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The Hayloft

Manaton, near Lustleigh, Devon (Ref. 975818)

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi


    • “Wonderfully spacious & peaceful converted barn”
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    • “Family of 4 (2 boys 13 & 15). We arrived to a warm & friendly welcome from Astrid who introduced us to our accommodation and was only too happy to explain everything in detail. Fresh eggs from the resident chickens and freshly cut daffodils were a nice little extra. An extremely spacious open plan living area that suited us perfectly which made for a relaxing living space. Having an en-suite to all bedrooms was a great boon, especially with 2 teenagers. For those of you who like a real fire the wood burner is just the ticket to get the room nice and cosy. My youngest particularly enjoyed feeding the horses in the adjacent field the odd carrot & apple and making acquaintance with the sheep. This really is a peaceful location which is great for anyone wanting to get away from it all. For those wanting to explore there are plenty a walks to go on. Our boys particularly enjoyed a soggy walk to Becky Falls through the woods, making our way from the bottom up to the Cafe for a well-earned piece of cake & coffee. Following Astrid's recommendation we drove out to Grimspound and walked back to the Hayloft taking in some beautiful views of Dartmoor (very kindly driving me back to pick up the car afterwards). Although on the edge of Dartmoor, Newton Abbot is only 20-25 mins or so away and most other urban areas are easily accessed. All in all this was a fabulous relaxing week and Astrid makes a wonderful host; the boy's definitely want to come back.”

    Andy B, Bournemouth, United Kingdom, April 2018

    • “Astrid and Peter are an extremely warm and welcoming couple and we were all (humans and dog) made to feel at ease from the moment we arrived. There was no mention of 'no dogs in any particular rooms' one of my 'pet hates'! and Astrid showed me around the house without fuss and said if there were any problems to let them know. The barn was warm and so cosy and the Dartmoor walks are always a treat for us. The daily wheelbarrows of logs were another joy, thank you both, as having the stove running all day supplied another level of warmth and ambiance. We look forward to seeing you again soon”

    Mrs Vickery, Exmouth, January 2019

    • “It is our 3rd visit to the Hayloft. We are never disappointed. A great central location for Dartmoor. The accommodation is perfect. Spotlessly clean. Has everything you need for a relaxing break. Owners are so friendly and helpful.”

    Mrs Hudd, BRISTOL, October 2018

    • “The Hayloft is lovely. Plenty of room, and light and airy. It is in an ideal spot, close to many of the well-known sights of Dartmoor, plus there are some lovely walks to take from the grounds, without having to use the car. Astrid and Peter are very friendly and helpful. It was a perfect week, we had a wonderful time. Thank you!”

    Mrs Page, HORSHAM, June 2018

    • “The location of the property was perfect for us. Tucked away behind the owners home it was peaceful and private. There was easy access to Dartmoor and surrounding towns and villages. Lovely local walks for dogs and humans. Decor, furnishings, crockery, cutlery and linen all very nice. Spotlessly clean, beautiful en suites to all bedrooms. Wonderful warm welcome by the owners and their children.”

    Mr Aylward, LANCING, May 2018

    • “The Hayloft is perfect, a lovely, peaceful location, a stylish but comfortable home from home (it does not feel remotely like a holiday let) with everything so thoughtfully & kindly provided by Astrid and Peter. We could not have wished or asked for more. It was hard to tear ourselves away and head for home but we were of one mind, we would all love to return! A big thank you.”

    Miss Purdy, SOUTHSEA, April 2018

    • “We have booked with HH for the past 4 years and we have not been disappointed once. This year cottage was The Hayloft Devon in the Dartmoor National Park. We was warmly met by the owner Astrid who was fantastic and very helpful infoming us of some nice places to walk too and visit . The barn was very clean and very well equipped for a great stay Great log burner. A nice plus was 2 lambs were born on our third day and was lovely to see. I would not think twice in recommending this property to anyone. Roll on to next year for our next helpful holiday property .”

    Mr McDermott, BARKING, April 2018

    • “Lovely location, quiet & peacful. We felt very welcome by the owners and although we had no issues at all during our stay there was always the offer of help if we were to need anything. A thoroughly relaxing week.”

    Bessant, Ferndown, March 2018

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The Property

400 yards from the pub in Manaton, in the peaceful hamlet of Water, a beautiful cottage converted from a hayloft above granite stables (horses/sheep occasionally) beyond the owners' ancient farmhouse. Enclosed courtyard (table/chairs) immediately to the side and, beyond the owners' walled garden, your own enclosed private garden (picnic bench). You are welcome to wander the 9 acres of gardens, pond (unfenced) and fields (sheep, horses, chickens). A picturesque ½ mile walk leads through woodland to Lustleigh Cleave and the River Bovey.
From parking area, 60 yards of gravel path and 3 steps down to courtyard. Step up to front door. Big tiled hall (space for walking gear). Stairs (top stairgate) up to wonderful open-plan living/dining/kitchen with spectacular views from big roof windows across fields to Black Hill, hand-built kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, larder fridge, electric cooker) with large table/benches/stools at one end and, at the other, woodburner, TV/DVD/Blu-ray and leather sofas. Two steps up to hallway and two double bedrooms (limited clothes-hanging space), one with 5' bed and each with smart en suite shower-room (suite). Beyond the living area, another double bedroom with en suite bathroom (suite plus hand-shower). Exterior utility room (washing machine, tumble drier, small freezer). Stabling available, by arrangement. A beautiful, relaxed place to stay at any time of year with woodland and moorland walks from the door.

Manaton: pretty little village (pub with small shop, tennis court, playground, church) in a beautiful part of Dartmoor, and close to spectacular rock tors (Hound Tor, Bowerman's Nose) and lovely tree-filled valleys (Lustleigh Cleave). Golf driving range, 5 miles. Nearest shop, 5 miles. Riding stables not far; Chagford, 6; the sea (Teignmouth/Torbay), 15.


1st FloorGround Floor

Entrance Hall


Three upstairs double bedrooms, two (one with king size bed) with en suite shower room with shower, WC and basin and the other with en suite bathroom with bath, hand shower, WC and basin. Upstairs open plan sitting room with wood burning stove and kitchen and dining areas. Downstairs hall.


  • Central heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge, freezer, tumble dryer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Blu-ray, DVD, WiFi, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request, Off road parking for three cars
  • Enclosed garden
  • Up to Three well-behaved dogs welcome by arrangement
  • There is a supplementary charge for 2nd & 3rd dog
  • One Stable (5 x 4 meters) can be provided, suitable for max. two horses, £50 per week
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Pub less than 1 mile from property.

Regional Information

Manaton Lustleigh is a picture postcard village set on the deep wooded slopes of eastern Dartmoor and within Dartmoor National Park. With a pretty church, village shop and excellent pub along with lots of thatch cottages you can see why Lustleigh made it to the Telegraph's top villages.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Last minute
  • Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.