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Barn Conversion In Ideal Location To Explore North Devon Beaches And Exmoor

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Barn in Goodleigh, Nr. Barnstaple, North Devon, England - Beautifully Peaceful Rural Setting, Only 15 Minutes Drive To Famous Surfing Beaches Of North Devon

Great Lilly Cottage is an historic 2 bedroom barn conversion sleeping 4, recently renovated to a high standard and nestled in a peaceful and picturesque corner of North Devon. Located on the outskirts of the village of Goodleigh, this property is a perfect rural retreat; only a 15 minute drive to the white sandy beaches of Saunton Sands, Woolacombe and Croyde, yet on the edge of Exmoor National Park. A perfect base to explore the whole of North Devon; whether you're into surfing or just scenery-spotting, coastal-hiking or horse-riding. Enjoy this peaceful rural setting that's only 5 minutes drive from the historic market town of Barnstaple, which has a wide range of amenities and tourist attractions. Great Lilly Cottage forms part of Great Lilly Farm where the owners, Kate & Ali live with their family and assorted menagerie including Pygmy Goats, Pigs and Chickens. The cottage is a 3 storey renovated barn with its own private parking and extensive & enclosed gardens - and being animal lovers, we happily accept well-behaved pets. Please note, although on 3 levels, the cottage is open plan with both bedrooms opening onto the central staircase.

Ali & Kate Fenton
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
19 October, 2017

About Ali & Kate Fenton

Hello, we are Kate & Ali. We live with our 2 children and growing menagerie of animals at Great Lilly Farm, adjacent to our newly renovated holiday barn - Great Lilly Cottage.

We've always loved this part of the country and moved down from Scotland a while back to find a more outdoor way of life. We have chickens, pygmy goats, pigs, dogs & cats and we're hoping to make our own honey this summer.

We love living here - where else would you find foxes, badgers and Buzzards all making their homes in your garden?!

If you love the countryside, long walks, beautiful sandy beaches and cosy country pubs - this is the place for your next holiday.

Ali & Kate Fenton purchased this barn in 2013

Why Ali & Kate Fenton chose North Devon

There are many 'great' things about Great Lilly Cottage but our location in the heart of North Devon gives you the opportunity to have a really varied and flexible holiday.

If you love the sea and beach-style holidays, you have award-winning beaches including Woolacombe and Croyde only 20 minutes drive away. Hire surf or paddle boards, learn to kite surf or just enjoy the sunshine.

For young families, we have many tourist attractions on our doorstep including Exmoor Zoo, The Big Sheep and Combe Martin Dinosaur Park.

We are also only a short drive from Exmoor National Park offering you spectacular walks, horse rides or safe cycling.

What makes this barn unique

We both love good design and the great outdoors, so we hope Great Lilly Cottage feels just a little bit different to your average holiday let. The rustic style combines all the modern conveniences you might need with little touches of luxury - including Orla Kiely bedding and complimentary washing kits from Hogwash - a local organic soap & bath product producer.


"Lovely sandy beach"
Exmoor National Park
"Walking & nature at its best"
"Picturesque fishing village where donkeys are the main form of transport!"
The BIG Sheep
"Great day out for youngsters"
South Molton
"Classic North Devon farming town with fresh produce markets"
Exmoor Zoo
"Fabulous little zoo with the Beast of Exmoor!"
Arlington Court
RHS Garden Rosemoor
"Beautiful gardens and landscapes"
"Nearest town for shops and weekly Pannier markets"
"Iconic sculpture by Damien Hirst"
Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park
"Great fun for the kids"
Westward Ho!
"Impressive Pebble Bar & sandy sheltered sea makes this a great family beach"


Great Lilly Cottage is only 15 minutes drive from the famous surfing beaches of North Devon (Croyde, Saunton Sands) and 20 minutes from the eternally popular Woolacombe beach. Try your hand at Paddle-boarding, Kite Surfing or Body Boarding.


Nearest train station: Barnstaple (10 minutes drive)

Travel direct from London Paddington to Tiverton Parkway (40 mins drive) in just over 2 hours

Nearest airport: Exeter (1 hours drive)


Barnstaple: only 5 minutes drive

Nearest beaches: 20 minutes drive

Exmoor: 15 minutes drive

Nearest Pub (1/2 hr walk)

Further Details:

Rural setting yet within 5 minutes drive of supermarkets including Marks & Spencer, Tesco etc

Local town Barnstaple is only 5 minutes away and has a large range of restaurants, shops and facilities.

