The Barn

Lundy, Bristol Channel, Devon


The Barn is now a hostel at the centre of Lundy life. The dormitory rooms are lined with varnished wood and its large sitting-room has an open fire. One of the island’s best views can be seen from the sleeping gallery.

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Beds 2 rooms with 6 and 8 Single beds

4 nights from
£616 equivalent to £11.00 per person, per night

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Map & local info

The Barn on Lundy Island enjoys views across the Bristol Channel to the Devon coast on one side and the green expanse of valleys rich in wildlife and wildflowers on the other.

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Places to visit nearby

Rocky shore rambles

Lundy wildlife talks by warden

Snorkelling safaris

Warden led walks

Seabird walks


Booking and Payment
  • We accept Maestro (if issued in the UK), Visa, MasterCard, direct transfer and sterling cheques drawn on a UK bank. Cheques should be made payable to the Landmark Trust except for Lundy stays and boat/helicopter tickets which should be payable to The Lundy Company Ltd. All payments must be in sterling.
  • If your stay starts more than two months from the date you make the booking, you are required to pay a deposit of one third of the cost of your stay (or £100 per booking, if greater) at the time of booking. Camping on Lundy must be paid for in full at the time of booking. 
  • If you wish to cancel or change your booking, please contact Booking Enquiries on 01628 825925.
  • Please note that travel costs are not included in the cost of the accommodation.  For up to date fare information and timetables please visit:
  • At the moment we only accept payment in sterling.
  • It depends. Some of our most popular Landmarks are booked up a long time in advance but many can be booked at short notice. We will always have Landmarks free for the coming weekend so it’s always worth checking online.
  • Please report to reception when you arrive on the island, where further information will be given.
  • If you miss the scheduled sailing or helicopter to Lundy, you’ll have to make your own travel arrangements using local operators.
  • If we cannot transport you to Lundy either by boat or helicopter at the beginning of your stay, and you have bought from us either a boat or helicopter ticket we will refund the rent you have paid for each night until you reach the island. If we cannot transport you from Lundy at the end of your stay and you have bought from us a boat or helicopter ticket we will cover the cost of each extra night’s accommodation on Lundy. If we offer you a sailing or helicopter flight to or from Lundy but you refuse it, we reserve the right to change your accommodation and/or to charge for it.
  • No, Landmarks are available to be booked for anyone.
  • No, all the information you need can be found on our website, although we’d like you to buy one anyway as it will be a pleasure to own!
Staying on Lundy
  • Some of our Landmarks are suitable for people with disabilities or limited mobility. However, many Landmarks have steep or narrow staircases, uneven floors and thresholds, changes of level, low ceilings or beams, as well as indistinct colours on steps and in corridors. We recommend that you call Booking Enquiries on 01628 825925 if you would like to find out the suitability of a particular Landmark for anyone with a specific disability.  Further information on access when visiting Lundy can be found here:
  • Yes, Landmarks are only available as self-catering accommodation. We occasionally offer bed and breakfast subject to property availability, with breakfast being served in the Marisco Tavern.
  • We do not provide catering, however, the Marisco Tavern is normally open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Please check the notice board on arrival for opening times.
  • Dogs are not permitted on Lundy except assistance dogs.
  • Lundy is a working farm with large numbers of ewes and lambs at certain times of the year. For this reason we cannot allow you to bring dogs or pets (except assistance dogs) when travelling to, or staying on, the island.
  • Your arrival and departure time on the island will be governed by the arrival and departure time of MS Oldenburg or the helicopter.  Your property will be ready by 4pm, however, this can often be earlier.  You must vacate your property by 10am.
  • We do not carry insurance for breakages. However we appreciate that accidents do sometimes happen. If you have a breakage during your stay, please let the housekeeper know and if appropriate we reserve the right to invoice you accordingly.
  • Yes, most of our Landmarks are perfect for children, with gardens to play in and secret places to discover. Our furniture is surprisingly robust and we positively encourage families to stay. However, some of our buildings may not be suitable for small children; for example, some of them have steep or uneven spiral staircases. We recommend that you call the Booking Enquiries team if you would like to find out the suitability of any of our Landmarks for young children.
  • Unfortunately, most of our Landmarks are not licensed for weddings.  However, it’s possible to get married or have a wedding blessing on Lundy subject to obtaining the relevant license and/or consent. Please contact the shore office [email protected] for further information.   
  • All our larger Landmarks are perfect for gatherings of family or friends. You may invite an additional two guests to visit you during your stay, however they must not stay overnight. This is very important because our fire regulations specifically note the maximum number of people in any one building. In addition our properties are prepared, furnished and equipped for the number of people specified and greater numbers cause damage and excessive wear and tear to vulnerable buildings. Should this condition be ignored we shall make a retrospective charge per person per day (whether or not they stay overnight) for each guest over the permitted limit, the charge being pro-rated on the total cost of your booking.
  • We deliberately do not provide televisions and find that most people appreciate this.
  • There is intermittent mobile phone signal on Lundy but there is a pay phone in The Marisco Tavern.
  • Yes, we have standard electricity sockets for UK appliances. If you are coming from outside the UK, you will need to bring your own adaptor plug(s).  
  • Sometimes our kitchens and bathrooms have to be imaginatively fitted into the available space in buildings where before there were none, but they are all planned and equipped to a high and modern standard.
  • Yes, our kitchens are well equipped with cookers and fridges. There is standard range of crockery, cutlery, pots, pans and utensils. A full equipment list is available at time of booking.
  • Fuel for the open fires/stoves can be bought from the General Store.
  • Mobile coverage varies on the island.  There is a payphone in the Marisco Tavern.
  • No. At the moment, we have decided not to implement Wi-Fi in our buildings following a consultation with our customers. Many said that they would find it useful, but many also felt that it would somehow damage the experience of staying in a Landmark. As the responses were so split, and as we have so many other initiatives requiring funding, we have decided to put this on hold for the time being.
  • Yes, Landmarks are fully equipped with sheets and towels. All the beds are fully made up for your arrival.
  • A welcome tray with tea, milk and sugar awaits your arrival.  We also provide toilet rolls and a bar of soap per basin, but no other toiletries. We do not provide hairdryers. Here are other things you might consider.

