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Cottage Holiday on Farm in North Devon

We had a great family summer holiday in North Devon in July 2018. Our accommodation was one of six cottages on a working farm near Barnstaple.

Every year I think hard about what we want from a holiday. This year’s top priority for me was a separate bedroom for the kids. They are an absolute nightmare to get to sleep when we are all squashed into a small room. A common feature of the All Inclusive package holidays that we have tried. I wanted the kids to be amongst children of a similar age. They make friends quite easily and it is an important part of our holiday. I did not want a busy noisy place. Another desire was for somewhere that felt safe, with a little freedom to roam about and explore. I like sunny weather, but I was prepared to compromise if I could tick all my other boxes. Lower Hearson Farm was a great choice for us.

Each morning and afternoon, we met farmer Graeme and other guests to go and feed the animals. We all loved this and it was a good reason to get up and out early (9am).

All the children were welcome to have a cuddle and stroke with Fudge the guinea pig. Then we went to feed the hens and checked for eggs. We then went to the hungry squealing pigs and fed them and the sheep.

There was plenty of space for the kids to play and there was a trampoline and play area, as well as picnic benches dotted about so we had a few barbecues during our fortnight. We were lucky to meet some lovely people during our stay and the kids made friends with kids of a similar age throughout our stay.

We were within an hour’s drive of lots of lovely places. We had several days out during our fortnight. The local beaches were stunning and we made the most of them on the sunnier days.

We particularly enjoyed Croyde Beach and Woolacombe. Ilfracombe was worth a look for a day out. The Milky Way was a hit with the kids with lots to see and do. I wrote a blog post about our day out – Family Day Out at Milky Way.

Clovelly was a beautiful village. I wrote a blog about our day out in Clovelly too. Barnstaple was our nearest big town and there was a nice park, a welcoming ParkRun and some nice restaurants and shops, as well as supermarkets.

Exmoor Zoo was another fun day out with lots of talks and hand-son sessions. My kids loved meeting the cute pets and the creepy crawlies and feeding the wallabies.

The one thing I did miss was the hot sunshine of the Canaries or other holidays abroad.

I love the feeling of stepping out into warm sunshine in the mornings. However the weather was ok and some days were lovely. We did have some rain, which I accepted was likely and we had indoor crafty stuff for such days. In fact, we left glorious sunshine up North (weeks and weeks on end of glorious sunshine), to meet heavy rain down in Devon.

Our crazy heatwave of 2018 was very unexpected, but made me less in need of a sunny break so our family holiday in North Devon was a lovely break in a beautiful area.