On our recent trip to Dartmoor, we were fortunate enough to stay at Barnabas House in Yelverton. This stunning Edwardian property is situated in the Dartmoor National Park and offers high-class accommodation and personal service I haven’t experienced anywhere else.
As you know, we generally stay in chain hotels because we know what to expect. But, as you also know, this year we’re mixing it up a bit and trying different types of holiday accommodation, Barnabas House proved we’ve made the right decision.
Although Angela and Steve don’t market Barnabas House as an accessible bed and breakfast, it worked for us. It leads me to think the word “accessible” creates a feeling of heavily adapted, when in fact, accessible means many different things and is unique to each of us.
Had we simply looked for an accessible B&B in Dartmoor, chances are, we wouldn’t have found Barnabas House. Thankfully, as we were visiting the area with Dartmoor Accommodation, Lisa was able to match our access needs to the B&B.
As you know, Bridget is a wheelchair user, but she can get out of her chair. Climbing one small step and walking a short distance is usually possible, as long as she doesn’t have to do it repeatedly.
With this in mind, Barnabas House was accessible to us because we were able to park at the rear, use the ramp down to the entrance and walk the short distance to our ground floor bedroom.
If we were to use the front entrance, there’s one small step and a ramp to the front door. Once inside the front door, there are two steps into the main hallway, if you can manage a maximum of two steps, you’ll have no issue accessing Barnabas House.
One more thing about accessibility and this is often overlooked.
Both Angela and Steve were happy to do whatever they could to accommodate us, they provided us with access information before our stay, moved furniture around when we arrived and made sure we had everything we needed whilst we were there.
Often, that’s all it takes to be accessible, a bit of pre-planning, accurate information and a willingness to help where you can. Also, the onus is on us to explain our access needs in advance which gives the owners the chance to help us.
There are 6 bedrooms spread over 3 floors, we stayed in the only room on the ground floor, the luxurious garden room.
I’m not going to lie, I’d seen the pictures on the website and I guessed the room would be nice, but not as nice as the pictures suggested. I was wrong, the garden room was exactly like the pictures if not better.
Entering our bedroom, I was immediately struck by the quality, you could feel it! The garden room wouldn’t look out of place in a 5-star boutique hotel or luxury homes magazine.
From the sumptuous king-size bed to the bone china tea set, it oozed quality. Then, when Angela introduced me to Plymouth Tea, and I sat in my own private garden, I knew I was staying somewhere where the owners really cared about giving their guests the best experience.
I’m not going to list everything in the room, you can see that on their website. The important thing for me, it had everything we needed including free WiFi and Freeview TV.
Let me show you some pictures because they tell the story better than I can:
If you like watching birds in the garden, there’s even a handy birdwatchers guide in the room.
Unprompted, Steve offered to show me around the B&B, frankly, every room was gorgeous! Here are a few pictures I took as we wandered around:
The bathroom wasn’t adapted but again, it worked for us.
The toilet height was fine, the shower had a step which wasn’t too high and the sink was at a decent height. The quality found in the bedroom carried through into the bathroom.
If you rely on grab rails and a shower seat, then you’re out of luck, but if you can manage without rails, stand in the shower or carry your own shower seat (which many people do) then I wouldn’t rule out staying at Barnabas House.
The cozy dining room is spacious and the perfect setting for some home cooked food. Using local ingredients and cooked to order our breakfast really did set us up for the long journey home.
It hadn’t dawned on me before, but this intimacy and the freshly cooked food was what had been missing from all of our previous hotel stays. It’s only when you stay in a place like this, you realise what you’ve been missing.
Why You Should Consider Staying at Barnabas House
It’s spotlessly clean, feels homely and is run by a couple who care about your comfort. It’s an ideal base for exploring Dartmoor National Park and close enough to Plymouth for a day out or to visit students.
In short, if you expect more than a bed in a B&B, if you prefer to be treated like a guest, not a customer and if the personal touch is important, then we’re happy to recommend Barnabas House to you.
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We stayed at Barnabas House on a complimentary basis for the purpose of this review. As always, opinions are my own.
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