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Lower Curscombe Barn

Feniton, near Honiton, East Devon

Sleeps: 12
7 nights
£1444 - £3151
Available from a minimum of 2 nights


  • Sleeps 12
  • 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 (small additional charge*)
  • Enclosed lawned gardens with dog-proof fencing
  • Two terraces with garden furniture and barbecue
  • Welcome hamper, linen and toiletries
  • Parking for 6 cars
  • Covid-19 measures* (see Visitors' Notes)

Property layout

  • 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.
    Utility room.
    Shower room.
    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.
    Cloakroom/utility room.
  • 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


  • 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.

Lower Curscombe Barn, a beautiful conversion of a 400-year-old threshing barn, comprises two adjacent properties together sleeping 12. Perfect for those who want to chill and relax with a little time to themselves, each spacious property is self-contained enjoying its own facilities.

The welcoming home-from-home 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.

Each is bright and airy with contemporary décor and a wonderfully cosy wood burner. On sunnier occasions, guests can throw open their French doors to invite in a cooling breeze and enjoy an al fresco feast on the terrace with outdoor furniture and a barbecue. The dining table at Harvest Moon can be extended to seat all 12 members of your party.

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 pet-friendly accommodation welcomes up to four well-behaved dogs with private fully enclosed gardens with dog-proof fencing.

Harvest Moon benefits from a spacious open plan kitchen/dining/family room with French doors opening out onto a terrace. There's also a separate large sitting room with comfortable sofas, TV and wood burner. Upstairs, the four spacious bedrooms are combined with two first-class bathrooms, one of which is en suite. The master bedroom has a 5′ bed and an en suite bathroom with a shower over the bath. There are two twin bedrooms with 3′ beds and a further double bedroom with a 5′ bed. They share a large family bathroom with a free-standing bath and a separate shower. There is a further shower room on the ground floor.

Hunters Moon has a spacious open plan kitchen/dining/sitting room with wood burning stove and French doors onto the terrace. Upstairs, the two spacious bedrooms are en suite. The double bedroom has a 5′ bed and an en suite shower room. The twin bedroom has 3′ beds and an en suite bathroom with a shower over the bath. There is also a cloakroom downstairs.

Situated on a quiet, semi-working farm in the tiny hamlet of Curscombe, the barn makes an ideal base for families and groups of friends. There is parking for six cars and short and midweek breaks are available, with a minimum stay of 3 nights.

Looking out over lush green fields, numerous countryside walks are on the doorstep, or guests can paddle in the stream and have a picnic. There are wonderful views and an abundance of birdlife, and wildlife, including foxes, deer, badgers and hares, are often spotted, whatever time of year you stay!

Situated within the peaceful Otter Valley in a tranquil, peaceful location in East Devon, Lower Curscombe 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, pubs and eating places.

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.

A nearby pub, The Otter Inn (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.

Lower Curscombe Barn is perfect if it’s a dog-friendly holiday you’re looking for. With country strolls from the doorstep, your canine pals can also roam free and romp with glee on some of the best walks on the lovely South West Coast Path, the trails at Haldon Forest Park as well as plenty of nature reserves and dog friendly beaches. The nearby Otter Inn welcomes dogs too!

2022-06-13 Mark L, London

"Great venue with everything you need. Fantastic welcome pack and very friendly host. Highly recommend. Thanks." (Mark stayed at Harvest Moon)

2022-06-11 Lesley and Stephen, Ashford

"Our 6th stay here. So excellent in every way. It's why we keep coming back! Ted is always an excellent, helpful and friendly host. We will come back again next year!" (Lesley & Stephen stayed at Hunters Moon)

2022-06-05 Joe M, Barnet

"Loved the whole farm and surrounding area. Nice house with modern fittings and furnishings and all kept clean and tidy." (Joe stayed at Harvest Moon)

2022-06-05 Mac G, North Somerset

"Another lovely few days in Lower Curscombe. Thank you Ted!" (Mac stayed at Hunters Moon)

