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Pinn Barton Farm - Sidmouth
Villages & Resorts in Devon in general
Member Name: SusanLesley
Villages & Resorts in Devon in general
Date: 27/08/01, updated on 28/08/01 (176 review reads)
Advantages: Good food, Excellent acommodation, Great people
As you probably know we have just returned from a lovely week’s holiday in Devon. We stayed on a farm just outside Sidmouth and it was so good I just had to write an opinion on it!
It is called Pinn Barton Farm and I found it by using www.smoothhound.co.uk which I must get round to writing about, as it is a seriously good aid to finding good holiday accommodation.
Pinn Barton is situated on Peak Hill, approximately two miles from the seafront at Sidmouth, which itself is on the south coast of Devon just east of Exmouth and west of Lyme Regis. The farm is only 12 miles from Junction 30 of the M5 and 11 miles from the A30 and A35, so it’s quite easy to get to.
The current cost – as at August 2001 – is £22 per person, per night for bed and breakfast. If you stay for a minimum of 5 nights the price reduces to £20 per person, per night. Children under 5 years old are charged at half the adult rate and children over 5 years old are charged at two thirds of the adult rate, providing they are sharing a room with two adults. A deposit of the cost of one night’s accommodation is needed to secure a booking, with the balance being payable on departure.
The English Tourism Council has awarded it four diamonds in recognition of its excellent facilities.
We arrived at about 6.30pm on the Saturday and Mrs Sage, the proprietress, was there to greet us. After showing us to our room she made us a pot of tea and served it complete with a plate of biscuits in the large comfortable guests’ lounge. That was just what we needed after a long, tedious journey!
By the way I use the term tedious to refer to the traffic not the company on the journey!
Our room was large with a double bed, two bedside cabinets, two small tables, two easy chairs, a large mirrored wardrobe, with an abundance of coathangers, and a dressing table. There was plenty of drawer and hanging space.
The bed had a
sheet and continental quilt plus numerous pillows, but there was a lot more bed linen in the top of the wardrobe if we had needed it. There was also a small electric heater, but we didn’t need to use that, thankfully!
There was a clock radio, always worth checking that the last guest hadn’t set it for some ungodly hour though, and also a hairdryer.
The TV was on one of those special shelf things and was remote control. We used to switch it on each morning whilst drinking our cuppa to check the weather!!
The tea tray comprised of a kettle, teapot, milk jug, china mugs, saucers, plates, two wineglasses and a tea towel. There were containers of tea bags and sugar, together with jars of coffee, ordinary and decaffeinated, hot chocolate and Horlicks and a full tin of biscuits!
On the landing, just outside our bedroom door as it happened, was the fridge for use by the guests. There was always fresh milk here for us to have in our morning cup of tea, and we were encouraged to use it for any other items needing to be kept cool. There were also an iron and ironing board for the use of the guests.
The en suite bathroom was large and contained a bath with a shower over it, toilet, washbasin, heated towel rail, chair and little table. There was a bottle of bubble bath and one of shampoo, together with plenty of soap, spare toilet rolls and a supply of those little tie handle bags that us ladies use to dispose of our ‘personal’ items. There were also plenty of towels.
You may think from this description that everything was pretty much taken care of, but it gets better! Out on the landing there was a chest of drawers, and on top were sundry items, to which Mrs Sage told us to help ourselves if there was anything we had forgotten to pack. These included toothpaste, disposable razors, hairspray, plasters, painkillers, indigestion tablets, a mending kit, a corkscrew, an alarm clock, and many more things th
at I can’t remember! We thought that this was an excellent idea.
When we arrived we were shown where the dining room was and which table to sit at for breakfast, which was served between 8.30 and 9am. We were also told that evening drinks would be served in the lounge each night at 10pm, but we didn’t bother with that – we weren’t even home by then!
The breakfast consisted of tea or coffee, fruit juice, grapefruit, a choice of numerous cereals followed by a breakfast cooked to order having any or all of the following:
Eggs – boiled, scrambled, poached or fried
There was a toaster on every table together with a supply of white and brown bread, so you just made your own toast as and when you wanted it.
The farm itself is a working farm of about 330 acres and while we were there we saw sheep being moved from one field to another and a small herd of cows and calves. They have two goats, which live in a pen near to the farm and at least two horses, but I don’t know what other animals they have. They had not been directly affected by foot and mouth disease but had obviously felt the ‘knock on’ effects in the lack of sales of animals and lack of tourists.
The first night that we were there, I found it difficult to sleep, because it was so quiet! We live on a main road at home so the near silence of the countryside took a bit of getting used to. We dozed off at night listening to an owl hooting and woke to the sound of the horses neighing. It was lovely. We also had a nest of house martins in the eaves outside our bedroom window and we could see the parent birds flying backwards and forwards feeding the young, who in turn made quite a noise when food arrived!
I’ll close by saying that I would recommend this place to anyone staying in the Sidmouth area and I’ll leave you with the full
Mrs B Sage,
Pinn Barton Farm,
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