Harvest time in North Devon.

No, we haven’t stepped back in time to 2018, to pre- covid days and all that, I just thought you would enjoy a bit of harvesting from the comfort of your armchair. This gives a wonderful view of our beautiful countryside, and no matter what the year, the harvest will always be gathered and brought safely home.

As farmers we need the sun and the rain to have optimum yields, some years will be wetter than others, and some years, like this one, will be dry, but one thing is for sure, farmers will be gathering the harvest and bringing in the straw to bed the animals over winter. In the video see if you can spot the tracks the deer and other animals have made through the crop.

Of course, you will be able to watch all this happening in real time if you visit one of our many B and B or self catering properties. Not only will you be able to witness the activities of the farm, but you will have a whole host of attractions, gardens, beaches, moors and towns to visit and explore, making your holiday one to remember.

To see all the accommodation North Devon Farms has to offer please visit:

north-devon-farm-holidays.co.uk and come and see the harvest, and so much more for yourselves. We welcome you to glorious North Devon.

Sand, Sea & Moorland Horse Riding in North Devon

North Devon and Exmoor are heaven for the horse rider! To be able to ride across the moors listening to the skylarks and the mewing Buzzards, watching out for red deer and Exmoor ponies, smelling the heather and gorse and following the babbling brooks is a truly exquisite experience you’ll remember forever. The moors offer trails to pick your way carefully through, and vast open terrain in which you can gallop seemingly endlessly.

The woodlands at this time of year can be a cool break from the open moorland among the Sessile Oaks, along grassy tracks and up and down steep combes. There is so much variety it is difficult to express fully the lush experience available.

With the most amazing beach riding ever at Saunton Sands, there are 4 miles of beautiful open sand on which you can ride at any time of year for a truly exhilarating experience. You can stroll along chatting with walkers and their dogs, or splash and even gallop in the sea. The best time to visit Saunton is close to low tide or 2 to 3 hours after high tide, when the sea is on its way out. There is a circular ride there from the car park on either Sandy lane or Crow Point. For those closer to Woolacombe, the beaches at Woolacombe & Puttsborough also offer an unforgettable beach riding experience.

Bring your own horse on holiday and stay at one of our self catering cottages or B&Bs that offer grazing & stabling facilities. Our hosts that provide this service are also happy to help with escort, guidance and transport as required. Alternatively you could sleep in your lorry and pay for a ‘pitch’ and grazing & stabling at one of our properties. We look forward to seeing you and meeting your four legged friends!

Summer in North Devon.

So, today the combine appeared from it’s long winter sleep. It was brushed off, wiped out and made ready for the harvest. This is the time that farmers gather the crops to feed and bed the animals during the winter months.

Summer is also the time when Devon becomes the holiday place to visit, with idyllic and safe beaches, beautiful moors and the most amazing cream teas.

Look out for open gardens, family attractions, farm walks and many more wonderful places to see and things to do.

Remember to look out for our show, the best of the best, and a place to come together and showcase what North Devon is all about!

North Devon Show on Wednesday 3rd August, a grand day out with something for everyone. Spoil yourself with local craft, local food and drink and local…well, locals! A perfect way to start the holidays.

See you there!

North Devon Jubilee Celebrations

Celebrate with us in North Devon over the Jubilee weekend.

With a four day bank holiday weekend ahead of us, it feels like the whole county is waiting in eager anticipation of the Jubilee celebrations taking place to mark Her Majesty’s remarkable 70-year reign. Communities and businesses across North Devon are putting on a wide array of spectacular events to enjoy so whether it’s an exhibition, a picnic in the park, a parade or a classic street party, you’re guaranteed to have a fantastic day out to mark this truly historic weekend.

To help you decide where you’ll be this weekend we’ve picked out a few events that we’re excited about, but a comprehensive list of what is going on can be found here.

Jub-Ewe-Lee Half-Term Fun at the Big Sheep

The Jubilee celebrations at The Big Sheep kicked off with a bang on Saturday, and they have an action packed week planned to mark the occasion. Until the 4th of June guests can enjoy games, royal-themed sheep races, a fancy dress contest and more, culminating in a Jubilee Tea Party picnic that’s sure to be a spectacular finish to the week. The Big Sheep is a wonderful mix of farming education and family fun, making it a top pick for us. It’s sure to be busy though so don’t forget to book your tickets in advance!

