High quality self-catering cottages in North Devon & Exmoor

Ash Barn

Braunton - North Devon Coast

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Suitable for up to 2 pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Private parking
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Friday changeover
£482 - £1195 per week

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This delightful and individual detached home sits in an elevated position to the edge of Braunton, enjoying the most stunning views across the village towards the dunes at Saunton and the Ocean beyond. Stylishly converted, with the living space on the first floor to take advantage of the view Ash Barn is a peaceful haven, half a mile from the many shops, pubs and restaurants in the village centre. The beautifully presented dual aspect living room has a log burning stove and patio doors onto a large sunny balcony, a perfect spot to relax with a drink or al fresco meal. The immaculate fitted dining kitchen is light and bright, with triple aspect windows giving a panoramic view over the valley and fields to the sea in the distance. The family bathroom is also on this level and is a good size with a separate corner shower cubicle. On the ground floor are three attractive bedrooms, the double having French doors opening onto a patio with access to the pebbled courtyard, and a separate shower room. The gravelled patio style garden is completely enclosed and the large integral garage provides ample storage space for bikes, surfboards, walking or beach equipment.  Ash Barn is the perfect choice for families or groups of friends wishing to be within a short drive of the wonderful beaches at Saunton, Croyde and Woolacombe. Travel a little further to the rugged coastline around Ilfracombe or enjoy the beauty of  Exmoor National Park. However you fill your days this lovely property offers a warm welcome home.

Accommodation:Ground floor: Entrance lobby, hall. Bedroom 1 with King and TV. Bedroom 2 with Twin "zip n link" option to King on request. Bedroom 3 with Twin. Shower room with WC and basin. First floor: Living room with wood burning stove, HD TV, satellite freeview, Blu-Ray DVD and stereo. Kitchen with range style gas hob and electric oven, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave and TV. The washing machine and tumble dryer are housed in the garage. Bathroom with bath, separate shower cubicle, WC and basin.

Facilities and Services: Linen and towels. Gas CH. Complimentary basket of logs. Wi-Fi Broadband. No smoking. 2 pets welcome. Highchair. Telephone for incoming and emergency calls only.  Patio furniture. BBQ. Snooker/pool table. Stairgate available.  A selection of books toys and games.  A selection of CDs and DVDs. Private parking for 2 cars on the driveway with additional parking available on the lane. Short breaks available. 3pm arrival time. Arr/Dep for weekly bookings is Friday.


  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Suitable for up to 2 pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Private parking
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Friday changeover
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Towels provided
  • Travel cot available
  • 3 miles from the coast
  • 0.6 miles to the nearest pub
  • Open fire/woodburner
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
  • Tumble dryer


Band Date Range 7 night price *
A 30th Oct 2015 - 10th Dec 2015 £482.00
F 11th Dec 2015 - 17th Dec 2015 £960.00
F 18th Dec 2015 - 24th Dec 2015 £960.00
F Christmas £960.00
F New Year £960.00
A 01st Jan 2016 - 17th Mar 2016 £492.00
B 18th Mar 2016 - 07th Apr 2016 £699.00
C 08th Apr 2016 - 26th May 2016 £607.00
D 27th May 2016 - 02nd Jun 2016 £919.00
E 03rd Jun 2016 - 30th Jun 2016 £765.00
F 01st Jul 2016 - 21st Jul 2016 £979.00
G 22nd Jul 2016 - 01st Sep 2016 £1,195.00
B 02nd Sep 2016 - 22nd Sep 2016 £699.00
H 23rd Sep 2016 - 20th Oct 2016 £545.00
B 21st Oct 2016 - 27th Oct 2016 £699.00
A 28th Oct 2016 - 15th Dec 2016 £492.00
F 16th Dec 2016 - 24th Dec 2016 £979.00
F Christmas £979.00
F New Year £979.00

* Please note: guide prices are based on the current year's prices and do not include optional items such as pet fees.



