bidwell farm reviews
We receive many nice comments and messages from guests and below you will find a selction we've received over the years.
HAYBARTON REVIEWS : COWBYRE REVIEWS
Thank you very much! We had a fabulous stay and so enjoyed your hospitality. The cottages are lovely and we will remember our time with fond memories. Dana, United States, Sweden, Norway
Thank you Patsy and Richard again. We have enjoyed our short stay here and seeing the new ducks. Also playing rounders with everyone and having an Easter Egg hunt. What a lovely weekend we have had with all the family. We have had great fun playing cards for pennies! Really wish we did not have to go home. The Long Family, Wiltshire.
Yet another fabulous stay here at Bidwell. The surroundings are just absolutely beautiful here, they really are! Katie Mold, Wiltshire.
The bell ringers practice, picking wild flowers, the views and enjoying dinner in your country kitchen in the evening were a very few of the happy experiences of Bidwell Farm. O'Rourke, Harpenden/Brisbane Australia.
Thank you, we had a fab time despite the constant rain. The kids loved walking through the flooded lanes!! Beautiful cottage - 5 star.
Colebrooks Family. Emilia (8) says - my favourite part of the holiday was when we say a bird's egg in the hedges, my sisters liked the swings, so did I.
Wat een geweldige paar dagen hebben Richard en Patsy ons bezorgd! Een fantastische locatie midden in een spriscrlgles achtig landschap. Het is toch machtig als je een "countryside" zo mooi kunt houden. In Nederland is veel verdwenen, maar hier kun je zien hoe we het moeten hertelen. Het kan den wel !
Paul Wilbas Mayor of Ubbergen. Leader of a visiting hedge-laying study-group
We all had a great stay here. Some nice memories. Thanks for being so welcoming. Cottages are wonderful. Simon, Jess, Louis, Zoe, London N8.
A splendid week in a very comfortable and well equipped cottage. Many thanks to our excellent hosts for their hospitality including home made bread, marmalade and wonderful duck eggs and, not least, for arranging superb weather.
Thank you for a wonderful week. What kind and sociable hosts. A beautiful cottage, very well equipped, with great surroundings, especially the pond and fishing for Warren and Alan. You have made us all so welcome and the goodies were especially enjoyable. I feel sure we will be back once again. McCarthies, Basingstoke.
This was our first visit to Bidwell Farm and certainly won't be the last. We received a very warm welcome from Richard and Patsy, which was extended throughout our stay. The cottage was perfect and felt like home. Thank you for making this an enjoyable week for us all. We look forward to returning again. Michelle, Mark, Max, Molly and Myles, Milton Keynes.
Our first holiday away as a family with the babies. The Haybarton was just perfect. Lots of partying and a little bit of sleep. We loved the ducks and the seaside and the Sidmouth Arms gave us some lovely food. Richard and Patsy were so helpful and friendly and the bread and marmalade were wonderful. Thank you so much. Churchleys, Dewars, Lambert, Dunblane and Salisbury.
We survived whatever the weather could throw at us and it was record breaking torrential but the cottage was a lovely haven of warmth and calm to come back to and our hosts were hospitality itself. The Wright Family, London W2
Our third stay, wonderful as ever. But now for the detail and that shows that there is no better place to stay. Here we found great friendship and, by the way, of what England is and means. This time going back to Germany really hurts. The Wilferts, Rothenstein, Germany.
Our 10th (wow) visit! And just as wonderful as all our previous stays. We did not let our 2 days of drizzle stop us and had great afternoons out at the Bowling Alley, Taunton and crab fishing at Beer and Lyme Regis. Wonderful meals out at Sidmouth Arms in the village, The Railway Inn at Honiton and the highly recommended Merry Harriers where we dined on scallops, lamb and steak (not all on one plate). Thanks Richard and Patsy for making us feel like part of your family.
Jo (11) - I really enjoyed playing badminton because I am getting really good now. The Webb Family, Nelson, Lancs.
Our second visit. Enjoyed the garden and the seaside! Thank you for the bread, marmalade and eggs. Buckleys and Kinnards, Lincs, Derbyshire and Beds.
Our first visit here at the Haybarton. We have loved our stay and have enjoyed going to the beaches in Lyme Regis and Sidmouth (Jacobs Ladder). They were good places to go swimming. Thank you for the homemade bread, eggs from the ducks and the whisky marmalade. We all enjoyed feeding the ducks. Hope to come back soon. Peakalls, Suffolk.
Lovely cottage. We are making our way through the Premier Cottage portfolio and we would definitely come back here. Lovely welcome, beautiful views. Great days out. Awful weather but fantastic watching the torrential rain from the upstairs windows!! The Constantines, Kensworth, Beds.
