At Wheatland Farm you can escape workaday life and just relax. We know how important a holiday is, and you’ll start yours with fresh scones delivered to your lodge or cottage. Ian and Maggie live on site and are here to help, especially if anyone has additional access needs. So you can expect not just dark skies, wildlife on your doorstep, and birdsong, but also a genuine warm and caring welcome.
Around Wheatland Farm
Of course, providing good accommodation for your Devon holiday is essential, but we want to be more than just that: we want Wheatland Farm to be a lovely ‘place to be’. So here’s a bit more about what we offer, beyond just a comfortable bed:
On the farm you can:
Watch the birds from your veranda or patio | Play outdoor chess or draughts | Take the boats and boards out for a paddle | Brush up your badminton skills! | Tromp round the fields with your dog | Borrow local maps | Fish the farmyard pond by Otter Cottage | Jump in the wildlife pond! | Borrow pushbikes, or try a tandem | Search out the outdoor art | Have a campfire | Gaze at the moon and even see the Milky Way on clear dark nights | Take a guided nature walk | Try your hand at the pole lathe | Take your morning coffee to the turbine room | Get your shopping delivered | arrange for a Devon wine or beer delivery! |
A Bit Further Away From The Farm
Or slightly further afield (and ordered roughly by distance, up to 30 miles):
Nip up to Fiona’s Farm Shop for a cake (half a mile), or into the village ( 2 miles) for coffee at Catkin Blooms flower shop and cafe | Have lunch at the Kings Arms in Winkleigh | Sample cider at Winkleigh Cider Factory | Find the big tree and picnic by the Taw | Walk in Hollocombe or Winkleigh woods | Visit Winkleigh’s cactus shop | See April Bluebells in Halsdon woods | Track down a Hockings Ice Cream van | Find Sylvia Plath’s yew tree in the church yard at North Tawton | Bag a Dartmoor Tor at Belstone | wild swim: in Belstone Cleave or in Fingle Woods or in the pools near Meldon Quarry on the edge of Dartmoor | Find out about Tom Pearce’s Grey Mare at the National Trust’s Finch Foundry | Visit Michael Morpurgo’s local, the Duke of York at Iddesleigh | Try a New Inn – there’s one at Roborough and another at Sampford Courtney! | discover more about the Prayer Book Rebellion (Sampford Courtney)| Go out for lunch at The Grove| Explore Hatherleigh and visit its cafe (one of the best coffee and brownies in Devon) and pottery | Stroll around RHS Rosemoor | Catch a film or have lunch at Torrington’s Plough Arts Centre | Visit the Dartington Glass Factory (best on a working day) | Cycle the Tarka trail, starting at the The Puffing Billy or at Meeth Quarry Nature Reserve | Go further on the Tarka Trail – from Instow to the lovely cafe at Fremington or on to Barnstaple | Go the whole hog and challenge yourself to a 40 mile bike adventure to Barnstaple and back | Kayak or canoe along the Exeter canal | Or head north and take the train to Barnstaple and bike out to Braunton Burrows, the core of the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere Reserve | Walk out along Baggy Point then eat cream teas at The Thatch in Croyde | Wander around Stone Lane Garden’s sculptures | Explore Exeter’s cathedral and museums | Do the Exe Estuary Trail | Walk to the highest point on Dartmoor via the Black A Tor Copse National Nature Reserve | Explore the National Trust’s Lydford Gorge, Arlington Court, Knightshayes Court, Killerton House or Castle Drogo | Get fish and chips in Ilfracombe and see Damien Hirst’s Verity | Have lunch and enjoy the sculpture garden at Broomhill | Go to the beach at Westward Ho | hire boards or learn to surf | walk part of the southwest coast path…. and lots more!
Want to go car free?
At Wheatland Farm you can holiday without your car. Or you can just give your car a holiday for the day. There’s things to do on the farm, or you can travel through the countryside on the Exeter to Barnstaple bus (so long as you’re prepared to walk or cycle to the bus stop) – here’s a link to ideas for car free things to do.
Making your holiday easier
Holidays shouldn’t be a hassle, and not everyone in your party will be equally athletic or able. We’re keen to help make everyone’s stay simpler – see our page on how we’ve made our accommodation more accessible.