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Venn Farm
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Absolutely Stunning”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

We have just spent a wonderful week here. I couldn't recommend it highly enough. It is like spending a week in your dream home in the perfect setting. The kitchen is a pleasure to cook in and every room is stunning. Karen and Conrad's tips on where to go were excellent. We borrowed the body-boards and wet suits and spent long, lovely days on gorgeous beaches away from crowds. Hiring bikes and cycling the Camel Trail from Wadebridge to Padstow for fish and chips was brilliant (and it was a great tip to do that early evening rather than daytime as it meant it wasn't too busy). We didn't want to come back to London and can't wait to go again. Double thumbs up!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

We stayed for a week at The Red Barn in early July, for our first proper break alone with our young toddler. The farm is in a fantastic location; a short drive to the supermarket, shops and facilities of nearby Bude and Holsworthy, but offering complete tranquility, a large garden and freshly laid eggs !
The attention to detail is second to none - the two bedrooms and bathroom are very comfortable and immaculately presented, whilst the full length living area and kitchen offer a lovely warm and light environment. The deck is the perfect place for that relaxing glass of wine as the sun sets...
All in all impossible to fault - a fantastic base for exploring all that this part of the world has to offer, with friendly and welcoming hosts who have plenty of good local recommendations..... we're already planning our return trip!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Surrey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

We spent our first week at The Red Barn this July and have already booked to return, for longer, next summer! We spent a wonderful week here with our 2 children, 2 and 5 years old. The area is perfect for all types of activities. Inland into Devon, cycling part of the Tarka Trail, RHS Rosemoor, visiting Dartington, glass painting on a gloomy day, farm shops with animals to see and delicious steaks to be bought. Into Cornwall and to the stunning beaches, rock pools, fresh fish for BBQ's in the garden. The Red Barn is a perfect place to come be 'at' and come 'home' to at the end of a busy day, extremely comfortable, stylish, well equipped. Easy to relax and enjoy the peace of the surroundings. Conrad's recommendations are spot on. Which beaches to go to, where to eat the best cream tea, where to buy the best fish. The place is a true gem.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2013

I do not know where to start my praise! Karen and Conrad the perfect hosts, Conrad having a great sense of humor dropped in for a G&T and we had some nice chats he gave good advice on what to do and where to swim and shop. All he suggested turned out to be off the beaten track and fabulous you can blindly rely on him . When we arrived quite late and searched for a place to have dinner that very evening he was in Spain for a short break and he arranged from there that we were fed in a great Pub that normally would already have stopped serving food (it was after 10pm) this goes far beyond his duties as a host!! The place itself is incredibly stylish - attention given to details - stunning art, great views through each window (from the shower we could see the "green jungle" as we named the single track lane overgrown with greenery and shrubbery forming a kind of tunnel to drive through) wild flower bouquets in each room on our arrival, a kitchen that is state of the art . We cooked dinner each evening which was a very social affair - we had a chef (me) a sous-chef and a sous- sous chef, a beverage manager and a cleaning crew!
We wer a company of 8 friends and Waitrose ran out of our favorite red wine after a couple of days - they still had Gin so .....it was with an aching heart we left - the Cob lived up to our highest expectations and we do hope to return
Marlis Ritter (26.7.-2.8.2013)

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

We spent a week in The Cob and just loved it. Beautifully and thoughtfully designed, managing to be both airy and cosy. Rare to find a place so baby-friendly that also has the wow-factor. And even rarer to find ourselves having a properly relaxing holiday with a toddler! Conrad and Karen were warm and considerate hosts, lending us wetsuits and body-boards so we could go and frolic in the surf like teenagers from Home & Away (a must). It's a lovely and unspoilt corner of the country and we had a brilliant time exploring with some very good tips from Conrad and Karen re places to visit and eat. Highlights: Margaret's cream tea caravan, the aforementioned bodyboarding, sunset beers in the Old Smithy, drinking cold prosecco in the back garden every evening, and just the house and farm itself. Delightful. Can't wait to return.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Potsdam, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

We had a fantastic time at the COB! The long trip from Berlin/Germany to the COB was worth it! Everyone of our group was so much delighted. We loved the the wonderful individual designed rooms, the outstanding kitchen and the quiet surrounding. It was such a pleasure staying here. We felt very welcome and we do hope to come back sometime.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

What a fantastic place to stay for a family holiday!
We stayed in the amazing Cob with our one year old daughter. The accommodation was superb and well stocked with all the essentials you would need. On arrival we were greeted by our hosts, Karen & Conrad who made us feel completely at home. The handy hints of things to do and places to go were much appreciated. The little things like post-it notes of places of interest on the OS Map were invaluable. Imagine missing out on one of Margaret's Cream Teas!
With the location of Venn Farm and its surroundings, it’s like you've found a tranquil place away from it all. Though if you manage to drag yourself away, it is the perfect base for exploring the local beaches with the nearby town of Bude only 10 mins away.
Can’t wait to go back soon!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Venn Farm
Address: Pancrasweek | Near Bude, Holsworthy EX22 7JX, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Torridge > Holsworthy
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Holsworthy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Venn Farm is a beautiful and tranquil seven acre small holding four miles from Bude and the stunning north Cornwall beaches. It is nestled between two nature reserves and has an abundance of wildlife including roe deer, buzzards, woodpeckers and barn owls.We have converted two barns that we rent for holidays. The red Barn is a contemporary yet family-friendly conversion. It has a sun-flooded open-plan living space upstairs overlooking a leafy, grassy meadow. Below are two pretty bedrooms and a bathroom. It sleeps 4 plus a cot.The coB is a stunning conversion designed by award winning architects Feilden Fowles. It sleeps 9 plus cots. It overlooks open countryside, has two private patio's and a garden. These stunning contemporary yet family-friendly conversions of a former barn & milking shed are picture-perfect both inside and out. Its setting is idyllic, being on seven acre small holding just a few miles from the the coast at Bude and nestled between two nature reserves with abundant wildlife. ... more   less 
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Venn Farm Holsworthy, Devon, UK

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