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Buster Barn

Sampford Spiney, near Tavistock, Devon (Ref. 975739)

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Special Offers

  • 20% off

    Sat 5th Jan to 2nd Feb 2019


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


    • “Absolute bliss”
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    • “My husband and myself stayed here from 15-22 sept 2018 with our dog. We absolutely loved it here and did not want to return home. It is a beautiful cottage with amazing views in a very peaceful setting. The owners Sally and Monty were absolutely brilliant. Fresh flowers and cakes on arrival. Anything we needed we just had to ask and it was not a problem. Could not have asked for a better place to spend our wedding anniversary. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to escape their busy lives for a very relaxing break away. Keep up the good work Sally and Monty xx”

    Collette H, September 2018

    • “Wonderful barn conversion, incredibly kind and generous hosts. Stunningly beautiful location. Sally and Monty couldn't do enough to make my stay perfect. My Golden Retriever Tia loved romping in the arboretum and we both enjoyed watching the birds. Best place I've stayed - and I've been fortunate to have stayed in some lovely places. Thank you!”

    Ms Staple, Taunton, January 2019

    • “Buster Barn is right in the heart of all the very best walks in Dartmoor. It is perfectly situated as a great location and is home from home. We had a fantastic week and the owners couldn't do enough to ensure our stay was pleasant.”

    Mr Fairfull, Ipswich, December 2018

    • “It was the best one we have stayed in”

    Mrs Wilson, Hope Valley, November 2018

    • “What a beautiful holiday home, peaceful, clean, a real home from home. Sally and Monty make you feel so welcome and the cakes were beautiful along with the milk on arrival. A great base camp for walking, a walk along the disuse Princetown Railway is a must.”

    Mrs Eastman, Winchester, November 2018

    • “Once again, Sally and Monty were the perfect hosts. The cottage was immaculate and the homemade cakes were very welcomed. Sally provided milk and there were enough teabags, coffee and sugar to tide us over. There was enough of everything you need to make this a fantastic holiday. The location is superb, with Tavistock being a short drive away, as is Plymouth. Being able to see the stars at night and the serenity of no traffic is truly magical.”

    Mr Searby, WORTHING, October 2018

    • “Everything was provided and we were made to feel very welcome. We could not have wished for anyhting more. It was a brilliant holiday which was thoroughly enjoyable. Many thanks.”

    Mr Cowell, REDRUTH, October 2018

    • “Buster barn is an excellent cottage situated in a picturesque setting. Very peaceful area with lots to explore. Sally and Monty were very friendly and it was a pleasure to meet them. The cottage itself had everything anyone would need. It was very clean and comfy and for the time of year it was warm inside. I would recommend this cottage to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday as it is very peaceful here and did me the world of good, totally rested now .”

    Mrs Hill, CARDIFF, September 2018

    • “Monty and Sally were very welcoming and made sure all was to our satisfaction.”

    Mr South, LONDON, September 2018

    • “The location and barn is fabulous. The owners friendly and helpful. The garden and views are amazing. The area is wonderful for walks and exploring Dartmoor. Our only negative point would be the access as you have around 3 miles of very narrow (and I mean narrow only 1 car width wide) lanes to get to the barn with very few passing places if any for the last 3/4 mile. If you had a new car or were not happy doing a lot of dodgy reversing I would think before booking. We are used to lanes and have an older car which was already scratched so no probs.”

    Mrs Phelps, Bristol, August 2018

    • “Buster Barn is a fantastic place to stay if you want a rural location in the heart of Dartmoor, and the owners are very welcoming and helpful.”

    Mr Manser, July 2018

    • “Buster Barn is situated in an idyllic, tranquil location with stunning views. It was a beautiful setting to relax in after a day out on the moors. The outdoor space is private to the barn. Sally and Monty are friendly and helpful. We were there during the hot weather and they kindly bought a fan to help with cooling the cottage. They are really responsive to their guests and this extra touch added to the enjoyment of our stay. Superb week!”

    Ms Smith, London, June 2018

    • “The owners of Buster Barn were very helpful without being intrusive. The bird feeder provided us with a week of birdwatching at close quarters. There were wonderful walks from the door.”

