The Barn, Easdon Cottage

Manaton, Devon
+44 (0)1647 221389
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£54 - £95
per night
£375 - £565
per week

A peaceful and unpretentious spot for a digital detox with long walks up on the moors and fabulous views from the top


2 beds


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£54 - £95 per night

£375 - £565 per week

The Experience

A hideaway surrounded by moors, woodland and fields. Escape here to switch off your phones, read, write and have long walks in Dartmoor National Park. The setting is magical, secluded and peaceful; sit and admire the views and watch the sun go down from your little terraced garden.

Hugh and Liza are the kindest people. They leave a generous welcome pack of homemade organic bread, milk, eggs and butter – and you can order Liza’s homemade granola. They grow their own veg organically, which you can buy (in season) and the water comes from a spring. The old barn has been converted simply and comfortably into an open-plan space with a Rayburn for winter warmth, practical kitchen area, sofa and king-size bed. Hop downstairs to the bathroom – and a single bunk bed tucked in the corner.

Stock up and spend your whole time here without using the car. Walk up onto Dartmoor – from the top you can sometimes see all the way to the sea. If you do fancy a break from cooking, there are a handful of pubs within five or so miles. Return to marvel at the stars, sleep soundly and then wake to a burst of birdsong.

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We think you'll love

  • The silence, the wonderful views, the walks from the door and the clear night skies
  • Unplugging the WiFi system for a complete digital detox
  • Chatting on the terrace while your dinner simmers on the Rayburn
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You should know

  • There are a few outside steps up to the barn
  • The sitting area, kitchen and bed are altogether in one cosy, open-plan studio space
  • The bathroom is downstairs (freestanding bath with douche shower)


  • 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


Nightly price
from £54
Weekly price
from £375
Damage deposit
1 Barn for 2
From £542 beds1 bedroom


Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
Other details
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


A beautifully restful stay at Easdon Barn, only a short walk from outstanding panoramic views of Dartmoor. Real dark skies at night. Most importantly hosted by the genuinely lovely Hugh and Liza. Hope to make it back soon.

Michelle, Hertford

A lovely peaceful few days. Perfect little hideaway with everything you need. Attentive hosts who are keen to make sure that you have everything you need and the homemade bread on arrival is a highlight.

Jackie, LONDON

Hugh & Liza are very warm, friendly & extremely helpful hosts. Their barn had everything we needed. It is very cosy & comfortable with views up to Hameldown. So peaceful & still. The barn was an ideal base for a walking exploration of the moors. Hound Tor, Grimspound, Challacombe, Manaton Rocks, Widecombe in the Moor, Chagford, Kes Tor - all are walkable (for keen hikers) from the barn. Lovely to come back to a bath & comfortable bed after long walks. Sunset from Easdon Tor (behind the barn) was a highlight!

Harriet, Penzance

A blissful stay in Easdon Barn. Hugh and Liza so caring and attentive and the barn was perfectly placed for walking on beautiful Dartmoor and exploring the many lovely little surrounding towns and villages. The barn has everything you need to totally chill out and get you back in touch with nature.

Lynne, London

We had a perfect couple of days here. It's a very rare place that we'd never have found without Sawday's: genuine, individual and charming, a world away from the standard identikit holiday cottage. The location is magical - a tiny timeless settlement, hidden on the edge of Dartmoor, with huge views and a deep sense of peace and quiet. The barn had everything we could want: a Rayburn for warmth and cooking, a comfortable chair for reading, lovely cosy bed, beautiful big bathroom, and Liza's addictive spelt bread. And our dog Basil was made as welcome as we were by Hugh and Liza. Thank you both!

Liz, Lanreath

A beautiful, restful, relaxed stay and all the delights of being on Dartmoor. Walking immediately out of the barn door to Easdon Tor, to the peace of wellbeing, to being in nature, to wild swimming in the Rivers Teign, Dart and Sharah Pool.. to enjoying the tastes of Dartmoor Jail Beer, a Carabus Gin and Tonic in the secluded garden listening to the birdsong of stonechats, redstarts, meadow pipits and the wryneck, a rather strange woodpecker with soft plumage like the owl. Thank you to Liza and Hugh, hosts who really care and share their love of Dartmoor.

Alison, Leicester

What a beautiful, welcoming little cottage in such a peaceful setting. It was great to be able to switch off and just relax, listen to the birdsong and take in the wonderful scenery from the garden. So many lovely walks nearby (which our spaniel enjoyed), we discovered parts of Dartmoor we didn't know about despite many previous visits. Hugh and Liza are delightful hosts, kind and helpful and the welcome pack of home baked bread and organic milk and eggs was very thoughtful. We will definitely return, we felt completely at home there.

