“Perfect, peaceful retreat in beautiful Devonshire countryside” When we booked our stay at Pond Cottage we hadn't bargained on it being during the wettest week of the wettest June on record! No matter, we had a lovely warm and friendly welcome from John & Renate and were made to feel welcome and at home immediately-eggs, jam and rhubarb a lovely touch and thoroughly delicious, thank you.
The cottage was everything we could have hoped for, spacious enough to accommodate 4 adults and a 7 week old baby (and all the paraphernalia that entails!) very comfortably and easy to cosyy up in the evenings-we even had the log burner going on a couple of occasions!
Very well appointed with every appliance and piece of equipment we could have wished for so that we could fend for ourselves exactly as if we were at home but with the added bonus of beautiful surroundings including the views, the pond, the animals, the arboretum and the pool-unfortunately the weather did not allow us to enjoy them all to the full; hopefully another time. It even seemed a totally natural thing to be greeted by the ducks, geese and hens every morning and when we returned home after a trip out.
The cottage is very well placed to stay locally and enjoy walks in beautiful countryside or to visit nearby attractions or for trips further afield to National Trust houses, historical houses and either coast and if the weather is so bad you can comfortably stay in the cottage where there is a host of DVD's, books and games.
We really enjoyed the tour of the farm and the stories/history of the place, watching the sheep shearing and "helping" herd the sheep from one field to another. John & Renate's passion and enthusiasm for what they do is very clear and they are genuinely happy & keen to share it with their visitors.
Thank you John and Renate for a lovely stay, you have created something very special here and we would love to come back in the not too distant future.
Regards & Best wishes from Dave, Judith, Michael, Jodie and baby Evie.
Lovely old worldy cottage in a peaceful location. The cottage is very old but has all the modern conveniences without detracting from its charm.
We felt at home and could relax and unwind away from our normal busy lives. The four poster bed was a lovely addition and quite comfortable.
The cottage is positioned nicely in a quiet setting within walking distance of 2 local stores and a pub serving good food.
We would recommend this property to anyone wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle. …
The Linhay, beautiful detached barn at Newhouse Farm Cottages
Excellent in every way!
We (my husband, daughter and Mother-in-law along with our dog) stayed in The Linhay for a week at the start of July. It was when Summer arrived and the start of the hot spell.
Had fantastic time there esp as the sun shone which makes everything better. But even if it hadnt the facilities on the complex would have ensured the stay was still great: heated indoor swimming pool (has fantastic jet stream) open from 9am-9pm great for a cool down after a busy day out, badminton, pool table, table tennis, darts, table football, library, piano, jigsaw puzzles etc. Outside was a children's play area, football pitch area and a massive trampoline.
Everything you could ask for was readily available in The Linhay. The only thing missing perhaps (if nit picking) was some hooks to hang wet weather gear up to dry. We obviously didn't need these but felt if the weather had been inclement this might have been a minor issue we'd have to over come.
Happily we used the rotary washing line to dry the swimwear on in the sunshine!
The layout of the barn is conducive to two separate families staying there which was great for us with MIL.
The Linhay is very remote (virtually no mobile phone reception unless wind was going your way!), its about 15 mins from Tiverton and Morrisons supermarket or South Molton and Sainsburys supermarket. Whilst we did have wifi we did need to turn the router off and on each day as the signal kept dropping off.
There are some nice walks / cycle rides from the complex but rather hilly so if you're not fit before the holiday you will be afterwards!
We found plenty of fantastic pubs to eat at although these tended to be at least a 15 minute drive away.
Would highly recommend, in fact have already suggested to my sister she goes there with her family!
Luxurious Cottage on 15th century farm in Devon 2 dble bedrooms 2 ensuite, Pool
We have just returned home after a wonderfully relaxing seven days at Pond Cottage. It really is a special place, perfect for spending time with family in the beautiful surroundings and made all the more welcoming by John and Renate. Thank you John for our tour of the farm and arboretum and to Renate for the lovely homemade jam and chutney. We feel well and truly rested and we are all taking lots of happy memories home with us. We will have to plan a return trip! …