A cosy Devon cottage with wood burner

Otter Cottage, Wheatland Farm

  • Wheatland Farm's Devon cottage with wood burner, seen from the fishing pond
  • The patio at Otter Cottage, a Devon cottage with a wood burner at Wheatland Farm
  • Main bedroom at Otter cottage, Wheatland Farm, Devon
  • Woodburner at Otter Cottage, Wheatland Farm, Devon
  • Looking towards the bedrooms at Otter Cottage, Wheatland Farm, Devon
  • Quirky accommodation - door knob hangers for clothes, Otter Cottage, Wheatland Farm, Devon
  • Otter Cottage at Wheatland Farm, Devon, is in the old farmyard
  • The twin room at Otter Cottage, Wheatland Farm, Devon
  • Kitchen area at Otter Cottage, Wheatland Farm, Devon
  • Bookshelves at Otter Cottage, Wheatland Farm, Devon
  • Living area, with woodburner, Otter Cottage, Wheatland Farm, Devon

This delightful self catering Devon cottage with a wood burner offers peace and quiet on our award-winning farm. It sleeps 4 in double and twin rooms upstairs (plus family bathroom). Downstairs you’ll find an open plan living and kitchen area. Otter Cottage makes a great base for a family holiday, or a brilliant bolthole for spring and autumn short breaks.

Otter Cottage, in the old farmyard

The front door of Otter Cottage opens to the old farmyard. The ‘turbine room‘ indoor garden is just opposite, there are bikes to borrow across the yard, and parking by the cottage door, and if yours is an electric car, you can recharge on site too. From the cottage itself, a ‘stable door’ opens to the south-facing garden and a view over the pond. So you can breakfast on the patio, or in the kitchen with the upper door open. Upcycled features and hand-crafted fittings add style. There’s a TV (you can connect to your streaming subscriptions) and a collection of books to borrow tucked away under the stairs.

An Eco Friendly Cottage

Otter Cottage is the most conventional of Wheatland Farm’s eco accommodation, but still uses 100% renewable energy, solar hot water (with green grid immersion back up) and has excellent overall efficiency. Wheatland Farm’s extensive recycling facilities and all-round sustainable ethos has won numerous environmental awards. So yours will be a green Devon holiday: almost as green as Devon’s countryside, which you can explore on our free to borrow bikes, via the Devon walks and route notes listed on our website, or just through a free guided tour of the farm, which we can almost always arrange.

Cottage with wood burner

This Devon cottage with a wood burner makes a lovely cosy retreat all year round, but especially for a spring or autumn short break. We supply a start up basket of wood, then refills are £2 per basket – just ask at the farmhouse. The wood comes from our own sustainably managed hedgerows and woodland. Of course, there are radiators too.

Otter Cottage’s well-equipped kitchen

The kitchen at Otter Cottage has all you’ll need for your Devon holiday, including:

  • Induction hob
  • Standard oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Fridge freezer
  • Cafetiere and hob-top expresso maker
  • Kettle and toaster, crockery, pans etc

Cottage with electric car charging

You can charge your electric car while staying at Otter Cottage. There’s an untethered PodPoint 7.5Kw, where you can charge and pay with the PodPoint app. Please bring your own cables. In practice, Wheatland Farm’s tether is almost always there, but we might need to take it on a journey. Please also bring your old style three pin cable as a back up (then you’ll have plenty of options while in Devon, as well as at Wheatland Farm).

Cottage With Hot Tub?

Looking for a cottage with a hot tub? Book Beech or Balebarn Eco Lodges instead, or book Honeysuckle Lodge and try the funky eco outside bathtub (optional extra).

Local Devon food

When it comes to food, Devon treats stand out. Plenty of good pubs nearby offer meals, including take outs, (there are 3 pubs within 2 miles of Wheatland Farm, in Winkleigh and Wembworthy, and by far the best for food is the Kings Arms in Winkleigh square).

There’s a choice of cafes too. Fiona’s Farm Shop, just half a mile up the road, does tea and cakes and traditional lunches. In Winkleigh village (two miles from the farm) there’s Catkin Blooms, a florist cafe with a barista feel that also sells a selection of local gifts. It’s our current favourite. Afterall, the atmosphere is as important as the coffee really, and here you get both. But that’s not all! Just along the Hatherleigh Road you’ll find Tallet’s cafe at the cider factory. It’s a bit more mainstream, perhaps, but has the distinct advantage of being open on a Monday when many cafes shut (and of course, you can buy cider for later).

A little further afield there’s Jonesy’s Cafe on the old Winkleigh airfield. That one is more ‘chips and beans and fry up’. We love the coffee and cakes in Hatherleigh, near the pottery, (about eight miles from Wheatland Farm). If you go exploring along Devon’s famous Tarka Trail try the Puffing Billy cafe at Torrington, the excellent Deli in Instow, or the station master’s cafe at Barnstaple Station. Fish and chips at Appledore or Westward Ho also make a great addition to a day out.

You can have supermarket groceries delivered, or even whole meals from the farm shop up the road. Alternatively, get supplies from a Devon online grocer (localfarmbox.co.uk), where most of the produce is local and veg comes in paper bags not plastic.  And if you fancy a few bottles to help you unwind on holiday, ring Bruce, our friendly wine merchant from Grape and Grain in Crediton (01363 777719). He’ll advise and drop off for you on his way home through Winkleigh.

Cottage with 2 Bedrooms

Of course, a good night’s sleep is crucial to a great holiday. The cottage bedrooms are upstairs, with a double room looking out over the ponds (one of the best views on Wheatland Farm). There’s also a twin room that can be made up as a super king (access one side only in that orientation).

Otter Cottage at Wheatland Farm has an upstairs bathroom with a walk in shower, toilet and basin.

If you need something without full stairs please consider one of our one-level lodges. Honeysuckle Eco Lodge (sleeps up to 4) would be good for a couple, or Beech Eco Lodge for a small group (sleeps 6). For an even bigger group consider our gorgeous Balebarn Eco Lodge, which sleeps 8, is on one level throughout, and has a wheelchair friendly wet room. Please also see our access section. Balebarn Lodge and Otter Cottage also work well together for groups of up to 12, as they are nearly next door to each other.

A Wildlife Friendly Cottage

Named after the otter seen pilfering the pond one morning, Otter Cottage at Wheatland Farm has a low-fenced garden and glorious views over the fields and to Dartmoor. Watch out for the resident moorhen family in the back garden and the occasional emerald flash of a kingfisher on the perch over the pond… In summer dragonflies hunt here and butterflies abound. Best of all, you’ll rest easy in the knowledge that it’s your stay that funds Wheatland Farm’s conservation project.

Explore our nature reserve (or take a free guided tour), borrow a bike or walk to the nearby farm shop, or just relax! Dogs (max 2 in this cottage) are welcome. There are lots of other things to do nearby too.

Happy to Help

Want to know more? Ring us on 01837 83499 with any questions. Here’s our Terms and Conditions (pretty standard stuff) and an access statement for the cottage. Please let us know if you have any specific needs, such as mobitlity equipment, or even just a vegan alternative to our welcome scones. We’ll always do our best to make yours a hitch-free Devon holiday.

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