We first arrived at North Bradbury Farm middle of the evening, negotiating unfamiliar
country lanes in the dark and rain. We were slightly unsure of where we were until we saw
the sign - 'Beware Free ranging animals and children' which made us smile and relieved
we were on the right tracks!
Chris and Tracey were so welcoming, and showed us straight to the cottages, where tea
and coffee facilities plus the most delicious homemade scones were all waiting for a
delightful late cream tea. The cottages are bright and airy - a perfect blend of rustic farm
cottage charm with a contemporary twist. They are perfectly equipped for families, the
children immediately started exploring the toys, whilst we set to unpacking, and putting
some dinner on. After the children were settled in bed, the cottage was a lovely setting for
a romantic evening by the log burner with a DVD and some local scrumpy!
The next morning, we were up early and ready for farm feeding. Farmers Chris and Tracey
have a wonderful rapport with children. My four have very little experience of animals, but
under Farmer Chris’ guidance straight away they were confidently feeding up, handling the
dogs and horses. It felt like being part of a real farming family!
After feeding we set off to explore Devon. The farm is perfectly located to access some
beautiful beaches and Exmoor. Tracey goes out of her way to ensure all her guests get the
very best out of their stay, and was full of recommendations of where to go, where to eat,
fabulous country walks, etc. On Tracey’s suggestions we went off to a local farmer market,
came back laden with goodies, and then enjoyed cream tea in a gorgeous chocolate box
village before a stunning drive along the coast.
The cottage is also the perfect getaway for foodies. I stocked up on my spices at the local
market just a short drive away, and we visited the North Bradbury Farm shop and left with
lots of lovely meat to fill the freezer and some of Tracey’s delicious home cooked meals so
we didn’t have to cook on arrival back home. Tracey is an accomplished cook was happy
to share lots of tips with me.
Sunday, the kids had energetic fun on the adventure playground - they especially loved the
zip wire over the stream! After breakfast, the children went out riding on Pudding and
Whisky. Two of the children were new to riding, we all struggled a bit with the mud, but had
a superb time, and the memories will last a lifetime. Chris and Tracey inspired so much
confidence into the children, they didn’t think twice about getting stuck into everything on
the farm, and learned so much! We were all rather sad to leave, and hope to return again
very soon.() out of 5
Reviewed by Kelly - mum of four
- posted on 21st November 2012.