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Hornshayne Farmhouse

(Ref. 976031)

Farway, near Honiton, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 11 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 5 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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57 Customer Reviews

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Hornshayne farmhouse."

    There was much for the grandchildren to see and do, they especially enjoyed interacting with the farm animals. Quad bike ride was great too. All in a beautiful location, we would definitely recommend this property, and would consider coming back again for a family gathering.

    Reviewed by Robin4.7May 2024

  • "Just returned from a lovely weeks stay at the farm with all the family, with ages ranging from 1-63yrs old."

    The farmhouse itself is beautiful, in an incredible setting. Our children loved seeing and meeting all the animals and the hosts were incredibly welcoming. Would definitely recommend a stay here and hope to return one day!

    Reviewed by Sam5.0Apr 2024

  • "An excellent stay, will come back again."

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Mar 2024

  • "What an absolutely amazing place!"

    Everything as described and there was nothing that the farmhouse didn't have. Family were friendly and informative and we particularly enjoyed the farm tour and watching the cows being milked and the calves being fed. The weather wasn't the best but that didn't affect our stay. Will be back again soon.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Oct 2023

  • "Had a excellent time staying at the farmhouse 5 stars, I would highly recommend ..."

    Had a excellent time staying at the farmhouse 5 stars, I would highly recommend the farmhouse for any family with young kids/Dogs, great place for a big family holiday ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2023

  • "This was a fantastic holiday let with added farm experience for the adults and children."

    The house is really well equipped and there wasn't anything we needed that wasn't in the cupboards or easily available. The teenager appreciated the games room and the younger children were happy to play on the ride on toys and in the stream for hours. The dishwasher and washing machine both got good workouts while we were there! Highlight for most of the party was watching the birth of a calf. Everyone on the farm was really helpful and happy to answer any of our questions.

    Reviewed by Joy5.0Aug 2023

  • "Had an amazing time away, cottage was lovely, clean and welcoming."

    It was lovely being able to sit around the table as a family. The views were amazing, waking up to the sound of cows and sheep every day. The owners were very welcoming. The children loved seeing the farm and having a look around, seeing the calves. The games room was used most days. The outside play area was great for the kids too. Lots of space so not under each others feet. Would definitely recommend to others. Had an fabulous time.

    Reviewed by Verity5.0Aug 2023

  • "We loved every minute of our stay."

    It’s a beautiful setting. Sally and Andrew were on hand and helpful throughout our week there . The house was well equipped and suited our needs. The children loved having the space and outdoor area to play. We were lucky to get a tractor ride with Andrew (as he was very busy) and quad bike ride with grandad that the children will remember forever! We had a farm tour and saw the cows being milked. Would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lovely big place, well kept, big rooms, huge well equipped, stone floored kitchen with large table and lots of crockery/cutlery for all."

    Furniture and kitchen in keeping with it being an old farmhouse. Inevitably the floors are a bit uneven in places, but an 80 year old managed fine. Briliiant to see several swallows (and other birds) nesting around the building. We were all adults, but would be great for a family with the play area and the games room (and the almost Narnia sized wardrobes) The hosts were generous with some milk and eggs provided on arrival. Loved the surrounding countryside and pretty villages, however any drivers do need to be confident on narrow deep lanes, with passing places. Easily parked 3 cars on site. Really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a wonderful week."

    The owners very friendly and on hand if anything was needed. Charlie gave us a tour of the farm which was very interesting and Ross took our grandson out on the quad bike around the farm. Lovely location and ideal for a chilled out and relaxing break

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2023

  • "Excellent accommodation and perfect for our two families to get together."

    This was our second visit. Flexible accommodation and the hosts called us a few days before to ask how we wanted the beds made up, ie as singles, double. Everything we needed and it was great to have access to the washing machine to lessen the load on the return home. Eggs and necessities were left for us on arrival to see us through. The farm is beautiful. We will definitely be back….again!

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0May 2023

  • "The perfect place to stay with young children!"

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0May 2023

  • "An amazing location."

    Lovely house and well equipped. Plenty of space inside well maintained and enclosed gardens. Made to feel very welcome. The games room in the barn is also well equipped and kept the teens occupied.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Apr 2023

  • "The property was warm, clean and had everything we needed to make our holiday comfortable."

    It was also a lovely historical building with an amazing thatched roof set in wonderful scenery which added to the pleasure of our visit. You were very kind and the children had a great time and loved the farm activities they were offered. It is a shame the council can not keep the lanes in a better state of up-keep.

