Willows Rest

Totnes, Devon
+44 (0)7970 270712
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Round up all the family or a group of friends and head for the glorious South Hams and this eco-friendly barn conversion with extra cottage


6 bedrooms


Sleeps 12

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

You couldn’t fail to feel happy here – with so much space inside and out, it’s a peach of a place to stay in any weather. Larger groups can also take the cottage next door, a sweet hideaway for grandparents or those wishing to flee the general throng. Bedrooms in the barn are downstairs, some can be twins and all are a good size with thick mattresses, lined curtains and good art; low-level lighting guides you at night.

Upstairs to an enormous, beamed living room, beautifully lit, with a long table for convivial jigsaws, chopping and eating. At one end a sleek kitchen with plenty of kit, sharp knives and a wine fridge, at the other – soft sofas, good books and a wood-burner. Another sitting room has a strapping TV and a corner sofa which teenagers will hog.

Indoor pool, firepit, hot tub, pygmy goats, chickens and sheep to pet, fairy dell with hammocks and disco balls, veg patch, outdoor shower and smooth lawn – all is surprising and delightful.

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We think you'll love

  • Going somewhere with your children which is cosy but also very beautiful - there's been no compromise
  • Exploring food markets, taking wine tours, eating great local food or binging it back to cook
  • Sitting round the fire pit at night watching the stars come out and bats flitting about happily
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You should know

  • No dogs
  • The walls are thick downstairs - you may have to move about a bit with your phone – but upstairs is fine
  • The owners live in the farmhouse on site and occasionally use the pool a couple of times a week (no other facilities are shared)


  • 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

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £296
Weekly price
from £2070
1 Space for 12
From £2966 bedrooms


We had a wonderful time at Willows Rest as a 4 generation family. It was an idyllic setting in rural Devon, but the Barn had every convenience and more to make our stay that of a luxury hotel. We were extremely impressed with the attention to detail and it was refreshing that children were well catered for on request with toys, stairgates, cots etc nothing was too much trouble. The indoor pool is certainly a fabulous luxury and enjoyed by all, along with the hot tub and outdoor playground area. We felt completely at home and Raymond and Emily made us feel very welcome.

Susan, Southampton

We enjoyed a very relaxing stay at Willows Rest. It was a very beautiful and spacious home ,with everything you need including the toys for the grandchildren.

Ricky, Bristol

Special in spades. The entire set up is just right for family get-togethers and all ages will be happy. Interesting books to read, a great kitchen for cooks, quirky outdoor spaces for hiding, a big lawn for games, lots of space, lots of fun. The sort of place you talk about for ages afterwards.

Nicola, Sawday's Inspector

We had such a wonderful stay at Willows Rest. We were celebrating a special birthday with young children and elderly parents in our party, the house worked perfectly for everyone's needs. Comfy, stylish bedrooms for parents to retreat to, a basket of toys for the toys and plenty of space for everyone to find a comfy nook to read a book or drink a glass of wine looking out over the gorgeous grounds. The swimming pool was a major bonus. There is so much to explore in this area of Devon, but our favourite thing to do was to come home and have dinner in the most amazing kitchen/dining room.

Eleanor, London

We couldn't have been happier with our stay. Stunning house and interiors, beautiful gardens - so much space both inside and outside. The house was fully equipped with absolutely everything we could ever need. Very kid-friendly too (they loved the chickens and the pool). Would go back in a heartbeat

Kristina, London

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The neighbourhood

One or two footpaths from the door will take you on gentle circular walks. It's 20 minutes to the South West Coast Path for challenging ups and downs with wonderful views and 30 minutes to Dartmoor. Totnes is a ten-minute drive for castle, independent food shops, a market on Fridays and Saturdays and Ben's Farm Shop for local meat and veg. Bantham is a safe, sandy beach or head to Dittisham.

Local points of interest from Raymond & Emily

  • Willows Rest is perfectly located for the best of the South Hams Beaches - Bantham, Bigbury, Thurleston, Slapton Sands, Blackpool Sands and more, all within 10 miles. Head north and you're in dreamy Dartmoor with great walks and bohemian villages
  • Nearby, the market town of Totnes is just 10 minutes and has maintained its character and unique shops with a positive alternative edge - no chains allowed! Dartmouth and Kingsbridge are 15 minutes away with plenty of good eating, shops and entertainment
  • There's plenty of good eating opportunities nearby from Michelin stars in Dartmouth to the great "gastrobus" on Bantham Beach with a plethora of good pubs in between, including the New Inn a 10 minute walk.
  • For National Trust members, Greenway House is not far (Agatha Christie's country house), Overbecks in Salcombe and plenty of National Trust beaches offering great coastal walks and sand castle building. Sharpham Vineyard is also close by.
  • For the active - sailing in Salcombe, surfing at Bantham or Bigbury, Kayaks and SUP at South Milton. For kids, Woodland Leisure Park and Totnes Rare Breeds 10 minutes away, Pennywell Farm and the River Dart Country Club a little further.
  • If you dont want to go anywhere, Willows Rest has an indoor pool, hot tub, children's play area, animals to pet and local strolls to be had. Not to mention luxurious interiors just to lounge around in.


Raymond & Emily

Raymond and Emily live in the farmhouse behind the barn with their children, Archie and Lottie, and are on hand if you need anything. They spent their childhood holidays in nearby East Portlemouth so it seemed the right place to come and settle when they left London. Their aim was to create the perfect rural hideaway that was homely but also stylish and as sustainable as possible.