2.6 miles SW of Chagford

Thornworthy Barn

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Sumptuous, cosy and welcoming are just a few of the words that describe this charming escape, made for couples. The Barn lies in the heart of Dartmoor close to Chagford on a beautiful estate dating back to 1840 that was once a hotel and the famous writer Mary Wesley, author of 'The Camomile Lawn' once lived here and there is reference to the house in her writing. Tucked away in a courtyard and beautifully restored, the interior designer owner has clearly taken time and effort to create a truly luxurious and romantic home stay that brings the heart and soul of Dartmoor inside, and we just love it. It's also a wonderful escape to unplug from busy lives and embrace the peace and tranquillity that this little piece of heaven offers, with nothing but open moorland all around.


Concierge service

From the moment you arrive to a crackling fire, chilled Champagne and generous hamper to the moment you leave, the owners of Thornworthy Barn are on hand to make your stay truly perfect. Whether you would like shopping brought in for you so you don't have to worry about buying it en route, advice on the best walks and local pubs, they're happy to help. In addition, wax country coats, wellies, binoculars, brollies and Ordnance Survey maps will be left for you. If you have any requirements, just get in touch prior to your holiday to see how they can help.


Living

Take the stairs up to the open-plan sitting room where you'll find mellow wooden floors, a beamed, vaulted ceiling, French doors that open on to the terrace and a fabulous porthole window that has picture-perfect views over the moors. There are two sumptuous, bespoke sofas and a footstool all covered in Mulberry velvet nestled around the cosy wood burning stove, a Smart TV, Bose SoundTouch 10 sound system, full-length velvet curtains, ambient lighting and a radio too. You'd be hard-pushed to find a lovelier spot to relax in after a day out exploring the moors.


Eating

We just love the country-chic slate grey kitchen - we dream of cooking in here! There's a fabulous dual range cooker with a five-burner gas hob plus triple crown wok burner, as well as a Belfast sink, two fridges (one with a small freezer compartment), dishwasher, microwave, Nespresso coffee machine, Dualit worktop appliances and everything else you would need to rustle up a feast. The Georgian scullery work table in the centre of the room is the focal point of the kitchen, whilst we can imagine sitting in the window seat - preferably with a glass of our favourite tipple in our hand! You'll find the circular antique dining table with French-style dining chairs in the open-plan living area, beautifully lit by the Velux window above.


Sleeping and bathing

The stunning en suite bedroom is located on the ground floor. With a king size, teal-coloured velvet bed complete with French linen bedding, sheepskin heated blanket and a plethora of luxurious throws and cushions it's the ultimate romantic bedrooom. Carefully decorated in a collection of gorgeous antiques including a chandelier large chest of drawers, double wardrobe, Ralph Lauren fabric as well as beautifully chosen artwork, it's a joy to retire to at the end of the day. The en suite is totally divine too, with a roll top, freestanding bath with hand-held shower, beautiful tiled floor and striking dark coloured walls.

In addition, there is a second gorgeous bedroom should you need seperate rooms which has an en suite shower room with huge walk in, six inch rose shower with additional hand-held shower.


Outdoor space

To the rear of the property, accessed through the sitting room, you'll find a lovely terrace area complete with a teak table, four chairs, Weber barbeque and a Kaddi bowl for a spot of alfresco dining. This leads on to a private garden which boasts outstanding views over the moors. In addition, there's access to a tennis court and croquet lawn (not for the professional!) whilst you can also wander to the kitchen garden for seasonal fruit, vegetables and herbs. There's also a stunning roundhouse with a wood burner, a perfect spot to curl up and watch the sun set over the moorland with a glass of something special in your hand.


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Spa room

To make your stay extra special, there's a spa treatment room available for massage, reflexology, facial massage, hot stone massage and deep tissue massage on Saturdays or Thursdays. This can be booked prior to your stay - please let us know and we'll put you in touch with the owner.


Adults only

This is an adults only retreat, guests need to be over 18.


Farm Life

Thornworthy Barn lies next to a farm so although a very peaceful spot you will occasionally hear sheep, dogs and even donkeys as the farmer goes about his work.


Parking

There is plenty of off road, private parking.


Dogs

This is one of our pet-free properties.


WiFi

The Barn has WiFi so should you need to stay in touch with the outside world you can.


In the Area

You couldn't ask for a more unspoilt, hidden away spot than Thornworthy Barn. Hidden away on Dartmoor at literally the end of the road, there's nothing beyond this idyllic retreat except open moorland. Surrounded by land owned by the same family for generations, this part of the countryside remains untouched so during spring you'll be treated to blankets of snowdrops and bluebells, wildlife galore during summer and autumn and the most spectacular scenery over winter months. You need do nothing more than don your walking boots and head out to explore the likes of Kestor Rock, Fernworthy Reservoir, Thornworthy Tor with its Logan Stone and Scorhill bronze age stone circle. If you do want to explore further afield, Chagford is the nearest village with great places to eat and shop as well as an open-air swimming pool. Other places of note nearby is Bovey Castle and Spa and Gidleigh Park - both wonderful places to eat and relax, whilst the Warrren House Inn is an hours' walk on a fine day. Other wonderful places of note include Becky Falls, Castle Drogo, Lydford Gorge and Wistmans Wood which are just a short drive away.


The quintessential romantic escape, this tranquil Devonian pad in the heart of Dartmoor is seriously chic with design-led interiors and a concierge service to make your stay the epitome of relaxation.

At a glance

From £1,121 for a long weekend or mid week break.

Sleeps 2 | 1 Bedroom | Regret no pets

Key features

Al Fresco eating

Autumnal escapes

Beautiful Dartmoor setting

Extensive gardens and ponds

Fire pit

Ideal Honeymoon spot

Off the beaten track

Perfect Honeymoon Hideaway

Pet-free property

Rolling countryside

Rolling gardens

Summer House in the Garden

Tennis court access

Concierge service

Walking distance to a pub

Wood Burner

Perfect For Couples

Parking

Country Houses

Design-led retreat

Boutique country chic

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Short breaks:

  • Mid Week Breaks (Mon to Fri) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Long Weekends (Fri to Mon) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Short breaks are not available at Christmas and New Year.

Payments:

  • A 13 deposit & £38 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £35 per pet per week or short break
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We know how gorgeous our retreats are, but don’t just take our word for it – here’s what previous guests say about Thornworthy Barn:

Really lovely and well thought out cottage. Excellent for walking. Take good boots and a warm/dry coat for the moors.

Fabulous luxurious retreat in the most peaceful setting.

If one is seeking a pleasant, relaxing retreat which is very well equipped with readily accessible interesting local walks and local produce, then this is the place. The owners (Robert and Lisa) are personable and helpful, always available if needed, yet maintaining the privacy distance - they have got it just right. First rate. An enjoyable break, thank you.

Absolutely exceptional property in a beautiful setting with generous hosts. Perfect retreat with excellent walks. Thornworthy Barn is gorgeously presented and very comfortable.

Absolutely divine destination, perfect for a couple looking for a dose of seclusion tucked away in the most tranquil setting.

Robert and Lisa go above and beyond, really joyous hosts who bring a really feel good factor to your stay. Can't wait to go back!

Perfect location to explore Dartmoor, with some lovely villages and local attractions. Retreat was was stylish and very comfortable, Rob and Lisa the hosts were superb in every way and super friendly. Nothing was too much effort. Welcome pack was very generous, we especially oved the limoncello and coffee cake!

We've had a really wonderful stay here this week - you have created a beautiful place to stay here at Thornworthy Barn and we've enjoyed every moment. It's been great to escape from the city to spend time in the countryside - thank you for your advice on places to walk to. It's also been so relaxing spending time in and around the cottage and in the grounds of your beautiful home. Thank you for making this such a memorable stay!

A wonderfully remote and beautiful rural retreat. We had a lovely honeymoon.

Excellent accommodation with the most helpful and friendly hosts. Thornworthy Barn would be the perfect choice whatever the weather: outstanding for walking and if the weather is awful, you couldn't ask for a more welcoming, comfortable and well furnished holiday with fantastic attention to detail. Faultless.

We absolutely loved our holiday. Robert and Lisa are wonderful hosts, so attentive and gave us great advice on nearby walks and pubs. The place is beautiful and there are so many places to sit and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the moors. Thank you for truly memorable stay.

Stunning property and great welcome.

Really lovely accommodation, better than photos. Beautifully furnished. Exceeded expectations. Amazing views and fabulous walking from the doorstep. Lots of delightful little touches - local ingredients for breakfast next day in the fridge. Fizz on ice on arrival. Robert made contact before we arrived. Robert and Lisa could not have been more welcoming and were happy for us to wander around their fabulous garden and give us tips on the local area.

This cottage is everything anyone could hope for in a luxury retreat. We can’t wait to return.

Simply breathtaking and the perfect getaway. Cannot wait to return.

Please don’t tell anyone else about Thornworthy - we want to keep it as our little secret. Barn Cottage is beautiful, we ate breakfast on the terrace in September and watched the sun set every night. Long walks across the moors, candle lit dinners and rabbit pie at the Warren Inn. We will be back ... provided nobody else has booked it first!

