Affeton Barton

East Worlington, South Molton, Devon
Self-catering


Stone farmhouse on a country estate, family-run for centuries. Views of the towered gatehouse, pool and tennis court, a walk to the river…

Bed

6 beds

Bedroom

4 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 8

The
Experience

There’s a little-changed feel to this deeply rural, sunny valley of the Little Dart river. And The Barton farmhouse, part of the Affeton Castle manor house, is just as inviting.Under the thatch and low, beamed ceilings, and between thick, ancient walls, things have had a 21st-century update in all the right, comfortable and efficient ways. Step out into the sheltered garden and just listen to those birds, or marvel at clear night skies. Stock up on good local food at South Molton market; there are decent pubs within 15 minutes’ drive too.Swimming? Tennis anyone? Footpaths and bridleways criss-cross the Affeton estate – stabling can be arranged, no problem – and trout fishing. You’re between Exmoor and Dartmoor, near the Two Moors Way, and if you need a spot of city life, Exeter is half an hour away by train.

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We think you'll love

  • Staying in a carefully renovated historic building
  • Being in such deep, green and peaceful countryside
  • Swimming, playing tennis, stabling your horse, trout-fishing
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You should know

  • The roads around Affeton are not very wide so the going is slow

Essentials

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
4pm, Friday changeover
Check out
10am, Friday changeover
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights, 7 nights in high season. Pets by arrangement.
Closed
1 November - 1 February.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Property
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Meals
Pub/restaurants 10-minute drive.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £200
Weekly price
from £1500
Damage deposit
£
1 House for 8
From £2006 beds4 bedrooms

Reviews

I visited Affeton with my family for our annual summer get together. It was the most perfect spot and the house was wonderful, so comfortable and well stocked with all you could possibly need for an escape from the busy world we live in. The hosts were enormously welcoming and helpful. The weather was awful but it did not matter one bit - we walked, swam and played tennis in the wonderful knowledge that we had a hot shower and warm bed waiting! It was a super week and I would highly recommend it!

Arabella, Bath

What a wonderful family week we have enjoyed in your beautiful house! We found the surroundings and all the amenities to be just perfect and every detail has been so nicely considered. We have all been so comfortable and leave with heavy hearts indeed. Thank you for everything, we will definitely return. A haven of comfort and beauty and a place to recharge and relax. My granddaughter has had the time of her life and will miss the lovely swing and garden and having family meals around the table in the lovely kitchen. Many thanks to Rosie for her help and delicious welcome cake

Pamela

What a wonderful family week we have enjoyed in your beautiful house! We found the surroundings and all the amenities to be just perfect and every detail has been so nicely considered. We have all been so comfortable and leave with heavy hearts indeed.Thank you for everything and we will definitely return. A haven of comfort and beauty and a place to recharge and relax. My granddaughter has had the time of her life and will certainly miss the lovely swing and garden and having family meals around the table in the lovely kitchen. Many thanks to Rosie for her help and delicious welcome cake.

Pam

What a privilege to have been your first visitors in delightful Affeton Barton Angela and Hugh! You gave us such a warm, thoughtful welcome and went to great lengths to ensure a wonderful stay. You truly considered everything down to tips on how to use the Aga (we are sold by the way!) Thank you so much for your generosity. We look forward to coming back one day.

Rupert, vanessa, hugh, alec and peter

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Location

The neighbourhood

Affeton looks down over its peaceful acres to the Little Dart; the river path leads west to Chulmleigh with its smattering of pubs and cob and thatch houses, and east to Witheridge near the midpoint of the 117-mile Two Moors Way that links Exmoor and Dartmoor. It’s about seven miles to Eggesford for the half-hour train ride to Exeter or Barnstaple on the Tarka line. Rosemoor Gardens and Victorian Knightshayes are 30 minutes’ drive.

Local points of interest from Angela Stucley

  • Affeton Barton is the centre of a beautiful, totally unspoilt country estate and working home farm with masses of stunning walks and huge open spaces. Heaven for painters, naturalists, the energetic or those who want simply to relax with a book by the fire
  • Bring racquets to enjoy the hard tennis court, swimming things to enjoy the pool in summer, bikes to explore the quiet lanes or a fishing rod to fish for trout in season in the Little Dart! The fresh air and total peace are an antidote to modern day living
  • Barbecue on a beautiful night in the garden under the dark, unpolluted sky with not a sound of modern life to be heard. Drink the pure water supplied by our borehole - no need for bottled water here! Enjoy magical picnics on the farm and by the river.
  • Visit the characterful nearby villages of Witheridge and Chulmleigh. Enjoy eating in the many local pubs and restaurants including a Michelin starred one! South Molton has great shops, brilliant markets on Thurs and Sat, health foods and a good supermarket
  • Its not far to Barnstaple, the fabulous North Devon beaches, the Tarka Trail for biking round the estuary and the beauty of Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks. The Cathedral City of Exeter is a great day out; you can even ditch the car and go by train!
  • See wild red and roe deer on the farm - there is abundant wildlife all around. Heaps of opportunity to explore, climb trees, make camps and endless hide and seek! You can even bring ponies! For wet days enjoy great ping pong and undercover alfresco dining

Introducing

Angela Stucley

The Stucley family built the fortified manor house that was the original Afton Castle in the mid-15th century. Some 200 years later during the English Civil War, the house was destroyed, leaving the towered gatehouse where the current Sir Hugh and Lady Stucley live; they share their time between Affeton and Hartland Abbey.