A lot! We are thrilled to have so many bookings already for next year and if you are one of our booked guests, or thinking about joining us for a holiday, here’s what you can expect.
What animals can we expect to see?
Lover of everything and everyone, our vizsla puppy Roux who likes to play the pulling out grass game with the sheep, lick the cattle’s noses and bury apples. Closest to the cottages and providing us with delicious organic eggs, we have our free ranging flock of multi-coloured hens and Robert Redford, our rooster. Near them in the orchard we have our genteel white geese, and freely roaming around our meadows are Welsh Lleyn sheep and our small herd of beautiful devon ruby red cattle, an ancient breed native to North Devon. Expect some new baby animals in spring – watch this space!
One of the most magical things about Little Comfort Farm is the outstanding biodiversity it supports, as a result of the range of habitats in our farm valley. Meadows, floodplain, dense hedgerows, ancient woodland, river, lake, ponds, traditional stone walls and cottages…a nature lover’s dream! Hares, otters, badgers, moles, voles, bats (want to see a barbastelle roost?), birds (oh the birds, nesting kingfishers, dippers, flycatchers, woodpeckers, owls, ravens, buzzards, a medley of songbirds, a resident heron…), an outstanding array of moths, butterflies, dragonflies, beetles, bees, slow worms, toads, not to mention all our underwater creatures, newts and fish in such good condition some are now on show at Ilfracombe Aquarium!
What is happening with the cottages?
All our cottages will be available from now until 1 September 2018. This winter our cottages will be deep cleaned, steamed, repainted, restocked with equipment and refurnished with new sofas, beds, televisions and more. Fully refreshed and revitalised for 2018. Look out for a Little Comfort jumble sale!
In a previous farm diary we touched on the serious refurbishments which are now due to commence on the 1st September 2018. We will be closed through to spring 2019 to let our team of builders, carpenters, decorators, designers, engineers and architects work their magic 😀
What activities can we get involved in on the farm?
Join Jeremy in the mornings to wake up the geese, feed the chickens and collect the eggs. On request he will also do an extended morning session to include a farm tour, pointing out the multitude of nature of the farm, our conservation goals and will help you to discover some magical parts of the farm. Our course fishing lake will be open throughout and exploring our wildlife trails will be as magical as ever.
Tell me about the farm shop – can you pre-stock my cottage?
Yes! We have a farm shop selling our own organic, free range, grass fed meat and eggs, ready meals, apple juice and jams and whole host of other goodies. We are supplied by a range of fantastic local producers and will send out a Little Comfort shopping list prior to your arrival so you can order any of our produce in addition to organic fruit, vegetables and dairy.
No need to worry about deliveries or unpacking, we will take care of everything so that you find your kitchen pre-stocked with delicious food that is sourced as locally and ethically as it is possible to get!
Expect a few more surprises around the farm, some of which we will reveal in coming months, and some we will keep secret for you to discover when you are here!
Should I book a holiday at Little Comfort in 2018?
Yes! The beauty of Little Comfort is that you can mould your holiday into exactly what you want it to be. Immerse yourselves in the activities on the farm and leave knowing the names of all the chickens, set up a rug in the riverside meadow and spot the amazing array of butterflies, fish in the lake, have a bbq feast with our well reviewed steaks, burgers and sausages, have a picnic on the top of the world surrounded by stunning views or stay in your cottage and snuggle up with a duvet, cosy wood fire and a good book. If you have time, of course there’s all the beaches, biosphere reserve, stunning restaurants and gastropubs, golf courses, horse riding, gardens, historic houses a plenty on our doorstep to name a few.
If you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, otherwise we look forward to seeing you soon! x