The heated swimming pool is kidney-shaped (with approximate size 10 metres x 3 metres) and has counter-current jets which are a challenge for the serious swimmer and great fun for children. The pool is open all year from 9am–9pm and has a changing cubicle, toilet and shower alongside the traditional sauna. Please remember to bring towels for use in the pool and sauna.
Our games room has a table tennis table, pool table (coin operated), table football and an adjacent soft play room for toddlers. The recently refurbished studio by the swimming pool has underfloor heating to keep guests warm whilst playing fun badminton or relaxing on the sofa with a good book. We have board games, books and DVDs available for guests to borrow as well as information leaflets on where to go for great days out.
We don’t actively farm our 30 acres of grounds and so, being free from pesticides, we have an abundance of wildlife. Regularly spotted roaming the fields are red deer, hares and badgers. Birds including buzzards, woodpeckers, barn owls, nuthatches and bullfinches can be seen either soaring high in the sky or eating from one of the many feeders dotted around. The communal courtyards all have barbecues for guests to use, please just remember to bring along some charcoal and firelighters. The lake is stocked with carp and tench and guests are most welcome to bring their rods and barbless hooks.
The children’s outdoor play area has swings, slides and a climbing wall as well as a 4 metre trampoline with safety enclosure net. There is a basketball hoop and football goal as well as large fields for football, cricket or rounders matches. Tennis can be played on the Village court – it's free for our guests to use but equipment is not provided and booking is essential.
We also have a 9-hole crazy golf course which is great fun for all the family (small charge for equipment hire).
Phones, WiFi and TVs
Free WiFi is available in each cottage and throughout the communal areas. Mobile signal is good but we have a telephone with honesty box for guests to use just in case. All cottages have a flat-screen TV with Freeview and some also have Sky TV with the movies and sports channels.
If you'd like an evening out without the children or even some child-free time during the day, we can put you in touch with experienced babysitters.
We have a large private car park for guests to use and Elm Barn and The Linhay both have adjacent private parking.
Witheridge is half a mile away and has a newsagents, village store and Post Office. Our local farm shop is just 5 minutes away. All the major supermarkets will deliver to Newhouse Farm Cottages and we ask guests to kindly arrange for deliveries to arrive after them!
Some of the cottages have a washing machine but there is also a guest laundry room with £1 coin-operated washing machines and dryer. The soap powder and soft rinse is complimentary and we have washing lines and clothes airers for guests to use.
We are pet friendly and allow a maximum of two well-behaved dogs per cottage. We ask that they are not left alone in the cottages; are kept off the furniture and beds; and that all waste is bagged and binned. There is a fantastic local boarding kennel that offers a dog day care facility for guests who wish to go out for the day and not take their dogs too, please ask for details.
We have a locked storage area that can be used for roof boxes, bikes and surf boards.
Our tap water is from a private supply, not the mains. It is regularly tested and tastes absolutely delicious!
Personal Training and Pampering
For guests who are keen to keep up (or start!) their fitness regime whilst staying at Newhouse Farm Cottages, personal training sessions can be booked in a private local gym. Please contact Mary Barlow, personal trainer, direct on 01884 860772 to discuss your requirements.
For guests who would prefer to be pampered with a relaxing body massage or facial, Beauty by Sarah offers a range of treatments at Newhouse Farm Cottages. To make an appointment with Sarah please call her on 01884 860986.
The Hayloft, Newhouse Farm Cottages’ function room, was, not surprisingly, the farm’s former hayloft! It can be reserved for partying, meeting or dining and can seat 47 people. It has a hostess trolley, sink, dishwasher as well as crockery, cutlery and glasses. The adjacent studio has wooden floor with underfloor heating and can be used as an extension to The Hayloft.
The barbecue lodge can be reserved for an afternoon/evening to enjoy a barbecue no matter what the Devon weather has in store!
Another great social space is the level lawn area which is perfect for picnics, football, cricket and rounders matches. For larger groups it's the ideal place for holding an outdoor event with plenty of room for a marquee.