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
- Private parking for 2 cars
- Telephone (honesty-box)
- No smoking
- Pub 3 miles
- Picnic table and barbecue
- Biomass boiler
Whitehall Farm Cottage is part of a wonderful period farmhouse in a beautiful setting in the Otter Valley just outside the market town of Honiton.
There is an inglenook fireplace at the heart of this historic property. Carved beams add to the amazing character of this house.
The kitchen/breakfast-room is full of light.
There is a separate dining-room with French windows out to the patio and enclosed garden - both of which look out over fields and the view beyond.
This is the farmstead in the distance. The top of the hill is actually an Iron Age fort managed by the National Trust. You can walk up through the fields to explore.
Another view of the front of the cottage. There is plenty of parking for guests in the original farmyard (parking for the other two cottages is on the far side of the farmyard).
The kitchen offers plenty of space and a door at the far end leads into the sitting-room - as well as another door from the hallway.
This happy and welcoming cottage is a wonderful family-friendly base for your holiday.
Another view across the sitting-room which looks out into the farmyard. The working part of the farm and the farm machinery are in another part of the farmstead.
This lovely place is full of unique, artistic and creative ideas.
Another view of the dining-room with the French windows to the garden.
There are details everywhere that will delight children.
A path runs alongside the kitchen window to the front door.
This is the entrance hall. Just outside the front door there is a covered area so that you can take off your boots under shelter.
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.
Hanging space is behind the linen screen. Tasteful grey bed linens and thick sheep fleeces from the special flock here add a touch of luxury.
An eclectic mix of rustic and vintage furniture adds to the unique feel here.
This is the first floor family bathroom. There is also a shower and WC in the ground floor utility-room.
Lovely thick towels are provided.
This is the second of the double bedrooms. This room looks out over the garden and up the hill behind the farmhouse.
This bedroom has very clever hidden storage space in the wall panelling.
This is the twin bedroom, another well proportioned and spacious room.
Even the first floor landing doubles up as functional space. A full bookshelf and cupboard full of toys are there to enjoy.
Looking along the length of the landing. The second double bedroom and the twin bedroom are at the far end.
The utility-room on the ground floor has direct access to the garden. This is where the downstairs shower and WC are as well.
This view of the cottage is taken from its enclosed garden.
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 Rutland 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.
Even the chickens and cockerel are special breeds.
The sheep will sometimes be in the paddock right next to your garden.
The special fleeces from this rare flock of sheep are made into stunning blankets and throws.
You will be welcome to see and perhaps treat yourselves to the products from the flock.
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.