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1st FloorGround Floor

Kitchen Living Room Ensuite Twin Bedroom




(Ref. 976059)

Colyton, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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50 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely comfotable stay."

    The house was lovely and warm.. Wonderful views and quiet.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Mar 2024

  • "The Cottage was lovely, but unfortunatley for us a little too rural."

    We were hampered by the weather with heavy storms that led to treacherous driving conditions trying to visit anywhere local as the roads were flooded. The couple staying in the owners cottage were very kind and helpful There was a lack of cleaning equipment. i.e. no vaccum cleaner or mop.

    I am so sorry the weather was against our visitors for a couple of days . The cleaning equipment including vacuum cleaner is all in a large cupboard in the upstairs bathroom. Our housesitters were always available to answer any queries. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Louise3.1Sep 2023

  • "Sue and Simon were very friendly and helpful ."

    The cottage is in a lovely rural location and was fully equipped with everything. On arrival we were provided with fresh eggs, cake and apple juice. The games room was great and well stocked and enjoyed.

    Reviewed by Greta5.0Aug 2023

  • "Our second visit here."

    The accomodation was excellent, well equipped and very clean and tidy. The owners went out of their way to help with anything we needed. Thank you for providing a lovely accomodation in a beautiful rural setting. We will return again!

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jul 2023

  • "Excellent, well equipped and comfortable cottage, with outstanding views over the rolling hills."

    Nice and welcoming owners, lovely free range egg, apple juice and cake in the welcome pack.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely practical space, downstairs bedroom perfect for mother and 2 year old."

    Cot, high chair and stairgate all provided on request without additional charge. Cool indoors with curtains closed during heatwave which was a blessing. Well equipped kitchen, plus fresh cake, eggs and milk left for us. Washing machine / drier easily available at very small additional cost . Fabulous outdoor space with chickens, ducks, pigs, Guinea fowl plus grass for playing. Very friendly and welcoming owners. Very many thanks for a very happy week spent and will be looking forward to going again.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jun 2023

  • "The barns are so beautifully restored, and are clean, comfortable and welcoming."

    So well equiped, loads of kitchen stuff, crockery, cutlery. Lovely touch of home produce left for us (cake, duck/chicken eggs, fresh apple juice) The grassy area (meadow) was fabulous, the children had a ball!! Great for family games, cricket/badminton This was our 5th visit, and already booked for net year!! Thank you so much Sue & Simon, for making us so welcome. Best holiday. Thank you Dorset/Devon, you always deliver!

    Reviewed by Ann5.0May 2023

  • "Battens is a very comfortable cottage maintained to a high standard."

    The kitchen was particularly well stocked, and special mention must be made of the welcome pack left by Sue - delicious cake and apple juice with milk and eggs from the farm :)

    Reviewed by Terri5.0Apr 2023

  • "Had a lovely week at Battens."

    Well equipped cottage that was warm and comfortable. Owners were friendly and welcoming,with lovely eggs, cakes and apple juice on arrival. Highlight for us was the games room which children spent hours in. Outside space was nice although a bit chilly to properley use when we visited. Highly recommend and will use again

    Reviewed by Duncan5.0Feb 2023

  • "We had a fabulous stay at Northleigh farm cottages."

    The homemade apple juice and cakes were a lovely welcome. The cottage has everything you could possibly need for a stay and was very clean. Spacious outside area and the animals were a bonus. We all loved the games room, which was also full of board games, puzzles, dvds and books. Great sausages too! Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Oliver5.0Feb 2023

  • "Just returned back home to Hampshire after a weeks stay at Northleigh Farm."

    The hosts - Sue and Simon - couldn't have been better.The facilities and location gave us the the comfort and peace we required.Our stay in Jan 23 included an extreme cold snap, but to return - after being out most of the day - to a warm, cosy cottage was simply wonderful.Thank you Sue and Simon, a lovely break that was much appreciated.

    Reviewed by Wayne5.0Jan 2023

  • "We went for a new year's break, the cottage was lovely and clean and very comfortable, the only problem we had was the bedrooms was very cold, becouse the heating was hit and miss, didn't seem to be on for long, this was out of our control as I think it was on some sort of timer, but it didn't come on very often."

