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Proprietor: Mrs. Gillian Gillbard


Hele Barton
Black Dog
Devon EX17 4QJ

Telephone / Fax: 01884 860278

Access Statement

Hele Barton has 2 self-catering cottages on a family run farm of 300 acres in the rural heart of  Mid Devon. It is located 8 miles north of Crediton, 1 mile from the village of Black Dog. 10 miles from Tiverton,  2 miles from Witheridge and mile from the B3042 at Thelbridge.  Our Ordnance Survey map reference is  



Directions to Hele Barton  are given on our website (www.helebartonfarm.co.uk) and in our letter sent to visitors prior to their arrival. It is recommended that you have a car when staying at Hele Barton.  

The nearest village is Black Dog (1 mile) which is reached via a country lane with no street lighting or pavements 

Buses : the nearest bus stop is 2 miles away in Witheridge. There are buses to many locations including Tiverton, Exeter & Barnstaple from here. New Timetables are available each year in the cottages or by contacting us.

Trains : the nearest train station is Crediton approx 8 miles away. It does pass through Morchard Road 5 miles away. Or Tiverton Parkway is usually the most convenient 30 mins away. A taxi is required to reach Hele Barton from these stations.

Airport : Exeter airport is a 40 minute drive away 


Arrival and Car Parking Facilities 

Arrival time is from 3.30pm unless by special arrangement. We are generally available to greet guests on their arrival and take them to their cottage. If for any reason we are unable to be present, we will ensure instructions are available for key collection. 


There is car parking space for upto 3 cars outside each cottage. The area is level outside both cottages but more uneven outside White Witches. White Witches has a gate leading into the garden with a path to the front door. Stable Lodge has a tarmac area behind wrought iron gates where you can park near the front door.



 On arrival please drive into Hele Barton farmyard past Stable Lodge & the front garden until you come to the yard and the back door of the farmhouse.  We have plenty of ‘What to do’ information leaflets available as well as maps of the local area 



You can bring your own bicycles which can be stored in our garage. It is advisable to bring your own lock. Or bikes can be hired locally, we can provide you with details.

Garden seats, benches and a range of outdoor games (croquet, badminton, boules) are available for your use in White Witches. Stable Lodge has a BBQ and garden seats. 



Each cottage has it own laundry facilities. White Witches has seperate washing machine & tumble dryer and outdoor rotary washing line. Stable Lodge has a washer dryer and also an outdoor rotary washing line.



You are welcome to bring your own dog by prior arrangement in White Witches cottage. Owners are requested to keep their dogs under control at all times and to clean up after them. There is plenty of space both on the farm and in the local area for dog walking. Please be aware that there are often sheep and cattle in the surrounding fields and care must be taken not to allow your dog to interfere with these animals 


Individual Cottages 


 General layout 

Each cottage has its own front door with porch or hallway. The sitting room, kitchen and walkin shower/WC lead off each hallway. The nature of the front door frame necessitates that you step over a small raised threshold to go through the door 

The sitting rooms are a reasonable size for the number of people accommodated in each cottage. They have a 3-piece suite, remote control TV and freeview box, a selection of books and information leaflets.  


The kitchens are equipped with: 

 fridge / freezer (free standing) 


Built-in double oven or free standing cooker(electric) 

Built-in hob (electric) on the work surface in White Witches 

Micro-wave on work surface 

Crockery and glassware in eye-level cupboards 

Dining table and chairs 




The bedrooms  lead off the landing. There are no steps upstairs 

Each bedroom has a bed or beds (single, or double), wardrobes, dressing table and bedside tables. Bedside lighting can be operated from bed. One hairdryer is provided in each cottage 

The bathrooms have standard baths.. White Witches has 1 ensuite shower room and a family bathroom.plus downstairs WC. Stable Lodge has 2 ensuite bathrooms with electric showers over at head height and WC.

Stable Lodge cottage has a toilet and walk-in shower downstairs. 

Mobile phone signals are available on some of farm but not within the cottages. Both cottages have landlines. White Witches has internet access but visitors in Stable Lodge may use the owners for limited periods on request. 


Emergency and General information 

An information pack is provided in each cottage giving details about fire safety procedures, the local GP, dentist, vet, travel information, local shops and supermarkets, tourist information etc. A copy of the information pack and full cottage inventory can be made available to visitors prior to arrival if required 


In an emergency Gillian Gillbard should be contacted either in person in the farmhouse or by phone  

01884 860278 (landline) 

07977932241 (son Paul’s mobile) 



E-mail: gillbard@helebartonfarm.co.uk

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