Tucked away in the glorious countryside of East Devon, Stonehayes Farm is everything that a rural retreat should be; it’s lovely and peaceful, but not so far from civilisation that you have to drive miles to get anywhere. Honiton is only a couple of miles away, with supermarkets, a mix of big name and independent shops, a bustling weekly market, and some very good places to eat.
The holiday cottages at Stonehayes Farm exude rustic charm, retaining many centuries old features; you’ll notice quirky windows where the original openings in the barns were, bumpy old walls, ceiling beams and wall timbers, and yet nothing is lacking and it all blends seamlessly with the more modern and practical features – solid oak floors and beech doors, the soft neutral décor, and all the convenient things you want when you’re on holiday, like comfy beds and en suite bathrooms.
All of our country cottages have an electric oven and hob, a dishwasher, microwave, fridge with ice box or a fridge freezer, cafetieres, Freeview TVs, DVD players, and rural wifi. We do our best to make things easier for you when you come to stay at Stonehayes Farm, so we supply all the bed linen and towels*, tea towels, dishcloths – even down to a welcome pack of milk, teabags, coffee and sugar so you don’t need to worry about picking anything up en route. If you have babies or toddlers just let us know and we can provide a cot, highchair and stairgate; our smaller holiday cottages have wood-burners so we supply logs for these from October to April.
Outside, each property has its own garden with outdoor furniture and a barbecue for use from April to October. All cottages have use of the shared grounds so there’s heaps of room for children to run around and play, for a game of rounders or football, and there’s a play area with a climbing frame, swings and a slide, a trampoline, a play house and football goals. What’s really nice is to stroll down the fields and along the River Luv on a summers evening; then you can come back to Stonehayes and watch the sunset before you turn in for the night. When you get up in the morning, get your shoes on and go and see if the hens have laid any eggs for breakfast.
There’s also a shared games room for all guests; it has a pool table, table tennis, table football, board games, and toys for younger children. This tends to be a popular place for the Dads to hang out as well as the kids! Another useful shared facility is the freezer room in one of the outbuildings; if you go to a farm shop nearby and come back with some locally reared meat or freshly caught fish but don’t want to eat it straightaway, you can pop it in the freezer for another day.
We’ve also made sure there’s plenty of parking, and what’s good is that the managers live close by so they’re on hand if you need any help during your stay. The only thing we ask is that there’s no noise after 11pm – you’ll notice how this fresh air makes you sleepy so round these parts folk tend to turn in at a reasonable hour.
*Note that you will need to bring your own beach towels and towels for dogs.