    The roads to the cottage was full of potholes and very narrow, with no passing points on meny of them, which at times was a bit scarey, specifically when it was dark, so we didn't tend to go out much on the evenings. I was a bit surprised to find that the lights out side the cottages on site was turned off really early, as it was pitch black out side and we had dogs to take for walks. The owners was very nice and pleasant, and all in all we did enjoy our stay, and the cottage was well equipped with every thing we needed, prob not good to go in winter, but can imagine it would be beautiful in the summer.

    I am pleased our visitors had a good New Year break despite some issues. Each of our cottages have combi boilers which are thermostatically controlled both centrally and individually on radiators and all settings can be easily overridden., following instructions in the cottage book. Failing that, we are on hand to help. The main courtyard lights are left on for several hours from dusk and visitors each have back and front outside lights for their own use. I hope this helps and am sorry we didn't know of these concerns at the time because we could easily have helped. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lorraine Marie4.4Dec 2022

  • "Fabulous stay - lovely hosts - perfect location, games room a real bonus."

    Thank you for a great week away - highly recommend.

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely location and lovely hosts."

    The Guinae fowl were delightful to watch! The accommodation was faultless, very clean and comfortable with all the facilities one could want. A lovely rural location and a good base to explore the south coast. Honiton is only a short drive away if supplies run low or you want a takeaway! Previous comments have mentioned the narrow roads with high hedges. This is accurate for some roads but ironically, they were probably safer roads to drive on as motorists drive much slower. It certainly shouldn't put anyone off staying here.

    Reviewed by Geoff5.0Oct 2022

  • "We had a great stay and it was a really lovely touch to be greeted by homemade cake, fresh eggs, tea and milk and homemade apple juice - we enjoyed them all!"

    In terms of things that could have been better, the set up with the shared washing machine wasn't ideal and I don't remember that being clear on the listing. Other suggestions: - the drying rack was too small for a load of washing so would suggest providing a bigger one. - the beds had lovely feather duvets but they were 13.5 tog so we all boiled at night! I'm sure they're needed in the winter but a summer duvet is needed for the summer months! - a blanket for the living room as it could get chilly in the evenings. There were lots of thoughtful touches and the kids loved having the animals and games room close by!

    Reviewed by Alexandra3.8Aug 2022

  • "Lovely owners who made us all very welcome."

    The facilities are very good . The upstairs bathroom would benefit from a power shower but not a big deal . The produce sold at the farm was delicious. The pigs and the Guinea Fowl made the holiday for the kids !

    Reviewed by Tracey4.7Aug 2022

  • "Well equipped comfortable cottage with breathtaking views."

    Sue is very friendly and happy to help if needed. Lovely to see the animals and games room is a bonus. Close to local attractions. The lanes around the property are an experience so be prepared. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Jenna4.4Jul 2022

  • "Very comfortable property, spacious and clean."

    Reviewed by Hilda5.0Jun 2022

  • "The holiday property was fine."

    The cottage was great, the garden and games room excellent. One small problem was the journey to find it. The farm is very remote and the country lanes are a nightmare with high hedges and farm vehicles suddenly appearing. Three miles from a shop in Colyton. A less than competent driver would find it very difficult . But, a very lovely place to stay.

    Reviewed by Margaret4.7Jun 2022

  • "Wonderful owners of the property."

    Idyllic surroundings which meant our days felt so long. I took my baby to see the ducks and chickens every day and our dogs loved the openness of the back garden. We had a bbq and many lovely evenings looking at the fabulous view. Perfect.

    Reviewed by Louisa5.0Apr 2022

  • "An excellent cottage, everything you can think of is catered for."

    Simon and Sue are extremely friendly and helpful and we had a amazing 6 days stay here. Perfect for our dog too.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Apr 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Battens, Simon and Sue gave us a warm welcome, the well equipped cottage was a great home for 5 of us just before Easter."

