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The Barns, Barbaryball House, Lifton, Devon

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The charming Thrushell valley is home to Barbaryball’s five exceptional luxury self-catering holiday cottages. Awarded with a four and five star Gold quality rating by the national tourism agency, Visit Britain, the barns are tucked away in 12 acres of vibrant green pasture and the luxurious self-catering accommodation enjoys unspoilt views across the river Thrushell. Access to this rural peace is simple by road, rail or air and the barns are open all year round.

Dog Friendly Holiday Cottages

We welcome dogs in all of our cottages

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Luxury Cottages With Hot Tubs

All of our cottages have private hot tubs

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Explore Devon Coast and Moors

The perfect location for couples and families

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  • We stayed in Cow Barn as a family of four plus one dog. We arrived later than expected, by which time Ute and Richard had unpacked our online grocery shopping and even taken delivery of a new mobile phone for my elder son. The barn was really well kitted out, with lots of extras you would normally expect to provide yourselves – for example, towels (for the bathroom and for the hot tub), toilet roll, hand soap, tea, coffee, even a good selection of DVDs for the DVD player. The setting for the barns is great, with surrounding fields all open for guests to explore. We particularly liked the large field with a picnic area adjacent to the river. We loved the hot tub and the very comfy beds! We did have a problem with the boiler midweek, but this was quickly resolved.
    The location of the barns is good for exploring The north and the south coasts of Devon/Cornwall and for accessing Dartmoor. The barn was well stocked with leaflets and maps of places to visit nearby.
    Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Devon Country Barns. Our dog was exhausted by all the exercise! but Ute assured us that this was normal! We would definitely recommend this place!

    AmandaOR, Horsham
    Stayed August 2014
  • Just spent half term at Apple House, the barn has everything you need and everything is of an exceptionally high standard. Great location for exploring Devon and Cornwall, fantastic for the “hunter-gatherer” lots of farm shops and lovely towns near by. Picturesque country side literally on your doorstep, and after a hard day you can relax in your own private hot tub!! The owners have a vast amount of knowledge on the area and activities and nothing is too much trouble, would recommend to anyone seeking that perfect location in this part of the country.

    Morgan’s P
    Stayed October 2014
  • We have just spent a wonderful half-term week at Tractor Barn. We loved the place – and Missy the dog enjoyed the freedom of the fields and the early morning swim in the river. Richard and Ute are wonderful hosts and have created a lovely country holiday experience. The quality of the accommodation can’t be faulted and there are nice little touches that make the barn a ‘home from home’. We enjoyed exploring this area of Devon/Cornwall and took in a number of National Trust attractions (Lydford Gorge was amazing), some horse riding across the moor, and some good local pubs. A lovely break and huge smiles all round.

    Nevaps, Bristol
    Stayed October 2014
  • We have just returned from a 4 night stay in Meadow Barn and cannot over emphasize how lovely this whole experience is. From the heart felt welcome to the final fond farewell – we were delighted. The surrounding countryside, in it’s newly acquired autumnal colours, is stunning and a trip across the near border into Cornwall with its rugged coastline is a must.
    Ute and Richard are the perfect hosts although they wouldn’t allow us to bring away their dog “Scrumpy” with whom we fell in love from the outset.
    There ought to be a rating above excellent for this place – perhaps it should be FABULOUS !

    Paul G
    Stayed November 2014
  • We have just returned from our second trip to these fantastic barns, made even more special with the addition of a hot tub – just what you need after walking miles over Dartmoor. Our dog Oscar had the time of his life with long walks and swimming everyday . We stayed in Orchard Barn which is fabulous, so cosy yet so special. All immaculately maintained inside and outside.
    Thank you for making your barns so special, we look forward to returning soon.

    Mandysevenoakskent, Sevenoaks
    Stayed November 2014
  • This place is a little gem – not sure where to start.
    The owners are lovely, the grounds are amazing and plentiful, the views are magnificent and the cottages are just excellent.
    We stayed in Apple House over a long weekend. The house was spotless on arrival – we had scones, clotted cream and jam waiting for us on our arrival. The barn was extremely cosy, and the wood burning fire made it even more so.
    Hot tub on the patio was v easy to use, and made the weekend away that bit better.
    Location is also brilliant – not far from Dartmoor and in reasonable driving distance of some of Cornwall’s best beaches.

