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The Barn

Aveton Gifford, Devon (Ref. 976186)

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Features

  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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11 Customer Review(s)

  • “Nick and Jo are very pleasant hosts and The Barn is in a beautiful remote country setting.”

    However, in our experience of Sykes Cottages, this property falls well short of the usual 5 tick standard. Inside is very ordinary and uninspiring; dated rather than rustic. A few chipped glasses and crockery, and a broken cupboard door, along with a partially blocked sink suggested a lack of attention. An upside down property usually promises views from the living area but, in this case, just more frequent stair climbs, not welcome after the approx. 50 yard walk with bags from the car park ...

    However, in our experience of Sykes Cottages, this property falls well short of the usual 5 tick standard. Inside is very ordinary and uninspiring; dated rather than rustic. A few chipped glasses and crockery, and a broken cupboard door, along with a partially blocked sink suggested a lack of attention. An upside down property usually promises views from the living area but, in this case, just more frequent stair climbs, not welcome after the approx. 50 yard walk with bags from the car park. The 6pm check in and 9am checkout also came as a shock and we were grateful to Nick for allowing us in from 5pm. However, even with Covid, I question the need for those timings, especially when guests are expected to take rubbish and recycling about 500 yards (yes, five hundred) to the bins the night before departure and bag up all the laundry before leaving. Overall a disappointing experience and money poorly spent, which has somewhat dented my faith in Sykes. And that's before mentioning the dead mouse under the oven which, as Nick said, can happen in rural locations.

    - Mr Burgess, September 2021

    Thank you for your feedback. The Barn is as described, albeit was redecorated upstairs last winter, together with new curtains. The kitchen and bathrooms have recently been rebuilt. The most recent change is the addition of a portfolio of original photographs of rural Devon from the 1980s by local photographer, Ski Harrison. There is a new smart TV. So, your comment has surprised the owners, nonetheless they are sad that they haven't got it right and will redouble their attention to make sure the Barn is as good as possible. We do understand that the dead mouse would have indeed marred your trip, and the owners are dreadfully sorry that this happened, albeit had they known earlier, they would have removed it sooner (it was at the back of a cupboard, so virtually impossible to have been missed by the cleaners at changeover). It is reasonably rare but not an unpredictable possibility that we get an occasional unwanted little visitor at this time of year in the countryside, but most unfortunate that it wasn't detected. The owners found one wineglass with a crack but haven't managed to find the chipped crockery. The owner was aware of a loose cupboard handle which needed replacing and is sourcing a new fixing. There was no sign of any blockage in any of the sinks. The owners regularly check the traps, and their cleaners notify them with anything like that during the changeovers. The Check in and Check out times have been amended, with a slightly earlier check in and slightly later check out time. These times reflect the ongoing need to carry out a Covid clean, which is more time consuming than in the past but one which the housekeepers are now more adapted to. The owners ask guests to drop their waste at the end of the driveway, to ensure regular collection as per the new recycling system in the South Hams. Most guests drop it off on their way out for any excursions on a Thursday, or on the Friday morning when vacating the property. Property Owner

Chantry Cottages

A mile from Aveton Gifford, 300 yards down a tree-lined track off a lane, four very special places to stay within handsome former farm buildings: an airy converted barn (976186), a barn converted into a gallery (976176) overlooking meadows, a remarkable Grade II listed former music room (976188), and the orginal hayloft The Pottery (976170). A large, pretty, enclosed suntrap courtyard is shared with the friendly owners. Just outside the courtyard, a lawned walled garden (also enclosed) with camellias, fig and walnut trees, leading to another garden with a pond (unfenced) and six grassy acres with a big wildlife pond (fenced), vast lawn for picnics and croquet, a picnic table, benches with intense views and big trees to sit under. Relax, read or just enjoy the silence and let your mind wander. Bright and airy in the summer or cosy as a winter retreat, with wonderful walks from the door and beaches within easy reach. Aveton Gifford: old village (pub, PO/shop) beside the River Avon where it becomes tidal. Within 5 or 6 miles are several villages: Bigbury, Bantham and Thurlestone on an excellent and varied stretch of coast: sandy beaches, coves, cliffs, golf courses, the Avon estuary. The Chantry Cottages are a lovely base for checking out the delights of South Devon's coast and countryside, allowing you to surf, walk, check out rock pools, play golf and make sandcastles to your hearts content. A peaceful, curative oasis, good for taking it easy. Kingsbridge, 4 miles.

The property

The Barn is 'upside down' and converted with enormous flair.

Upstairs, a huge, high, stylishly furnished open-plan living/kitchen/dinner (35' x 18') with beaoriginamed ceiling to the apex, wooden flooring (rugs), French windows (balustrade) overlooking the courtyard, l watercolours, woodburner, TV/DVD, iPod dock, and a well-equipped kitchen area (dishwasher, microwave, electric oven/induction hob, larder fridge, coffee maker).

Downstairs (stairgates, tiled floors/rugs): hall; two bedrooms with doors to the courtyard - a double (6' bed or twin) with en suite bathroom (suite, shower over bath), and a big L-shaped double (6' bed) with en suite shower-room (suite, power-shower).

Utility area with a washing machine and freezer.

Heated by biomass boiler using wood from local, sustainable woodland.

Warm and welcoming all year round.

Floorplans

1st FloorGround Floor

Double Bedroom Ensuite Ensuite Twin Bedroom Utility

Summary

  • Two ground floor bedrooms with doors to courtyard: 1 x super king double (can convert to twin) with en suite bathroom with bath, shower over, WC and basin, 1 x super king double with en suite shower room with shower, WC and basin
  • Utility area with freezer and washing machine
  • First floor open plan living space with seating area with wood burning stove, dining area and kitchen and doors to balustrade.
  • Central heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge, coffee maker, electric oven/hob, dishwasher, TV with 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 with barbecue
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

About the location

AVETON GIFFORD

Kingsbridge 4 miles, Ivybridge 7.5 miles, Salcombe 8.5 miles

Aveton Gifford is a small rural village at the head of the estuary of the River Avon in the South Hams area of the South Devon AONB. It comes with a village shop and a pub/restaurant on the outskirts. Nearby you can visit the charming market town of Kingsbridge which benefits from a range of amenities. Similarly, Ivybridge offers a choice of places to shop, eat and drink as well as providing easy access to the Dartmoor National Park which is a haven for lovers of walking and cycling. For a day by the sea, head to the ever-popular coastal resort of Salcombe.

Note: This property has a private water supply which is tested regularly.
Note: Children should be supervised in the shared gardens.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Christmas