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The Tithe Barn: Luxury Five Star (Gold Award) Cottage in Dartmoor National Park.

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Overview
3 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
6 guests
Minimum stay varies
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The Tithe Barn is a large and historically important part of a Grade 2 listed late-medieval farm, set within the Dartmoor countryside, but only a short walk the historic small town of Ashburton. It has been lovingly reconstructed and restored by the present owners over nearly three years, having been neglected as a partial ruin since a fire in the 1980s. The rebuild has used reclaimed local granite stone, Cornish lime mortar, local and French oak, sheep wool insulation, and reed thatch; creating a unique holiday home with the homely warm feel of natural timbers joinery and floors, along with traditional lime plasterwork. Local craftsmen were chosen to give great attention to every detail; for example, the amazing thatching details were created by the local president of the Master Thatch...The Tithe Barn is a large and historically important part of a Grade 2 listed late-medieval farm, set within the Dartmoor countryside, but only a short walk the historic small town of Ashburton. It has been lovingly reconstructed and restored by the present owners over nearly three years, having been neglected as a partial ruin since a fire in the 1980s. The rebuild has used reclaimed local granite stone, Cornish lime mortar, local and French oak, sheep wool insulation, and reed thatch; creating a unique holiday home with the homely warm feel of natural timbers joinery and floors, along with traditional lime plasterwork. Local craftsmen were chosen to give great attention to every detail; for example, the amazing thatching details were created by the local president of the Master Thatchers’ Association. Inside you will see chunky hand-made roof trusses and doorways where joints are pegged in the traditional style. All the joinery is bespoke, and has been made on site. Dogs are not accepted when booking through Trip Advisor. The cottage that has evolved is not only warm and homely to look at, but also provides modern style, comfort, and utility. The open-plan lounge, dining room, and kitchen allow the guests to enjoy time together whilst some lucky guests are doing the cooking! Chefs will be delighted with the well-equipped, quality kitchen, with granite worktops, a Britannia dual fuel range cooker, dishwasher, Brita filtered water on tap, Nespresso machine, and an unusually large fridge/freezer. At the lounge end of the room there is a large Samsung flat screen TV with Freesat satellite channels and record / catch up functions, and a DVD player. All the ground floor has under-floor heating. Here you can relax in comfortable sofas and armchairs, whilst enjoying the views across the pond and patio area. On a warm day you could open the wide bi-fold door and enjoy the combined spaces. The three en-suite double bedrooms are spacious and stylish. Two of them have super-king (6 ft) zip-and-link beds which can be arranged as two singles. The other has a king-sized (5 ft) bed. All the beds are pocket sprung for ultimate comfort, and all the bedding and towels are good quality cotton. All the bathrooms are well equipped; two have baths and all have showers with good water pressure. Historic Ashburton is a short walk away, and is the largest town within the Dartmoor National Park. Here you will find a full range of local shops including two delicatessens, an artisan baker, a health food shop, two butchers, gift shops, art studios, and numerous antique shops. There are cafes serving delicious home-made cakes, and pubs serving good meals and local beverages. Open moorland is not far away; here you can walk on hundreds of open footpaths with amazing views; you can ride out from stables, or even hire electric bikes to explore further afield. The River Dart, less than a mile from the property, offers wooded riverside walks and canoeing. More
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About the Owner
Jane C
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:March 2016
Interaction with guests
The owners, Stuart and Jane, live in the nearby farmhouse, and are available to help or advise you when required. They can recommend outings, walks, and local restaurants.
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We first stayed at this property a couple of years ago and were so impressed that we wanted to return to it - something we rarely do as we like to try new places, however the Tithe Barn is absolutely perfect for what we need....More

Date of stay: August 2019
Thank Nomad626685
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Close to the quaint town of Ashurton and of course rugged Dartmoor - great for exploring, The Tithe Barn certainly deserves the 5* Gold Award rating. We've stayed in many high end self catering properties, all of which have been excellent but this was exceptional...More

Date of stay: August 2019
Thank MaidstoneC
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Reviewed 9 August 2019

We have just returned home from a fantastic week in Stuart and Jane’ beautiful cottage. We took our youngest three children and the barn was equipped for their every need. They were especially impressed with the games room and the large field to play in....More

Date of stay: August 2019
Thank stephenwood51262
BackPacker632223, VR Owner at The Tithe Barn: Luxury Five Star (Gold Award) Cottage in Dartmoor National Park., responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2019

Your review is much appreciated, and we are delighted that you all found so much to enjoy during relatively disappointing weather. The games room certainly earned its keep during the grey and showery periods! Our Labrador dogs, Ollie and Toby, really enjoyed playing ball with...More

Reviewed 16 June 2019

The owners were very welcoming and extremely helpful during our stay. The Tithe Barn was wonderful with everything we needed and more. Location is amazing, short walk to Ashburton where there are lots of interesting shops, pubs and restaurants and dogs are welcomed in most...More

Date of stay: June 2019
Thank Jet50474715268
BackPacker632223, VR Owner at The Tithe Barn: Luxury Five Star (Gold Award) Cottage in Dartmoor National Park., responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2019

Thank you for your great review. Having seen you all relax and enjoy the cottage and its surroundings, we were delighted when you booked a second week in the same year! We will see you again in a few weeks' time.

Reviewed 10 June 2019 via mobile

Tithe Barn is a very stylish and comfortable base for a holiday in Devon. It is ideally placed on the edge of Dartmoor but close to the coast. It is also only a short walk into Ashburton with its interesting shops and cafes. We would...More

Date of stay: June 2019
Thank JumboHill
BackPacker632223, VR Owner at The Tithe Barn: Luxury Five Star (Gold Award) Cottage in Dartmoor National Park., responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2019

Thanks for your very positive review. We are glad that you explored Ashburton and discovered the amazing range of independent shops, cafes and restaurants. Fortunately, most of our guests use these local services and discover delights that cannot be found in shopping centres and supermarkets....More

Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Towels Provided
Private Garden
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
TV
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
Playground
Secure Parking
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Toaster
Swingset
Cooker
Grill
Game Room
Pool Table
Central Heating
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Iron
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Ping Pong Table
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Patio
Fireplace
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Does this holiday rental have a dining room?YesNoUnsure
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About the neighbourhood
The Tithe Barn lies in a countryside setting, but within easy walking distance of the small town of Ashburton, where there is a full range of shops, with a focus on good food and antiques. There are two delicatessens, two butchers, two supermarkets, an artisan bakery, an organic food shop, a vegetable shop, a local produce food market, and a wine shop. There are numerous cafes and pubs serving food and a wine bar serving tapas. There are Chinese and Indian take-aways and a fish and chips shop. The list seems endless! There are also many antique and gift shops where you can browse endlessly to find that special item to take home.
How to get there
The house lies just outside the vibrant small town of Ashburton, from where you can catch buses to Exeter or Plymouth. However, most guests come by car, giving them the freedom to explore all corners of beautiful Devon. Ashburton is just off the A38 trunk road giving access to the M5 and beyond. For those arriving by air, we are only around twenty miles from Exeter Airport.
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