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Abbey Cross Barn

Dunkeswell Abbey, near Honiton, Devon (Ref. 976028)

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  • Off road parking
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi


    • “The cottage wasn't particularly clean, lots of cobwebs and flies, windows smeared with dog paw marks, not from our cocker spaniel. The downstairs bathroom smells of damp, insufficient heating in winter. The water due to heavy rain ran coffee coloured which isn't pleasant for brushing teeth and washing in/washing up we certainly wouldn't have had a bath in it. The oven programmer went wring frequently and we couldn't work out how to use the grille, despite the leaflet saying turn to the right. Bedrooms very spartan with no wardrobes. On a positive note the cottage is well equipped but night storage heating wasn't adequate on the first few days when it was cold.”

    Mr Stock, Fleet, November 2018

    • “Lovely cottage and peaceful location with everything you need. The caretaker was very good and helpful. Really good garden and the orchard behind had visits from deer and foxes. Would recommend for a holiday.”

    Mrs Bridge, Tetbury, October 2018

    • “We thought the barn was lovely, the location was amazing. The only down side would be the shower not been very powerful, other than that it was lovely and we have already started telling people about it.”

    Mrs Parfitt, CALNE, September 2018

    • “lovely cottage, maybe we'll come again!”

    Mr Peremans, 1880, July 2018

    • “Abbey Cross Barn is a very comfortable little cottage, perfect for a couple. We had a very relaxing week here, sitting out on the patio and watching the wildlife. There are lots of birds to see and after a while they actually get used to you and hop about on the lawn. The little dear resident in the owners orchard makes the odd appearance every day which is loveley. Watch out for a green woodpecker and the greater spotted woodpecker, we even saw a jay sat on the fence. Its in a great position to go exploring devon, somerset and dorset. Honiton is a very nice little town and probably the closest place for petrol.”

    Mr Zulli, LYTHAM ST. ANNES, July 2018

    • “Great part of the Country to relax or visit other places. The property is in a small friendly hamlet, so very quiet except the wildlife which obviously wasn’t a problem, Wellington or Honiton two small towns are not too far and easy to reach if you need to stock up, the nearest village at Dunkeswell does have a small store to stock up as does Hemyock. Lots to do without having to travel too far makes this property near perfect, you just need the weather which we did. One small thing you do need to know if you are above average height watch your head, the property does have some lower ceilings upstairs. The property also has a lovely large garden to the rear, lots of space for your dog but be aware they might enjoy it so much they probably wouldn’t want to come in on an evening like our dog didn’t. This is our second visit and we will certainly be back. Oh I forgot if your lucky enough and quiet enough you will be surprised at how often the local deer visit the orchard behind the property.”

    Mr Frisby, Doncaster, June 2018

    • “Very well equipped and spacious barn conversion. Very rural and off the beaten track, best way in via Dunkeswell, rather than sat nav instructions. Good day at Seaton including tram ride. Hot day fossil hunting on Charmouth beach. Very interesting cathedral and it's Lego miniature in Exeter along with a wide variety of shops and a small farmers market. Great place to relax and unwind, dog and cat (yes she comes as well) enjoyed the garden and local area.”

    Ms Nicks, Longfield, May 2018

    • “Lovely well equipped cottage except no stairgate for the bottom of stairs to keep dogs and children from going up.”

    Mrs Osborne, OXFORD, April 2018

    • “I paid a cleaning fee! For what? This cottage needs a deep clean! will probably not use Sykes Cottages again, even though I have been reasonably happy in the past, it has put me off! Crumbs and crisps on the floor on arrival lipstick on mugs and sink upstairs old dried egg left on both wooden spoons from previous use cobwebs and spiders every where shower so small, doors really tricky to close tumble dryer broken, had to take home wet washing very disappointed ***Owner Response*** I am so very sorry that there was a lapse in the cleanliness at the time of your visit, and that the drier was not working correctly. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. Both these matters have now been attended to. I do hope that, despite these issues, you still enjoyed your break in East Devon.”

    Mrs King, September 2018

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The Property

Along a country lane on the edge of the tranquil hamlet of Dunkeswell Abbey, half a barn converted into an interesting, rustic-looking, wood-clad cottage, light and airy inside. Good-sized garden (table/chairs, barbecue) overlooking the owner’s apple orchard and small field. Inside, little glass-panelled lobby; pine-floored, L-shaped living/dining room with TV/DVD, iPod dock and French windows to terrace and garden; well-equipped modern kitchen (slimline dishwasher, microwave, freezer, larder fridge, electric cooker) with stable doors to terrace; bathroom (suite with separate shower). Stairs up to small landing (5'6" headroom), off which two bedrooms under the eaves, both overlooking the garden and with limited clothes-hanging space - a double with low sloping ceilings and Velux window, and a twin with dormer window; loo (5'8" lintel, sloping ceiling). Outside is a utility room with washing machine, tumble drier, sink and space for your bicycles. Spring water. A beautiful, peaceful place in which to relax.

Dunkeswell Abbey: sheltered valley hamlet of a few cottages and the ruins of 13th cent. Dunkeswell Abbey itself, 2 miles from Dunkeswell (shop, church); Hemyock (church, pub, shops), 2½ miles. Honiton, 7 miles; airfield (flying lessons, pleasure flights), 2 miles; the sea at Sidmouth, 17, and Lyme Regis, 21; Exmoor and Dartmoor, about 30 miles.


1st FloorGround Floor

Kitchen Living Room Bathroom


Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin. Sitting room with dining area and French windows to terrace and garden. Kitchen and external utility room. Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower, basin and WC


  • Night storage heating
  • Microwave, fridge, freezer, tumble dryer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with DVD, WiFi, Phone, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request, Off road parking for two cars
  • Barbecue
  • One well-behaved dog welcome, Sorry no smoking
  • Note: This property has a private water supply which is tested regularly.

Regional Information

DUNKESWELL ABBEY Honiton is a delightful market town in East Devon, with plenty to offer visitors. It lies in the valley of the River Otter and is surrounded by rolling Devon hills, green wooded valleys and plenty of scattered farming villages.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
  • Note: This property has low head height on the landing (5’6" headroom) and sloping ceilings in the bedrooms. Spring water.
  • Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.