The Cottage

The Cottage


Lovely self catering cottage; the perfect place to relax

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Offering A Delightful Place To Stay


Our holiday cottage offers you a delightful place to stay, accommodating up to eight people and a baby or small child.

Situated in a conservation area close to the River Tavy, the holiday home has views to the church, the moor beyond and the babbling Cholwell Brook.

Kirkside Barn has one double bedroom, one double or twin bedroom with zip-linked beds for flexibility, and one twin bedroom with a unique bed – a particular delight for children, but equally suited to adults. 

We can also provide a cot/small bed that can be used in any of the bedrooms, plus stairgates and a highchair at no extra cost.  There is free Wi-Fi in the Barn.

What Does Kirkside Barn Offer?


As well as the three bedrooms, the sitting room includes two sofas, an armchair, a rocking chair, colour TV, DVD and door opening onto a sunken patio – perfect for an alfresco breakfast or sitting with a glass of wine, gazing at the stars! The three-seater sofa converts into a double bed with everyday-use mattress.

The bright and airy oak-fitted kitchen/diner provides guests with another great communal space and includes a pine dining table and chairs, electric cooker, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, toaster, washing machine, iron and ironing board, colour TV and radio/CD player.

There are two bathrooms, the main one has a shower over the bath and the smaller bathroom, which is built into the eaves of the building, has a studio bath with hand-held spray and an unusual corner toilet. 

The two first-floor areas are not linked, so there is some privacy – ideal for family groups of different generations or two families holidaying together. 

Unique Holiday Cottage Facilities


Sloping ceilings, dormer windows, two feature staircases, traditional furniture and tasteful décor all add to the character of this unique holiday cottage.

The building is approached by a granite cobbled pathway from the drive, which has parking for two cars. Facilities also include free Wi-Fi,  full oil-fired central heating and hot water, double glazing throughout, duvets, bed linen, towels, hair dryer, barbecue and patio furniture, cycle storage area and use of the owner’s garden and washing line – all at no extra charge.

Excellent Village Shop & Post Office, Pubs & Sports/Play Areas 


There is an excellent village shop and post office for newspapers and magazines, milk, eggs, bread and many of your necessities, including a range of local products. When you don’t wish to cook, there are three pubs serving delicious meals and local ales, all within a mile or so.

For our young guests, there is a lovely childrens’ playground in the village. Other facilities at the recreational ground are football pitches, tennis/basketball courts and an outdoor gym.

The award-winning market town of Tavistock is approximately four miles away.

Please note:
Children should be supervised in the gardens due to the steps. The cottage may not be suitable for people with mobility difficulties – please phone to discuss.
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History of Kirkside Barn 


Kirkside Barn is part of what was once the Kirkside farm complex, on the Buller Estate, and had all the land down to the River Tavy. It was the largest farm in the area, and was bought by the West Devon Mining and Power Company, we think in the early 1900’s, on which to build the hydro-electric power station, with its associated reservoir and feeder pipes.

This was taken over by the Central Electricity Generating Board and more recently sold to South West Water. It is powered by water taken from the River Tavy and the old mine leat. Mary Tavy hydro-electric power station has 2 sister hydro-electric stations at Morwellham and Chagford, but Mary Tavy is the largest. You pass the power station if you walk to the river, but you would never know it was there if you didn’t see the sign. All you can hear is a very faint hum when you are very close – and there is no pollution! 

The road outside Kirkside Barn used to be the thoroughfare between Mary Tavy and its neighbouring village Peter Tavy, but is now a bridle path and cycle route which crosses the River Tavy.

Renovation of Kirkside


We bought the farmhouse, Kirkside, and its associated barns in 1981. It had last been occupied in 1956, and was then left to go derelict, and to be used as a makeshift cow-shed. The renovation was complex, especially as being in the Dartmoor National Park means many restrictions are placed on building, for instance natural slate has to be used for most roofs, and often wooden window frames. We lived in a caravan on the site for two years, and then ‘camped’ in the house for another 2 years, before the upstairs was completed just in time for the birth of our elder son.

The stable was re-roofed and extended, and The Linney (cart store) converted into a home for mum by 1986. Eventually the row of barns, which were in poor condition, were converted into a lovely cottage, Kirkside Barn.

We believe that parts of the Barn date back to the 1600’s or 1700’s. It was three buildings: a piggery (now the double garage); a shippon (barn for the cows to be milked in or to be brought into in bad weather/overnight) with chicketts (like dormer windows) where the hay was passed through to the hayloft; and a two-storey barn with outside stone steps, but when we bought it, it had a rusty corrugated-iron roof, and the stone walls were patched with concrete blocks! The walls were rebuilt using random moor stone to match the original.

We started using Kirkside Barn as a holiday cottage in 1999.

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