We are "old campaigners" at self catering. You seem to us to have thought of every detail for the comfort and enjoyment of your guests. Thank you for the warmth and obvious sincerity of your welcome. Austria and Switzerland eat your hearts out!! Bye until the next time. The Ormans, Dorset.
Had a wonderful time again. Sidmouth Arms food is excellent. Even if the weather was not good, which it was, Patsy and Richard provide their own warmth and ray of sunshine. We will be back. Clime Family, Wokingham, Berks.
What a wonderful place this is, beautiful views and a great welcome from Patsy and Richard. Great Food at Sidmouth Arms, Merry Harriers, Jack in the Green. Also enjoyed our visitors every morning, Daisy and Daffy duck. We would certainly recommend Bidwell Farm to friends and family. Once again, thank you both so much. You have done a great job here. The Graves, Ipswich, Suffolk.
We came for a weekend and wished it could have been for ever. What a beautiful place to be. Your hospitality was surpassed. Thanks for the goodies. We enjoyed them all. Mead Party, Lancing, Haywoods Heath.
It was our aunty's wedding yesterday......... we came back to the cottage with friends and family. It was a lovely setting. Everyone had a great time. We had the fire going and music playing. We had the wedding photos taken outside by the swings. The sun was shining and it was great. We all had an amazing time here and it was such a great place to have the wedding.......... "just amazing" "magical" "beautiful" loved it. Bridesmaids, Georgia, Emily (aged 13 and 11 bridesmaids).
We hired both cottages so we could celebrate our marriage with close family and friends. We were recommended the cottages by my brother who had stayed here some years ago, we were not disappointed! It is a perfect setting and the cottages are beautiful. Even if we had been millionaires we would not have wanted to celebrate our special day anywhere else............ We will definitely come back again, it is a very special place. Jacqui and Ken Waugh, Somerset
December 2011 New Year
Had a great four nights in both cottages and a brilliant New Years Eve. Very well equipped cottages with fantastic views. Surrounding area equally as good. We had a trip to Beer where we had crab sandwiches. We would all love to come again and stay in your fantastic cottages. Many many thanks from us all. Lawson family and friends, Beds and Herts.
Thank you all for your hospitality. We had an excellent time at both of the cottages. We would love to spend Christmas here again. The Patel Family, Surrey,
Thank you for your hospitality. We had a really restful time. Home from home. Hope to return. Talbots, Stratford upon Avon.
After a wonderful stay in March, we decided to return to Bidwell Farm for a 50th birthday. ... We have all had a fantastic time and couldn’t have asked for more for the birthday weekend. The meal at the pub on Saturday was wonderful although I don’t think that any of us are going to eat for a week! A big thank you to Richard and Patsy for making this a special weekend (and keeping the surprise going). We hope to be back soon. Shaun, Jane, Sharon, Colin, Mel & Tom, Rob & Sylvie. Bromsgrove, Birmingham, Coventry & Cornwall
Our second visit to the Haybarton. Just as lovely as the first. It was my birthday and a brilliant way to spend it at the Sidmouth Arms. Lovely cottage, cosy and comfortable. Family loved it. Many thanks to Patsy and Richard for getting it just right again. Phelp Family, Christchurch, Dorset.
Our first stay in the Haybarton, second at Bidwell Farm. We have had a wonderfully relaxing week. Our son from Exeter University joining us for the weekend. Enjoyed the fishing, the walks and just gazing at the tremendous views. Thank you for making our stay so comfortable and for the gorgeous jam and homemade bread. We hope to be back soon!! The Ivory Family, Pinner, Middx.
We both needed a relaxing break away from the hustle and bustle of working in London and that is just what we got at Bidwell. An amazing cottage, magnificent scenery and a very warm welcome from Patsy and Richard. The homemade gifts were delicious. We can definitely recommend the Sidmouth Arms in the village and the food is good. We have certainly recharged our batteries and will return again – loved the ducks. Tony and Christine Veatrite, Bexleyheath, Kent.
Another fantastic break at Bidwell. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Sam liked the kids play area as he loves his football. Baby Betheny had a great time for her first holiday. Loved to feed the ducks and enjoyed her first visit to the beach at Lyme. Hope to be back soon. Julie and Tim Roberts and family, Cwmbran, South Wales.
We have had a lovely time in this wonderfully homely cottage. It has everything we need and more. Like the very warm welcome from Patsy and Richard and of course the inquisitive ducks. The cottage has been the perfect base..... and we wish we were staying longer. Thanks for the delicious homemade bread, marmalade and super fresh eggs. Bustards, Kent & Brighton.
We have had a lovely week together here as family. The setting has been ideal with Thomas learning to score goals and dribble every day in the beautiful garden. Lots of space to relax and unwind. We have particularly enjoyed visiting the coast at Sidmouth, Beer and Lyme Regis. Meals at the Sidmouth Arms are excellent. Huge, Kathy, Janet, Richard, Mark, Elizabeth and Thomas aged 1. Links Derbyshire, Herts.
An opportunity to slow down, enjoy the real home comforts that Bidwell Farm has to offer while appreciating the wonderful gardens and peaceful surroundings. A real gem, hidden in the quaint village of Up-Ottery. Received a warm welcome from Richard and Patsy. Thank you to you both for the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful place. The Greenwood family, West Yorkshire.
A wonderful relaxing week with the chance to catch up with some of our children and spend some quality time with them. Beautiful countryside. Excellent facilities and a warm welcome from Richard and Patsy. This is our third Premier Cottage family holiday and the Haybarton met all our expectations. Butterworth family, Preston, Shoreham and Portsmouth
Counting the weeks to be back at Bidwell once again. Had a wonderful family holiday, so lovely to be with Patsy and Richard once more. They make us so welcome and do everything they can to ensure our time with them is excellent...... Hope to be back again sooner than soon.
Our 9th visit – just as wonderful as ever. A week at Bidwell is always just what we need to recharge our batteries. It is so nice to spend quality time with the boys playing cricket, badminton and boules, as well as enjoying lovely days out together. Food at the Sidmouth Arms was back to its best.... Thanks for your warm hospitality and your bread, eggs, marmalade and plums and for just being there for help and advice (or just a chat) throughout our stay. Already looking forward to our next visit. Webbs, Nelson, Lancs.
...... had good week with fab weather – hope to be back sometime. Jan, Mike, Hannah and Claire, Billericay.
Had wonderful week at Haybarton. Thanks for making us feel so welcome. Have thoroughly enjoyed spending time in the cottage, enjoying the lovely views and highly amusing ducks.
Thank you for making us all feel so welcome. We have had a lovely week. The children loved playing on the swings and clatter bridge and helping with the ducks. The Haybarton was spacious, comfortable and had everything we could have needed!! And all in such beautiful countryside. There is so much to do here that we want to come back and bring the rest of our family so that they can enjoy your wonderful hospitality!! Julie & Ian, Vicky, Freya, Esme and Jonah. Wellingborough, North Hants.
This was our second visit to Bidwell Farm and once again we have had the most wonderful and relaxing holiday. Richard and Patsy were as warm and friendly as ever and it was worth making the trip for Richard's bread alone! Despite the mixed weather we've had great days out at Escot, Sidmouth, Bicton Park and Powderham Castle then back to Bidwell to enjoy the fantastic cottage and idyllic surroundings. Perfect and the best bit for us has been seeing the kids have such a happy time here. We will definitely be back again. Jackie, Mark, Daniel and Kyle Smith. Lancashire.
From the delicious smell of freshly baked bread on our arrival, we knew we were going to enjoy our stay at Bidwell. We were not disappointed – it is a truly wonderful place for a family holiday. We were three generations and there was something for us all. The children and adults, looked forward to putting the ducks to bed each evening and collecting the eggs each morning. Fly fishing was very popular with one member of our party and the play equipment was a huge success. We cannot leave Bidwell without mentioning our hosts, Richard and Patsy. Nothing was too much trouble and we were privileged to share their beautiful home. I am sure we will see you again. Smiths and Rollason, South Staffs.
What a wonderful, relaxing place! Thank you for a delightful break in the country complete with a spot of fly fishing. We have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will definitely be back. The Holmes Family, Penang.
The combination of location, facilities and hosts help to make our holiday both memorable and relaxing. Thank you Patsy and Richard
Ager, The Cotswolds, Glos.
What a fantastic holiday! We have thoroughly enjoyed our break at Bidwell Farm. Patsy and Richard were really welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. Ben 18 months, had the time of his life putting the ducks to bed and letting them out at breakfast time. The location is stunning and we all went home relaxed. Lots of great attractions closeby..... Ransom, Newbury.l
We have had a wonderful stay at Bidwell Farm. The Haybarton is an excellent cottage deserving of its 5 star rating. We have been extremely lucky with beautiful weather. We know the area really well but have found a true gem here. Many thanks to Richard and Patsy for the warm welcome, delicious welcome pack and scrummy bread. We hope to return for our next escape!
