Woodpecker Barn is a wonderful spacious barn which comfortably housed my wife and I, our 3 children and my mother.
Having travelled to other holiday homes previously, the first thing that struck us was how clean the property was upon arrival. Having ironed sheets and what felt like new bedding - both memory foam pillows and traditional ones - was a real treat.
Even the oven, grill pan and baking trays were clean.
Sparkling clean bathrooms and lots of fresh towels - very welcoming.
The barn has a really well-stocked modern kitchen. I didn't expect to have a quality garlic crusher or excellent peeler, but it seemed to have whatever we needed.
Oven and grill, fridge freezer and dishwasher all felt new-ish and worked perfectly.
Showers were good, easy to wash kids at the end of the day. Shaver socket and glass stand for toothbrush, minor things but very useful.
The dining element of the kitchen was good and comfortably sat us all, with a baby seat available if needed.
The lounge was comfy and leads nicely into a garden with outdoor table, chairs and parasol. Beyond your garden boundary is rolling countryside and fields of sheep. It's such a gorgeous view, very hard to leave.
To the side is a hose and outdoor tap, which we used to hose down sandy items after the beach.
Upstairs the rooms are spaced out and perfectly proportioned.
2x double rooms with king size beds and one large room with 3x single beds, ideal for our 3 kids. The kids room had low windows but they didn't open fully, so no worries for parents.
2x modern showers upstairs and a bath tub. 3x toilets in total, 2 upstairs and 1 downstairs.
Smart TVs in all rooms, so useful for Netflix, Amazon, Disney etc.
This is a really remote spot, right in the middle of the Devonshire countryside.
After leaving the A381, the 1 mile road to access Woodpecker Barn is very narrow, so it did take a bit of getting used to. That said, the Ocado delivery driver managed just fine.
The site has (I believe) 9 properties in total, and Woodpecker Barn is right at the end of a 50/60 metre path, bordering open countryside.
The amenities onsite are an outdoor children's playground, a decent sized swimmingly pool (almost 12m long, 1.25m depth and 30°C) and a games room with air hockey, table tennis, pool table, table football and kiddies playhouse. All onsite facilities are clearly well looked after.
We were looking for sandy beaches for our kids and the nicest we found was Bantham Beach, which was 21 miles from Woodpecker Barn.
Spacious and clean property with a well-stocked kitchen, lovely location set in rolling countryside, good onsite facilities, only slightly let down by the really narrow access to and from the barn.
We enjoyed it very much and our kids were still talking about their great holiday for months afterwards….. especially the daily chats with sheep 😊