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Luxury barn conversion with hot tub and onsite chef in Devon - year-round breaks

Bedrooms 2
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Hot Tub
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Luxury Barn Conversion With Lovely Views

The Milkshed is a newly converted old stone barn which has been thoughtfully designed to provide luxury and comfortable holiday accommodation for up to four guests (plus cot). There are two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a wonderful open plan sitting room/dining area and kitchen. The private garden is very large and fully enclosed - it includes a lawned area, herb garden and sitting area. Special features include a wood burning fire, underfloor heating throughout and a freestanding claw bath in the master bedroom. The property is eco-friendly and both hot water and heating are provided by a state of the art biomass boiler.

One of the owners is a fully trained chef to Michelin level and is happy to provide gourmet dinners, seasonal picnic hampers or a simple welcome dinner on request so that you can sit back and relax without worrying about the cooking.

Changeover day is on Friday with a minimum 7 night stay in peak seasons (short breaks are possible at other times, with arrival on a Monday or Friday).

More Details

Katie Hollyer
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
16 April, 2018

About Katie Hollyer

Owners, Mark and Katie live in the main farmhouse so are onsite if needed. After many years working in the hospitality industry in both London and abroad, they decided to move to the beautiful Devon countryside to raise their young family. Mark has swapped his role as a Head Chef in top-end restaurants for the more relaxed pace of life as a Private Chef. Katie works part-time managing weddings and events and project managed the conversion of the barn.

Katie Hollyer purchased this barn in 2012

Why Katie Hollyer chose Honiton

Mark and Katie chose the property for its tranquility, space and charm. In addition to the Milkshed, there is a main farmhouse - a 16th Century thatched Devon longhouse and a small cottage which Katie's parents use as a country retreat.

What makes this barn unique

As well as its spacious and luxurious interior, the Milkshed offers a large private (enclosed) garden and has access to a gently sloping 4-acre field which includes a stream to paddle in, children's play area, pathways to explore and a tree plantation. Catering is available for guests staying at The Milkshed.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Honiton in Luppitt

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Ensuite - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Claw bath
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The master bedroom has an ensuite toilet and basin in addition to the claw bath. The family bathroom has a very large shower enclosure, toilet and basin.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 2 x 3ft single beds can be joined (zip and link)
    Master Bedroom - King size bed
  • The master bedroom has a king-sized bed, dual aspect windows and the added luxury of a freestanding claw bath. The second bedroom has twin beds which can be linked together to form a king size bed if required (advance notice needed).
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
We have clay pigeon shooting and coarse fishing available - please enquire for details.


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Luxury barn conversion with hot tub and onsite chef in Devon - year-round breaks
average rating of 5.0 based on 32 reviews

The Milkshed - a beautiful holiday home.

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned to Australia after spending our final holiday week in The Milkshed - one of the best holiday houses that we have stayed in. Katie and Mark have done such a good job in renovating and decorating the property and were both very friendly and helpful throughout our stay. The house contained just about everything we needed to have an enjoyable and comfortable week. The kitchen was incredibly well equipped and we particularly appreciated the Nespresso coffee machine. A bottle of wine and a still warm from the oven banana cake greeted us on arrival, especially welcome after a long journey. It was so lovely to be able to wander around the lake in the evenings and we wish Katie and Mark all the best with their plans for the area.

We would definitely recommend The Milkshed.

C and J Burrows

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely holiday in beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were really impressed with The Milkshed; we loved the open-plan layout, it provided all mod cons that we needed, the bed was comfortable, lovely hot power shower and a beautiful view outside! We enjoyed using the hot tub (although the weather wasn't always quite up to it!) We had a delicious meal cooked by Mark and Katie was always on hand if we had any questions about where to go, etc. Thanks to them both for being such lovely hosts and we hope to visit again one day.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review - delighted you enjoyed it! We have recently been adding 'extras' to ensure all mod cons are available to guests so glad we are succeeding with this.
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Amazing Stay Home From Home

  • 5 of 5

Such a lovely part of the world and the Milkshed is just perfect luxury for enjoying sunny devon !! would highly recommend

  • Review Submitted: 06-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted you enjoyed it!
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An amazing cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Well what a fantastic week in the Milkshed! We are already planning a return trip to the cottage in 2017.

