• Swallow Barton is let out all through the year. Bookings normally run from Saturday to Saturday but outside the main season we accept midweek bookings and short breaks.
• Last-minute bookings may also be available at a discount, especially outside of the summer months.
So if the weather forecast sounds good for the next few days, have a look at our website – you might just pick up a bargain break!
• Yarnscombe village is extremely quiet and peaceful although you may find that the dawn chorus starts quite early in the morning during the summer months!
• Jackdaws, collared doves and woodpigeons all take part as well as the more pleasant sounding songbirds. At other times of the year owls can be heard in nearby trees in the evenings.
• We endeavour to maintain the cottage to a high standard of comfort and cleanliness.
• A visitors book is full of compliments!
• We are open all through the winter months. Why not spend Christmas away from it all?!
• In previous years we have had guests staying with us over Christmas and also during the New Year break.
• We’ll even put up the Christmas tree and decorations for you, but you will have to let us know well in advance if you would like us to order a local farm turkey!
There are several farms in the Yarnscombe area - mostly sheep farms. There are also some prize-winning charolais cattle.
Click on a photograph on this page to see the bigger picture!
|This is a recent view of Yarnscombe taken from the south west. Swallow Barton is actually to the right in this view but cannot be seen here as it is behind the trees!|
Here we have a satellite photograph of Yarnscombe Village. Swallow Barton is towards the bottom of the picture, to the
right of the lane which runs north-south.
Click on the picture to visit Google Maps. Here you can zoom in, zoom out, or overlay a map.
|This photograph is also from Google Maps. It shows Little Barton, the house which runs north-south, parallel to the road and to the right, and Swallow Barton on the south side of the driveway.|
|A view of our front garden taken facing northwards towards Yarnscombe village square.|
|This aerial photagraph of the village of Yarnscombe was taken in the 1960s.|
|Another aerial photagraph, taken in the 1960s, which shows Little Barton when it was still a working farm. The barn which was converted into Swallow Barton can clearly be seen to the right.|
|This map is at least 100 years old. Hunters Inn was a pub across the road from Little Barton. The house is now called Sparks.|
|Click here to visit Yarnscombe Village's own website. Follow the links to 'History' and then to 'Photo Gallery' to view some old photographs of the village.|
• The village has a population of around 320 people in about 100 households, half of which are in or around the village centre.
• There are fewer than ten working farms in the parish.
• The parish covers an area of about 5½ square miles (1400 hectares).
• The name Yarnscombe means “Valley of the Eagles”.
• We have no pub, no schools and no shops.
• But we do have some very pleasant pubs and restaurants just a couple of miles away!
• The cottage was built in 2003 on the site of an old barn which was once part of a working farm.
• It was named Swallow Barton because of the swallows which are with us between April and October and which nest in our two garages.
• The church of St Andrew is near the centre of the village.
• Yarnscombe has its own village website.
• The village also has an entry with a couple of photographs in Wikipedia!
• There is an historical reference and some useful links in the Genealogy website GenUki
• The Devon County Council has some other background information and maps on its Libraries Local Study Service website.