Ladybird Barn At Down Farm

Brayford, North Devon, Barnstaple, North Devon, Countryside

Check-in Time: 16:00
Check-out Time: 10:00

Outside Description

There is a private patio area and seating, and to the front of the farmhouse is a large lawn and seating area. We also have a large acre flat field where great football matches take place, just ask Lewis or Frazer to show you where. To the side of the barn is a log store and a small herb garden. We also have an organic allotment, where guests are welcome to pick and eat seasonal vegetables.

Downstairs Description

Go through the large double glazed oak doors into the lounge/diner and you’ll find a superb contemporary converted barn, furnished to very high standard with oak floors throughout downstairs, and dressed with luxurious heavy curtains. An array of comfortable sofas, squashy cushions and a truly wonderful log burning fire, with a silver flue that juts up and through the ceiling above. There’s a pine dining table that can comfortably sit six and bookcase bulging with an assortment of local books, boxes of jigsaws, games, and an assortment of family DVDs with flat screen TV.

Leading off the Lounge is a modern style kitchen with integrated fitted kitchen appliances and every modern convenience you could require. On the ground floor there is also a shower room and wc. To the other side of the Lounge is a full width ground floor bed room, with a pair of wonderful sturdy bunk beds, and a sofa bed.

First Floor Description

Upstairs there are a further 2 bedrooms in the eaves of the barn. (A double and a twin bedroom). The bedrooms have skylights which on a clear night you can take advantage of Exmoor’s designation as Europe’s first “Dark Sky Reserve” where the stars shine brighter making star gazing very special indeed. Bed linen, towels and beach towels are provided, as well as tea towels, bath mats and environmentally friendly cleaning products.

Windows Views Description

As you approach the side of Ladybird Barn you cannot fail to notice the ancient old Devon walls bursting with ancient ferns, crocosmia and foxgloves and in their shadow, are clumps of yellow flowered wild Iris. As you look further up the hill, you’ll see dozens of Devon Longhair sheep staring at you and welcoming you to your holiday home. To the side of the cottage is a log store and a small herb garden. We also have an organic allotment, where guests are welcome to ask Adrian to pick them the best seasonal fruits and vegetables available.

Other Notes

We have 7 Gorgeously friendly cats, and they do not need an invitation to come and visit with you, sit on a lap, or share your evening snacks. They are everywhere, so please be mindful when driving in our yard.

Lake Views
Riverside Views
Child Friendly: Children are very very welcome, With lots of DVDs, books, reference books, toys and a 53 acre playground to play, run, skip and shout in. There is also a beautiful treehouse to play, tree swings. and large glass fields to play football.
Tots Travel Bag: Within each holiday property there is a high chair, plastic cups, plates and cutlery, a baby bath, changing mats, pottys, bed rails, high chairs and stair gates.
Swimming Pool: We have a glorious fresh water lake, stream feed for the hearty wild swimmers... There is also a 30 foot long slide that juts out into the lake and an island to row and explore too.
Hot Tub: Coming Summer 2017 a wood burning HotTub, positionedon its own patio, over looking the allotment with countryside views.
Group Getaways: Our Party barn is available to rent for groups to gather in. We can decorate it to suit your party needs, and can even arrange for the hire of a local catering company. Please contact us for more details.
Corporate Connections: In the past we have been utilised for team building weekends and have even had a bootcamp operate for a weekend. Please contact us for more information.
Wedding Pads: Down Farm Estate’s charm and inspiring landscapes offer the ideal setting for your country wedding or special occasion. Our Estate is set within 53 acres of Organic grasslands, meadows, woods and a fresh water lake in the idyllic Countryside.
Farm Experience: Bottle feed tame lambs in the Spring, become a Hen Monitor (with Basket) and feed the Hens, put them too bed and collect the eggs. Fishing with barbless rods at the lake and when available Clay Pigeon Shooting. Please contact us for more details.
Eco Escape: Definately YES... X
Organic Options: We are a 53scre Organic Grassland Farm, helping to feed Organic Sheep and cows. We provide where possible organic cleaning products in all our properties, as our water supply is filtered into our land and stream.
Open Fire/Multi Fuel Burner
Enclosed Garden/Patio
Romantic Hideaway: Were not just for Families... Ask for our short break packages, just for 2, with a courtesty bottle of Fizz. x
Tourist Attractions:
  • Exmoor Zoo: Enjoy a day out in North Devon experiencing wildlife from around the world by visiting Exmoor Zoo! From the creepy crawlies of the Amazon to the wobbly ... Visit website
  • Arlington Court National Trust: Elegant Regency house with Victorian garden, plus a carriage museum, lakeside walks and livestock Visit website
  • Tunnels Beaches: a network of handcarved tunnels leading to sheltered beaches and Victorian bathing pool Visit website
  • Ilfracombe Museum : Situated next to The Landmark Theatre on Ilfracombe’s seafront. A fascinating place to visit come rain or shine with it’s unique collection of memorabilia. Visit website
  • Lundy Island: The particular character of Lundy derives from its varied terrain; on the west side, exposed to the Atlantic, there are high and rugged cliffs, on the east, sheltered from the prevailing wind, the coastline is gentler with grassy slopes, trees and many types of wild flowers. Visit website
Eating and Drinking:
  • The Poltimore Arms: At Yarde Down near Brayford is about 3 miles.Serving quality home cooked food, which is all locally sourced using the freshest produce and prepared to the highest standards by our talented and experienced chef. Visit website
  • The Pyne Arm In East Down: Our seasonal menu also features selected specials, an example special board is shown to the side. If you are a real ale fan then you wont be disappointed as we regularly feature local guest ales. Visit website
  • The Black Venus Pub And Restaurant: Believed to be the only inn in England bearing this name, The Black Venus Inn is a splendid old stone-built pub that enjoys a wonderful situation in the Exmoor National Park. Visit website
Food Stores:
  • Fine Foods In Braunton: Family run delicatessen and cheese shop in Braunton suppling produce from small independent producers in the South West. Visit website
  • Bess Hill Farm Shop: Welcome to Besshill Farm Shop situated in Arlington, Barnstaple. Pay our farm shop a visit for the freshest meat and veg at affordable prices Visit website
Sporting Attractions and Activities:
  • South West Coastal Path: Ilfracombe is the ideal base for a cycling or walking holiday. The Tarka Trail (the old railway line, now a cycle path) is a popular route and the North Devon Coastal path (part of the South West Coastal Path) runs along the sea front. Exmoor, criss-crossed with walks and cycle routes is only a twenty minute drive away. Visit website
  • Sea Kayaking: Sea Kayaking South West caters for all abilities from complete beginners to experienced paddlers. Our instructors and guides are fully qualified through the British Canoe Union and we have a high instructor to client ratio that ensures you get the most from your sea kayaking experience. Visit website
  • Fly Like A Bird Gliding: Fly Like a Bird provides Tandem Air Experience Hang Gliding flights in North Devon. We can offer custom packages by using our trusted local partners, and we use the latest technology to give you a complete experience of the south west countryside from the air. Visit website
  • Dean Horse Riding School: Dean Riding Stables is a small, traditionally stone built, BHS & ABRS approved yard tucked away in the peaceful hamlet of Dean within Exmoor National Park. Tracy Eames and her highly qualified staff are always on hand to offer riding instruction in one of the all-weather arenas for all abilities and age groups.. Visit website