Lynda, Iris and Christine - Bromsgrove and Redditch
Visit number 7. So, just what is it that makes us return? Crab fishing off the Cob at Lyme Regis, hunting for fossils at Charmouth, a cream tea (or two), getting lost in the maize at Escot for ages, pottering about in Honiton, a pub lunch....................... I am pretty sure we could do these things from some other conveniently placed holiday cottage but I am one hundred percent certain it would NEVER be the same! Coming home to such wonderful hosts, being made to feel like a cherished relative, being treated to a rustic handmade loaf, fresh duck eggs, home made marmalade and best of all, a genuinely warm welcome home at the end of a busy day from two of the most endearing people......... This is why we shall return year upon year. Patsy and Richard you have created an idyllic home from home where we adults can relax and our children can be children to their hearts’ content. Billijo, Phil, Emily and Amy, Hampshire.
After 11 years, this is still heaven on earth............
It was yet another best holiday ever!! We had a lovely time playing in the garden and watching the ducks, especially the ten little baby ducklings and getting to see dear in the wild. Fantastic !!!! Mould and Long family, Westbury, Wilts
Thank you so much for a lovely, lovely holiday................ I went to Seaton and on the tram and was in the cab with the driver. It was fantastic because the driver told me how to drive. I also loved the ducks. Samuel age 5.
Thank you Richard and Patsy for creating a magical spot in the Otter Valley. Church bells drifting across the fields, fresh duck eggs, rising trout and a log fire. What more could some jaded City dwellers ask for? Very little. Cheryl, Phil, George, Dallas and Rhonda, London.
After staying at many Premier Cottages, we can now say that we have stayed at the best - the Haybarton!. Richard and Patsy can be proud of what they have created in a truly wonderful setting. The warm welcome along with Richard's bread and marmalade and Patsy's attention to detail, has made our stay a memorable one. We can recommend the Sidmouth Arms in Upottery. We had three delicious meals there. Also the Butterfly and Otter Sanctuary at Buckfastleigh, only 50 mins away. We will definitely recommend to friends and family and look forward to future holidays in the beauty of Bidwell Farm. Jack and Joan Dixon, Eric and Gilly Roberts, Scholes, Leeds and Cirencester.
We have had a wonderful few days at Bidwell Farm. We could not have asked for more from our relaxing weekend. The Sunday lunch at the pub was fantastic - great value for money. Many thanks to Richard and Patsy, they could not have made us feel more welcome and were very helpful with things to do in the area. We hope to come back soon!! Shaun, Jane, Sharon, Colin, Mel and Tom, Coventry, Tor Point and Birmingham
Perfick!! - as David Jason says in Darling Buds. Great walks, great accommodation, great location, great place! Thank you. Just the two of us this time but would not hesitate to bring the family. There is something for everyone here. Christ and Maggie, Hertfordshire.
December 2010/New Year
Here for our third festive break and we love it every time. Great walks at Branscombe, Golden Cap, Dartington and around Upottery. Lovely to come back to the log fire and wine! Thanks to Richard and Patsy. Hope to be back soon. Lucy, Colin, Jordon, Emma, Brian, Sam and Joe Stevens, Gloucester and Leicestershire.
We booked the two cottages for a large family Christmas break which worked wonderfully well with the elderly grandparents retiring to one house for a quieter time when the children were having party time. We could not have asked for more from the accommodation or the hosts. Thanks Richard and Patsy, you made us feel most welcome. We will definitely one day and recommend you to all. The Hardy's, Austrey. Warwickshire.
Brilliant cottage!. Wonderful welcome from Richard and Patsy. Thanks for the lovely welcome pack. This has been the best cottage we have stayed in during 17 years of coming to Devon. We would like to visit again next year. We are going back to London thoroughly refreshed. Sue, Frank and Rob O'Connor, London.
Thank you for your warm welcome. We enjoyed our week travelling around the countryside of Devon. Geoffrey, Barbara, Andrew, Helen, Sophie and James, Cornwall.
Another excellent visit here. Thank you Richard and Patsy for your hospitality. The children enjoyed feeding the ducks and putting them to bed and we all enjoyed the relaxing time here. We have been here at least once a year since 2001 and yet every year it still gets better and better. We will certainly return to what has become our second home!! The Andrew Family, Stafford.
Having spent the last five weeks in and around Devon, I thought I had seen it all, that was until I was introduced to Bidwell Farm. What a treasure this place is !! It was one thing to visit History but quite something else to live amongst it. I leave with amazing memories and the famous words of General McArthur - "I shall return." Dave Applegate, Brisbane, Australia.
We have lost count of the many times we have been to Bidwell but we have spent another wonderful few days here again. It's simply "magical" and we will look forward to returning next year. Thank you so much to Patsy and Richard once again. The Hales, Wilts.
We have all enjoyed another lovely stay at Bidwell and the new swings and bridge were good. Thank you again - see you at Easter. Harriet (aged 14)
I love going on the new swings. I wish we could stay longer. See you at Easter - thank you. Love Maisy (aged 8)
We have had such a relaxing weekend and lots of fun playing in the garden. I really wish we could stay all week. Sarah, Chris Long.
