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Rock Barn

South Tawton, near Sticklepath, Devon (Ref. 976088)

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


    • “We thoroughly enjoyed the holiday. Some notes for your information. There was some concern about the amount of flies in the property, indeed many dead ones on floors when we arrived. Sofas were a little uncomfortable, especially for older members of group to get up from, as they were very low down. The security light outside kitchen patio door seemed a little unreliable. However, the house was brilliantly resourced, especially for the preparation of Christmas dinner. It was clean (with the exception of dead flies), welcoming, and has excellent secure garden for dog to be able to run around and play. Very. useful boot room and utility space, and the den was especially popular with younger element of the party. The property was heated well throughout the break. I would definitely recommend this to friends, and many thanks for such a brilliant service throughout from Helpful Holifdays staff. Also a thank you to owners for ensuring the property was decorated so nicely for Christmas, and the card and biscuits were a lovely touch.”

    Ms Tucker, LOUGHBOROUGH, December 2018

    • “I hired Rock Barn for my 40th Birthday week. It has everything you need and is a great space for children as well as adults. The Pool table was a huge hit and the garden space was brilliant for group games of rounders, mini cricket, badminton and football. The dog also loved the tranquil surroundings too. The kitchen is well equipped with a double oven, large dishwasher, wine fridge, microwave etc.. offset from the boot room is a utility room with a washing machine (no tumble dryer though) The brick bbq outside is great too - remember to take coals and kindle though, it’s not gas! The location is great with Dartmoor a stones throw away and Okehampton only a 10 minute drive for provisions. If you like the outdoors, beautiful scenery and appreciate the simple things in life - this is the place for you! Book up. You won’t be disappointed”

    Mr Terry, DORCHESTER, August 2018

    • “The house we stayed in was superb and exceeded our expectations. The ground floor was huge, with plenty of space in the living room area and a dining table for 12. Add in the pool table, which was well used by all the males in particular, a kitchen dinner with 2 ovens and additional seating and not forgetting what we call the cinema room and everyone is happy!! There were games, dvds and books to keep you active or relaxed. Upstairs we had 5 bedrooms with 3 ensuite plus one additional bathroom near the 2 bedrooms which had no bathroom. We all coped fine and my room had a bath and shower so the 2 babies bathed in my room when required. In the rear of the house was a big grass garden with plenty of space but you had to keep an eye on the youngsters because there were some steep slopes. The nearest place for shopping was Okehampton, 5 miles away which had a Coop, Waitrose and Lidl on the same retail park. Dingles Vintage Fun fair which was 15 miles away, was a good day out where the rides were no more than £1.50. We went to Exmouth beach which was 45 minutes away which was lovely and Exeter, 15 miles away which was good for retail therapy plus sight seeing. One thing to be aware of: in the info folder the rubbish and recycling is collected on a Thursday but when I checked with a neighbour he said it was Tuesday so we missed putting it out!! Overall a fantastic holiday and I have no hesitation in recommending it.”

    Mr Gardener, CARDIFF, July 2018

    • “The property had just about everything you could ask for. The only thing we didnt have which would have been useful was a parasol for the patio area. It was very hot on the patio area and a parasol would have kept it and us much cooler. The location was lovely very secluded and quiet.”

    Mrs Burke, Rotherham, June 2018

    • “Rock barn was perfect, we were a group of 8 adults and 1 toddler and the house suited our needs perfectly, there were lots of books, games and dvds, the pool table and table tennis were a great addition. The bedrooms were all very comfortable and lovely to have the three en-suites, the kitchen was very well equipped and the garden and patio was a sun trap, perfect for enjoying a bbq! Also a great location for exploring Devon, we would highly recommend.”

    Miss Vickers, LEYLAND, June 2018

    • “Our 3rd holiday at Rock Barn was perfect .we are a family of 3 generation and just love it.Days out and evenings in playing games and eating and drinking we will be back.”

