Deep in the countryside, with beautiful views
The historic rectory and tithe farm now embrace nine authentic farm cottages
We have two buildings with small animals. There is space for social distancing in these.
One of the animal houses has little chairs and a large low table where children can hold and watch the animals, older children can sit anywhere with an animal. This house has 8 animal pens. Children are given little beakers with animal food and handfuls of hay to take to their designated pen(s). They can fill jugs to fill water bowls.
The other animal house has a large pen where children who can sit still, can sit on small stools to watch and be with the animals. There is also chairs in the house where children can sit with an animal. Feeding and water also in this room.
The hens lay eggs in three different places, probably more if we could find where in the banks and hedges! Our quails lay eggs in 3 different pens.
We feed the ducks and chickens when we let them out in the mornings. Children are given margarine tubs of corn or pellets. They can either broadcast the feed or hold pots down for the birds to eat out of. This naturally takes place well apart as there are lots of birds.
Hand washing facilities are in the animal rooms & by the chicken houses.
Eight of our cottages are set in mature park-like gardens and grounds. (the 9th is a short step away through our cobbled yard). They are proper houses, and though Lin and Hay Cottages are on the compact side (42.6sq m) with Barn somewhat bigger, they offer good size attractive accommodation (up to 160 sq m), very well equipped, with many extra touches. They all have central heating or its equivalent and 3 have log stoves. All but Lin and Hay have dishwashers.
We offer hands on animal care and feeding that extend to cuddles and cleaning pens, lots of fresh straw! During the animal season (Easter to end of October) we breed rabbits, guinea pigs, and mice. Two of the cats usually have a litter of kittens each year, though we can’t ever know when or how many kittens there will be. We hatch chicks, quails and ducks for as long as viable eggs are available.
Eggs are collected each day and everyone is involved in letting the birds out and putting them to bed each evening. There’s a lot of counting!
Much early learning is naturally found in daily animal interaction and garden toys. We have an Early Years practitioner on our team keeping us up to date with sharing, caring, personal care, problem solving, remembering, squiggling and movement, as well as making friends and meeting the natural world in many of its shapes and forms.
Over the last 33 years we have seen amazing responses from children's interaction with animals.
The cottages are generously equipped and enthusiastically upgraded every year.
Beds prepared ready for your arrival with bath and hand towels.
Full-size cots, children's loo seats, steps and other nursery equipment freely available.
Basics include: dishwasher and laundry tablets etc, spare loo rolls in each bathroom, cleaning cloths, sponges, washing up needs and so forth. The cottage will be warm and cosy ready for your arrival. Your enjoyment of your stay is what makes us happy.
The walled swimming pool area is an outdoor suntrap, it is available as long as is feasible, this generally means towards the May half term week and through to the middle of September.
We have a play room with murals, comfy sofas and chairs. Our games room has pool, table tennis, junior air hockey and table football. The library has books, children’s’ books, dvds, games etc.
There is fast wifi in all cottages, in the library and around the gardens.
A free laundry room provides extra machines and driers and a plentiful supply of laundry tablets and conditioners of all sorts. A freezer with bought in everyday family type food available at cost, also tinned food.
The gardens and meadow are surrounded by fields. Garden is great for hide and seek, football and other ball games, also for races, egg and spoon races, especially when the white rabbit visits, barbecues, picnics, bird watching, play swing ball and for toddler play.
A convivial setting for drinks and chats. It is home too to the walled swimming and baby pool. The animal houses are near the meadow, with amazing views over the wooded Torridge valley, farmland to a view of distant Exmoor.
There are amazing attractions, pubs, local good food, cycling, walking, and sandy beaches. We have a fantastic holistic therapist in the village, Tarka Pottery is close by, as is the Village Hall for skittles, we overlook RHS Rosemoor gardens which is a few minutes drive away, as is Dartington Crystal.
Children have fun whatever the weather; puddles for splashing, grassy banks are better for rolling down when wet!
Whether you are exploring wonderful Mid and North Devon, visiting friends and relations in the area or looking for a venue for family gatherings, Torridge House Cottages has a lot to offer at reasonable prices.
We have much to suit wedding parties having hosted them to great acclaim. The setting of the cottages around a large green makes them and our gardens a very special setting for celebrations. In the quiet autumn and winter periods we are also happy to consider month or longer lets.
We are absolutely delighted to have been recognized with the prestigious Rose Award 2016 from VisitEngland for exceptional service.