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North Hayne Farm Cottages
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

We have been visiting North Hayne Farm for several years. Following our most recent visit thought it was way about time that I left a review: what can we say? WONDERFUL!!!
The accommodation is fab; Roger, Cheryl, Reg and Jenny are wonderful and the animals are very child friendly (especially Big Yellow!). Patrick the pig is my wife's favorite (apparently he snores less than I do).
Great for young children; the accommodation is clean and well set-up. The owners very accommodating, helpful and involved during feedings and donkey rides etc. The surrounding area is well stocked with great days out including beaches, National Trust properties, tourist attractions etc.
I recommend to all as long as you take wellies!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

A comment in the cottage guest book from a previous holiday maker summed up our visit - "we've stopped pretending we come here for the kids". Tom Kitten cottage was, as usual, spotless and warm (important over the coldest Easter for years). Never too cold for a hot tub though! The cottage has a lovely double room and a twin room for our daughters plus ample space in the kitchen dining/sitting room, plus a private deck with that all important hot tub. As well as the usual animal feeding, our hosts had organised an Easter egg hunt and an egg decorating session for the children. This place is fabulous for families, many like us have been coming for years now and it just keeps getting better. Outstanding!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Thank alistorer
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

I cannot recommend this farm holiday highly enough. We have been coming here for five years and are children are now 5 and 7 and still love it here.
Feeding the animals is the highlight for the children and we love the beautiful cottage and the hot tub.
I would recommend this holiday to everyone!

Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
Thank Oliver B
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Currently staying at North Hayne Farm & have to write about our lovely stay. We are in Jemima Puddleduck which is perfect for us 4 adults, my 7 year old & 3 year old boys. What can I say except stay here! Its a perfect young family holiday, my children love feeding the animals, riding Barney the Donkey, taking Bramble the goat for a walk. We are happy because they are happy and the cream tea on arrival & hot tub are a huge hit. The cottages are beautiful with everything you need provided, lovely & clean and situated around a small courtyard with children's tractors and play house. There is a great playroom & games room for all to use. Some lovely outdoor play areas & stunning views. I think what makes this absolutely amazing is the lovely people who own the farm - Roger, Cheryl, Reg and Jenny truly make this holiday- lovely to all, nothing is too much trouble, they make you feel like you are on holiday with really good friends. Negative? Only how far in advance you have to book though I think this shows how good it is!

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Beccy R
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

We spent the half term holidays, Mon - Fri, here and it was just great. The children loved animal feeding at 9.15 and 4.30 - times which worked perfectly for us to also spend days out away from the farm. The donkey rides in the morning were a particular hit too, as was the certificate at the end of the week!

We stayed in Samuel Whiskers - enjoying the log-burning stove in the cold weather. Everything we needed of a cottage was there, and it was a nice touch to be welcomed with scones, jam and cream upon arrival. Not a negative as such, but worth being aware of the lay-out of the bedrooms - the master bedroom is downstairs, then the living area is where you enter the cottage with the two further bedrooms upstairs. All very cosy though.

The location of the farm is very handy for lots of the Devon attractions - we spent a lot of time on the coast, with a beautiful cliff top walk (with some sheer drops to the sea below!) from Lynton to Castle Rock, some lovely ice-cream in Lynmouth (in February), a huge beach at Saunton, and a chilly day-out at Exmoor Zoo (which you can do on supermarket vouchers).

What makes this place so special though - and somewhere we would definitely like to return to - is the attitude of the owners. 2 generations of family run the place and all are warm, friendly and great with the children. So often you go somewhere described as 'family friendly' to find that children are accepted but not welcomed - at North Hayne the children are accepted, welcomed and the parents made to feel relaxed too.

Room Tip: Samuel Whiskers has the log-burner for winter visits.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

We (myself, husband and 2 daughters, 2yr old and 10month old) stayed at NHF in Feb 2013. I can honestly say that it was the best and easiest break that I can imagine with 2 young children – it provided exactly what we were looking for..... quality and stress free family time. Our 2 yr old loved all the animals and never got bored. She also enjoyed using the swings, slides, cubby house and the little ride on diggers etc. In fact you don’t need to bring any toys as they have plenty there! The 10 month old also enjoyed all the new sites and experiences. The Play Barn provided an extra inside area to keep them busy. The owners/ staff were fantastic and all extremely friendly and welcoming. It comes across as a really lovely family business – where they all strive to give their visitors the best possible experience.... and they are successful. The attention to detail is superb!

The cottages themselves are great. Clean, warm, well set out, nicely furnished and fab facilities. They supplied high chair, booster seat for toddler, cot, stairgates too – ideal for us. The hot tub was amazing and cleaned/ maintained twice daily by the owners.

Can highly recommend the holistic therapies/ massage and the Jack Chilli frozen meals. We had Beef Bourbuignon..... delicious!!!

To summarise – a perfect family break, summer or winter. Safe for the kids and lots to do, in beautiful and relaxing surroundings. We are going back at Christmas and hopefully lots more times whilst the children are so young.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Gemma E
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

We are just back from a four night break at the cottages - our 5th visit! It is a truly fab place for a holiday, with so much to do both onsite and around north devon. Cheryl and roger (the owners) make so much effort to make all guests feel welcome and special, nothing is too much trouble. We stayed there with friends for new year 2 years in a row before our son came along, and have been 3 times since with our 3 year old, and it always delivers! The cottages are gorgeous, super clean, well equipped and scenic. The farm offers feeding of animals every morning and evening, plus a great play barn and games room. Morning donkey rides are the icing on the cake for the kids, while the hot tubs do the same for the grown ups :) The setting is beautiful, and makes a wonderful holiday for children of all ages, couples looking for a quiet getaway and groups of friends/families. We shall definitely be going back....

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about North Hayne Farm Cottages

Address: Bishops Nympton | Bishops Nympton, South Molton EX36 3QR, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > South Molton
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Specialty Lodging in South Molton
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
7 Self catering cottages with private hot tubs and an on-site children's farm with daily animal feeding activities. ... more   less 
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North Hayne Farm Cottages Hotel South Molton
North Hayne Farm Cottages South Molton, Devon

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