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Beautiful barn, perfectly placed twixt Dartmoor and the coast. Outstanding views

Bedrooms 2
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property


Converted in 2011 to an exceptionally high standard in a contemporary fashion but retaining the character of a traditional barn complete with lots of beams. The furnishings are stylish, yet homely and comfortable with the pocket sprung beds having Egyptian cotton bed linen & non-allergenic bedding.

The Barn is extremely light and airy, with plenty of natural daylight flooding in through generous glazing panels in the roof, so even on a dull day the Barn still retains its light.

There are two bedrooms, a bathroom and open plan living/dining/kitchen area on the first floor with far reaching views across the Harbourne river valley. There is a ground floor with ample storage, washing/drying facilities and wetroom. An underfloor heating system keeps it cosy when needed. We also have Wi-fi.

There are two 5' beds, one of which may be split into two small singles with prior notice, thus making one double and one twin bedroom.

There is also a fully equipped kitchen with microwave, oven, ceramic hob, dishwasher and integral fridge/freezer. All cutlery, crockery, utensils etc provided.

Private, enclosed south-facing patio area with garden furniture & barbecue for al fresco eating. Also perfect for stargazing from as there is no light pollution. Picnic ware is also provided.

There is ample parking for 2+ cars.

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Local Area:

There are numerous National Trust properties nearby, including Greenway, Agatha Christie's holiday home; Cotehele near Saltash; Llanhydrock, near Bodmin; Coleton Fishacre [originally the home of the D'Oyly Carte opera family]; Castle Drogo [designed by Lutyens] the last castle to be built in England;

There are many beautiful beaches too and of course Dartmoor National Park with the Dartmoor ponies.

The surrounding area is well served by some excellent restaurants catering for all tastes.

Approximately 30 and 23 miles away lie the cities of historic Exeter and naval port of Plymouth respectively, with a large range of shops, both high street favourites and more interesting, independent shops. Exeter Cathedral is one of many places well worth a visit and the surrounding Cathedral Green contains many historic buildings. You can also visit Exeter Underground Tunnels which date from the 14th century. These medieval passages beneath Exeter High Street are a unique ancient monument: no similar system of passages can be explored by the public elsewhere in Britain and they are quite fascinating!

In Plymouth, one of many interesting places to see are the Mayflower Steps, from where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail to America. Much of Plymouth was rebuilt after World War II but the remains of Charles Church, on a busy roundabout, remain. It was destroyed by incendiary devices in March 1941 and now looks at odds with its more contemporary surroundings!

Dartington Hall Estate is well worth a visit. In 1925, Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst purchased the neglected 14th century Dartington estate. The Elmhirsts were pioneers, inspired by many innovative thinkers of the time and Dorothy had inherited considerable wealth, which she devoted to founding the Dartington Hall Trust. Dartington rapidly became a magnet for artists, architects, writers, philosophers and musicians from around the world, creating an exceptional centre of creative activity.

It is also the base for the “Ways with Words” literary festival held in July each year. It is a festival of words and ideas and is a vibrant and joyful 10-day event, a chance for those who read books to meet those who write them. The setting is glorious, the atmosphere is invigorating. People come together in spectacular surroundings to share the pleasure and power of language and ideas. The warmth and energy of this lively gathering make it a memorable occasion.

There is a beautiful garden with wonderful herbaceous borders and a tilt yard where jousting took place. In spring, there are camellias, magnolias, azaleas and numerous colourful bulbs. Also, the witch hazel walk is a sight to behold, filling the air with perfume and being under-planted with pretty blue chinodoxas.

The Great Hall is a magnificent medieval building with huge fireplaces and vast beamed ceilings. There is a very good pub/restaurant there too, the White Hart, with a wonderful ambiance and excellent food.

There is also a unique cinema there “The Barn” and the Roundhouse Cafe, serving home-made cakes.

One of the best and nearest beaches is the sheltered, gently sloping, Blue Flag status Blackpool Sands, approximately 9 miles away. There is a beach shop, loos and wonderful award-winning cafe, The Venus, which serves excellent organic, local food and has glorious views too. One could almost believe one was in the Mediterranean when observing the pine trees against the blue skies!

There are several more around the Torquay area and a little further away [approx. 13 miles] is Bantham Beach, a vast expanse of fine golden sand which overlooks Burgh Island with its famous Art Deco hotel. The island and hotel were used in the filming of Agatha Christie's Evil Under the Sun featuring Peter Ustinov who played Hercule Poirot, Maggie Smith and James Mason. Also on the island is the Pilchard Inn, a rustic and charming 14thC inn, perfect for refreshments. You can walk across to the island when the tide is out, or take the unique sea tractor!

Over the years Torbay, Totnes and Dartmouth have all been used as featured locations in the films of Rosamunde Pilcher's books, which have been screened on one of Germany's main state TV channels, ZDF.

The South Hams has also been used recently for the filming of a BBC drama, The Coroner.

