This is our second visit to Yeo farm for an Oct 2017 half term break with the children and grandparents, 14 persons in total. George welcomed us to the property with a lovely bottle of ice cold champagne which was duely consumed. Before the keys were handed over we were invited to check the property for cleanliness of the property and functionality of the systems, ie hot tub, internet, TV, showering facilities, oven, aga, bedding, heating etc, this took around an hour to complete with Charles the owner (iam pleased to report that we were happy to sign off the acceptance paperwork and accept the keys to the farmhouse as everything worked and the farmhouse was spotless)
Once settled in we spent a lovely week chilling with the family and dogs. Most days were spent in and around the farm, using the hot tub, grilling and cooking food on the outside barbeque, lovely walks to the river and batham beach just 15 minutes away by car. The farmhouse and estate is beautifully presented making it a very affordable and fun place to spend a few weeks in beautiful surroundings in lovely Devon. Highly recommended.
We had yet another amazing break at Yeo Farm, which does not disappoint well before the moment you arrive along the lazy meandering roads and are greeted by Charles, who has created something special, tastefully refurbished to a high standard, maintaining the original rustic farmhouse features
Yeo Farm provides a beautiful, relaxing, safe setting for a family break with six beautiful comfortable spacious bedrooms set in a private 100 acre estate with open meadows and woodland to explore - a swim in "Mackies pool" is a must, especially when using the trampoline diving board
The large kitchen, lounge and living areas provided a relaxing space for family and friends to socialise and plan the day ahead - which was beautifully prepared for our arrival and maintained throughout by Sandra & George
Starting the day with a trip to the extensively equipped gym, simply relaxing in the morning sun or walking the dogs as the mist clears really provides a place to get away from it all and get back to all important family life
Yeo is ideally located to explore the fantastic local beaches to relax, swim, kayak or paddle board. Picture postcard Salcombe, Dartmouth & Kingsbridge are a short drive away providing plenty of memories to keep a busy family active with breakfast at "Alf Resco" or "The Beach Hut" stunning simplicity
The large hot tub provides a welcome break after a days activities, and a focal point for the family to reminisce, spending many a night star glazing with a glass of chilled wine in hand - wow
We had some fantastic evenings watching the sun go down around the BBQ cooking the days mackerel catch with family, friends old and new - whilst the kids played, music blasting out memories past and chatting the night away
A trip on Charles' boat provided some fantastic memories swimming in the sea, mooring at secluded beaches or lazing the day fishing
We have already booked for next year and can't wait to get back
Originally we were looking forward to going to Yeo Farm, however, a number of issues spoiled our stay.
We arrived at the allocated time to find the house was still in the process of being cleaned, although the cleaners were told to take their time to finish, they left after a short while and it was evident that the house had not been cleaned or maintained well with previous guests’ rubbish left under furniture, dirty surfaces, curtains falling off rails and light fittings broken. The kitchen worktops and ovens were not clean and the gas hob was partially broken.
Of the 2 showers in the house, one leaked through to the room below and the other had difficulty draining, after making the owner aware of this problem, this was put right. Electric shocks were received from one of the light switches, thankfully only adults received the shocks and not a child! The owner was made aware of this problem but no repair was attempted during our stay, we settled with switching the light on and off with a mop handle to avoid further shocks.
Whilst, enjoying a BBQ on the front lawn one early evening, the owner proceeded to retrieve a ride-on mower that had got stuck there the day before and then continued to mow the lawn despite children and dogs playing and running about on the lawn, causing a high risk of one of them being knocked down as well as disturbing us.
The hot tub was good to have although was not very clean before we started using it. We were very disappointed to find on our last full day, after returning to the house in the middle of the afternoon, looking forward to using it, that it had been drained! We understand that this may be necessary to prepare it for the next guests, however no mention was made that this was going to happen nor were we given any chance to change arrangements to allow us to use it during the last day.
We would never expect there to be a holiday home without any issues at all, but we felt that there were too many small issues, many which could have been avoided if the property was managed better and more consideration was given to guests.
Yeo Farm on paper offered us everything we could ever want for a holiday, but in reality it did not.
We arrived at 4pm & had to wait to enter the house as they had not finished "cleaning" it.
As you can see from the photos, I'm not sure it had even been started.
The hot tub was filthy & didn't even smell like it had any chemicals in or been cleaned; we had to add more water ourselves as there wasn't enough for the filter to work; smelt of damp too. We felt the river was cleaner than the water in the hot tub so we stopped using it. The gym was great, but the owner was using it to watch TV & all of our daughters felt uncomfortable asking him to leave so they could work out. We stopped using it. The lounge & 2 bedrooms upstairs had awful damp smells in, we ended up buying scented candles. The downstairs bedroom practically had water running down the walls it was that damp. The needles shower leaked & water dripped down in the utility so we didn't even use it.
I was so upset that I couldn't even begin to complain whilst we was there. We had come for a family holiday& to celebrate a special birthday & I didn't want to remember it by having a meltdown with the owner. Therefore I waited to return home whereby I messaged Charles the owner with my issues & asked for a refund. His response was that I should have given him the opportunity to put it right when we was there. If I had done that, we would have had to move out as there was so much that needed doing which defeats the purpose of staying there for a holiday. Yeo Farm is rented out at top notch prices so we believed we would be staying in a high calibre house with a welcome basket, soap in every bathroom & it cleaned to a high level. We did not get any of that. In fact, Charles stated that everything was as it should be. I will let you look at the photos & decide for yourselves. Charles believes you should feel honoured to stay at Yeo Farm, I felt nothing but disdain & dirty the whole week.
This was our 6th visit to Yeo Farm & yet again we were not disappointed, we were greeted by Charles the owner upon arrival & made to feel very welcome. A beautiful setting for family gatherings, the six bedrooms are tastefully furnished all having very comfortable beds.
The kitchen & living areas are very spacious & provided excellent social space for our extended family. The Farm house had been left beautifully clean by George & Sandra who checked in daily to ask if we needed anything & to collect any rubbish.
The private 100 acres at Yeo Farm are breathtaking, you are surrounded by the most beautiful countryside with the River Avon & stream to explore, Salcombe, Dartmouth & Kingsbridge are a short drive away along with some fantastic beaches.
The large hot tub was fantastic to relax in after a swim in the river.
Our children & dogs enjoyed the freedom & safe environment that Yeo Farm offered whilst allowing the grown ups to relax, the fab BBQ area & endless supply of logs was a great way to end the day watching the sunset.
The highlight of our week was an unexpected trip on the owners boat out of Salcombe.
We can't wait to go back.
If you're thinking of booking a family gathering you won't be disappointed by Yeo Farm.
We stayed here with our extended family (5 adults and 4 children between 3 and 9) and we all had a fantastic time. There was loads for the kids to do and site manager Chris (and his wonderful assistant Cappie couldn't have done more for us. The grounds are incredible and a swim in the river is definitely a must. The fire pit / barbecue and outdoor seating are made for a lovely summers evening. The Hot tub is definitely a highlight too. A late evening walk up to the secret garden and summer house really captured the children's imaginations as we searched for fairies. The only minor thing actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise: for some reason the Internet connection wasn't working but actually it was a breath of fresh air not to be so connected. Would highly recommend this place for anyone - thank you so much for a great week.
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