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Multi Award Winning on the beautiful English Riviera - luxury with surprises - The Threshing Barn (Sleeps upto 8 + infants, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms)



Updated: 20-Apr-2017
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online


The Threshing Barn (Sleeps upto 8 + infants, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms)

Brimming with quality “cosy, spacious, well-equipped, peaceful, delighted, spot-on or great location” are just some adjectives used by guests for Threshing Barn; whether couples or smaller parties taking advantage of low season partial occupancy deals or extended families or friends together on their holiday or wedding.

Upstairs are 4 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms accessed via a spiral staircase. Each bedroom has beautiful furnishings with oak beams, "comfortable quality beds", lovely duvets and sheets, plus separate bedside lights. The bunk bed room is simply lovely being a favourite of one of the owner’s teenage boys, so kids won’t be disappointed if they find themselves in there. One bathroom even has a slipper bath. Downstairs features a beautifully furnished dining area, living room with triple settees, fully fitted kitchen, plus very useful toilet & shower room. Extras like information folders, BT infinity, pampering treatments, child or even pet sitting simply add to the experience.

About the property

Pilgrims Rest Cottages E996

Three time finalists (2013, 2014, 2016) for Top Self Catering Establishment on the English Riviera and South Devon (winner, runner up, winner), Pilgrims Rest Cottages feature 4 beautiful, individually unique barns brimming with history yet combined with modern day luxuries and some stand out surprises for our guests.

King-size and super king size beds; slipper baths; oak beams; lovely furnishings; fully fitted kitchens, dining rooms and lounges with the essential super-fast Wi-Fi, TV/DVDs and gardens.

Welcoming guests year round they offer extras outside the norm for self-catering such as a “Personal Service” to access gems in the area covering walks / beaches / restaurants / man-made and natural attractions and “Onsite extras” such pampering treatments, baby-sitting, dog-sitting, baby / toddler packages or even maid service.

Found in one of the villages of Torquay called Barton on The English Riviera, past guests have found them in an ideal location (average score 5.7 out 6) with ease of access to local shops within a stroll, countryside within 500 yards, beaches and coast walks within 1-2 miles and a multitude of restaurants, country inns, man-made and natural attractions within a 1- 5 mile radius.

Whilst we have the great outdoors on our door step, the cottages also come with secure court yard, orchard garden, and main garden including giant trampoline, sun loungers, BBQs etc just in case you feel like staying home, whilst inside TV/DVD, BT super-fast Wifi, access to Netflix, comfy settees and cosy, warm rooms.

Whether you are looking to come away as a couple, family, extended family or families, friends together for a wedding, anniversary, birthday, summer holiday or simple get away do come and enjoy your 2016/7 holiday or break with us.

Your hosts Martin & Kim

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About the Owner

Martin Brook
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
20 April, 2017

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Booking Notes:
Threshing Barn has discounts for partial occupancy out of high seasons to attract parties of 2-6; 4 bed priced at near to 3 or 2 bed rates! Honeysuckle caters for couples at discounts in similar times. Similarly for The Old Manor Farmhouse. The changeover times are 4pm on arrival and 10am on departure. To make a secure booking, a 25% deposit is necessary. The remaining balance is then due 6 weeks before arrival.

Changeover Day:
Changeover days are Saturdays during summer season and flexible throughout the rest of the year.

21 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(21 traveller reviews)


Comfortable converted barn with accommodating host but tight parking

  • 4 of 5

Well kitted out for a big family with children, baby and dog.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you all enjoyed your holiday with us and had a very relaxed and comfortable time in Threshing Barn. Please thank Katherine for her kind comments on us being "genuinely dog friendly and child friendly with so much provided for dogs, children and babies". To us that means a lot; we know how the little extras can go a long way and be so useful. Glad you enjoyed our local beaches and eateries but sorry about the tight parking; you threw us with 3 cars with allocated spaces for 2 in the car park but we managed to reorganise with another guest kindly offering their space for dad to help. All the best and thank you for taking the time to write the review. Martin and Kim
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Lovely cottage just as advertised had a great week at the Treshing Barn. Owner was very helpful

  • 5 of 5

The property was perfect for 8 people all sundries provided such as tea coffee etc. We arrived to find milk cookies and a nice bottle of red provided free of charge. The cottages are close to lots of places of interest and easy to find. As a family we would thoroughly recommend the Pilgrims Rest experience. We are already looking forward to returning in the near future.

