Devon in springtime is bursting with beautiful blooms, tiny lambs and new foals on Dartmoor and Exmoor – which is why it is the perfect time to book a farm stay and soak in the spring season.

Farm stays are a great way to escape from everyday life, they have plenty of space, so are ideal for large groups, families and travellers with dogs and, as most of them are independently run, you’ll find your hosts are always on hand – perfect for giving you the low down on hidden gems. Staying on a Devon farm will give you all the benefits of living like a local, the chance to enjoy some incredibly fresh, homegrown food and drink and – the best bit, getting up close and personal with the new baby lambs!

Here are some of our suggestions for a farm holiday – with this selection, you’re bound to find something that suits your needs, whether you’re looking for self-catering, bed and breakfast, somewhere romantic for you and your partner or somewhere the whole family can enjoy.

In North Devon

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If you’re looking for a family break, Lower Campscott Farm Holiday Cottages are a great choice. This selection of cosy holiday cottages are set on a private farm and puts you within easy reach of the award-winning coastline and attractions. The site is dog friendly and each of the cottages has their own enclosed garden – not only that but the kids are welcome to help with feeding the animals and collecting the eggs every day!

Elsewhere near Bideford, is Robin Hill Farm. Hidden down a private lane surrounded by unspoilt views, this is a great option for anyone wanting a rural retreat. Each of the cottages are converted barn, with original features and can sleep up to six. Three of the cottages are dog-friendly and you’ll even find crates and towels just for them so they can feel like they’re on holiday too!

Choose a farm holiday this spring

Image: Robin Hill Farm 


In Mid Devon

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Near the town of Crediton, you’ll find a host of fabulous farm properties, including the Orchard Retreat which is set amongst some of the most beautiful countryside in the region. There are two renovated cottages on the farm, both with their own private and secure gardens, so you don’t need to worry about the kids wandering off! Throughout your stay you’re free to explore the 15-acre site, and the chance to experience cooking your meals over your own fire pit!

Not far from the outskirts of Exeter, you’ll find the Grange and the Deer Den, two properties located on an award winning farm. The Grange has its own 34ft heated swimming pool just seconds from the house, as well as its own private garden and orchard, while the Den has a wood fired hot tub, as well as plenty of space to enjoy.

Both properties have their own coop of chickens for you to look after and to provide you with all the eggs you could want for breakfast! They’re great options for larger groups as the Grange sleeps up to 10 and the Deer Den, 8. Being so secluded, you’ll find this is a great place to relax and you’ll regularly spot some of Devon’s beloved wildlife, including birds of prey, deer, rabbit and foxes around the farm. Despite being so rural, you can reach Exeter in around half an hour – giving you plenty of opportunity for enjoying the tranquillity of the country and the bustle of the city.


In South Devon

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If you are keen to bring your dogs with you, Fletchers Combe is a good choice. Located near the Bohemian town of Totnes, the farm is owned by a dog behaviourist and is completely dog-friendly. With its location between the South Devon coast and Dartmoor, you have the best of both worlds, with both coast and country at your fingertips. On-site, you also have your own private garden, hot tub and parking, as well as indoor games rooms. With all this on hand, you might not want to go out exploring at all!

Fancy a farm holiday but with a difference? Take a look at what Fountain Violet Farm has to offer. Rather than staying in a cottage or farmhouse, here you’ll get to enjoy glamping in fully equipped canvas lodges that sleep up to six people! When we say fully equipped, we mean it, they have kitchens, ensuite bathrooms and just about everything else you can think of! It’s the perfect location for anyone wanting a digital detox and to fully escape from day-to-day life, there is no electricity, so no wifi and no work emails!

Choose a farm holiday this spring

Image: Fountain Violet Farm 

On the outskirts of Plymouth is Traine Farm. They offer self-catering holiday cottages with incredible views of the coast and just a short walk from Wembury Beach. Both the South Devon countryside and the city of Plymouth are close by, so you can spend a day rambling and the evening at the theatre – the possibilities are endless!

Not worried about the location? Devon Farms have a huge portfolio of farm breaks, including self-catering and B&B properties all over the county. Each of their farms are working farms and give you plenty of opportunity to relax in comfort and quiet.

Choose a farm holiday this spring

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Inspired to book a farm holiday? You can find more suggestions for places to stay here.

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