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Clare Smith

Member since: 2011
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Tranquil Barn Conversion for 4. Outstanding Views in Devon's Glorious South Hams

45 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday barn in South Hams - East Leigh Barn


Converted in 2011 to an exceptionally high standard in a contemporary fashion but retaining the character of a traditional barn complete with lots of beams. The furnishings are stylish, yet homely and comfortable with the pocket sprung beds having Egyptian cotton bed linen & non-allergenic bedding.

The Barn is extremely light and airy, with plenty of natural daylight flooding in through generous glazing panels in the roof, so even on a dull day the Barn still retains its light.

There are two bedrooms, a bathroom and open plan living/dining/kitchen area on the first floor with far reaching views across the Harbourne river valley. There is a ground floor with ample storage, washing/drying facilities and wetroom. An underfloor heating system keeps it cosy when needed. We also have Wi-fi.

There are two 5' beds, one of which may be split into two singles with prior notice, thus making one double and one twin bedroom.

There is also a fully equipped kitchen with microwave, oven, ceramic hob, dishwasher and integral fridge/freezer. All cutlery, crockery, utensils etc provided.

Private, enclosed south-facing patio area with garden furniture & barbecue for al fresco eating. Also perfect for stargazing from as there is no light pollution. Picnic ware is also provided.

There is parking for 2+ cars.

There are numerous National Trust properties nearby, including Greenway, Agatha Christie's holiday home; Cotehele near Saltash; Llanhydrock, near Bodmin; Coleton Fishacre [originally the home of the D'Oyly Carte opera family]; Castle Drogo [designed by Lutyens] the last castle to be built in England;

There are many beautiful beaches too and of course Dartmoor National Park with the Dartmoor ponies.

The surrounding area is well served by some excellent restaurants catering for all tastes.

Approximately 30 and 23 miles away lie the cities of historic Exeter and naval port of Plymouth respectively, with a large range of shops, both high street favourites and more interesting, independent shops. Exeter Cathedral is one of many places well worth a visit and the surrounding Cathedral Green contains many historic buildings. You can also visit Exeter Underground Tunnels which date from the 14th century. These medieval passages beneath Exeter High Street are a unique ancient monument: no similar system of passages can be explored by the public elsewhere in Britain and they are quite fascinating!

In Plymouth, one of many interesting places to see are the Mayflower Steps, from where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail to America. Much of Plymouth was rebuilt after World War II but the remains of Charles Church, on a busy roundabout, remain. It was destroyed by incendiary devices in March 1941 and now looks at odds with its more contemporary surroundings!

Dartington Hall Estate is well worth a visit. In 1925, Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst purchased the neglected 14th century Dartington estate. The Elmhirsts were pioneers, inspired by many innovative thinkers of the time and Dorothy had inherited considerable wealth, which she devoted to founding the Dartington Hall Trust. Dartington rapidly became a magnet for artists, architects, writers, philosophers and musicians from around the world, creating an exceptional centre of creative activity.

It is also the base for the “Ways with Words” literary festival held in July each year. It is a festival of words and ideas and is a vibrant and joyful 10-day event, a chance for those who read books to meet those who write them. The setting is glorious, the atmosphere is invigorating. People come together in spectacular surroundings to share the pleasure and power of language and ideas. The warmth and energy of this lively gathering make it a memorable occasion.

There is a beautiful garden with wonderful herbaceous borders and a tilt yard where jousting took place. In spring, there are camellias, magnolias, azaleas and numerous colourful bulbs. Also, the witch hazel walk is a sight to behold, filling the air with perfume and being under-planted with pretty blue chinodoxas.

The Great Hall is a magnificent medieval building with huge fireplaces and vast beamed ceilings. There is a very good pub/restaurant there too, the White Hart, with a wonderful ambiance and excellent food.

There is also a unique cinema there “The Barn” and the Roundhouse Cafe, serving home-made cakes.

One of the best and nearest beaches is the sheltered, gently sloping, Blue Flag status Blackpool Sands, approximately 9 miles away. There is a beach shop, loos and wonderful award-winning cafe, The Venus, which serves excellent organic, local food and has glorious views too. One could almost believe one was in the Mediterranean when observing the pine trees against the blue skies!

There are several more around the Torquay area and a little further away [approx. 13 miles] is Bantham Beach, a vast expanse of fine golden sand which overlooks Burgh Island with its famous Art Deco hotel. The island and hotel were used in the filming of Agatha Christie's Evil Under the Sun featuring Peter Ustinov who played Hercule Poirot, Maggie Smith and James Mason. Also on the island is the Pilchard Inn, a rustic and charming 14thC inn, perfect for refreshments. You can walk across to the island when the tide is out, or take the unique sea tractor!