Ann, Epsom

There's something truly wonderful about coming in off a windy winter's moor to the warmth of a Dartmoor barn house. With its Rayburn radiating heat, its comfy double bed and the cosiest of bathrooms, it was almost impossible to heave ourselves out of the door onto the windswept slopes. Luckily Dartmoor is a heaven that can lure anyone out to experience its beauty. A perfect getaway for me, my girlfriend and little daughter. We couldn't have asked for more, except perhaps time. Thank you.

Paul, Copenhagen

We had the most lovely stay at The Barn. It was probably the best kitted-out place I've stayed - such attention to detail. Hugh and Liza were incredibly helpful in the run up to our stay and so kind and warm when we were there. The barn has a lovely cosy feel with stunning views out of the window and from the sweet little garden attached to it. It's in a beautiful and peaceful spot; we went on the most wonderful walks in the area. I fully recommend it to anyone looking for a quiet getaway.

Melissa, London

Easdon is a veritable E-den! It was great to escape the rat race, head up into the heart of the Dartmoor National Park and enjoy the peace of the moors. Liza and Hugh have created a simple but cosy place to stay with real character and a view across fields to the moors across the valley. They also did everything possible to help us make the most of our stay. This is a place to unwind, slow down and enjoy the wind in the trees, birds outside the window and walks on the moors. A most enjoyable week!

Will, London

We had the nicest stay at Easdon Barn. You will find there true quiet, birdsong and the most spectacular moorland on your doorstep. Highly recommended!

John, Richmond

A very rare find. One of those truly special places you leave feeling totally invigorated and ready to take on the world. Stunning scenery, abundant wildlife and then there's the peaceful, cosy and characterful barn to unwind within. Thanks to Hugh & Liza for being so welcoming and accommodating. Thoroughly recommended.

Paul, Bruton

The Barn is a true idyll, surrounded by seemingly endless impossibly pretty countryside. The views are gorgeous, if it's sunny you can eat at the sweet little table in the garden and the bed is extremely comfy. I'd return in a shot.

Gwen, London

We were met with a very warm welcome from Hugh and Liza and our delightful accommodation was provided with organic milk, butter and home made bread. A superb, very rural spot, still close enough to access essential points on Dartmoor with ease. We did some terrific walks and ate well in local restaurants, as well as cooking up our own meals in the cosy kitchen. We would not hesitate to return.

Hilary, Witney

We first visited Easdon Cottage in 2000 and have returned six times to stay in the cozy Barn which feels like a home away from home for us. Hugh and Liza are wonderfully accommodating and helpful and a visit to Dartmoor has all the feeling of a spiritual retreat for us. Peaceful and beautiful, yet there are ample opportunities for invigorating hikes in the countryside. In fact, you can walk right out the door of The Barn and hike up onto Easdon Tor -- a windswept and lovely piece of countryside. If we could return to The Barn every year, we would do just that!


Perfect place for a peaceful few days of walking, reading, eating, snoozing and enjoying Dartmoor in all it's glory. You can walk for miles straight from the house. Hugh and Liza are wonderful and welcoming, the little house is warm and comfortable, the bath is blissful.

Polly, Bristol

Incredible peace and quiet in a beautiful setting. Saw a barn owl from the window and deer in the local forest. A wonderful sense of being hidden away and yet within easy reach of so many highlights of Dartmoor as well as several villages. The converted barn itself is warm and extremely cosy. Perfect place to either snuggle away from the hurly-burly or use as a base from which to explore Dartmoor. If you really need it, mobile reception can be found just a few hundred metres up the path and there are some delicious pubs and restaurants nearby in Moretonhampstead, Chagford and Widecombe.

Nathan, London

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The neighbourhood

The Barn at Easdon is in a fairly remote spot on the east side of Dartmoor at an altitude of 1,100 feet. It has views across a valley of moorland and fields. There are no shops around the corner; the nearest are five miles away in the small towns of Chagford and Moretonhampstead: deli, butcher, organic cooperative shop as well as supermarkets. Some good pubs are: Ring of Bells Inn North Bovey, three miles; The Horse Moretonhampstead, five; The Rugglestone Inn Widecombe in the Moor, six. The north and south coasts are reachable in about an hour.

Local points of interest from Liza & Hugh Dagnall

  • Situated in Dartmoor National Park - open sky and space, beautiful landscape and wonderful light for painting and photography. Ancient historical sites abound.
  • Cycling in the surrounding countryside. Riding and trekking on the Moor.
  • Near Castle Drogo (National Trust). Many fine churches and other interesting architecture.
  • Good walking and birdwatching from The Barn. Springtime wild flowers and birdsong to delight.
  • Bouldering and rock climbing on Easdon Tor - a 10-minute walk.
  • Local markets featuring artisan food and interesting places to eat. Organic food widely available.


Liza & Hugh Dagnall

Hugh and Liza moved to Easdon in 1999. They're both passionate about the preservation of this beautiful area of the National Park. From the very first moment they set foot here they realised how unspoilt it was: clean air, spring water, deep silence. They love sharing this with guests, wanting them to come and escape and step back from urban life.