The perfect holiday starts with discovering the amazing views along the road leading to Oak Barn, which fits the description of luxury accomodation in every possible way.
The cottage is stunning and beautifully designed, with a sense of quality and refinement, as well as 5 star facilities. Designer bathrooms complete with heated towel rails, a beautifully equiped kitchen, outstanding quality furniture, bedding and linen, and every little detail one could possibly expect from an exclusive cottage.
Lesley and Richard provide a most friendly and helpful welcome.
Widecombe in the Moor could be a village out of a Beatrix Potter book, providing a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. Dartmoor National park offers a wide variety of beautiful walks and breathtaking views.
Staying at the Oak Barn in Widecombe, the only wish one could have is to stay longer or return soon.
We stayed for a week and wished it had been longer! The cottage is right in the middle of dartmoor with great views. It's also a five minutes walk from a gorgeous and welcoming country pub with great beer and great food and a 45 minute drive to the coast.
The cottage itself is really cosy and high spec - with little extras like a dishwasher, a tumble dryer, a double ended bath and wifi that you wouldn't necessarily expect. It also has a nice lawn and a BBQ outside.
The owners do live next door but they are so friendly and sociable that you won't mind. They greeted us with a bottle of cider and had left home baked bread and a bottle of wine in the cottage for us when we arrived. They are as sociable as you want them to be - they leave you be and you wouldn't know they were there but they are also around at the weekend with offers of BBQ and a trip to the pub if you feel like it!
As a gay couple they made us feel like it didn't make a single bit of difference and I would definitely recommend it as a romanitc escape for gay and straight couples alike.
As a holiday cottage I don't think i've stayed in anywhere nicer!
Absolutely loved our stay here. It's a great spot for getting out walking on Dartmoor and on one of the wetter days we found the coast wasn't too far away either. Found our hosts helpful when necessary but respectiful of privacy too. Really felt like a home from home as soon as we'd settled in. Should also mention that having the Rugglestone Pub just a couple of minutes walk down the lane was a huge bonus. Will definitely return.
Found the welcome not very friendly. No information on how appliances work and when we asked the owner for the second time on how the cooker worked we were made to feel a complete nuisance. For a 5 star there was no information on nearest shops doctors dentist etc. Also only 5 logs given to burn on arrival any extra were charged at £3.50 a bag.All in all over priced for the time of year and for the ammenities. On a plus it was warm and the bath deep and luxurious. Having stayed in other 5 star self catering accomodation we found this one lacking.
I am somewhat reluctant to place this review as i want to keep the oak barn to myself !!
The oak barn is set in a wonderful peaceful location in the centre of Dartmoor, easy access to the wonders of Dartmoor and a short drive from the coast.
The barn itself is just wonderful, from the moment you walk through the large oak and glass front door, the warmth and quality of finish hits you.
The barn is set over two floors with the ground floor housing the two bedrooms. The double bedroom has a four poster bed, a devine ensuite and a sauna - which from experience i can tell you is a necessity after a long walk accross the moors.
The second bedroom has twin beds, ideal for children and also has an ensuite which mirrors the ensuite in the master bedroom.
The stairs taking you upstairs have been crafted to perfection, halfway up the stairs is a large window and i spent some time watching the chickens in the garden through this, quite therpeutic !!
Upstairs is an open plan kitchen/dining room and living space.
The kitchen has every mod con you would want, a huge cooker, quality cooking implements, a dishwasher but all sit neatly in the wooden surroundings.
The living area has a large television, but for me the icing on the cake was the wood burner, it was very cold in January when we were there and the wood burner was ideal to snuggle in front of. There is a large window in the living area which overlooks a field and often we would see cows or horses at the window - you can also see Widecombe church, which looks stunning lit up at night.
Everything about this cottage screams quality and perfection and Richard (the owner) has obviously put his best effort into ensuring the cottage gives visitors an experience never to be forgotten.
Will we be going back ?? - Without a doubt, try stopping us.
Once again also visited the Ruggle for a drink and meal and as always the locals made us feel welcome and the food was fab.
Must say thankyou to Richard and Lesley (the owners of the cottage) for making our weekend so special.