Genuinely, the warmest welcomes by Patsy and Richard we have ever received. So pleased Richard encouraged us to use log fire at night time. The Haybarton is the loveliest, cosiest and most wonderful cottage we have stayed in with the most beautiful views. If we could, would like to take living room and kitchen home with us. Guest information is most comprehensive and informative. Whatever the weather you are guaranteed an excellent holiday. Nigel, Jane, Peter, Matthew and Rose, Bournemouth.
It's been a thoroughly enjoyable week - gone too quickly! What a lovely, cosy, homely property in beautiful surroundings. A credit to you both, Richard and Patsy. We would love to come back in the near future and reacquaint ourselves with Lucky and his friends. Billy, Dot and Janet, Cheshire.
We have had a wonderful time at the cottage. Darren has had a good time away from the Home. Paul and Martin had a nice time as well. Thank you for the eggs and bread (the best). Weston-super-Mare.
What a lovely few days. The Haybarton is beautiful and so comfortable. The children loved the ducks and the swings. What views. We hope to see you again. The Stanford Family, Solihull.
We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the Haybarton and the lovely surroundings. Good pubs in the surrounding area, all mentioned in the introduction book. Thank you for the lovely goodies left for us and it was nice to meet you both. We will recommend Bidwell to our friends and family. Judy and Frank Brown, Mary Acers, Ronny and Jim Parkin, Isleworth.
We had a wonderful week at Bidwell Farm, a brilliant location for a rural based holiday and yet so near to so many lovely places on the Devon coast. We all thank Richard and Patsy for their help and hospitality without being intrusive. Darcy had a great time on the new swings and bridge. She also liked the ducks, Lucky, Dora, Eleanora, Flora, Laura and Nora. Thank you very much. Hinsley and Hilton Family, Newport, Shrops and Worces.
A mixed week of weather but full sun at the end. Wonderful area and beautiful views. Bidwell Farm lives up totally to its 5 star awards. The whole family have enjoyed Richard and Patsy's hospitality and it is the first time in many years that our accommodation has been fully equipped to this standard. We have enjoyed a truly wonderful meal in the Sidmouth Arms in the village tonight and can recommend the great home cooking and "to die for" puddings. Thank you for a lovely holiday! The Byrnes, Hemel Hempstead, Herts.
It has been a lovely week. Hot sunshine every day. Super location, great accommodation and Patsy and Richard made us all feel so welcome. Thank you!. The Climie Family, Bucks, Berks and London.
Patsy and Richard - Thank you very much for your hospitality, warmth and help in our discovery of rural England. Maya, Irena, Edward Dongarov, Moscow, Russia.
A lovely weekend. Great for cricket, football and duck watching. We have had a marvellous family do and the Bidwell Farm ambience made it very special. Thank you to Patsy and Richard. Woolford and Pease Family, Bristol.
A beautiful and restful home. Wonderful time. Nice to see an ex copper doing so well. Bob, Sue and Izzi, Bristol, Neath and Reading.
Another most enjoyable visit. Lovely to see your Church and Churchyard so well looked after. Sorry that the orchids were still sleeping, I miss them. Barbara Cannell, Kent.
Thanks for the lovely cottage, provided a lovely break. Loved the ducks, especially their new babies. Thank you from the Toplis family.
I have had a lovely time staying here. We have had fun playing badminton and football. Thank you for letting us stay here. Maisy aged 7.
I have had a lovely time at Bidwell - like going to see the lambs and everyone playing rounders together. Thanks Richard for putting up the badminton net. I hope we will be back next year for even more fun and games. Harriet aged 14.
What a wonderful family holiday. We have enjoyed lots of trips to the beach, making sun castles and eating ice creams. We went to the donkey sanctuary and watched Nanny McPhee at the cinema in Sidmouth. We have had such fun playing cards in the evenings and all the games in the garden. It is so amazing here, it feels like home and I really don't want to go back to Westbury. Thank you Patsy and Richard for your warm welcome. The Hale extended family.
We really enjoyed our stay at the Haybarton. A truly lovely and comfortable cottage. Thank you Pat and Richard for your hospitality and welcome gift. Grace enjoyed letting the ducks out and collecting the eggs every morning.... They will be missed! Hope to see you again soon. Jane and Grace, aged 4, Churt, Surrey.
Thank you so much for a taste of the "Good Life". Enjoyed our stay - thanks to Patsy and Richard and the super weather. Food is very good at the local Sidmouth Arms. Maggie and Mike Wynne, Uxbridge, Middx.
