Red Doors Farm isn’t just family friendly its family fantastic!
From the heated indoor pool to games room, play room, play barn, play areas and
chick-chick chickens, this boutique cluster of 5-star Gold cottages in Devon will
keep children happy from brekkie to bedtime, so grown-ups can get on with
having a great time too.
A 500-year old, Grade II listed Devon long house, along with
a group of traditional flint and thatch cottages, have been beautifully transformed
into a private hamlet of 6 luxury cottages, sleeping 2 to 8 people, set in 2
acres of well kept, lawned garden. The main thatched roof farmhouse also has a
dining room that seats up to 14 which makes Red Doors great for family celebrations,
with hand-crafted cakes, beauty therapies and a top notch chef all available to
make occasions really special.
The owners are always being told ‘You’ve thought of
everything’ and they pride themselves on being particularly well-equipped for parents
with pre-schoolers, providing all the essential equipment and baby-sitting by
qualified, CRB checked nurses and teachers. A welcome pack of West Country
goodies awaits families on arrival and all the basics are provided, from cling
film to dishwasher tablets . A supply of gourmet, frozen meals are available
for an easy, delicious supper and the Games Room is stocked up with
award-winning Otter Valley ice-cream which boasts, ‘from cow to cone in 24
All the cottages have been fabulously finished and furnished
to 5-star Gold standards and make the most of original rustic features such
as beamed ceilings, stone fireplaces, wood
panelling and flagstone floors. Log burners and comfy sofas make the living
rooms lovely and cosy, the bespoke wood kitchens are fitted with all mod cons,
bathrooms are gleaming and modern with power showers and the luxurious bedrooms
have Vi-Spring mattresses and cool Egyptian linen for a good night’s sleep.
What really makes Red Doors Farm so fab for families, of
course is all the places to play and things to do, both indoors and out. The
11x5.5 metre indoor pool is a big plus, heated to a toasty 30°c, surrounded by
steamer chairs and with wall of glass doors offering panoramic views over the
Otter Valley. A covered play area is particularly geared up for under 6’s,
featuring a play house, small climbing frame, slide, see-saw and ride ons,
including tractors, while all ages will have fun on the giant, netted
trampoline and in another play area with a wooden fort and slides. A thatched
play barn promises more fun and games including table tennis and table
football, giant Jenga and giant Connect 4, while elsewhere in the garden, families
can play giant chess, a game of croquet, putting, boules and football. Little
ones will also enjoy making friends with the chickens, ducks, pygmy goats and
guinea pigs. Indoors, the Games room includes a pool table and a big library of
DVD’s and computer games for the PS2’s.
A play room will keep little ones amused with a play kitchen, train and
farm tables, garage and cars, colouring table and cuddly toys. The only
challenge will be tearing children away for days out exploring the East Devon
‘countryside-by-the-sea’ and when it’s finally time for home.
Swallows Loft (sleeps 2 plus a baby in a cot) is a romantic first
floor apartment, converted from an old stone barn in a traditional style with
stunning, contemporary twists. The large sitting/dining room features an
impressive rafted ceiling, log burner, comfy sofa and funky bistro dining table
while the bespoke mezzanine kitchen is concealed by oak screens made from
reclaimed cider vats. The bedroom has a wow factor four poster bed and Velux
windows for stargazing and the luxurious bathroom opposite includes his and
hers basins a corner whirlpool bath, large separate shower and WC.
Red Doors is surrounded by the idyllic rolling scenery of
East Devon, known as the countryside-by-the-sea, due to its close proximity to
the smugglers coves, beaches and fishing villages of the Devon and Dorset coasts.
Incredibly, the A30 is only 1.5 miles away, making Red Doors quick and easy to
get to from the major routes whilst still being in relaxing, peaceful
seclusion. The market town of Honiton is also only 3 miles away, with frequent,
direct train services from London Waterloo (3 hours).
Honiton has all the services families really need, including
Tesco, Co-op, Aldi and Lidl, a good range of local shops, cafes, pubs and
restaurants, as well as a farmers market twice a week. Exeter also has
Sainsburys and Waitrose (both a 20 minute drive) and all the main supermarkets
deliver to Red Doors.
The nearest pub, the Luppitt Arms is only 1 mile away but
doesn’t serve food and the Monkton Court Inn is only 1.5 miles. After this, the
choice is endless for eating out and enjoying all the mouth-watering delicacies
the South West has to offer, from calorific cream teas and luxury ice creams to
succulent crab sandwiches, local cheeses and home-reared meats, all washed down
with farm pressed ciders and quirky named real ales.
The Devon and Dorset coast is as little as 12 miles away,
strung with the quintessentially English seaside towns, fishing villages and
beaches that have kept families flocking here for generations. Dinosaur fanatics
will have fun hunting for fossils along the Jurassic Coast and Lyme Regis makes
an ideal place to take a guided walk or simply build sandcastles on the
beaches, dangle crab lines off the harbour and enjoy the bustling, bucket and
Within easy reach of Red Doors, there are all kinds of
attractions for children of all ages from castles, to wildlife parks, to theme parks,
to steam railways. Just mentioning Diggerland will have little boys bouncing up
and down with glee while Woodlands is the largest family theme park in Devon, including fab indoor play centres, outdoor adventures,
Zoo-Farm and Falconry Centre.For real animal lovers, Paignton Zoo and the
Donkey Sanctuary are always a winner.
Bicton Park is a real favourite for the whole family to enjoy.
Medical Services (GP & A&E): There is a GP practice, Minor A & E and dentist in Honiton (3 miles). Full A
& E services are available in both Taunton and Exeter (30 minutes).