The Barn, Easdon Cottage

Manaton, Devon
Self-catering


A peaceful and unpretentious spot for a digital detox with long walks up on the moors and fabulous views from the top

Bed

2 beds

Bedroom

1 bedroom

Sleeps

Sleeps 2

The
Experience

A hideaway surrounded by moors, woodland and fields. Escape here to switch off your phones, read, write and have long walks in Dartmoor National Park. Sit and admire the views and watch the sun go down from your little terraced garden.

Hugh and Liza are the kindest people. They leave a generous welcome pack of homemade organic bread, milk, eggs and butter – and you can order Liza’s homemade granola. They grow their own veg organically, which you can buy (in season) and the water comes from a spring. The old barn has been converted simply and comfortably into an open-plan space with a Rayburn for winter warmth, practical kitchen area, sofa and king-size bed. Hop downstairs to the bathroom – and a single bunk bed tucked in the corner.

Stock up and spend your whole time here without using the car. Walk up onto Dartmoor – from the top you can sometimes see all the way to the sea. If you do fancy a break from cooking, there are a handful of pubs within five or so miles. Return to marvel at the stars, sleep soundly and then wake to a burst of birdsong.

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We think you'll love

  • The silence, the wonderful views, the walks from the door and the clear night skies
  • Unplugging the WiFi system for a complete digital detox
  • Chatting on the terrace while your dinner simmers on the Rayburn
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You should know

  • There are a few outside steps up to the barn
  • The sitting area, kitchen and bed are altogether in one cosy, open-plan studio space
  • The bathroom is downstairs (freestanding bath with douche shower)

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
From 4pm
Check out
10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights. 3 nights in low season or depending on availability.
Closed
Rarely.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property

Pricing

Nightly price
from £85
Weekly price
from £290
Damage deposit
£50
1 Barn for 2
From £852 beds1 bedroom

Reviews

Easdon is a veritable E-den! It was great to escape the rat race, head up into the heart of the Dartmoor National Park and enjoy the peace of the moors. Liza and Hugh have created a simple but cosy place to stay with real character and a view across fields to the moors across the valley. They also did everything possible to help us make the most of our stay. This is a place to unwind, slow down and enjoy the wind in the trees, birds outside the window and walks on the moors. A most enjoyable week!

Will, London

We had the nicest stay at Easdon Barn. You will find there true quiet, birdsong and the most spectacular moorland on your doorstep. Highly recommended!

John, Richmond

A very rare find. One of those truly special places you leave feeling totally invigorated and ready to take on the world. Stunning scenery, abundant wildlife and then there's the peaceful, cosy and characterful barn to unwind within. Thanks to Hugh & Liza for being so welcoming and accommodating. Thoroughly recommended.

Paul, Bruton

The Barn is a true idyll, surrounded by seemingly endless impossibly pretty countryside. The views are gorgeous, if it's sunny you can eat at the sweet little table in the garden and the bed is extremely comfy. I'd return in a shot.

Gwen, London

We were met with a very warm welcome from Hugh and Liza and our delightful accommodation was provided with organic milk, butter and home made bread. A superb, very rural spot, still close enough to access essential points on Dartmoor with ease. We did some terrific walks and ate well in local restaurants, as well as cooking up our own meals in the cosy kitchen. We would not hesitate to return.

Hilary, Witney

We first visited Easdon Cottage in 2000 and have returned six times to stay in the cozy Barn which feels like a home away from home for us. Hugh and Liza are wonderfully accommodating and helpful and a visit to Dartmoor has all the feeling of a spiritual retreat for us. Peaceful and beautiful, yet there are ample opportunities for invigorating hikes in the countryside. In fact, you can walk right out the door of The Barn and hike up onto Easdon Tor -- a windswept and lovely piece of countryside. If we could return to The Barn every year, we would do just that!

Lois, Lafayette

Perfect place for a peaceful few days of walking, reading, eating, snoozing and enjoying Dartmoor in all it's glory. You can walk for miles straight from the house. Hugh and Liza are wonderful and welcoming, the little house is warm and comfortable, the bath is blissful.

Polly, Bristol

Incredible peace and quiet in a beautiful setting. Saw a barn owl from the window and deer in the local forest. A wonderful sense of being hidden away and yet within easy reach of so many highlights of Dartmoor as well as several villages. The converted barn itself is warm and extremely cosy. Perfect place to either snuggle away from the hurly-burly or use as a base from which to explore Dartmoor. If you really need it, mobile reception can be found just a few hundred metres up the path and there are some delicious pubs and restaurants nearby in Moretonhampstead, Chagford and Widecombe.

Nathan, London

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Location

The neighbourhood

The Barn at Easdon is in a fairly remote spot on the east side of Dartmoor at an altitude of 1,100 feet. It has views across a valley of moorland and fields. There are no shops around the corner; the nearest are five miles away in the small towns of Chagford and Moretonhampstead: deli, butcher, organic cooperative shop as well as supermarkets. Some good pubs are: Ring of Bells Inn North Bovey, three miles; The Horse Moretonhampstead, The Rugglestone Inn Widecombe in the Moor, six. The north and south coasts are reachable in about an hour.

Local points of interest from Liza & Hugh Dagnall

  • Situated in Dartmoor National Park - open sky and space, beautiful landscape and wonderful light for painting and photography. Ancient historical sites abound.
  • Cycling in the surrounding countryside. Riding and trekking on the Moor.
  • Near Castle Drogo (National Trust). Many fine churches and other interesting architecture.
  • Good walking and birdwatching from The Barn. Springtime wild flowers and birdsong to delight.
  • Bouldering and rock climbing on Easdon Tor - a 10-minute walk.
  • Local markets featuring artisan food and interesting places to eat. Organic food widely available.

Introducing

Liza & Hugh Dagnall

Hugh and Liza moved to Easdon in 1999. They're both passionate about the preservation of this beautiful area of the National Park. From the very first moment they set foot here they realised how unspoilt it was: clean air, spring water, deep silence. They love sharing this with guests, wanting them to come and escape and step back from urban life.