Fabulous property with incredible views , just perfect for a week of relaxation. Lisa and Robert are great hosts and provided a lovely welcome hamper and drinks

Robert and Lisa have perfectly captured the beauty of the moors at Thornworthy, creating a relaxed and lux environment that showcases the stunning countryside while making sure to incorporate every homely touch you could want. The grounds are beautiful -- we particularly enjoyed the swinging chairs overlooking the moors for our morning coffee and the outdoor fire put for wine and cheese in the evening. Lisa has thoughtfully decorated the barn and it shows in all the small touches including the sheepskins for outdoor furniture, the heated blankets for the evenings and the sumptuous hamper with local treats to be enjoyed throughout our stay. We will certainly be back.

'Thank you for creating this amazing space for people to come and escape on the moor. We're sad to be leaving as we've had such a special time. We love the cottage and all the special touches you've created, and we've also loved being outside and enjoying each of the different vistas from the various seating places.' - May 2021

'What a truly wonderful spot you have here at Thornworthy. We have had a fabulous week in Dartmoor despite some gloomy May weather - lovely evenings by the fire, drinks with a stunning view, the charcuterie board was absolutely delicious as was the generous hamper and breakfast you kindly left for us. Thank you for sharing this heavenly spot with us, we are recharged and ready to get back to reality - although, very much hope we'll be back soon! Take care and all the very best for staycations this summer and beyond!' - May 2021

'Honeymooning heaven in Devon! I'm a poet and you know it! Thank you.' - May 2021

'Thank you so much for sharing this truly breathtaking cottage and surroundings with us. All things being 'normal' we should have been on our honeymoon in the Maldives, however in our opinion the paradise you offer far exceeds. Your hospitality and attention to detail and little added extras are beyond expectations and make it all the 'moor' special. Special thanks to Robert for assisting us with the local walks as we would not have had the same experience without it. We love the place and you can assume we will be back!' - April 2021

'Thank you so much for the most wonderful week we could have imagined. This week should have been our wedding (postponed due to current events) and The Barn was the perfect replacement. We have loved the thoughtful attention to detail at every stage, admired both the gorgeous interiors and the incredible surroundings, and adored the itineries/recommendations for walks and places to see. We know we will be back again, and can't thank you enough for your generous hospitality' - November 2020

'Our second stay at Thornworthy and just as lovely as the first time! The owners have thought of everything - we arrived Halloween weekend and there was even a lovely hand-carved pumpkin to welcome us! Inside, the house was cosy warm with the woodburner flickering and the most amazing hamper we've ever seen was waiting for us to enjoy. We were lucky with the weather and managed two lovely walks over the moors and Fernworthy Resevior - in fact, we didn't use the car all weekend. The wonderful round house in the garden was a highlight too. Honestly you'd be hard-pressed to find a more perfect stay. Thank you so much!' - October 2020

'Thank you Lisa and Robert for your fantastic hospitality, we have absolutely loved our stay at your beautiful home from the moment we arrived we have felt totally relaxed and have been so impressed with the quality of everything that you have kindly provided at the property. The views are beautiful and we have really enjoyed the evenings by the firepits and round house. Listening to the owls - just perfect. We hope to return' - September 2020

'Please don’t tell anyone else about Thornworthy - we want to keep it as our little secret. Barn Cottage is beautiful, we ate breakfast on the terrace in September and watched the sun set every night. Long walks across the moors, candle lit dinners and rabbit pie at the Warren Inn. We will be back ... provided nobody else has booked it first!' - September 2020

'Robert and Lisa have perfectly captured the beauty of the moors at Thornworthy, creating a relaxed and lux environment that showcases the stunning countryside while making sure to incorporate every homely touch you could want. The grounds are beautiful -- we particularly enjoyed the swinging chairs overlooking the moors for our morning coffee and the outdoor fire put for wine and cheese in the evening. Lisa has thoughtfully decorated the barn and it shows in all the small touches including the sheepskins for outdoor furniture, the heated blankets for the evenings and the sumptuous hamper with local treats to be enjoyed throughout our stay. We will certainly be back' - September 2020

'It was fantastic - thank you Robert and Lisa!' - August 2020

'Thank you so much for ensuring we had the best of everything and the space to enjoy it. Your hospitality was exceptional and a much appreciated and highly enjoyable blessing! We hope we can enjoy it again and soon' - July 2020

'Thornworthy Barn was the first place we visited after six months at home during lockdown and it certainly exceeded expectations. As well as providing a welcome change of scene, we really benefitte from the isolation, peace and quiet in such lovely surroundings. Loved the birds and animals and the tranquility of the moor. We very much enjoyed the luxuries at the Barn too, and thank you for a very enjoyable week' - July 2020