    Alexa201401, London
    Stayed November 2014
  • Just returned from a 4 night new year break in Tractor Barn and had a fabulous time. The barn is one of the most comfortable places we’ve stayed in…beautifully renovated and really high spec. The owners, Richard and Ute, seem to have thought of everything. Even when the weather outside was really frosty, the barn was amazingly warm and cosy with a great log burner and underfloor heating throughout. We had a really warm welcome from the owners with fresh cake and wine and they saved the day by helping with our car trouble. Add that to the amazing hot tub (our son particularly enjoyed the lights!) and stunning views and we couldn’t have asked for more. Would definitely recommend the barns and hope to return at some point.

    hants52015, Fareham
    Stayed December 2014
  • We have just returned from a Zairean over New Year, we stayed in Orchard barn which was perfect. The barn was lovely and cosy with the underfloor heating and wood burner, and we were welcomed with scones, jam and cream when we arrived. We saw the New Year in sat in the hot tub which was perfect. Will definitely visit againxxx

    Andrew R
    Stayed December 2014
  • A much needed couple of days away was needed for my partner and I. The Cowbarn was perfect with heated flooring and every mod con right down to a great selection of Dvds. Ute offered a warm welcome and couldn’t do enough for us. Taking the dog was lovely and he had a great time.
    The hot tub was incredibly, staying hot for ages and loads of towels were provided. We will be back.

    Tegan S, Bristol
    Stayed Jan 2015
  • Returning to a place is always a good sign, isn’t it? After having spent a fabulous Autumn holiday in Orchard Barn in September 2013 we have now had just perfect Christmas and New Year holidays at Meadow Barn – and it is already booked for this year!
    We had brilliant weather for fantastic coastal walks with our dog. We found the most heartwarming hosts for the most wonderful time of the year. And we will be back. There is no more to say 🙂

    29Astrid, Munich
    Stayed Dec 2014
  • We stayed in Orchard Barn in December for my birthday and what a treat it was! Easy to get to from Bristol and easy to find. A relaxed check in with home made biscuits and mince pies waiting for us, was such a nice touch. The owners were friendly and left us to it which was perfect for a romantic escape. The hot tub was amazing with great sunset views across the countryside and we were lucky enough to enjoy a meteor shower one evening! It really was a perfect weekend. Thank you so much!

    KirstyEmery, Bristol
    Stayed Dec 2014
  • We spent the weekend in the gorgeous Tractor Barn, which is stylish and comfortable, and beautifully kitted out. 3 lovely bedrooms downstairs, with toasty underfloor heating and lovely bathrooms. The large and light open plan upstairs makes the most of the great views across the valley. The hot tub was a big hit with the girls – the weather was glorious but chilly, so sitting outside in the hot tub was a treat! Our dog Bou enjoyed walking down to the river for a paddle. The owners were very welcoming, and the welcome pack with delicious home made lemon drizzle cake (so good it lasted all of 2 minutes…) and own-label wine was a lovely touch. A great location for walkers – lots of beautiful walks within easy reach. Thank you Richard and Ute for a lovely weekend.

    KC, Pillaton
    Stayed Jan 2015

Choice of 5 Luxury Cottages

All five luxury Barns are furnished to an exceptional standard with many quirky individual touches that will help make your stay relaxing and enjoyable. They have been converted using traditional building materials such as lime plaster, oak lintels and slate floor tiles but at the same time provide exceptional levels of comfort with underfloor heating throughout, woodburners in each barn, kitchens equipped with the most modern appliances and wall mounted flatscreen home cinema systems. Four of our barns now have their own private hot tubs.

For a full list of what we provide, visit our Information section.

  • Orchard Barn

    Set on the edge of the apple orchard with views down the Thrushell Valley, Orchard Barn’s open-plan luxury accommodation, with hot-tub and cosy woodburner, provides an ideal getaway for couples all year round.

  • Meadow Barn

    Recently converted, Meadow Barn’s 5* Gold luxury is a spacious retreat for two to relax and unwind in split-level accommodation, including king sized bed and Victorian styled bathroom. Enjoy cosy evenings around the patio woodburner!

  • Cow Barn

    Cow Barn’s luxury accommodation includes spacious open plan living downstairs and 2 bedrooms, sleeping 4 upstairs. It has a large, private garden – plenty of room for dogs and to enjoy the afternoon and evening sun from your private hot tub!

  • Apple House

    Apple House is a spacious double-barn conversion with traditional features and luxury fittings. Its private patio with hot tub and direct access to surrounding fields, make Apple ideal for a family of 4 or two couples who enjoy outdoor living.

  • Tractor Barn

    Enjoy all the extra touches you would expect from 5* Gold luxury accommodation! Attractive “upside down” design, with open plan living upstairs and sleeping 6 in three bedrooms – complete with private garden and hot tub!

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