If you’re looking for a great place to stay in the UK, check out our holiday cottages in Devon sleeping from 2-6 people. As we all know, the rules changed again on September 14th meaning that you can’t go on holiday with groups of more than 6, although there are exceptions to this rule, which we’ll talk about in a minute. For now, rest assured that we can offer you a wonderful holiday with our 5 beautiful holiday cottages tucked away in the Blackdown Hills.
We have four holiday cottages in Devon sleeping from 2-6 people and we have another that sleeps up to 14, so we’d like to explain the ‘Rule of 6’ for those of you who find it a tad confusing. So, if you’re a family of 6 (two parents, four children), fine, off you go for your holibobs, just like you usually do. And if there are 6 in your support bubble, that’s okay too, you can stay in the same holiday cottage because you’re counted as one household essentially.
And the exceptions to the Rule of 6? What are they? Well, if you’re a family from the same household and there’s more than 6 of you, that counts. So you might be a family of two parents and 7 children, or you might have grandparents who live with you. You’re all from the same household so you can have a holiday together. The other exception is support bubbles numbering more than 6; if that’s the case you can go away together too. If you want to know more about support bubbles follow this link.
Now we’ve got that matter cleared up hopefully you can look forward to a holiday or short break in one of our cosy country cottages this autumn or winter. You might even want to look beyond that because with it not being quite so easy to holiday abroad accommodation in the UK is going to be in high demand for a while, and when we do get back to some sort of normality we suspect it’s going to be bonkers busy.
The four smaller holiday cottages at Stonehayes Farm sleep 2-6 people; they have such a welcoming and relaxing feel about them with tables to gather round for delicious dinners, inviting sofas to curl up on with a book or a movie, and supercomfy beds for restful sleep and lots of sweet dreams. What’s also great is that each cottage has a user-friendly wood-burner with logs supplied; there’s nothing better than to go out for a stroll in the fields on one of those late autumn days when there’s a light nip in the air and to come back rosy cheeked to a log fire. Just imagine, it, big thick socks, woolly jumpers, mugs of hot chocolate, a tray of hot buttered crumpets…
But for now we’re enjoying an Indian Summer and hasn’t it been glorious? Perfect for getting out and picking blackberries from the hedgerows, going home purple-handed to use them in a pie or a crumble, or a seasonal blackberry compote for breakfast. It’s a good year for fruit, the boughs of the apple trees are heavy with fruit ripening in the sun, and what you see a lot round these parts when there's been a glut is boxes of apples left outside of houses so you can help yourself. Of course, there’s no shortage of lovely fresh food in Devon and what you’d be wise to do is shop online with Dart Fresh and have them deliver to your holiday cottage for when you arrive.
The advantage of our holiday cottages being on the same site is that any number of them can be booked separately, so if you’re two families who are friends, or if you fancy a holiday with grandma and grandpa, it can be done as long as you social distance, because you’ll have your own cottages to sleep in. Our biggest holiday cottage at Stonehayes Farm is Pippinsands which used to be the farmhouse back in the day. This beautiful thatched Devon longhouse sleeps 6-14 guests so it’s perfect if your family or social bubble number more than most, and it has a big garden with a private hot tub. The other cottages have their own area of garden with outdoor furniture and barbecues, and all, including Pippinsands, share 15 acres of glorious grounds for you to roam as you please. There’s a brilliant play area for the children and a lovely walk down across the fields to the River Luv in the Otter Valley.
There’s plenty to see and do in our neck of the woods too; we’re less than two miles from Honiton so you won’t be short of places to eat – The Holt, JK’s Bistro and Honiton Wine Bar are all good. If you like ice cream you won’t want to miss Otter Valley Ice Cream & Field Kitchen where they make their own ice cream using fresh milk from their cows. If you’ve got little ones with you there’s every chance that some of the family attractions will still be open; we love Wildwood Escot, Ferne Animal Sanctuary and Crealy Theme Park & Resort.
It won’t take you long at all to get to the beaches on the Jurassic Coast; Beer is gorgeous, Branscombe is idyllic, and Sidmouth has great rockpools and a wide stretch of sand and shingle. At Seaton you can go to Seaton Jurassic or ride the tram to Colyton; at Lyme Regis you can visit Dinosaurland Fossil Museum, stroll along the historic Cobb and up through the town gardens for incredible sea views.
How about a wander through the gorgeous gardens and parkland at Killerton or Knightshayes (both NT). Or drive up to Hembury Fort and walk through the woods, kicking up the autumn leaves; you could take some home to press as a little momento of your holiday in Devon. Closer to home is Dumpdon Hill just up the road from here; we love the panoramic views – and you can see Stonehayes Farm from there! There is so much to do round here and one of our favourites is to go up to Dunkeswell Airfield and watch the light aircraft, microlights and parachutes come and go; sometimes we rock up early in the morning and have breakfast at the Aviator Coffee Bar & Restaurant.
Whatever you decide to do we know you’ll have a wonderful time when you stay at our holiday cottages in Devon sleeping from 2-6 people and we can't wait to say hello. Check availability and book your stay today; give yourselves something to really look forward to, something to make you smile ❤️