    Reviewed by Raymond4.7Apr 2023

  • "We had a lovely break in the farmhouse."

    Plenty of room for the kids to run around and amenities great. In particular enjoyed the Minnow fishing

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Apr 2023

  • "Perfect for a family gathering"

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had lovely break with the family for my wife's special birthday!"

    Its a beautiful spacious comfortable house in a stunning location. Very highly recommended. The fully mechanised milking parlour was fascinating, thanks to Andrew for the guided tour.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely farmhouse with loads of character and plenty of space for everyone."

    Great views and walks, there was no need to venture any further than the farm. We thoroughly enjoyed watching the cows being milked and watching the newborn calves being fed. Would love to visit again.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Feb 2023

  • "A lovely place to spend a family Christmas!"

    Lots of space, very warm, with a huge kitchen that comfortably sat us all for meals. The farm is quite remote and so very quiet with fantastic night skies. Andrew was very happy for us to roam at will with our dogs over his 400 acres which was a real treat. The description says 6 bathrooms - we could only find 5 (!) but that was enough! And a knife sharpener and pair of scissors would have been useful in the kitchen!

    Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback. We confirm the property has 5 bathroom, as shown on the property floorplan as well. The owner also has confirmed there is a knife sharpener and a pair of scissor in the kitchen. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed Hornshayne Farmhouse. We have taken your comments on board. Property Owner

    Reviewed by A4.4Dec 2022

  • "All the extended family really enjoyed their stay at the Farmhouse especially the grandchildren."

    The play facilities, house and games room were ideal for them. Seeing all the animals and being allowed to collect an egg each from the hens made their holiday. Comfortable accommodation and beds, we all slept well!

    Reviewed by Eileen5.0Oct 2022

  • "As someone who is really uncomfortable about driving in the narrow lanes I was relieved I only had to drive there and back once as I was able to be driven in family cars throughout the week."

    Once there it was a great experience with wonderful views and comfortable facilities. The children loved it and it was a great centre for us to visit and meet up with relatives and friends.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Oct 2022

  • "This cottage has such an amazing location - a hidden gem."

    The owners and their family were just the most friendliest of people and nothing was too much trouble for them. There were 10 of us and none of us have ever stayed in such wonderful accommodation. Both the adults and children felt so comfortable and our ages ranged froom 2 to 70. The indoor and outdoor space was like being in another world and we were told we could roam freely through barns and fields and see the cows being milked and the maternity unit where we met some adorable calves. The peace and quiet has been bliss, the weather perfect where you could look up and see the stars at night. The whole family has so much knowledge on it's history, the children have a smile and a wave for you every day. We can't wait to come back to this beautiful home. Thank you so much to everyone.

    Reviewed by Denis5.0Aug 2022

  • "We’ll be back asap."

    Can’t say more than that.

    Reviewed by Patrick5.0Aug 2022

  • "Stunning location for a large group holiday with lots of facilities on site including large play area, gas barbeque and games room."

    Wall to wall sunshine all week so did not use the lounge much (seating could do with a refresh). Massive farmhouse kitchen. Great tour of the working farm by Charlie including collecting eggs and seeing new born calves.

    Reviewed by Roger4.4Aug 2022

  • "Our third stay at Hornshayne."

    Lovely, very characterful farmhouse, really comfortable, spacious and well equipped - owners Andrew and Sally have thought of everything. So much to see nearby; Sidmouth has lovely shops and great fish and chips; we enjoyed the tram ride from Colyton to Seaton and had a lovely meal out at River Cottage. Many thanks to Charlie for the tour of the farm - here's to our next stay!

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Jul 2022

  • "The farmhouse is set in beautiful countryside with access to tourist attractions within easy driving distance."

    It was ideal for a large mixed family group and plenty of space to spread out. The farm tour, with Charlie, was interesting and the presence of sheep, chickens and calves a great attraction for the children. The house is comfortable and well equipped. It was a lovely retreat for all of us.

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Jun 2022

  • "Wonderful week made possible by the welcome from the family."

    They organised new laid eggs and extras, a tour of the farm including feeding the calves and lambs, a ride on a tractor and quad bike for our children, a viewing of a calf being born .....Set in beautiful countryside with a games room. We have booked for next year!

    Reviewed by Ann5.0May 2022

  • "A well equipped farmhouse with very pleasant owners who were very accommodating."

