Our smallholding farm is set on 22 acres in Devon’s beautiful rugged and rural countryside. Nestled into the landscape at approximately 550 feet above sea level, Westyard Farm sits between Devon’s two major National Parks, Dartmoor and Exmoor. Although remote, we have easy access to the major trunk roads, M5 and A30 in the south and also the North Devon Link road.
Westyard Farm is equidistant from Exeter and Barnstaple, sited on the outskirts of the quiet village of Ashreigney. On our doorstep are the market towns of South Molton, Great Torrington, Crediton and Oakhampton. A hop away are the award winning beautiful North Devon beaches including Westward Ho!, Clovelly, Braunton, Saunton, Croyde and Bude. For cyclists and walkers, we are ideally placed to access the Tarka Trail, and for nature and wildlife enthusiasts we are incredibly lucky to have RHS Rosemoor only a 15-minute drive away.
Our holiday accommodation has been architect designed and purpose built specifically for self-catering holiday makers. We offer you the opportunity to enjoy a simple slice of Devon life and relax in our quiet and peaceful environment.
On our working smallholding farm we have small numbers of stock including sheep and cattle, as well as hens, turkeys, pigs…not to mention the dogs, cats, two ponies and ducks. In our spring calendar we feature lambing and during early summer we make hay.
Our Wiltshire Horn lamb is slowly, lovingly and naturally grazed on open pasture land. The lambs are smallholder bred using hands on farming practises. This native English breed produces excellent meat which is dense, lean and tasty. Our meat can be purchased from the farm office.
Our Dexter cows are were purchased, in calf, in late 2017. In early summer of 2018 they both gave birth, one to a bull calf and the other to a heifer calf. All four graze together outdoors. The two mothers are horned, and quite friendly, mainly to see if you have a bucket of food, but soon lose interest if you haven’t.
Turkeys have free roaming in the kitchen garden orchard for a few months to scratch about and feed as naturally as possible. The hens are also in the kitchen garden and produce wonderful fresh eggs daily. These are used in the farmhouse kitchen for B&B breakfast guests or on offer to guests staying in the self catering accommodation. Our pigs snuffle outside in a secure run, to ensure they don’t eat the vegetables! All our animals are given a great environment to live in, with as natural grazing as possible to ensure happy animals produce healthy meat.
All the properties have low energy appliances and are fitted throughout with LED lighting. We have an array of solar panels on one of the south facing barns that can, on a sunny day, provide all our electricity and export any surplus to the national grid.
All of our heating and hot water is provided by a fully renewably sourced pellet fed biomass boiler. Both of these systems are Ofgem approved.