Full of charm and character, Friends Farmhouse is a magnificent and wonderfully unique retreat. Built in the 1750s and previously named Frains Farmhouse after its owners (the Frains), the property is full of gorgeous period features that are beautifully complemented by the refurbished elements of the house that ensure a luxurious getaway for up to 16 people.
Despite the property being nearly 300 years old, there is a wonderful sense of home throughout the house. The excellently maintained exterior welcomes you with an understated charm that is continued as you enter the entrance hall, from which you can access the many beautifully furnished rooms on the ground floor. The house comes with two sitting-rooms, the first of which houses the beautiful period fireplace that has been a part of the house since its construction. Gorgeously rugged wooden beams lie across the ceiling, complementing the crisp white walls and lavish velvet sofas. The second sitting-room comes equipped with a fabulous Smart TV perfect for those snug evenings in and there are plenty of gorgeous little nooks to perch and enjoy the beautiful stillness of this historic building. The thick walls and low ceilings give these rooms a delightfully cosy feel but guests who are on the taller side will need to be mindful of the small doorways into these rooms.
Further along the ground floor, you'll find the main modern kitchen and adjoining dining-room complete with a fabulous wooden table that's perfect for those large family dinners with all your loved ones. Natural light floods in through the windows to give this room a light and airy feel, while the elegant piano perched in the corner of the room provides a great source of entertainment in the evenings. The kitchen itself is beautifully finished with modern fittings and appliances that make cooking delicious meals an absolute dream. A delightful breakfast-bar provides a great place for your morning coffee while a second, smaller kitchen gives you and your party options when it comes to cooking.
Downstairs you will find four of the eight marvellous and inviting bedrooms. A delightful single bed is tucked into the corner of bedroom one which also houses a fantastic truckle bed should you need it. Bedroom two is the first of many of the bedrooms to come with a luxurious super-king size 'zip and link' bed that can also be converted into two singles. Bedroom three is exclusively for little ones with two charming two-foot six-inch single beds offering a great place for them to rest their weary heads. This room also has a brilliant en suite shower-room. Bedroom four is the final room on the ground floor and is again equipped with a single bed and accompanying truckle bed as well as another en suite. A family bathroom with a large corner bath completes the ground floor.
There are two staircases in the house. The main staircase is lovely and wide (but means you won't be able to fit a stair-gate if you do bring dogs) while the characterful secondary staircase can be found in the main kitchen and leads straight up to bedroom five. Here you will find another brilliant 'zip and link' super-king bed accompanied by a charming sofa and a lavish en suite with a gorgeous bath and a modern shower. Down the hall, bedrooms six and eight come with inviting double and king-size beds respectively while bedroom seven is the final room to house a 'zip and link' super-king. A spacious shower-room with a large sky light, a double-sized cubicle and a modern shower finishes off the first floor.
Friends Farmhouse has plenty of outside space to enjoy the Devonshire sunshine and take in far reaching views of the surrounding countryside. There is a beautiful lawn at the front of the house great for little ones and a small pond that has been made safe with a sturdy metal grill for the resident toads and holiday makers alike to enjoy. At the back, a superb patio is a perfect place to enjoy a spot of al fresco dining on the outside seating area. The house also comes with a garage, but it is not open to guests.
Friends Farmhouse sits in the pretty little village of Buckland Brewer. There is a lovely community shop if you are in need of amenities and the charming Coach and Horses Inn is only a short walk away with a friendly landlord. Venture further afield to Westward Ho!, a wonderful town with a fantastic beach that is particularly popular with surfers. Former Britain's best beach winner Woolacombe is also close by, with gorgeous sand dunes and fantastic surf making it a very popular beach. If you fancy a day out, jump on the ferry from Bideford over to the picturesque island of Lundy and enjoy its wonderful heritage coast and unspoilt countryside.
