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Johns Retreat

Barnstaple (3.8ml N), Devon
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Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Hot tub
Internet access
Working farm
Romantic
Parking on site / nearby
Towels included
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At a glance

 

  • Single-storey barn conversion for two on a working farm
  • Relax in the bubbling hot tub or keep warm beside the fire pit under the stars
  • Enjoy the peaceful surroundings and countryside views from inside and out
Property code: 91387

This one-bedroom, North Devon retreat is utterly delightful in every way. Situated on a working farm, and surrounded by countryside it’s a wonderfully relaxing place and perfect spot for a romantic getaway or for restoring energy.

This simple retreat has everything you need for a comfortable stay from a hot tub to TV and super-king-size bed. Inside, the open-plan living area is effortlessly neat with brilliant white walls and stylish furnishings. After a day of exploring, prepare a delicious meal in the well-equipped kitchen and dine at the elegant kitchen bar. Afterwards, cosy up on the sofa with a film on the TV. But on balmy evenings, you’ll want to throw some fresh fish on the BBQ and dine al fresco at the garden table. When the light starts to fade, end the day with a soak in the hot tub, or gather round the fire pit and idle under the stars. It’s a serene, calm location and come slumber time, you’ll be sure of a good night’s sleep in the super-king-size bed.

Enjoy countryside walks straight from your door or swim in the sea at Woolacombe Beach (10 miles). Alternatively, head to Saunton Sands (7 miles) and try your hand at surfing or enjoy a round of golf at the 36-hole golf course. Keen cyclists can also pick up the Tarka Trail in Barnstaple (3 miles) while nature lovers can explore the moors at Exmoor National Park (10 miles) with its Exmoor ponies and red deer.

  • 1 super-king-size zip-and-link bedroom (can be made into a twin on request)
  • 1 shower room with walk-in shower and WC
  • Electric oven and hob, slimline dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave, Tassimo coffee machine
  • Smart TV
  • Enclosed garden with outdoor furniture, fire pit and charcoal BBQ
  • Private hot tub Private parking for 1 car
  • Pub 1.5 miles, shop 4 miles, beach 8 miles
  • Please note, this cottage is situated on a working farm
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 1 dog allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week
  • There is an Accidental Damage Deposit of £150 when booking at this property, however this may be waived for £20. We’ll provide more details about this when booking your holiday.

Alice Newby

This property is personally managed by Alice.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 25 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Deborah 9th June 2024

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A lovely place to stay so quiet and relaxing .small but perfect .very thing you need . Very clean , comfortable bed and the hot tub was a n added bonus . We had lovely chats with the owners We will definitely be back one day .

Reviewed by Rhyannah 29th April 2024

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Definitely recommend, such a lovely place. Will definitely stay there again.

Reviewed by Klara 21st April 2024

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We had a wonderful stay at John's Retreat. Although it's on a working farm, it has been very quiet and peaceful. We have met the owners, lovely couple. The converted barn is fenced all around, and we were able to let the pooch out, without having to worry about him.

Reviewed by Peter 5th April 2024

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Reviewed by Emma 16th February 2024

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Lovely relaxing break in a beautiful location. Welcoming, with great views, very comfy bed and well equipped. Great local walks and perfect to enjoy a hot tub afterwards! Really enjoyed our stay here.

Reviewed by Abbie 2nd February 2024

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Lovely place to stay would highly recommend staying here they have everything you need in the kitchen. Its a cosy little place with the most comfortable bed. Will definitely be coming back soon

Reviewed by Cheyenne 21st November 2023

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Reviewed by Trisha 30th October 2023

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We've had an amazing stay at John's retreat. This little bolthole is everything you'd want for an escape - from the modern finish, bath robes, kitchen appliances, a very comfortable bed to the thoughtful touches and additions for both people and pooches, a great hot tub and all-round fencing which meant our Husky could roam freely without the worryRead more he may escape. Great welcome hampet and local interest pack from the hosts. We will definitely be back next year! Hide

Reviewed by Anna 16th October 2023

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Beautiful accommodation within driving distance to beaches, perfect for a relaxing get away. Very clean and thoughtful touches, thank you for the fresh milk and prosecco :) Would definitely stay here again!