COWBYRE REVIEWS : HAYBARTON REVIEWS
We have voted the Cottage as the best holiday cottage in which we have stayed over many years. Everything we needed was here. The kitchen was particularly well equipped. We had a very warm welcome and the pack of goodies awaiting us encouraged us to try local produces, especially the Otter Valley Icecream. William 8 wore himself out playing cricket and football on the extensive grounds. Visits we enjoyed were to Forde Abbey, Barrington Court and Sidmouth twice. The weather was excellent for swimming. The location and view are wonderful and the tranqulity of the spot most welcome. We have enjoyed our excellent holiday, thank you to Richard and Patsy.
Rented both cottages. What a week! A number of family memories helped by the best weather in the UK for 35 years. Trips to the Donkey Sanctuary, Beer, Sidmouth, Lyme Regis and Honiton interspersed with Tennis, trips to the Sidmouth Arms, Badminton, fly fishing and games of boules, cribbage and cut throat. The week ended with a special celebration for Grandmas's 60th birthday next week.
Shapland Family from Houston, USA. Alton, Dursley, Stroud.
Had a really great week. The accommodation was fantastic and the welcome pack much appreciated. Picked a really great week for the weather and only had one day that was a bit damp. Food at the pub in the village was really good. Would also recommend eating fish and chips on the Cobb at Lyme Regis in the sunshine - wonderfu. but just look out for the gulls!! Calver, Catling and Brown, Northampton, Beccles and Lowestoft
We had a thoroughly enjoyable stay in the delightful and well appointed Cow Byre with all mod cons and the views of the cows grazing happily in the fields across the River Otter. The weather was kind after an over-long winter with Devon showing itself to be the glorious country that it is. Family and friends who joined us on the holiday were all thoughly impressed by the beautiful setting and the comfort and facilities in their lodgings. Five stars are no more than deserved! Rosemary and Charles, London
From the moment we arrived, the warm welcome we received from Richard and Patsy created the ideal atmosphere for a family holiday. The setting of the cottage, the luxurious nature of the accommodation and the ability of Richard and Patsy to make us feel so part of their extended family has ensured that we have all had a fantastic week. In addition, Richard's patient fly fishing tuition has left a legacy for my son and I that I am sure we willcontinue when we return home. Thank you for a wonderful holiday, one I am sure we will never forget. Paul, Nichole, Harrison and Loic, Worcester.
We have enjoyed our stay at Bidwell Farm. Our daughter stayed at Bidwell 4 years ago and highly recommended it as a great place for the family to meet up and celebrate Tom's 70th birthday. The children 5 and 3 had a great time playing on the swings and were most interested in the ducks. James had his first fishing lesson from Grandad and was delighted to have caught one fish on Friday and three on Saturday. Charlotte enjoyed the donkeys at the Donkey Sanctuary and icecream at Lyme Regis. We enjoyed the comfortable accommodation which was all we could have wished for and most suitable for Deboray who is disabled. James said he would love to return and fish the pond when he is a bit older. Tom. Deborah, Debbie, Rosalind, James and Charlotte. Great Bookham. (This family have rebooked for 2014
Lieber Richard, Liebe Patricia! Wir haben eine wunderbare Woche auf der Bidwell Farm verbracht! Vielen Dank für die Gastfreundschaft, die wir hier erleben durften. Űber den freundlichen Empfang mit selbstgemachten Leckereien haben wir uns sehr gefreut. Im gemütlichen und gut ausgestatteten Ferienhaus haben wir uns sehr wohl gefühlt. Im Garten war viel Platz zum spielen und Rennen und die Kinder hatten viel Spaß bei der Schatzsuche – vielen Dank, Richard! Wir haben schöne Ausflüge ins Dartmoor, nach Bath, in den Bicton Park und an die Jurassic Coast gemacht. Leider ist die Woche viel zu schnell vergangen und wir haben noch lange nicht alles gesehen. Es würde uns freuen, wenn wir nochmal wieder kommen könnten. Alles Gute und auf Wiedersehen von Barbara, Klaus-Peter, Julia, Jan und Jakob Möller, Darmstadt, Germany
We very much enjoyed our stay at Bidwell Farm. Thank you for being the perfect hosts. The bread and the marmalade were delicious. We hope to be back again soon. Derek and Marie, Foxton, Cambridge.
Another warm and friendly welcome from Rich and Patsy. First time in the Cowbyre. Very cosy and first class furnishings. Had a lovely break in spite of indifferent weather. Bea & George.
We have had a wonderful stay and Edward (aged 11) said in bed this morning, can we stay for another five years. Tim, Julie and Edward Gray. Sutton Coldfields.
