Otter Cottage, Wheatland Farm
This delightful self catering Devon cottage with woodburner 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 with freeview 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’re welcome to explore on our free to borrow bikes, via the 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 woodburner
This Devon cottage with woodburner 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
- 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. At present there’s a 2Kw three pin socket outlet in the old farmyard. There is a charge for this. Later in 2022 we will have an untethered PodPoint 7.5Kw, where you can charge and pay with the PodPoint app. Please bring your own cables, including the old style three pin one. 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). There are plans afoot for a Hot Tub at Otter Cottage, but we’re not there yet.
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). We can tell you about some of our favourite cafes and hidden gems for local days out (there’s an excellent Deli in Instow just off the Tarka Trail, we love the coffee and cakes in Hatherleigh, near the pottery, the fish and chips at Appledore make it a great day out etc etc). Closer to the cottage, the fish and chip van is usually in Winkleigh on Thursdays (or try Graylings, in North Tawton). 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 superking (access one side only in that orientation).
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.
Otter Cottage at Wheatland Farm has an upstairs bathroom with standard shower, toilet and basin.
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.