Frequently asked questions

Some things you need to know

Planning your North Devon holiday and need a little more information to before you book?
Feel free to contact us for an answer. But, to save time, here's a list of the questions we're most frequently asked by our guests before they book.

Q: How is payment made?

A: Payment can be made by cheque. Your booking will be confirmed with 10% deposit payment, with the balance due 8 weeks prior to the start of your holiday in North Devon at The Byre.

Q: Are the rates per person or for the entire property?

A: Our rates are for the entire property on a weekly basis. The rates quoted are for up to six persons, dogs are £25 each.

Q: On which days do property bookings usually commence?

A: Between April and the end of October bookings are made on a weekly basis, commencing on Fridays. Between November and March The Byre is available for weekend and mid-week breaks. See the ‘Availability’ page to check that The Byre is free for your preferred dates.

Q: What is your deposit and cancellation policy?

A: The following practices apply: A 10% deposit is required to hold a reservation. Reservations are not considered firm until the deposit, in cleared funds is received. The balance of your payment is due 6 weeks prior to your arrival date. Should you cancel your holiday the following charges will be applied: From booking to 8 weeks before departure: 10% - 100% of total cost. It is recommended that you take out Travel Insurance.

Q: Do mobile phones work at The Byre and/or North Devon?

A: There is mobile phone reception at The Byre, and generally mobile reception in North Devon is very good. Naturally, if you’re at the bottom of a deeply wooded Exmoor valley you may experience the occasional and all too rare pleasure of being ‘off the grid’. When it happens – savour it!

Q: Do we allow smoking at The Byre?

A: In short, no we don't allow smoking at the cottage. Sorry - but The Byre is for holidays for non-smokers only. In the event that people do smoke in the house we will deduct a portion of the breakages deposit to cover additional laundry costs required to remove the smell of smoke from curtains, covers etc.

Q: Do the owners live nearby?

A: The friendly owners live next door in Cross Farm. They are on hand to offer advice and other assistance when required or just to leave you in peace. Light bulbs are changed within minutes (though we do check these before you arrive) and their recommendations for the best pubs, walks and restaurants on Exmoor or elsewhere in North Devon are hard to beat.

Q: What is the local village like?

A: "GOODLEIGH, is a small village three miles north of Barnstaple with many classic old houses that reflect the history of the village. It has a pub, school and a church. The Church (St. Gregory,) is an ancient Gothic structure, with a short tower, and some stained glass in its windows. Its screen is richly ornamented." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]. The village pub, “The New Inn “serves wonderful food all prepared by Julia in the kitchen and Justin always has a selection of local and guest beers. Children are welcome and there is a large beer garden to let them run wild!