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Converted Barns With Lots Of Character In quiet Countryside six Miles from sea - The Old Granary



Updated: 21-Nov-2016
Cottages in Blackawton, Nr Dartmouth, South Devon, England - Cosy Cottage For Two tucked in a quiet corner of a pretty valley just outside Dartmouth

Lower Collaton Farm is a traditional old Devonshire farmhouse, dating back to Domesday, nestled in a peaceful secluded valley, only six miles from Dartmouth, Totnes, Kingsbridge and award winning local beaches such as Blackpool Sands. It is an ideal base for coastal and moorland walking, and for visiting the many local gardens such as Agatha Christie’s Greenway and the D’Oyley Carte’s Collaton Fishacre, (both National Trust). Food lovers will enjoy the fish at Mitch Tonks’ famous Sea Horse restaurant or the delicious organic vegetables at the Riverford Farm Field Kitchen. There are many more fine eating places to try close by which cater for all the family's requirements. Apart from the hens in the yard and ducks on the pond Rosie and James have a small flock of Shetland, Jacob and Zwartble sheep. Some are particularly friendly, and guests and their children are welcome to be introduced at closer quarters. There is a beautiful nature trail around the boundary of our ten acre farm which takes full advantage of the countryside views.

The Stables, which sleeps four, is open plan on the first floor with double and twin bedrooms plus bathroom below. The ancient beams are exposed, giving the cottage lots of character. There is an outside seating and BBQ area and a further guests area to the rear. It is available from Easter to the end of September.

Our other cottage sleeping four is The Byre, which used to be where the cows were milked. It is now a beautiful spacious cottage with a double bedroom and a twin bedroom, both en suite. The twin bedroom can be converted to a double with the zip and link mattresses. Like The Stables, the bedrooms are on the ground floor, and the spacious living area has lovely old scissor beams and an excellent view down our valley from the window.

Tucked into the opposite side of the courtyard is The Old Granary, a delightful and charming cosy cottage for just two. With maple floor and beamed ceiling, the downstairs bedroom has an adjacent wetroom. Up the winding stairs is the kitchen and living area. Outside is a pretty little garden. It’s available throughout the year, and for short breaks out of season.

"Gorgeous village, green fields, starry skies" Our village of Blackawton has just been included in the Sunday Times' top 50 best rural places to live in Britain! "It's like Ambridge without the melodrama: farms ring a village centre that has a pub, a classy restaurant, a pretty church, a primary school and a post office run by volunteers... An everyday story of (genuine) country folk".

Full details and more photos of our two cottages can be found on our comprehensive website. The link to it is below the yellow telephone at the bottom right of this page

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Details for holiday cottage The Old Granary, 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, 1 Bathroom

Tucked in a quiet corner of the farm courtyard is The Old Granary, a delightful and charming cosy cottage for just two. With maple floor and beamed ceiling, the downstairs bedroom has an adjacent shower, w.c. and wetroom. Up the winding stairs is the kitchen and living area. Outside is a pretty little garden. It’s available throughout the year, and for short breaks out of season.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

We have known South Devon for many years, coming to Dittisham to Rosie's parents when our children were growing up.

We bought Lower Collaton Farm when James took early retirement, and converted the disused barns into holiday accommodation whilst building up a small flock of pedigree Shetland sheep.

Our current small flock of three Zwartbles and four Shetlands are always delighted to say hello to our holiday guests and their children.

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2 holidaymaker reviews


Cosy with great location

  • 3 of 5

We stayed in the Granary for a week.

The layout of the house is interesting. There's a double bed on the ground floor with adjacent shower room & toilet.

The bed is very small and uncomfortable if you are on the larger size though.

It's also interesting going to the loo while the other person is in bed!

You need to be very familiar with whoever you're sharing with as you can see into the bathroom when the light is on. It has a shower door as the bathroom so any noise will travel into the bedroom as well!

The upstairs kitchen / lounge / dining area is compact but fine.

Couple of things you need to be aware of:

The Granary has 2 other properties and the owner's house sharing the drive ways and garden. We were woken up on 3 days by the noise of the owner's grandchildren in the garden at 9am-ish.

The other mornings, we were woken up by the cockerel at roughly the same time. So this is not the property for you, if you like late nights and lay-ins!

The barn that is adjacent to the lounge window upstairs is rented to a couple that might turn up with their van and load or unload from the barn.

Again, not a problem, just be aware of it so it doesn't surprise you in the morning, like it did to us!