Steve and Jill Baker

  • Review Submitted: Jan 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Steve and Jill We are so pleased Threshing Barn was a great venue for a special birthday celebration; with everything provided for every age group from 7mths to 60 (!) and you found some excellent eateries and attractions close by - 'On The Rocks' is certainly a great place to eat and The Model Village fantastic for kids. When guests travel a reasonable distance we think the welcome goodies just help - no one wants to go straight out to the shops; a cuppa tea, coffee and cookie or something a little stronger goes down well. We really appreciated the recommendations of places to visit, left in the barn - so helpful for new guests and finally, thanks for bringing with you our furthest guests from down under! See you soon, Martin and Kim
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Lovely place, had everything we needed and very relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

Perfect for two young families to stay over the New Year period, all child friendly including stairs gates and excellent layout on the ground floor as all open plan. Highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Roz I am so glad you and your friends found Threshing Barn perfect for your needs. We have introduced a number of extras over the years to make Threshing Barn child friendly, which includes the stairgates, which other parties have appreciated, as we don't want toddlers, toddling off on their own! Mum and dads can then relax. It was lovely seeing Cloe and Jacob having fun and can't wait to see the duo performing with their guitars, though may need to give a few years! Thanks for taking the time to write and highly recommending. See you again. Martin & Kim.
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Peaceful Christmas at the Threshing Barn

  • 4 of 5

The property description is accurate but we did not take into account how narrow the spiral staircase is when lifting suitcases and for erderly members of our party, however it did not spoil our Christmas break.

The property was clean, well maintained and a lovely touch was the bottle of wine, mince pies and Christmas card from the owners. There was a lovely Christmas tree with all the trimmings and lights outside the property which made it feel very festive.

The owner is an excellent landlord and looked after us very well.

On Christmas Eve we had dinner at the Orange Tree in Torbay which was superb. We opted for the tasting menu and could not fault anything. The owners wife was our hostess and nothing was too much trouble.

On Boxing Day we went down to the beach which was lovely and we would highly recommend a stay at this delightful property.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Adeline Thank you very much for taking the time to write your review and highly recommend others stay at ‘our delightful property’ plus your kind comments about me! We are so pleased you liked our extra touches to make a more festive experience. We very much value our guests’ custom, realising they can pick others and in fact, throughout the year, we leave ‘welcome goodies’ to all guests appropriate to the season, as a little thank you. The Orange Tree is certainly a favourite recommendation to guests; not least because of the wife’s excellent hosting and I must agree guests have found our local beaches gems for walks. Historically old properties had what are known as ‘newel’ staircases (modern day words ‘spiral’) and so, in keeping with a Grade 2* 'National Important' historical property a spiral staircase was put in place. Over time we have realised carrying suitcases up a spiral stair, that guests aren’t normally used to, can be tricky as there is a knack and so, as part of our extra concierge service, offer to carry these up for guests if they want, but with the missed timing of greetings, I am sorry this wasn’t explained, though glad it didn’t spoil your break. Thank you once again for your kind comments and we look forward to welcoming you all back. Martin and Kim.
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Family week in Torquay

  • 5 of 5

Lovely barn conversion and very comfortable throughout. There was everything provided that we could possibly need.

As we were out most of the day we didn't put the TV on much. It had freeview and there were some DVDs to watch. The settees were so comfortable and cosy. The dining table seated 8 but we had 9 and a high chair. It was plenty big enough for us. The kitchen was clean and had everything we needed. The washer came in handy. There were 2 fridges , a freezer and plenty of cupboard space. We did a large Asda shop when we arrived and ate in every evening. We took a picnic with us during the daytime, having the freezer meant we had ice sheets to keep it fresh all day.

There was a toilet and shower downstairs and upstairs 2 bathrooms and 4 bedrooms. The beds were comfy and the linen clean and fresh. Towels were provided.