2022-05-30 Carty, Newton Abbott

"Fabulous weekend - great accommodation, great location and great hosts. We have had a lovely time and will definitely be back!" (Carty stayed at Hunters Moon)

2022-05-20 Anneli N, Usk

"This was our 3rd stay at Hunters Moon - we love the peace and quiet but also the convenience to explore East Devon. Thanks Ted for the lovely welcome hamper - the eggs were delicious. We'll definitely be back." (Anneli and Neville stayed at Hunters Moon)

2022-05-10 Norwell B, Norfolk

"Amazing stay - fabulous cottages." (Norwell stayed at Hunters Moon)

2022-05-02 Claire L, Winchester

"Fantastic accommodation. Stayed in both barns , clean and had everything you needed . Definitely a super host little touches like welcome basket and flowers . Thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

2022-05-02 Jenny J, Romsey

"First class with our family celebration of our joint 80th" (Jenny's party stayed in both barns)

2022-05-02 Roy J, Romsey

"A wonderful place to celebrate our 80th birthdays with all our wonderful family. Everything was of the highest standard and you should be very proud of the accommodation you have provided." (Roy's party stayed in both barns)

2022-05-02 Claire L, Chandlers Ford

"We have had an amazing stay and all the finishing touches made it very special. The welcome basket was excellent and the eggs went down very well. Very clean, great linen and towels which makes the stay lovely." (Claire's party stayed in both barns)

2022-04-28 Paul D, Kimpton

"We had a fantastic few days at a perfect property in a quiet location yet close to places to visit. the house was very clean, well equipped and a fantastic welcome hamper on arrival. Ted was welcoming and could not do more to make the stay a great success. 100% happy." (Paul stayed at Harvest Moon)

2022-04-21 Mash B, Saint Austell

"What a fantastic place to stay! It's perfect for a family stay for all groups. Also ideal for dogs. Location is nice and peaceful but you do need to drive to get to a shop, pub or local attractions but these are not far and not hard to get to at all. We will definitely try and stay here again!"

2022-04-16 Jarvis F, Poulton-le-Fylde

"Thank you so much, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay - perfect for all our family aged 1 to 86, and dogs! We may be back!" (Jarvis stayed at Hunters Moon with his extended family next door)

2022-03-27 Amy L, London

"Beautiful home! So cosy especially with the fireplace at night. Was left with an amazing goodie basket for our stay. Would highly recommend staying here if you’re wanting a nice getaway!! thank you very much for having us there!" (Amy stayed at Harvest Moon)

2022-03-21 Amy S, Cardiff

"Perfect for a large group of people looking for an idyllic countryside break. The house was really well equipped, we didn’t want for anything! Really spacious area, gorgeous garden & pretty location! We stayed here as we were attending a wedding at Deer Park Country House which was 10 mins away by taxi. A perfect weekend! Very smooth process from start to finish, we were especially appreciate of the offer to stay Sunday night free of charge! Really well equipped, nice and spacious, gorgeous location! Thank you!" (Amy stayed at Harvest Moon)

2022-03-20 William H, Christchurch

"Brilliant stay! Thanks!!"

2022-03-13 Sue M, Falmouth

"We ( 5 school friends) have just returned home after a fabulous stay at Harvest Moon. What a stunning barn in a beautiful, rural location. Ted, the owner was a great, friendly host. A well stocked hamper was there when we arrived with bread, milk, biscuits, ceral, cake, tea, coffee, butter and orange juice, with fresh eggs from the chickens. Unlimited logs for the log burner were also included. Weather wasn't great, but we didn't care as the barn was comfortable to relax in for the 3 nights we were there. Comfortable beds and large kitchen/diner with large lounge to relax in, a well equipped kitchen within the spotlessly clean barn. Toiletries were also include, a great touch. Thank you for letting us share your family farm." (Sue stayed at Harvest Moon)

