We had a lovely family holiday in self-catering cottage at Townhouse Barton (you can also stay at the B&B on the farm). The cottage is very reasonably priced, traditionally furnished & well kitted out (there is no potato peeler/masher etc unlike many cottages I've stayed in). The bedrooms are a great size - we had lots of space for the 4 of us, plus there is a sofa bed if you wanted to fit in more. Having 2 bathrooms was great plus a washing machine (and your own washing line) handy with the kids. You also get a lovely courtyard next to the cottage overlooking the farm.
Wendy and David were very welcoming and friendly and happy to suggest places to visit if asked. They were happy for us to enjoy their beautiful farm - we got to watch milking, look at calves, feed chickens & geese, climb in their tractor and roam their beautiful farm. Our kids are 2 & 5 and loved the animals but it would be great for older kids too who could explore the lovely countryside safely.
The farm is just outside of South Molton which is a lovely market town with some great shops (2 butchers, green grocers, cheese shop, gift shops, antique/vintage shops and a few boutiques plus a fab market). We went to the Quince Honey Farm twice (bad weather) which includes a museum about bee keeping plus soft play. South Molton is very near Exmoor and we had a lovely day at the beautiful Tarr Steps (paddling, walking and 'fishing'). There are lots of beaches that you can drive to and the cottage is not far near the Tarka Trail (a great cycle trail on a disused rail way - fab for family cycles). We spent a couple of days visiting some great national trust houses (due to rain) - and had fun pony stroking, on adventure trails in wildernesses, dressing up and eating cream teas!. I think the cottage may be easily overlooked as it is not right on the coast but it is easy to get to the beach and there are lots of alternative things to do in the area. I think it would be particularly suited to families whose kids have got too old to spend every day on the beach and would like to try the cycling, riding and other activities the area offers.
- Also Known As:
- Town House Barton South Molton, Devon