Very comfortable and had everything we needed. Loved the balcony!Mrs J Knight - 7th August 2015
Ash Barn is a beautiful house with outstanding views. The best we have stayed in so far.Mrs J Taylor - 20th March 2015
We liked it a lot.Mrs C Tall - 13th March 2015
Our 5th visit. The cottage is warm with a large comfy bed and comfy sofas. It is well equipped - the owners have thought of absolutely everything. The location is peaceful, scenic with the most amazing views. I couldn't imagine anything better and we will no doubt be back again.Mrs A Holdaway - 28th November 2014
Very enjoyable stay. Perfect on all aspects. Would recommend to friends.Mr R Davison - 3rd October 2014
ExcellentMr A Sliney - 22nd August 2014
A thoroughly excellent holiday in a wonderful locationMr C Tunnicliff - 15th August 2014
The location is excellent,quiet and peaceful.Mrs A Holdaway - 29th November 2013
Ash Barn is a real home from home. It’s cosy inside, well equipped and the welcome pack was a lovely touch. I enjoyed a great few days exploring Braunton and the beautiful nearby towns.Christine - 17th November 2012

Things to see

The New Gallery

This dog-friendly art gallery and showroom, has a unique local twist in its tail, indeed it’s one of the most impressive displays of art, pottery, sculpture and design that you will find in the county. All of the work on show here is available for sale, and there is a huge range, both in terms of style and the size of the price tags hanging from the pieces. Not only that, it is all produced by l...

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The Kings Arms

Nestled in the picturesque village of Georgeham, the Kings Arms is a fantastically friendly pub, both for those on two legs and their four-pawed companions. Above-bar treats for those at the top end of the lead include ales from local breweries such as Wizard, while down at floor level you'll find strategically placed water bowls to rehydrate the hound. Ask nicely (remember to wag your tail) and j...

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Ship & Pilot

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Saunton Sands

  • Near Braunton, Devon EX33 1LQ

One of the best beaches not just in Devon, but in the country, a saunter on Saunton Sands delivers a golden, surf-stroked sun-splattered playground that extends along the North Devon coast for well over three miles. It is privately owned but publically accessible, but best of all, beyond a tiny section close to the beach (which you can actually avoid altogether of you go through the dunes) your do...

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The Prince of Wales

A traditional Devonian pub that offers a subtly different feel to the George and Dragon, which is located right next door. Still with low ceilings and classic wooden beams throughout, the Prince offers a proper pub feel, and is popular with visitors and locals alike, although it appeals to a slightly younger crowd, with a pool table located in the main bar and live sport showing on the TV.

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The Quay

It might be owned by controversial animal-pickling artist Damien Hirst, but this trendy eating and drinking joint welcomes dogs (at least to its outside tables) and promises not to put them in a tank of formaldehyde. Bringing a slice of Soho cool to the otherwise kiss-me-quick Ilfracombe harbourfront, the Quay is positioned right opposite Hirst's other gift to Ilfracombe: a 66-feet-high statue of ...

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The Quay Harbour and Larkstone Beach

  • Ilfracombe, Devon EX34 9QG

In the shadow of the recently installed Damien Hirst installation Verity (an eye-grabbing 66-feet-high brass statue of a pregnant woman, spearing the North Devon sky with a sword held aloft in her other), you will find Ilfracombe’s lovely little fishing harbour, as traditional as Verity is modern.

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Putsborough Sands

  • Near Georgeham, Devon EX33 1LB

Strictly speaking part of Woolacombe Sands, located at its far southern end, Putsborough offers a gorgeous, golden beach for dogs and people to race along to their hearts’ content. There is a generously sized car park right by the beach, with easy access from Croyde or Woolacombe via Georgeham.

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Putsborough Beach Shop & Cafe

  • Putsborough Sands, near Georgeham, Devon, EX33 1LB
  • 01271 890327

Nestled into the hillside close to the car park, and boasting an unbeatable view out across the dog-friendly expanse of seaside that is Putsborough Sands, the Putsborough Beach Shop & Cafe offers visitors everything from hot and cold refreshments inside and out (on a cracking veranda) to inflatable beach toys and buckets and spades.

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The Red Barn

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The Ship Aground Inn

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The Thatch

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Morte Point Meander

  • Mortehoe Station Road, Woolacombe, Devon, EX34 7ED

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Marwood Hill Garden

  • Marwood, Barnstaple, North Devon, EX31 4EB

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Larkstone Cafe and Leisure Gardens

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Walk the Elephant in Ilfracombe

  • Ilfracombe Harbour The Pier, The Quay, Ilfracombe, EX34 9EQ

Start & Finish: Out and back from Ilfracombe Harbour.

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George & Dragon

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Funder Island

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Wilders Mouth Beach

  • Ilfracombe, Devon EX34 9DA

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  • Woolacombe, Devon EX34 7AF

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Chichester Arms

  • Mortehoe Station Road, Mortehoe, Devon EX34 7DU
  • 01271 870411

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Billy Budds

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  • Corner of West Road and Beach Road, Woolacombe, Devon
  • 01271 870429

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Baggy Point

  • Moor Lane, Croyde, Devon, EX33 1PA

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Arlington Court

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Adele's Cafe

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The Boardwalk

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