2022-03-08 Mericka S, Rochester

"This place really does live up to the reviews! Beautiful, peaceful location. Spacious and well equipped accommodation. The whole family (with very different needs!) thoroughly enjoyed themselves." (Mericka stayed at Harvest Moon)

2022-02-27 Jenny C, London

"Beautiful barn, beautiful location. We would definitely stay again." (Jenny stayed in Harvest Moon)

2022-02-06 Nathan M, Kent

"Beautiful accommodation, perfect stay for a large group with a dog! Would stay here again." (Nathan stayed at Harvest Moon)

2022-01-09 Clare R, Eastleigh

"We had a lovely long weekend staying Lower Curscombe Barn, we booked both parts of the barn which gave us lots of space for an extended family holiday. Very well equipped kitchen, everything you need for a relaxing peaceful escape. We particularly benefited from walking our dogs in the fields around the barn thanks to the owner letting us know where we could go. The welcome hamper was very generous with plenty of milk and wine in the fridge and more eggs than we could eat. Would not hesitate to recommend! Many thanks."

2022-01-01 Natalie N, Kent

"Lovely house with everything you can want and need. Thank you." (Natalie stayed at Hunters Moon)

2021-12-13 Hollis G, Farnborough

"We stayed for mum's 60th and it has been PERFECT!! Everything you could need and the welcome baskets were superb. Thank you so much."

2021-12-06 Kate K, Helston

"Fantastic house, Beautiful location and amazing hamper waiting for us when we arrived. Nothing is to much trouble for the owners. Will definitely be back." (Kate stayed at Harvest Moon)

2021-11-28 Jemma T, London

"Lovely accommodation with great walks! Stayed during a wedding at nearby venue and was perfect!" (Jemma stayed at Hunter's Moon)

2021-11-05 Cooper I, Aylesbury

"We were so lucky - weather amazingly good for November all week - even hot at ties! Barn very comfortable and warm - a great holiday enjoyed by all." (Cooper stayed at Hunters Moon)

2021-10-30 Ian L, Clanfield

"A delightful holiday home, so well appointed and a well stocked larder and welcome hamper." (Ian stayed at Hunters Moon)

2021-10-22 Matt C, Writtle

""We had a fantastic time staying at Harvest Moon. The property is clean, comfortable, very well equipped with a modern interior, and in a lovely and very quiet location at the end of a lane to the north of Feniton, some way outside the village. It was lovely for our 5 year old daughter to be able step outside and say hello to the chickens, and see cows and sheep in the fields opposite. It is well located to explore south Devon and west Dorset. Ted is an excellent, friendly, host, there if you need him but otherwise lets you enjoy your holiday in peace. The basket of goodies waiting for us on arrival was much appreciated and a lot more generous than we’ve had in other holiday properties! The property sleeps 8; we were a party of 5 in the end (it was intended to be 7) and so had plenty of room, but even with 8 there would be sufficient room. It has its own private garden area although in October it was a bit too cold to take advantage of this! The acid test for any holiday is “would you go back?”, and we certainly would."

2021-10-15 Ailis M, West Coker

"Beautiful location in the countryside, we were two young families and picked this location because it was close to activity centres. Couldn't fault anything, we had a spacious garden, rooms and bedrooms. stair gates, travel cot provided. Really useful having a dishwasher, washing machine and dryer on hand after long muddy walks. Would definitely recommend!! ❤️"

2021-10-11 Vyvyan T, Truro

"A superb venue for a family celebration with a very welcoming host. Our stay was to meet up with family and friends to celebrate our Golden Wedding and this proved to be the perfect venue. Shortly after we arrived the owner, Ted, called around to make sure we were comfortable and readily agreed that we could charge our car - he is thinking about having dedicated facilities installed over the winter period. On arrival there was the most bountiful welcome hamper that we have ever experienced. I won't list the many items as I wouldn't wish to spoil the surprise for future visitors. There was no shortage of crookery, glassware or cutlery and there was plenty of provision of cookware, etc. Copious towels/bath sheets provided for our use and effective showers. Ted also supplied toiletries. Our four cars didn't stretch the allocated parking. A most enjoyable stay for our special occasion." (stayed at Harvest Moon)

