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Farm Cottage Children's Play Area, Shetland Ponies, Alpacas and Pottery Studio



Updated: 22-Oct-2016
Cottage in Great Torrington, North Devon, England, UK - Pottery Studio & Tuition, 5 Mins From RHS Rosemoor, Dartington Crystal, 20 Mins to Beaches

Our 16th century cottage on our smallholding in Little Torrington offers a delightful, enjoyable farm break in countryside which is truly fantastic and waiting to be explored. At Glebe Farmhouse we have livestock and domestic animals, Tarka Pottery - pottery painting and clay tuition. Our location is in the lovely quiet, rural West Country, yet only five minutes drive to town and less than a 20 minute drive to the beach. There’s loads to do and see in and around the local area. Lots of family friendly attractions both inside and out. A ton of toys in the cottage - lego, duplo, games, puzzles and more in addition to heaps of reading books from toddler to teen to adult and clean and friendly soft toys waiting for a cuddle! We offer all mod cons and the comforts of home plus log burner & a basket of logs/kindling. We provide a welcome basket and a bread maker complete with ingredients so you can bake your own fresh bread! Perfect for a farmhouse breakfast with fresh free-range eggs!

  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the Owner

Jax and David have lived at Glebe Farmhouse for 10 years with their two daughters plus a menagerie of animals.

We offer comfortable and homely accommodation suitable for families or adults.

Jax runs Tarka Pottery, a busy clay experience studio where you can book a throwing lesson, join a class or workshop or paint pottery.

David welcomes guests help in feeding the animals and he is enthusiastic in talking about their welfare. Holiday guests regularly comment on David's patience when encouraging children to handle, groom and feed the animals. Roxie our collie dog loves to play and guests have great fun throwing a ball for her in our paddocks and meadow. If you would like to know more, please do get in touch we are happy to help.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

'The welcome and warmth shown were nothing to do with luck'

'Wonderful accommodation, very thoughtful welcome pack and very considerate hosts'

'Find time to try out the pottery painting with Jax - good fun and great results (even for the blokes in the family!)'
Feb 2011
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Exeter International Airport at 50 Miles Nearest Golf : Great Torrington Golf Club, Weare Trees at 3.5 Miles Nearest Train : Umberleigh Train Station at 10 Miles Nearest Motorway : M5, Junction 27 at 42 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Indian, Thai, Pizza at 2 Miles Nearest Beach : Westward Ho! at 11 Miles Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Our on-site pottery studio Tarka Pottery, owned and run by Jax offers pottery painting, clay workshops and classes. Our 'Potter's Wheel Experience' is a family-friendly 2 hour activity and pottery painting is popular for all ages.

We also offer pottery breaks which include individual or small group tuition for complete beginners or hobby potters. Perfect for people who have always fancied a go on the wheel or want a relaxing and rewarding short break.


Seemingly endless stretches of sandy beaches with extraordinary dune systems make North Devon's coastline one of the finest in the world. Many have been awarded Blue Flag status ensuring excellent facilities and water quality for surfers, divers, anglers and bathers alike.

Westward Ho! is our nearest beach at just 20 mins drive away whilst the Tunnel Beaches at Ilfracombe are great for exploring rocks and pools in complete safety.


Public transport is regular but infrequent, so a car is definitely recommended if you intend to explore the beautiful sights and sounds of North Devon.

Full directions are provided on our website.


By car: 5 minutes Great Torrington, 15 minutes Bideford, 25 minutes Barnstaple, 50 minutes Exeter.

Family-friendly attractions from 5 minutes away: RHS Rosemoor, Dartington Crystal, Plough Arts Centre; children's attractions: Big Sheep, Milky Way, FunderZone, Gnome Reserve and plenty more in and around North Devon.

Shopping at Atlantic Village Outlet Centre, Barnstaple Pannier Market and lots & lots of interesting independently owned and run shops with more than you could possibly imagine.

Further Details:

Great Torrington is a small market town and has many local pubs, restaurants and takeaways, including Indian, Chinese and Thai as well as supermarkets, banks, pharmacy, post office, a small pannier market and is known for its independent local traders.

You will be astonished at the fantastic views over Taddiport and the river Torridge from the old castle battlements. Great Torrington is known as the site of the last battle of the English Civil War and this is celebrated by an award winning local attraction - well worth a visit.

The Big Sheep is extremely popular with families as an animal petting centre as is the Milky Way which has rides and other attractions suitable for families.

There are too many beaches to mention here but plenty to suit every taste.

10 minutes to the Tarka Trail which is popular for walkers and cyclists, bikes can be hired locally.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
23 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
31 Mar 2017 - 14 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
21 Jul 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20

Booking Notes:
Please contact Jax or David by phone or email through our website. We will then check availability and send you a booking form and request one third deposit to confirm your booking. The remainder is due 8 weeks before your holiday. Last minute short breaks, pottery breaks or holidays are sometimes available, please ask.

Changeover Day:
In response to guests request to avoid the heavy Saturday holiday traffic during high season we changeover on a Friday. Arrival time 4pm, departure time 10.30am. Flexible depending on dates and arrival any day out of main school holiday season.

Notes on prices:
Holiday prices quoted for 7 nights stay.
We offer short breaks from 2 nights whenever available, please contact us for details, great offers often available at short notice.
Pottery breaks available - non-participating guests are welcome to stay in the cottage, we can advise cost based on number of your party wishing join in the activity.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 22-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

If you are interested in pottery, staying at Glebe Cottage is perfect. Book in for a 3 hour pottery lesson, learning or improving your skills at throwing or trying handbuilding techniques such as slab, coiling or making pinch pots. Find Tarka Pottery on Facebook or Twitter and have a look at the photos of projects visitors make and see what goes on during regular pottery classes.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys


  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Fitted bathroom with bath/shower over, washbasin, shaver point and wc.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5, or 4 plus a cot (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with oak beams and village aspect containing double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, chair and room for cot. Bedroom 2 with oak beams and views across fields containing twin beds, wardrobe, chest of drawers, chair and room for extra bed or cot.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Well-behaved pets are welcome by arrangement. We love dogs and have one of our own, but please understand that we need to be mindful of our livestock when arranging for animals to visit. Outside: Get involved by looking after our livestock in this safe environment close to the house, or just enjoy petting them - it's your choice. We have lots of patience and offer a great experience for children or adults whether or not you are used to handling or being around animals. We see both children and adults grow in confidence as they pet and feed the animals. Getting up and outside early is a brilliant start to every day of your holiday. Don't just take our word for it, here are some quotes from previous guests: "The children absolutely loved all the animals, especially feeding them." Tim, Lisa, Louis, Lydia and Christie; "The boys loved the animals and went out day and night searching for eggs!", Deborah, James and Miles; "Excellent hosts - very patient", Julie, Will and Ellie. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The cottage is thoroughly cleaned once a week and more often if required. You are provided with plenty of linen and towels for the length of your stay.

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