Over the years Torbay, Totnes and Dartmouth have all been used as featured locations in the films of Rosamunde Pilcher's books, which have been screened on one of Germany's main state TV channels, ZDF,

For wildlife and history enthusiasts, the Slapton and Torcross areas are worth a visit too. In the early hours of 28th April 1944 8 Landing Ship Tanks full of American servicemen were just off the coast of Devon. Their purpose to take part in Operation Tiger, the rehearsals for the D-Day landings in Normandy. A 32-ton Sherman tank lost in the practice landings was later recovered from the sea bed and is now displayed at Slapton Sands in memory of the 946 American servicemen who tragically lost their lives.Ken Small, who had struggled to raise the tank, received a personally signed letter of appreciation from Ronald Regan!

Slapton Ley is the largest natural lake in south-west England. Although it is only separated from the sea by a narrow shingle bar, it is entirely freshwater.The lake is surrounded by reedbeds, marshes and woodland habitats.You can see many wildflowers on the shingle ridge during the summer including Yellow Horned Poppy and Vipers Bugloss. The nature reserve is the only place in Britain where you can find Strapwort on the lake shore.

You can hear and occasionally see Cetti's warbler all year round. Slapton Ley is an important staging post for wintering and passage birds including Swallows. If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of Badgers, Otters, Dormice and Bats.

In complete contrast to the seascapes is the rugged landscape and wild outdoors of the Dartmoor National Park, with miles of open moorland with wild ponies grazing. You can visit many places including Widecombe-in-the-Moor, upon which the tale of Uncle Tom Cobley is based.

The following places of interest are a further very small selection and are all within a short distance of East Leigh:

National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth;

Pennywell Farm & Wildlife Centre, Buckfastleigh;

Buckfast Abbey, Buckfast;

Kents Cavern, Torquay;

Totnes Castle, Totnes (English Heritage);

Woodlands Leisure Park near Dartmouth;

South Devon Railway;

Paignton Zoo, Paignton;

Dartmouth Castle, Dartmouth (English Heritage);

Ashburton, ancient Stannary town;



Dartmoor National Park;

Sharpham Vineyard & Cheese Dairy, Ashprington;

Canoe Adventures, guided canoe paddling aboard Voyager 12-seat canoes on South Devon’s glorious River Dart;

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Clare Smith (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks English

Guestbook comments from the owner

This well appointed and comfortably furnished barn conversion is an ideal spot for couples and small families and far exceeded my expectations. It is close to Totnes yet is located in a quiet, secluded and picturesque area with broad sweeping views of the surrounding countryside.

My visit was during a dark and cold British winter, and yet my stay here was bright and warm. It is a new conversion and clearly great care has been taken to provide furnishings and kitchen equipment of the highest quality, along with a modern TV/DVD system and wifi. Everything you could need for self-catering is provided. The linens and towels provided were also of very high quality.

I would highly recommend this place - nobody renting this barn would be disappointed!

Thank you Clare and Dennis - you have easily earned 5 stars!
Jan 2013
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Tranquil Barn Conversion for 4. Outstanding Views in Devon's Glorious South Hams
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 56 reviews

Tanya Foley

  • 5 of 5

Lovely well equipped property in great area with outstanding views. Owners couldn't have been more helpful or pleasant and ensured our stay went without a hitch. Highly recommend and look forward to a return visit!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
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A great place to explore South Devon

  • 4 of 5

A great rural and peaceful location, but close to beaches and Dartmoor. Would definitely go again. A great base for exploring.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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Owner's Response: Hi Chas Many thanks for your review. I wonder if I may ask how we could have earned 5 stars from you please? It would be interesting to know how we could improve. Many thanks Kind regards Clare
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Beautiful Barn in Stunning Location

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time during our stay! The barn has been converted to a very high standard. Every last detail has been well thought out. The quality of the interior is excellent and the barn is equipped with everything you may possibly need. The location is stunningly beautiful with fantastic views over the South Hams. Location wise, the barn is central to some of the best attractions in Devon. Clare and Den, the property owners are incredibly helpful, informative and friendly. We had a wonderful stay and I would highly recommend this property for couples and families alike.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Lovely Barn in peaceful location

  • 4 of 5

We have just returned from a lovely 4 day stay in the Barn with our elderly parents. We received a very warm welcome from Den and Clare, the owners who also live on site in their farmhouse. The Barn has been renovated to a very high standard, is well maintained and a lot of thought has gone into providing everything you need for a self catering holiday. Having said that, we only cooked breakfast as we spent our days exploring this beautiful part of Devon. We enjoyed two excellent meals at the local pub The Church House. Day trips included the Round Robin boat, steam train and bus trip to Dartmouth from Totnes; this was a great trip starting with the boat trip down the picturesque river Dart.

The living area of the Barn is on the first floor with stunning views across the rolling Devon countryside. A drink in the peaceful courtyard, catching the last rays of sun was very pleasant.

Our stay was very enjoyable and we would definitely recommend the Barn to our friends and family and we hope to return ourselves.

