Devon self catering cottage, England
Short breaks also available outside high summer.
Description of Devon self catering cottage, England
Otter Cottage is a cosy two bedroom stone-built farm cottage in the heart of Devon. It is set in 21 acres of land, all of which are managed for wildlife and your relaxation. This is where you get to hear the hoot of owls and watch kestrels scanning fields for prey, directly from your bedroom window.
The owners are always delighted to take you on a guided nature walk and have an extensive list of ideas for local days out ranging from RHS Rosemoor to coastal hikes and biking trails. Opportunities to unwind in the evening next to a wood burning stove or in one of our excellent local pubs are always something to savour.
Otter cottage is open all year round and ideal for guests wanting to re-connect with the countryside. The farm won England’s top award for sustainable tourism in 2012 and again in 2015 and has previously held Gold level awards from the Green Tourism Business Scheme and from the Devon Wildlife Trust.
8 Reviews of Devon self catering cottage, England
Reviewed on 29 Oct 2019 by Catherine WestonIt's a wonderful place to relax and get away from it all. Lots of things for kids to do and a lovely "home away from home" setting. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Mar 2019 by Mary MorrisVery good. given the time of year and consequent weather, we had a relaxing time, and will look forward to having the chance to go again later in the spring/summer Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Apr 2016 by Sue Cross-BourtonTruly relaxing, very peaceful - we haven't slept so well in a very long time - great to slow down and soak up the beautiful countryside. Ian made us feel very welcome and the homemade cake was delicious. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Sep 2015 by Julia KeyMaggie and Ian are genuinely committed to minimal environmental impact tourism, and it shows everywhere you look .... They are welcoming, enthusiastic, and full of ideas for great days out and activities in the local area. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Apr 2014 by bronwen burgessVery good. Great for families and for getting away from it all. It was all lovely and relaxing. Borrowing the bikes and cycling around the countryside was great fun! Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Mar 2014 by Bob SimmondsThe most memorable part of the holiday was relaxing in a peaceful setting with buckets of very fresh air...Very good. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Sep 2013 by Bob SimmondsExcellent....The peaceful comfortable cottage and surrounding green and fertile countryside, with a good variety of walks and small market towns nearby. Our first holiday with the dog who soon felt very much at home. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Oct 2013 by Naomi SimcoxNice and relaxing..the best part was bike riding part of the Tarka trail and the Granite way, great fun! Read full review
PlanetProtecting and enhancing Devon's wildlife is the core mission at Otter Cottage, and you'll see the evidence of this from your windows. Since your stay is what finances our conservation work, we offer guests a free guided nature walk that explains how we manage the farm.
From the cleaning materials to the butter in your welcome scones and even the bank we use, we take great care that your holiday is green to the core. Every business decision takes account of sustainability, considering the impacts here in Devon but also 'up and down stream': impacts on the climate, on pollution and waste, and on sustainable communities.
Otter cottage gets all its power from renewable sources - mostly from the farm's grid-connected wind turbine and solar panels and from a green grid provider as back up. The cottage itself uses about 50% of the average UK household per night power consumption thanks to solar hot water (and immersion back up!), good insulation and the woodburner (buring our own local firewood). You can even recharge your electric car here.
We will collect and return you to the bus or train station if you all arrive at our Devon self catering accommodation without a car. We cycle ourselves, and have a fleet of reclaimed ‘farm bikes’ for you to borrow free of charge. We encourage car-free, walking and cycling holidays by offering itinerary suggestions, time tables and our local knowledge.
PeopleFriends and Neighbours
We know that Devon is about more than just beautiful countryside to visit. It's about community too, and we always look for ways to boost local involvement. For example, when we gave our largest pond over to wildlife we gave the fish away to a local community angling club (with help from the Environment Agency). Fishing is now in the small pond!
We promote other local businesses, and local things to do. When you shop in the village, eat at the pub, or order food from Fiona’s farm shop up the road, you’re helping the local economy. The cottage was built as holiday lets and there's no planning permission for year-round occupation. So staying at our farm boosts North Devon's economy without taking accommodation away from local people. And if we don’t have availability for you we’ll try to recommend someone near Winkleigh who does.
Campaigning for Change
Maggie and Ian have long been active in local sustainability issues, including through helping set up a local green group, a plastic recycling scheme, helping with local repair cafes, doing a stint on the parish council and also the Devon Countryside Access Forum. We are North Devon biosphere business partners and have used our experiences and voice to show what sustainable tourism can do, both by talking with our guests and acting as a case study for various schemes. Maggie uses her freelance professional editing skills to help communicate issues of climate justice and the importance of healthy ecosystem services in international development through work with the International Institute for Environment and Development.
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