Little Barton

Bideford, Devon
+44 (0)7974 837365 / +44 (0)1237 441259
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A sustainably run 1902 farmhouse and its converted cattle shed in countryside close to a wonderfully wild stretch of the North Devon coast


2 places


Sleeping from 6 – 10

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Feel free to unwind in easy-going spaces with decades of input from family and friends: handcrafted furniture, well-travelled rugs, recycled fabrics, local pottery and paintings. Wander in the rambling, wildlife-friendly garden – see hares and stoats, butterflies and bees; find old outbuildings busy with the making of pots, and boards for surf and snow.

Come with the family; there’s plenty of kitchen kit to cook good local food and children love the space to roam. Come with your yoga group; the barn has the perfect sprung floor. Sit under the stars, play the piano, finish that book or choose one to settle down with by the fire.

Bring boots and binoculars and combine bird-watching – peregrine falcons thrive here – with walking a spectacular stretch of the SW Coast Path and visits to Docton Mill and Hartland Abbey gardens. Go swimming, surfing and cycling, take a boat trip from Clovelly or a day out to Lundy Island from Bideford.

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We think you'll love

  • The sense of freedom and walking the dramatic coastline
  • Alex’s active eco-friendliness and local food tips
  • Being sporty/arty/lazy/contemplative/in the wild
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You should know

  • This is a creative family’s home: comfortably quirky, not posh
  • Fine coastal countryside can be windy, wet and muddy too
  • It’s about 10 minutes' drive to the nearest pub/cafe


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • 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
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4.30pm Friday
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £100
Weekly price
from £560
Damage deposit
1 Cottage for 6
From £1006 beds3 bedrooms
1 House for 10
From £20710 beds6 bedrooms



We had an amazing stay in the cottage at Little Barton. It's a beautiful and relaxing place, and had everything we needed for our stay. Lots of walking and swimming to be had nearby. Such a great stay that we will be back.

Matthew, London

I really liked Little Barton - it's got a very positive energy to it. A place to feel unfettered.

Annie, Sawday's inspector

We had a lovely stay at Little Barton. The house and surroundings are very relaxing, with great views to the coast. There is lots of space to spread out on, even with a large group, many nooks and crannies to hide away in with a book, and wonderful walking and beaches close by. The ping pong in the barn is a bonus, of course! Two thumbs up from our young children, and 5* from the grownups.

Alastair, Leamington Spa

Seconds after arriving (after a marathon Friday pm drive from London) our city stresses disappeared. Little Barton is a wonderful, characterful place to stay. We had the house + cottage (8 adults and 7 boys - under 7!) and it felt super spacious, plenty of room to eat, to play, to roam. The boys ran barefoot throughout the houses and gardens, playing hide and seek, flying kites in the gardens... the grown ups took any quiet opportunities to enjoy coffee on the terrace or wine on the bench looking out to sea. The rooms were are spacious, and unique. Amazing coast. Well equipped. Wonderful!

Amy, London

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The neighbourhood

Close to the coast, off narrow Devon lanes, Little Barton is 20 minutes’ walk from Speke’s Mill Mouth and waterfalls and a 30-minute walk, along lanes and through woodland, to Hartland with its shops, pubs and first-Sunday-of-the-month farmers’ market. It’s 45 minutes on foot (7 by car) to Hartland Quay, the Wreckers Retreat pub and great swimming in an awe-inspiring cliff-scape.

Local points of interest from Alex Wilkinson

  • Wild high tide deep sea swimming at Hartland Quay (7mins by car or 45 mins walk).Excellent surfing/body boarding locally and further afield. Fishing trips available from Clovelly. Trips to Lundy on the Oldenburg ferry.
  • Fantastic walks over wild beaches and through wooded valleys. Lots of opportunities for extreme sports such as mountain boarding, cliff climbing, abseiling, high ropes etc. Cycle hire in Bideford for the Tarka Trail.
  • Houses run on ecological principals: wild flower meadow for bees and insects, small wood much loved by birds. Ecover products supplied; bathrooms and kitchens steam cleaned. A private water supply and an eco sewage system. Recycling is important.
  • Clovelly walled gdn/veg only 10 mins away. Well raised meat, venison, veg, eggs, cheese etc: Hartland Farmers' Mkt on the 1st Sun of the month. Bude Farmers' Mkt every Sat. Click/collect Marshford's Organics Northam (inc gt froz fish boxes) 30mins drive.
  • Hartland Abbey Garden and Docton Mill garden both within walking distance. Lots of art, pottery and handmade furniture in Hartland. 30 mins walk, partly through the woods to the newly opened 'Resurgence' centre which will berunning eco talks and courses.
  • You can buy pottery on-site, some of which is made from our own clay, on site. Courses in tailoring, eco wooden surf board building, yoga, pottery planned. 45ft yoga/workshop barn with sprung floor for use by arrangement


Alex Wilkinson

Alex and her family, and friends – many of them makers and doers – have breathed new life into Little Barton since the '80s when they fell for its ruins. The idea was always that it be a place to share and new projects keep it constantly evolving and lively. Sustainable living is at the heart of things. Alex describes herself as unashamedly rural with international interests.