    Grandchildren loved the rides on the back of the quad bikes, rides on the tractors and helping feed the lambs and calves. Games room and good enclosed garden play area that kept the children amused along with the friendly dogs. Nice touch with the owners supplying the eggs, milk and wine on our arrival. Very good holiday with lovely memories. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Shaun4.7Apr 2022

  • "Amaing property with lots to do inside and around the cottage."

    Very beautiful sceneries and some lovely walks. The option to visit the farm was superb and everyone really enjoyed seeing the whole farm. But the best part was the owners themselves, they were so helpful and welcoming which made our stay even better. Will definitely visit them again.

    Reviewed by Asim4.7Mar 2022

  • "Excellent property & facilities."

    Very clean. Cosy & warm. Comfortable beds & chairs. All the kitchen stuff worked perfectly.

    Reviewed by Becky4.7Dec 2021

  • "Thanks for a lovely stay."

    We really enjoyed the charming property, the games room and walks around the farm. The property was spacious, comfortable and full of character - Ideal for our family get together and we would love to visit again in the future.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Dec 2021

  • "We arrived on the Friday evening and it was a lovely surprise to find a bottle of wine, a dozen freshly laid eggs and some milk."

    The farmhouse was very homely clean and had Christmas decorations. The rooms were spacious and well decorated. There was enough crockery and other cooking equipment. Altogether we were very impressed. Sadly my husband and I daughter and her fiancé had to leave Saturday morning as one of us tested positive for covid, however the other two families arrived a day later to enjoy a superb stay. Thank you Hornshayne Farm.

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0Dec 2021

  • "We have just returned from the best week away!"

    Hornshayne farm is absolutely incredible, the facilities are amazing and they really have thought of everything. The location is great, there was plenty of crockery/cutlery for everyone. The owners were extremely accommodating and nothing was ever too much trouble. They would talk to the children about the cows and have us the opportunity to watch the baby cows be fed. We would highly recommend and will certainly return again!!

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Nov 2021

  • "Fantastic week in this beautiful house."

    Lots of cutlery, crockery, pans, cooking equipment etc. Games room an excellent bonus. Plenty of space to spread around. Beds very comfortable. Well manicured gardens and lovely play area for smaller children. We were made to feel very welcome and a lovely gesture of milk, wine and eggs left for us. Andrew, Sally and Charlie took time out of their very busy lives to show us around the farm and explain farm life. The calves and dogs were a big hit! Would go back tomorrow!

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Oct 2021

  • "Lovely people and they enjoy sharing the farm with you."

    E.g. watching milking and seeing new born calves

    Reviewed by Andrea4.4Oct 2021

  • "Perfect large family house."

    Great for toddlers with an excellent play ground, also has a separate teenager's barn with snooker, table tennis etc. Andrew and Sally are so welcoming, farm tours are fantastic with Charlie one of their sons. Wonderful holiday destination

    Reviewed by Dave4.7Sep 2021

  • "Fabulous farmhouse in a beautiful peaceful setting with lots to do for the children, ideal for a family holiday"

    Reviewed by Jane4.7Jul 2021

  • "We had a fantastic week staying at the farmhouse with friends."

    The house is huge and had plenty of room for the 10 of us. On arrival the kids were amazed to see the stream and the play area and all of the garden toys and they spent many hours just playing in the garden. They also loved it when the dogs appeared! The fussball table and games room were enjoyed by all. Sally and Andrew were very welcoming and we were given lots of information about the farm and the local area and were able to roam around and go onto the farm to see the cows being milked and look at the pigs, calves, chickens and sheep. It was lovely having cows and sheep in the fields in front of the house to watch while you sat at the table having breakfast. The Sykes info told us that we needed to bring tea towels and oven gloves, which were actually provided at the house so no need to pack those in your luggage! I didn’t find a hairdryer but we had brought one along. It was great to have the washing machine and dryer to use, especially as we don’t have one at home at the moment due to building work, and they came in useful when we got caught in a downpour while doing a bit of fishing in the stream. The house is out in the peaceful Devon countryside but within easy driving distance of Sidmouth, Lyme Regis etc. With supermarkets in Sidmouth and Honiton to stock up for your stay. We had a fantastic time and definitely plan to return soon.

    Reviewed by Catherine4.4May 2021

  • "We had a wonderful holiday Hornshayne Farmhouse!"

    A spacious and lovely house that feels like a home as soon as you walk in. Our children loved being on the farm and were extremely excited to see some calves being born. The hosts were extremely friendly and helpful. Wonderful beaches close by too. We will definitely be returning!

