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The property

... Farms for City Children is a well-known charity established by 'War Horse' author, Michael Morpurgo, 42 years ago (it has been Helpful Holidays' annual charity many times). Whilst very full during term time, its house is available to holidaymakers in the school holidays. Nethercott is a big Victorian house with substantial south-facing lawns with unfenced drop, two ponds (fenced), views to Dartmoor and gardens with easy access to the Okement and Torridge rivers and the Tarka Trail. At the back, a cobbled courtyard, stables and farm buildings, and large, productive walled vegetable garden.

The accommodation is basic, the house huge and spacious.

Ground floor: Step up to large Victorian tiled hall. Loo. Bay-windowed living room with woodburner. Large wood-floored bay-windowed dining room with plenty of tables/chairs and 3 steps down to garden. Kitchen (dishwashermicrowave, fridge, 4-door Aga, electric cooker). Pantry with marble shelves, worktops, three larder fridges, storage space. Side door to courtyard and back stairs to first/second floor. Games room (table tennis, table football). Boot room. Utility room (three washing machines). Food storage room (chest freezer). Three loos. Back door to courtyard.

Fine formal oak staircase to first floor and eight bedrooms (limited clothes hanging/storage space; bunk beds are 2'6"):

Burrow – four bunk beds with en suite shower-room (suite)

Bridgetown – three bunk beds with access to shower-room (suite) on landing 

Parsonage – four bunk beds with en suite shower-room (suite with two cubicles) 

Torridge – four bunk beds with access to shower-room (suite with two cubicles) on landing

Candlelight – five bunk beds with en suite shower-room (suite with two cubicles) 

All these five bedrooms have lovely views over the garden and fields as far as Dartmoor.

At the back, overlooking the courtyard and stables:

Langlands – twin (truckle) with en suite shower-room (suite)

Okement – twin (zip-linkable to 6' double) with en suite shower-room (suite) 

Paradise – twin with en suite bathroom (suite, shower over bath) 

Stairs up to the second floor: the art/workroom - a bright modern room with, of course, the best views, pine floor, plenty of light and, leading off it, a double bedroom (5' bed). Loo on landing.

So that’s nine bedrooms, seven shower-rooms, one bathroom. No TV. Damages Deposit £300. Arrival after 4pm. This is a great place for large family gatherings and celebrations.

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The place

Iddesleigh: little, mainly thatched village (famous and excellent good food pub) in wooded farmland about 3½ miles from Hatherleigh (lively and attractive small farming town with good pubs, market and cricket team). Lots of footpaths (including the Tarka Trail) round about. River Torridge (fishing), 1½ miles away; the sea at Bude, about 27 miles.

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Electricity costs are included.

Towels are not provided.

There is a broadband internet connection. A WiFi connection is available free of charge.
There are two travel cots
Two travel cots are available
There is one dishwasher
Electricity costs are included
There is one freezer
There is one fridge
Games Room
There is a games room
This property has central heating
The property has a woodburner
This property has electric panel heaters
Heating costs
Heating costs are included
High chair
Two highchairs are available
Linen and duvets are provided free of charge
There is one microwave
Parking is off the public road on the grounds of the property. Parking for 8 standard sized cars.
Pets are not allowed
There is a phone
Short breaks
This property accepts short breaks.
Smoking is not allowed at this property
Towels are not provided
There is a vineyard nearby
Washing machine
There are three washing machines

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Location:Iddesleigh, Devon's River Country, Devon
Changeover day:Friday
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Bedrooms: 9 ( 1 Double, 1 Twin, 2 Single, 5 Bunk )
Star Rating

Since:This holiday home has been let by Helpful Holidays since 2006. See page 38 of our 2018 brochure
Good for:Large gatheringsFarms

This is our fourth time at Nethercott. It has all our group of 25-30 people need.


** Please note, floorplans are not to scale

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