For wildlife and history enthusiasts, the Slapton and Torcross areas are worth a visit too. In the early hours of 28th April 1944 8 Landing Ship Tanks full of American servicemen were just off the coast of Devon. Their purpose to take part in Operation Tiger, the rehearsals for the D-Day landings in Normandy. A 32-ton Sherman tank lost in the practice landings was later recovered from the sea bed and is now displayed at Slapton Sands in memory of the 946 American servicemen who tragically lost their lives.Ken Small, who had struggled to raise the tank, received a personally signed letter of appreciation from Ronald Regan!

Slapton Ley is the largest natural lake in south-west England. Although it is only separated from the sea by a narrow shingle bar, it is entirely freshwater.The lake is surrounded by reedbeds, marshes and woodland habitats.You can see many wildflowers on the shingle ridge during the summer including Yellow Horned Poppy and Vipers Bugloss. The nature reserve is the only place in Britain where you can find Strapwort on the lake shore.

You can hear and occasionally see Cetti's warbler all year round. Slapton Ley is an important staging post for wintering and passage birds including Swallows. If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of Badgers, Otters, Dormice and Bats.

In complete contrast to the seascapes is the rugged landscape and wild outdoors of the Dartmoor National Park, with miles of open moorland with wild ponies grazing. You can visit many places including Widecombe-in-the-Moor, upon which the tale of Uncle Tom Cobley is based.

The following places of interest are a further very small selection and are all within a short distance of East Leigh:

National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth;

Pennywell Farm & Wildlife Centre, Buckfastleigh;

Buckfast Abbey, Buckfast;

Kents Cavern, Torquay;

Totnes Castle, Totnes (English Heritage);

Woodlands Leisure Park near Dartmouth;

South Devon Railway;

Paignton Zoo, Paignton;

Dartmouth Castle, Dartmouth (English Heritage);

Ashburton, ancient Stannary town;



Dartmoor National Park;

Sharpham Vineyard & Cheese Dairy, Ashprington;

Canoe Adventures, guided canoe paddling aboard Voyager 12-seat canoes on South Devon’s glorious River Dart;

More Details

Clare Smith
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
1 March, 2018

About Clare Smith

I grew up in the Cotswolds, near to Stow-on-the-Wold & Bourton-on-the-Water, gradually moving south until reaching Harberton. Although the Cotswolds are undoubtedly a beautiful part of the country, I find the views around this village incomparable.

My husband was originally from London but moved to Devon 40 years ago and subsequently discovered his great-grandfather had been born in the neighbouring parish! He was in the music business for many years and still owns a recording studio, although he is more involved now with his art business.

We bought the Farmhouse in 2008 complete with the 19thC barn and began a gradual programme of improvements over the following three years, wishing to achieve a sympathetic restoration of the house and similar conversion of the barn.

We live just across the courtyard from the Barn which has its own parking and large patio area, so we are there if needed but you have complete privacy if not! So its the best of both worlds.

Clare Smith purchased this barn in 2008

Why Clare Smith chose Totnes

We fell in love with this property due primarily to its location. The views truly are quite simply breathtaking. We love to watch the light and shadows change across the valley as the day goes by and also as the seasons evolve. Guests are always stunned by our beautiful views!

What makes this barn unique

The barn is in a quiet, rural location with amazing views over the River Harbourne Valley, yet we are only 2 miles from a village store/garage and 3 from the medieval market town of Totnes

The beam from Start Point Lighthouse can be seen across the sky when the lighting conditions are favourable.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This well appointed and comfortably furnished barn conversion is an ideal spot for couples and small families and far exceeded my expectations. It is close to Totnes yet is located in a quiet, secluded and picturesque area with broad sweeping views of the surrounding countryside.

My visit was during a dark and cold British winter, and yet my stay here was bright and warm. It is a new conversion and clearly great care has been taken to provide furnishings and kitchen equipment of the highest quality, along with a modern TV/DVD system and wifi. Everything you could need for self-catering is provided. The linens and towels provided were also of very high quality.

I would highly recommend this place - nobody renting this barn would be disappointed!

Thank you Clare and Dennis - you have easily earned 5 stars!
Jan 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Totnes in Harberton

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4 ...
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Rubbish to be put out on departure Surfaces to be wiped down Beds to be stripped Barn to be left clean & tidy
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , with handspray fitted to bath
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , wetroom
  • Beautifully appointed upstairs bathroom with double ended bath and fitted handspray, large wash basin/vanity unit, close-coupled WC, heated chrome towel rail, extractor fan and illuminated bathroom cabinet with shaver socket. Fully tiled floor with under-floor heating and Velux type roof light. The attractive groundfloor wetroom is fully tiled with a close-coupled WC, chrome heated towel rail, corner washbasin with cabinet above, thermostatically controlled shower and fold away screen. There is also an extractor fan and Velux type roof light. Towels are provided together with liquid soaps.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 5' kingsize bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , can be split into 2 singles [2.5' each]
  • Deep, comfortable pocket sprung mattresses on divan bases in each bedroom with non-allergenic duvets and Egyptian cotton bedding, with carpeted floors and built in wardrobes [wooden hangers provided] with chests of drawers. Main bedroom overlooks the Harbourne Valley and other bedroom overlooks courtyard. Both bedrooms have a wealth of beamed high ceilings and ample lighting.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
We have been awarded a Four Star grade with Gold Award for our accommodation by Visit England. Please note accommodation is on first floor, so younger children will obviously need supervision in this respect. There is an iPod dock available not a stereo system. Long term rental enquiries welcome in low season.