We have all had a lovely time but it was just too short! Thank you for the lovely welcome. The kids had a lovely time playing outside as well as in - 4 kids, relaxing I am not sure but we enjoyed ourselves too. The cottage is lovely and it was great to see the ducks nosing in the window every day! Thank you. The Hartstone and Newman Families, Winsor, Berks.
One of the nicest cottages we have stayed in. Fully equipped with everything you would want for your holiday stay. very big thank you to Richard and Patsy, you made us feel very welcome and what a lovely surprise; fresh duck eggs, homemade jam and the lovely home baked bread, delicious. Phoebe loved to get up early and let the ducks out of their pen, then looked forward to feeding them at the front door. We will be coming back again to see you as there is so much to do and see. Waltons, Ridgeway, Sheffield.
Thank you Richard and Patsy for our mid house moving stay. It was a comfortable and relaxing week. We appreciated your help, apples, pears, jam, bread etc etc. We also loved the duck family. A really super cottage. The Mumford Family, Wendover, Bucks.
We have all had a fantastic holiday here. Emma and Charlotte, (2 and 1) have really enjoyed the grounds and feeding the ducks in the morning. The location is superb, both in terms of the scenery and being able to access local places of interest easily. We have managed to get around quite a bit while we have been here but our favourite trips have probably been to the Sidmouth Arms. Also many thanks to Patricia and Richard for being so welcoming and helpful and especially for the homemade bread and marmalade. Hope to be back again. Will, Michaela, Charlotte, David, Marion and Emma, Twickenham, London and Middx.
Although only a short break, we all really enjoyed it. The cottage was very comfortable and ideal for disabled with plenty of room for a wheelchair. We also loved the ducks who came down and tapped on the door to tell us they were hungry. Two great meals at the Sidmouth Arms - can certainly recommend the food. Enjoyed a day at Sidmouth and the Donkey Sanctuary. Hopefully another holiday next year. Thanks to Richard and Patsy for their gifts of bread (delicious) and marmalade. A really restful break. Clare, Duncan and Edna, Hampshire.
cht wunderbare Tage haben wir auf der Bidwell Farm erlebt.
Wir wurden so herzlich mit selbst gebackenem Brot, hausgemachter Marmelade und frischen Enteneiern in unserer komfortablen und freundlichen Ferienwohnung im COWBYRE empfangen.
Umgeben von grünen Hügeln, Vogelgezwitscher, Kühen, Schafen und den Hausenten konnten wir unsere Seele baumeln lassen und frische Energie tanken.
Bei unseren Erkundungsfahrten in der Umgebung haben wir nicht nur den Farmer-Markt in Honiton, sondern auch das Lace-Museum mit seinen wunderschönen, spinnwebfeinen Klöppelspitzen angeschaut, sind in die quirlige Devon Country Show eingetaucht und haben uns von dem wunderschönen Garten auf der Burrow Farm bezaubern lassen. Die einladenden und interessanten Küstenorte Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Brainscombe und Beer sind einen erneuten Besuch wert und die mächtige Kathedrale in Exeter beeindruckte uns durch ihre Geschichte und ihre klare, aufstrebende Architektur.
Es gibt noch so viel mehr hier zu sehen und zu erleben, dass wir sehr gerne im nächsten Jahr wiederkommen wollen!
Die Gastfreundschaft von Patsy und Richard war absolute Spitze. Sie verdient noch einen 6. Stern dazu! ☆☆☆☆☆ + ☆
Margarita und Wolfgang Bastian aus Hannover
The only thing that could have been better was the weather. Thank you for a lovely stay. Lesley - I had a lovely week here and enjoyed the homemade bread very much. Thank you for letting us stay Rebecca. A lovely, restful, peaceful week which was what I needed. Enjoyed the visits from the duck and thank you for making our visit very welcoming, especially the bread and marmalade - Carole. Morgan and I have had a super week. He has loved everything about the farm but I think the ducks might be top of his list, tottering about, pointing at everything and making "baa" sounds at many things. Thank you for letting him experience the countryside. Sarah. Middx and Dorset.
Bidwell Farm is a peaceful haven, surrounded by beautiful countryside. We have found the Cowbyre to be comfortable and spacious and is stocked with everything you could need. Thanks to our hosts for the bread, eggs and marmalade and thanks to Richard for his patience with the flyfishing lessons and the loan of the fossil hunting tools! We have travelled far and wide in our week here but have enjoyed Sidmouth, Dartmouth and the cliff railway at Lynton and Lynmouth, with the return journey through the beautiful Exmoor National Park. Wilson Family, Cambridgeshire.
We would all like to say a massive thank you to Richard and Patsy for making our stay the most enjoyable stay ever. The accommodation is 5 star plus. The children loved the grounds and played on the swings for hours. Andy really enjoyed the fishing and duck duties will be sorely missed. Everything is within easy reach and everything you recommend in your guide we did and enjoyed. On our last day Andy caught a fish finally. Taylor family, Oxton, Wirral, Merseyside.