2021-10-08 Charles S, Perthshire

"Thank you both Ted and Barbara for your warm welcome, excellent hamper and lovely home from home. Look forward to a return." (Charles stayed at Hunters Moon)

2021-10-05 Louise and Jeremy L, Oxfordshire

"A wonderful return to your lovely cottage. Thank you for the superb hamper. Good to see you again Ted." (Louise & Jeremy stayed at Hunters Moon)

2021-10-04 Katie M, London

"We stayed in both barns as we were a large group - both were great. Clean, comfortable, good location, perfect for our weekend away. Charles was excellent at answering any questions we had. I would highly recommend a stay here!"

2021-10-01 Tracey B, Liskeard

"Location was perfect. The welcome pack was a lovely touch. Really comfortable, clean and quiet." (stayed at Harvest Moon)

2021-09-19 Michael B, England

"Fantastic barn conversion. Very clean, well equipped and lovely location. Highly recommend 10/10"

2021-09-17 Daniel H, Portishead

"Thanks we had a wonderful stay. Lovely property and ideal quiet location."

2021-09-10 Anne W, Bromsgrove

"Everything you need for a lovely holiday. Home from home! We all had a wonderful stay, accommodation was immaculate and plenty of space for everyone."

2021-06-12 Paul L, Birmingham

"Super location and a fantastic property."

2021-06-06 Faye C, Leamington Spa

"We had such a lovely time away here, thank you. Beautiful location, handy for local amenities and not too far from the beach but felt like we had peace and quiet and some time to ourselves. Place was perfect, really clean and the welcome pack was really lovely! Hosts were really friendly and communication couldn’t have been better, thank you very much!"

2021-06-03 Andy W, London

We were warmly welcomed and looked after generously on arrival at the beautiful home. It was a peaceful and beautiful setting in the countryside, much recommended to anyone!

2021-05-23 Lewis B, England

"Had a great time with the family, dogs also loved the garden and walks local to the house! Would recommend and return."

2021-05-15 N Tizzard, Kent

"Had a lovely stay - beautiful location, great garden and lots of room for the babies to run around in the house!"

2020-12-18 T Downes, Monmouth

"Great hosts and a beautiful place to stay. Will highly recommend."

2020-10-05 R Davies, Hampshire

"Excellent stay. Lovely place, super comfy. Next time we'll bring the weather! x"

2020-10-02 J Inglis, Epsom

"Another lovely stay in this beautiful house. Spotless and so well maintained. Hope to return next year. Thank you."

2020-09-28 F Stringer, Milton Keynes

"Thank you so much. We had a lovely weekend. The welcome hamper was amazing. We enjoyed having sports day on your lawn. We will be back soon! (PS You are very Covid friendly)"

2020-09-14 The Reed Family (Guestbook)

"Absolutely stunning place. Thank you for all that you provided us. We've had a wonderful stay. Thanks again. Hopefully be back :)"

2020-08-21 Chris, Sue, Emma, Simon, Lucy and Fran with 2 year old Sienna and 6 week old Francesca + dogs, Stourbridge (Guestbook)

"Our 4th visit and we have all had a great time as usual. A much needed break and a very welcome piece of normality after this very strange year. Thanks Ted, our stay in your beautiful barn has worked wonders for us all. We shall return!"

2020-08-14 M Wilson, Norfolk

"Spacious, clean, well equipped and comfortable. Excellent customer care. Could not have asked for more. Easy access to beach and amenities. Great location for family holidays."

2020-08-07 The Norton Family, Warwickshire (Guestbook)

"A great location and a lovely house with everything we could need. x"

2020-07-31 P Brindley, Surrey

"We've had a great time exploring East Devon. The house is super, well equipped and spotless. Thank you for the generous welcome pack - Home from home!"