RHS Rosemoor Jubilee Party Weekend

The gardens at Rosemoor are hosting a series of events over the course of the Jubilee weekend that are sure to be a great hit with anyone that loves live music. Starting Thursday the 2nd June with a live handpan drumming show from Darren Sturgess, celebrations continue with a performance from the Tano Taiko Drummers on the 3rd, the Appledore Town Band on the 4th and the Hatherleigh Town Band play out the weekend on the 5th. Set in the picturesque, award winning gardens it’s certain to be a great occasion.

Woolacombe Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

If you’re looking for a trip to the seaside, then you can’t get better than the award-winning beach at Woolacombe. Alongside the usual summer holiday lineup, Woolacombe is gearing up to host a Jubilee bash that will have something for everyone. Starting with a procession from neighbouring Mortehoe, guests will be able to enjoy live music, face painting, ‘wellie wanging’, a beachside barbecue and much more. With street food stalls and a licensed bar it’s an event for all ages, and entry is totally free. For more information on the full lineup of events click here.

So, if you’re as excited about the Jubilee weekend as we are then why not come and join the fun? Our collection of idyllic farm stays will give you the opportunity to enjoy the best that North Devon has to offer, whether that’s this Jubilee weekend or beyond. A farm stay is the perfect way to explore the stunning local scenery and get into closer contact with nature, agriculture and the local community.

Why not browse our collection of stunning farm stays and get started on your North Devon adventure today?

‘May’ you be safe in the water.

RNLI

Three of us were recently treated to a fascinating tour around the RNLI Ilfracombe lifeboat station and given RNLI resources for our guests.  

We have had a lifeboat station in Ilfracombe since 1828 and are very lucky to have such willing volunteers to help protect us when out at sea.

The Royal National Lifeboat Association (RNLI) is funded entirely by charity and is such a valuable charity for those of us living on the coastline in rescuing both locals and guests alike that have encountered problems either on the coast path or in the sea.

We discussed how to call out the lifeboats (call 999 and ask for the Coast Guard service) and all the different volunteering roles within the organisation.

It takes between 12-15 minutes for these volunteers to go from being paged to being at sea and the crew here ranges from 18-62 years of age.

The volunteer that showed us around explained about the different lifeboats at Ilfracombe and the other stations further around our North Devon coast.

We stood on the larger lifeboat, a Shannon all weather, self-righting lifeboat named ‘The Barry and Peggy High Foundation’ which is worth an eye watering amount of money and saw the tractor that launches the boat into the water.

This Shannon is the ninth one if it’s kind to be made, with a top speed of 25 knots and a range of 250 nautical miles. This boat has two 650 horsepower Scania engines and weighs 18 Tonnes. Each engine has its own 1,370 litre fuel tank.  The Shannon was attached to it’s launch tractor, ocean ready, but fortunately no call out whilst we were aboard.

Such a brilliant Charity, keeping us all safe along our beautiful coastline and at sea. Should you wish to see some activity, why not take a look for yourselves when in Ilfracombe. Training takes place on a Thursday evening and information on their “shouts” is available on their Facebook and Instagram Pages “RNLI Ilfracombe”.


Following this, in true market research fashion we felt we should also try out one of the local coffee shops,  so special shout out to “Stacc  (@staccbakes ) for the delicious pastries that they served alongside our teas and coffee – very recommended should you be in Ilfracombe on your holiday.



Blog written by Georgina

georgina@spreacombe.com

April!

April bring new life to the farm.

April is a wonderful time to stay on a farm;

Lambs are gambling in the fields (you may be really lucky and witness a lamb being born or be able to bottle fed an orphan tame lamb), calves are being born, chicks are hatching, birds are nesting, tadpoles can be found in ponds and the Spring flowers are in full bloom; daffodils, crab apple blossom and Primroses litter the Devon banks – The primrose is Devon’s county flower!

We love to share these special moments on a farm with you, whether you’re staying in a self catering cottage or B&B accommodation, in a totally unique farm location.

In addition to the Easter school holidays, there are some great celebratory dates in April too, including – April; 1st April Fools Day (don’t forget to catch someone out before 12 noon), 15th Good Friday, 17th Easter Sunday, 18th Easter Bank Holiday Monday and on the 23rd St Georges Day. There’s lots of Easter Egg hunts taking place at various locations around North Devon including; RHS Rosemoor 9th – 24th April, Hartland Abbey & Gardens 17th & 18th April, Clovelly 4th – 18Th April.

In season crop – British Asparagus from Braunton (see Braunton Asparagus Facebook page) which can be enjoyed at lots of local eateries during April.