The Milkshed was a fantastic base for our family holiday, it's a superb barn conversion, immaculate and the hospitality of Katie, Mark and the family was very much appreciated. The cottage is stylish with everything you need for a relaxing holiday. The beds are super comfy and the well equipped kitchen is enormous! Our son Daniel (3) and the dog Molly just loved exploring the grounds. Daniel also enjoyed having two other little friends to play with – thanks Louis and Ivy!

So many attractions and sights to see in the area (hence why we are planning a return trip), all within an easy drive (Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth, Dawlish, steam train to Kingswear/Dartmouth, Paignton Zoo, Killerton (NT) and the fantastic beaches at Dawlish Warren, Branscombe and Exmouth (to rival our home county of Northumberland).

PS - I’m also looking forward to the fantastic addition of a wood-fired hot tub next year!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review and lovely suggestions for future guests. We would love to have you back and think that our new hot tub will enhance our property to make it even more enjoyable.
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Perfect getaway in beautiful area - fab for families

  • 5 of 5

I would highly recommend the Milkshed as a perfect Devon getaway! My family and I didn't want to leave after a week in this tastefully converted barn. It's clean and stylish with everything you need for a relaxing holiday. It's all on one level which is really convenient, the beds are comfy and the kitchen huge (also very well equipped)! For the kids, there were toys, games and books, even a football pitch and tree swings! There's wifi and docking speakers which we used to stream music from our iPad. Essential for holiday dancing! Our boys are 11 and 9 and they loved being able to freely roam about the grounds with their football! There are plenty of attractions to drive to (Escot, Burrow Farm Garden, Killerton (NT), Haldon Forest Park), country pubs (The Sidmouth Arms) and an amazing coastline (Sidmouth to Branscombe coastal path!). Katie and Mark are really helpful (Katie put away our food delivery before we arrived and was on hand incase we needed anything) and passionate about their property which they are developing all the time. We very much hope to return as there is still so much to explore in the area and we found we totally switched off and properly relaxed in this delightful place!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review with great tips for exploring the local area for future guests. We are delighted the new football pitch was enjoyed and love the idea of the docking station enabled holiday dancing and relaxation!
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Beautiful property in a fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

Our third stay at The Milkshed was just as wonderful as our previous visits. The property is immaculate and equipped with everything you could need. Location is great too, whilst feeling like you're in the middle of nowhere you are just a short drive to amenities and local beaches. Katie and Mark are most welcoming hosts and have managed to make The Milkshed feel like a real home from home. We will most certainly be returning for a fourth visit!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Mar-2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you enjoyed your third visit - we also love the location of The Milkshed as it is rural, but with very easy access to all amenities and the coast. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the future!
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Car: necessary

The Milkshed is located in the heart of the Blackdown Hills, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is a peaceful, rural setting with easy access to the market town of Honiton, which is just a couple of miles away.

The Jurassic Coast is a short drive away with some lovely beaches, walks and country pubs along the way.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday barn in Honiton, Devon

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
April/May 2018
13 Apr 2018 - 24 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
May half term 2018
25 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early June 2018
1 Jun 2018 - 14 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late June
15 Jun 2018 - 28 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early July 2018
29 Jun 2018 - 5 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid-July 2018
6 Jul 2018 - 19 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer Holidays 2018
20 Jul 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September 2018
31 Aug 2018 - 27 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October 2018
28 Sep 2018 - 18 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October half term 2018
19 Oct 2018 - 25 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
November/December 2018
26 Oct 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas/New Year 2018/9
21 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £50

Short breaks may be available on request at quiet times of year or when booking last minute (Fri-Mon or Mon-Fri preferred) - contact the owner.

Changeover day is on a Friday for weekly bookings (flexibility may be possible at off peak times).

25% of the full rental amount is due upon booking. The remaining 75% is due one month prior to the start date of your holiday.
For bookings made less than one month before the rental period, the full fee is required.

In the event of a cancellation, a refund will be issued (minus £50) if the owner is able to re-book the property, which they will try their hardest to do.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.