Come to Stonehayes Farm for Easter cottage breaks in Devon, a chance to get away from it all with bird song, wholesome fresh air and beautiful countryside all round. The beaches of the Jurassic Coast are only half an hour away and within just a few miles there are family attractions, activities and great places to eat.
3 of our self catering properties are available for Easter cottage breaks in Devon, with prices starting from as little as £35.71 per person per night – less than you’d pay for a half decent hotel room, the difference being that at Stonehayes Farm you have your own space and don’t have to have breakfast with strangers. That’s what a country retreat is all about; it’s an opportunity to unwind together, to relax and have fun, to make happy memories.
Easter falls later in 2022, with Easter Sunday being 17th April. Down here in Devon, the school holidays are from 11th-22nd, so that gives you several options for an Easter holiday or short break – come for a 2 or 3 night weekend, a 4 night midweek stay or for a whole week. By then the days will be a little warmer (fingers crossed) so you’ll be able to spend time outdoors exploring the 15 acres of private grounds at Stonehayes Farm. Wander down over the hill to the River Luv for a paddle, look out for early butterflies and spring flowers in the hedgerows; on the way back to your Devon holiday cottage stop at the play area where the little ones can have a bounce on the trampoline and the nest swing, have a picnic or even the first barbecue of the year.
Climb up to Dumpdon Hill where you can look down on Stonehayes Farm and far out across the Otter Valley; the views are spectacular and seem to roll on for miles – we’re used to them but even so, sometimes we can’t stop looking and we never take them for granted. Have a stroll around the Iron Age fort and you’ll see signs of spring everywhere – windflowers in the woodland, early orchids and the first bluebells popping up. Close your eyes and listen to the birds chirruping, feel the breeze in your hair, the warmth of the sun on your face; we should all take the time to appreciate things like this – it’s mindfulness that comes gratis from Mother Nature and it’s good for the soul.
This is a wonderful corner of the world with all kinds of ways to while away the days when you’re here for Easter cottage breaks in Devon. The beaches of the Jurassic Coast are only a short drive away; go to Beer and ride around the gardens on the miniature train at Pecorama, see the awe-inspiring underground caverns at Beer Quarry Caves then go down to beach for crab sandwiches or a cream tea at Ducky’s Beach Café. Walk over the cliffs on the South West Coast Path to Branscombe where if you’re brave enough you can venture down the zigzag path to Littlecombe Shoot, or go and see blacksmiths at work at the oldest thatched forge in the country.
At Lyme Regis you can stroll out along the harbour to the little Marine Aquarium, or amble around the backstreets where you’ll find Dinosaurland Fossil Museum; if you want to hunt for fossils Charmouth is good, and at low tide you can discover the tiny creatures living in the rockpools. Sidmouth is good for a stroll along the shore or the promenade, soaking up the charming coastal ambience.
A visit to The Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth makes a great day out too, or there’s Wildwood Escot where you can look out for red squirrels and have a go on the woodland zip ride. A little further away is Haldon Forest Park – brilliant for time in the great outdoors, for Segway fun on the forest trails or for a treetop adventure at Go Ape Exeter.
Exeter is one of only two cities in Devon and has much to see and do; visit the Gothic Cathedral, take a tour of the medieval Underground Passages, go and say hello to Gerald the Giraffe at the RAM Museum. Down over the hill at the Quay the pace is relaxed and happy as everyone goes about their day; stop for coffee at one of the waterside cafes, hire kayaks from Saddles and Paddles and take to the calm waters of the Exe estuary. A little further away is Crealy Theme Park & Resort with over 60 rides and live entertainment; just up the road from Stonehayes Farm is Dunkeswell Airfield where you can visit the Heritage Centre and sit in The Aviator Coffee Bar and Restaurant watching the light aircraft come and go. If you’re celebrating a birthday book ahead for a wing walk or a skydive – a present that won’t be forgotten.
This area is graced with good places to eat, with plenty to choose from; we love Otter Valley Ice Cream and Field Kitchen where milk for the ice creams comes from the cows that graze in the fields on the farm. Honiton is just a five minute drive away and has a lively air on market day. Browse the stalls and then go for lunch at Bella Pizza, JK's Bistro or Honiton Wine Bar; for something different try a steamed bun at The Yellow Deli. There are several very welcoming country pubs within a few miles too – The Drewe Arms at Broadhembury and The Hare and Hounds at Sidbury come highly recommended, or for a unique dining experience go to The Pig at Coombe where you can eat in the beautiful Elizabethan manor or in the rustic Folly, tucked away in the garden.
Our guests have such wonderful Easter cottage breaks in Devon because as well as a gorgeous place to stay there are so many ways to enjoy the days in this neck of the woods. Do all those lovely Easter things when you’re here, the traditions like egg hunts in the garden, tuck into buttery hot cross buns and Easter biscuits brought from a local bakers, book up for a scrumptious roast on Easter Sunday at one of the local pubs. It’s so easy to have the perfect Easter holiday at Stonehayes Farm, pet pooch included. Check out Siskins Nook, Pipits Retreat and Wagtail Corner and book your stay today! We can’t wait to meet you ❤️