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Quality Stone Barns With Heated Swimming Pool Located in 64 Acres Of Farm Land

Bedrooms 6
Separate WC's1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Barn in Modbury, South Devon, Devon , England - Tranquil Setting Close To The South Coast and the Dartmoor National Park

Welcome to Hidden Valley Holidays....!

Coombe Farm is a property of grand design, combining the charm of historic stone barns, with contemporary internal design and modern facilities. The property has a south facing aspect; a sunny and sheltered courtyard overlooks the small trout stream in the valley below. The property offers spacious accommodation, with high vaulted ceilings and cosy log fires in the living room, dining room and kitchen Teak flooring with beautiful Persian carpets give the place a luxurious feel throughout and the heated indoor pool and 12-seat cinema room are popular with guests of all ages. The living rooms offer great communal space while the layout of the bedrooms provides a high degree of privacy for all guests. Our guests have free access to the Farm, which is home to a small flock of friendly White Faced Dartmoor sheep and a heard of Devon Ruby Red and Galloway cows. Behind the barns, up the hillside, we have planted a 150-tree cider orchard - all traditional West Country varieties - and 5 vineyards comprising over 22 000 vines - Pinot Noir, Bacchus, Pinot Gris, Madeline Angevine, Pinot Noir Precoce, Chardonnay and Ortega. Our winery building is now complete, ready for our first commercial harvest in 2017.

Coombe Farm offers very spacious accommodation for 12 plus 2 babies (in the cots we can put-up wherever you like). Sleeping accommodation comprises 3 very large double bedrooms and 3 twin bedrooms. For another couple, we can offer adjacent Vine Cottage, a luxurious fully equipped one-bed house - please see listing E18568 for full details.

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About Us

Lance Whitehead
Calancombe, Off Marridge Cross
PL21 0TU Modbury
The property is let jointly by Lance Whitehead and Caroline Whitehead as private unincorporated private business. We are not VAT registered

Lance Whitehead
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, German, Arabic
Calendar last updated:
25 May, 2018

About Lance Whitehead

We live close to Coombe Farm, in the original farmhouse, just along the valley and we have busy careers that take us away overseas for much of the time, but we love to return to the tranquillity and beauty of Coombe Farm in South Devon where we can recharge and relax. We really enjoy the rural environment at Coombe Farm - great wildlife, cliff top and moorland walking, sailing and fly fishing...

Lance Whitehead purchased this barn in 2012

Why Lance Whitehead chose Modbury

Coombe Farm is located in a beautiful hidden valley in the South Hams district of South Devon equidistant between the Coast and Dartmoor - both less than 30 minutes away.

The place offers real peace and tranquillity; the only sounds are the birds and the occasional calling of our Grey Faced Dartmoor sheep and friendly Red Devon cows, and the trickle of a small trout stream running along the valley - no noise from cars or aircraft - it is almost like England 70 years ago.

The House is surrounded by its own 64 acres of arable land - with 22 000 vines and a cider apple orchard together with plums, blackcurrants, damsons, planted extensively across the property

Salcombe, Dartmouth, the River Yealm and Dartmoor are close. Plymouth, Totness and Exeter are also within easy reach, as the A38 only 5 minutes' drive away.

What makes this barn unique

We spend most of our time here enjoying the privacy, peace and beauty of the valley within which the house is situated, looking after our farm.

The property is a perfect blend of old and new - converted about 5 years ago from a group of traditional stone barns Coombe Farm has been transformed into a spacious modern home offering a fully-equipped large Italian designer kitchen, comfortable living and dining rooms, a 12-seater cinema, and a bedroom layout that offers a high degree of privacy, whilst being close to all the shared facilities.

We love the heated indoor swimming pool, that opens into the courtyard. We enjoy the many activities locally - clay pigeon shooting on our land, fishing, riding, canoeing, sailing and surfing - all can be arranged for our guests.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Ideal for a large three generation family group. We could not fault it and any suggestions for improvement would border on the absurd" September 2012.

"Excellent property there was something for every need from entertainment, comfort and even down to kitchen utensils. The whole family thoroughly enjoyed this property, and our dogs. Thank you very much, we didn't want to leave!" February 2011

"This is a beautifully finished property, very secluded and in a picturesque setting. I would say that this was best suited for adults and families with older children" May 2011
Jun 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Modbury in Modbury

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • The en-suites to Rooms 1 & 2 are large and luxurious with baths, separate walk-in showers, basins and loos. The en-suites for Rooms 3 & 4 have large baths with wall showers, basins and loos. Rooms 5 & 6 share a bathroom with bath/shower, loo and basin
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 (6 Bedrooms) + Vine Cottage for 2 Notes on bedrooms: Main Barn: Bedrooms 1 & 2 are spacious king-size doubles with en-suite bathrooms . Bedrooms 3 & 4 are twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Adjacent barn: Bedroom 5 is a spacious king-size double and Bedroom 6 is a twin room share an adjoining bathroom.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Coombe Farm's spacious living rooms and the Cinema are located on the upper floor, making the best of the oak framed vaulted ceilings and the views across the countryside. French Windows offer easy access from the Kitchen and Dining Room to the gardens and the driveway behind the house. A glazed walkway links to one of the king-sized double rooms in a connected barn, offering a high degree of privacy for the occupants. An oak staircase leads down to the hall and to the front door into the Courtyard. A king-sized double bedroom and 2 twin bedrooms are located on the Ground Floor, overlooking the Courtyard. The utility Room is also located on the Ground Floor. A gravel path leads from the Kitchen door through a small garden to the separate barn about 8 metres away, with a double and a twin room and shared bathroom. This barn a high degree of privacy for the occupants, whilst being close to the the main accommodation. The Swimming Pool is accessed from the Courtyard Outside: The Farm includes a series of small pastures at the bottom of the valley, through which 2 shallow, clear trout streams run - fun for children to play in, with some adult supervision. Behind Coombe Farm a vineyard and cider orchard have recently been planted. All the land is open to guests to enjoy and the views from the upper fields are wonderful. The Courtyard is a great sun trap and a very peaceful spot to relax in the teak 'steamer chairs' or around the teak dining table, on the slate paving, with just the sounds of the sheep and cows in the meadows and the stream running along the valley below. The heated Swimming Pool is accessed from the Courtyard and it has a large sliding window that can open fully on sunny days. Outside the kitchen, there is a wooden deck with a round 8-seat teak table and 2 charcoal Weber barbecues. A garden, including a herb garden offers another area for play and relaxation. Utility Room: Washing machine, industrial-sized drier, iron and ironing board. A cot and high chair and spare beach towels etc., are stored in the adjacent cupboard. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: On arrival, guests will find the house newly cleaned, all beds made with fresh linen and towels and flannels for all. Extra towels are provided for use in the Swimming Pool. Additional cleaning and maid service can be provided by prior arrangement Other: The Cinema Room is fitted with 12 original cinema seats in 3 raised rows, and has a 6' x 4' viewing screen, a high level projector and HiFi surround sound. The DVD library offers films to suit all ages. A traditional popcorn maker is provided.


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Quality Stone Barns With Heated Swimming Pool Located in 64 Acres Of Farm Land
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Absolutely wonderful family break

  • 5 of 5

Property is to a high standard, excellent facilities, wonderful location. There was so much space that even with 14 of us, it never felt crowded. We all felt we were able to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Easy reach of great beaches. Lance is a fantastic host, very keen to check all is ok and help with anything you need. Would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sharon Thank you very much for coming to spend your family holiday with us...! We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Coombe Farm and many thanks for your positive feedback . We enjoyed meeting you all and hope to see you again. Best wishes Lance & Caroline
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Extra excitement at the grape harvest

  • 5 of 5

A fabulous week at Coombe Farm during the grape harvest ! Lance encouraged us to view the 30 acres on foot, and we duly complied, seeing the vineyards at all their stages of development. Oh - and I almost forgot the accomodation - in our 15 year experience of renting large properties in Devon, we have never met such interesting and welcoming owners, and the house manager amazed us with tips and local knowledge. Perfect for our group (aged 3 months to 90 years) a very warm and comfortable house, especially during the winter months. Coastal visits to Burgh Island and the Pilchard, and a shopping trip to quirky Modbury are a must, and golfers will love the course at Bigbury-on-Sea. Walking from the house - we met Lucy, the owner of Shilston House, where they host Devon Archives talks. Would not hesitate to revisit, except we like to go somewhere new each year. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Judy

  • Review Submitted: 17-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Judy Thank you so much for your kind review - You were perfect guests and we very much enjoyed having you all to stay. The wine harvest this year was fun and we hope to begin wine making in earnest next year, when the vines are a little more mature. Best wishes Lance and Caroline Whitehead
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Superb property in a great location!

  • 5 of 5

We booked this as a last minute get away for the family before the end of the summer holidays and were delighted with the choice! Clean, tidy and well maintained the property was surrounded by breath taking views as far as the eye can see of well manicured farm land and vine yards.

Lance was hugely welcoming and always eager to assist beyond the call of duty - even when surrounded by 5 small children as he got on with his duties!

The kids loved it, the adults loved it, the cinema room was a great bonus, and the heated pool was spot on! This location is ideal for large groups / famillies who just want to get away and relax, the decor and facilities were spot on. I can not recommend this place enough, we will most definatly be putting it on the short list for a return visit in the near future! Superb - thanks Lance. (Nic Leigh and Family)

  • Review Submitted: 09-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Nic and Leigh Many thanks for your generous feedback. It was a pleasure to welcome you all to Coombe Farm and we enjoyed watching your kids having such a good time...! We hope to see you again before too long. Best wishes Lance & Caroline
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5 stars!

