect for families or couples
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
Lancing, West Sussex

Using my 14 year daughter and her friend’s words in the visitors book ‘enchanting and irresistible’

  • 5 of 5

The open space kitchen and sitting area design located on the upper floor to give the spectacular outside views is so invitingly unique that it lingers in your head long after you have left. Would sincerely recommend any group of four for the experience

  • Review Submitted: 13-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you all enjoyed your stay, and we absolutely agree with your daughter and her friend! Thank you for taking such good care of the cottage.
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A Truly Magical Cottage

  • 5 of 5

It was a bit difficult to find, but once we were there we were blown away by the beautiful countryside views from the cottage. The cottage itself has been modernized and is a great setting for a short or extended stay in this part of Britain, whether for two couples or a family with children.

Whether gazing out the upper story windows of the cottage or enjoying a glass of wine at the table outside, you can't help but fall in love with the cottage and surrounding area. It is a perfect place for day trips to all that Britain's southwest region has to offer.

Thanks to Andy and Angie Ellis for creating this magical cottage. Our only recommendation would be to provide some specific directions for reaching the cottage from nearby Tiverton.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review. We love it too! we have updated our map and directions, so hopefully, we'll be easier to find. Thank you for the constructive feedback. We really appreciate it.
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Cowslip cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Cottage was beautiful could not find fault. Vary quiet, peaceful and relaxing place.vary friendly owners.

  • Review Submitted: 28-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nicely renovated

  • 5 of 5

Very clean. Quiet location. Would definitely return when we need a two bedroom.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely place and location

  • 5 of 5

Great place to in plug and get away from it all. Cottage had all the mod cons needed and more! Thoroughly enjoyed our stay, thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautifully decorated, pristine barn conversion in a tranquil valley

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay. Stunning property that although characterful has a real "nearly new" feel due to the quality of the renovation. Beautifully furnished. Lovely, idyllic location - perfect for a peaceful retreat. Gorgeous. Highly recommend

  • Review Submitted: 18-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Pubs and Bars in Tiverton
Nearest Train
11 Miles
Tiverton Parkway
Nearest Motorway
11 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Restaurants in Tiverton
Nearest Beach
26 Miles
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday barn in Tiverton, Mid Devon

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

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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