Cozy cottage, peaceful surroundings, ideal walking, exploring, stargazing
- English, German
About Renate Huckle
After many years of being a GP in South Devon, where we enjoyed boat building, sailing, renovating houses and where our 4 children were born, we decided to move to the countryside to live a different life and try farming. After much searching we found the perfect place, unspoilt and secluded Bradford Barton in the middle of Devon, on the Two Moors Way between Exmoor and Dartmoor with a large enough farm house for all of us and many substantial, interesting barns in quite good condition.
Renate Huckle purchased this Cottage in 1991
Why Renate Huckle chose Witheridge
The farm consists of 150 acres of lovely meadows surrounded by high hedges, ideal for any wildlife. After a lot of work on the farm house and the cottage we are very lucky to live here and now manage 3 productive apple orchards which supply our 250 year old cider press for apple juice and cider making in October/November each year. We have 3 old decidious woodlands as well as a beautiful 10 acre arboretum with 330 specimen trees, some on red list and a recently planted 10 acre grove of 350 Giant Redwoods (Sequoia dendrum Gigantium). The best tree for carbon capture over the whle its 3000 year lifespan.
What makes this Cottage unique
At the moment we keep a flock of pure bred Poll Dorset sheep as well as completely free range chickens, ducks and geese. There are 3 ponds and our visitors have total freedom to explore the farm and the farm buildings, the orchards and the tree plantations. At lambing time we are happy to let them experience this amazing time (bottle feeding the lanbs etc.) and in the autumn they are welcome to help, if they wish, with the apple harvest and the pressing. Should anyone really wish to help out with any other jobs around the farm, they are always welcome, yet this is definitely not expected.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Not just a holiday...but a stunning experience at the farm...
Living a Bradford Barton farm in Pond Cottage was a memorable experience that will always remain in our hearts and minds. Renata and John are absolutely delightful, warm, friendly and ever so helpful. The adventures about the farm with the sheep,, the lambs, the chickens, geese, and the ducks was sheer pleasure. The house is perfect, the bed comfortable, the kitchen well equipped with everything one would need or want. What more can I say? We loved it! Go there...do yourself a favor and you'll never forget it. As world travelers (homeless with no storage) for seven years we've had plenty of holiday home experience. This fabulous farm is at the top of our list.
Absolutely fantastic place to stay
Lovely place to be very quiet loads of space for 4 people clean and tidy lots of field's for walks bring wellies for field's hosts fantastic a real credit to the lovely couple
I have 2 warnings tight lanes to property which isn't much of a problem for most and the other is I made the mistake of only booking 4 days which really once you are there you want to stay a lot longer don't make my mistake book at least a week I will be on my next trip thank you to R&J
Wondefull accomadation, fantastic area
Property was without fault, people were excellent . Loved it
Wonderful house in a perfect location
This was my second stay at Pond Cottage, the house is lovely as are Renate and John. We hope to visit again next year!
It was a pleasure to have you and your family in the cottage again.
We also hope to see you again next year.
Lovely property in a lovely location hosted by a lovely couple.
We had a lovely time staying at Pond Cottage. It is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the countryside.
Not a five star property
I wasn't going to review this property as I didn't want to spoil the record of five stars.
As I have now been asked twice to review this, I will. I don't know what happened on Saturday 1st September but the cottage did not appear to have been cleaned out properly before we arrived. This is what we found on arrival. Dirty windows, dirty bathroom mirrors and inside bathroom cabinets.
Some chipped crockery, dirty tin opener that didn't work..Only 2 decent glass tumblers,
An old 2 slice toaster still covered in breadcrumbs left from the previous guests.(we were a party of 4). Even though this cottage had all the amenities listed in the brochure
it is very disappointing to find this in what is listed as a five star property. Also, the bedding was not up to 5 star standard e.g white cotton as we have always had in other 5 star properties. No way could I call this a luxurious five star cottage. I can't comment about the owners. We did meet a pleasant gentleman on arrival but I never met the lady to speak to.
I am so sorry to read that you found quite a few things that were not up to your standard. I was very disappointed and like to let you know that all the issues you mentioned have since been addressed and rectified.
With kind regards,
Special interest holidays:
Tiverton is a historic market town occupied by the Romans who used it as a base for their activities in the West country.
The local museum provides an interesting insight into this aspect of the town's history. Visit the castle with its famous tapestry hangings and the pannier market held Fridays and Saturdays. There is a newly built leisure centre and a cinema.
The river Exe passes through the town as does the Grand Western canal and horse drawn barge trips take you through the most picturesque countryside. Knightshayes and Killerton House, two National Trust houses with beautiful garden are close by and well worth a visit.
Pond Cottage lies halfway between the villages of Rackenford and Witheridge.
Detailed information on how to get from the A361 to the cottage will be supplied on booking.
The beautiful North Devon beaches are about an hours drive away.
Nearest Travel Links
Airport: Exeter: 45 km
Railway: Tiverton Parkway: 30 km
Ferry: Plymouth: 80 km
10 miles to the west of Tiverton, it is in one of the few remaining unspoilt areas in England and only 17 miles from the M5.
Activities near Tiverton
Sports: Tennis in town, Watersports, Waterpark, Horse Riding, Golf within 30 mins drive, Fishing
Great for: Walking holidays, Rural / countryside retreats, Cycling holidays