Peacocks Barn

Holne, Devon

Flee the city for this converted tractor shed. Beautiful interiors, underfloor heating and a copper bath in the garden will soothe you


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

Pets welcome

The Experience

Step inside to high ceilings, an airy feel and a wall of glass with oversized French doors: the barn sits in its own land with grass at the back and gravel and decking at the front. Be lazy on a gorgeous sofa, light the wood-burner if its chilly, watch a film or listen to music in every room from the sound system. Help yourself to some local gin from the honesty bar and feel lucky. You’ll also find all the basics for cooking in the roomy kitchen, plus a bottle of wine, fresh bread, olives, eggs and other nice things in a welcome hamper.

Stride out through fields onto Dartmoor, walk to The Forest Inn (three miles) for a pint of something local and a hearty lunch, or drive 15 minutes to pretty Ashburton which has some lovely little independent shops, a deli and antique shops. Don’t miss Rust And The Wolf for great food and vintage finds.

On fine evenings weary walkers can fill the copper bath outside for a good soak with a view while the barbecue heats up. Linger on loungers with a blanket while the stars come out. It’s romantic.

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We think you'll love

  • Walking onto Dartmoor from the door
  • Exploring Ashburton and buying great food to bring back and cook
  • Feeling very cosy indoors with the wood-burner blazing
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You should know

  • You're on a working farm so there will be livestock around
  • You're in between the owners' house and a workshop barn so the views are not 360 degrees


  • 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
  • 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
Monday or Friday, from 4pm
Check out
Monday or Friday, 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 4 nights on weekdays. 3 nights at weekends. Pets by arrangement. £695-£995 per weekend stay.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from £128
Weekly price
from £895
Damage deposit
1 Barn for 2
From £1281 bedroom


A cosy, romantic spot to retreat to after a day of fresh air on Dartmoor. I'd love to unwind in the copper outdoor bath, or free standing indoor one - you have the choice of two! There's plenty of room for 2 and you'll be kept warm by the underfloor heating and log burner, surrounded by arty interiors and velvety furniture. On summer days, open the french doors wide and let the sun stream in.

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The neighbourhood

There are plenty of great walks from this 40-acre farm. Venford reservoir is a short walk through marked private farm fields and across the moor and there are some lovely routes through ancient forests and waterfalls. You can fish for trout with a license and the bird watching is excellent. Lively Totnes is 25 minutes in the car and the coast at Bantham or Bigbury under an hour for spectacular sandy beaches, so take a picnic. Salcombe is one hour.

Local points of interest from Siobhán & Mat Hayles

  • Peacocks Barn is located on wild and rugged Dartmoor yet only 15 minutes by car from the local town of Ashburton. You can spend your days, walking, cycling or swimming in the nearby river or at the coast which is only 16 miles away.
  • Guests staying at Peacocks Barn have a bird´s eye view of Dartmoor, overlooking steep wooded river valleys to the sea.
  • Ashburton is known as a foodies haven with many delicious and unique restaurants cafes and delicatessen's plus every September the Food Festival comes to town and takes over the streets and parks.
  • There are many other lovely festivals in this part of the South Hams from Plymouth Food Festival, Plymouth Fireworks Festival and Modbury's May Fair which is a artisan market. Dartmouth Food Festival and Dartmouth Regatta are also highlights of the year.
  • Outdoor pursuits are plentiful in this area, you can explore the nearby river by canoe or head to the sea for paddle-boarding, kayaking or surfing. There are caves nearby for exploring and some wonderful rock climbing opportunities too.
  • Retail therapy is easy in the nearby town of Ashburton where there are many lovely independently owned shops and antiques centres. A little further afield is the town of Totnes which even boasts its own currency.


Siobhán & Mat Hayles

Siobhan (an interior designer) and her husband Matt (who owns Rust And The Wolf) are a creative pair. Matt also restores old bikes and cars in the workshop next to you. They live here with their two boys and a dog called Cooper, who likes to make friends with any other dog who comes to stay.