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Hayes Meadow


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Exbourne, near Okehampton, Devon
Grade 4 Star rating
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An ideal location for country lovers with The Tarka Trail footpath and cycle way running close by.

Converted from a 17th-century barn, this property backs onto the attractive courtyard and stables of the owner’s thatched period home and overlooks their orchard and pastures, where guests are free to wander. Hayes sheep farm has lovely views of typical Devon countryside, well-established extensive gardens and a grass tennis court. In the pretty village of Exbourne there is a choice of churches within walking distance, and numerous excellent restaurants/pubs to be found. This is an ideal holiday base for country lovers, with excellent walking, fishing, cycling, golfing and riding. The Tarka Trail long distance footpath and cycle way passes within 2 miles. Okehampton, gateway to Dartmoor, with its wide range of shops, the excellent Museum of Dartmoor Life, and the Museum of Water Power, 4 miles. Chagford and Castle Drogo (NT), 12 miles, and the spectacular Lydford Gorge (also NT), 15 miles. Tavistock and Exeter both within 22 miles. North Devon beaches, 30 miles. Pub within walking distance.

Pitched beamed ceilings throughout. All on the first floor.
Open plan living space.
Living area: With wood burner and Freeeview TV.
Dining area.
Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge.
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Electric storage heaters, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Electricity by £1 meter. Initial logs for wood burner included. Cot and highchair. Garden with garden furniture and barbecue (shared). Use of sauna by arrangement (at cost). Grass tennis court. 2 small dogs welcome, to be kept under strict control at all times (stabling). Stabling available by arrangement. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • WiFi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 27/07/2018
    We enjoyed a great week at Hayes Meadow! Owner + manager were extremely friendly and helpful with any questions/ issues that arose. Would recommend the community cafe for a lovely cooked breakfast! Our children loved playing in the gardens and throwing tennis balls for Megan (family dog). Accommodation was surprisingly spacious and was more than enough for our family of four. Everything was extremely clean and tidy and we were all impressed with the cottage. The only cottage we’ve stayed in that we all want to return to! Thanks again for a lovely stay!!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 13/05/2018
    So lovely so wished we had time to stay longer will be deffiently coming again as soon as possible

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 28/12/2017
    Lovely cottage and lovely people. We stayed at Christmas and they had decorated it for us :) Could not have found a better place to stay. We did not use any of the garden or outside amenities because of time of year. Would certainly book again.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 12/11/2017
    This was our fourth stay at Hayes Barn and once again it was very enjoyable. The village is very pretty and quiet with superb local walking. The only slight problem this time as that the excellent village pub, the Red Lion was temporarily not serving food. There is another very good alternative in the next village, Sampford Courtney but that is a short drive away.

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 10/11/2017
    Nice setting - kitchen minute - despite taking pets we felt they were not really welcome. External lighting non functional over uneven ground and steps.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Pet dogs are welcome but we only accept a maximum of two small dogs. Sometimes guests arrive with large breeds unsuitable for the property and we are strict in not allowing pets in bedrooms or on furniture. With respect to external lighting, there was a temporary problem when security lights did not work properly but that has been fixed sometime ago now.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 22/09/2017
    Third time back - we love it here! The family are always so welcoming and helpful. Love travelling out for days and using this as a base!

  • 2

    Confirmed guest, 25/08/2017
    SPIDERS.. you need to like them they are massive!! We were killing 2/3 a day! The cottage is pretty but it is a glorified flat only on the top level. Very difficult with a dog as the stairs have no carpet so our dogs slipped everywhere and nearly really hurt herself. We took a dog cage as our dog is a rescue dog and her cage is her comfort blanket . The one night we went out for one hour to go and have tea with our two young kids! We left our dog behind secure in her crate , she could not do any damage, the owner let herself in to the property, then proceeded to ring us saying our dog was barking, our dog doesn't bark because she had issues so we know she was lying and she let herself in because she had moved a mat that we moved out the way, she then proceeded to ring us up when we were 30 mins away and make my husband drive all the way back to pick the dog up very unprofessional and not Very nice st all. After that the holiday was ruined we had to take the dog everywhere we didn't dare leave the house for 1 minute because of how she was. Everything is at least an hour away there's no washing machine, dishwasher, the kitchen is tiny very hard to cook a proper meal. You do see beautiful fields all around but there are bills in them so you can't actually use them. The tennis court is good but no net so no need for our tennis rackets. There is also a very happy dog around that caused issues with ours when feeding etc. It is ashame she kicked off really because she ruined what would of been an ok holiday but it's no fun not wanting to come out of your door because your frightened of what hassle you would get. It's not ideal for a dog at all and the £1metre is annoying because it only takes old £1 coins. All in all a rip off as we have paid three hundred pound more and got nothing extra.no washing machine, small flat and then on top of that paying for your electric. When out of season you can get it So much cheaper.I would find somewhere better for your money with less aggressive landlords.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; We know some folk don’t like spiders and they do crop up in the barns which are converted traditional buildings but we can’t kill all the insects there. The specifications and facilities available are all specified on the website and photos illustrate sizes of rooms, kitchen space etc., perhaps these guests missed them. Facilities do not include washing machines/dishwasher but instructions in the barn tell guests where a launderette is. Okehampton is just 4 miles away with three large supermarkets and the launderette. The stairs from the entrance upstairs are not carpeted as they are easier to keep clean and we have had many dogs here of all ages and breeds with never a problem. I asked ones of the guests if he played tennis, he said not but did play football so I put the net to one side so that he and the children could use the children’s goalposts on the grass court, which they did most evenings. The net was still there to the side if they needed it. There were cattle in the fields (not bills), this is a farm. The guest was informed that we do not allow dogs to be left alone and this is also stated in Cottages.com’s booking conditions. Unfortunately they did not adhere to this and went out for an evening and the poor dog howled, both my wife and myself heard it from outside. We could not leave the dog in that state for welfare reasons so insisted they return to collect it. It gave us no pleasure to disturb their evening but we felt we had no choice. We do keep a supply of old pound coins for guests, we gave some to these guests but we will be renewing or replacing the meters before long.

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8.5 out of 10 – based on 11 reviews collected by Reevoo
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