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The Shippon Sitting Room
Outdoor Covered Heated Swimming Pool Open Easter to End September
The Shippon
The Shippon Conservatory
Help feed our friendly pigs
The Shippon Downstairs Twin Bedroom with En-Suite
The Shippons' well equiped Kitchen
The Shippon Double Bedroom
The Shippon Three Single Bedroom
Pig Feeding at Lower Hearson Farm
Sheep Feeding at Lower Hearson Farm
Pigs at Lower Hearson Farm
Pigs at Lower Hearson Farm
Toddler Car at Lower Hearson Farm
6' Snooker Table at Lower Hearson Farm
Orchard at Lower Hearson Farm
Games Room at Lower Hearson Farm
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
Swimbridge, Barnstaple, Devon, England

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Gavin E
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great Stay for family of all ages.”
Reviewed 22 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016

We stayed during the start of August and were welcomed by Graham into The Shippon. The accommodation itself is large enough for the kids to be watching DVDs in one room while I and the adults enjoyed the Olympics.

The kitchen was big enough to cater for everyone's different needs, space to keep the beers and wine for the ladies.

The place is very spacious and with the three bedrooms and three bathrooms it never felt like it was cramped. It is well presented and clean and easy to keep tidy.

The outdoor facilities are fantastic for the children with a park, games room, swimming pool and trampoline. With no traffic it is safe for them to have a free rein! However the highlight for them was Graham taking them to feed the animals. The animals (and graham ha ha) are tame and seem to like the children coming up to them.

All in all its a great spot to relax with the kids. We thoroughly enjoyed our week and would recommend to anyone. We tend not to go to the same place twice but if we are to come back to Barnstaple we would come back here.

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Travelling group: Extended Family
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Management Response
23 Aug 2016
We are glad that you had a great holiday and it was a pleasure having you stay with us.
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Val W
Wimborne, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Great family holiday down on the farm”
Reviewed 1 October 2015 for a stay in September 2015

A great place for a family holiday, lovely location and well equipped comfortable accommodation. The children really loved feeding the animals and collecting the eggs, Greame makes each child feel important they hang on his every word. A holiday to keep the whole family happy.

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Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
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Management Response
2 Oct 2015
We are glad that you had an enjoyable stay.
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Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 July 2015 for a stay in June 2015

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Liked best: The animals
Liked least: enjoyed it all
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
28 Jul 2015
We are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to seeing you again in the future.
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Stephen M
Devon, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Even Better than last year”
Reviewed 24 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015

We returned to The Shippon this year with friends , resulting in 4 adults and 4 children (5,4, 2 and 9mths) sharing the The Shippon. A lovely spacious cottage with plenty of room.... the kids shard the huge bedroom, whilst the adults had the two doubles/ twin. The cottage is lovely and clean, well equipped ( dishwasher and washing machine perfect!) and has the few necessities required on arrival. The kids love feeding the animals and its well worth doing Graeme's Wednesday Treasure Hunt and sausage feast ( don't forget to ask for some sausages to take home!!)
There is so much tg do in the local area ( beaches, attractions etc) as well as feeding the animals and swimming in the farm's pool, that the quietness and peacefulness of the farms location make for a perfect relaxed evening.
Couldn't recommend it highly enough - ideal for families who want an active holiday as well as those who want a more gentile time....

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Liked best: Location, facilites, holiday experience
Liked least: Telling the kids it was our last day
Travelling group: Large Group
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Management Response
25 Jul 2015
It was a pleasure having you stay with us again and we are pleased that you had a wonderful time. Looking forward to seeing you all again soon.
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Ellie M
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
1 review
“Amazing holiday on the farm”
Reviewed 8 July 2015 for a stay in June 2015

Lower Hearson Farm is nestled in a beautiful secluded valley, surrounded by rolling hills of beautiful Devon countryside. Whilst on the farm you are free to wander the beautiful gardens and paths, visit the chickens in the orchard, watch the piglets feeding in the barn, gaze at the view from the sheep field or watch the swallows nesting in the barn. The farm also boast a great range of facilities including heated covered swimming pool, play shed, trampoline and play area. Not only this but the farm is in a great location only a short drive to lots of great beaches and all the attractions on the north Devon coast. There really is something for everyone.