    Mrs Jeffries, Dawlish, June 2018

    • “Peaceful and relaxing holiday in an idyllic location. The barn has everything you need for your holiday with very friendly and helpful owners.”

    Mr Shaw, BOLTON, May 2018

    • “Sally and Monty, our hosts were very welcoming and went out of their way to help us. Such a comfortable and cosy cottage, even the cats and dog made us welcome. I would highly recommend Buster Barn and look forward to another return visit.”

    Mrs Brightman, Thetford, May 2018

    • “A very comfortable spacious cottage in a peaceful and scenic location. Well equipped with a lovey patio area and a private garden with superb views. Sally & Monty the hosts are very welcoming and helpful, immediately making you feel at home. This is a wonderful location for walking, as access onto the Moor is on the doorstep and quick vehicle access to Tavistock, Princetown, or Yelverton allows for easy visits to further afield. This is gem of a cottage, where you can really enjoy your holiday and would be very happy to return to.”

    Mr Bradley, POOLE, April 2018

    • “Buster Barn is a great base for walking and visiting. The walking in the immediate area (starting from the front door) can be tailored into either half or full days. Good moor walking abounds and you’ll likely meet no-one, those we did meet were local and really friendly. Visiting; Tavistock is a lovely centre with interesting shops, deli, wholefood, provisions, gallery and pannier market - oh, and the amazing cheese shop. Okehampton, we were expecting to have flourished since the bypass - not at all, it has a museum and Waitrose! Totnes is right across the moor but always worth a visit as is Bovey Tracy with the Devon Guild of craftsmen in a very imposing mill building - lots of good work there for any budget. And if you visit Belstone, have lunch at the Tors Inn and then go and see David Gundry in his amazing pottery just down the lane. The owners, Sally and Monty live across the yard and are lovely people. The accommodation is very well appointed and spaxious for a 2 person place. It’s very private and has amazing views across to. Line of nearby tors. The nearby villages are worth walking through.”

    Mrs Ashwell, Bishops Castle, March 2018

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The Property

In Sampford Spiney, peacefully at the end of a private drive off narrow, winding moorland lanes, a detached single-storey cottage converted from a sturdy granite barn, surrounded by an enclosed courtyard (table/chairs, barbecue) with pond (netted), over which a bridge (handrail) leads to gently sloping hillside garden and arbour with spectacular long views to a panorama of tors. To one side, the friendly owners' home and a resident neighbouring cottage, all bordered by horse-grazed fields through which you can wander. Lane walk to the open moor: Crip Tor and Ingra Tor, around ¾ mile. From parking area, gravelled pathway to 7 big uneven granite steps (alternative level access via gravelled courtyard) up to front door (5'5" lintel); spacious beamed open-plan living/dining/oak fitted kitchen (washer-drier, microwave, fridge-freezer, gas hob/electric oven) with armchairs and sofa bed (converts to double bed for alternative sleeping), TV/DVD, iPod dock, table/chairs for 4 and glazed double doors to courtyard. Double bedroom with en suite bathroom (suite with separate shower). Spring water. The best of both worlds here: scenic and secluded, yet close to interesting moorland towns.

Sampford Spiney: hamlet (church, cottages, scattered farms) in the River Walkham valley on the scenic western slopes of Dartmoor. Dousland (pub, PO), 3 miles; Yelverton (shops, pub, golf), 4; Tavistock (interesting shops, markets, pubs, restaurants, wharfside theatre), 6. Plymouth and south coast, 13 miles.


Ground Floor

Double Bedroom Bathroom Kitchen Dining Area Lounge


All on one level. One double bedroom with en suite bathroom. Open-plan living area, with sitting area with sofa bed (converts to double bed for alternative sleeping), oak fitted kitchen, dining area and glazed double doors to courtyard.


  • Central heating
  • Microwave, fridge-freezer, washer-dryer, 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
  • Enclosed garden with barbecue
  • Three well-behaved dogs welcome, Sorry no smoking.

Regional Information

Sampford Spiney A delightful Village nestling in the south-west slopes of Dartmoor. Tavistock has an indoor pannier market, a diverse range of shops, an excellent choice of pubs, bistros, restaurants, a theatre and a cinema, as well as a leisure pool.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
  • No mobile signal in the property
  • Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.