    Mrs Oldham, Banbury, June 2018

    • “We had reported the clothes airer was broken and no replacement was sent which is annoying as we had nowhere to hang washing, for such a large group this was difficult. Also the grass hasn’t been cut in some time this caused two problems, small stinging nettles which the 18 month old trod on and had bad sore stings on his foot and due to the length of the wild flowers in the grass it caused lots of bees which meant the older children were a little scared to be out in the garden at times as one of the adults had already been stung by a bee whilst walking around the garden, 2 problems that could have been avoided if the grass had been cut Lastly we all agreed the property size would have been better with a larger fridge”

    Mrs Wells, Dunmow, May 2018

    • “Rock Barn is a amazing house with the wow factor. We loved our stay there”

    Mrs Haskett, Gillingham, May 2018

    • “Fabulous place for our family holiday. Would highly recommend to others.”

    Mrs French, GILLINGHAM, March 2018

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The Property

A mile from South Tawton in heavily wooded lanes, a huge, stunning house converted from handsome barns once serving the farmhouse as a grain store. It is attached to its residential neighbour and farming activities continue in 20th cent. open barns across the access lane. Enclosed lawned garden at back and front lawned garden with paved patio (table/chairs, barbecue). Inside, gorgeous, practical and very 21st cent. with mostly porcelain flooring downstairs. Massive living/dining room with open fire, pool table, TV/DVD; step up to big kitchen/breakfast room (dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer, two ovens/5-ring ceramic hob, TV) with granite worktops and big double doors to patio/back garden. No curtains or blinds in living/kitchen areas (not overlooked). Utility room (good for drying coats/boots/wetsuits/dogs) with loo, sink and washing machine. Off living room, a children’s den with TV/DVD and wood floor (rugs). From living room, stairs up to gallery landing and five bedrooms (sloping ceilings and some low beams):- Stylish double (5' bed) with waist-level divider separating bath and double washbasin area, plus en suite wet-room shower/loo, huge window looking to garden, and hooks for hanging clothes- Double (5' bed) with sofa bed, en suite shower-room (suite), stairs down to den, and lockable door to:- Double (low bed) with 2'6" single (truckle), balustrade and second access to landing
- Double (low bed) with en suite shower-room (suite)
- Room with two singles and hooks for hanging clothes
Bathroom (suite plus hand-shower, separate shower, two washbasins)Opposite is an open-fronted barn with table tennis and storage for bicycles/surfboards. Damages Deposit £500. Arrival after 4pm. An amazing house with ‘wow’ factor.

South Tawton: old and pretty little village (good food pub) about ¾ mile from South Zeal and Sticklepath; Chagford, 7 miles: Okehampton (small town, leisure centre, cinema), 4 miles; Exeter, 20; sea/sand, about 30.


1st FloorGround Floor

Kitchen Boot Room Breakfast Area Den Dining Area Pool Table Lounge WC / Utility


Five bedrooms: 1 x king size double with bath and two basins behind a room divider and en suite wet room shower room with shower and WC, 1 x king size double with sofa bed and en suite shower room with shower, WC and basin, 1 x family room with double and 2’6” single, 1 x double with en suite shower room with shower, WC and basin, 1 x twin. Bathroom with bath, and shower, separate shower, WC, basins. Ground floor sitting room with open fire and dining area. Kitchen/breakfast room. Utility room with WC and basin. Children’s den.


  • Central heating, open fire with underfloor heating
  • Microwave, fridge-freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with DVD, WiFi, Phone, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot available on request, Off road parking for four cars Enclosed garden with barbecue
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome, Sorry no smoking
  • Note: Check-in time 4pm
  • Note: NO stag or hen parties accepted

Regional Information

SOUTH TAWTON The small village of Sticklepath lies along an old ridgeway path within the northern boundary of the Dartmoor National Park, and is home to a handful of shops, two traditional pubs serving good food and the fascinating Museum of Rural Industry. Encompassed by superb countryside, the surrounding area is a haven for nature lovers, walkers and bird watchers alike, while the nearby town of Okehampton boasts the remains of a fine Norman castle which dominates sleepy River Okement. Visit the nearby vibrant city of Exeter, with its magnificent cathedral, outstanding restaurants and colourful nightlife. Within easy reach, the fabulous beach resort of Bude, with its golden sands and cascading waves attracts surfers from the country over, while Westward Ho! with its prestigious Blue Flag awarded beaches is well worth a visit. A superb location for friends and family alike.

  • Note: No curtains or blinds in living/kitchen areas (not overlooked). Arrival after 4pm. Sorry, no short breaks. This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £500
    Note: NO stag or hen parties accepted
  • Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.