Location: Bishops Nymphton, USE NS REF, Devon, England
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"Fantastic Family Holiday!…"
We spent a week at North Hayne Farm Cottages in October 2014 and we absolutely loved it! As a family with 3 little ones (4, 5 and 7 years old), we honestly couldn't have wished for anything better. Cheryl, Roger and their family are the most amazing hosts, making us feel so welcome and at home. They unpacked our shopping before we arrived, provided delicious cream teas on arrival, but most of all gave us their attention, time and care and nothing was too much trouble. The cottage was immaculate, warm and cosy and had everything we needed and more. The facilities on site were brilliant - the animal feeding became an indispensable part of each day, and we enjoyed the quiz trails Cheryl had created and the craft activities she put on as well. There are plenty of places to take the children to every day off-site, all within 30-40 minutes drive - a particular favourite for us was the Big Sheep. The children are already begging to return and I'm sure we will soon!Read moreLess
"Great place for young and old…"
Three generations of us arrived for our first stay in October 2014. What a fantastic place, Oliver loved feeding the animals and riding on the donkey and grooming the goats. A great play room for those not so good days with toys to keep all ages amused. When the children are in bed what better way to unwind than in the hot tub with a glass of wine, not even a little rain spoils that!!! The icing on the cake is the warm friendly welcome from Cheryl, Roger and farmer Reg!!! We'll definitely be back,Read moreLess
"Wonderful place to spend quality family time together…"
What a perfect place to holiday! North Hayne is ideal for all ages and offers so much more than just a self catering holiday.
From the moment we set foot on site we were greeted with a warm welcome, cream tea and all our pre-ordered shopping had been put away for us. Our cottage was fully equipped with everything we needed and nothing was too much trouble. There is plenty to keep young and older visitors entertained with the play barn, play areas, private hot tub, on-site beauty and relaxation treatments and of course the fabulous farm! My four-year-old raced out the door to take part in feeding times and she even got to feed and walk the lambs and have a donkey ride every morning! To see her face every day, the excitement in her eyes and her confidence grow, was worth it alone.
Cheryl and Roger, along with Jenny and Reg, are fantastic hosts and you are able to engage in as much or as little as you wish during your stay. We were fortunate with the weather too and were able to explore parts of Devon we had not been able to before on our previous visits. One particular highlight was the boat trip from Ilfracombe where we saw baby seals and porpoises. We also spent some beautiful days on the beaches at the Tunnels Beaches, Saunton Sands and Woolacombe where time seemed to slow down as we paddled in the sea and rock pooled.
North Hayne Farm Cottages is set in such a great location to explore North Devon. Right on the edge of Exmoor, beaches just half an hour away and if you want some city life, Exeter and Plymouth aren't too far either. You can also venture across the border into Cornwall easily enough. We have already booked to return for our summer holiday next year. I have one very excited daughter who is already counting the number of sleeps until she can go back. The perfect sign of a great holiday.Read moreLess
"Perfect Farm Holiday…"
We visited for the first time during Easter school holidays 2014 after hearing good things about the venue. We stayed in the Miss Tiggywinkle cottage with a double, twin & single room, so sleeping 5. You could also fit a travel cot in the double room.
The farm experience was great. The owners really go the extra mile, genuinely making everyone feel very welcome. Twice a day there are opportunities to feed the animals (goats, pig, donkeys, alpacas, rabbits, guinea pig, chickens and ducks). Each morning after the feeding session, the children went on a donkey ride and at the end of the day there was a different activity each day, eg goat grooming, guinea pig cuddles. If you get the timing right, there is also the opportunity to bottle feed lambs up to 3 times a day, which was perfect timing with Easter. There were also Easter activities run by the owners, eg making chocolate cornflake nests, an egg hunt and a visit by Big Yellow.
Having previously looked for a farm cottage where your children can get properly hands-on, this is the best I’ve ever come across. This isn’t a working farm that offers some cottages, here the cottages with the farm experience is their sole purpose and they certainly excel in delivering a wonderful experience.
The cottage was well presented and spacious with a modern finish. The private hot tub was a luxurious feature. The private garden area with table/chairs was also a good feature. The cottage is fitted with stairgates at each end of the staircases. The cottage had wifi which was great as the mobile signal was very weak. The only thing we would have improved was the shower could have been a bit more powerful.
We visited with a 6 and 3.5yr old. Both really enjoyed it. Other guests had younger and older children. There is plenty of outdoor space for the children to play and visit the animals whenever they like. The local area has plenty to offer with the coast, Exmoor, tourist attractions (Diggerland was a good but would avoid in peak season).
If you are thinking of going in school holidays plan ahead, at least a year! These cottages are very popular and now we know why! Totally recommend!Read moreLess
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"Wonderful place for families to holiday!…"
Wonderful place for family holidays!
We are just back from a four night break at the cottages - our 5th visit! It is a truly fab place for a holiday, with so much to do both onsite and around north devon. Cheryl and roger (the owners) make so much effort to make all guests feel welcome and special, nothing is too much trouble. We stayed there with friends for new year 2 years in a row before our son came along, and have been 3 times since with our 3 year old, and it always delivers! The cottages are gorgeous, super clean, well equipped and scenic. The farm offers feeding of animals every morning and evening, plus a great play barn and games room. Morning donkey rides are the icing on the cake for the kids, while the hot tubs do the same for the grown ups The setting is beautiful, and makes a wonderful holiday for children of all ages, couples looking for a quiet getaway and groups of friends/families. It is brilliant for families with kids as they provide stair gates, baby monitors, step up stools, booster seats, high chairs, travel cots- everything you could need, and at no extra cost. They even take supermarket deliveries in advance of arrival and pack it all away for you-so many great touches. We shall definitely be going back!Read moreLess
"Another relaxing week at North Hayne Farm…"
A great holiday that caters for kids and grown ups. We have had two fabulous holidays here and came back feeling refreshed each time. I love the fact my Internet shop has been dealt with on arrival and you can also pre order veg boxes and local,produce as well. I had a cooking embargo so we ordered in some delicious locally produced ready meals. All facilitated by the thoughtful owners.
The hot tubs in most of the cottages, the therapist that comes to your cottage to provide treatments and the safe, no traffic environment keeps people going back time and time again. A real find, and at affordable prices too.Read moreLess
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"Excellent farm stay holiday - lots of opportunities for kids…"
Excellent farm stay holiday - lots of opportunities for kids to feed chickens, goats, pigs, rabbits etc. Daily donkey rides, lots of green space to play in. Cottages well done, several with hot tubs, kitchens fully equipped, bed guards, stair guards, owners very friendly, will unpack a supermarket delivery before you get there. Thoroughly recommended.Read moreLess