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Spacious and Characterful 3 bedroom Detached Barn Conversion close to coast.

Bedrooms 3
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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About the property

Converted Barn set in a small hamlet in the Countryside, Spacious, Views, Characterful and perfect family set up. close to Coast

(Please note that our change over day is a Saturday). Great Philham Parlour is a beautifully converted parlour, being well appointed and offering spacious accommodation. We converted the parlour ourselves and we maintain it with all the love, care and attention that went into the original conversion. It offers a private courtyard area and access to a large paddock with rope swings and trampoline. Situated in the heart of the Devon countryside, with stunning view of the surrounding fields, but within 2 miles of Hartland, Hartland Quay and the West Country Coastal Path, with its rugged, yet spectacular coastline. Sandy beaches can be found nearby at Sandymouth and Bude, all of which offer excellent surfing and body boarding experiences. Please note that the Parlour is available in low season, as a two bedroom property, and is priced accordingly. Please see our other listing reference 8152267 for prices and availability

Mark Brumham
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
26 February, 2017

About Mark Brumham

We moved to this beautiful part of Devon in 2007 as part of our "New Life in the Country" plan. We found Great Philham House with its unconverted barn and could not turn down the opportunity and challenge of creating our own holiday cottage.

Lorraine and I ensured that the barn was finished to a high standard, with character and luxury. We are so delighted with the result, that we stay in the cottage ourselves for an occasional holiday, even though its only next door!

Having worked hard to provide the highest standard of accommodation, we would now like to welcome everyone else to come and enjoy this fantastic part of Devon and are wonderful holiday cottage.

Mark Brumham purchased this barn in 2007

Why Mark Brumham chose Torridge

We are situated in the heart of the Hartland Peninsular and surrounded by Devon countryside. Its very difficult to accurately describe the area, as there are so many redeeming features, there is simply everything on offer here. Peaceful and tranquil surroundings, fantastic views, rugged coast line, hidden coves, sandy beaches to name but a few.

You simply cant help but fall in love with the area, everyone is so friendly and welcoming, the local pubs are full of atmosphere and local ale!

You can walk for miles, either in land or along the fabulous west country coastal path.

The hamlet of Philham, whist off the main routes, has easy access to the town of Hartland and the main A39, with links to Cornwall.

What makes this barn unique

The Parlour enjoys a large, private, enclosed, child friendly courtyard which is excellent for BBQ, eating out and soaking up the sunshine.

There is also a large lawn / meadow with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. It is ideal for children of all ages, as there are rope swings and large trampoline available to play on.

Inside there is a large open plan living area, with fully fitted kitchen, leather suite, large dinning table and a warm cast iron wood burner.

There is also a games area, with multi function tabletop football / pool table.

The accommodation is well appointed, with large bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities, including a family bathroom, with Jack and Jill Doors and a fabulous roll top bath.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Fantastic Spacious and Stylish. Children loved the Hens, the trampoline and exploring the lanes"

"The Parlour was a fantastic find. The large bedrooms were perfect for the twins. Great countryside location, lots to do locally"

"What a wonderful cottage and setting to bring our 2 girls and 6 month old son on their first holiday together. We felt at home as soon as we arrived"
Aug 2014
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(24 traveller reviews)


bright, airy, immaculate cottage in perfect peaceful location

  • 5 of 5

Huge amount of space, immaculately kept, owners are very thoughtful and left us goodies. We have been here twice now both summer and winter and the barn is wonderful for all seasons. Also as the barn is so large it easily accommodates a large family for a get together.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had another great stay with us again and thank you for coming back to our holiday cottage. Your review is lovely, thank you, it will really help us when people are looking for where to book their holidays. We really hope you will book again and we look forward to seeing you and the family at some stage in the future. Kind regards, Lorraine and Mark
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Fantastic property that suited our needs perfectly. We would definitely recommend this property.

  • 5 of 5

This property was brilliant. With 6 adults and 1 child there was loads of space. The 2 bedrooms upstairs were massive, which the owners had made the most of by making an area to sit and relax with 2 chairs, coffee tables and tv. The ensuite shower rooms were lovely, light and airy. The kitchen was a good size and well equipped, Christmas dinner was a breeze.

The property must be very well insulated as it remained comfortably warm, well after the heating had gone off. Views from the property are very nice across the country.

It is set in a very quiet location, in the week we were there we counted no more than 4 cars and 2 tractors passing by, so perfect for a lovely quiet break.

Mark the owner greeted us on our arrival, made sure we were happy and just left us to it, which was perfect.

My son made this stay extra special by proposing to his girlfriend at the beautiful Hartland Quay.

We would love to return in the future.

Do not hesitate to book

  • Review Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What an amazing review, thank you so much for taking the time to write it. Your description is wonderful and will really help other potential guests decide to book with us. So glad you had a lovely holiday and really made the most of the Parlour, it makes a wonderful Christmas location. Happy New Year to you and all the family, congratulations to your son and future daughter in law and we really look forward to seeing you all again in the future. Kind regards, Mark and Lorraine.
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed at The Parlour for the first week in December for the mother-in-laws 70's birthday. Due to having suffered with pnuemonia she was very worried about being cold, she didn't need to worry about that! This lovely 3 bedroom barn conversation was amazingly warm purely using the heating, it even has a little wood burner which we didn't need. There are two bedrooms on the first floor both of which are en suite and have a double bed and single bed, therefore potentially sleeping 3 people. Each of these rooms also has a TV and DVD player! The bedroom on the ground floor has two single beds and a TV. This room has en suite access to a Jack and Jill bathroom with a roll top bath as well as a shower. The bedrooms are all amazing.

