UPDATE: This stay has now SOLD. See you in 2024!
Swallow Barn has unexpectedly become available again for half term week commencing 20th/21st October 2023.
Swallow is one of our beautiful converted barns and sleeps up to six people in a ground floor accessible kingsize room with ensuite shower wet room, a first floor master with kingsize four poster bed, ensuite walk in shower and balcony, and a first floor twin with full size single beds and ensuite bath with shower over.
One of Swallow's best features is its spacious, light and lofty living room (pictured above) which looks out onto the front lawn.
Swallow enjoys shared use of Halsbeer Farm's heated indoor pool, games room and conservatory with wood burner and reading library.
Seven night stays are available with arrival on either Friday 20th or Saturday 21st October: £805 (was £905) which is a bargain £115 per night and just under £20 per person per night for a party of six.
Visit Swallow Barn's webpage to book
2024 stays bookable now!
This half term break is the last remaining availability this year. We close after half term until Christmas which is already fully booked as is New Year.
2024 dates are now bookable on our website or contact Katie by email or phone to discuss your requirements for next year.
We open again on Good Friday 29th March 2024.
Wishing you a lovely Autumn.
Our local village music festival Altitude returns to the Blackborough Beacon on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th July 2023. We unexpectedly have two cottages available again so we've put together a special package for you to be able to enjoy the festival for free while staying in our holiday accommodation.
Book a stay of between 3 and 7 nights' duration from Friday 28th July and receive free Friday and Saturday day tickets to the festival for those staying in the accommodation. Not only that but the stays themselves have also been discounted.
Cider Cottage sleeps up to 6 and is now £1295 for a week long stay (was £1395) or £975 for three nights from Friday 28th July, including free Altitude tickets worth up to £360 (Ts&Cs apply see below).
Apple Cottage sleeps to 3 and is now £770 for a week long stay (was £845) or £570 for three nights from Friday 28th July, including free Altitude tickets worth up to £180 (Ts&Cs apply see below).
In addition to the festival you can enjoy our heated indoor pool, games room and relaxing conservatory overlooking the duck pond during your stay along with everything else Devon has to offer.
Altitude is a community festival with fantastic music held in a field in Blackborough on the edge of the Blackdown Hills. Set up by three friends seven years ago, this small but perfectly formed festival also has fabulous food stalls, a huge bar, two stages and a disco tent, loads of kids entertainment and more. This year's Saturday dress up theme is beach party.
There is even a scratch choir popping up which will rehearse on Friday afternoon and again Saturday morning before performing on Saturday lunchtime in front of a live audience. We absolutely love Altitude to bits and would love to share it with our cottage guests. All profits from Altitude go to the local community and charities such as Devon Air Ambulance.
Terms and Conditions:
Bookings must be made via our website or via Katie on [email protected] or 01884266699.
Mention must be made at the time of booking or immediately afterward if you intend to take up the free Altitude Ticket Offer. Put a note on the online booking or email/call Katie to let her know.
If you fail to mention that you will be taking up the offer tickets may not be secured for you.
Tickets will only be provided once payment for accommodation has been received in full.
The number of tickets provided will match the number of people staying in the accommodation to a maximum of six in Cider Cottage and three in Apple Cottage.
The type of tickets provided will be adult, teen or child according to the ages of the people staying in the accommodation.
The tickets are non-transferable and no monetary alternative is available.
A shuttle bus may be arranged to collect and return you from our accommodation to the festival site, however should you wish to take your own car to the festival an additional parking charge will be payable to the festival organisers.
In addition to these Ts and Cs you agree to adhere to any Ts and Cs and rules/guidance provided by Altitude Festival to ensure your safe enjoyment of the festival and the safe enjoyment of others. You also agree to adhere to our normal Ts and Cs which are found here.
We are hurtling towards the summer holidays at a rate of knots. We are nearly fully booked in our self-catering cottages but there are a few gaps if you haven't yet arranged a vacation and would like to get away this summer.
