Birchill Farm Cottages
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About Birchill Farm Cottages
Birchill Farm thoughtfully provide oodles of baby and toddler equipment so you don't need to overload the car!
Birchill Cottages are found nestled in the heart of Tarka Country, set amongst beautiful rolling countryside of North Devon. Children will relish the daily animal feeding and egg collecting sessions where they can get to meet the friendly resident animals. The outdoor play area and a brand new indoor play barn (opening Spring 2011) with a Wendy house and lots of toys, games and activities will no doubt be a great hit with little ones and for older children there is a smaller games barn with a pool table. Superbly located for visiting the magnificent coastlines of North Devon and Cornwall - discover for yourself why a family break at Birchill Holiday Cottages is perfect for the kids and parents too!
At Birchill Farm Cottages the children will have lots to keep them entertained and it is also a relaxing and indulgent place for parents too. Set amongst beautiful rolling countryside the luxury, self-catering cottages have been carefully converted from an attractive range of traditional farm buildings. Family run by husband and wife team Simon and Margaret, they are dedicated to making your holiday enjoyable and stress free. Birchill Cottages are superb baby, child and parent friendly holiday accommodation that gives families a chance to enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the surroundings whilst the children will have the opportunity to meet the very friendly farm animals.
The Holiday Cottages
Seven self catering holiday cottages have been tastefully converted from old farm buildings retaining many of the original and attractive features which reflect their traditional and charming style. The largest property is a three bedroom cottage sleeping 6 plus room for a cot. Three further cottages can accommodate a family of 4 and finally there are two perfect one bedroom cottages that can sleep a family with a baby. The interiors have been carefully designed, furnished and equipped to ensure that families feel comfortable and relaxed from the moment your holiday begins.
All cottages have full oil-fired central heating and double glazing making them warm and cosy for family breaks all year round. With beautifully presented interiors, well equipped kitchens, good quality comfortable beds and sparkling white bathrooms with fluffy white towels and invigorating powerful showers, you can rest assured that all the comforts are provided for a genuine "home from home" stay. An information pack is provided in each cottage together with a selection of books and board games.
Baby, Toddler and Child Friendly Equipment
All of the cottages have washer dryers, plastic crockery, blackout blinds or curtains in the bedrooms and fully enclosed gardens or terraces. A stock of baby equipment is available free of charge including cots, highchairs, stairgates, bed guards, toddler beds, monitors, food blenders and baby baths.
A home cooked meal service is thoughfully provided to give worn out parents the opportunity to hang up the chef's hat for the night and enjoy a delicious meal in the comfort of your own cottage. Welcome hampers can be also be ordered, with a selection of locally sourced foods ready in your cottage for your arrival.
Meet the Farm Animals
The animals are an important part of the family here at Birchill Farm. Your host Simon leads daily animal feeding and egg collecting sessions at about 9.15 every morning. Children will relish the chance to meet the resident friendly goats Flora and Merryweather and the gentle alpacas, Fudge, Porridge and Treacle. For pony mad children, Pebbles and Amber will be keen to share an apple or a carrot with you and there may be an opportunity to help groom them. There are four cats Daisy, Molly, Lucky and Lottie; all happy to be stroked. And to complete the picture Rosie and Pluto, both black Labradors, and both always eager to greet guests. Don't worry if children are afraid of dogs, as they are very gentle and always kept on a lead around the farm. There are plans to introduce a woodland nature trail next spring 2011 so that you can get up close and learn about the local wildlife.
Child Friendly Facilities
Enjoy lots of space to run around and explore the outdoor play area with swings, slides, play house and trampolines - situated overlooking a valley, an ideal spot for parents to relax on a warm evening, whilst their children are happily amused! Learn to surf without getting wet on the surf swing. When the weather is not at its best discover the indoor play area with Wendy house, lots of toys, games and activities and a selection of children's books, as well as a pool table for the not so young guests.
Things for Families to See and Do in North Devon
Stroll, run or cycle along the scenic Tarka Trail, a 180 mile route through the stunning scenery of North Devon - accessible just half a mile away from your holiday cottage. The coastal scenery of Bude, Westward Ho, Hartland and Instow are a short distance away by car. Barnstaple and Bideford offer shopping galore for the high street junkies.
For families wanting to have a fun day out then The Big Sheep comes highly recommended situated on the North Devon coast. There are 9 hilarious animal shows from sheep racing, dog and duck trails, horse whispering and lamb bottle feeding shows. You also might enjoy the Milky Way Adventure Park where you get to Ride Devon's biggest roller coaster. With so much to see and do and all the rides and shows are included in the entrance fee. Or experience Devon's Crealy Adventure Park with legendary attractions, combining magic and myths, wild rides and exciting adventures, whilst getting nose to nose with nature and animals.
Birchill Farm has something for everyone and offers year round accommodation to suit all tastes and all budgets. Coastal and countryside views offer opportunities for families to enjoy a break from hectic lifestyles and appreciate family times together in a peaceful retreat. Children enjoy being on first name terms with the resident friendly animals and having that daily interaction.