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Hazel Cottage

Devon, United Kingdom

Per week

from 600.00 to 1795.00 GBP
The Owner / Manager

Simon and Margaret Matthews

Member since Jan 2011
  • Bookings Accepted:88.89%
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  • Availability Updated:7 days 22 hours

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BFB's Overview

Birchill Farm and its cluster of six cottages (sleeping 2-7) has a magical quality for adults and children alike. Its tranquil location, set almost a mile from the nearest public road, allows parents to relax and enjoy seeing their little ones roam freely from the moment they arrive, whilst the brilliant indoor and outdoor play areas, toddler-friendly nature trails and interactive farm rounds have under 10s captivated from the outset.

It is evident that the farm's owners Simon and Margaret have drawn on their experiences of travel with their own brood of five and created a family-friendly haven complete with a fully enclosed, farm themed, outdoor baby and toddler zone. Featuring a farm shop, pony spring rocker, baby swing and an amazing 'Birchill Farm Tractor' play frame - there's plenty of opportunities for creative, imaginative and social play. For under 12's there’s a fantastic double towered castle with a drawbridge, climbing wall and slide. With swings and an ever popular giant trampoline, the play area provides an ideal spot for parents to relax, whilst their children are happily amused.

For wet days there’s an indoor play barn, especially for the under 5's, with a soft play area, a wooden play kitchen, lots of toys, games and activities - not forgetting comfy sofas and a coffee machine for mums and dads. Take a spin on one of the ride on toys or borrow a bedtime story from a library of children's books. In addition all of the cottages have a toy box filled with toys and games for the under 5's and for older children boxes of toys can be borrowed from the play barn. With a whole host of four-legged friends including Dotty the sheep, pygmy goats, ponies, donkeys, pigs, ducks, chickens and alpacas, even the most hard to please tot is easily kept fully entertained without ever leaving the grounds. That said there is plenty to tempt guests away - the many attractions of this slice of North Devon with the Tarka trail on the doorstep, family-friendly venues and lovely stretches of coast within a short drive, to name but a few. A long list of nursery gear is provided (see grey Fast Facts box) so even packing for the stay comes without the usual worries. Plus, with little ones worn out by evening, grown-up guests can enjoy relaxing nights in, especially when taking advantage of the excellent home-made frozen meals available from the Visitor’s Centre. Alternatively, babysitting can often be arranged, allowing parents the opportunity for a rare night out.


Accommodation Overview:
Hazel, is a lovely one storey, two bed cottage. There is an inviting dual aspect living room with romantic inglenook fireplace with an electric woodburning effect stove and a comfy sofa and armchair, perfect for a cosy night in. The kitchen area is well equipped (fan oven, washer/dryer, fridge freezer, microwave, dishwasher) and there is a dining area with seating for four. The spacious main bedroom houses a king sized, wrought iron bed. The second bedroom has two single beds. A cot will fit into either bedroom. The bathroom is generously sized with a bath and separate shower/sauna cubicle. Outside there is a fully enclosed south facing garden, ideal for a spot of alfresco dining in the summer months.

Location Information

Birchill's friendly owners Simon and Margaret are full of advice on things to do with young children locally having had their own brood of five to entertain.

Their tips include a swimming pool just ten minutes drive away, sailing, horse riding and quad biking. A visit to Rosemoor Garden is said to be a must being just 10 minutes away and featuring a nature trail that will keep children amused for hours and a fun new play area. The restaurant serves decent lunches including children's lunch boxes, and a very tempting selection of cakes.

Another popular day out is a visit to one of the National Trust properties nearby. Arlington Court, Castle Drogo and Knightshayes Court are all about an hour's drive away. Children are very welcome and there are quizzes for them to do whilst looking around the house. Arlington Court is often a favourite due to the horse drawn carriage ride around the grounds.

For families who enjoy walking Lydford Gorge on the edge of Dartmoor is always popular but it's not suitable for pushchairs and can be nail biting with little ones. Cyclists will thoroughly enjoy the Tarka Trail and guests can either bring their own bikes or hire them locally. Beach lovers will not be disappointed with a great choice from wide stretches of sandy beach for surfing and sandcastle building or smaller coves perfect for rockpooling all within a short drive.

