Important Update on Covid-19 Impact
Now we are allowed to open we will have to abide by strict social distancing rules whilst you are on site to protect our guests, ourselves and our cleaning helpers. In order to help comply with this we will not be opening the swimming pool, games room or other communal play facilities in the grounds. For the remainder of this year there will be no organised animal feeding runs or guinea pig cuddling. You can, of course, still wander around to see the animals but maintaining social distancing between yourselves and other families staying on the farm.
To ensure your safety we have made the decision to leave a full week between each booking to enable thorough cleaning and to reduce the chance of cross contamination between guests. Although this seriously affects our capacity we believe it is the right option to give our guests piece of mind.
We look forward to welcoming you to our safe spot in the North Devon countryside albeit in a slightly different format to normal.
Here at Lower Hearson Farm we know that you want to unwind and enjoy some family time whilst you are on holiday. Enjoy our on-site facilities any time during your stay. Whether it be the swimming pool, games room or the outdoor play area, it will be great fun.
The Swimming Pool
All cottages share the use of our 38′ by 16′ outdoor, heated, covered swimming pool which is open from Easter to the end of September each year. The depth ranges from 3 feet in the shallow end to 5 feet at the deep end. As it is covered you can swim in any weather during its open season. Children love to hear the rain falling on the cover while they are in the water.
Every cottage has free wi-fi giving you all the benefits of the internet while you are here on holiday.
Meals in May and June
During May and June we keep a selection of Cook Foods meals in our freezer. If you want to have a hassle free dinner when you return from your day exploring North Devon you can purchase one from us and we will have it in your oven piping hot and ready for your return to your cottage. All you have to do is sit down, eat, relax and think about your wonderful day out and plan your next exciting day in North Devon.
Highbullen Hotel Leisure Facilities
We are delighted to be able to offer our guests use of the fabulous pool and gym facilities at Highbullen Hotel in addition to our own facilities. For a view of the pool see their Highbullen website. Payment for use of the swimming pool and gym is made direct at the hotel when you go to swim or use the gym. Full details and a map for the short drive are in each cottage.
Within the gardens we have a separate Games Room for entertainment and amusement whatever the weather. There is a pool table, small snooker table, a table tennis table and table top football for family competitions during your holiday. We have a large selection of DVDs including a good selection of children’s DVDs and books for you to borrow to take back to your cottage during your stay. There are also a variety of toys, games and books to suit younger children. Take one back to your cottage for a bedtime story. Each cottage has a selection of board games for some traditional family fun.
Spread around the gardens are children’s play areas with climbing frame, swings, slide, sandpit and trampoline. There is room on the grassed areas for family games including football, cricket and badminton.
There are 2 acres of pleasant gardens in which to stroll and relax or just sit down and read a book. There are picnic tables at various spots around the gardens. Take a stroll through the glade, over the stile across our 6 acre field and into 7 acres of our private woodland. All affording stunning views of the surrounding countryside and towards Exmoor.
There are small charcoal fired barbecues which you can borrow. Just bring your own charcoal. The local butchers in Barnstaple and South Molton sell delicious locally reared meat to make the holiday barbecue complete.
We keep Rare Breed Oxford Sandy and Black pigs in our woodland, traditional breed chickens in the gardens and Sheep in the field. Depending on the time of year there will be piglets, chicks and lambs. You are welcome to join us on the feeding runs so you can see the livestock more closely. The children and adults alike love the animal feeding runs in the morning and afternoon. A chance for you to get to know our animals more personally and to learn about their care.
Washing/Drying Machine in Each Cottage
No need to queue to do your laundry. Each cottage has a washer/dryer in the kitchen for you to use whilst you are here on your holiday.
There are many good restaurants and pubs in the surrounding area that serve delicious, locally sourced food. We would be happy to recommend some of our favourite places to eat and make a reservation for you if you would like us to.
Groceries and Provisions
Sainsburys and Tescos can make home deliveries to our self catering cottages. Frozen ready meals from Cook Foods and a local veg box scheme can be purchased on line and delivered here ready for your arrival. See About Us page or below for details.
Excellent meat is available from butchers in South Molton and Barnstaple. They are supplied by the local farms.
There are also many places to buy locally grown fruit and vegetables in the Barnstaple area. You can also have a vegetable box delivered from a local supplier to your cottage ready for your arrival. Please ask us for details when you book your holiday.
You can order high quality, frozen ready made meals produced as you would have made them at home by Cook Foods. They have been featured in The Daily Telegraph and are chefs who really care where ingredients are sourced and how meals are prepared. Meals can be delivered here ready for your arrival. Please ask for details when booking your holiday.
Tescos and Sainsbury’s are also able to make home deliveries to your cottage ready for your arrival. Just order online and have it delivered here. We are always happy to unload your food into your cottage if it arrives before you do for an easy start to your holiday.
The village shop in Landkey is there to meet all your emergency shopping requirements.