We are back again with our lovely Farm Insight series where you, our wonderful readers, get the chance to get the inside look into our accommodation providers. It provides you with a chance to learn more about the accommodation, why the owners love doing what they do and what they love about their local area. This week we are focusing on Quoit-at-Cross, a lovely farm located near to Tiverton and Bampton. This stunning 17th-century farmhouse offers a warm welcome with high-quality B&B accommodation. During your stay, you can expect to feel at peace and relax in the calm and beautiful Devonshire countryside.
At Quoit-at-Cross Farm B&B you can expect a comfortable stay within any of their three bedrooms. The first is Country Diary Family Room, a lovely, bright triple aspect room with a king-size bed. You are also spoilt with panoramic views over the village of Stoodleigh. In addition to the bedroom, you can find a new ensuite shower room with complimentary toiletries. Furthermore, a flat-screen TV, chairs and tea and coffee making facilities are all available. A cot can be provided if required.
The Old Dairy is another great choice for guests, a luxury ground floor room. Converted from an old barn which provides it with bundles of character. It has private access to the farmhouse for complete privacy but is only a short distance away for easy access. The room sleeps 2 but can also take cots on request, it is also dog-friendly and of course, includes a refreshment tray and a flatscreen TV.
Finally, we have the Summer Scent room, another kingsize bedroom with plenty of space to sit back and relax after a day exploring in Devon. The room boasts a luxury ensuite bath and shower room along with the refreshments tray and flatscreen TV. Cots can be provided for little ones.
History on the owners
Quoit-at-Cross Farm has been in Linda’s husband’s family for over 100 years, with both his parents and grandparents having farmed there. In 1987 Linda and Roger took over the farm. The farmhouse is thought to be from the 17th century and is a charming house with many traditional features. Linda and Roger started the bed and breakfast business in 1988 using just one ensuite bedroom. Gradually they increased the rooms to 3 in the farmhouse and more recently converted some of the barns into extra accommodation. They did this so that guests can bring their dogs to stay with them, making Quoit-at-Cross a dog-friendly holiday accommodation provider.
When we asked Linda why she liked running a B&B she said, ‘I enjoy doing bed and breakfast because I have a chance to meet interesting people from all over the world and many have been coming here for nearly 20years! The bed and breakfast also gave our family the opportunity to chat to guests and learn from them.’
More about Quoit-at-Cross
Another interesting part of Quoit-at-Cross farm is that they have a vineyard on site. Their youngest son travelled a lot and worked in the vineyards of Australia and on his return decided he wanted to set his own up at Quoit-at-Cross. So last year friends and family got stuck in to help make the idea a reality. There had to be a secure perimeter fence to make sure the sheep did not break in! Hundreds of young vine plants were imported from Germany and dug in by hand. There was much interest from neighbours and friends in the village, so they decided to arrange an afternoon walk around the vineyard so that people could come and see what they had been up to. A very enjoyable Sunday afternoon walk and talk was spent, including some cheese and wine although not their own yet! Linda, Roger and their son raised some money for charity and everyone was very keen to make the event annual. Now many of their B&B guests enjoy a walk around the vineyard, a very peaceful retreat from the busy world we live in.
Favourite place or activity
We often find that the locals are the best ones to ask about where you should visit while on holiday. We thought it would be great to ask our holiday accommodation providers what their favourite thing to do in Devon is. Linda told us, ‘ My favourite location must be Exmoor National Park, we are not far from the moor and all of its wonderful walks and historic places to visit. We are also close to the National Trust property of Knightshayes Court, a truly wonderful place to visit whatever the weather. Delicious local produce is available there too!’
We hope you have enjoyed our blog post learning all about Quoit-at-Cross farm. If you want to know more such as availability or contact details please do head to their page on our website.