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“Lovely self catering cottage”
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Town House Barton
Ranked #15 of 22 South Molton B&B and Inns
Guildford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Lovely self catering cottage”
Reviewed 21 August 2013

We had a lovely family holiday in self-catering cottage at Townhouse Barton (you can also stay at the B&B on the farm). The cottage is very reasonably priced, traditionally furnished & well kitted out (there is no potato peeler/masher etc unlike many cottages I've stayed in). The bedrooms are a great size - we had lots of space for the 4 of us, plus there is a sofa bed if you wanted to fit in more. Having 2 bathrooms was great plus a washing machine (and your own washing line) handy with the kids. You also get a lovely courtyard next to the cottage overlooking the farm.

Wendy and David were very welcoming and friendly and happy to suggest places to visit if asked. They were happy for us to enjoy their beautiful farm - we got to watch milking, look at calves, feed chickens & geese, climb in their tractor and roam their beautiful farm. Our kids are 2 & 5 and loved the animals but it would be great for older kids too who could explore the lovely countryside safely.

The farm is just outside of South Molton which is a lovely market town with some great shops (2 butchers, green grocers, cheese shop, gift shops, antique/vintage shops and a few boutiques plus a fab market). We went to the Quince Honey Farm twice (bad weather) which includes a museum about bee keeping plus soft play. South Molton is very near Exmoor and we had a lovely day at the beautiful Tarr Steps (paddling, walking and 'fishing'). There are lots of beaches that you can drive to and the cottage is not far near the Tarka Trail (a great cycle trail on a disused rail way - fab for family cycles). We spent a couple of days visiting some great national trust houses (due to rain) - and had fun pony stroking, on adventure trails in wildernesses, dressing up and eating cream teas!. I think the cottage may be easily overlooked as it is not right on the coast but it is easy to get to the beach and there are lots of alternative things to do in the area. I think it would be particularly suited to families whose kids have got too old to spend every day on the beach and would like to try the cycling, riding and other activities the area offers.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

My wife Diane and I had spent a few days on the Island of Lundy and were going to finish it off with a two night stay after returning to Ilfracombe. Diane had chosen Town House Barton out of all those hundreds of B&B,s out there, and she chose spot on! We both arrived about 7pm and Wendy was on the doorstep to welcome us both. Wendy showed us into her beautiful farmhouse and into the lounge and then into the dining room. Both rooms were immaculate and spotlessly clean. Diane and I were given a short history of the house and it can be traced back to the 14th century., huge fireplaces, three foot thick walls and decorated ceilings. We were both shown to our room and this was spacious, light and airy and again immaculate. With Wendy,s local knowledge we were soon on our way out for an evening meal. On our return we were both greeted by Wendy and her husband David. We all had an interesting talk on the local area and its history. It was time for bed and Diane and myself slept like logs as they say.

I can now see why Wendy displays the "Devon Breakfast Award" in the dining room. The table was laid out with all kinds of food,cereals,yogurts, fruit juice, jams and a bowl of fruit together with toast and coffee. Then for the full English, fresh free range farm eggs, bacon, sausages, beans, tomatoes and mushrooms..wow!! this was going to last me for the rest of the day, Diane asked for something different to suit her taste and Wendy obliged. Afterwards we both spent that day looking at the local sights. When we arrived back we were able to roam around the farm and see newly born calves and all the other animals around this lovely old dairy farm. That evening also ended with Wendy and David telling us about their farm.
After another good nights sleep the main event was waiting, breakfast!.

Afterwards Diane and I then set off with the two dogs as our guides to walk around the fields to see the lovely clean cattle and see the Ebrington Tower and Ebrington "sham" village which are both on their farm and interesting it was too. The dogs Rex and Jack showed us the way home and it was time for our short but lovely stay to come to an end. I would not hesitate to recommend this farm B&B to anyone. It is a beautiful location steeped in history and both Wendy and David are the perfect hosts. Excellent!!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 April 2007

Paul, Helen, Louise (15) and George (13), Middlesex.

We had a wonderful 3 days on Wendy & David's farm, we stayed in the self catering wing of their farmhouse.

We were greeted by 3 sheepdogs, Bob, Zac and Rex, barking at us all in a friendly way, Bob was the first to want his tummy tickled, watched by Zac and Rex who kept on barking, we found out later a 'rich tea' biscuit is the thing to stop them.

Wendy greeted us and showed us around the cottage, it was lovely. There was a large double bedroom upstairs with a separate bathroom and shower with a large landing with a sofa bed if needed and downstairs almost hidden away was a twin room with its own back door and again own bathroom and shower, which our kids thought was great. The kitchen and living room was cosy and had all the mod cons needed as well as having everything it was clean and spotless. Every window looked out onto open land and fields and we couldn't have wished for a more peaceful and relaxed location, it was beautiful.

Wendy and David were the perfect hosts, helpful with information and questions and allowing us to watch the milking and help feed the calves.

We were allowed to roam the 200 + acres and were told the boys (Bob, Zac and Rex) would go with us. I really didn't expect the dogs to stay with us but every afternoon when we went for a walk and they stayed with us all the time, mostly showing us the various walks and usually ending up back at the stream, which was their favourite. If they went out of sight from us it wasn't too long before one of them would come back barking at us to keep up. And although the cows wouldn't hurt us, Zac would always make sure he was between us and the cows, which was reassuring.

During the mornings we visited Lynmouth and Lynton which has a cliff top railway in the hill, it is a very picturesque place. We also went to Keypitts, near Ilfracombe which had quad biking and horse riding, Paul and George went on the quads and had a brilliant time while Louise and I had a great time cantering across the fields.

Although Wendy gave us details of the various places to eat we were happy just staying around the farm and enjoying the peace and quiet and looking out over the scenery while the kids usually played with the dogs. We felt so safe as the dogs were around all the time protecting the farmhouse, even when we went inside usually one of them would be sleeping outside waiting for the kids to come out again.

Our only complaint is, it wasn't long enough. We do plan to come back very soon, even if we can only fit in a weekend, hopefully a long one.

  • Liked — Clean, spacious, quiet and lovely views
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled with family
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Property: Town House Barton
Address: Town House Barton Nadder Lane, South Molton EX36 4HR, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > South Molton
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Ranked #15 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in South Molton
Number of rooms: 6
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Town House Barton South Molton, Devon

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