We stayed at Mead Barns for a summer break lasting 5 days in June 2013. In short the rooms were clean, well equipped & the couple of who own Mead Barns are friendly & helpful while respecting your personal space. On arrival they had provided eggs from their own chickens & fresh local bread which was very welcome. We also had a complementary real clotted-cream tea which I had forgotten about when I booked- great surprise! Mead Barn is dog friendly too which we appreciated.
Things you don't really expect were thought of: dish wash tablets, FREE wi-fi, cooking oil, ipod docking station. They even provide excelent body boards for the beach & ask you to pay a daily charge which they put (in front of you) into charity boxes.
There's a 'games room'. Now I've experienced a few of these in my time; a dusty, cold space with dirty & broken toys. Mead Barn provide a very good pool table (takes 50ps) a table tennis table- no charge, lots of decent, clean board games. You can even hire an impressive range of contemporary dvds (each barn has a dvd player).
It's very out of the way, but we were expecting this & other than having no telephone signal there's no downside to this location in my personal opinion.
Struggling to balance this review with the downsides....no phone signal for us (we're on o2) but with the free wi-fi email is not a problem. Getting in to the farm can be a little tricky- not the road quality but just the width of the opening to the farm. We have an old disco & needed to reverse a couple of times to make it through the opening. The website needed improving! It really doesn't do the place credit & I told the owners this. I was not expecting it to be this good based on the online pictures. That's it! There's nothing else I can think of.
If you book here make sure you visit Welcome Beach! It's great for surfing & is dog friendly too.
We're going back next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- AA4* Mead Barn Cottages are set in an AONB close to the North Devon coastline near the Cornish border. Within minutes you can be on the dramatic beach at Welcombe Mouth, popular with surfers, or walk along the South West Coast Path.At Mead Barns there are four cottages, converted from an old barn, sleeping from 4 to 8 people. On site we have a games room with pool table and table tennis, children's play area and tennis court. There is a laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryers.Dogs are welcome in all of our cottages and we are perfect for family seaside holidays, walking, exploring or just rewinding and relaxing. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mead Barn Holiday Cottages Welcombe, Devon