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Bussells Farm Cottages

Certificate of Excellence 2014


Excellent 5/5 Score from 77 reviews

Cottages, pool and lawns

Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome

Bussells Farm has seven clean and comfortable self catering cottages, converted from old farm buildings. We are located in a beautiful country setting in the Exe valley close to the city of Exeter, Devon. We have cottages with three and four bedrooms.

Rated Four Stars with a Gold Award from VisitEngland, the official tourist authority.

A heated swimming pool, adventure playground, games room and fishing lakes makes Bussells the perfect location to explore the West Country.

The cottages are very spacious and light taking full advantage of the fine surrounding views across the Exe valley.

The cottages, which are set around a pedestrian courtyard, are comfortably furnished and equipped to a high standard. Each has a separate lounge with colour TV (with FreeView & DVD), and a kitchen/breakfast room which is fitted to the highest standards and includes freezer, microwave and dishwasher.

All of the bedrooms have fitted wardrobes and each cottage has a bath, shower and electric heating.

Kingfisher cottage, with four bedrooms, has an additional en-suite bathroom and downstairs WC.

Availability calendar and on-line booking on our website - link on the Contact page.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Exmouth 20 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Exeter 8 km, Nearest railway: Exeter St. Davids 5 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General TV, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Shared garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Private fishing lake or river
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Teal, Heron, Mallard, Cherry and Willow cottages sleep six in three bedrooms. One bedroom has a kingsize bed, the second has two single beds and the third has bunk beds. Each cottage is accessed from the courtyard and has a lounge with patio doors and adjacent patio.

Swan cottage has a larger third bedroom equipped with two single beds.

Kingfisher is a four bedroom cottage sleeping seven, with a master bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. The second bedroom has two single beds, the third has bunk beds and the fourth, a single bed. There is also a family bathroom and a downstairs cloakroom.

Further details outdoors

While staying at Bussells you have access to our thirty acres of farmland, stables and lakes. The lakes provide our guests with excellent coarse fishing and are securely fenced for safety. We have a large heated outdoor swimming pool, a childrens adventure playground, built to stringent safety standards, and an indoor games room featuring a pool table, table-tennis table, table-football and a pinball machine. We have ponies, Alpacas and chickens on the farm.

We have a laundrette on site.

Further details

Pool open May-September

The West Country region

Bussells Farm nestles in the beautiful Exe valley between Exeter and Tiverton. This is the ideal position to explore and experience all that Devon has to offer.

A five mile trip through the country lanes and reach Crealy Park, easily the best childrens' play park in Devon!

To the South lay the beaches of Exmouth and Torbay and beyond to Plymouth with its fabulous harbour and old town Barbican.

Travel West and you soon reach Dartmoor and its beauty, peace and tranquility. Something for everyone, with Bussells as the perfect base.


In the immediate area is the lovely Devon countryside with its many small villages and local pubs. Ideal for walking or riding. Two miles away across the fields, is the National Trust property of Killerton House with a great programme of summer events. Four miles away, over the hill, is the ancient city of Exeter, the Cathedral, the Quay, the restaurants, and shopping!

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8 Sep 2014


"Fantastic !!!"

Stayed for the weekend for a friend's wedding. It was a fantastic environment. The staff were very friendly (Andy - the owner, Maintenance Man - Wayne) all great people. Loved the family dogs and… More

4 Sep 2014


"Fabulous cottage, amazing holiday!"

This year we returned to Bussells farm with 33 extended family members occupying five of the cottages! Contrary to the review before stating there are better places available, we had a wonderful holid… More

4 Sep 2014


"Fabulous. One of the nest holiday destinations in the UK"

My family and I spent a week at Bussells at the end of July/early August and I must say that it was a very enjoyable experience. There is so much for both adults and children to do from swimming in t… More

4 Sep 2014


"Loved it, hoping to come back next year!"

I travelled from the North of Scotland to Bussells in Devon which was a bit of a trek but absolutely worth the effort.I spent a week there with 2 teenagers and a 10year old and was in Mallard Cottage … More

4 Sep 2014



We stayed in Swan cottage from 2nd July-2nd August.We have stayed in many self catering accommodations over 17 years in the UK and France and have found nothing to compare to Bussells in terms of spac… More

1 Sep 2014


"There are better options"

As a regular TA reviewer I was swayed by the reviews on Bussells but I have to say I was disappointed. At over £1000 for a week there are better options in Devon. My main issue was with the cl… More

Oh dear. I'm really sorry that you didn't like the cottage...or indeed anything at all. I'll try to clarify one or two things that you've mentioned, but of course at the end of the day you didn't like us and for that I'm very sorry indeed.

1. You came over on Monday evening to tell me that the cottage wasn't clean enough. I was a bit disconcerted when you said that you'd brought all your own cleaning products with you, but each to his or her own. I really didn't need any prompting to have the cottage re-cleaned - I was just taken aback a bit when you described with some morbid pleasure (I felt) what a bad TripAdvisor review we were going to get. Although these reviews are important, what is more important to us is giving you a good holiday - it really was unnecessary to use TripAdvisor as some sort of stick with which to beat us. Most people usually review a property after their holiday, but again, each to his own.
2. We use Hederol washing up liquid. It's quite expensive but it comes in a 5 litre container so we use smaller bottles in the cottages.
3. The TV is a 24 inch set. It's a JVC and has no plastic surround so it looks a bit small, but I assure you there are much smaller ones available. The DVD, by the way, is the slot at the side of the TV.
4. The games room has a full-sized table tennis table, a pinball machine, a table football set (arcade size) and a pool table. There wasn't room to install a roller coaster.
5. The pool was a bit green. I wasn't lying about it being a common problem - you can call Pool & Spa on 01392875111 for confirmation. To fix it would have put the pool out of action for a day so I thought it best to let people swim. I fixed it on Friday night with a chlorine shock. It's now as clear as a bell.
5. We only have three dogs. Thrusty died three weeks ago. I wonder if your information came from our web site rather than from actual experience?
6. Sorry about the narrow lanes. It's a countryside thing.

Once again I do apologise for the problems you appear to have experienced. It's been so refreshing to read such a carefully considered and reasoned review, and we will certainly be taking all of your concerns on board.

11 Aug 2014


"Simply the best"

An amazing, peaceful, clean and well equipped places to stay. The cottages are so comfortable and well equipped. With a well equipped laundry room, plenty of BBQ's and sun chairs available this r… More

18 Jul 2014


"Brilliant week in lovely location, helpful and friendly owners."

We had a great week at Bussells Farm, great facilities for the whole family from grandparents to toddlers. We particularly enjoyed the outdoor heated pool, luscious green surroundings, play equipment … More

1 Jun 2014


"Excellent facilities , site & location - warm welcome and a pleasant stay"

Third time we have been to Bussells Farm - ideal location and good value for money.Friendly welcome demonstrated by the complmentary 'Devon Cream Tea' we were given on arrivalIdeal for famil… More

19 May 2014


"Fabulous base to explore in ideallic surroundings"

We have just returned after a week in The Kingfisher Cottage. We took our elderly parents whom although independently mobile were limited in how much walking they were able to do. The cottage was beau… More

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