About Your Stay

We hope you enjoy your stay with us.  When you arrive, we would really appreciate you taking a few moments to read the following information.

General Information

Smoking and vaping are not permitted in The Barton Granary or Brimbles, the play area, The Pig Shed, or swimming pool. Let us know if you require a sand bucket for cigarette ends and please do not dispose of cigarette ends on the gravel, in the garden or plant pots, or in the fields.  We will retain your deposit if we find discarded cigarette ends anywhere on the farm.

If you are going out, remember to take your keys as we are not always around on the farm to let you in!  

A couple of important things about the Farm

Please don’t feed any of the animals, including the cats, dogs and chickens.  They are all well fed! 

Farm animals may appear tame and friendly but they can, like all of us, be bad tempered at times.  Take care particularly when approaching Cows with calves at foot or bullocks.     Feel free to walk around the immediate farmland (the fields adjoining the farmyard – ask if you’re unsure) but please leave all gates (including those in the yard) as you find them.

We will provide a map of the farm when you arrive showing which fields have livestock in them (be aware that this may change during your stay).

Parents Please note:  This is a working farm and at certain times of the year there can be a lot of coming and going of agricultural vehicles and equipment.  There is also sometimes dangerous machinery in barns and around the farm such as balers, hay spinners and trailers.  Please tell your children NOT to play on machinery and tractors and to avoid playing on or near bales of hay, silage or straw.  Many thanks.  

Play Area

There is a fenced and grassed play area opposite The Granary.  The play equipment is suitable for children up to the age of 11 years.  The play area is used at your own risk.

The Pig Shed (available from Easter to October half term)

The Pig Shed, which is opposite The Granary and adjacent to the play area, has an outdoor kitchen, undercover seating for dining, fire pit, & charcoal BBQ.  

Wood burner/Logs

We provide one free basket of logs for the woodturner, together with eco firelighters.  If you need additional firewood, please  help yourself from the woodshed.  It would be wonderful if you could make a donation to the Devon Air Ambulance service in lieu of payment (suggested donation £2.50 per basket, there’s a collection pot in the woodshed) 

Please do not leave the door of the wood burner open once alight as it poses a fire risk and can set off the smoke alarms.  There is no need to rake the ash out of the wood burner; it works more efficiently and is easier to light when there is a bed of ash.  Just ask if you need any help.


From the beginning April to October half term there is a Weber Kettle BBQ available on the terrace of your cottage, together with a chimney starter for charcoal.  There are BBQ tools in the kitchen.   Please can you leave the BBQ as you find it.  You can dispose of ash in a black plastic bag in the wheelie bin.  Thank you!

Disposal of Rubbish

Please see the note on Rubbish and Recycling on the pin board in the kitchen.

Brimbles has private sewerage so nappies, sanitary products, wet wipes, cotton buds, etc must not be disposed of in the toilets. Can you ensure your party are aware of this.  Please do not leave dirty nappies in the swimming pool toilet or changing rooms.


If you break anything during your stay or damage any furniture or equipment, please let us know before you leave so that we can rectify it before our next guests arrive.


The nearest shop is the very well-stocked, but unlicensed, Cheriton Fitzpaine Community Shop (Turn right out of the farm, follow the signs to Cheriton Fitzpaine, turn right at the Half Moon pub and the shop is adjacent to the Methodist Chapel) which is open Monday to Friday 8.00 am to 4.00pm and Saturday 9.00am to midday.  Thornes Farm Shop is on the other side of the Cheriton Fitzpaine (turn right out of the farm and follow the signs to Cheriton Fitzpaine and then Crediton) which has variable seasonal opening hours, but is generally open Monday to Saturday 9.00am to 5.00pm and on Sundays during the summer.  It sells home produced vegetables, meat and deli items and has a lovely café that serves a great breakfast and excellent value lunch.

 The nearest town for shopping is Crediton.  There is a large Tesco on the road towards Exeter and a Morrison on the approach to the centre.  In the High street there are many independent shops (bakers, deli, butcher, etc)

Pubs/Eating Out/Takeaways

Our website has up to date information on which local pubs, restaurants and takeaways are currently open with links to their websites.

Tourist Information

We have left some local information leaflets in Brimbles  If you would like any specific suggestions or information about the local area we would be delighted to help!  (Hiring bikes, best beaches, where to walk etc)  You can also find some suggestions for days out on our website.  

Picnic Area

There is a secret picnic area and small nature trail on the farm – perfect for little legs!  You can find it by following the farm map.

In Case of Fire

Please see “What to do in case of Fire” on the pin board in the kitchen.

First Aid/Doctor/Hospital

There is a basic first aid kit in the under sink cupboard in Brimbles.  If you need to see a Doctor while you are on holiday the NHS currently recommend you call 111 in the first instance for further information.  The nearest Minor Injuries Unit is at the Hospital in Tiverton (not open at night), although children are usually directed to attend Accident and Emergency in Exeter.  

The nearest full A&E and Maternity Unit is in Exeter – The Royal Devon and Exeter (RD&E)

If you need to call an ambulance in an emergency, the Post Code for The Barton is EX17 4LE.  The 6 figure Grid Reference for The Barton is  SS856083.  What3Words ref is scored.focus.slippers

Contact Numbers:

We are available at the farmhouse (usually) between 10 am and 4pm everyday, outside of these hours, if you have an emergency, please call us on the following numbers.

01363 866349 (farmhouse)

07702 886208 (Anne Mobile)

We do hope you enjoy your stay with us.  Please do not hesitate to let us know if you need any help or information.

Have a great holiday!

Anne & Phil Wander

Last updated January 2022.