Tourist attractions including The Big Sheep, Exmoor Zoo, The Milky Way, Combe Martin Dinosaur Park all only 10-30 minutes drive.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Barnstaple in North Devon District

Property Type:
  • barn
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room (sink, toilet & walk-in shower) situated on middle floor. Bedroom 1 has en-suite (toilet & sink).
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite toilet. Ground floor with external access. Bedroom 2: With twin beds (which can be moved together if required). Situated on top floor. NB: Bedrooms are open to the staircase on each floor (no dividing doors).
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Outside: The outside space at Great Lilly Cottage is particularly picturesque with uninterrupted views towards rolling hills from just outside your door. To make the most of the sunshine, there are 2 outside seating areas; a large dining & BBQ area adjacent to the kitchen and a wooden balcony that wraps externally around the middle floor of the cottage; perfect for late afternoon drinks. We also have a hammock set up in the garden to make the most of the amazing views. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bath towels and linen plus tea towels and dishcloths are all provided in the price. All beds made up. End of stay cleaning included in price. Beach towels can be provided if needed. All utilities included in price. Dogs no extra charge.


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Barn Conversion In Ideal Location To Explore North Devon Beaches And Exmoor
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 30 reviews

Beautiful country get away

  • 5 of 5

Cottage is exactly as expected. Beautifully decorated and clean and taken away so home decor ideas :-). We arrived late at night to welcome note and scones! Lovely touch. Kate and Ali great hosts. There if you need them otherwise leave you to your weekend. Will definitely book again.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review of the cottage - so glad you had a great time. Come back anytime! Best wishes Kate & Ali
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Relaxing weekend

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a long weekend & had a lovely time. The barn is well equipped & we loved the wood burner, which made the evenings very cosy.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Peaceful location

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay here. It was a lovely cottage close to everything we needed. The only thing I'd say is that the farm cats climb into the cottage through windows on all floors and sleep on the beds etc so we had to keep the windows closed or barely open the whole time which was a shame mainly because we had a small baby napping in the crib and wasn't sure about cats around her. We love animals and cats were lovely and wouldn't have been an issue otherwise. We would stay again and recommend to anyone looking for peace

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jo, thank you for the feedback. I'm really sorry the cats bothered you. We try our best to scare them away from the cottage but as they live outdoors, they seem to think the cottage is a great place to visit!
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Fabulous home from home! Excellent base or for cosy nights in when the evenings are cooler.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was lovely and we enjoyed having breakfast on the patio area. The weather was up and down during our visit but the log burner gave us cosy evenings in playing cards and board games with the kids. Its a lovely rural location, so peaceful and quiet, however everything you need is only a short drive away, beaches, shops etc. We didn't get to meet Kate this time but her partner Ali was really welcoming. Hope to visit again in the future!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Julie for your very kind words! You & your family are welcome back to Great Lilly Cottage any time, all the best Kate & Ali
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Good location for us

  • 4 of 5

This property is just on the eastern edge of Barnstable. We stayed here with our granddaughter for one week. This is a good location to reach most of the places in the area. The main priority for us was the beach and eating out. We went to Putsborough beach which has good facilities, but its a 40min drive from this property, the worse part is the last few miles down narrow and sometimes busy lanes. But in our view worth it.This year the parking charge is £8.50 for the day, so don't go to visit for a couple of hours, we tended to get there by 10am and leave about 4pm.

We visited The Big Sheep, Exmoor Zoo this time not having been there before, both fine and a good day out.

Eating out we went twice to the Williams Arms at Braunton, once to Sawmills between Ilfracombe and Coomb Martin and once to the local New Inn at Goodleigh, this is really good food, but mainly for the adults (see their web site)

If we came again to this area we would stay at this property again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely stay

  • 5 of 5

We were greeted by Kate and Ali who had made scones and bought us clotted cream jam, milk and eggs. There was four of us staying with two dogs and the enclosed garden was a bonus for them. The weather was fantastic and we had a lovely time. We sat outside for most of the week and had a few barbeques, Lovely setting and very helpful owners who are very unobtrusive unless you need help. Very comfortable beds. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely feedback - it really is appreciated! Glad the sun shone for you. All the best, Kate & Ali
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday barn in Barnstaple, Devon

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season 2017/18
1 Nov 2017 - 28 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Season 2018
1 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Xmas & NY 2018
22 Dec 2018 - 2 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0
Cleaning Fee £20

Booking Notes:
We ask for a 30% deposit with the remainder being due 8 weeks before the holiday. Please note that failure to pay the remainder sum will be construed as a cancellation. (Refund policy available on request.)
Out of season we can be flexible about arrival/ departure dates and times.

Changeover Day:
Our usual changeover day is Friday for weekly lettings. Departure time is 10 am, arrival usually at 3pm, however sometimes this is negotiable. We will consider long weekend bookings out of high season.

Notes on prices:
Prices are based on a Friday to Friday weekly letting.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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