4.8 miles S of Tavistock

Mulberry Barton

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Set proudly within the National Trust owned Buckland Estate of some 700 acres, Mulberry Barton is a truly extraordinary property, with four stunning en suite bedrooms, tranquil living areas, picture-perfect gardens and views to fall in love with. Part of a heritage that dates to the 12th century, today Mulberry Barton has been immaculately restored to the highest of standards and offers accommodation that's pure luxury, making it a perfect spot for get-togethers and celebrations or simply to slow down and switch off, to embrace the slower pace of life that this historic setting embues. With complimentary access to the fascinating Abbey during your stay, you also have the unique experience of being able to explore the gardens and estate that once belonged to Sir Francis Drake, once the site is closed to visitors. This is beyond a doubt one for the history lovers, but being set in the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and just 40 minutes from the coast, everyone will adore this special, untouched piece of paradise.

Buckland Abbey

Please note, as Mulberry Barton forms part of the National Trust Buckland Abbey Estate, part of the garden in which Mulberry Barton is set is open to the public between 10.30am and 5.30pm so visitors may walk past some of the windows of the property during these hours.


Set within the part of the house dating back astonishingly to the 12th century, the stunning sitting room is the perfect settings for late evenings around the cosy jet master open fire. During the daylight hours, light from the windows on all but one of the walls let in plenty of light and offer beautiful views whilst double doors lead out on to the terrace. Two plumptuous sofas offer plenty of lounging space whilst well-positioned occasional chairs are the perfect spot for curling up with a good book, whilst a plethora of puzzles and board games are just made for afternoons at home.

In addition to the sitting room there's a fabulous snug, dating back to the 15th century, to hide away in with plenty of seating. To bring it firmly up to date, there's a large 55" Smart TV with Freeview and a DVD player, making it the perfect spot for catching up with your favourite box sets or films.


The gorgeous, spacious kitchen is a culinary delight, whether you're a honed expert or a budding chef. A proper English country kitchen, it boasts both a large four door Aga and an induction range cooker, fridge-freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and central granite island plus all the other essentials you might need, including a bean-to-cup coffee machine. This is a seriously well-equipped kitchen, perfect for entertaining.

Adjacent to the kitchen is the dining room, where you'll find the large circular dining table that seats eight, a wonderfully ornate wood burner, a SONOS sound system to create the soundtrack to your holiday, plus a cabinet brim-full of tableware for mealtimes. The windows have a jaw-dropping view over the award-winning gardens and out over the pretty Devonshire countryside beyond, where cattle graze and birds fly by and enjoy tasty morsels from the bird table.

Sleeping and bathing

There are four stunning en suite bedrooms to choose from, each named after a type of Devonshire cider apple.

'Langworthy' is just beautiful in shade of cream and pale green and comes with a luxurious king size bed. The stunning south-facing bay window overlooks the gardens and out towards the valley beyond and there's an en suite shower room with powerful rainfall shower.

'Woodbine' is gloriously pretty with a super king size colonial four poster bed and has large south facing windows overlooking the gardens and valley beyond. The en suite has double basins with views over the orchard, an exceptional roll top bath and a large walk-in shower.

'Pippin' is an oh-so-sweet cosy king size bedroom in shades of red and cream and comes complete with an en suite with roll top bath and rainfall shower over. Whilst you're enjoying a long soak, you can gaze out over the splendid gardens - bliss!

'Northwood' is set in the oldest part of the house and can be set up as an emperor sized bed or twins. This light, airy room has double-aspect views of the Abbey, Great Barn and gardens. The en suite has a roll top bath with powerful rainfall shower over it.

All bedrooms boast Hypnos bed swathed in luxurious Egyptian cotton bed linen, throws and cushions. In addition, each has a television and a Robert's digital radio. All of the bath/shower rooms have heated rails to keep towels warm and fluffy, robes and Noble Isle products.

Outdoor space

As you would expect, the National Trust owned gardens have been meticulously looked after for many years. You'll have your own private piece of paradise to the back of the house with outside seating for alfresco dining and a multitude of locations to picnic, with astonishing views over fields and woodland beyond - a truly beautiful vista to watch incredible sunsets, whilst it's just heavenly to sit and soak in the sunshine, accompanied by the heavenly scent of flowers. The truly unique offering of this incredible home is that between the hours of 5.30pm and 10.30am, Buckland Abbey is shut to visitors and all the Abbey gardens are yours to explor - a truly astonishing experience and a real privilege. From the terrace with valley views to the large lawns, wild garden and walled kitchen, you'll be able to wander alone to your heart's content.


There's private parking for up to four cars.

Babies and children

Babies and children are very welcome at Mulberry Barton. Please bring your own baby equipment. Please note that there is open water in the gardens and grounds and some areas are unfenced.


Mulberry Barton is a pet-free property.


Mulberry Barton has WiFi, but due to the incredibly thick stone walls built by the monks it may be slower than normal rather like that of the pace of life at this wonderful countryside retreat.