    Lovely to be on a farm with newly acquired piglets and the fresh apple juice, eggs and homemade cake that greeted us were a lovely treat. Battens had a slightly secluded outdoor terrace (though other guests have access to the garden to so it isn't completely private) with a large table for meals and the shared use of the very well stocked games room was also a big bonus. If I had one suggestion it would be to have a more stable kitchen table as most meals were eaten there and it was somewhat wobbly! It was great (in fact imperative!) to have a separate loo downstairs with 3 teens in the house however I would agree with some of of the other reviews mentioning how useful a downstairs shower would be, I realise this would be tricky to do with the space, perhaps a wet room?! Thanks for a great stay.

    Reviewed by Dominic4.7Apr 2022

  • "Beautiful location, very comfortable and very friendly hosts"

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Feb 2022

  • "Overall we was delighted with our holiday accommodation the only thing I would say is it could do with a walk in shower for people that have trouble getting in the bath to use the shower and the double bed mattress needs replacing as you can feel the slats at the bottom and you roll into the middle of the bed."

    The accommodation is very well equipped and the cleanest place I have ever stayed in, it is in a beautiful setting with fields surrounding you and the owners are lovely and cannot accommodate you enough. I would definitely recommend this accommodation.

    Thank you very much for your feedback. We are so glad to hear of your positive comments. We have never had any comments on the mattress before so are surprised and disappointed to hear this. We strongly recommend that if there are any concerns surround mobility and suitability of the property to contact our Reservations Team before booking. - Best Wishes, The Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Adam4.7Dec 2021

  • "This is a wonderful property if you want to get away from everything!"

    The games room was great and we had lots of laughs and competitions in there, playing pool, darts, table tennis, etc. The owners Sue and Simon were absolutely lovely, they achieved the perfect balance of being available if you wanted them, but also letting us get on with our holiday, they made us feel so welcome! A lovely welcome pack of fresh apple juice, fresh milk and freshly baked mince pies was a very nice touch too! Simon let our daughter help feed the chickens and collect the eggs, which she loved and then we went to see the cows too! She was a little disappointed there weren’t any pigs there during our stay, but this definitely made up for it. The house itself is really nice, lovely comfortable sofas and beds. I’d say the water system is rather loud, but it’s amazing how quickly you get used to it. We stayed in December and we thought how lovely it would be in the spring/summer months as we’d probably use the outside space a lot more. The phone signal is hit and miss (which wasn’t a problem for us), the Wi-Fi is good though. It was a good base for travelling to lots of places, we had a lovely day at Lyme Regis, which I’d recommend. All in all, a lovely place with lovely people in beautiful Devon!

    Reviewed by Terri4.4Dec 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, great owners and very convenient location for beaches."

    Reviewed by Marcia4.7Nov 2021

  • "Very friendly hosts, providing a lovely welcome with free range eggs from their own hens, their homemade apple juice, home baked slices of cake and beautiful display of wildflowers in the window."

    Spacious interior and impressed with the heating system which was easy to operate as we stayed in October with weather and temperature being a bit temperamental. We appreciated the downstairs toilet and the lovely patio area looking out into the countryside. Loved the guinea fowls coming to the patio doors greeting us in the morning and the narrow country lanes leading to the property.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Oct 2021

  • "Excellent accommodation and very helpful owners - a beautiful peaceful spot within easy reach of the coast."

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Sep 2021

  • "Excellent accommodation."

    If I had a quibble it would be that a walk in shower would have been good but there was bags of hot water and it really did not matter

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Aug 2021

  • "We had a great holiday at Nortleigh Farm."

    The cottages, facilities and their settings were lovely. Sue and Simon were lovely and friendly hosts. Would definitely recommend if you want to be away from the busy resorts.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Aug 2021

  • "The owners were really nice, helpful and friendly."

    I personally found the narrow roads stressful but apparently that’s ‘welcome to Devon’

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Jul 2021

  • "We had an amazing time at Battens and the accommodation was more than we could have hoped for."

