Rates from:
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Old Barn

Devon, United Kingdom

Per week

from 1518.00 to 3448.50 GBP
The Owner / Manager

Sue Jay

Member since Dec 2012
  • Bookings Accepted:95.35%
  • Avg. Response Time:
  • Availability Updated:19 hours 4 minutes


BFB's Overview

Coulscott’s white Georgian manor and original farmhouse peak through the trees in a lovely leafy valley near the North Devon coast but closer inspection reveals an exclusive hamlet of stunning holiday cottages and fantastic family facilities. Indoors and out, children and grown-ups alike are spoiled rotten, staying in the lap of luxury and having so many ways to while away the days without leaving the glorious 12 acres of grounds.

There are 6 properties at Coulscott, comprising Georgian House, Old Farmhouse, The Old Barn and three cosy cottages created from the old farm buildings. All of them have been designed and furnished to stunning standards which would be perfectly placed in the pages of swish interiors magazines.

From magnificent galleried living rooms to sumptuous period elegance, Travertine tiled bathrooms and four poster beds, all the properties provide somewhere special for families and of course they come with all the baby and toddler essentials as well.

The home entertainment is bang up to date, including Apple TV’s, Netflix, Sky free view, DVD players and unlimited WiFi, plus Coulscott has four hot tubs where grown-ups can soothe away the stress with a glass of bubbly, admiring amazing views or gazing at the stars. If parents can’t be bothered to cook, a wide range of frozen ready meals from ‘COOK’ are available to buy from the courtyard freezer, along with delicious local ice cream.

What’s especially great about Coulscott for families are the superb facilities that will keep everyone happy whatever the weather. The lovely indoor pool is kept at a toasty 30 degrees and has great views through big barn windows, with seats around the side to kick back with a book. An adjoining games room includes table tennis and table football, whilst babies and toddlers have their own soft play room, with a ball pool and giant Liquorice Allsorts!

There are acres of garden and grounds for children to play hide and seek, have picnics by a stream or build dens in the woods, plus a new outdoor play area includes a wooden pirate ship, 2-storey Wendy House, adventure climbing frame and swings, custom made tractor with a slide, turf labyrinth and a large, netted trampoline.

Children may well meet a peacock strutting around the garden and will be delighted to get acquainted with the Coulscott menagerie of hens and ducks, alpacas, pygmy goats, micro pigs and Matilda the wallaby. Other wildlife are regular visitors to Coulscott, including owls, foxes and badgers who might just make an appearance in the dusky twilight.

Accommodation Overview:
Coulscott comprises 5-bedroom Georgian House, 5-bedroom Old Barn, 3-bedroom Old Farmhouse, 2 bedroom Peacock and Aylesbury Cottages and 1-bedroom Bantum Cottage, all set in 12 acres of gardens and grounds with an indoor pool, adventure play area and friendly animals.

Old Barn (sleeps 10 + 2 babies in cots), with is 5-star gold award from Visit England, is a fabulous conversion, laid out over three levels that combines traditional character with modern flair. On the lower level, an amazing living room is the heart of the house, being open to the second floor rafters and overlooked by a minstrels gallery but also featuring an oak floor with a large Persian rug, stone fireplace with a wood burner, huge comfy sofas, Sky freeview TV with Netflix and a DVD player. The farmhouse style kitchen includes a dining table for 10 and is well equipped, from an AGA oven to the American style fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave, food processor etc. Adjacent to the kitchen is a utility room and a WC. One of the bedrooms is on the lower level, with a super king size bed, ensuite shower room/WC and a cosy sun room where parents can have quiet time with a baby or toddler. Two more bedrooms are on the first floor, on either side of the gallery: the master bedroom with a super king size bed and ensuite shower room; and the other with a king size bed and ensuite bathroom, which also has a door from the landing to double up as the house bathroom. The remaining two bedrooms are tucked under the eaves and both have twin beds – one is accessed from the first floor landing and one from the master bedroom which effectively make an ideal family suite. The first floor landing and bedrooms open onto a large private sun deck with garden furniture, a barbecue and private hot tub.

Location Information

Coulscott has a best-of-both-worlds location, being in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the edge of the Exmoor National Park and just a couple of miles from the North Devon Coast. The cottages have a secluded valley all to themselves and are set in 12 acres of enclosed gardens and grounds including woodland, streams and ponds in the owners’ animal enclosures.

Combe Martin, which has England’s longest High Street leading to a sheltered beach, is just over a mile away for all the necessities, including minimarkets, a bakery, Boots pharmacy, the ‘Top Chippy’, family friendly pubs and a choice of places to eat. Tesco and Sainburys in Barnstaple will also both deliver to Coulscott, as will Besshill farmshop (10 mins), which sells home reared meats, local vegetables, fruit, preserves and cheese.

