7 cottages + a swimming pool at Budleigh Farm
Jill called Budleigh Farm Cottages an old favourite. Jill and the Harvey family spent a weekend together in Leicester handing out leaflets all about Dartmoor holidays. They were pioneers in tourist information. The Harvey family had holiday cottages and bed & breakfast
in those days, but now the family only let out the cottages on the outskirts of Moretonhampstead.
I think they were rather surprised when I asked if I might have a 'refresher' view of the holiday lets,
but when I pointed out that they have been on my website for almost 15 years now, and I haven't had
a look indoors for all that time, they agreed that it might be a good idea for me to call in with my camera.
Each let is different to it's neighbour. Each has an outside seating area. And all the usual facilities.
Tv, wifi, bathroom or shower room, sensible kitchens, although no dishwashers as yet (1st one on order)
They proudly boast that their prices are 'all in' which I thoroughly approve of. This means that the booking
price includes linen, towels, electricity, and fire wood for the 3 cottages that sport woodburners.
You will find spare loo rolls, some washing up liquid and they will arrange for groceries to be waiting if
you wish. This cottage with the four poster bed, is called the Studio. It has a small wood burner
and I think it would make a snug little hideaway for a bargain price honeymoon. Not overlooked.
This cottage is called the Range, with a family bedroom layout of a double and a single bed. See below.
Also a good choice if you fancy twin beds with one of them being extra large. Added to that there is a bed
settee in the sitting room under that gaily coloured throw. Notice the dining table on the left of the shot.
This large living room is in the cottage called the Stable and is all on the ground floor. If you look
at the reflection in the door on the right, you can see the view through the front door and notice
that snow is on the ground, but this cottage was warm and bright, and I think it would be a good
suggestion for a less able holidaymaker. There is not enough space for a wheelchair in the bedroom,
but there is in this sitting room/kitchen and there is in the bathroom, which has grips on the wall.
I have added notes to the photo below to help any wheelchair users. Hope it's useful.
This jolly little number is called the Granary and I love it. It has a small woodburner with fuel.
The double bed is on a raised platform up the ladder, over a sofa bed affair that would be ideal for another
small body. I was told that they advertise this as a sleeps 2, but that they will take an extra in it.
The lowest price for this cottage this year (2013) is under £200 for a week up to the end of March,
and the top price in Summer from July 27th to August 31st is £307, which leads me to how I see
these cottages. They are not top of the range and neither are they bargain basement, but mid range
good value cottages, perfect for Dartmoor loving holidaymakers who would enjoy meeting new friends
around the farm or maybe at the swimming pool. The gardens are a pleasure. Everything is well kept.
They are not the most up to date furnishings, although there is an updating exercise underway, and
The Linney was having a super new kitchen fitted on the day I called, and the visitor's book bears testament
to the fact that guest come back year after year because they love it. July and August 2012 three entries one
after another read :- "Our 11th trip to Budleigh" (Margaret from London) ", "3rd time visitors - fantastic
accommodation" (Anthony and Kate plus dog Meg from London) and "Another fantastic stay at Budleigh.
Thank you for a brilliant relaxing stay. (Andy Farmer, Cheshire) Need I say more ? I think not ! - Jill
Take a look at the Budleigh Farm website