This is a hard to beat romantic retreat set on a small farm in the mid-Devon countryside. Off the beaten track, it has all the privacy you need to spend quality time together.
It is easy to see why the property’s online reviews are faultless without exception about this rural gem that has more than enough room with an enclosed garden for the pooches and an enclosed hot tub for the two of you. At the bottom of the garden, there is a small stream and a loveseat to complete the idyllic setting.
The bustling town of Tiverton is 3.3 miles from Withleigh has plenty of pubs, restaurants and a Victorian indoor market and for swimming, sea and sand, the coast is a 40-minute drive away.
At A Glance
All ground floor
Stabling on request
Metal fire pit
About Crooke Barn
This delightful barn conversion on a small farm sleeps two in a spacious bedroom with plenty of wardrobe space and a luxury, en suite walk-in shower.
The open plan living space under high vaulted ceilings has been decorated to a high standard. The well-equipped kitchen has a dishwasher and coffee machine, and a counter separates it from the dining table and the seating area with a mounted flatscreen TV and a log burning stove.
There is an enclosed garden, a fire pit for chilly nights, and an elevated enclosed hot tub with views. Down from the cottage is a stream with a love seat and there is stabling for horses on request.
Map of Area
Things To Do in Withleigh
Once you have settled in and enjoyed a cup of tea and scones, clotted cream and jam from the welcome hamper, you will find that this charming retreat comes with a folder of the myriad of things to do and places to explore in the area. Your canines won’t be put out either because a bag of doggie treats is included in the hamper and for horse owners, stabling can be arranged with advanced notice.
If gardening and plants are your bag, then take a leisurely stroll to Withleigh Nurseries under a mile away from Crooke Barn. Here you will find everything from laburnum to lavender and magnolia to mahonia. It has a delightful vegan and vegetarian café, The Banana, on-site, where you can enjoy a chai latte, homemade cake, or the soup or salad of the day in the shade of gigantic banana plants.
The green Georgian town of Tiverton is just 3.3 miles from base and either a five-minute drive or an hour’s walk. You can drop in at one of its many pubs to sample some award-winning Aston Manor cider and if you want to stock up on local produce, then head for the town’s Pannier Market, in a Grade II listed Victorian building with full-length glass doors.
It is open every day except Sunday and if you are lucky enough, you can experience its award-winning night market that takes place on the first Saturday of the month from May to September.
The walks and cycle trails near Crooke Barn will win over any nature lover’s heart with National Trust woodland such as Buzzard’s Wood. The trust’s Knightshayes’ house, formal gardens and 250 acres of park and woodland are on the outskirts of Tiverton.
Whatever you are expecting from your break away from the hustle and bustle, this idyllic farm retreat is going to deliver. If you just want to park up, unpack and put your feet up, then there you have everything at your fingertips to truly chill out. There is the undercover hot tub with its perpetual trail of bubbles, the babbling brook with a loveseat in a shady glade, an enclosed garden with a fire pit, and indoors an interior that was created with pampering in mind.
The fairy-tale turrets and splendid parkland and gardens of Knightshayes beckons to keep the romantic theme going strong. It is worthy of a full day out to discover its delights from the stately home’s Gothic Revival architecture to the 2.5-acre kitchen garden with its vast collection of crops, some saved from extinction, including 102 varieties of heritage tomatoes.
With Dawlish Warren, a Blue Flag beach being just 23 miles from the cottage and the countryside right outside the door, Crooke Barn is as enchanting as its Mid-Devon surroundings, offering a truly magical base that makes for the perfect romantic getaway experience.
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