2020-07-24 M Lucas, Derbyshire

"A beautiful place to stay for a big crowd, wonderfully equipped and furnished. Highly recommended!"

2020-03-06 The Williams Family, Herts (Guestbook)

"Thank you for everything, we had a great stay. The eggs were wonderful. We'll be coming again."

2020-01-06 P Connolly, Merseyside

"This property is a gem. Ted, the owner, could not have been more helpful, friendly but not intrusive. Beautiful welcome basket - totally unexpected- by far the best I've seen. Freshly laid eggs, home baked fruitcake, huge fruit basket, milk, cheese, wine, cereal, biscuits, etc. The place is spotless, thanks to Barbara. Facilities are excellent. We only stayed 2 nights as attending a wedding locally but wished we could have stayed longer. Our party was 4 adults & 2 children - loads of space to chill separately and be together. Can't speak highly enough of Harvest Moon."

2020-01-05 The Connollys, Liverpool (Guestbook)

"Simply fantastic! Well equipped and maintained. Ted is the perfect host. Our stay was too short!! Happy New Year."

2019-12-27 The Taylors & Reynolds Families, Bristol & Australia

"What a wonderful Christmas! Both barns are amazing and very well equipped. So warm and welcoming - fantastic welcome pack. What a great place for two families to share Christmas, we really loved it. Huge thank you!!"

2019-06-09 Richard, Juliet, William, Anna and Movy dog, South Devon

"What a great weekend celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary. Accommodation worked brilliantly as we had both barns for 12 of us. Both barns here very well equipped, lovely area for the dog, would highly recommend. Thank you."

2019-05-21 Williams & Hoddinotts families, Wells

"We have had the most special time here in your two marvellous properties. Of course, we will highly recommend to our friends. We wish you a busy rest of the season."

2019-04-01 Hale family, Surrey

"We came down for a wedding at Deer Park Hotel. Our stay here was very enjoyable, nothing lacking, clean, comfortable and generous. Thank you so much Ted!!"

2018-09-03 A Sharp, Powys (Trustpilot)

"Excellent customer service and a holiday property that exceeded our expectations. We stayed at Lower Curscombe Farm and were so delighted with the accommodation which was very comfortable, well appointed and equipped, light and airy and with a welcome basket that was second to none!"

2018-08-03 J Ellison, Bedford

"Our party of 8 stayed in the two houses for a week in July/Aug 2018 we couldn't have asked for a more comfortable well equipped property they really have thought of everything it was a home from home, the owner Ted was wonderful; nothing was too much trouble. Would highly recommend this property - 5 star all the way."


"Fabulous clean accommodation. Lovely well equipped kitchen. Welcome hamper was a lovely gesture and very much appreciated!! Fresh eggs and cake were amazing. We had a lovely family break and spent many enjoyable hours sat around the table eating and drinking! It was fantastic to be able to let the dogs out in the garden and not worry about them escaping. First visit to this area, would very much like to return and see more."

2016-12-16 HP

”Fantastic barn for a group of friends celebrating New Year! Everything was great and we loved the thoughtful welcome basket full of all the essentials and more! Will be booking again for sure. Great location too if you’re looking for some peace and quiet and lots of good dog walks! Thank you! ”

2016-08-14 JS

”A great place to stay for a week’s holiday. It is relaxing and surprisingly quiet as it is a working farm. There are lots of fun things to do at the sea, where you can hire kayaks, paddle boards and more. You will not get bored as the owner supplies games and board games for you to play. Good place for bike rides and walks.”

2016-08-05 LS

"My stay here was absolutely lovely! The beds are very comfortable and all the rooms lovely and clean. The people are very helpful and nice. I would definitely recommend it here and I hopefully will come back!"



The nearest shop is the Spar in Feniton. It is open from 7am - 10pm on weekedays, and 8am - 10pm at weekends.

Honiton, about 5 miles away has an independent butchers, bakers, a greengrocer and fishmonger in the high street, and a Tesco on the Sidmouth road.