    To be honest, when we originally booked it, there were lots of lovely pictures of the beautiful garden, farm animals, scenery and the games barn. However when checking the Sykes website just before the holiday started, we saw that they had been replaced mainly with shots of the interior. While the interior was very nice, modern and clean, we felt it shouldn't be the main selling point, as there is so much more to Battens than just the comfortable living accommodation. If you are reading this review and can still see pictures of the interior, I would definitely recommend booking as you will be in for an awesome surprise when you arrive and see the exterior too! The enclosed garden was great for letting the dogs run around and for having BBQ's and sitting under the stars in the pitch black night sky. The owners were extremely friendly and helpful and took the time to make sure we were settled and had everything we could possibly need. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a nice comfortable break in the countryside.

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Jul 2021

  • "Had a lovely relaxing holiday with the family and our dog who also loved the beautiful scenery, and animals, love the uniqueness and welcoming people."

    would come back again. Would be lovely to have some info on best places to visit and local restaurants.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Jun 2021

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and well equipped and so peaceful."

    There was plenty of room and it was delightful to sit out on the patio with a wonderful view of the valley and hills beyond. The hens,pigs and cows all added to the experience. Sue was a friendly host and we appreciated the milk,eggs and home made apple juice provided for our arrival on a very bleak and wet day. Lyme Regis,Beer, Branscombe,Seaton and Sidmouth are all within easy reach and all the banks along the Devon lanes were lined with bluebells.

    Reviewed by Judy4.7May 2021

  • "We couldn't of asked for more from our stay here, Sue and Simon were so friendly and welcoming from the minute we arrived to the second we left."

    The cottage had everything we needed and more. Our children loved living on a farm for a week and waking up to the see the animals everyday. If you're looking for somewhere to stay in this area I couldn't recommend Northleigh farm enough.

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Apr 2021

  • "Great cottage in a tranquil location."

    The cottage is cosy yet spacious, very well equipped, comfy beds, powerful shower etc. The owners are very friend and helpful. The accommodation is on a working farm so lots of animals to go and see. Great location in East Devon, an ideal base for all the local beaches. Would highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Oct 2020

  • "We love staying with Sue and Simon, they make sure you have everything you need."

    The cottage was really comfortable and the surroundings peaceful.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Aug 2020

  • "The cottage is absolutely fabulous, we have been staying at Northleigh Farm for nearly ten years and all the cottages are wonderful."

    Sykes Holidays are a complete nightmare to deal with. I had to wait 3 months for a refund and even with many phone calls and a case reference it took an email with the threat of trading standards to get my money eventually.

    Reviewed by Annabel5.0Aug 2020

  • "Sue and Simon brilliant hosts."

    Lovely remote converted barns. Clean and warm cottage. Great games room to keep children occupied, they even got involved with egg collecting from the chickens.

    Reviewed by Niall3.8Oct 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful place so quiet and peaceful Loved having visits from the dog, cat and guinea fowl."

    The welcome pack was very much appreciated and although we did not see much of the owners we felt welcome Wonderful break thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this lovely cottage

    Reviewed by Carolyn4.7Sep 2019

  • "Lovely cottage and fantastic hosts."

    We had a lovely week!

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jun 2019

  • "Holiday cottage situated in a very quiet valley to the north of Colyton village,stayed here with my older brother and his wife,who are visiting from Melbourne,Australia."

    .We all found it a very relaxing area with plenty of things to do/see within a short driving distance.We visited a different Pub/Restaurant around the area each night and were able to eat well at reasonable Daughter/Fiancee and 3 month old baby boy joined us from Monday afternoon till Thursday morning and also found the cottage,location and area to be perfect for a short break with thier very young baby.All in all we all enjoyed our stay at Battens in Northleigh,Devon and would not hesitate to recommend or book again. The Tookey's and Bullock's

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Jun 2019

  • "Extremely welcoming hosts."

    Superb accommodation.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Apr 2019

  • "Such a lovely,relaxing break with family."

    We were made to feel very welcome by Sue and Simon. The boys enjoyedplaying in the games room as well as seeing all the animals around the farm. They even helped to collect the eggs from the chickens. It was a great location for us to explore, a short drive to Exmouth beach or Creally adventure park, both were enjoyed by all.

