The welcoming barn is a combination of Harvest Moon, sleeping eight, and Hunters Moon, sleeping four. The spacious interiors provide an ideal setting for families and groups of friends, whether for a special celebration or just for a wonderful holiday. The dining table at Harvest Moon can be extended to seat 12 guests and both properties have light and airy open plan living areas which are made cosy by the crackle of a wood burning stove, perfect for chilly evenings. On sunnier occasions, guests can throw open the French doors to invite in a cooling breeze and enjoy an al fresco feast on the terrace. Upstairs, the six spacious bedrooms are combined with four first-class bathrooms, three of which are en suite. There is a further shower room on the ground floor. The dog-friendly accommodation boasts private fully enclosed gardens with dog-proof fencing as well as 2Mb wireless internet connection.
Lower Curscombe Barn is situated on a quiet, semi-working farm in the tiny hamlet of Curscombe, Surrounded by picturesque fields, numerous countryside walks are on the doorstep, or guests can paddle in the stream and have a picnic. There are wonderful views, an abundance of birdlife, and wildlife, including foxes, deer, badgers and hares, are often spotted.
The Barn is only 1.5 miles from Feniton village which has a train service (Waterloo-Exeter), pub, shops and a post office. The market town and antique centre of Honiton is only 4 miles away, boasting a variety of small independent shops along with the usual facilities.
Places to visit in this part of Devon include the nearest beach at Sidmouth, just 11.5 miles away, and the beaches at Budleigh, Salterton, Beer, Branscombe and Exmouth are all within easy reach. Enjoy the World Heritage Jurassic Coast from Seaton’s tramway along the wildlife-rich Axe estuary to Charmouth, great for fossil enthusiasts. There are many attractions in the area, with Exeter, Dartmoor, Exmoor, fine National Trust houses, gardens, castles, adventure parks, farms and steam railways to explore.
- 12 Guests
- Six bedrooms, three of which are en suite
- Three double bedrooms, three twin bedrooms
- Three bathrooms, one with a separate shower, two shower rooms
- Babies welcome (travel cots, highchairs and stair gates available)
- Children are welcome
- The barn welcomes up to 4 well-behaved dogs
- Enclosed lawned gardens with dog-proof fencing
- Two terraces with garden furniture and barbecue
- Welcome hamper, linen and toiletries
- Parking for 6 cars
- A home-from-home, with charming features and elegantly furnished throughout, designed with your comfort and relaxation in mind, beautifully done with great attention to detail.
- The spacious light and airy open plan ground floor living areas are very sociable spaces with wood burning stoves and French doors opening out onto a terrace, with outdoor furniture and a barbecue – perfect for al fresco dining.
- An ideal base for families and groups of friends, with parking for six cars.
- Short and midweek breaks are available, with a minimum stay of 3 nights.
- Whatever time of year you book, there is always plenty of wildlife to see and lovely countryside to explore from your doorstep.
- The ideal setting for Autumn and Winter breaks, a New Year gathering or Christmas morning. From country walks to Christmas markets, the outdoors can be enjoyed at the most unexpected times. The barns are warm and cosy with central heating, wood burning stoves and very comfortable beds.
- A tranquil, peaceful location, yet just four miles from the market town of Honiton with a range of shops, pubs and eating places.
- The well-known stretch of Jurassic coastline is a short drive where resorts such as Sidmouth, Branscombe, Beer, Axmouth, Lyme Regis and Charmouth are found and some of the best walks on the lovely South West Coastline.
- A nearby pub, The Otter Inn (2.5 miles, 6 minutes’ drive), has a large beer garden bordered by the River Otter and sells good food, and there are a number of excellent pub/restaurants in other villages nearby.
- Harvest Moon ground floor:
Large open plan kitchen/dining/family room with a TV and sofa and French doors to the terrace and garden. The dining table can be extended to seat 12 guests.
Large sitting room with a wood burning stove and French doors to the terrace and garden.
- Harvest Moon first floor:
Master bedroom with a 5′ bed and an en suite bathroom with a shower over the bath.
Two twin bedrooms, both with 3′ beds.
Double bedroom with a 5′ bed.
Large family bathroom with a free-standing bath and a separate shower.
- Hunters Moon ground floor:
Large open plan well equipped kitchen/diner and living room with a wood burning stove. A lovely light room with French doors onto the terrace and garden.
- Hunters Moon first floor:
Twin bedroom with 3′ beds and an en suite bathroom with a shower over the bath.
Double bedroom with a 5′ bed and an en suite shower room.
- Oil-fired underfloor heating downstairs, radiators upstairs, two wood burning stoves
- Two microwaves, two dishwashers, two washing machines, two tumble dryers
- Harvest Moon has an electric range cooker with ceramic hob and American fridge/freezer
- Hunters Moon has an electric double oven with ceramic hob and fridge/freezer
- Three televisions with basic Sky package, DVD and CD players
- WiFi internet access* (2MB)
- Two travel cots, two highchairs and two stairgates available
- Outdoor furniture and barbecue
- Parking for 6 cars
FOOD AND DRINK
The Greyhound Country Inn (2.3 miles, 6 minutes’ drive).
The Otter Inn in Weston (2.5 miles, 6 minutes’ drive).
Deer Park Hotel, Buckerell village (2.9 miles, 7 minutes’ drive).
The Honiton Inn, Awliscombe (3.1 miles, 7 minutes’ drive).
Six Bells Inn, Payhembury (3.8 miles, 10 minutes’ drive).
The Talaton Inn, Talaton (3.9 miles, 10 minutes’ drive).
The Drewe Arms (4.4 miles, 12 minutes’ drive), a quintessential English country pub in the beautiful thatched village of Broadhembury.
Combe House in Gittisham (4.2 miles, 11 minutes’ drive).
Jack in the Green in Rockbeare (8 miles, 14 minutes’ drive). Winning the Taste of the West awards in 2009, and serving their ‘taste of Devon’ speciality menu you can sample pork reared at nearby Kenniford farm and the restaurant’s own air-dried Coppa ham.
You will find plenty of great places to eat and drink in Honiton itself (5.2 miles, 11 minutes’ drive), including The Railway Inn which has won Best Freehouse in the South West in the Great British Pub Awards and The Holt, previous winner of the Taste of the West Gastro Pub in the South West as well as Devon. You will also receive a wonderful West Country welcome in Honiton’s numerous cafes and tearooms.
ICE CREAMS/CREAM TEAS
Time for an ice cream? You will find an award-winning range of farmhouse ice creams, sorbets and frozen yoghurts for sale at Otter Valley Dairy, Aplins Farm, Monkton (8.4 miles) and Honiton Dairy on Honiton’s High Street.
The Old Bakery (National Trust) in Branscombe (12 miles) – Enjoy a home cooked lunch or a cream tea in the last traditional bakery to be used in Devon.
Feniton village (1.5 miles, 4 minutes’ drive) has a train service (Waterloo-Exeter), pub, shops and post office.
Honiton (5.2 miles, 12 minutes’ drive) enjoys a superb selection of local shops.
VILLAGES, TOWNS & CITIES
OTTERY ST MARY (5 miles), birthplace of the romantic poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772 – 1834, is one of the oldest and most historic towns in East Devon.
HONITON (5.2 miles) historic town earned a world famous reputation for lace making. Now a major centre for the antiques trade, there are over 30 shops devoted to furniture, art and second hand books. There are events throughout the year in Honiton.
BRANSCOMBE (12 miles), is one of Britain’s most picturesque villages, with miles of tranquil walking through woodland, farmland and beach.
COLYTON (15.3 miles) is a historic medieval town. The Seaton Tramway runs to Colyton and the quarterly Country Market is now established as one of the biggest outdoor local food markets in the South West.
TOPSHAM (15.4 miles) attractions include the Topsham to Turf Ferry and Topsham Museum. Topsham boasts quaint narrow streets, old cottages, tea rooms, specialist antique shops and some stunning views over the River Exe.
BUDLEIGH SALTERTON (16 miles) lies at the foot of the Otter Valley where the River Otter flows into the sea and has a 2 mile long pebble beach. Otterton Mill (6.7 miles) is an an award-winning historic working watermill nearby.
AXMOUTH (16 miles) has a beautiful busy harbour with many moorings.
AXMINSTER (16 miles) is very much linked to the carpet industry. The celebrity chef and TV presenter Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has converted an old inn of the town into the River Cottage Deli and Canteen.
EXMOUTH (17 miles) is one of England’s oldest holiday resorts with a 2 mile long sandy beach and Promenade. Stuart Line operate cruises from Exmouth Marina along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site.
EXETER (17 miles) is a lively city with a magnificent Cathedral, Castle, historic quayside area with artisan shops and cafes including Mol’s Coffee House. There are guided tours of the maze of the city’s Underground Passages and a wealth of bars, shops and restaurants. Other attractions include St Nicholas’ Priory and the Royal Albert Museum & Art Gallery. There are also some fabulous walks along the banks of the river, including one from Exeter to the coast at Exmouth.
WALKS/NATURE RESERVES/COUNTRY PARKS
Escot Country Park, Ottery St Mary (4.3 miles) is a fabulous wildlife visitor attraction for the whole family with woodland fun, mazes, birds of prey and otters.
RSPB Aylesbeare Common (9.6 miles), west of Venn Ottery village, is the RSPB part of the Venn Ottery Nature Reserve owned by the Devon Wildlife Trust. It is part of the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths, a nationally important lowland heath area and Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Seaton Marshes Nature Reserve stretches from the estuary at Axmouth to the village of Colyford (approximately 14 miles) – There are 3 Local Nature Reserves: Seaton Marshes, Colyford Common and Black Hole Marsh.
The South West Coast Path from Exmouth to Lyme Regis gives walkers on clear bright days some of the most stunning views in England. The South West Coast Path passes through Devon’s Jurassic Coast and you are able to pick this up at most of the beaches along the East Coast in either direction. Each of the long distance walks can be done in shorter sections, and are well served by public transport links. The path also passes through the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are many walks to enjoy around Sidmouth (12 miles away) including a walk from Sidmouth to Seaton. From Budleigh Salterton (16 miles), the coastal path will take you up and over to Exmouth, and the Geoneedle which marks the start of the World Heritage Site. At this point the rocks are of the Triassic period, being some 250 million years old. Other walks include a walk from Seaton to Beer, Beer to Branscombe Mouth, taking in the Hooken Undercliff (between Beer and Branscombe), and through Branscombe (12 miles away).
The Blackdown Hills (approximately 14 miles away) form a tranquil, beautiful, and relatively isolated landscape on the Devon and Somerset border. Steep ridges, high plateaux,valleys and springs create a stunning mosaic of countryside dotted with farms, villages and ancient features.
The Exmouth Local Nature Reserve, Exmouth (16 miles) is one of the biggest in England and is visited by thousands of migratory wildfowl and birds during the winter months.
Otter Estuary Nature Reserve, Budleigh Salterton (16 miles).
The historic quayside in Exeter (17 miles) is a ten-minute walk from the Cathedral and is the ideal place to try an irresistible Devon cream tea. Take a leisurely stroll along the river Exe, or for a longer walk head to the Double Locks pub for lunch. Exeter shipping canal is one of the oldest in the country, and the Double Locks are the longest, housing two ships at a time. There are also plenty of other activities to get involved in, from rafting or hiring a pedalo, to canoeing or cycling from this very point.
Haldon Forest, Bullers Hill, Kennford (21.7 miles) have great walking and cycling trails, as well as a Go Ape! Tree Top Adventure.
A thirty minute drive will take you to the high moorland of Dartmoor National Park. From here there are various walking trails with spectacular views over to the coast. Explore ancients ruins, climb to the top of Hay Tor and walk amongst the wild moorland ponies. There are excellent things to do on Dartmoor – Fingle Bridge, Postbridge, Ashburton and Oakhampton are all great places to start various circular walks.
Fossil hunting from Lyme Regis (20 miles) and Charmouth beaches.
Land Rover Experience West Country, Wessington Farm, Awliscombe, Honiton (3.6 miles).
Exe Wake in Exmouth (16.6 miles) is Devon’s leading centre for wakeboarding and waterskiing.
Edge Water Sports in Exmouth (16.7 miles) offer kitesurfing, windsurfing, paddleboarding, power kites and kayaking lessons and equipment to hire or buy.
Sailing with Sailexmouth from Exmouth (16.6 miles).
Canoe & Kayak hire from Saddles & Paddles at Exeter Quay (20 miles).
You can take cycle one of the many routes through and around Exeter. Parking at the Quay in Exeter (20 miles) will allow you to join the Exe Estuary trail linking Exeter to the coast at Dawlish and Exmouth. Bikes can also be hired here from Saddles and Paddles along the quayside.
Haldon Forest Park (21.7), near Exeter, has purpose built trails for all cycling abilities.
If you would like to take a hack or riding lesson, there are a number of very good riding schools nearby.
For a hack up over Woodbury Common with views down to the sea, visit the stables at Budleigh Salterton Riding School (15 miles).
Join a hack from Sidmouth Riding and climb the steep hill up to the woods at East Hill for a spectacular view over the Otter Valley and the coastline at Sidmouth.
Devenish Pitt near Honiton offers hacks through the local countryside and pretty villages nearby.
There are also a number of stables dotted throughout Dartmoor with Eastlake Stables at Oakhampton and Shilstone Rock at Widecombe-on-the-Moor being just two to offer both group and individual riding at all levels.
Mackerel fishing trips run regularly in the summer months from Beer beach (13 miles). From here you can also hire your own boat to explore the bay.
Upham Farm Ponds in Faringdon (11 miles) is a coarse fishery with six well stocked spring fed ponds and an excellent national reputation for providing superb carp and tench fishing.
Honiton Golf Club, Honiton (6.4 miles).
East Devon Golf Club is situated on the cliff top above Budleigh Salterton (16.7 miles).
Woodbury Park Golf & Leisure Club (11 miles).
Sidmouth Golf Club, Cotmaton Road, Sidmouth (12 miles).
The Donkey Sanctuary, Slade House Farm, Sidmouth (11 miles). This charity has been providing a home to rescued donkeys from around the world for forty years. Entry is free, and with a lovely café and gift shop it is well worth a visit. This charity does, however, rely on your donations to carry on its good work. This is a holiday with a difference – a chance for you to have close contact with the donkeys in glorious settings – you can groom, cuddle or just sit and watch the donkeys.
Crealy Adventure Park, Sidmouth Road, Exeter (12 miles) – Roller coasters, drop slides and water flumes plus lots more.
Norman Lockyer Observatory, Salcombe Hill Road, Sidmouth (12.6 miles).
Loughwood Meeting House (National Trust), Dalwood (13.2 miles).
World of Country Life, West Down Lane, Exmouth (17.4 miles). An all-weather family attraction including facilities such as playgrounds, trampolines and restaurant.
CASTLES, HOUSES & GARDENS
Burrow Farm Gardens, Dalwood (10 miles).
Shute Barton (National Trust), Shute, Axminster (11.2 miles).
Bicton Park Botanical Gardens, Bicton, East Budleigh Salterton (11.5 miles) includes historic glasshouses, a countryside museum, the Bicton Woodland Railway train ride, nature trail, maze, mini golf, indoor and outdoor children’s play complexes, restaurant and shop.
A La Ronde 18th-century house (National Trust), Summer Lane, Exmouth (14.7 miles).
Killerton House and Gardens (National Trust), Broadclyst, Exeter (16 miles).
Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter (19.5 miles).
Forde Abbey and Gardens, Chard, Somerset (22.6 miles).
EVENTS in 2016
3 Powderham Michaelmas Fair, Powderham Castle (19.5 miles). Early Christmas shopping inside Powderham Castle.
5 Famous Flaming Tar Barrels, Ottery St Mary (5 miles).
5 Round Table Charity Fireworks Display, Westpoint Exeter, Clyst St Mary (13 miles). This spectacular event has grown to become the biggest fireworks display in Exeter.
17 Exeter – Princesshay Christmas Lights Switch-On, Exeter (17 miles). 4pm – 8pm. Fun and music for all the family at the start of the festive season.
17 Winter Wonders Shopping Fair, Exmouth Pavilion (9.7 miles).
19-30 Christmas at Killerton, Killerton House (16 miles). Brothers Grimm themed programme of festive events.
19-30 Exeter Christmas Market, The Cathedral Green, Exeter (17 miles).
25-27 Christmas Shopping Fayre, Westpoint Exeter, Clyst St Mary (13 miles).
28-30 Stuart Line Cruises : Festive Special Trips, Exmouth (17 miles).
26-30 Exeter Christmas Markets in Castle Street, Exeter (17 miles).
26-30 Exeter Christmas Market in Fore Street, Exeter (17 miles).
26-27 Exeter Inside Outside Christmas Market, Exeter Quayside (17 miles). Held inside the historic Exeter Custom House – a lovely venue on Exeter’s beautiful Historic Quayside next to the River Exe.
26-27 Santa’s Magical Kingdom, Otter Nurseries, Ottery St Mary (5 miles).
26-27 Christmas Fair, The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth (11 miles). 10:00am to 4:00pm.
1-31 Christmas at Killerton, Killerton House (16 miles). Brothers Grimm themed programme of festive events.
1-31 Stuart Line Cruises : Festive Special Trips, Exmouth (17 miles).
1-21 Exeter Christmas Market in Fore Street, Exeter (17 miles).
1-21 Exeter Christmas Markets in Castle Street, Exeter (17 miles).
1-4 Santa’s Magical Kingdom, Otter Nurseries, Ottery St Mary (5 miles).
1-18 Exeter Christmas Market, The Cathedral Green, Exeter (17 miles).
2-4 The Polar Express Tram Ride, Seaton Tramway, Seaton (14 miles).
3-4 Visit Santa at Crealy Adventure Park (12 miles).
7-11 Santa’s Magical Kingdom, Otter Nurseries, Ottery St Mary (5 miles).
9-11 The Polar Express Tram Ride, Seaton Tramway, Seaton (14 miles).
9 Candlelight Carol Service, The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth (11 miles). Annual Candlelight evening and carol service at 3:30pm.
10-11 Visit Santa at Crealy Adventure Park (12 miles).
10-17 Santa events at Bicton Park (11.5 miles).
14-18 Santa’s Magical Kingdom, Otter Nurseries, Ottery St Mary (5 miles).
16-24 The Polar Express Tram Ride, Seaton Tramway, Seaton (14 miles).
17-18 Visit Santa at Crealy Adventure Park (12 miles).
19-23 Visit Santa at Crealy Adventure Park (12 miles).
20-24 Santa’s Magical Kingdom, Otter Nurseries, Ottery St Mary (5 miles).
EVENTS in 2017
1-5 Christmas at Killerton, Killerton House (16 miles). Brothers Grimm themed programme of festive events.
1 Stuart Line Cruises : Festive Special Trips, Exmouth (17 miles).
TBC Stick Man Trail, Haldon Forest, Kennford (22 miles).
TBC Family Fun at Crealy Adventure Park (12 miles).
TBC Easter Weekend at The World of Country Life, Exmouth (17 miles). Minions, egg trail, crafts and more.
TBC Cadbury Egg Hunt, Killerton (National Trust), Broadclyst, Exeter (16 miles).
TBC Cadbury Egg Hunt, A La Ronde (National Trust), Summer Lane, Exmouth (15 miles).
TBC Candy Capers, Powderham Castle, Kenton (19.5 miles).
TBC Easter Weekend at Bicton Botanical Gardens, East Budleigh Salterton (11.5 miles).
TBC Easter Family Fun Day, Haldon Forest, Kennford (22 miles).
28-29 Toby Buckland’s Garden Festival, Powderham Castle, Kenton (19.5 miles).
29-30 Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink, Exeter (20 miles).
1 Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink, Exeter (20 miles).
2-9 Donkey Week at The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth (11 miles).
TBC Honiton Music Festival, Honiton (5.2 miles).
18-20 Devon County Show, Westpoint Arena, Clyst St Mary (13 miles).
TBC Pirate Week, The World of Country Life, Exmouth (18 miles).
TBC Wonderland, Powderham Castle, Kenton (19.5 miles).
TBC Pirate Week, The World of Country Life, Exmouth (18 miles).
TBC Wonderland, Powderham Castle, Kenton (19.5 miles).
TBC Axe Vale Festival, The Showground, Woodmead Road, Axminster (16.2 miles).
1 Let’s Rock Exeter, Powderham Castle (19.5 miles).
6-8 Exeter Craft Festival, Cathedral Green, Exeter (20 miles).
7-15 Budleigh Music Festival, Budleigh Salterton (16 miles).
14 Lammas Fair Parade, Exeter (20 miles).
4-11 Sidmouth Folk Week, Sidmouth (12 miles).
3 The Honiton Agricultural Show, Honiton (5.2 miles).
TBC Beer Regatta, Beer (11.3 miles). A week packed with different events to suit all ages. From scavenger hunts and children’s fun to fireworks and late night dances.
TBC Big Screen in the Park, Northernhay Gardens, Exeter (20 miles).
18-20 Beautiful Days Festival, Escot Park (4.6 miles).
TBC Deep Water Solo Climbing Competition, Exeter Quayside (20 miles).
TBC Sidmouth Regatta, Sidmouth (12 miles).
TBC Seaton Carnival Week, Seaton (14.2 miles).
TBC Seaton Carnival Week and Illuminated Carnival Procession (September 3), Seaton (14.2 miles).
TBCHeritage Open Days, various venues, Exeter (20 miles).
TBC Exeter Contemporary Open, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter (20 miles).
14-17 Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival, Budleigh Salterton (16 miles).
TBC Colyford Goose Fair, Colyford (14 miles).
TBC Exeter Contemporary Open, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter (20 miles).
7-15 Sidmouth Science Festival, Sidmouth (12 miles).
TBC Honiton Carnival, Honiton (5.2 miles).
TBC Half Term Halloween Spooktacular! The World of Country Life, Exmouth (17 miles).
TBC Halloween Tram of Terror, Seaton Tramway, Seaton (14 miles).
Things you need to know about Lower Curscombe Barn if you’re thinking of booking a holiday there:
- Smoking is not allowed inside any of our properties
- Each cottage welcomes up to two well-behaved dogs. Please restrict your pets to the ground floor
- Minimum stay 7 nights Friday to Friday during Summer High season
- Minimum stay 3 nights throughout the rest of the year
*Internet access is offered at this property for recreational purposes only and is not meant for business use. Speed/service may vary depending on the package obtained by the owner which is provided to Guests free of charge. Should Guests experience difficulties or loss of use, neither the owner nor the agent will be held responsible.