You can hire the Dairy Farm Barns for the fanciest of weddings, with clotted cream and a marquee by the lake, but you’ll only stay for the day. Come for your holidays and you’ll feel like you’ve lived here forever, deep within sleepy Devon, where the loudest noise is the soft cooing of the woodpigeon.
The luxury connected suites form a four-bed house. You’ll feel pretty joined-up, too, as you chat and chillax, glass in hand, in the country kitchen or serene courtyard garden.
At Dairy Farm Barns, you’ll reconnect with family and friends, jump off the treadmill for a while, pour a glass of something long and lovely and be at one with the world.
What will you do today? Mull it over in a tranquil courtyard over croissants and coffee.
When the day is done, pour a glass of good cheer and butter another clotted-cream scone as you sit beneath the pergola in an oasis of zen and toast another delicious day deep in the Devon countryside.
The hand-sawn beams hang low; there are antlers on the walls; the purlins are visible and beautiful as well as functional. Dairy Farm Barns is an exercise in authentic country living.
The furniture’s eclectic and eccentric – the result of a life of luxury hotel design and exotic travel. Bathrooms are chic and contemporary with deep sunken baths and Molton Brown indulgences; wet rooms come with white robes.
There’s a TV for movie nights and wifi for keeping in touch. But it’s the sensory detail you’ll love most. The intoxicating scents as you move from room to room; the harmonious blend of traditional and contemporary layered with class and finesse; the tactile mix of textures.
At Dairy Farm Barns, you’ll live like a local, not a tourist. A very well-to-do local. You’ll leave with the impression that you stumbled upon a private spa or religious retreat. As you rejoin the rat race, the serenity will stay with you.
Dairy Farm Barns comes with a kitchen that would grace the pages of Country Life. The kitchen table is right there, for sociable chopping and chatting.
If you prefer uncorking a bottle to wielding a carving knife, our internationally renowned chefs are on hand to prepare fresh local fare however you want it. Put your feet up, pop that cork and waive the washing-up. We’ll put the lights out.
Alternatively, dig into one of our delicious drop-off meals. At Dairy Farm Barns, feasting is a flexible affair. It’s all fresh, local and seasonal fare from the hills, dales and waters of Dartmoor.
If you’d prefer to eat out, Ashburton, once a stannery town catering for weary travellers, has continued its traditions. Go gastro, tackle a tapas, eat Italian, try seafood at The Seahorse, or visit Agaric or Orestone for fine local dishes prepared with care.
At Dairy Farm Barns, four-poster bedrooms come with a five-star feel. The beams are hand-sawn; contrast walls come in local stone. Bedrooms aren’t just bedrooms; they’re luxury suites with wet rooms and kitchens.
Put together by international hoteliers with a taste for exotic travel, bedrooms at Dairy Farm Barns are good to the last rose petal in the bath water.
Here in the Devon countryside, you’ll doze more deeply than you could ever dream. Soak yourself in the freestanding bath before bedtime, smeared in Molton Brown toiletries. Emerge to fluffy towels and white gowns. This isn’t a holiday, it’s a retreat.
At the end of every long, delightful day of discovery, collapse onto pocket-sprung mattresses and feather pillows, sandwiched between crisp Egyptian-cotton sheets. Gaze from the window at acres of bucolic charm. This is heaven in Devon.