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 33%

Balance: 28 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 33%

Balance: 28 days prior to arrival

Rates

29 Sep - 19 Oct 2017 : £625 /week20 Oct - 27 Oct 2017 : £925 /week28 Oct - 14 Dec 2017 : £600 /week15 Dec - 31 Dec 2017 : £1200 /week1 Jan - 7 Jan 2018 : £1200 /week8 Jan - 29 Mar 2018 : £690 /week30 Mar - 12 Apr 2018 : £1030 /week13 Apr - 26 Apr 2018 : £780 /week27 Apr - 10 May 2018 : £850 /week11 May - 17 May 2018 : £950 /week18 May - 24 May 2018 : £1030 /week25 May - 31 May 2018 : £1380 /week1 Jun - 14 Jun 2018 : £1120 /week15 Jun - 21 Jun 2018 : £1260 /week22 Jun - 12 Jul 2018 : £1380 /week13 Jul - 19 Jul 2018 : £1520 /week20 Jul - 30 Aug 2018 : £1795 /week31 Aug - 13 Sep 2018 : £990 /week14 Sep - 27 Sep 2018 : £800 /week28 Sep - 18 Oct 2018 : £700 /week19 Oct - 27 Oct 2018 : £990 /week28 Oct - 13 Dec 2018 : £600 /week14 Dec - 29 Dec 2018 : £1090 /week29 Sep - 19 Oct 2017 : €702.8751 /week20 Oct - 27 Oct 2017 : €1040.255 /week28 Oct - 14 Dec 2017 : €674.76 /week15 Dec - 31 Dec 2017 : €1349.52 /week1 Jan - 7 Jan 2018 : €1349.52 /week8 Jan - 29 Mar 2018 : €775.9741 /week30 Mar - 12 Apr 2018 : €1158.338 /week13 Apr - 26 Apr 2018 : €877.188 /week27 Apr - 10 May 2018 : €955.91 /week11 May - 17 May 2018 : €1068.37 /week18 May - 24 May 2018 : €1158.338 /week25 May - 31 May 2018 : €1551.948 /week1 Jun - 14 Jun 2018 : €1259.552 /week15 Jun - 21 Jun 2018 : €1416.996 /week22 Jun - 12 Jul 2018 : €1551.948 /week13 Jul - 19 Jul 2018 : €1709.392 /week20 Jul - 30 Aug 2018 : €2018.657 /week31 Aug - 13 Sep 2018 : €1113.354 /week14 Sep - 27 Sep 2018 : €899.6801 /week28 Sep - 18 Oct 2018 : €787.22 /week19 Oct - 27 Oct 2018 : €1113.354 /week28 Oct - 13 Dec 2018 : €674.76 /week14 Dec - 29 Dec 2018 : €1225.814 /week

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 33%

Balance: 28 days prior to arrival

Who owns this place?

Fast Facts

1 king size bedroom and 1 twin bedroom

Indoor Play Area

There is a 2-storey play room with a range of kids books, general toys, U-rated DVDs, large & small play equipment for both boys & girls. From April 2011 there will be soft play equipment.

Nursery Gear (additional)

Baby gear includes; Cots (travel –1 in each cottage), highchairs, baby bath, baby bouncer, baby monitor, steriliser, potty, stair gates, bed guards, socket covers, plastic crockery and cutlery.

Indoor Toys / Games Room

Parents will appreciate the Flatscreen TV's with freeview for Cbeebies etc. whilst tots will enjoy the range of toys to choose from in the playhouse.

Outdoor Toys

For outdoor use there are buckets/ spades, ride-ons, trikes, a large play area with swings, towers, surf swing, play house, trampoline etc.

Stairgates / no stairs

Stairgates not needed as set on one level.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

There is a private enclosed garden.

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

WiFi available.

Friendly Animals

Daily animal feeding rounds including egg collecting and feed-from-the-hands ducks.

Reviews

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  • Just brilliant. For adults and children!Review dated 16/11/2016

  • Birchill Farm is a fantastic property/holiday destination. Our two children (a 3yrs and an 8 mnth old) both loved the animals and 'Farmer Simon' was a huge hit with our 3 yr old in particular. The cottage was fully equiped for our needs as a young family. We really hope to return soon.Review dated 27/09/2016

  • We fell in love with BIrchill Farm! The place is perfect for families with young children. Simon and Margaret were so welcoming, and there were so many extra touches that just made the holiday. For starters, so much is provided within the cottage, it meant we could have practically just packed clothes for our three year old and been fine. The two storey play barn is brilliant, and features toys for all ages, and a separate area with soft play for really little ones. There's a lovely outdoors playground and ride-ons, and our daughter being able to feed the animals with Farmer Simon every morning was a joy. Sadly, because of the weather, we didn't really get a chance to make the most of the walks around the wood, stream and surrounding acres, but fingers crossed for next time. Aside from this, there was an added 'visitors room' which had wellies you could borrow (very useful!), more toys, info about the local area and tourist attractions, ...Review dated 13/03/2015

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  • Hazel Cottage was lovely, had a lovely time, great location with plenty of activities around. The farm has lots of activities for the children in all weathers. The animal feeding was great fun. Our daughter did not want to come home, and asked when she can go back and see Farmer Simon.Review dated 28/08/2012

  • This is a lovely place to take toddlers / young children on holiday. We were made to feel exceptionally welcome and . Simon and Margaret seem to have thought of pretty much everything - from the lovely indoor soft play area and book library for young children, to the great fun of the daily animal feeds and the delicious cream tea on arrival. Will definitely be returning.Review dated 16/06/2011

  • This is a lovely place to take toddlers and young children on holiday. We were made to feel exceptionally welcome and Simon and Margaret seem to have thought of everything to help make a holiday with young children easy and great fun - from the morning animal feeds and the delicious cream tea on arrival to the well thought out soft play area and family info room. Will definitely returnReview dated 13/06/2011

Just brilliant. For adults and children!