Stunning Swallow Barn (sleeps 6, pictured below) is available for the first week of the main school holidays from Friday 21st July for 7 nights. There are a few local attractions and events on that weekend which may be of interest - the popular Mid-Devon Show is at National Trust Knightshayes on Saturday 22nd July and Bridwell Park's Artisan and Maker's Market is on Sunday 23rd July.
Can you believe it's June already? We can't.
The weather has been warming our cockles and we are looking forward to the Summer ahead. June is the perfect month to visit our self-catering h0liday cottages if you haven't got dependant children or if you have pre-schoolers.
Enjoy visiting local attractions with fewer people than in the summer holidays, walk the beautiful lanes and footpaths that are brimming over with wildflowers, relax beside the pond, in our glorious conservatory or swim in the heated indoor swimming pool.
And benefit from a special seasonal pricing structure we've put in place for the month of June. Read on to find out more...
To give our guests maximum flexibility and affordability this Spring we have updated our calendars to include weekend and midweek short breaks in our self-catering cottages from 14th April to the end of May. There are Bank Holidays on both Monday 1st May (May Day) and Monday 8th May (for the coronation) and these dates are included as both start and end days so you can save on your holiday from work!
Our smallest cottage Apple (sleeps up to 3 or 4 with a baby in a cot) starts from just £69 per night for a week in mid-April and is £91 per night for a four night midweek stay and £113 per night for a three night weekend stay. The best value per night break will always be a week or longer, but we hope these shorter stays will provide more flexibility and perhaps allow guests to tie a stay with us in with another location or two to create a mini-road-trip around the county or region.
There have been a couple of articles published in the national press recently that have sung the praises of both the Blackdown Hills and the county of Devon more widely as brilliant places to visit on your holidays.
Back in October 2022 The Telegraph published an article on the best AONBs (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty) in England and featured our very own holiday cottage complex Halsbeer Farm (pictured above) as 'THE' place to stay in the Blackdown Hills. They said that the Blackdown Hills AONB is the "Cinderella of the West Country, overlooked by those bound for Exmoor and Dartmoor" and it's not the first time I've heard that about our little piece of heaven in Devon, but we think it's worth the trip. Come this way to find out why...
Following hot on the heels of last week's Visit England Glamping Accreditation Gold Award for our other accommodation business Blackdown Yurts, we are thrilled to announce that Halsbeer Farm has been recognised by Tripadvisor as a 2022 Traveller's Choice award winner. This award celebrates businesses that have received great traveller reviews on Tripadvisor over the last 12 months. It means that we are considered among the top 10% of visitor accommodation worldwide! How fantastic is that?
I spent a happy few hours while on holiday myself in Cornwall over the Easter break browsing our Tripadvisor reviews from the last year. It really is great to know that our guests enjoy our accommodation and facilities so much. Read on to see a few quotes from the most recent reviews. Thanks to everyone who takes the time to leave a review after their trip, it really does make a difference to us, it's because of your great reviews that we've won this award. Thank you.
With the approach of February half term my mind begins to turn to the next school holiday in April. The Easter holidays will soon be upon us so I thought it might be helpful to give a run down of remaining availability for April in our self-catering holiday accommodation in beautiful Mid-Devon. (Other months are available too!)
Our Devon holiday cottages provide a home-from-home experience with the added benefit of a heated indoor swimming pool, games room and light and bright conservatory for all of our guests to use. Situated in a secluded, rural valley in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Our daughter turned 13 this month, I was the same age in 1991 and I clearly remember my father sitting down to complete our family’s census return that year. He explained to me that they happen every ten years and that they are really important. I’ve always carried that with me and I actually get a thrill out of completing our census form. I understand that the government needs information about the current demographic of our country’s population to plan for future development and provision of services, but for me the real beauty of the census is that it helps to unlock the past...
When we moved to Halsbeer Farm (five years ago on 21st March) I was initially too busy to give much thought to the previous inhabitants of the farmstead. I knew from the previous owners that there may have been a Domesday manor on the site and that the current house was believed to date from the 1600s but beyond that I had no idea about its history and that of its former occupants. As with most research these days I started googling not just Halsbeer but also its alternative spellings of Halsbeare, Halsbear and Halsbere. I started turning up some interesting things and soon got into census records via Find My Past.