The ground floor living space is open plan and inviting. The kitchen is well laid out and equipped with pretty much everything you need. Two fridges and a large freezer was a welcome surprise to other barn conversions. The washing machine and dish washer were both easy to operate and of good quality.

The outside space is simple and as depicted in the photos. We were there in the winter so didn't really use the space but should the weather be kind, there is an outside seating area and bar b q. For those that are looking for a place that accepts a dog this is of tremendous quality but be aware of the gated access if your dog has a tendency towards escapism! It would be possible for a little dog to crawl under the gate that can be seen in the photos, if not then the rear/side garden are sufficiently secure.

Across the road from the barn is a small paddock area, which has a trampoline in for better weather, but is also easy to quickly run the dog around in before you head off for the day. It is nicely located for access to some lovely beaches and walks, it didn't take long to get onto a main road from the lanes.

I can not recommend this property highly enough. We are already discussing coming back here with other family members.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a beautiful review, brilliantly written, which will be so useful for others looking to stay with us. Thank you so much for taking the time to write it, it is really appreciated. So glad you had a great holiday, it was lovely to meet you and we really hope you will come back and stay with us again in the future. Wishing you and the family a very Happy Christmas and New Year. All the very best for 2017, Kind regards, Lorraine and Mark.
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Great property lovely and quiet

  • 5 of 5

Had a lovely long weekend, house spacious and very clean. Distant views of Sea from bedrooms and a real feeling of being the countryside.

It was an excellent base for our next stage of the South West Coastal path. Wished we could have stayed longer!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lovely review thank you, delighted you had a great stay and hopefully you will have a chance to return for a longer stay in the future. Views of the sea are lovely, not mentioned on our write up so as not to build expectations for those who want to be right on the coast. But really pleased you have highlighted them in your review for others to note. Wishing you all the best, Lorraine and Mark
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Very comfortable and peaceful stay

  • 5 of 5

We had an extremely relaxing and comfortable stay at the spacious Parlour. The Parlour is set in peaceful, rural surroundings and provides easy access by car to the spectacular coastline which offers plenty of walking opportunities. The five star rating is well-merited!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the Review Peter, its very much appreciated and makes a big difference to future bookings. So glad you enjoyed the Parlour and we hope to see you again in the future. All the very best, Lorraine and Mark
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Fabulous Holiday at the Parlour in Philham, Hartland

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the Parlour 13th-20th August 2016 with my son (age 15), daughter (age 10), Mum and Mother-in-law. The Parlour is a beautiful barn conversion set in the countryside but close enough that you can easily drive to various beaches and places of interest. The rooms are really spacious and well equipped and the bedrooms are what you would expect a suite to be in a top hotel.

On arrival Lorraine and Mark gave us a great welcome and provided us with fresh eggs from their hens, bread, milk, bacon and sausages. This was a lovely touch and very much appreciated.

We visited many places during our stay, with our favourites being Hartland Quay, Clovelly, Westward Ho! and Knightshayes House (National Trust).

We all had a truly fantastic holiday and would not hesitate to return in the future.

Lorraine and Mark - thanks for letting us stay at your fabulous holiday home and we will hopefully see you again.


  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review Nichola, thank you so much for taking the time to tell others how much you enjoyed your holiday and the Parlour and so pleased you made the most of the local area were able to explore the countryside. Your glowing review will certainly encourage others to book with us. So, not only are we looking forward to another great season next year but we would also love to have you back as our guests at anytime and we hope to see you all again in the future. All the very best Lorraine and Mark.
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7 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
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1 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
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22 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
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Half Term
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
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Early Summer
3 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
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15 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
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Summer Holiday
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
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Late Summer
2 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
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Half Term
28 Oct 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
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Winter Rates
4 Nov 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
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23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £50

The Parlour is available Saturday to Saturday, although out of season shorter stays / long weekends can be arranged by request. A non refundable 25% deposit will be taken on booking confirmation and the balance of payment will be due 4 weeks before the start of your holiday. A booking confirmation form will be provided via email.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday and the Parlour will be available from 2.30 onward. Departure will be no later than 10am the following Saturday.

Notes on prices:
Out of season short breaks and therefore amended pricing can be discussed if required.
Great Philham Parlour is available in low season as a two bedroom property and is priced accordingly. We therefore advertise the same property as Philham Parlour which is offered out of season as a a two bedroom property, which can sleep up to five people under reference 8152267

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Hartland in Devon

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • There are 2 En-suite shower rooms to the two double rooms, fully tiled, wash basin, wc and shower unit, heated towel rail. The Twin room has a well appointed bathroom, with Jack and Jill doors, wash basin, wc, attractive roll to bath, separate shower unit, heated towel rail
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 1 Cot , Travel cot available on request
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Upstairs, there are two large king-size double bedrooms each with a king-size bed and a single bed each with en-suite shower rooms, seating area and TV / CD player. Downstairs there is a twin room with TV and en-suite bathroom with Jack and Jill Doors. A Travel Cot and high chair are also available.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
A stair-gate is available if required. The photographs of the Lighthouse and Beach are taken from the coastal path and are not views from the parlour. Great Philham Parlour is offered as a three bedroom property that sleeps up to 8 people. Private graveled courtyard area, with outside dinning suite including chairs, table and parasol. A BBQ is also provided. Across the lane is a large paddock with rope swings and trampoline, plus additional parking if required. All towels and linen are included. The property has a weekly changeover at which point everything is cleaned and refreshed in readiness for our next guest. A breakfast pack is provided on arrival. Games area in the rear hall, with table top football etc

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