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Townend Barn

Lydford, Devon (Ref. 975827)

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi


    • “Super quiet little barn conversion. Very comfortable, with beautiful artwork and a good set of facilities for cooking / a couple of decent pubs in the village. Really nice place. Thanks, Nicholas!!”

    Mr Webster, London, November 2018

    • “I had the most wonderful stay in Townend Barn - it was everything I hoped for, and more. The conversion here is so comfortable and warm and charming and all the facilities, just perfect. Of particular note, the beautiful Steinway grand piano is every pianist's dream, making work and play a glorious experience. And Nick and Tania are friendly, generous and accommodating in every way. Thank you for a wonderful stay! I shall be back!”

    Ms Hiles, Bristol, November 2018

    • “Lovely warm cosy space to return to after walking on the moor. Friendly owners with everything you would expect provided by a Helpful Holliday's property.”

    Mrs Parker, October 2018

    • “We thoroughly enjoyed this holiday, the cottage is in a quiet village and we had a very relaxing week - just what we wanted. It was also great having the piano which I enjoyed playing. If I return to the area I would stay in this cottage again.”

    Mr Bradley, Poole, September 2018

    • “The Barn is a perfect bolt hole for two. It's secluded, peaceful and has all the necessary comfort. Situated in the quiet village of Lydford with a good pub, and Lydford gorge which is not to be miss is just up the road. Plenty of local walks and for cyclist the Granite Way to Oakhampton and the Camel trail are highly recommended. Our host Tania and Nik made us very welcome. The Barn also has a baby grand piano for any pianist, sulphture and art work in the premasis with accompanying literature made interesting reading, well stock with books, DVD etc . Loved the place and surrounding area, a week was not enough !.”

    Mrs Moon, Crawley, July 2018

    • “Townend Barn is set in the heart of Lydford and is within walking distance of Lydford Gorge. The barn is set in it's own wildlife garden at the back of Tania and Nick (the owner's) home, Townend House. There is off road parking. The garden has seating and is very private, peaceful and relaxing. The barn has an open plan kitchen, dining and living room with high vaulted ceiling. There are double doors with a Juliette balcony which makes the room beautifully light and airy. There is a curtain that separates the double bed size bedroom and ensuite shower room from the rest of the living area. , Baby grand piano and artwork make this barn a little bit special. There is a woodburner should you need it in the colder months. TV, DVD and radio are all here should you want to use them. There was everything in the barn that we could have wanted and had a relaxing week. The Castle Inn is within walking distance and we ate here every day as it was so good. Book a table to be sure of one as it did get busy in the evening. The Lydford House Hotel in the other direction serves lovely afternoon cream teas which can be taken of their terrace. Snacks and cream teas are also very good at the Lydford Gorge National Trust café. There is a shop and another pub, The Dartmoor Inn within a mile of the barn. Buses from Lydford are also very good if you would rather take public transport. This is an ideal place for exploring Dartmoor with Tavistock and the B3357 which takes you onto the moor about 8 miles from the barn. Tania and Nick were welcoming hosts who then let you have your own space and privacy to enjoy your holiday. We would definitely stay here again as we love the barn and it's location.”

    Mrs Cook, Lydney, June 2018

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The Property

In the centre of Lydford, a detached cottage converted from the top floor of a barn quietly tucked within the owners acre of garden (small unfenced wildlife pond, friendly ducks and dog), behind their beautiful house. Surrounded by original sculpture and artwork, this is a wonderful retreat from the hurly burly of the modern world. A sloping gravelled path leads to your own lawned garden (table/chairs) and 3 steps up to the front door. Inside, open-plan with oak floors and ceilings to the apex and clever marriage of old and new furniture creating an intimate, cosy atmosphere. Living/dining/sleek kitchen (slimline dishwasher, microwave, fridge, electric cooker) with notable artwork and sculptures, woodburner, fully tuned Steinway grand piano and TV/DVD. Beyond a heavy curtain, a pretty, comfortable double bedroom with beams; shower-room (suite). An elegant cottage from which to explore the magical wilderness of the highest tors.

Lydford: village (two good food pubs, farm shop, church) on Dartmoor’s western edge, famous for its gorge/waterfall (Nat. Trust, very beautiful walk deep in woods) and ruined medieval castle. Granite Way cycle trail; trout fishing in the Lyd; riding stables locally. Sea/beaches, about 25 miles, north or south coasts. Roadford Lake, 9 miles. Tavistock, 5. Brentor’s tor-top church, 3.


Ground Floor

Kitchen Dining Area Lounge Bathroom Double Bedroom


On one level. 1 x double bedroom, open plan living area, with sitting area with wood burning stove and fully tuned Steinway grand piano, fitted kitchen and dining area. Shower-room with shower, basin and WC.


  • Central heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge, dishwasher, TV with DVD, WiFi, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for one car
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Pub less than 1 mile from property.00

Regional Information

LYDFORD Tavistock 6 miles; Okehampton 6 miles. Nestling among mature woodland on the western slopes of Dartmoor, the historic village of Lydford is a jewel in this area of outstanding scenic beauty. To the north, just half a mile away, the high tors come right down to the village edge, while to the south the River Lyd winds its way through Lydford Forest on its tumbling course northwards. Lydford village has an interesting medieval castle and nearby Lydford Gorge (National Trust) with its peaceful woodland walks and White Lady waterfall is a must. The village also has a Post Office, pub and award-winning restaurant. Whether walking the moors, fishing, watching the amazing wildlife or just visiting the many attractions of this stunningly beautiful area, you'll never be lost for something to do. The moorland market towns of Tavistock and Okehampton are both a short drive away.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
  • Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £100
  • Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.