If you come in search of a true romantic escape, then The Barn is it. Set on the first floor of a beautifully converted barn, this is one of the most heart-rendingly attractive small holiday cottages in Devon.
The layout is pleasingly simple. At one end is a spacious open plan living area with kitchen, dining and lounge spaces. At the other is a bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. The décor and furnishings are nothing short of gorgeous, matched only by the inviting rural views through large windows.
It’s not just an oven in the kitchen – it’s a Bosch touch screen oven – simple and easy to use and rather good at cooking a cordon bleu dinner for two. And so it goes, a kitchen island with four stools in case friends drop in to drool at your find, Nespresso coffee machine (in case one of them is George Clooney), a Zanussi washer/dryer, dishwasher and fridge. Dine indoors or outside on the patio around a small table for two.
The living room has those large soft wraparound sofas on which to sit or lie while watching the panoramic Smart TV (with Amazon Firestick and DVD), or listening to your romantic playlist courtesy of the Bluetooth speakers.
The bedroom has a king-sized double bed with Egyptian cotton sheets in which to relax while watching the (Smart) TV or just listening to the scents and sounds of a Devonshire dawn through open windows in spring and summer. It also has an en-suite with a Bamford bath and rainfall shower.
It may be a cottage for two, but there is still no need for a queue at the bathroom, as a separate bathroom features a splendid Vintage-style silver roll-top bath.
The bathroom has a splendid Vintage-style roll top bath with a dressing screen for the modest.
This dog friendly cottage lies about a 10-minute drive from Devon’s chunk of the Jurassic Heritage coast and the genteel seaside resorts and fishing villages of Sidmouth, Beer, Branscombe and Budleigh Salterton all connected by wild and rugged cliif top walks.
The Barn sits within a pleasant walk of Cotleigh, one of those little Devon villages comprising a scattering of pretty cottages and farm houses. although it doesn’t have a pub, there are a good choice of inns and eating establishments within walking distance. In fact, The Barn is a very good place for a walking holiday, whether along red sandstone or chalk white cliffs with a few sheep for company, or through beech woods carpeted with bluebells and wild garlic in the spring. Cream tearooms can be found with ease – just make sure you put the cream on first it you want to stay on good terms with the locals – while Honiton can provide a happy hunting ground for antique shoppers. Rent a vintage self-drive boat from the beach in Beer for an hour or two of chuntering along the coast, and catch a few mackerel to bring back to The Barn to go on the BBQ. Alternatively, take a tram ride along vintage electric trams from Seaton to Colyton where the obligatory and rather delightful tea gardens lie in wait.