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History

self catering accommodation in DevonHole (Old English: meaning 'Cut into a hillside') is a Grade II* Listed medieval farmstead, centred around a traditional thatched cob and stone Devon longhouse, seen left.  Records date back to 1330 when it was owned by one 'William de Hole', and throughout later history it seems to have been predominantly used as a dairy farm.  

The barn is also Listed Grade II* being of 'High Status' , and although constructed later than the house (probably 16th Century), is similarly built of the local materials of 'cob' (Devon dialect for an earth/straw/clay amalgam) and rubble shale stone, with a thatched roof. 

Its original use was that of a threshing barn to prepare the corn harvest, and then to store the threshed products as a granary. Later a horse engine house (or horse gin) was added to mechanise the threshing process, so that horse-driven machinery could thresh and grind the corn much quicker and more powerfully than manual labourers. Again, as the use of buildings evolved and farmers needed to diversify, the barn was divided into two and the southern end was used as a milking parlour for the cattle with a hay loft above. 
 
The Milking Parlour at Hole is an architect designed conversion, which was completed in mid-2007, and has been painstakingly undertaken by a team specialising in the historic conservation of old buildings, using traditional materials and crafts (cob, lime mortar and plasters, natural oils and paints, sheepswool insulation, native oak etc).

Inside The Milking Parlour, ancient timbers are exposed and the cob walls are two-three feet thick, giving a feeling of great history and solidity. The 2-storey accommodation has been luxuriously created, with slate flagstone floors throughout the ground floor.  Upstairs the floor is made from wide English oak floor boards, and there is a bespoke underfloor heating central heating system with individual digital controls throughout both upstairs and downstairs.

The barn’s original agricultural history remains evident in the adjoining Threshing Barn (the northern part of the barn) ,where the original horse engine beam remains and of course there is always the exceptional peace of our rural surroundings.

The Milking Parlour sleeps 4 people (or 5 – see Accommodation) and we invite you to enjoy a stay at our home when you visit this beautiful and peaceful part of the country.