Our thanks to Den and Clare for a lovely stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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Beautiful barn conversion in lovely setting

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed a lovely week in a beautiful area. Den and Clare were very friendly and helpful. The property was clean, comfortable and well equipped. The local pub served excellent food and Totnes was a good base to use public transport from (buses, boats and trains) with parking at the railway station reasonably priced for the day. The Round Robin trip is well worth doing and several National Trust properties are within easy reach. Overall a very good holiday destination.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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Beautiful and comfortable cottage

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was everything we had hoped for and more. It more than lives up to the listing description. The owners are considerate and welcoming and made us feel comfortable from the start. The facilities in the cottage -both inside and out- are excellent, and the beds in particular are very comfortable. Everything was spotless throughout. We would like to go back ourselves, and would have no hesitation in recommending the cottage to family or friends.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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Nearest Airport
34 Miles
Exeter International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Church House Inn, Harberton
Nearest Ferry
23 Miles
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Dartmouth Golf & Country Club
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
Junction 31 M5
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Blackpool Sands
Car: necessary

East Leigh Barn is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty and is close to the historic market town of Totnes. It is located one mile from the village of Harberton in the South Hams district of South Devon and is within easy driving distance of both the natural beauty of Dartmoor National Park and the stunning South coast.

On some nights, the distant glow of Start Point lighthouse [over 15 miles away] can be glimpsed across the sky.

It has been recently converted to a very high standard, with high quality fixtures/fittings, from a 19thC building in a courtyard setting which comprises the original 17thC Grade II listed farmhouse, together with a further barn. It is placed a perfect mid distance twixt moor and sea and enjoys an enviable, elevated position with far-reaching, south-facing views over and beyond the Harbourne Valley. The view from the Barn extends across the verdant Harbourne river valley, transporting you back to a gentler pace of life, as there is virtually no visible reference to the 21st century.

The hamlet of East Leigh is steeped in history and was even mentioned in the Domesday book of 1086.

In the pretty nearby village of Harberton, you will find the 13thC Church House Inn, which is perfect for a cosy supper or quick drink. There is also a 13thC church, St Andrews, containing a Norman font, 15thC rood screen and octagonal 15thC pulpit.

There are some lovely walks which may be undertaken from the property. The South Devon coastal path has some of the most picturesque and spectacular views. In this region of South Devon, there are also some lovely quaint towns and villages, with many thatched cottages and narrow winding lanes.

Totnes is a picturesque Elizabethan town, with many interesting and varied shops to explore, quaint and characterful tea rooms, a museum, galleries etc. Totnes Castle is one of the best preserved examples of a Norman motte and bailey castle in England. The surviving stone keep and curtain wall date from around the 14th century. You can take trips down the River Dart from Totnes and there is a vibrant market on a Friday in the town square with a wide variety of stalls. On Tuesdays in season, there is also the unique Elizabethan market, where stallholders don their Elizabethan finery!

Please see 'Description' for more places of interest.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday barn in Totnes, South Hams

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 7 2016
7 May 2016 - 27 May 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Late May BH 2016
28 May 2016 - 3 Jun 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 9 2016
4 Jun 2016 - 8 Jul 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 10 2016
9 Jul 2016 - 2 Sep 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 11 2016
3 Sep 2016 - 14 Oct 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Half term
15 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 13
29 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas/New Year
17 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

NB: There is the possibility of negotiating the changeover day if required and depending upon availability.

All bed linen and towels are provided, however, please bring your own beach towels

E & O E

A 30% deposit is required to hold a booking with the balance due 6 weeks before arrival.
For bookings arriving within 6 weeks, payment must be made in full. If payment is not received by this deadline, we reserve the right to re-let the accommodation & the deposit may be forfeited. If cancellation is made within the 6 weeks & we can’t re-let the Barn, the deposit may,once again, be forfeited.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in South Hams in South Devon

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , with handspray fitted to bath
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , wetroom
  • Beautifully appointed upstairs bathroom with double ended bath and fitted handspray, large wash basin/vanity unit, close-coupled WC, heated chrome towel rail, extractor fan and illuminated bathroom cabinet with shaver socket. Fully tiled floor with under-floor heating and Velux type roof light. The attractive groundfloor wetroom is fully tiled with a close-coupled WC, chrome heated towel rail, corner washbasin with cabinet above, thermostatically controlled shower and fold away screen. There is also an extractor fan and Velux type roof light. Towels are provided together with liquid soaps.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 5' kingsize bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , can be split into 2 singles [2.5' each]
  • Deep, comfortable pocket sprung mattresses on divan bases in each bedroom with non-allergenic duvets and Egyptian cotton bedding, with carpeted floors and built in wardrobes [wooden hangers provided] with chests of drawers. Main bedroom overlooks the Harbourne Valley and other bedroom overlooks courtyard. Both bedrooms have a wealth of beamed high ceilings and ample lighting.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
We have been awarded a Four Star grade with Gold Award for our accommodation by Visit England. Please note accommodation is on first floor, so younger children will obviously need supervision in this respect. There is an iPod dock available not a stereo system. Long term rental enquiries welcome in low season.

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