Devon self catering cottage in England

“Part of an award-winning North Devon eco-farm, this popular self-catering stone cottage is 100% powered by on-site generated renewable energy. Set in a 21-acre wildlife reserve, exploring is made easy with bikes, boats and wellies you can borrow.”

Highlights

Charming country cottage | kids free to roam in 21 acres of farmland | star-gazing, bat, owl and badger spotting | excellent local pubs | free bike borrowing or e-bike rental | guided nature trails or self-guided walking maps | lots of ideas for things to do by bike or car |

Low Carbon:
100% renewable energy (on site wind and PV, plus green grid) and accommodation designed for efficiency. Assistance for car free guests. Anyone can borrow bikes. Some lodges have hot tubs (also powered with renewable energy).
Electric car charge point:
Commondo and 3 pin plug charge points from 17p per K/W. Power comes from our wind turbine in the field next door.
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Protecting and enhancing Devon's wildlife is the core mission at Otter Cottage, and you'll see the evidence of this from your windows. Since your stay is what finances our conservation work, we offer guests a free guided nature walk that explains how we manage the farm.

Suppliers
From the cleaning materials to the butter in your welcome scones and even the bank we use, we take great care that your vacation is green to the core. Every business decision takes account of sustainability, considering the impacts here in Devon but also 'up and down stream': impacts on the climate, on pollution and waste, and on sustainable communities.

Energy
Otter cottage gets all its power from renewable sources - mostly from the farm's grid-connected wind turbine and solar panels and from a green grid provider as back up. The cottage itself uses about 50% of the average UK household per night power consumption thanks to solar hot water (and immersion back up!), good insulation and the woodburner (buring our own local firewood). You can even recharge your electric car here.

Transport
We will collect and return you to the bus or train station if you arrive at our Devon self catering accommodation without a car. We cycle ourselves, and have a fleet of reclaimed ‘farm bikes’ for you to borrow free of charge. (or we'll help you hire electric bikes). We encourage car-free, walking and cycling vacations by offering itinerary suggestions, time tables and our local knowledge.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Friends and Neighbours
We know that Devon is about more than just beautiful countryside to visit. It's about community too, and we always look for ways to boost local involvement. For example, when we gave our largest pond over to wildlife we gave the fish away to a local community angling club (with help from the Environment Agency). Fishing is now in the small pond!
We promote other local businesses, and local things to do. When you shop in the village, eat at the pub, or order food from Fiona’s farm shop up the road, you’re helping the local economy. The cottage was built as vacation lets and there's no planning permission for year-round occupation. So staying at our farm boosts North Devon's economy without taking accommodation away from local people.And if we don’t have availability for you we’ll try to recommend someone near Winkleigh who does.

Campaigning for Change
Maggie was been an elected Parish Councillor for Winkleigh and takes a strong interest in community sustainability issues. She is a member of the Devon Countryside Access Forum (2017-2020). Ian has 25 years experience in sustainable tourism and did a stint as a director of the the Devon Environmental Business Initiative. He currently volunteers for the Crediton Repair Café, and is active in local 'greening networks'.

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8 Reviews of Devon self catering cottage in England

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Reviewed on 29 Oct 2019 by

It's a wonderful place to relax and get away from it all. Lots of things for kids to do and a lovely "home away from home" setting. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2019 by

Very good. given the time of year and consequent weather, we had a relaxing time, and will look forward to having the chance to go again later in the spring/summer Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Apr 2016 by

Truly relaxing, very peaceful - we haven't slept so well in a very long time - great to slow down and soak up the beautiful countryside. Ian made us feel very welcome and the homemade cake was delicious. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2015 by

Maggie and Ian are genuinely committed to minimal environmental impact tourism, and it shows everywhere you look .... They are welcoming, enthusiastic, and full of ideas for great days out and activities in the local area. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Apr 2014 by

Very good. Great for families and for getting away from it all. It was all lovely and relaxing. Borrowing the bikes and cycling around the countryside was great fun! Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Mar 2014 by

The most memorable part of the vacation was relaxing in a peaceful setting with buckets of very fresh air...Very good. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2013 by

Excellent....The peaceful comfortable cottage and surrounding green and fertile countryside, with a good variety of walks and small market towns nearby. Our first vacation with the dog who soon felt very much at home. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2013 by

Nice and relaxing..the best part was bike riding part of the Tarka trail and the Granite way, great fun! Read full review

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