The Mill Cottage & The Granary Barn are located on a working farm, in a pretty courtyard and with views of rolling Devon hills and fabulous English countryside. The farm stretches out over a gorgeous landscape and with a fishing lake, tennis court and woodland/hillside walks on tap, this is the perfect place to get away from it all.
Sarah and Nick lovingly restored parts of the buildings. The cottage was the farm’s old flour mill and the barn was the old farm granary. Grain would be sent down to the millstone to be rolled (the millstone still sits outside). The couple have retained elements of old by restoration and hope that you find the farm as magical as they always have.
With a herd of Devon red ruby cattle, sheep, chickens, birdlife, two adorable dogs (Holly & Scruff) the farm offers nature at every turn.
“Do you ever listen to The Archers? Do you ever imagine the rolling green hills of Ambridge as you hear the fake bird song behind Lynda Snell’s voice, or the stone cottages that house the likes of Peggy Woolley? Well, transplant that visual a couple of hours south, out of Borsetshire and into Dartmoor, and you’ve got Lurcombe Farm, the most picturesque cluster of cottages there is.
Set in the middle of a working farm – the eggs you’ll have for breakfast are so fresh they’re practically feathered – there are only two self-catering apartments in this quiet enclave. A mile outside Bickington, the nearest town, Lurcombe is a proper rural retreat. Air as fresh as those eggs, views as green as the skies are blue, if you get a proper sunset you’ll be bathed in a golden glow.
And so what to do with all that space and time? Once I’d sat, quietly luxuriating in a tub armchair, feet up, cup of tea in one hand, glass of wine in the other (for it’s that kind of place) the obvious solution was a walk. Hiking up to Haytor, taking in the views of the Moors, breathing in the light, there was a moment where real life felt impossibly far away. The owners, who live on-site, claim they’re still not used to the majestic beauty of the area, and it’s not hard to see why. They’re also pretty handy with a restaurant tip or two (Home Farm Cafe will do you proud), and staying on their farm feels like stepping into their world, only without having to muck out the cows.
For this is countryside in the Soho Farmhouse model (but without those stellar prices) – cosy and cossetted, but still real enough to feel you need your wellies. The perfect blend, in fact, of getting away from it all but still being cocooned in the trappings of comfort”