Cottages are well equipped and meticulously clean. The Shippon is a great cottage for a family plus grandparents trip. The layout works really well with plenty of space for time together, the upstairs is lovely and spacious with double room, bathroom and triple single room for parents and up to three children to spread out their mess, whilst downstairs the grandparents can retreat to their own ensuite twin bedroom! The dining table comfortably seats everyone, the kitchen is well equipped and the choice of two lounge areas plus a conservatory make for a relaxing holiday for everyone.

Graeme is a fantastic host, nothing is too much trouble and you are made to feel very welcome on the farm. The twice daily feeding of the animals (sheep, pigs & chickens) is a real highlight for the kids. We have been going every year for 4 years and the kids want to go back next year. You always worry when going back to the same place year after year that it will not be as good as last time, but this place is a real gem and every time we have had a fantastic holiday. Our kids are 7, 4 and 3. Definitely recommend.

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Liked best: Feeding the animals
Liked least: Nothing!
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
10 Jul 2015
It is always a pleasure welcoming you all back to stay with us and we thoroughly enjoy your company. We look forward to seeing you again next year.
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Stephen M
Devon, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Fantastic Holiday”
Reviewed 20 June 2014 for a stay in June 2014

A really fantastic time was had by all. Lower Hearson Farm is a wonderful place..10 minutes to Barnstaple, but you would never know with its rural and peaceful setting. Our daughter ( 4yrs old) loved the farm - feeding the animals, collecting eggs and the pool. Farmer Graeme was fantastic - engaging to the kids, and always ready to help with places to visit.....theTreasure Hunt, sausages and certificate of merit(!) were a great touch
The cottage was clean, well maintained and had everything you would need in the kitchen.
Could I fault it.....No
Would I recommend it..Yes
Anything that could make it better? We understand no towels, but handtowels in the bathroom may have be a nice to have?
Any issues? Only the tears of our little girl when we had to leave!!!
We are going to book for next year!!

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Liked best: The whole environment
Liked least: Would have been nice to be able to leave the dogs for a couple of hours at the property, but understand the reasons why not
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
26 Jun 2014
We really enjoyed having you all to stay. We will certainly look at putting hand towels into the bathrooms. We look forward to seeing you again.
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acogswel
Portishead, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Kids and adults will love a holiday on this farm!”
Reviewed 10 October 2013 for a stay in September 2013

We stayed in the Shippon, the largest of the self catering properies on the farm. Everything from the initial booking through to staying on the farm was so easy. We received a very warm welcome on the farm by Graeme (working farmer and owner). Graeme lets anyone staying on the farm help feed the pigs and chickens twice a day. My 2 year old son loved doing this and couldnt wait to next feeding time. Graeme is fantastic with the children and helps educate them with a real sense of fun. Graeme was very helpful throughout our stay and nothing was too much trouble.
Also on site was a play area (swings/slide/climbing frame/sandpit), covered outdoor pool and an indoor toy area with lots to occupy children and adults. The location was perfect as less than 10mins drive to Barnstaple and beaches about 25mins away. It is very rare to find a holiday place that is so relaxing for the adults and the children are occupied aswell.
The accommodation was very spacious and had 2 lounges (both with tv), fully equipped kitchen, wonderful conservatory (with views over field), 2 bathrooms and extra toilet downstairs. It also had private parking right outside and privatepatio area.
Overall we had a fantastic holiday. It was very relaxing and the highlight for my son was feeding the animals. He went running into nursery telling everyone about his farm holiday and how he helped farmer graeme feed the pigs and chicken.
We will be booking again for another short break in the spring as the holiday was excellent value for money and provided so much entertainment for my son and for us parents aswell!

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