The only major downside is the lack of storage. We had already been on holiday for a week previous to this stay so had a lot of additional luggage which we had to store in the car at night & move into the house during the day.

It would be an idea to have a small outside storage shed for guest use. It could be tucked in the corner where the BBQ currently is, to help with the lack of storage.

The location is great, very central and easy to get around the area. You're 10 minutes from a large Sainsburys, open until 9pm and to Dartmouth. Definitely recommend, just bear in mind it's compact!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sorry that this couple did not like the bed! It is a standard double with a high quality mattress as is required for us to display our A.A. Four Star Award. We think perhaps they were used to something larger. Yes, this cosy cottage is definitely for those who know each other well! Our guests particularly enjoy the intimate atmosphere. Our grandchildren were allowed out into the yard after breakfast at 9.15, and sorry they woke these guests up. They were excited to find how many eggs the hens had laid! We will ask them to be quieter when they are next down. Our handsome cockerel and several of his wives were sadly taken by the fox a few weeks later. The hens come out at 9, and we are not replacing our cockerel for the moment. Funnily enough, the couple staying immediately after these wrote in the guest book "Lovely setting, really peaceful!". This is a regular comment from our guests. Storage in the cottage is limited, but we have barns available on request for bulky items such as bikes, when required. Quite agree about the ideal location, and thanks for the recommendation! Best wishes, James and Rosie
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Perfect size for two!

  • 5 of 5

Turning off the main road into the farm was like entering a different world. So peaceful and quiet (except for the muted sounds of the chickens) A beautifully restored granary which seemed to have been a pig sty also in its former life - small yes - but quite adequate for two people. Everything was provided (not that we did much cooking) A few minutes drive too k us to Dartmouth which we thought was wonderful. Lovely restaurants and spectacular views. Our week went far too quickly. Thank you James and Rosie for letting us stay in your property.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We love seeing the bright stars at night, the hoot of the barn owl, the lack of traffic noise, the birds and the butterflies. We do not miss the traffic jams on the M25! Walks along the South West Coastal Path and also up on Dartmoor are a special treat, especially for our Irish Terrier Nualla who loves a good scamper.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Exeter at 30 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Dartmouth Golf & Country Club at 1 Miles Nearest Train : Totnes at 6 Miles Nearest Restaurant : The Normandy Arms at 2 Miles Nearest Beach : Blackpool Sands Blue Flag Beach at 6 Miles Car: necessary


The seaside is just 6 to 7 miles away (about 15 minutes). The Blue Flag award winning Blackpool Sands is one of the nearest beaches with excellent facilities. It can be checked out on the blackpoolsands website.


Nearest train station is Totnes ( 6 miles)

Nearest airport is Exeter (30 miles)

To make the most of a South Devon holiday a car is highly recommended.


Dartmouth, Totnes and Kingsbridge are all 6 to 7 miles away. Exeter and Plymouth are 25 to 30 miles.

Further Details:

For basic shopping the garage at Halwell, 1 mile away is best It has a cash machine. Sainsburys have a good supermarket and cash point just outside Dartmouth (6 miles) with Lidl opposite.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Winter 2016
28 Oct 2016 - 23 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
24 Mar 2017 - 26 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Guests are asked to pay a deposit of £100 with the balance due one month prior to the reservation.
Payment can be by cheque, internet bank transfer, or by debit card over the phone.

Changeover Day:
Friday is changeover day, and Monday also for short breaks.
Guests are welcome to arrive any time after 3.00 p.m., and are asked to vacate the cottage by 10.00 on changeover day.

Notes on prices:
Short breaks (Monday to Friday and Friday to Monday) are separately priced and details can be found on the availability page of our website. There is a weekly charge of £20 for a dog in The Stables.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

We are out in real countryside but close enough to Exeter or Plymouth to enjoy theatre and opera, or museums, aquariums and country parks with our grandchildren. When the weather is good, a swim down at Blackpool Sands is the perfect tonic!

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Farm Holidays


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


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...


  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • The wet room contains a shower, w.c. and a hand basin


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Comfortable double bed


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


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: The accommodation in both cottages has been inspected by the A.A. and has been awarded 4* for 2015. Outside: Both cottages have their own garden areas with garden furniture and BBQ facilities. The pretty nature trail leads guests around the boundary of the ten acre farm, through woodland and past the ducks on the three ponds, and this lovely walk takes advantage of the stunning views across the rolling Devonshire hills.

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