    Reviewed by Wilhelm5.0Apr 2021

  • "About wonderful holiday,just missing a hot tub or pool!"

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Sep 2020

  • "Was thoroughly enjoyable, the guide around the dairy farm and feeding the calves made our children’s day."

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2020

  • "A very comfortable house with plenty of space for families up to 10 people."

    Plenty of things for children to occupy themselves a games room and Sandpit area with small house to play in.Farm adjoining with very friendly farmer who is more than willing to show you around.

    Reviewed by David4.7Aug 2020

  • "We had a great holiday staying in this big farmhouse in the middle of beautiful Devon countryside."

    We arrived to find new laid eggs,2 bottles of wine and milk in the fridge. A very thoughtful gesture. The thatched house, as well as being historically interesting, was spacious with plenty of modern bathrooms and constant very hot water. Plenty of lovely walks, not too far from the coast and in the midst of a busy dairy farm. We were alerted when a cow was about to give birth and watched twin calves arrive. Our stay at Hornshayne Farm passed much too quickly.

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Aug 2020

  • "We had a wonderful holiday here with our children and grandchildren."

    Andrew and Sally made us feel very welcome and the farm was a perfect place for the grandchildren. They loved the play area, watching the cows being milked and seeing the newborn calves. The surrounding countryside is beautiful and very convenient for visiting the beach. This was our second visit and we will definitely be coming back!

    Reviewed by Gwyneth5.0Jul 2020

  • "Made to feel very welcome by the Hosts and extended farming family (including the dogs)."

    Were allowed to wander at our leisure around the farm but also invited to watch the cows being milked, feed the calves and were lucky enough to watch a calf being born. The children were treated to a ride around the farm on a quad bike which they thoroughly enjoyed. All of this was not expected. Encouraged to walk to the top of the hill to experience the great views which we did. The house was warm and inviting and the welcome pack was very appreciated.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Feb 2020

  • "What a lovely place to get away and relax in the countryside."

    The place was warm and welcoming, on arrival were some farm eggs and a bottle of wine. The place is spacious and well laid out with great facilities and plenty of place, cups, glasses etc for everyone. The showers were the only slight downside, they weren't very powerful but there are many lovely baths to use. Great place, will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Oct 2019

  • "The farmhouse at HornShayne Farm provided a great venue for a family gathering."

    It was a great space for all ages with provision for lots of activities. The host had a good balance of respecting privacy whilst offering opportunities to engage with what was happening the farm. Would love to book the farmhouse again.

    Reviewed by Jean4.4Aug 2019

  • "This lovely farmhouse and its beautiful surroundings were the ideal location for our family holiday with children aged from 19 months."

    An interesting, very well-equipped, well-furnished house with friendly yet unobtrusive hosts next door at the farm who gave us a guided tour. Sainsbury's home delivery found us - amazing! Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Aug 2019

  • "This was the second time we have visited Hornshayne Farm and we had a lovely holiday."

    There are lots of things to keep the children happy and the play area is brilliant, but the bark on the ground seems to have been replaced with what I can only describe as small bits of wood.The problem is that there are very sharp bits of wood and two of the children came down the slide and scratched the back of their legs. As we had a two year old we were always worried he would fall and get spells in his hands or worse. It’s a great place to have a family holiday and the amenities are brilliant. The children loved walking around the farm and we even saw a calf being born which was really special. The children absolutely loved Maud the Spanial, when she heard our cars pulling in the drive she came straight round to the house and stayed with us until bed time, a very sweet and gentle dog.

    Reviewed by Mrs Lynn4.7May 2019

  • "We had a wonderful time at Hornshayne - Andrew and Sally were very welcoming and it was lovely being able to watch the milking, see two calves being born and generally enjoy the peacefulness of the farm."

    There was a games room which we did not use as the weather was so good so did not need to spend time indoors. The views from the property are stunning. If you want a relaxing break this is a great place to visit.

    Reviewed by Gordon5.0Mar 2019

  • "Hornshayne farmhouse is fabulous house for large family gatherings."

    The kids (and adults!) can play in the stream, watch the cows being milked, collect eggs from the hens and enjoy being Incas working farm. The house is large and comfortable and the owners who live in an adjoining property are friendly and welcoming. We were lucky to have glorious weather in late October.

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Oct 2018

  • "We stayed at Hornshayne Farmhouse for a family 30th birthday celebration last weekend."

