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Starre Barn

Starre Barn, Beer, Devon

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Sykes Cottages
Telephone Sykes Cottages booking line   Phone booking on 01244 352 197

Sleeps a maximum of: 2

Pricing From: £269.00 - 717.00

This semi-detached cottage in the Devon seaside village of Beer and it sleeps two people.

Starre Barn is a single-storey cottage, attached to a 16th century manor house in the village of Beer in south Devon. This cottage sleeps two people in a double bedroom with en-suite shower, basin and WC. The cottage also has a kitchen and a sitting room with dining area. Outside there is off road parking for one car and a patio with furniture and barbecue. Starre Barn is an ideal romantic base for exploring this part of Devon.


Do not be deceived by the pictures.
Simply put this holiday cottage is not fit for purpose which is a shame as it has great potential. We counted five missing or broken light bulbs and the security of the place was shocking. The general feel of the place was shoddy with an extremely poor finish to it. The lounge area was filthy with an armchair that felt greasy to the touch. The sofa was tiny,uncomfortable and dirty. We had to wash the blanket covering it as it was smelly and covered in hairs. None of the furniture matched and some of it in a poor state of repair. The kitchen area was revolting with food and coffee debris covering one work surface and food had been left by previous guests in both the fridge and freezer. A broken pedal bin sat in the corner and was full to the brim with rubbish. Needless to say we didn't use this room once for preparing food and chose to eat out instead. The bedroom and bathroom were no better and both felt grubby and needed us to clean them before use. All in all an extremely disappointing stay.
Nicholas H

Was disappointed with starre barn the lack of cleanliness the bedroom wasn't too bad the kitchen wasn't very clean the microwave wobbles it is not on the stand properly and could be dangerous the door in the bedroom goes into a store room you are told in the information from the owners that it is only to be used in case of fire well the outside door was locked from the outside with a big bolt so you had no chance of getting out and it was full of paint pots and other junk the bath room leaked from the toilet and water was coming up from the tiles the settee and chair wasn't very clean and the rug was turned over to the back when we had a look it was dirty and stained the rug at the front door was falling to bits too washed the bedding and all the pots before we used them and bleached the work tops

Not as it should be
Stare Barn,lovely position,could be an excellent let but lacks cleanliness. Bathroom,leaking toilet,not clean,good shower. Bedroom ok but has an outside door into the room.Kitchen,nothing to light the gas cooker with,only two small saucepans ,freezer drawers wouldn't open,frozen shut. States garden but the garden is for the house,barn has patio.very small TV not comfortable dining,settee low and a thin large rug on the floor,dangerous . No instructions for any of the appliances.

Not Fit for Purpose
This tiny cottage was a huge disappointment and simply was not fit for its advertised purpose. The main issues were the lack of cleanliness, the lack of storage and the lack of security. The sofa in the living room was dirty, including having hair on it; not something that you want to sit on. There was no wardrobe or chest of drawers for our clothes. There was a hanging rail in the passage way with a grubby canvas shoe holder. There was a door in the bedroom that led out to a store/junk room full of very dirty objects, garden tools and old paint tins. The outer door was unlocked with just a bolt with which to lock it. The lock on the bedroom door was just a bathroom lock, i.e. could easily be opened from the outside. Finally, the kitchen was very dirty and not fit for preparing food. This cottage cost ?630 for the week but was not in a useable condition and we had no option but to leave. The owner of the cottage had nothing to say when we contacted him. Sykes Cottages have shown no empathy and have simply been defensive. Sykes Cottages have given us appalling customer service and I would never use them again or recommend them. I am sure that most of their holiday lets are good and you would expect such a large, successful company to provide good customer service when a problem arises. Sadly, this has not been our experience and they are now ignoring our correspondence since we turned down their offer of ?50. They should be ashamed of themselves.

A Star is born
Choosing Starre Barn for Mr M's birthday treat was a brilliant thing to do. We loved just about everything to do with the barn. It was warm and inviting when we arrived - and we arrived on what is probably going to be one of the worst days of the year. The wind was howling the rain was coming down in stair-rods. None of that mattered when we had a cuppa and were sitting in the lovely sitting room all snug and warm. The shower room is lovely, the kitchen is huge - well huge compared to mine, and if I had to find something to complain about it would be the step up into each room from the hall. Mr M has worn out knees and he found the step up and down a bit painful. The bed was sooo comfortable. The only downside for this internet junky was the difficulty with the wifi. When I first tried to connect there were five, yes that's right five different options and nowhere in the instructions on the shelf did it specifically say which BT thingy was the one to try and connect to. I gave up and decided to ring the number provided to get help but had to wait until the next day because it was so late in the evening. Of course I forgot the next day until it was once again to late to ring and so it went on through the week. So could they write down the exact name of the provider that will be shown on the screen when you try for wifi



Parking Space
Linen provided
Towels provided
Washing Machine


Double Beds


Gas central heating
Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books
Fuel and power included in rent
Bed linen and towels included in rent
Off road parking for 1 car
Patio with furniture and BBQ
One well-behaved dog welcome
Sorry, no smoking
Shop and pub 2 mins walk
Beach 5 mins walk

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Approximate Location

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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest

Beer Quarry Caves - 0.8 miles (Countryside) Heritage Rating

Branscombe - 1.9 miles (Historic Building) Heritage Rating

Axmouth, St Michael's Church - 2.1 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Branscombe, St Winifred's Church - 2.1 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Southleigh, St Lawrence Church - 2.8 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Blackbury Camp - 3 miles (Prehistoric Site) Heritage Rating

Colyton, St Andrew's Church - 3.1 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Musbury, St Michael's Church - 4.4 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Northleigh, St Giles Church - 4.4 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Salcombe Regis, St Mary & St Peter's Church - 4.9 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

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