The Best Family Holidays in Devon

When you go away on holiday as a family, what’s on your checklist? Nature? Beaches? History? Edutainment? Food? Entertainment? Animals?

We can make things easy and provide you with all of these. Options will ensure you have quality time with your family and making memories that you’ll cherish for a long time. Guests receive our Good Stay Guide when booking which has a special section for kids. We also have electronic copies available of Devon With Kids – a 200 page guide to help parents plan their trip.

Who loves an adventure? Our location provides families with the perfect base to explore Dartmoor from the moment they step out of their cottage. Streams to swim in, animal encounters (including our own miniature donkeys), rocks to climb on and nature to spot – all this is on your doorstep.

Smart TVs and the fastest private wifi in Devon allow families to stay connected. We also have a place called The Den where kids can hang out and escape from the adults.

Remember when life was carefree? It’s also the kind of place where kids can explore like we used to do.

Meet our family holiday guest ambassadors

Meet Sarah, Damian, Lily and Rose. They’re the Bardouilles and love an adventure.

Damian, is on Instagram as @duggeedad, a fan account for Hey Duggee, the hit animated series cBeebies (BBC) and is the founder of The Duggeepedia. Like Duggee, Damian and the family inspire children to have fun, be energetic and – most of all – to do things!

Sarah told us that they had such an amazing time during their recent visit, creating lots of lovely memories.

Animals were a bit of a thing during the stay. Rose, is the youngest child and has been telling her friends that they need to see our miniature donkeys, feed the donkeys, clean the donkey house and definitely clean up the donkey poo.

The whole family enjoyed Pennywell Farm. They loved snuggling the piglets and laughing at Daddy snuggling them too.

Since visiting Pennywell and seeing the piglets, Lily, their older daughter has stopped eating meat!

During the stay, Lily enjoyed walking up Dartmoor’s Western Beacon from the cottages to explore the 3,000 village ruins and going to Bigbury-on-Sea to climb on the rocks. A bit further afield, Lily also enjoyed the House of Marbles, which can get a bit busy. Make sure you head upstairs to see the marbles go through a giant maze.

The best bits for a perfect stay

Dartmoor: Western Beacon. A walk from the farm that takes in a historic gypsy caravan and 3,000 village ruins. Look out for the Dartmoor ponies, sheep, cows and lots of birds.

Beach: Bigbury-on-Sea. It’s a massive beach when the tide is out. You can surf, climb the rocks and even go across to Burgh Island on a sea tractor when the tide is in.

Dining: The Horse & Groom pub. It’s a short walk from the farm and serves good honest pub grub with kid friendly options. We liked it because it didn’t feel ‘too kiddy’. On a Sunday evening between Easter and October half term, watch out for the local cream van stopping outside sometime between 7.30pm and 8pm. Also, the cafe at the House of Marbles but book a table in advance if you’d like to eat.

Activities: A trip to Torquay where you can go crabbing by the marina and get great ice creams. The girls also loved ‘Big Tesco’ – at Lee Mill, about 15 minutes away. It is probably the biggest Tesco you’ll ever visit.

Anything else: The girls enjoyed their super comfy beds and slept in some mornings. If only they’d stay in bed as long when they’re at home. Next time, we plan to spend more time on Dartmoor, around the farm/local area and at the beach.

Do you fancy doing what the Bardouille family did? Go on, stay with us and have an adventure.

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