    We were a party of 8 adults, 2 children and our dogs. The farm was just perfect for our requirements. The children loved all the play facilities, so many toys, games, dvds and great outside play area. The older ‘kids’ enjoyed the table tennis, pool and table football in the play barn and the dogs had some lovely walks in the acres of farmland. Sally and Andrew made us very welcome and the highlight of our visit was definitely having a tour of the farm. We saw the cows being milked and a calf born that morning being fed. Our 6 year old grandson collected eggs from the chickens with Sally and we all enjoyed cuddles with Maud’s puppies! We would recommend a holiday here.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Oct 2018

  • "We enjoyed staying in this lovely old farmhouse; full of character yet plenty of modern facilities."

    We were slightly daunted by the narrow steep lanes that led to it but there was plenty to see and do in the area. We hope to return next year.

    Reviewed by Kathryn4.4Sep 2018

  • "We greatly enjoyed the delightful gardens, play area and freedom to roam Hornshayne farm in the glorious Devon countryside."

    The owners were extremely helpful but also willing to give us the peace and relaxation we were seeking without intruding until asked. The farm tour which we requested was conducted in a most informative and interesting manner by the owner's two sons. A delightful week.

    Reviewed by David4.7Aug 2018

  • "As a couple with 3 children and 4 grandchildren, 11 of us in total, we have had a fantastic holiday."

    Andrew and Sally were a lovely helpful couple, who willing told us about there farm and what we could get involved in. Their two delightful sons gave us a guided tour of the farm as well one morning. Our young grandchildren were able to see cows being milked, calves being born, feed calves, fish for minnows in the nearby stream and build dams, fly kites on the hillside, see 3-day old puppies, chickens, pigs, cats dogs, and play safely in the garden with many toys to enjoy. We were also able to enjoy the local beaches and go mackerel fishing as well. All in all a wonderful family holiday. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Aug 2018

  • "We loved : The beautiful , atmospheric , old house and the tranquil location."

    The gorgeous Devon countryside Most of all the warmth and friendliness of the farm owners - the Hurfords

    Reviewed by Tom5.0Mar 2018

  • "Owners very helpful."

    A very informative tour of farm by Charles aged ten.

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Mar 2018

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  • Five bedrooms over three levels: 1 x double with en suite bathroom with bath, shower over, WC and basin, 1 x family bedroom with super king double (converts to twin) and single with en suite shower room with shower, WC, two basins, 2 x double (one super king can convert to twin), 1 x king size double with en suite bathroom with roll top bath, hand shower, WC and basin
  • Bathroom with corner bath, separate shower, WC, basin
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, WC, basin
  • Sitting room with electric fire
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Games room
  • Playroom
  • Utility room.
  • Central heating with electric fires
  • Microwave, fridge, fridge-freezer, tumble dryer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with DVD, WiFi, Phone, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request, Off road parking for five cars
  • Enclosed garden with childrens play area, barbecue
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome (2nd pet charge applies: £35 per week)
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Note: This property has a private water supply which is tested regularly.

The property

This big and beautiful farmhouse is located ¾ mile from Farway, beside the owner's’ cottage on a 335 acre farm in the hamlet of Woodbridge.

With ancient origins, it is a characterful and welcoming house for friends and families of all ages.

The sitting room is a cosy room with an electric fire.

In true country style, the kitchen is huge and at the hub of the house with a Rayburn, a lovely room to gather and socialise in.

This is a great house for the children, with toys in the playroom and a tiny games room.

Upstairs, the five bedrooms ramble over three levels, as high as the attic.

Outside you are welcome to help feed the calves and enjoy the miles of unspoiled countryside with a river for paddling and tiddler fishing, ponds, great views and walks and quiet roads.

In the pretty garden, shared with the owners, is a picnic table, barbecue, giant draughts, shallow stream, play castle, sandpit and Wendy house.

To complete the idyllic family scene is a fun games barn.

There is plenty on this lovely farm to keep you occupied, but if you choose to venture further afield there are the Blackdown Hills to explore, the Seaton Tramway for rides through a nature reserve and the fossil hunting beaches of the Jurassic Coast.

Hornshayne Farmhouse is a magical location for enjoying a traditional farm holiday and the lovely surroundings.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £500.

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About the location


Honiton is a delightful market town in East Devon, with plenty to offer visitors. It lies in the valley of the River Otter and is surrounded by rolling Devon hills, green wooded valleys and plenty of scattered farming villages.

Note: Spring water. This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £500

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter