PRESS & reviews
“ they bought Weeke Barton and spent a year deep in renovations, blasting thick black paint off beams to reveal the original wood, relandscaping five acres of garden, and filling the interior with bang-up-to-date decor: a cow-hide rug, a chrome bull’s head light fitting, Sonos speakers, a SodaStream and animal skulls on solid wood shelving. The country-cool vibe continues in the five bedrooms with limestone bathrooms and sheepskin rugs. But the on-trend styling is tempered by the original features; there is character here and the overall effect is warm and relaxing, rather than coldly modern.”
— the guardian, June 10, 2017
“ Owned and run by two ex-East Londoners, this guesthouse, in a medieval longhouse on the eastern edge of Dartmoor, melds urban cool with rustic comfort. The help-yourself bar, cosy lounge, communal dining and a warm, free-and-easy vibe make this one of Devon’s most relaxing hangouts.”
— THE TELEGRAPH, MARCH 7, 2017
We absolutely loved Jo and Sam's gorgeous place. Nestled into a hill overlooking acres of rolling greenery, the beautifully laid out rooms, comfy beds, multiple snugs and spots to relax both inside and out make it the perfect place to escape from reality. We stayed in Orla, which has the added luxury of a bath in the room and dined on Jo's cooking which considering we're vegetarian which doesn't work for all was absolutely delicious. Cannot wait to return, next time we plan to bring friends!
We're just heading home from the most wonderful couple of days at Weeke Barton where Jo and Sam kindly agreed to squeeze our family of five into one room. It's a perfect base for adventures into the moor, trips to the beach and days out in Devon. The breakfast is spectacular, the interiors are superb and the hospitality is second to none. Thank you! Can't wait to come back!
Thank you Jo and Sam for a fabulous weekend at Weeke Barton. Your property is so beautiful, stylish and cosy and our group really appreciated how well you looked after us all. Delicious catered supper Saturday night and the breakfasts were perfect (that granola is something else!!). Beautiful location, we will be back!!
Thank you Jo for sharing her amazing big house, we all loved it there... We were 4 adults and 3 kids and had so much room....Felt we needed more people to do the house justice...Actually my son woke this morning wanting to go back and not his home...(he is 2)..The house was perfect for us, the kids could run around the garden, the rooms amazingly decorated.. .The kitchen v well equipped....the bar was mega cute....I do hope we will be back as it was such a great house....Thank you.
This is a beautiful large house set in a beautiful part of the country, we were a large party but due to the size of the house we were not tripping over each other and getting in one anothers way. The grounds are fantastic for kids to explore our children spent most of their waking time outdoors. The kitchen facilities are first class with every utensil and appliance you could possibly want with plenty of space for you to really enjoy cooking. The bedrooms are lovely and big we had a little girl in a travel cot in our room and there was plenty of space for it, could fit another two in the room if needed and still have plenty of room!! There is a bit of a walk from where you park the car to the front door of the house which you may find a little difficult with a pram and all your shopping but it is manageable. The location of the house is central enough to different towns, villages and beaches which we explored every day and had great fun and made lots of wonderful memories. If you get the chance do spend a week (or more) in this beautiful house and appreciate it for yourselves. Jo and Sam are at close hand should a problem arise or you need to ask a question - the perfect hosts. Thanks again.
What a stunning place to stay! Jo is an amazing host and was incredibly helpful and welcoming throughout. The house is also -absolutely stunning, filled with lots of beautiful details and finishing touches. We couldn't have asked for a better stay.
Come evening, we gathered around the huge slate-topped table for a laid-back dinner with other guests. I have to admit that I’m not normally a fan of communal dining on holiday, but the relaxed vibe meant conversation flowed easily and we all ended up lingering in the bar long after our meal. And the food was delicious: simple, home-cooked fare such as Dexter beef pie and warming damson crumble, packed with seasonal flavours. Jo has a penchant for all things local and organic, and if it’s not homemade then it’s sourced nearby; she’s even creating a biodynamic kitchen garden, and she rears her own pigs..”
Keeping in touch with faraway friends when you have small children isn’t always easy. Zero energy to host and usually not enough space to accommodate.
A self-catering weekend seems the only sensible solution but is that really a break for anyone? What usually happens to us is the girls in the group, keen not to leave anything too last minute, end up doing the food shop, meal planning, cooking… Basically running a hotel for a weekend.
Not my idea of fun. Especially now I have two toddlers demanding my attention 24/7.
What you need is some kind of magical place: big enough to accommodate a few families and friends but small enough to be exclusive. A place where you can eat, drink and relax without worrying about cooking and mess.
It just so happens we’ve found this place…a couple of miles down the road: Weeke Barton.
A great-value B&B on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, with chic rooms, crackling fires and fabulous home-cooked food
When Jo and Sam swapped their hectic London life for the wilds of Dartmoor, they set about opening the hip yet homely rural retreat they’d always dreamt of - the kind of place where guests can kick off their shoes and unwind. You’d expect a former Conran restaurant manager and a graphic designer to know a thing or two about hospitality and style, and they’ve certainly created a winning formula: beautiful interiors, total tranquillity and a refreshingly laid-back vibe. We loved it when it first opened in 2012, and were just as impressed when we last visited in 2016.
"Kate Patrick considers the rise of the luxurious B&B, and finds some of the best examples in England. Weeke Barton is a traditional Devonshire longhouse with a newly paired-down, urban vibe. Although only 20 minutes from Exeter, this is an utterly remote escape with a view of the Teign Valley and near total silence. Sociable graphic designer Sam Perry and his partner, Jo Gossett (ex Conran Restaurants) are Londoners who have embraced the country lifestyle, bringing a hint of the metropolitan and an eye for detail."
— house & garden, JULY 16, 2015
Where am I? Oh yes. I’ve found ‘my spot’ – a cosy grey armchair perfectly positioned to gaze at the Dartmoor hill, by the window in the living room. The splendidly solid, unevenly walled, wooden-floored farmhouse that is Weeke Barton, reminds me of a gîte my parents might have rented in the South of France in my girlhood, but with a whole lot more style. No naff lino floors or lilac walls here; this place has lashings of interior-design idiosyncrasies, with furnishings that look plucked from an East London apartment by a cool couple and planted in an atmospherically creaky 500-year-old house.