Birchill Farm is a fantastic property/holiday destination. Our two children (a 3yrs and an 8 mnth old) both loved the animals and 'Farmer Simon' was a huge hit with our 3 yr old in particular. The cottage was fully equiped for our needs as a young family. We really hope to return soon.

We fell in love with BIrchill Farm! The place is perfect for families with young children. Simon and Margaret were so welcoming, and there were so many extra touches that just made the holiday. For starters, so much is provided within the cottage, it meant we could have practically just packed clothes for our three year old and been fine. The two storey play barn is brilliant, and features toys for all ages, and a separate area with soft play for really little ones. There's a lovely outdoors playground and ride-ons, and our daughter being able to feed the animals with Farmer Simon every morning was a joy. Sadly, because of the weather, we didn't really get a chance to make the most of the walks around the wood, stream and surrounding acres, but fingers crossed for next time. Aside from this, there was an added 'visitors room' which had wellies you could borrow (very useful!), more toys, info about the local area and tourist attractions, beach accessories, and basic groceries like tea, coffee and eggs for sale (as well as frozen homemade ready meals). They even had disposable bbqs! We'll definitely be back, time and time again I'm sure :)

Hazel Cottage was lovely, had a lovely time, great location with plenty of activities around. The farm has lots of activities for the children in all weathers. The animal feeding was great fun. Our daughter did not want to come home, and asked when she can go back and see Farmer Simon.

This is a lovely place to take toddlers / young children on holiday. We were made to feel exceptionally welcome and . Simon and Margaret seem to have thought of pretty much everything - from the lovely indoor soft play area and book library for young children, to the great fun of the daily animal feeds and the delicious cream tea on arrival. Will definitely be returning.

This is a lovely place to take toddlers and young children on holiday. We were made to feel exceptionally welcome and Simon and Margaret seem to have thought of everything to help make a holiday with young children easy and great fun - from the morning animal feeds and the delicious cream tea on arrival to the well thought out soft play area and family info room. Will definitely return

Parent Rated*

5/5
  • Overall Experience
  • Child-Friendliness
  • Location
  • Hospitality / Welcome
  • Interiors

*Ratings by verified BFB guests who stayed here with young children.
Rated by 11 guests.



Rates

20 Oct - 27 Oct 2017 : £925 /week28 Oct - 14 Dec 2017 : £600 /week15 Dec - 31 Dec 2017 : £1200 /week1 Jan - 7 Jan 2018 : £1200 /week8 Jan - 29 Mar 2018 : £690 /week30 Mar - 12 Apr 2018 : £1030 /week13 Apr - 26 Apr 2018 : £780 /week27 Apr - 10 May 2018 : £850 /week11 May - 17 May 2018 : £950 /week18 May - 24 May 2018 : £1030 /week25 May - 31 May 2018 : £1380 /week1 Jun - 14 Jun 2018 : £1120 /week15 Jun - 21 Jun 2018 : £1260 /week22 Jun - 12 Jul 2018 : £1380 /week13 Jul - 19 Jul 2018 : £1520 /week20 Jul - 30 Aug 2018 : £1795 /week31 Aug - 13 Sep 2018 : £990 /week14 Sep - 27 Sep 2018 : £800 /week28 Sep - 18 Oct 2018 : £700 /week19 Oct - 27 Oct 2018 : £990 /week28 Oct - 13 Dec 2018 : £600 /week14 Dec - 29 Dec 2018 : £1090 /week20 Oct - 27 Oct 2017 : €1038.497 /week28 Oct - 14 Dec 2017 : €673.62 /week15 Dec - 31 Dec 2017 : €1347.24 /week1 Jan - 7 Jan 2018 : €1347.24 /week8 Jan - 29 Mar 2018 : €774.663 /week30 Mar - 12 Apr 2018 : €1156.381 /week13 Apr - 26 Apr 2018 : €875.706 /week27 Apr - 10 May 2018 : €954.295 /week11 May - 17 May 2018 : €1066.565 /week18 May - 24 May 2018 : €1156.381 /week25 May - 31 May 2018 : €1549.326 /week1 Jun - 14 Jun 2018 : €1257.424 /week15 Jun - 21 Jun 2018 : €1414.602 /week22 Jun - 12 Jul 2018 : €1549.326 /week13 Jul - 19 Jul 2018 : €1706.504 /week20 Jul - 30 Aug 2018 : €2015.246 /week31 Aug - 13 Sep 2018 : €1111.473 /week14 Sep - 27 Sep 2018 : €898.16 /week28 Sep - 18 Oct 2018 : €785.89 /week19 Oct - 27 Oct 2018 : €1111.473 /week28 Oct - 13 Dec 2018 : €673.62 /week14 Dec - 29 Dec 2018 : €1223.743 /week

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