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Newhouse Barton - Barn Owl

Ipplepen, near Totnes, Devon
Grade 5 Star rating


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Sleeps 8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 3
Pets 0
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This property is part of our English Country Cottages collection

An inspiring collection of properties chosen for their character, luxury and heritage, all graded 4 star and above.


Barn Owl has been awarded five-stars and it’s not difficult to see why – it’s exceptionally stylish and guests can enjoy many shared facilities.

"Outstanding variety... situated in beautiful rolling Devon countryside and offering easy access to the many beaches of South and East Devon and the untamed beauty of Dartmoor. With a heated indoor swimming pool and quality recreational facilities, Newhouse Barton has it all"

Whether seeking an active family holiday or a relaxing weekend to recharge the batteries, Newhouse Barton is the perfect location from which to explore the South Hams, the Dart Estuary and Dartmoor. Located midway between Totnes and Newton Abbott, this collection of sympathetically and carefully restored barns and farm cottages enjoy a superb range of on-site facilities including a Roman-style heated indoor swimming pool (no additional charge), a traffic-free and child-friendly setting with young children’s play area and a furnished games room with pool table, table tennis, table football and toys for younger guests.

Nearby there is a range of quality restaurants and pubs serving an excellent range of food to suit all tastes and budgets. The surrounding area offers a beguiling mix of attractions to suit all tastes and ages. The seaside towns and villages from chic Salcombe to Torquay on the ‘English Riviera’, with its palm trees and sub-tropical plants, emanate a Mediterranean feel. Totnes is a 10-minute drive away, with a medieval castle and a thriving arts and crafts scene. Teignmouth is a traditional Victorian seaside resort with a nature reserve at Dawlish Warren, a hotspot for bird watching. Exeter has a world famous cathedral, quays and a shopping centre. For the more active, there’s surfing at Bigbury or visit Haldon Forest, with its cycle and nature trails and Go Ape! For the children, Torbay is easily reached, with Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts.

The wild beauty of Dartmoor is 20 minutes away with its abundance of wildlife and dramatic landscapes. Numerous National Trust properties are close by including Agatha Christie’s Greenway. Steam trains travel from Kingswear to Paignton and Totnes to Buckfastleigh. Visit historic Dartmouth with bustling boat harbour, castle, contemporary art galleries and boutiques. Salcombe with its beaches, sailing and watersports is also easily accessible, as well as Blackpool Sands, Slapton and picturesque Dittisham with its annual crab catching competition. Slightly further afield, East Cornwall and the Eden Project are within an hour’s drive, and the East Devon coast is easily accessible with its unique fishing port at Beer and beaches at Sidmouth and Branscombe. Local shops 1½ miles.

Ground Floor:
Living room:
With wood burner, Freeview TV, Playstation with a selection of games, DVD player with a selection of DVDs, CD player, a selection of children’s games and French doors leading to courtyard.
Kitchen/dining room: Farmhouse style with cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed, Freeview TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
First Floor:
Bedroom 2:
With double bed, Freeview TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
Bedroom 4: With twin beds.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

Night storage heaters, central heating, electricity, Wi-Fi and fuel for wood burner included. 2 travel cots. Payphone (honesty box). Courtyard garden with garden furniture and gas barbecue. Organic food and wine deliveries by arrangement. Please note: This property has a security deposit of £150.

Bed linen and towels included. Highchair. Use of tumble dryer (shared). Barbecue (shared). Games room with table tennis, pool table and table football (shared). Indoor heated swimming pool (shared, 38ft x 16ft, with changing and shower facilities, open all year round 9am - 8pm). Young children’s play area with climbing frame. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Barbecue
  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio
    Enclosed Garden/Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Games Room
    Games Room
  • Highchair
  • Stairgate
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • WiFi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Childrens Play Area
    Childrens Play Area
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle
  • Celebration Houses
    Celebration Houses
  • Active Family Holidays
    Active Family Holidays

Customer Comments

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 02/03/2019
    Overall was a pleasant experience but couple of things let it down. When sitting in lounge was looking out to patio area at a delapitated outdoor storage box with rusting paint tins etc. Toilet seat in downstairs bathroom needs refastning and whole cottage needs a proper clean cobwebs etc down sides of storage heaters plus because key was not left in outside box had to wait 30 mins for someone to let us in! But to be fair our grandchildren and ourselves had a lovely holiday and none of the above would stop us returning..

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 23/02/2019
    Our 2 families had a lovely holiday at Barn Owl. The cottage is very comfortable and the equipment was good, except the lack of a laundry clothes maid and the dryer costing an average of £3 to dry a load. You can't pull up right outside the property, so need to carry your luggage approx 100 metres. We got our shopping delivered by Tesco so that we didn't need to carry that too. Don't let this put you off though. There's loads of room for the kids to play, outside and in the large play room, and the pool is lovely and warm. We were supplied with more than enough wood to keep us warm, but the rest of the heating is by storage heater (which we didn't need to use). We are very likely to return, and have no problem recommending Barn Owl.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 05/01/2019
    We had a truly great week at Barn Owl over the New Years period with our small children. The facilities were perfect for our toddlers with indoor play area outdoor play area and indoor swimming pool which was a particular hit with the kids and a perfect back up plan if the weather is not perfect. The house itself is immaculate, has all the facilities including good Wi-Fi. The location was great for what we wanted - fresh country air and space but still a relatively small car journey to the beach and picturesque villages. Tourist brochures and tips are provided which is a nice touch. What we found very handy as we had small, wonderful but time consuming kids was the ease of getting a Sainsburys’s order in the day we arrived. The owners are very pleasant and helpful confirming things like where we find cots etc. All in all I would and am recommending the trip from london down to the Barn Owl.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 01/09/2018
    We had a lovely week in barn owl. The comments below are made for the owners benefit but did not detract from our holiday enjoyment. We found the cottage very spacious, homely and comfortable and would visit again. The cottage needed a good clean around lights, fittings, ceilings etc. to get rid of dust and cobwebs. A clothes airer would have been really useful too. The dishwasher didn’t clean very well and the sofas were very stained.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for your valuable feedback. We were so concerned about your comments that we visited the property the weekend after you left. We found that there were a couple of cobwebs in the corner of one room but this is a cottage in the country and as such we do get spiders. The clothes airer, was still in the cupboard under the stairs where it always lives. The dishwasher requires a dishwasher tablet in it as supplied but then works perfectly. There were some stains on one of the armchair arms where a previous guest spilt some tea. This has now been thoroughly cleaned. We are pleased that you had such an enjoyable time at the cottage and look forward to welcoming you on another occasion.

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7.7 out of 10 – based on 7 reviews collected by Reevoo
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