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Situated on the edge of Dartmoor National Park and close to the bustling market town of Tavistock, Mulberry Barton is ideally located to explore the beauty of South Devon if you can bear to tear yourself from this idyllic home.

Pop in the car and head off on to Dartmoor to experience true wild beauty. Amongst the roaming ponies and craggy tors, you'll find pretty villages such as Widecombe in the Moor, Ashburton, Chagford and Postbridge to explore, each with their own unique history and quite possibly a pub or tearoom! Tavistock is an ancient town, said to pre-date the medieval times, and is well known for its historical buildings, pannier market, shops and thriving famer's market.

If you're keen on visiting the coast, you can hop over the border into Cornwall in no time and head down to pretty Whitsand Bay and the lovely villages of Cawand and Kingsand. Whilst you're heading that way, pop into Cotehele, a gorgeous National Trust property and a real jewel in Cornwall's crown.

Walkers will love nearby Burrator Reservoir, surrounded by woodland and a haven for walkers, cyclists and horse riders alike due to its wealth of footpaths and bridleways. Alternatively, the drive to the South Devon coast is worth it with Newton Ferrers, Bantham, Bigbury-on-Sea, Salcombe, Kingsbridge and Dartmouth to explore - all in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Illustrious, jaw-droppingly beautiful and idyllic, this stunning beauty set within the prestigious Buckland Abbey Estate, is a truly unique, boutique homestay for celebrations and get-togethers.

At a glance

From £1,468 for a long weekend or mid week break.

Sleeps 8 + cot | 4 Bedrooms | Regret no pets

Key features


Autumnal escapes

Baby on Board

Beautiful Dartmoor setting

Big and Beautiful

Celebratory stays

Close to Dartmoor


Extensive gardens and ponds

Family friendly

Foodie breaks

Historic location

Multi Generational Holidays

Off the beaten track

Pet-free property

Rolling countryside


Walking distance to a pub

Bathtub for two

Open Fires


Country Houses

Boutique country chic

Super King Bed

check in / check out days

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.


  • 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 Mulberry Barton:

Mulberry Barton it simply stunning and we fell in love with it the moment we arrived. Sat within the Abbey's grounds, surrounded by beautiful gardens, fields and woodlands, the house is just wonderful; warm, cosy, oozing character and charm. The welcome hamper was a lovely surprise, and we made many lovely memories here, celebrating a 70th birthday. We visited the Abbey (thanks for the complimentary tickets), walked on Dartmoor and explored Tavistock and Totnes. The highlight of our stay was sitting in the Kitchen Garden at 10pm (still light!), smelling the exquisite roses and peonies, watching the bats fly above. An astonishing, unique and memorable stay. Thank you so much!

Beautiful house in a stunning location, well-equipped and extremely comfortable!

I loved everything about Mulberry Barton from the calves in the field to the beautiful gardens and friendly chickens. A house full of beautiful treasures! Thank you.

Thank you for a wonderful stay! The house is incredible and we have had a wonderful time here.

What a beautiful home! Thank you for such a warm welcome. The gardens and house were just stunning, we will be back!

Wonderful Christmas in this beautiful house. Did not want to leave!

Amazing place , home from home ??

Great weekend celebrating a 50th birthday. Perfect setting provided by Mulberry Barton - great fun and wonderfully peaceful. Weather appalling, but we did have the odd splash of sunshine to take in the lovely surroundings! Many thanks.

Perfect in every way, thank you. Next time a request for less rain! But still did some beautiful walks and enjoyed time in this fantastic house.

Absolutely beautiful property set in stunning scenery. The owners were so helpful and helped to make us feel very welcome. Would recommend this property for small groups or a family get together.

Beautiful location, extremely comfortable house, and a wonderful location: all the ingredients for a special holiday.

A marvellous home on a simply magical spot! We would definitely recommend.

Beautiful house and grounds. Such a fun week. Thank you so much.

Absolutely magical! This is the most beautiful house with everything you need for a memorable stay. Wanted to stay forever and have taken away plenty of interiors tips from the beautiful decor and facilities at Mulberry Barton.

It was perfect.

An utterly stunning house and location, it couldn’t have been more perfect. It’s even more idyllic in real life. Bryony and Bertie were great hosts, we will definitely be back!

The house and location were really lovely and exceeded our expectations

Fantastic setting and facilities, enjoyed our stay in this beautiful house.

Simply perfect, thank you so much.

What an idyllic spot to finally break out of lockdown! Certainly lived up to the very high expectations. What a beautiful place! Wish we could have stayed much longer. Very much hope to return.

Idyllic, sunny, peaceful. We loved staying in the beautiful Mulberry Barton and exploring Dartmoor with our bikes, hiking shoes and wetsuits. Thank you!

A real jewel in the crown of boutique retreats. Our best stay with you to date.

'Bryony and Bertie the hosts were wonderful and extremely helpful. Nothing was too much bother and the house itself was glorious. Would love to come back one day!' - August 2020

'It is a beautiful property that is cared for with great dedication, and that is well located for the south Devon beaches and for outward bound pursuits' - August 2020

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