Part of a small-holding, Windover Farm cottage is a wonderful destination for a laid-back family holiday reminiscent of perhaps your own child-hood - or one that you wished you'd had! Beautifully decorated with thoughtfully provided essentials for the kids such as toys, games, books and CDs, really useful boot freeing stuff, such as a three wheeler pushchair, changing mat and steriliser and grown up stuff including a digital TV (with built-in freeview), a DVD player, HiFi system and a portable CD player/radio. A CD and DVD library offer a broad range of material to suit most tastes. A high chair, stair gate and travel cot are available by arrangement so discuss your needs when booking.
Downstairs the living space is perfect for family gatherings. The lounge has a log burner set into the inglenook fireplace and is supplied with kindling and logs throughout your stay, this along with the rustic leather sofas, deep window seats and character furnishings create a space you'll find it easy to relax in. The dining room has a table sufficient in size to seat 10 should you fancy entertaining during your stay. There is a separate study area with desk and easy chair from which you can enjoy a book, write postcards or plan your itinerary.
There are two bedrooms: one double and one twin. Egyptian cotton Bed linen, all-seasons duvets, quality mattresses and the fresh Devon air will ensure that you sleep well. Both rooms enjoy fabulous views to the fields beyond. The bathroom has a deep bath, separate shower cubicle (with power shower fed with the farm's own water) and a heated ladder towel rail. Hand, bath towels and bath sheets are provided: they are fluffy, white and folded in the airing cupboard ready to use.
The kitchen is fabulously equipped with the essentials (oven, hob, extractor, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer and food processor) and all the gadgets needed to rustle up the finest of feasts. Plastic cutlery, beakers and plates are available for the children. The utility room has a convenient downstairs loo, and a sink and washing machine to avoid the dreaded loads of laundry once you get home. As you'll be enjoying the great outdoors there are coat airing facilities and a boot rack too.
Outdoors you will all enjoy collecting the fresh eggs kindly supplied by the resident hens. There are also ducks and geese to meet and the Gloucester Old Spot pigs to admire. In the summer you may see a mother hen and chicks scratching around and pregnant cows in the fields.
The elevated patio overlooks the huge garden which offers both privacy for the children to let off steam. Some garden toys and a sandpit are available. From here you can enjoy the tremendous views with a glass in hand and feel at one with the world!
All electricity is included. The oil fired central heating is responsive meaning you will always be warm and cosy.
A welcome pack including the aforementioned Victorian Sponge Cake made with fresh, free-range hen eggs or, when in season, goose eggs, a pack of sausages and pot of home-made jam or marmalade will be left for you along with tea, coffee, sugar and a jug of milk. With regards to supplies you can either order one of the hampers made up from local foods and produce, a meat or a veg box which can be delivered ready for your stay. Otherwise even your weekly supermarket shop can be delivered and put away (!) if delivery is arranged for between 10am and 12 noon on your arrival day.
Things to Do
The area is great for walking and a full set of Ordnance Survey maps are available so that you can make the very best use of the network of public rights of way; the 3-wheel Mountain Buggy might just come into it's own! Being in a fantastic position near the Devon/Somerset border means you have easy access to perfect beaches, such as Beer and Branscombe and the West Country's family attractions.
As far as pets go there is a livery yard ¾ mile away giving you an option to take your horse along with you. If you are reluctant to leave your dog at home, Westown Holiday Camp is for dogs; your dog lives as family on this lovely farm situated in the heart of the Culm Valley around 2½ miles from the cottage. No kennels, just acres of green fields, a river that all the dogs love to swim in and lots of wonderful smells!
So what was the reason for not going?