The Greyhound Country Inn (2.3 miles, 6 minutes’ drive).

The Otter Inn in Weston (2.5 miles, 6 minutes’ drive). This pub has a lovely garden next to the River Otter, where the kids can paddle and look at the ducks. The food is good pub food. It's best to book in advance.

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). A grand Gothic mansion, this is the place for adults to go for a special night out. Locally souced food, beautifully cooked.

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.

The Hare and Hounds, Sidbury (15 minutes' drive). This pub does a great carvery and an outside children's play area. Please book in advance as it gets busy.


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. The Birds Nest is a Chinese restaurant with a lively atmosphere (please book in advance). The Raj is a well-established Indian restaurant which is always buzizng. You will also receive a wonderful West Country welcome in Honiton’s numerous cafes and tearooms.


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.


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.

SIDMOUTH lovely seaside town (12 miles). The Sidmouth Folk Festival each August is one of the biggest in Europe.

BRANSCOMBE (12 miles), is one of Britain’s most picturesque villages, with miles of tranquil walking through woodland, farmland and beach.

BEER (13 miles) is a picture-postcard village with a shingle beach. Attractions include Pecorama, a lovely day out for all railway enthusiasts, and Beer Quarry Caves.

SEATON seaside town (14.2 miles). Attractions include Seaton Tramway and the Seaton Labyrinth.

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.

LYME REGIS (20.4 miles) attractions include the Museums, Historic Cobb and Harbour and Fossil Hunting.


Guests are very welcome to walk around the farm on site. There is a laminated map at the property to show you the boundary.

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 nearby 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). Off-road 4X4 driving and quad biking on a 140 acre site.

Skirmish Paintball & Laser Games, Exeter. 120 acres, 18 theme arenas, all ages and group sizes welcome.

Quad World, Exeter. Various size quad bikes suitable for all ages and experience.


Jurassic Coast Diving, Exmouth (16.6 miles) offer diving and snorkelling lessons for 8+ years.

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.

Heatherways Stables, Budleigh Salterton offer lessons for all ages and hacking on Woodbury Common.

Hitts Barton Eqestrian, Whimple offer lessons and hacks. Indorr and outdoor arenas. Good friendly atmosphere.

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.


Squabmoor, Exmouth offer coarse fishing for carp, bream, tench, bream, roach, rudd, crucian carp, els. Open all year 24 hours a day.

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.


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).



Christmas at Killerton, Killerton House (16 miles). Brothers Grimm themed programme of festive events.
Stuart Line Cruises : Festive Special Trips, Exmouth (17 miles).


Stick Man Trail, Haldon Forest, Kennford (22 miles).


Family Fun at Crealy Adventure Park (12 miles).
Easter Weekend at The World of Country Life, Exmouth (17 miles). Minions, egg trail, crafts and more.
Cadbury Egg Hunt, Killerton (National Trust), Broadclyst, Exeter (16 miles).
Cadbury Egg Hunt, A La Ronde (National Trust), Summer Lane, Exmouth (15 miles).
Easter events at Powderham Castle, Kenton (19.5 miles).
Easter Weekend at Bicton Botanical Gardens, East Budleigh Salterton (11.5 miles).
Easter Family Fun Day, Haldon Forest, Kennford (22 miles).
Toby Buckland’s Garden Festival, Powderham Castle, Kenton (19.5 miles).
Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink, Exeter (20 miles).


Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink, Exeter (20 miles).
Donkey Week at The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth (11 miles).
Honiton Music Festival, Honiton (5.2 miles).
Devon County Show, Westpoint Arena, Clyst St Mary (13 miles).
Pirate Week, The World of Country Life, Exmouth (18 miles).
Wonderland, Powderham Castle, Kenton (19.5 miles).


Pirate Week, The World of Country Life, Exmouth (18 miles).
Wonderland, Powderham Castle, Kenton (19.5 miles).
Axe Vale Festival, The Showground, Woodmead Road, Axminster (16.2 miles).