There are plenty of beautiful beaches and coves within easy reach of Coulscott, including nearby Hele Bay, the 3-mile long Saunton Sands, backed by dunes, and the spectacular Woolacombe Bay. Families who love the great outdoors also have the wild beauty of Exmoor only half a mile from Coulscott’s gates. The national park boasts England’s highest sea cliffs and over 700 miles of paths and tracks to explore the heathery moors, wooded ‘coombes’, pretty coves and unspoilt villages like Parracombe, with its traditional country inn, The Fox and Goose. Exmoor also has plenty of wildlife to keep eyes peeled for including wild ponies, red deer and birds of prey.

North Devon has a host of family attractions, starting with Combe Martin Dinosaur and wildlife Park just across the valley. Children can have close encounters with animatronic dinosaurs and ride the Dino Train then see all kinds of animals from lions, primates and wolves to penguins, meerkats and otters. There’s also a 7,500 sq ft indoor soft play centre opening Easter 2015 with slides, tubes, scramble nets, rope bridges, ball pools and more to keep kids busy while parents have time for a coffee. Other favourite family days out include The Big Sheep working farm and adventure park at Abbotsham, The Milky Way amusement park near Bideford, Lynton’s picturesque narrow gauge railway and Watermouth Castle and Theme Park at Ilfracombe. While in Ilfracombe, 11 The Quay is Damian Hirst’s restaurant, with great views, fab fish specialities and of course plenty of original artwork.

Nearest Medical Services: GP in Combe Martin.

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00


Reservation Deposit: 33%

Balance: 42 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00


Reservation Deposit: 33%

Balance: 42 days prior to arrival


17 Mar - 13 Apr 2017 : £2178 /week14 Apr - 18 May 2017 : £1980 /week19 May - 15 Jun 2017 : £2407.9 /week16 Jun - 29 Jun 2017 : £2420 /week30 Jun - 24 Aug 2017 : £3448.5 /week25 Aug - 31 Aug 2017 : £3448.5 /week1 Sep - 14 Sep 2017 : £1980 /week15 Sep - 28 Sep 2017 : £1760 /week29 Sep - 19 Oct 2017 : £1518 /week20 Oct - 2 Nov 2017 : £2565.2 /week17 Mar - 13 Apr 2017 : €2427.816 /week14 Apr - 18 May 2017 : €2207.106 /week19 May - 15 Jun 2017 : €2684.086 /week16 Jun - 29 Jun 2017 : €2697.574 /week30 Jun - 24 Aug 2017 : €3844.043 /week25 Aug - 31 Aug 2017 : €3844.043 /week1 Sep - 14 Sep 2017 : €2207.106 /week15 Sep - 28 Sep 2017 : €1961.872 /week29 Sep - 19 Oct 2017 : €1692.115 /week20 Oct - 2 Nov 2017 : €2859.428 /week

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00


Reservation Deposit: 33%

Balance: 42 days prior to arrival

Who owns this place?

Fast Facts

2 super king size, 1 king size, 2 twin, (plus 2 cots)

Airport under 2 hours drive

Bristol Airport is under 2 hrs drive.

Airport under 3 hours drive

Bristol Airport is under 2 hrs drive.

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

Sandy beaches are less than 5 minutes drive away.

Coast Within Walking Distance

There is a sandy beach less than a mile away.

Amenities within Walking Distance

Combe Martin has a long high-street with plenty of shops and restaurants.

Any Pool

Shared indoor heated pool.

Indoor Play Area

Soft play barn with ball pit.

Nursery Gear (additional)

Wooden Maria Saplings cot, most are the large folding, 2 are the compact ones ( in the 1 bedroom cottage), standard travel cot is available, highchairs, booster seats, baby bath, bathroom step, some plug sockets protectors, stair gates, plastic plates and cutlery and cups and food blenders.

Indoor Toys / Games Room

Netflix, large range of DVDs, books, and games.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

Pre arrival shopping and meal deliveries from COOK are available.

Outdoor Toys

Adventure climbing frame with sandpit, slide and swings, custom made 2 storey Wendy House, custom made large pirate ship with huge sand pit, custom made large tractor with slide, large trampoline, abyrinth cut into our hillside.

Stairgates / no stairs

Stairgates are provided.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

Private terrace and hot tub.

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

Wi-fi is available.


Dedicated recycling area, solar panels on the pool, energy efficient bulbs, good insulation, own copiced wood provided for the wood burners, wild areas in the grounds, own water from bore hole has no chemicals.

Friendly Animals

Alpacas, mini pigs, pygmy goats, ducks, chickens, peacocks, wallaby and a dog.

2+ Cots and Highchairs

Multiple cots and highchairs are provided.

Fireplace / Wood Burner

Log burner in the lounge.

Hot Tub

Private hot tub on the terrace.

Parent Rated*

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*Ratings by verified BFB guests who stayed here with young children.
Rated by 1 guests.

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