Four kids of 4 and under this has been as relaxing as a holiday ever gets. We have all had a truly wonderful time. The Cowbyre has been perfect for the family. Maia has loved pestering Richard and Patsy and helping them around the garden, as well as making her new "best friend in the world" next door in the Haybarton. The boys have adored the swings, playing football and just running around. We have all loved feeding the ducks. Grown ups have enjoyed a glass of wine on beautiful summer evenings, looking out across the valley to the village - one of the most idyllic views you could desire. Thank you for the very warmest of welcomes. It has been a real pleasure. Laura, Nicholas, Miai, Sacha, Kitai and Caio, Kentish Town, London
We would like to say a huge thank you to Richard and Patsy for being the perfect hosts. - the cottage was just ideal and we all loved the outdoor space, games and the fishing. We would highly recommend the Jack in the Green, the Masons Arms in Branscombe where we had fantastic meals. The Sidmouth Arms was perfect walking distance and we received a very warm welcome from both staff and locals. A fab holiday! Lynn & Pete, Rhiannan and Andy, Rebecca and Mark, Shrewsbury and Birmingham.
Had a lovely holiday here at Bidwell Farm. Thank you Richard and Patsy for providing such a lovely cottage and such a warm welcome. Everything has been perfect, including the weather. Charlie has loved and swings and feeding the ducks. It has been lovely to enjoy time with our daughter and family and celebrate a birthday too. Hope to be back in the future and enjoy these beautiful surroundings. Many thanks. Sue and Peter, Norfolk and Chichester, West Sussex.
Our visits are always special and relaxing. Good to recharge our batteries. Thank you once again Patsy and Richard for making us so welcome. Brunton Family, Hants
We all enjoyed our stay here. A wonderful break away. Lovely views. Wonderful hosts Patsy and Richard. Made us feel at home!! Wish we could stay longer. Mum (Beryl) enjoyed feeding the ducks which meant we were short of bread for our toast in the morning. The barn was comfortable for Mum as she is disabled. Patsy and Richard went out of their way to make her stay enjoyable. Thank you both so much, we hope to see you again. xx Beryl, Caroline and Jacqui, Bristol.
A wonderful holiday. Weather not sure if it is winter, spring or summer but who cares! Cottage warm and comfortable and Patsy and Richard ready and waiting to help if needed. 56 years ago visited Beer and had crab sandwiches and coffee on the beach every day. Low and behold, Mrs Chappell still serves the same goodies today. Wonderful. Granddaughter confirmed that she has been serving for 57 years. Health permitting we would love to visit again. The area has so much to offer and we would have difficulty in finding anywhere to equal Richard and Patsy's hospitality. Topliss Family, Willington Derbyshire.
Our many visits here are always so special but this one was exceptional - to celebrate a 70th birthday as well as Easter. We always feel so much as home here and Richard and Patsy's welcome and hospitality is so much appreciated. Once again, many thanks for enabling us to have another such wonderful family holiday together here at beautiful Bidwell. We never want to leave here!! The extended Hale Family, Wilts.
Every year seems to get better and better in these beautiful surroundings. It is such a wonderful place to be. Patsy and Richard make you feel so welcome you feel part of the family. Hopefully, we will see you again soon to enjoy yet another wonderful holiday here at Bidwell. Thank you for such a lovely time. We have lots of happy memories here. Katie Mould, Wilts
We wish we all could stay. A very special treat from my wonderful family. Sue Hale, Wilts.
Sadly, only one night bed and breakast this time. Would like to stay longer. Idyllic location, superb accommodation and excellent hosts. The duck eggs were great too. Sue and David, Hants.
Perfect holiday, perfect cottage, perfect location. We really enjoyed the fresh bread, eggs and marmalade. It made the holiday really special. We loved looking after the ducks. We visited the Eden Project which was really good and a few beaches. My favourite beach was Sidmouth. We had icecreams there. The log burner was really nice as well. We had a good time crabbing in Lyme Regis but all we caught was a tiny prawn. Jessica. (The Fraser Family, Newbury, Berks).
Had a lovely time. The house is beautiful and we all enjoyed relaxing and watching films during the short spell of rain. Thoroughly enjoyed watching the birds from our window and watching the sheep being herded right outside our bedrooms. These beautiful grounds and friendly ducks were the best company for our half term. The Cotterill Family, West Sussex.
A lovely 4 night stay to celebrate Francesca's 30th birthday. The cottage is fabulous! Comfortable, warm, well equipped and a true home from home. The boys really enjoyed their stay especially the frequent visits from the duckies -