Family friendly holidays are a large part of the key to our success at Smythen Farm. We have designed the whole farm around what we consider to be ideal for a family holiday. As parents of 4 young children aged between 4 and 12, we have been able to get a good idea as to what children enjoy in a safe friendly environment.
The play area is designed around making the activities as wide ranged as possible. We have games that toddlers will enjoy and a games room for older/teenage children. We have a range of family friendly holiday activities, such as the enclosed swimming pool, pony riding, sheep and pig walking as well as two really friendly donkeys who enjoy people's company. All of the attractions and activities are based around making your family holiday a holiday to remember.
The cottages are family friendly, with the use of quality, robust and comfortable furniture. The cottages all have baths as well as showers, and the majority also have full central heating. Stair gates, cots and highchairs are readily available, as well as flat screen TVs, DVDs and Wi-Fi. We hope that our Smythen Farm self-catering accommodation is a home from home, offering the ideal family-friendly holiday base.
Pony rides – We offer complimentary pony rides twice a week (weather permitting). This is a real family favourite - in a lot of cases, the pony rides at Smythen Farm are the first time children have the opportunity to ride a pony. The children really enjoy the pony rides, and this is an ideal opportunity to meet other families who are staying with us.
The games area is also designed around the family. We have table tennis, a pool table, table football and darts for the older children. The younger children have a wooden play kitchen and shop, as well as an outside area including play houses, slides, a sand pit, tree house with a slide and a trampoline.
The swimming pool is another family favourite; the pool is heated and is available from Easter through to the October half term. The pool is covered so that it can be used in all weathers and is a family friendly attraction at Smythen Farm.
Location is also important to a really enjoyable family holiday. If you are considering a holiday in Devon, then Smythen Farm holiday cottages are ideally located for your family-friendly holiday. It is situated slap bang between the beautiful golden sandy beaches that are renowned at Croyde, Saunton Sands, Putsborough and Woolacombe and the beautiful wonderful walking country of Exmoor. Smythen Farm is also well situated for all of the attractions in North Devon. Watermouth Castle, which is 2 ½ miles away, is a wonderful quirky day out (n.b. go early in your holiday, and at the end of the day get the additional family pass for £2.50 and then enter for £1.60 each at a later date). The Big Sheep and the Milky Way, Clovelly and Lynton and Lynmouth are all within 40 minutes, with the Ilfracombe Aquarium, Exmoor Zoo, Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park and the Wistlandpound Reservoir all within 15 minutes' drive.
The other family-friendly aspect to Smythen Farm holiday cottages is that if you are considering coming away with friends, you can either hire 2 separate cottages or you could hire Meadow Sweet, which accommodates 10 people. If you would like to come away with parents, they could hire a small cottage such as HoneyPot or Primrose Lane, and the main family could hire one of the family-sized cottages, thus offering a family holiday in the same location but with the opportunity to have your own space.
All in all we believe that with the location, facilities and quality of the accommodation, Smythen Farm is the best family friendly holiday location Devon has to offer.
“Thanks for a lovely cottages very cosy. Easy to find way to places. Lovely and warm cosy bed. Thanks for a nice quiet place to stay and great to have access to the donkey field and woods down the lane for easy walks. Pool great and very warm. Woolacombe and Saunton Sands great for open space.
Great location to Explore North Devon.Thanks again
Tescos not far away.
Sawmills very good for food.
We had a brilliant week here at Smythen Farm, with beautiful views. The children enjoyed the swimming pool which was lovely and warm. The play area was a great hit as was the visit from Bill and family to drop off Easter Eggs. We were made to feel very welcome by Bill and Catherine and nothing was too much trouble.
Watermouth Castke was a good day out and you can return for £2.50 each. Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park was a good day out. My favourite da
“Had a fantastic stay in Seaview cottage, Catherine and Bill were both lovely and extremely helpful. The games room and the pool were used a lot by both families as the weather wasn’t too good. We all loved the donkeys and the ponies too.
The beaches at Woolacombe were beautiful and the girls went on a beach hack from Mullacott riding stables which was fantastic. The staff were really helpful and friendly and the horses were all very well behaved and suitable for
“This our 3rd – we have bought each of our children and grandchildren since 2010. Each time we have had a wonderful time, the kids love the freedom and we love the views and the quiet.
Keep up the good work Bill and Kathryn , I am sure we will be back – ypu have a great place here, the new pool and games room are great.
Thank you for a lovely week
Honey Pot is a beautiful, compact cottage ideal for couples. Honey Pot is dog-friendly and fully equipped for a comfortable break in North Devon.
Primrose Lane cottage is a dog-friendly, compact cottage which has just been fully-refurbished to a high standard. Boasting a double bedroom, Primrose Lane cottage can sleep up to 3 with a put-up bed suitable for children.
Buttercup Cottage is an ideal cottage for families, especially those with fury members as its dog-friendly. Located in the courtyard, Buttercup cottage can sleep 4
Located in the courtyard, Honeysuckle Cottage is dog-friendly and ideal for families of up to 4.
Sea View cottage is a superb, dog-friendly holiday cottage with stunning view across the North Devon coast. Ideal for families of 5, Sea View has been fully refurbished to a high standard. The bedrooms have the amazing view across the Sterridge valley and the Bristol Channel to Wales
Sunalways Cottage is a spacious, family-friendly cottage sleeping 5 with beautiful views of the Sterridge valley. The vaulted ceilings give a large bright spacious living area
Fisherswood Cottage is a large and spacious cottage with beautiful vaulted ceilings. Sleeping up to 5 guests, Fisherswood Cottage has recently been refurbished to a high standard throughout.
Forest View Cottage is a large, spacious cottage ideal for large families. This cottage is dog-friendly and can sleep up to 6 guests.
Meadow Sweet is dog friendly and the largest cottage at Smythen Farm. Book this cottage early as its well sort-after for large families or 2 families sharing. Meadow Sweet boasts stunning views across the Sterridge Valley.