  • 5 of 5

Previous review should have been 5 star but I submitted it from my phone and it went a bit wrong! (Along with the sausage finger spelling)

  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for helping us to keep-up our average....! It was good of you to review the star rating.... Best wishes, and thanks once again for staying with us. Yours, Lance
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Perfect Holiday, perfect house

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house, loads of room for us all, set in a stunning setting, off the beaten track. House & cottage nice and clean, Lance and his team were all very friendly & helpful. Upon their recommendation we visited the White Hart in Modbury for a celebration meal and it was fantastic!

We hired the house and the cottage together, we were three generations and it suited all our needs. The pool and cinema room came in handy when the weather was against us and there were lots of lovely places to visit nearby.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I greatly appreciate the feedback - thank you very much. We love having people to stay at Coombe Farm, which is ideal for family get-togethers and have hosted many special celebrations, birthdays and anniversaries.
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
The White Hart
Nearest Ferry
12 Miles
Plymouth - France & Spain
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Thurlestone Golf Club
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
A38 to M5
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
The Ship Inn
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Bantham & Bigbury


The picturesque South Devon Coast is about 6 miles away offering wonderful cliff-top walks. The sandy beaches of Bantham, Bigbury-on-Sea and Thurlestone are less than 30 minutes' drive away, and the nearby natural harbours of Salcombe and the River Yealm offer sheltered waters for sailing and other watersports. Surfing at Bantham is excellent and equipment can hired locally.


Coombe Farm is only about 4 miles from the A38 dual carrigeway which provides easy access to Exeter Airport (35 miles) and Bristol Airport (100 miles), via the M5. Plymouth is also easy to reach along the A38.

A car is essential for a stay at Coombe.


The small market town of Modbury is less than 2 miles away, offering independent shops, cafes, galleries and locally produced Devon food and drink.

Kingsbridge, is 9 miles away offers a wider variety of shops and supermarkets, restaurants and a cinema.

Salcombe, a picturesque seaside town on the banks of the Salcombe Estuary is 11 miles away and well worth a visit.

Plymouth, with all the facilities of a major city is 16 miles away and easy to reach via the A38.

Further Details:

There is a wide range of sports activities available in the local area close to Coombe Farm, including sailing, surfing, sea kayaking, canoeing, sea angling, fly fishing, walking, riding, shooting, etc. We will be pleased to help you to find the right activity to suit your needs.

Sightseeing around South Hams and across Dartmoor is spectacular, from the coastal cliff walks along the old customs and excise paths, built in the 1800s to catch smugglers and to repel invaders, to rambling across Dartmoor's many marked routes. The area is scattered with picturesque towns, villages and harbours - Dartmouth, Salcombe, Totnes, Exeter, Plymouth all have plenty to see and do. There are local steam railways, boat trips, nature trails and zoos.

Our website provides links to a wide range of sporting and leisure activities and tourist destinations.

Modbury, less than 2 miles away, offers a range of small local shops, a baker, a butcher, post office, delicatessen restaurants, galleries, cafes and a small but well-stocked Co-Op supermarket. The closest garage is at California Cross, 2 miles distance. Further afield, Kingsbridge is another delightful town with a wider range of local shops, cafes, a cinema, restaurants and larger supermarkets. Plymouth, 16 miles away, offers the full range of facilities expected of a small city.

There are many village and country pubs to visit for good food and drink - Please take a look at our website for more details and our favorites....!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday barn in Modbury, South Hams

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
25 May 2018 - 28 Jun 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
29 Jun 2018 - 6 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
7 Sep 2018 - 27 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
28 Sep 2018 - 11 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
12 Oct 2018 - 18 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
19 Oct 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
21 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Early 2019
5 Jan 2019 - 14 Feb 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
SPRING 1/2 TERM 2019
15 Feb 2019 - 25 Feb 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
26 Feb 2019 - 4 Apr 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
5 Apr 2019 - 26 Apr 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
27 Apr 2019 - 23 May 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
24 May 2019 - 3 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
4 Jun 2019 - 4 Jul 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
5 Jul 2019 - 5 Sep 2019
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
6 Sep 2019 - 26 Sep 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
27 Sep 2019 - 24 Oct 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
25 Oct 2019 - 3 Nov 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
4 Nov 2019 - 19 Dec 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
20 Dec 2019 - 3 Jan 2020
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning and Maintenance £400
Pet Fee £10
High Chair £10
Refundable Damage Deposit £300
Cot £10

Booking Notes:

Out of the High Season dates the property is available for 4 days or more - details are provided on our website.
Please use the online booking system on our website for all reservations:

Changeover Day:

Changeover for weekly bookings is usually on Friday with departure by 10.00 and arrival after 3.00 pm. However, if the schedule allows, we can be flexible.

Notes on prices:
Accommodation can be extended to 14 by including the adjacent Vine Cottage in the booking for an additional 20% rental fee

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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