Sitting-room 1 with Smart TV and wood-burner
Sitting-room 2 with Smart TV
Kitchen 1 with electric range cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher
Dining-room with piano
Kitchen 2 with electric hob, electric oven and washing machine
Bedroom 1 with single bed (3') and truckle bed (3')
Bedroom 2 with 'zip and link' (super-king or twin) beds
Bathroom with bath, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 3 with small twin beds (2'6" recommended for children only) and en suite Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 4 with single bed (3') and truckle bed (3') and en suite Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 5 with 'zip and link' (super-king or twin) beds and en suite Bathroom with bath, fitted shower, WC and double wash-basins
Bedroom 6 with double bed (4'6")
Bedroom 7 with 'zip and link' (super-king or twin) beds
Bedroom 8 with king-size double bed (5')
Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Please note Friends Farmhouse has a wide staircase so will not fit a stair-gate. The truckle beds in bedrooms one and four are available on request, they are suitable for adults being three-foot by six-foot six-inches. The small twin beds in bedroom three are suitable for children only. Please note there will be garden furniture at the front of the property for your enjoyment. Dogs are welcome at Friends Farmhouse but only downstairs. *Only 1 cot is provided, bring your own travel cots.
- Dogs welcome
- Travel cot and high chair
- Arrive/Depart Thursday
- Short breaks available
- Wood-burner/Open fire
- Private parking for 3 cars and additional parking on road
- No smoking
- Pub 0.5 miles
- Garden furniture and barbecue
- Full oil-fired CH
Friends Farmhouse is a wonderful 300-year-old getaway.
The house is full of gorgeous period features dating back to the 1750s.
There are eight brilliant bedrooms to enjoy.
This property is great for larger parties dreaming of a sociable holiday.
Welcome to Friends Farmhouse!
A stunning period fireplace sits in the centre of the main sitting-room. You will find bedroom three and four leading off of this room.
Snuggle up in front of the fire on the lavish velvet sofas, the kitchen and dining-room are accessed through the door to the right.
The thick walls and low ceilings make this room incredibly cosy.
A gorgeous wooden beam runs across the second sitting-room's ceiling.
There are plenty of little nooks to discover around the house.
This room comes equipped with a fabulous Smart TV and leads to the second kitchen along with bedroom one and two.
The gorgeous kitchen and dining-room are great for sociable evenings together.
Gather around the fabulous dining-table and enjoy delicious meals together.
The modern kitchen has everything you'll need on your holiday.
The small breakfast-bar is a great place to enjoy your morning coffee.
The second kitchen gives you even more room to prepare delicious meals.
A delightful single bed is accompanied by a handy trundle bed in bedroom one.
What a cosy place to wake up!
Between bedroom one and two on the ground floor you will find a small but functional family bathroom.
Bedroom two comes with fantastic 'zip and link' single beds that can combine into a super-king double bed.
Treat yourself on holiday!
Bedroom three is only for little ones, with two charming two-foot six-inch single beds.
Bedroom three also comes equipped with a fantastic en suite shower-room.
Bedroom four also has a single bed with a trundle bed underneath it.
Relax and unwind in this fabulous retreat.
Bedroom four also has an en suite.
The main staircase up to the first floor.
Stairs from the kitchen leading up to bedroom five.
Bedroom five houses another 'zip and link' super-king with a chic en suite.
Every room is beautifully furnished.
Bedroom five enjoys a wonderful en suite with a double vanity unit!
The landing links all the bedrooms together, however it's so large the children of the family will love sitting together and nattering in the morning.
A gorgeous double bed sits in the centre of bedroom six.
Gorgeous countryside views.
Stunning period furniture can be found all over the house.
Bedroom seven has another fabulous 'zip and link' super-king.
Enjoy breakfast from the comfort of your luxurious bed.
Bedroom eight houses a wonderful king-size bed.
Wake to the morning sun creeping in through the window.
A beautiful family shower-room completes the first floor.
Enjoy the Devonshire sunshine on the wonderful lawn.
The patio at the rear of the house is perfect for al fresco dining.
Enjoy the sunshine on the newly added wooden dining area.
A garage is attached to the property but not for public use.
Westward Ho! is a great beach very close by.
Enjoy the sand dunes at Woolacombe, a former Britain's best beach winner.
Head over to the surfing hotspot of Croyde.
The pretty town of Barnstaple is only a short car journey away.
Hartland Point is home to some incredible views.