This wonderfully spacious family-sized cottage in rural east Devon ticks the happy holiday wish list. Set at the heart of a family-run farm in the unspoilt countryside of the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and just half an hour's drive from the stunning Jurassic Coast, the location is excellent.
The cottage is full of character – it is half of an historic farmhouse dating back to the 16th Century – and has been transformed by its creative architect owners, into an amazing, individual and truly welcoming independent holiday property.
Whitehall Farm Cottage has a tranquil Scandinavian feel, there is a large fully enclosed lawned garden wrapped around two sides, a kitchen/breakfast-room, a separate dining-room with French windows to the patio and garden, a sitting-room with ancient beams and a large fireplace with a wood-burning stove. Upstairs there is a choice of three bedrooms – one bedroom has a super-king bed, one has a double bed and there is also a twin bedroom. The family bathroom on the first floor which has a bath and a separate shower, and the utility-room with a shower on the ground floor, add to the flexibility that Whitehall Farm Cottage offers to its guests.
You will be able to explore 125 acres of farmland - which includes an Iron Age Hill Fort, Dumpdon Hill - looked after by the Devon Wildlife Trust. The farm is also signed up with the Natural England Stewardship Scheme which further encourages wildlife and natural habitats, so this really is a very special place to stay.
Whitehall Farm, on the edge of the village of Luppitt, is home to cattle, rare breed sheep and of course a family of farmyard chickens. You will have all the peace and privacy you would like but the owners, who live next door, are more than happy to tell their visitors about the farm and the animals, and to show them where they can explore. There are two other cottages at Whitehall Farm and so there is the option to book all together for a really happy extended family holiday. Do ask us.
You might not want to explore further than the Otter Valley Field Kitchen for delicious local ice cream and other treats in a beautiful 'grand design' building and lovely setting looking across the Otter Valley – you pass this on your way to Whitehall Farm as it is just on the next door farm. The renowned Otter Brewery is based in the village and The Holt in Honiton is part of this thriving local business too and comes highly recommended for a lovely meal out.
However for days out the beaches of the Jurassic Coast stretch through east Devon and into Dorset, with traditional seaside towns offering something for all the family. Budleigh Salterton is a pebbled beach with its pretty little town as the backdrop, Sidmouth has plenty of sand at low tide and is a great town for strolling along the promenade and shopping for treats. Lyme Regis is famous for the iconic harbour wall, The Cobb, and for the landmark of Golden Cap – a fantastic walk for the energetic who will be rewarded with panoramic views along the cost. Charmouth is the place for fossil collecting whilst the tiny villages of Beer and Branscombe will take you back in time.
Between Whitehall Farm and the coast is a lovely expanse of heathland – Woodbury Common – which is criss-crossed with pathways for both walkers and cyclists - with the sea sparkling beyond it.
Inland from the cottage is just as special. The Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty gives that all too rare opportunity to get right off the beaten track. There are ancient Beech woodlands, tiny hamlets, plenty of dog-friendly village pubs and a network of excellent footpaths.
The market town of Honiton is famous for its antiques shops and there are two street markets each week.
Kitchen/Breakfast-room with electric hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher
Sitting-room with TV/DVD player and wood-burner
Utility-room with washing machine, tumble-drier, shower cubicle and separate WC
Bedroom 1 with super-king double bed (6')
Bedroom 2 with double bed (4'6'')
Bedroom 3 with twin beds (3')
Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, WC and wash-basin
*Only 1 cot is provided, bring your own travel cot.
- Dogs welcome (1 only)
- Travel cot, high chair and stair-gate
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Private parking for 2 cars
- Telephone (honesty-box)
- No smoking
- Pub 3 miles
- Picnic table and barbecue
- Biomass boiler
Whitehall Farm Cottage is half of an historic farmhouse in a wonderful setting overlooking the Otter Valley in East Devon.
The kitchen/breakfast room is filled with natural light. This is the first room to the right from the entrance hall. It links to the living room too.
There is a warmly welcoming living room with a wood burning stove ini the large fireplace and a beamed ceiling which celebrate the age of the property
This is the lovely setting for the cottage. The farm nestles into the hillside - the woodland at the top is managed by the National Trust and the Woodland Trust.
This is a view of Whitehall Farm Cottage from the top of its large garden. There is plenty of space for children to play and the garden is fenced.
This is another view of the living room to show the fireplace and wood burning stove.
There is a separate dining room with French windows to the patio and lawned gardens. This is the room to the left from the entrance hall.
The three bedrooms are all on the first floor. This is the main bedroom. All the rooms are just as stylish and have a calm feel to them.
This is the second of the double bedrooms. This room looks out over the garden and up the hill behind the farmhouse.
Another view of the double bedroom and a glimpse of its outlook.
This is the twin bedroom, another well proportioned and spacious room.
This is the family bathroom, it has a shower cubicle too. There is a second shower and wc on the ground floor in the utility room.
The first floor corridor has a cosy reading area at the far end with a floor to ceiling bookshelf to choose holiday reading from.
There is plenty of parking outside the cottage. The path to the front door runs around the side of the building.
This is the view from the farmstead across the Otter Valley. The hillside setting means that there are wonderful panaromic views.
Whitehall Farm is home to a rare flock of Gottland sheep, famous for their incredible curly fleeces. The lovely owners will be pleased to show you around.
The farm is also home to a herd of beef cattle. When you are exploring it is important to keep your dog on a lead please.
You will find free-range chickens wandering around happily.
The sheep will sometimes be in the paddock right next to your garden.
The Otter Valley Field Kitchen is on the very next farm. Fabulous award-winning ice cream and other delights. You will pass it on your way here.
Whitehall Farm is an easy drive to the stunning Jurassic Coast. This is Sidmouth, a short drive the other side of Honiton.
Just on the East Devon/Dorset border is Lyme Regis - a wonderful place for a day out.
A very unspoilt seaside town and beach can be found at Budleigh Salterton.