Little Barton

Bideford, Devon

Light, nature and tranquillity in AONB countryside by the Hartland Peninsula coastal path - for families, groups and green celebrations


2 places


Sleeping from 6 – 10


Swallows swoop over wild flowers and sheep pasture; clouds play chase above the surf-beaten Hartland Peninsula; on clear nights, wide skies are afire. The old farm, set in open countryside where walks traverse wild beaches and views stretch to Lundy Island, has two self-catering houses: a large, traditional 1902 farmhouse and smaller converted shippon. In the Farmhouse find big old armchairs, handmade beds, a piano by the fire, books to read, a splendid boxed-in loo (with a view). Cook with local ingredients, dine at a 16-seater table – it’s great for groups. The Cottage bears similar retro charm with original beams, wood-burner, a farmhouse kitchen with walk-in larder and doors opening straight into the garden. Lungfuls of Atlantic air whoosh into gardens facing south to the sea; there’s ping-pong in the barn. Friendly Alex welcomes guests with organic wine, maybe brownies. An inspiration for writers, artists, birdwatchers, beach-walkers, for green weddings, family parties and all who value peace and eco principles.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • 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


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


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

& pricing

Special offer: 26/3/19;4/4/19 (16people) £1500 long wkend £1250 short wkend. Cottage (6 + 2 cots) wk beg 4/4; 12/4;22/4;26/4: £675 + EASTER wkend £500. Long wkends for 16 £1500 6/5 + 10/5 Wks Fhse £1500 Cott £700.

Booking information

Check in
Check out
10am weekdays, 6pm weekends, 12pm long weekends
Booking restrictions
Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £70
Weekly price
from £350
Damage deposit
Cottage £150, Farmhouse £250
1 Cottage for 6
From £706 beds3 bedrooms
1 House for 10
From £20010 beds6 bedrooms


We had a lovely stay at Little Barton. The house and surroundings are very relaxing, with great views to the coast. There is lots of space to spread out on, even with a large group, many nooks and crannies to hide away in with a book, and wonderful walking and beaches close by. The ping pong in the barn is a bonus, of course! Two thumbs up from our young children, and 5* from the grownups.

Alastair, Leamington spa

Seconds after arriving (after a marathon Friday pm drive from London) our city stresses disappeared. Little Barton is a wonderful, characterful place to stay. We had the house + cottage (8 adults and 7 boys - under 7!) and it felt super spacious, plenty of room to eat, to play, to roam. The boys ran barefoot throughout the houses and gardens, playing hide and seek, flying kites in the gardens... the grown ups took any quiet opportunities to enjoy coffee on the terrace or wine on the bench looking out to sea. The rooms were are spacious, and unique. Amazing coast. Well equipped. Wonderful!

Amy, London

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Alex Wilkinson

  • Wild high tide deep sea swimming at Hartland Quay (7mins by car or 45 mins walk).Excellent surfing/body boarding locally and further afield. Fishing trips available from Clovelly. Trips to Lundy on the Oldenburg ferry.
  • Fantastic walks over wild beaches and through wooded valleys. Lots of opportunities for extreme sports such as mountain boarding, cliff climbing, abseiling, high ropes etc. Riding 15 mins away. Cycle hire in Bideford for the Tarka Trail.
  • Houses run on ecological principals: wild flower meadow for bees and insects, small wood much loved by birds. Ecover products are supplied; bathrooms and kitchens are steam cleaned. There is a private water supply and an eco sewage system.
  • Clovelly walled garden only 10 minutes away. Lots of good veg for sale and very good local farm shops for well raised meat, venison, veg, eggs, cheese etc. Farmers' Market on the 1st Sun of the month in holiday seasons.
  • Hartland Abbey Garden and Docton Mill garden both within walking distance. Lots of art, pottery and handmade furniture in Hartland. On-site pottery.
  • You can buy pottery on-site, some of which is made from our own clay, on site.