Farm buildings on Lundy

Various farm buildings were built on Lundy by Sir John Borlase Warren in the 1770s, and a barn was mentioned in the letters written by the Irish steward, Mr Mannix, to Sir Aubrey de Vere Hunt in the 1820s.

A barn is marked, too, on a map of 1820, in roughly the same position as the present one. It is curious, therefore, that it does not seem to appear, or at least not in the right place, in Mary Ann Heaven's drawing of the village in 1838.

It may be that the 18th century barn became ruinous and was rebuilt by Mr Heaven after 1838. His agent, Mr Malbon, does in fact refer to a new barn in 1839.

The present Barn is constructed of granite and was converted to a threshing house when the round house was added. This provided a circular walk for a horse or donkey, harnessed to a gin to provide motive-power for the machinery in the adjacent threshing room. Later when engines replaced animal and man-power, the Barn housed one of the few mechanical contrivances on the island: the ancient 4½ horsepower Blackstone stationary engine. It ran on paraffin and powered the threshing box, chaff-cutter, grist-mill, circular saw and subsequently a sheep-shearing machine for which purpose it never really had sufficient speed.

On October 4th 1944 Lundy suffered a violent gale and the roof of the Barn was lifted off in one piece, falling near the entrance to the stables and the dung heap.


In 1975 when Landmark began work on its restoration, the Barn was all but a ruin. The roof was replaced and all the outer rendering removed to reveal fine granite coursing beneath. Originally it was planned to convert the Barn into a museum, but this scheme was abandoned and it became instead a hostel for 14 people.

'The work of conversion had been very cleverly and distinctively carried out, mainly by men employed on the island, but with the assistance of an expert tiler, and an expert carpenter, Mr Alan Walker. Mr Grainger (Mr Gade's successor as agent) invited me to declare the new Barn open on August 24th, 1975, and I consented, perhaps nostalgically, having such long memories of all the work which had been carried out there when it was a farm building: threshing, chaff-cutting, cake-crushing, sawing timber, grinding oats, shearing, and I must not forget to mention, the strenuous work of starting the old Blackstone oil engine.'

'There was a strong westerly wind blowing, and so we made the opening ceremony brief. Ian Grainger offered me the key, I unlocked the door, and he and I entered together. I must say the metamorphosis was very striking: the walls were covered in varnished white pine and the floor tiled. The beds arranged in a semi-circle in the Round House looked comfortable and attractive with their purple blankets, and it seemed to me that there was a surprising amount of light in the Barn from three quite small windows. The first tenants, who were a party organised by the Lundy Field Society, moved in the same day.'

For a short history of Lundy please click here.

To read the full history album for Lundy please click here.

Getting to Lundy

Getting to Lundy

Your Lundy adventure begins even before you set foot on the Island.

During the winter season, (beginning of November until the end of March), a Helicopter Service operates between Lundy and Hartland Point on Mondays and Fridays.  This exhilarating flight takes approximately seven minutes, providing spectacular aerial views of the Island and North Devon.

During the summer season, (end of March until the end of October), the Island’s own supply ship and ferry, the MS Oldenburg departs several times a week from either Bideford or Ilfracombe. 

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Availability & booking

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What's a changeover day? and Why can't I select other dates?Explain MoreQuestion

A changeover day is a particular day of the week when holidays start and end at our properties. These tend to be on a Friday or a Monday but can sometimes vary. All stays run from one changeover day until another changeover day.