Affeton Barton is the greater part of this historic Devon longhouse. It is filled with character, has a huge private garden, tennis court and seasonal open air swimming pool.
Another view of the sitting-room which has cosy clusters of sofas and armchairs and so a great gathering room for all the family.
This is the open air unheated swimming pool (open during June, July and August).
The staircase is a feature in its own right and really gives you a feel for the grandeur of this exceptional property.
There is a wonderful farmhouse-style kitchen, with all brand new appliances and fittings following an extensive renovation programme throughout the property.
The sitting-room with its wood-burning stove is at the heart of the house. There is plenty of comfortable seating for you all to relax.
There is a really large fully enclosed garden for Affeton Barton.  The doorways lead into the little barn that is for you to use too. The courtyard for parking is behind.
Of course a kitchen in a property like this would not be complete without an Aga. There is an electric oven and hob as well.
This is the master bedroom - facing to the front of the Barton with views over the gardens and the valley beyond.
The master bedroom has a brand new en suite bathroom.
No one will be short of a space to snuggle up after a day out in the fresh air exploring this totally unspoilt part of Devon.
A grand staircase leads to the first floor bedrooms and bathrooms.
This is Bedroom 2. This room faces into the original courtyard of the farmstead.
The swimming pool is fenced, but please supervise children at all times.
Another view of Bedroom 2.
There are two shower-rooms for use by guests sleeping in Bedrooms 2 and 3. These two shower-rooms link together, useful for a family stay, but also have doors to the landing.
The tennis court is just off to the side of your dedicated garden.
This is Affeton Castle - you can just see the Barton to the right of the photograph. The castle gardens are beautiful and guests are welcome to explore. You have your own private garden too of course.
Another view of the wonderful garden for The Barton
This is Bedroom 3, facing out to the back of the Barton.
Another view of Bedroom 3. Spacious and bright.
There is even space on the landing for a quiet reading area. The door to the right leads to Bedroom 4.
This is the view from the side window of the master bedroom - how stunning to be able to see a real-life castle!
The kitchen is tiled throughout. The back door - your initial entrance door - is in the far right corner of the room.
The tennis court is just off to the side of your dedicated garden.
This extra feature is so useful for muddy dogs and boots. The covered space links the parking in the courtyard to the kitchen door. The door at the end leads straight out to the garden.
Just off the courtyard, next to the covered boot-room is this lovely stone barn for you to use as you wish. This barn also leads out to your garden.
The cobbled courtyard with plenty of parking space dedicated to guests at the Barton.
This is the view over the castle grounds to the valley beyond.
This is the back of the farmhouse.
This is the entrance that you will use on arrival. The red door leads to your own little barn and the white door to the covered boot-room.
The perfect place for an afternoon tea.
Steps from the covered area take you down into the garden.
Beautiful grassy pathways lead down to the swimming pool.
The swimming pool is in a fenced area in the lower gardens of Affeton Castle.

Affeton Barton


8 miles S of South Molton / Sleeps 8 + 2 cots*

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7 Nights from  £1500

The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

The Mitre Inn (3 miles)

A former coachhouse in the 16th Century, this Grade II Listed public house is situated on the Two Moors Way and serves home cooked meals as well as a children's menu and takeaway.

Nearest beach

Instow Beach (21 miles)

A great beach for children with acres of sand at low tide, shallow waters and usually calm seas. There are plenty of facilities nearby in the village. Dog restrictions apply so please check locally.

Nearest walk

Chawleigh Village Walk (2 ½ miles)

A gentle stroll of just under three miles which takes you From the Portsmouth Inn through the village and surrounding area, There are some lovely views over Dartmoor and beyond.

Nearest town

Black Dog (4 miles)

A lovely little name for a lovely little village, based on the not-so-lovely legend of a ghost, it's perched on a high ridge connecting Dartmoor with Exmoor, so wherever you look there are moorland views for miles. Make sure you stop off at The Black Dog Inn for the best views of Dartmoor.

Also nearby

The Grove Inn (5 ¾ miles)

The Sunday lunch here is something to behold - meats from Devon’s best farms are the star of the show.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Riley April 2019

Cosy friendly proper pub

Gorgeous village pub which had a lovely feeling about it. The landlord was so geniune and the locals so friendly. The Sunday lunch was divine.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Gordon March 2010

A real find - delicious food in a friendly pub in the middle of nowhere.

Knightshayes Court (13 miles)

A wonderful Gothic pile with stunning formal gardens and beautiful interiors. The walled garden provides produce for the Stables restaurant where you can watch the gardeners at work or explore the woodland walks.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2020


Interesting house surrounded by magnificent gardens.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs George May 2014

Free parking and walk for dog

We couldn't go in as we had the dog with us, but the car park was free and there's a nice woodland walk off the car park where dogs can walk off the lead. Nice setting and surrounding countryside.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Drewett September 2012


One of the best national trust properties we've ever been to, something for all ages. The gardens are fantastic and offer both formal and woodland styles. Well worth a visit!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2012

Beautiful gardens!

The gardens are the jewel of this property, with many different areas; woodland, formal garden, meadow, parkland and a stunning restored kitchen garden which provides produce for the lovely stables restaurant. Highly recommended and really easy access from the M5.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Lloyd July 2010

One of the finest surviving Gothic Revival houses, this rare example of the work of eccentric architect William Burges has extraordinary medieval romantic interiors. The beautiful garden includes a kitchen garden.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2009

Glorious garden. Monster house, but interesting contents.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Simon Tregoning July 2008

Good National Trust property

Interesting house and gardens, even kept the kids going for two hours.

Heal Farm Fine Food (7 miles)

Situated in the heart of the Devon countryside. The Heal Farm story started in the 1970s, when Anne Petch received a piglet for her 16th birthday. Now, more than 30 years on, Heal Farm is a thriving family business at the forefront of the movement to use traditional farming methods in the rearing of rare breeds. The farm's activities have now diversified to include rare breeds of lamb and beef as well as stocking non-meat products including locally reared smoked fish and wonderful traditional cheeses.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

April 2010

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

January 2010

Heal Farm

Fantastic food, I always look forward to my visits. I would recommend the sirloin steaks to anyone some of the finest i have tasted.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

October 2009

Well worth a visit - you will not be disappointed!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

July 2009

Unusual cuts of beef

The butchers here really know thier stuff and you can get traditional cuts of beef that you won't find elsewhere - perfect for old-school Mrs Beeton recipes or for recreating classic dishes like granny used to make!

Castle Inn (6 ¾ miles)

A traditional Victorian pub which offers home cooked food and local ales. With easy access to Exmoor, Dartmoor and the North Devon coast, this is the ideal please to stop off for a well deserved meal.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Woodburn December 2019

lily and Lee

staff were extremely helpful and polite food was immaculate and fairly priced lovely cosey pub.

The Exeter Inn Umberleigh (8 miles)

Under new ownership as of August 2019, this traditional thatched roofed pub offers a warm welcome and pleasant outdoor seating. An ideal place to pop in for refreshments whilst exploring the local area.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Holness October 2019


We had to go back for the burgers 3 times because they where so amazing! It's all hand made from local produce! Love love love! Definitely worth a trip and the staff are really helpful! We turned up very late after a long journey down and they still made us food!

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