Reviewed by Sarah 13th October 2023

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This property was cute, clean and well presented but rather small. We did enjoy our stay, however very poor shower pressure which spoil our morning routine.

Reviewed by Lucy 22nd September 2023

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Perfect little bolthole for a couple! We had a lovely weekend here with our dog. It's finished to a high standard throughout and was spotless. V comfy superking bed with crisp clean linen. Kitchen has everything you need without being cluttered and we liked the clean modern finish, Breakfast bar stools were sturdy and comfortable. Hot tub a nice boRead morenus and a good size. The only 'dog friendly' garden our lab hasn't escaped from! Owners friendly but unobtrusive - definitely recommended. Hide

Reviewed by Sally 14th September 2023

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We loved the extremely dog friendly place. There was a lovely welcome pack with fresh milk from the farm. We had everything we needed, the bed was fantastic and comfy, and we loved chilling in the hot tub at the end of the day. The accommodation is very well hidden at the end of a country lane.

Reviewed by Jackie 18th August 2023

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Absolutely beautiful could not fault anything, spotlessly clean with everything we needed and an awesome comfy bed we wanted to bring it home with us. Secure garden which was lovely for our pooch Arthur to just be left with the door open. The added bonus was the hot tub we used it most days to just relax after our days out. We will definitely be reRead moreturning so peaceful. Hide

Reviewed by Stephanie 11th August 2023

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We really enjoyed our stay. Had everything we needed. Good location for being able to visit other towns/villages. It was so peaceful and beautiful, loved waking up to see the sheep and horses.

Reviewed by James 6th August 2023

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Fantastic stay at Johns place. Great location for exploring north Devon. Average time to the beach around 30 minutes. Secure garden for the dog to run around freely and the hot tub is a lovely addition. Warm and clean with dressing gowns provided after a bathe. Bed is huge and super comfy and the shower is lovely and warm! Lovely touch with the welRead morecome basket and Prosecco. Bowls and treats for the dog also provided. Super clean and modern inside the home. The TV and Wi-Fi work well Hide

Reviewed by Becky 2nd August 2023

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Reviewed by Peter 23rd June 2023

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Beautiful little retreat perfect for two. Totally secured space so very handy for the pooch to roam around outside too. Hot tub a delight to have. All thoughtfully put together and idyllic location. Only downside is that it is quiet distance from anywhere so a car is needed everyday to go anywhere. Worth a look if you want that private get away as Read morethe only guests on site not a mass market chalet!! Delightful getaway . Hide

Reviewed by Michelle 10th June 2023

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We absolutely loved our stay it was first class . Would definitely stay again the one track lanes to it did not put us off

Reviewed by Nigel 2nd June 2023

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Perfect location for peace and tranquility. Dog friendly with fenced off property, so you can let your dog roam free. Private hot tub at rear of property, with lovely sunset views. Dog friendly beaches no more than 20 mins away. Stylish, mega clean and contempory decor, with very large bed and excellent shower. The owners were very friendly and welRead morecoming Hide

Reviewed by Peter 30th May 2023

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Amazing place, HOT TUB, HOT TUB, HOT TUB.... Friendly hosts. Google sat-nav nearly gets you where you need to go... just keep going turn left around the corner and left onto the farm.

Reviewed by Sandra 19th May 2023

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The location is very good despite the last 100 yds of rough track to the cottage. The road from the A561 to the cottage is about 3 miles, most of it single carriageway - take care! Cottage is hardly the description I would use for the property as it appears to be new or recently modernised. It is very tastefully fitted out.

Reviewed by Sheila 17th April 2023

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Clean and we'll equipped for a short stay with comfortable beds and friendly hosts. Good location for peace and quiet and visiting coast.

Reviewed by Molly 14th April 2023

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Great place to stay, hot tub was a bonus and beautiful views.

Reviewed by Colin 31st March 2023

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Beautifully presented modern unit with smart decor in a rural setting, with most friendly and exceptionally helpful hosts. Most comfortable bed. We enjoyed our tour of the farm at lambing time together with the views of the north Devon countryside. Thank you ,Anna and David, for an excellent stay.

Reviewed by Shane 24th March 2023

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I highly recommend this property as absolutely lovely and we look forward to staying again soon very happy ....

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