    Reviewed by Hazel5.0Apr 2019

  • "Sue and Simon were wonderfully accommodating and welcoming hosts."

    Their cottage was both beautiful and very well set-up. The complete tranquility of the location together with the small farm livestock ticked my boxes, while my children and husband really made the most of the games room. It was a wrench to leave- it has become one of my goto-to-get-away places - I would encourage all families to book with complete confidence. NB- don’t take supermarket eggs and sausages- Sue’s are fabulous. Thankyou, Jo

    Reviewed by Jo5.0Apr 2019

  • "Lovely holiday, made very welcome by the owners."

    Great to see the animals every day, 2 calves were born on our first day too! Cosy cottage, with everything you need, washing machine and tumble dryer are shared and donation to be to use them, but no hassle with this. Games room was very spacious and had lots to do if needed.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Sep 2018

  • "Owners are fantastic and couldn’t be more welcoming or helpful"

    Reviewed by Sammy4.4Aug 2018

  • "We booked our Sykes holiday for two weeks, the first week to be spent with our family including two grandchildren, and the second week with old friends."

    The cottage 'Battens' at Northleigh Farm, Colyton, Devon was very well equipped, we could have had a party for a dozen people or more! Our hosts Sue and Simon Potter could not have been more friendly or helpful. We were blessed with lovely weather and the children enjoyed free range of the garden and loved helping to feed the chickens. The play barn was well used, but would really have come into its own if the weather had been bad. We enjoyed trips to the beach, river boat ride, kite flying, picnics and building happy memories. The second week was more sedate with adult pursuits, A la Ronde, a National Trust property was a delight; encounters with cows in the narrow lanes and meeting a bus coming the other way caused much laughter. We were lucky to be in time for the Honiton Show, and found places to eat, although these had to be researched as nowhere immediately close by. Only thing missing was a pub in the village. We would be happy to recommend this cottage to our friends, and may even return another time.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jul 2018

  • "This is really a lovely place, a nice spacious cottage with gorgeous views over the pretty countryside."

    Very helpful owners. I would thoroughly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Janet4.7May 2018

  • "Northleigh Farm is a little gem."

    Battens is a cosy, warm, secluded retreat with a lovely patio view over the fields. Sue and Simon, the owners are delightful and my son loved feeding the animals and collecting the eggs. The games room on site is a real bonus for children and adults alike. A great little base for exploring Devon, good walks, interesting museums and beautiful coastal towns.

    Reviewed by Denise4.4Apr 2018

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  • Three bedrooms
  • 1 x twin bedroom with en suite WC with basin
  • Two first floor bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, WC, basin
  • Ground floor open plan living space with seating area, dining area, kitchen, doors to patio
  • Outdoor shared games barn.
  • Central heating
  • Microwave, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, TV with DVD, WiFi, shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble drier
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request, Off road parking for two cars
  • Barbecue
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome, Sorry no smoking.

The property

4 miles from Colyton, deep in thick, lush hedgerow lanes in the Coly Valley, is the sleepy hamlet of Northleigh, 5 to 7 miles from the lovely coastal villages of Beer, Sidmouth and Branscombe.

On the edge of Northleigh, three cottages converted from traditional Devon barns on a small mixed farm raising beef, free range poultry and a few piglets.Battens has a front door from the courtyard into the open plan living space with a seating area, dining area and well equipped kitchen, plus glazed doors which lead you out to your patio.

On the same level you have a handy twin bedrooms, or head up the stairs to two more bedrooms and the family bathroom.

This is a charming cottage for a fabulous country break.

This property can be booked with The Linney (976057) and the Shippen (976058) and together they sleep 14.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Seaton is a seaside town in East Devon on the south coast. It faces onto Lyme Bay, to the west of the mouth of the River Axe with red cliffs to one side and white cliffs on the other. Axmouth and Beer are nearby.

Note: This property can be booked with The Linney (976057) and the Shippen (976058) and together they sleep 14.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas