Brook Farmhouse

Exeter, Devon
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)1647 270042
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£95 - £110
per night

An ancient thatched cottage near Dartmoor with a warming log fire in winter and flowers inside and out in the summer


1 room


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Babies welcome

£95 - £110 per night

The Experience

This is a friendly place where you’ll feel at home – sit and chat with Penny and Paul, read by the big inglenook in your own sitting room, enjoy tea and home-baked cake when you arrive. Aga-cooked breakfasts are served in the sitting room: a delicious tableful of home-pressed apple juice, eggs from the hens, homemade jams, seasonal fruit salad, local sausages and bacon – and bread from their daughter’s bakery in Okehampton.

Step up the spiral stone stairs to your large bedroom; the bed is beautifully dressed and there are always vases of Penny’s flowers as well as a tea tray with homemade shortbread and fruit. If you have extra family or friends, you can spill over into two further rooms.

Drive to Dartmoor National Park in a few minutes – there’s a lovely two-hour walk in ancient Fingle Woods in Teign Valley, on the edge of the park. Have a day out on the Devon coast. Marvel at the star-studded night skies.

Brook Farmhouse - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Chatting or snoozing by the log fire in the beamed sitting room
  • All the flowers – inside and out
  • The valley walks and the dark night skies
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You should know

  • There are steep stairs up to the bedroom
  • Extra family or friends can take two further rooms


  • Swimming pool
  • EV charger
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming


Nightly price
from £95
1 Double
From £95


Booking information

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Other details
Minimum two night stays. Extra rooms available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pub 2 miles.


Surely in the English speaking world there must be a B&B to rival Brook Farm house. Indeed somewhere in Britain surely the package on offer would match it. The reality is that I'm not sure anyone has yet found such a place. But be aware.....if you allow Penny, the High Priestess of hospitality to welcome you into her home, you run the risk of being drawn into a world of serenly calming warmth and kindness. A unique experience, a life altering event. We look forward to booking our 5th trip and experiencing once again her Wold renown breakfasts.

Allan, Tetbury

Enchanting "chocolate box" home in a beautiful rural valley. Spotlessly clean and very comfortable large room. Amazing breakfast. Wish we'd discovered it when our daughter was at Exeter University - only 20 mins drive away. Recommended.

Patrick, London

Quite simply one of the best bed and breakfast locations you'll find. From the birdsong through the bedroom window overlooking a buttercup meadow with pheasants, guinea fowl and horses to blueberries for breakfast after a night in a blissfully restful room, you will lack for nothing, even a packet of specially selected gluten free biscuits for my wife. Penny is a wonderfully helpful and informative host. We enjoyed two perfect nights and would return tomorrow.

Jonathan, London

We stayed with Penny for three nights. We would like to come back next year, but then one night longer. We enjoyed the hospitality, the beautiful room and the delicious breakfast with homemade delicacies. In addition, Brook Farmhouse is located in a beautiful area! A big 10 from us!

Victor, Winterswijk

It was lovely to spend time in such a tranquil setting. I was incredibly well looked after, with tea and delicious cake when I arrived and a glass of wine when my meal at the pub didn’t turn out as planned. The guest sitting room was cosy and perfect for relaxing with a book after a day out. Penny’s breakfast was delicious, particularly the home pressed apple juice! I loved the pretty bedroom ( very comfortable bed) and bathroom. Penny and Paul were very friendly and welcoming making it into a special break.

Laura, Bracknell

After a lifetime of staying in some of the best hotels in the world, I have no hesitation in stating that the Brook farmhouse breakfast is unrivalled. I'm certainly unaware of anywhere in the UK that can match the standard set by Penny Steadman.

Allan, Tetbury

Lovely escape from the hustle and bustle of every day life. Rarely does a B&B have a bed as large or as comfortable as ours. Very clean. Great breakfast! We enjoyed being able to sit downstairs alone by the fire- so much so we stayed in with sandwiches for dinner! You could describe Brook Farmhouse as self catering minus the cooking facilities. We loved being the only ones at breakfast. Be prepared to drive to tourist spots but not too far. Chagford & Castle Drogo for example. Very close to A30. Definitely would like to return. Suggestion - BramleyProducts in the bathroom?

Louise, Bath

Great stay at this B & B. Large bedroom, comfy bed, and our own lounge with cosy log fire. Fantastic breakfast with home made apple juice and eggs from the hens. Penny is a marvellous host, and couldn't do more to make us welcome. Will certainly recommend to our friends and family.


Wonderful B&B with a brilliant host. Stunning bedroom with very comfy bed. Great breakfast. All in a beautiful location off the beaten track, and yet within easy reach of several nice pubs and a short drive to Exeter. Oh, and the roaring fire was the icing on the cake!

Paul & Tamsin, Cornwall

PERFECT as always. See you next year x

Michelle, WELLING

We really recommend this lovely bed and breakfast. Not only is the place very attractive and comfortable but Penny is an excellent host being very accommodating, friendly and her attention to detail is amazing. This place is not to be missed.

Annie, Leighton buzzard

What a wonderfully warm welcome we had from Penny and Paul; tea and home made biscuits in front of ta roaring fire in the comfortable private sitting room! The bedroom was spacious and extremely comfortable, fresh flowers and Penny's artistic touches made it very special. Brook House nestles in a beautiful, peaceful valley - perfect for a little getaway!.(the single track lane down to the cottage was a little daunting the first time but easily navigated after we knew what to expect!) We will definitely return to this beautiful part of Devon to relish Penny's hospitality again.

Leslie, Stroud

We had a wonderful stay at Brook Farmhouse. The room is beautifully presented and comfortable with every small detail considered. Penny and a Paul are lovely and greet you with warm drinks and cakes on arrival and after long walks. You have use of a cosy sitting room with a fire and breakfast was delicious. We can’t recommend it highly enough!

Jo, London

My friend and I spent 2 nights in this beautiful place. We both thought our rooms extremely comfortable and the breakfasts delicious, served in our own cozy sitting room where we spent one night settled in front of a roaring fire. Penny and Paul could not have been more wonderful and welcoming, helping out when my car broke down and giving me a lift to where I was working locally. This is a fantastic Bed and Breakfast, I highly recommend it.

Catherine, Winchster

What a stunning B&B experience- perfect in every way. A fantastic breakfast, amazing bedroom, a warm welcome. We loved it.

Catherine, Leeds

Quiet, comfy, cosy. An absolute delight to stay in such a wonderfully appointed old farmhouse. Loved the real cotton napkins tied with gingham ribbon, the fresh flowers, the smell of real wax polish, the beautifully appointed bedroom, the warm wood fire, the breakfast to set one up for the day. Everything about the place is of the highest quality. We hope to go back. Loved it!

Fef, Maidstone

We loved it here! The peace and quiet of the countryside and the lovely kind owners - the roaring fire was a treat as was the amazing freshly pressed home made apple juice. Absolute delight!

Lianka, Bristol

Have just returned from 3 nights in a very special place. Our own 16th century sitting room with log fire and quaint stairs upto a large and spacious bedroom. Everything delightfully furnished. The owners are a pleasure to meet and strike the perfect balance of being available with advice or leaving you to the privacy of your own appartment. Breakfast is top drawer and there are even two other bedrooms if you have family (sharing the one bathroom). The location is incredibly peaceful and the perfect hideaway. All in all, absolutely brilliant!

richard, london

We stayed at Brook Farmhouse as a way to break the long journey to Cornwall and we are so glad we did. The house is beautiful, the room is just perfect (the bed is extra comfy) and it is situated in the most picturesque little valley. There is a great pub nearby for a pint and lovely walks around the house. What a find! ps. breakfast with eggs from the chickens out the back was great!!


A generous and great welcome after a long journey .. tea and lemon drizzle cake in the garden on arrival. The bedroom was gorgeous with flowers and every detail thought of .. it is evident that Paul and Penny are true home makers. We loved it - thank you!


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The neighbourhood

The house is two miles out of Tedburn St Mary and just 20 minutes west of Exeter - on the right side for the university. The edge of Dartmoor National Park is a few miles away. Try Fingle Bridge Inn, Drewsteignton, 20 minutes, or The Horse at Moretonhampstead, 15 minutes. Visit Castle Drogo and Steps Bridge – both National Trust and next to Fingle Woods (15-minute drive). There are a good handful of NGS gardens nearby and it's half an hour to the south coast.

Local points of interest from Paul & Penny Steadman

  • National Trust properties such as Killerton House, Knightshayes , Castle Drogo A La Ronde, Parke, Greenway, Finch Foundry, Coleton Fishacre, Buckland Abbey and Fingle Woods
  • RHS Garden at Rosemoor and a host of National Garden Scheme gardens open in the area. A copy of the Yellow Book is available.
  • Beautiful beaches within easy reach, South Devon, East Devon and North Cornwall Coast, as well as the Jurassic coast.
  • Moretonhampstead and The Gateway to Dartmoor and its 365 square miles is 15 minutes by car. Explore England's last great wilderness . The Two Moors Way a short distance away. Take a drive to the pretty Stanary Town of Chagford for good shops and eateries.
  • The National Trust and Woodland Trust have recently opened Fingle Woods, with improvements to tracks and paths along the River Teign. There are many lovely new walks to explore and cycle tracks to follow.
  • Close to the delightful Cathedral City of Exeter with the Royal Albert Museum, The Quay and the Cathedral. You can take in some retail therapy in Princesshay and sample many good restaurants and independent coffee shops. Easy access to Exeter University.


Paul & Penny Steadman

Paul and Penny are keen walkers and tennis players. They know the area well and are happy to advise on outings. Penny rides, has two ponies and inspects riding schools for the Pony Club. She's a keen gardener and loves filling the house with her dahlias and many other flowers. Paul is an accountant and finance director. They have various grandchildren, who are often about.