Child Friendly Devon Holidays

Family-friendly Eco Accommodation

Families love our low carbon eco lodges and cottage at Wheatland Farm in the heart of Devon. The go-cart is eternally popular, then there’s bikes, boats and fishing.  There are BBQs, a campfire site, and outdoor draughts/chess table and a badminton lawn too, plus lots to do nearby.  Our eco lodges have plenty of creature comforts, and are as accessible as possible.  Dogs are welcome, and there’s WiFi too. So when everyone is happy, you can relax too!

 

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Devon holidays with toddlers and preschoolers

Looking for a low carbon holiday that entertains the children and lets you really relax and properly recharge too? Pre school children love Wheatland Farm’s:

  • Swings and slide
  • Ride on tractor
  • Huge selection of books and DVDs to borrow from the farmhouse
  • Outside space to take you exploring!

To make your Devon holiday a bit easier on the packing, we can lend you:

  • A travel cot
  • High chair
  • Hand-held blender
  • Baby carrier (some of Wheatland Farm’s fields are rough walking)
  • Additional nappy bin (or you can use washables, but few do on holiday)
  • Shared washing machine (£2 per load, + £3 if you want it tumble dried)
  • There are no stairs for under fives to fall down in the wooden eco lodges – and we can fit a stair gate to Otter Cottage and to Balebarn Lodge’s loft stairs stairs to keep very young children safe.

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Devon farm holidays for children

Slightly older children just adore Wheatland Farm’s:

Wheatland Farrm’s Nuthatch and Honeysuckle Eco Lodges are great for families with children. They sleep 4 in a double room and we can add bed bars to the bunks. Nuthatch Lodge has a short bath – good for kids who don’t like showers yet.  Or if you want something more traditional try Otter Cottage with its wood burner, patio and enclosed garden – but note the stairs and a nearby pond (gated from the cottage, of course).

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Adventurous holidays in Devon!

Pre teens and teenagers are catered for too:

  • Wheatland Farm’s bikes go all the way up to adult sizes.
  • Anyone over about 8 years old is likely big enough to have a go with the pole lathe 
  • Wheatland Farm’s fishing pond is well stocked and even beginners are pretty much guaranteed a catch (and immediate release please). 
  • Making camp fire bread can be fun too
  • Some Duke of Edinburgh Award candidates done conservation tasks with us. If anyone is studying environmental science we’ll happily take a case study approach to our guided walk 
  • Cycling teens can have independent adventures on the Tarka Trail – anything from a gentle 5 mile solo stretch to a 40 mile bike adventure with you.
  • Or set them off on the train and challenge them to do the Exe Trail
  • You can book surf lessons on North Devon’s beaches, and the beach at Westward Ho! is about 40 mins drive away.
  • Or try kayaking on the River Torridge or the Exe (hire on the quay)
  • Horse riding at nearby Bold Try stables is popular (4 miles from the eco lodges). 
  • Near Bideford (20 miles) you’ll find The Ultimate High adventure park, and a wake park.
  • We make a great base for families with kids in the Ten Tors Dartmoor challenge each May – maybe they’ll challenge you to an overnight Dartmoor bivvy adventure if you’re at Wheatland Farm in the summer.
  • Then there’s the fabulous South West coast path – wind them up, set them off on a stretch and retire to a cafe at the other end to await their arrival!
  • In July and in early September there are usually a couple of Devon Sportives – 100km or 100 mile bike rides (depending on your level). But if that’s too sporty, try mountain biking at Halsdon Forest Park near Exeter.
  • If it’s wet, try Barnstaple’s Air Extreme trampoline centre. Or heading in the other direction,explore Clip’nClimb and the Exeter Quay Climbing Centre (both about 25 miles).
  • Back at Wheatland Farm they’ll love the optional hot tubs in Beech Lodge and Balebarn Lodge
  • Most mobile phones get a signal at Wheatland Farm.
  • We have WiFi in the lodges! 