Let’s Rock Exeter, Powderham Castle (19.5 miles).
Exeter Craft Festival, Cathedral Green, Exeter (20 miles).
Budleigh Music Festival, Budleigh Salterton (16 miles).
Lammas Fair Parade, Exeter (20 miles).


Sidmouth Folk Week, Sidmouth (12 miles).
The Honiton Agricultural Show, Honiton (5.2 miles).
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.
Big Screen in the Park, Northernhay Gardens, Exeter (20 miles).
Beautiful Days Festival, Escot Park (4.6 miles).
Deep Water Solo Climbing Competition, Exeter Quayside (20 miles).
Sidmouth Regatta, Sidmouth (12 miles).
Seaton Carnival Week, Seaton (14.2 miles).


Seaton Carnival Week and Illuminated Carnival Procession (September 3), Seaton (14.2 miles).
Heritage Open Days, various venues, Exeter (20 miles).
Exeter Contemporary Open, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter (20 miles).
Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival, Budleigh Salterton (16 miles).
Colyford Goose Fair, Colyford (14 miles).


Exeter Contemporary Open, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter (20 miles).
Sidmouth Science Festival, Sidmouth (12 miles).
Honiton Carnival, Honiton (5.2 miles).
Half Term Halloween Spooktacular! The World of Country Life, Exmouth (17 miles).
Halloween Tram of Terror, Seaton Tramway, Seaton (14 miles).


Powderham Michaelmas Fair, Powderham Castle (19.5 miles). Early Christmas shopping inside Powderham Castle.
Famous Flaming Tar Barrels, Ottery St Mary (5 miles).
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.
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.
Winter Wonders Shopping Fair, Exmouth Pavilion (9.7 miles).
Christmas at Killerton, Killerton House (16 miles). Brothers Grimm themed programme of festive events.
Exeter Christmas Market, The Cathedral Green, Exeter (17 miles).
Christmas Shopping Fayre, Westpoint Exeter, Clyst St Mary (13 miles).
Stuart Line Cruises : Festive Special Trips, Exmouth (17 miles).
Exeter Christmas Markets in Castle Street, Exeter (17 miles).
Exeter Christmas Market in Fore Street, Exeter (17 miles).
Exeter Inside Outside Christmas Market, Exeter Quayside (17 miles).
Santa’s Magical Kingdom, Otter Nurseries, Ottery St Mary (5 miles).
Christmas Fair, The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth (11 miles). 10:00am to 4:00pm.


Christmas at Killerton, Killerton House (16 miles). Brothers Grimm themed programme of festive events.
Stuart Line Cruises : Festive Special Trips, Exmouth (17 miles).
Exeter Christmas Market in Fore Street, Exeter (17 miles).
Exeter Christmas Markets in Castle Street, Exeter (17 miles).
Santa’s Magical Kingdom, Otter Nurseries, Ottery St Mary (5 miles).
Exeter Christmas Market, The Cathedral Green, Exeter (17 miles).
The Polar Express Tram Ride, Seaton Tramway, Seaton (14 miles).
Visit Santa at Crealy Adventure Park (12 miles).
Candlelight Carol Service, The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth (11 miles). Annual Candlelight evening and carol service at 3:30pm.
Visit Santa at Crealy Adventure Park (12 miles).
Santa events at Bicton Park (11.5 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.
  • One pet is £25/stay, two pets is £35/stay per cottage
  • Minimum stay 7 nights Friday to Friday during Summer High season
  • Minimum stay 3 nights throughout the rest of the year
  • * Covid-19 measures for this property:
    In full compliance with the hospitality industry cleaning protocols and safety guidance.
    Intensively cleaned and sanitised.
    Contact-free check in and check out.
    Complete privacy and exclusive use of the cottage during your holiday.
    Date changes for all existing and new bookings if the lockdown measures are extended or re-imposed.
    Naturally isolated.

*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.

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