My wife and I have just returned from our second short break at West Colwell Farm. Ideally located for exploration of East Devon and the Jurassic Coast, this peaceful place can be recommended for many reasons apart from just where is happens to be. Located close to the village of Offwell near Honiton (signposted from the A35 road) the Farm is convenient for road transport to other areas within the region and far enough from busy thoroughfares without being remote.
Proprietors Frank and Carol Hayes will give the visitor a warm welcome with freshly made tea or coffee. The en suite rooms are in what is a tastefully converted outbuilding adjacent to the main farmhouse and just a few steps from the car park. Descriptive directions to the farm are provided and are easy to follow. We have stayed in the “Farmer” and “Captain” rooms (names after some 1920s working horses) and both are decorated to a high standard and are faultlessly clean and are inspected daily. The big shower is great for the larger person (or two!). Tea and coffee facilities are available in the rooms. A visit to the Farm’s website will give more details of the accommodation.
Bed and breakfast are provided and a menu is provided to suite most tastes. Frank’s fine cooking must be mentioned here. Local restaurants are checked out and a recommended list provided together with local countryside walks and details of other places of interest. A visit to nearby Joshua’s is a must if you like traditional and natural foods.
Suitable for couples it should be remembered that this is a working farm with a handful of lovely Devon Ruby cattle. I recommend the purchase of some meat at the end of any stay – the finest steak I have ever eaten.
If you need a relaxing break away from it all then this is the place to stay. The AA rating is richly deserved. And this is a better alternative to the out of town hotel chains for the same price.