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Beautiful barn, perfectly placed twixt Dartmoor and the coast. Outstanding views
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 68 reviews
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Wonderful barn property in beautiful Devon

  • 5 of 5

One of the best VRBO experiences we've had. Claire and Den are wonderful, thoughtful hosts who take great care of the property and of you while you are their guests. The barn is beautifully maintained, and has all the comforts of home. The views from the sitting room are just divine. We had a wonderful week there this past summer (took me a while to get some time to write this up!) and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, despite having some wet weather. This is an outstanding property, would definitely come back for another stay. We really could not have asked for a better experience.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Superb accommodation and stunning location

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our second stay at this delightful barn which is beautifully appointed, well-equipped - and spotless! Located close to Totnes, we were able to enjoy the excellent restaurants and cafes in the town as well as the countryside along the Dart river and the coast itself. Den and Clare are excellent hosts: helpful and considerate. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location and high quality accommodation.

  • 5 of 5

We took my parents here for a mini break. We all were very impressed by the standard of the accommodation, including the fixtures and fittings. A light and roomy space with all the comforts of home.

It was in a great location with stunning views and very convenient for Totnes.

Clare and Den are marvelous hosts-helpful without being too overbearing and Freddie the spaniel was adorable.

It was our first experience of a self catering holiday so it will be hard to find somewhere comparable. We will definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable barn in beautiful countryside.

  • 5 of 5

Five star accommodation. Comfortable, peaceful and in an ideal location close to the coast and lots of local places to visit or go walking.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect hideaway

  • 5 of 5

This is our third visit to East Leigh Barn and we were very glad to be back. Clare and Den were so welcoming and the cottage was warm, very comfortable and wonderfully quiet.

Everything is top quality, from the kitchen equipment and crockery to the bed sheets and towels. And, of course, the views across the fields are breathtaking.

We ventured out to Paignton for crazy golf, Occombe Farm for lunch and Totnes to poke around in the shops but what we enjoyed most was pottering about in the cottage, playing on the patio and sitting curled up on the window sill, taking in the views. The children particularly enjoyed lounging around on the lovely warm wooden floor!

We hope to come back soon - thank you Clare and Den!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful property in idyllic surroundings

  • 5 of 5

This was a return stay and it was just as lovely as we remembered it. The house is of really high standard and exceptionally well equipped. The owners are helpful and genuinely nice people - they're just across the courtyard but in no way intrude and are just available if you need them. It's a perfect, tranquil, restorative place to go - hopefully we'll be back very soon.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
34 Miles
Exeter International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Church House Inn, Harberton
Nearest Ferry
23 Miles
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Dartmouth Golf & Country Club
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
Junction 31 M5
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Blackpool Sands
Car: necessary

East Leigh Barn is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty and is close to the historic market town of Totnes. It is located one mile from the village of Harberton in the South Hams district of South Devon and is within easy driving distance of both the natural beauty of Dartmoor National Park and the stunning South coast.

On some nights, the distant glow of Start Point lighthouse [over 15 miles away] can be glimpsed across the sky.

It has been recently converted to a very high standard, with high quality fixtures/fittings, from a 19thC building in a courtyard setting which comprises the original 17thC Grade II listed farmhouse, together with a further barn. It is placed a perfect mid distance twixt moor and sea and enjoys an enviable, elevated position with far-reaching, south-facing views over and beyond the Harbourne Valley. The view from the Barn extends across the verdant Harbourne river valley, transporting you back to a gentler pace of life, as there is virtually no visible reference to the 21st century.

The hamlet of East Leigh is steeped in history and was even mentioned in the Domesday book of 1086.

In the pretty nearby village of Harberton, you will find the 13thC Church House Inn, which is perfect for a cosy supper or quick drink. There is also a 13thC church, St Andrews, containing a Norman font, 15thC rood screen and octagonal 15thC pulpit.

There are some lovely walks which may be undertaken from the property. The South Devon coastal path has some of the most picturesque and spectacular views. In this region of South Devon, there are also some lovely quaint towns and villages, with many thatched cottages and narrow winding lanes.

Totnes is a picturesque Elizabethan town, with many interesting and varied shops to explore, quaint and characterful tea rooms, a museum, galleries etc. Totnes Castle is one of the best preserved examples of a Norman motte and bailey castle in England. The surviving stone keep and curtain wall date from around the 14th century. You can take trips down the River Dart from Totnes and there is a vibrant market on a Friday in the town square with a wide variety of stalls. On Tuesdays in season, there is also the unique Elizabethan market, where stallholders don their Elizabethan finery!

Please see 'Description' for more places of interest.


Prices & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £200

NB: There is the possibility of negotiating the changeover day if required and depending upon availability.

All bed linen and towels are provided, however, please bring your own beach towels

All breakages/damage must be paid for

£200 deposit required which will be refunded 24 hours after departure, less any damages

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.