Three Gates Farm
Child friendly cottage, Devon
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About Three Gates Farm
Three Gates, a converted 17th Century farm, comprises five very lovely child-friendly rural holiday cottages, in the East Devon countryside. Jonathan, Lynn and Ellie May moved here in July 2010 – the move was featured on the popular BBC programme 'Escape to the Country'. Seemingly it’s worked out and you shall have the benefit of their desire to provide a relaxed rural retreat for families. The well-equipped, tastefully converted cottages provide a perfect retreat for you all once the day is done! With a large, heated indoor pool, children’s play areas and animals to visit daily you are assured of a fun family time. Your dog is welcome too – you may all enjoy the splendid walks across Dartmoor and Exmoor, or any number of beaches just a 40 minute drive away.
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Combined the four star cottages can accommodate up to 22 people. The five stone barns: The Smithy (sleeps six), The Long Barn (sleeps five/six), The Granary (sleeps four), May Cottage (sleeps four) and Nuthatch (sleeps two – perfect for accompanying grandparents) combine character with practicality and retain many original features, timbers and stonework – one of the many reasons that our gorgeous UK holidays are so appealing.
All cottages are fully–equipped for your self-catering break with cosy lounges, comfortable beds, towels and ample space for all of the family. Each has central heating, a dish-washer, TV’s with freeview and DVD players and WIFI. All linen is provided. Cots and high chairs are available on request (please take along your own linen).
All except The Granary are on one floor – which means no worrying about stairs for toddlers and inquisitive babies; also they are of course perfect for those less mobile. The Granary is fitted with stair gates.
Wood burners are available in The Smithy, Nuthatch and The Granary. Three Gates provide a complimentary first basket of logs, this may be refilled at a cost of £5.00.
Outdoors the cottages each have a patio area to enjoy the surroundings. BBQs are available to borrow if you feel inspired to dine al fresco.
An indoor pool is always a winner and the perfect distraction whatever the weather. Three Gates’ pool is open daily between 9.00am and 8.00pm and happily is heated to 30 degrees all year round. There is a shallow end and 7ft deep end, so it’s perfect for swimmers of all levels. There is a range of toys and inflatables available in the pool. If you feel like brushing up on your techniques or feel the kids might benefit, swimming lessons can be arranged for all ages, including babies, with a qualified and experienced teacher.
A sauna and small gym facility is available in the pool building for adult use only.
Please note you will need to take along your own towels for use in either the pool or sauna.
Laundry facilities are shared with a washing machine and dryer available in the laundry room, washing lines and airers supply the means of achieving that freshly laundered smell that I love!
Should you wish to dine out or sample the local ale alone, baby-sitters with lots of experience can be arranged.
Outdoors the children may visit the pond where they can spot ducks, moor hens and rabbits (the pond area is enclosed for safety), they may also search for eggs courtesy of the friendly chickens as well as explore the two acres of grounds, preferably accompanied by their parents! With swings, slide, trapeze, trampoline and seesaw the play areas provide excellent meeting spaces for new friends – for older children (adults too) the table tennis, table football and pool table offer the chance of a competition or two. There is a grassy area for outdoor games and also a selection of indoor and outdoor games. Puzzles, preschool books and toys are also waiting for you to borrow.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome at a surcharge of £20 per dog per week. Please note animals may not be left in the cottage alone, an experienced dog sitter may be contacted if required.
Three Gates Farm is easily accessible; just a 15 minute drive from the M5 (J27) and Tiverton Parkway railway station (two hours to Paddington). Huntsham is your nearest village, Bampton a town three miles away, has a range of excellent pubs, restaurants, cafes and local shops.
Out & About
Being in the middle of this fabulous county Three Gates is within easy reach of heaps of activities. The beaches of both North and South coasts (about 40 minutes drive to either), as well as the beautiful Exmoor and Dartmoor are fab days out. With National Trust properties, horse drawn barges, bicycle hire, pretty villages, bustling food markets, a donkey sanctuary, attractions such as Crealy or The Big Sheep, visiting Tarr Steps, safari, pony rides, hikes across the moors and visits to the beach you’ll have a week full of days out before you’ve blinked. Don’t forget the reason that you are on holiday though – to wind down and relax in your surroundings – Three Gates is a good spot to do just that!
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