Here at Wheatland Farm

Near Wheatland farm

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Devon Eco Family Holidays

Start relaxing on your holiday knowing that all your power is 100% green and renewable, most of it from our own turbine, and that you’ll be able to recycle properly here at Wheatland Farm.

And rest assured we put the environment first in all our business decisions – see our environmental policies and our buzz blog pages for our ethos. But you don’t have to take our word that this is a low carbon Devon holiday – Wheatland Farm has won numerous awards for sustainable holidays.

Want to do without the car at least some of the time? It’s easy to have an eco friendly family holiday at Wheatland Farm. The bikes to borrow aren’t just for kids, and some have child seats so you can take young children with you to the farm shop (half a mile), really local attractions, or the bus stop for a more distant adventure. See our car free things to do page for ideas. If you’re considering a completely car free Devon holiday, see Wheatland Farm’s car free pros and cons page.

You can ‘eat eco’ by ordering from Fiona’s farm shop up the road)( 01837 83382 ), buying in Winkleigh village (you can get local milk and veg as well as meat at the butchers), or by having your groceries delivered by localfarmbox.co.uk. Ask the local wine merchant (Grape and Grain in Crediton) to deliver on his way home to Winkleigh (mention Wheatland Farm).

But perhaps the nicest part of your eco holiday will be wilddlife watching. We’re always delighted to take you on a guided nature walk (it’s your stay that supports our conservation work after all), and there’s plenty to be seen from the eco lodge windows and veranda. Talking of the veranda, it’s a great place to unwind with a glass of something refreshing when the kids are in bed!

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Three Generation Holidays In Devon

Wheatland Farm is wonderful for spending time with the grandchildren – there’s loads for them to do right here, so you can do as much or as little as you like and still enjoy their company. Will it be abadminton tournament or a game of outdoor chess and draughts.  Our 21 acres means you can give the kids the freedom childhood is supposed to be about.

Balebarn Eco Lodge, is the ultimate place for a three generations holiday:

  • It has an optional hot tub
  • It’s largely open plan, but has 4 bedrooms (2 doubles, a twin and a bunk)
  • Gives fabulous views out over the field and wildlife pond (helping you keep an eye on things without leaving the veranda
  • Two bathrooms (one has a wet room type shower)
  • It’s the most accessible of our lodges with parking at the door and no steps.

Or maybe you’d prefer a little more separation? In which case, try a combination of accommodation! Honeysuckle Eco Lodge works well combined with Nuthatch Eco Lodge:

  • Each sleeps 4 and has a single internal level (but external steps).
  • Both lodges have a porch swing and lovely views.
  • Both have well equipped modern kitchens.
  • The main difference between these two lodges is the bathroom – Honeysuckle Lodge has a good sized shower cubicle in the bathroom, whereas Nuthatch Lodge has a shower over a short bath (perfect for families with children who don’t like to shower yet).
  • Bring a baby-listener and you’ll be able to go ‘next door’ with full peace of mind

Alternatively, if there are up to 6 of you, Beech Eco Lodge could be perfect:

  • Optional private hot tub
  • Larger bedrooms than Nuthatch and Honeysuckle (double with private veranda, twin, bunk) and generally more space.
  • Bigger TV
  • WiFi
  • Note Beech Lodge has one internal change in level

But if you really want to retreat at times, maybe go for two different styles – mix a lodge with charming and more traditional Otter Cottage, by the fishing pond:

  • Woodburner
  • Stable door to the private garden
  • Bathroom with shower over bath
  • Easy parking at the door
  • Right by the kids bikes and ride on toys
  • Next to the fishing pond (behind a toddler deterrent gate)

Elsewhere around the farm there’s lots of wildlife, from butterflies to owls, and we’d be delighted to take you and your family on a guided nature walk while you’re staying at Wheatland Farm. We can almost always arrange this at a mutually convenient time, and there’s no charge for guests booking direct with Wheatland Farm.