Looking ahead there is the May Bank holiday at the beginning of May and then an extra long Bank Holiday at the beginning of June; Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd June, celebrating the Queens Platinum Jubilee, perfect for a long weekend or two in North Devon.

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Happy April everyone!

February!

Well, February is here and no snow yet!

What I do see is daffodils, snowdrops and wonderful signs that Spring is in the air. The birds are singing and the days are getting longer.

We are so blessed here in North Devon that we are only a short drive away from two amazing and beautiful moors, Exmoor and Dartmoor and we are only a stones throw from vast, golden and safe beaches. We can walk or cycle along the Tarka trail, which is steeped in history, visit quaint and local villages and we can eat and drink in country pubs with roaring fires and home cooked food.

Tarka Trail

North Devon really does have something for everyone, from bustling family attractions, quiet secluded walks and so much more. It has beautiful places to stay with warm welcomes that make memories to treasure forever. When you stay on one of our many farms you could learn more about farming life with hands on experience, maybe watch lambing or collect eggs. You could watch how we prepare for the changing seasons from planting crops to silaging and harvesting. Our friendly farming families are always happy to talk and share knowledge if you would like to know.

Harvesting at Week Farm near Torrington.
Exmoor

Devon is exhilarating in the wind and rain, soothing in the summer sun and gloriously colourful in autumn. Whatever the time of year you will never be disappointed and you will always find plenty to see and do. Make us the place to visit this year and you will want to come back again, even if it is just to see if next time the scones taste better with the jam on the bottom!

For more information on places to stay please visit north-devon-farm-holidays.co.uk

Who NOSE what you will discover when you visit North Devon.

Welcome to January!

January means New Years resolutions, so why not book your staycation here in North Devon.

Why? This is why!

  1. Enjoy time with family and friends.
  2. Choose a holiday on a farm in the countryside.
  3. Shop locally for the tastiest, freshest and most sustainable food.
  4. Get out and enjoy all of Devon’s secret places.

Many of our properties have peaceful walks from your door, so take time to capture the sunrises, sunsets and stars at night.

Over the last few weeks we have discovered new walks along the South West coast path. Coombe Martin to Watermouth was particularly impressive with it’s hidden beach and coffee shop built in a boat called ‘Storm in Teacup’. The views over the harbour were stunning and the wilderness of the sea at this time of year was exhilarating. The fish and chip lunch in Ilfracombe, at the end of the walk, was very welcome and gave us the perfect opportunity to look around this ancient Victorian town, which has plenty to see whatever time of year you are visiting. On the harbour you can buy local fish all year round and fishing trips are available in season. Many visitors return again and again to buy the scrumptious Rolly’s fudge.

Ilfracombe Quay

Storm in a teacup!

After your day of exploring return home to a cosy cottage or Bed and Breakfast, light the fire and tuck into the fresh food you have cooked or just relax and enjoy the meal your host has prepared for you.

While you have been out and about the farmers have attended their animals. January is a time when farmers are preparing their animals to produce their young. From February to April calves and lambs are arriving, this means ‘all hands on deck’ for the family. We hope that you will choose and holiday at this time of year, as well as the summer, so you can experience life on a farm and make memories to last a lifetime.

Blog sent by Lynda Thorn, Bampfield Farm.

For more information on all the beautiful farms we have to offer please visit north-devon-farm-holidays.co.uk there is the perfect place waiting just for you!

Glow Ladies!

A lovely evening at Rosemoor Glow with the North Devon Farm ladies.

Walking around the gardens and woods was truly magical. The colours were amazing and it is wonderful how trees, plants and sculptures can look so different when lit up. A lot of work has gone into making it an evening to remember – topped off with a hot chocolate or mulled wine…. delicious!

For more info on North Devon Farms please visit north-devon-farm-holidays.co.uk and see what memories you can make in this beautiful county.

Rhs Rosemoor glow!

Magical adventures- from sat 18th November.

Enjoy a magical adventure at RHS Garden Rosemoor, discovering spectacular new lighting displays along the way. On our longest trail yet, see your favourite garden areas, such as the Rose Gardens, Winter Garden, Lake and Cool Garden, light up the night with festive colour and sparkle.

Bask in the glow

This year, for the first time, wander the extended trail through the Lower Woodland Walk, and marvel at Rosemoor’s majestic trees, shrubs and water features, as well as selected sculptures, bathed in beautiful light.

A magical experience for all the family, with hot drinks and snacks to be enjoyed along the trail and beautiful gifts to be found in the shop. For more information on prices and opening times please go to:

rosemooradmin@rhs.org.uk

See you there!