Martin our host was very friendly and provided endless information on walks beaches and places to eat. We had a Chinese takeaway on Martins recommendation for our last evening meal and it was the best I've tasted. A wonderful holiday location and plenty of room for a large family or friends.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Debbie You were a wonderful family; full of friendly smiles and laughter. Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It helps many people get a full picture of what we aim to offer here at Pilgrims Rest Cottages - a special place to stay with some added extras to make a wonderful holiday. All the best and hope to see you again sometime, Martin & Kim
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Totally laid back and relaxed

  • 5 of 5

We came for a family holiday with two infants in tow to a beautiful barn and surroundings, owned and run by a lovely family whose hospitality was memorable. Cockington is gorgeous and the zoo brilliant. Totally laid back and relaxed, we have all had a fabulous week.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you all had a wonderful time. It was a real pleasure having you all stay and enjoying both the barn and our area. Next time the babes will be walking! All the best, Martin and Kim
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Exeter at 30 Miles Nearest Barpub : Prince of Orange at 200 Metres Nearest Ferry : Plymouth at 35 Miles Nearest Golf : Torquay at 2 Miles Nearest Train : Torquay at 2 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Various at 1.5 Miles Nearest Beach : Watcombe at 1 Miles Car: recommended


Within a 5 mile radius you can access over 10 beaches from secluded coves to long stretches of sand (nearest within 1mile)! Guest folder has details. Nearby Maidencombe (16th Century Thatched Tavern); Watcombe Cove; Oddicombe with historic tram and chef pub of the year (Cary Arms); Meadfoot with woodland behind; Ness Beach (via smugglers cove); Torre Abbey (awarded best sand for sand castles in UK); Preston (with beach huts), Paignton (Pier), Goodrington (waterpark) and Broadsands. Wonderful!


By air - The nearest airports are Exeter (22 miles), Plymouth (38 miles), Bristol (100 miles).

By sea - Cherbourg , Santander and St. Malo reached by sea ferry crossings to and from Plymouth. A transfer by coach, bus, train or taxi will be necessary.

By train - Trains to Newton Abbott or Torquay from all over the country with a short taxi ride.

By car - Torquay is 100 miles from Bristol, 184 miles from Birmingham and 217 miles from London.

Owner can help with taxis. Car hire not necessary.


Local shops within 100yds: off-licence, Tesco, Coop, post office, cash points, bakers, fish and chips, Chinese, and pharmacy. Numerous shops, restaurants, attractions within 0-10 minutes by car. Exeter is 20 minutes drive. Totnes and Dartmoor are within 30 minutes. There is a good local bus service (50yds to nearest stop). Two train stations within 10 minute drive.

Further Details:

If travelling with children, one doesn't want to travel too far to entertain them! Two local beaches are within a few minutes; cinema, ten pin bowling, under ground caves, coastal zoo, in door play zones, golf, squash, tennis, in door wave pool are within 10 minutes; and if you go up to 30 minutes you find water park, adventure parks, another zoo and Dartmoor. Whether sun, rain or shine, something to entertain, never mind your relaxing base!

Thinking about the parents, or adults travelling without children, the surrounding area is also literally packed with shops, restaurants, sports activities, countryside, historic houses and beautiful gardens all within a 20 minutes drive. English, French, Greek, Italian, Chinese, Indian and Nepalese Restaurants within minutes of the property; similarly Golf, Gyms, Sailing, Boating, Saunas. On top there are theatres and a museum, also within Torquay.

With such a choice, we can provide local knowledge to help you choose the right place to eat or visit, saving you time, money and frustration - as a family we hate finding that great place right at the end of a holiday, so we will try not to let that happen for you! We have even negotiated some discount rates for our guests at various places!


Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library

Onsite Services

  • Massage


  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village


  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, Bunk beds 3' each
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Cot, Ensuite with Jack and Gill bathroom
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Cot, Ensuite with access to Jack & Gill bathroom
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Cot, Can be made into twin with zip and link super king bed


  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: The Old Manor Farmhouse was built in the 15th Century. It included a "Linny" attached were animals were held in the winter and also three traditional barns. Maid service, baby and/ or pet sitting and on site pampering available on request. All are both child and pet friendly, with, for children stair gates at top and bottom of the spiral staircases plus high chairs and cots available on request. There are organised folders on local information, which is so important when coming to an area for the first time covering: eating out / in (30+); walks (20+); sports (you name it); beaches (22); man made and natural attractions (50+) - the combined total cater for all and helping guests find those gems. All heating, towels and bedlinen provided with the barns having easily controlled central heating and plenty of hot water. Smoking inside is not permitted. The owners now live in the Linny, so are easily available to give help and advice. Outside: Secluded garden and courtyard with sun loungers, tables, companion seats and barbecue for the barns. Separate garden for The Old Manor Farmhouse to the front next to lane. Access to further garden for all.

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