Sometimes you don’t want to write a review on a place, out of selfishness to keep it secret and all to yourself. This is one of those times. From our very first contact with Little Widefield Farm, we knew we were in for a treat. Although we had a bit of a round about journey (don’t trust the sat nav, keep driving on the main road and you’ll see the B&B clearly signposted on the road!), Danielle’s helpful navigation got us there in no time.
The approach to the B&B is a narrow tree-lined road, which then opens up to beautiful rolling hills, far reaching views of the moors, and a charming farmhouse which one can see has been lovingly restored to provide modern, spacious accommodation, but still keeps its character. Stepping out of the car, we were greeting by hens happily scratching around the lawn, which we found so quaint, being city folk!
Danielle, our hostess, was very warm and welcoming and gave us the tour. The main lounge/breakfast room is gorgeous: inviting, big, comfy chairs to sink into, after a hard day’s walking, overlooking a beautiful wood burning stove set in a restored, recessed chimney breast. There is a lovely big breakfast table with views out to a very well maintained lawn and garden area, and also a sideboard well stocked with refreshments to help ourselves to. Normally I would feel self-conscious sitting in the B&B lounge area, but not here. I immediately wanted to plant myself in one of those chairs, light the stove, pour myself a glass of wine and put my feet up for the rest of the evening! Sadly couldn’t do that as we were on our way to a family party!
We stayed in the Inwardleigh room during our stay. This en-suite room was extremely spacious, sparkling clean, beautifully decorated and had all the modern amenities we needed. The bed was actually huge. We are used to sleeping in a king size bed at home, and sometimes find the beds in B&B accommodation on the small size. However we almost needed megaphones to talk to each other in this bed, such was its vastness! Covered in crisp, fresh linen, cosy duvet and big fluffy pillows, I slept like a baby that night.
The room is well thought out, and provided a lovely space to get ready for our party. Full length mirror and the all-important hair dryer socket well located nearby, room for my make up bag on the dresser, and plenty of wardrobe space and wooden hangars, oh what a treat! How I hate those plastic/wire hangars some places provide. Bathrobes were provided, and the beautiful smelling towels were thick and soft. So many touches in this B&B made us feel like we were right at home, down to the toiletries in the bathroom. Nothing was a bother for our hosts: when we needed an iron and ironing board to press our evening wear, one was supplied immediately.
Breakfast was also a real treat. Chatting with Chris, we learned that their ethos is to support as many local businesses as possible and also to become self-sufficient. As such, the eggs are from their own hens, the sausages are from the local butchers, jams are homemade and tomatoes, when in season, from their vegetable garden. There was a nice range of healthy options, fresh fruit salad, and muesli to help ourselves to, and the quality of the cooked breakfast was superior. I especially loved the Denby crockery, a dream of mine to own a complete set like this!
After breakfast we took time to explore the farm. We petted horses, were chased by hens, soaked in the glorious 180 degree views of the moors, breathed in lungfuls of fresh air, but the absolute highlight was meeting Rosie, Chris and Danielle’s golden retriever puppy. Warning: not for the faint hearted. A play with the puppy is sure to cause a huge does of the “I want one of those!”. Parents beware! We also had a lovely chat with Chris and Danielle and found them to be warm, gracious and immediately likeable people.
Overall, The Little Widefield Farm is the kind of place I’d dream to live in if I had a country home. Character-filled and full of charm, mixed with luxury touches, all with a view to die for. The farm is located in such a peaceful and relaxing place, after only one night, we felt our “city stress” evaporate completely. A complete pleasure to stay in and can’t wait to return!
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- Also Known As:
- Little Widefield Farm Okehampton, Devon, UK