Burrow Wood Farm

Ottery St Mary, Devon
+44 (0)1404 811246

Pack in seaside fun and adventure near this smallholding perched on rolling Devon farmland and surrounded by wildlife


4 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Through French windows into a comfortably stylish space. The main room is filled with natural light and local sea-inspired art creates a beach vibe. Owner Claire greets you with scones, jam, apple juice and cider – all sourced from neighbouring farms.Little ones will love to feed the kune kune pigs, llamas – and Mini the pet sheep, who has her own Facebook following. Walk from the door along the river bank to spy rare beavers and shy otters. Bike safely from here to the outskirts of Sidmouth (four miles), find a nature reserve just across the valley.Drive to adventure parks, kayaking, kitesurfing, fossil hunting – and festivals galore. Make a pit stop for dinner at the nearby Rusty Pig, run by a former River Cottage Chef. Return to a large west-facing garden for children to tear about in and you to sit in with a glass of wine. There’s a barbecue here too.

Burrow Wood Farm Devon, exterior view of the garden

We think you'll love

  • Everything being so child friendly
  • Rural walks and bike rides starting straight from your doorstep
  • The delicious water from your own bore hole
Main living area with kitchen and dining table behind

You should know

  • You’ll need to drive for big shops
  • There are lots of animals around


  • Swimming pool
  • 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
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • 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

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 3 nights on weekdays. 3 nights at weekends. 3 nights in high season. Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Restaurant 1.5 miles.


Nightly price
from £61
Weekly price
from £425
Damage deposit
£30 per dog.
1 Cottage for 6
From £614 beds3 bedrooms


A lovely bolthole from which to explore the Jurassic Coast and the East Devon AONB. Lyme Regis, Sidmouth, Seaton and so on are a short drive away, and you'll feel nicely tucked into the quiet countryside at night. And we loved our occasional audience of llamas while making breakfast.

Antonica, Weston-super-Mare

Wow, an absolute gem! A beautiful place that we hope to visit again soon. Such charming hosts, Claire was incredibly welcoming and couldn't do enough for us and our children. We stayed here with our three young children: 7yrs, 3yrs & 3 months....& brought the grandparents along too - honestly everyone was so happy, all our needs were catered for. We were completely delighted in all the thoughtful details that had gone into making this such a special place. The decor was wonderful, bathrooms luxurious, animals on site were super-friendly. And it's located perfectly for exploring...perfect!!

Victoria, Banbury

Uncluttered, modern, restful and very quiet cottage. Home from home. All you could want is provided incl for those with children. We packed light, our third visit here. Fresh air, pure water, stars at night, beaches and moors on tap and gorgeous Ottery and Sidmouth. A perfect bolthole for exploring Somerset, Devon (north and south) and Dorset. Claire and her family are incredibly welcoming, knowledgable and delightful owners. Beautiful bedrooms and bathrooms, the space of the cottage is perfect for any number of guests. We cannot recommend it highly enough. We won't stay anywhere else in Devon

El, London

We loved this place. Claire and Ben couldn't have been more hospitable. The house itself is really well thought through, well equipped and comfortable. We had our own garden and sun deck with a view over the valley, and when inside we looked out over the big trees in The garden. It was quiet and secluded with great walking straight from the door. Claire allowed us to stay longer on the Sunday which made all the difference to us. Many thanks for a luxurious and peaceful weekend.


A warm welcome from hosts Claire and Ben and a beautifully finished cottage in a peaceful location. The children's equipment and books/DVDs provided were a huge help and our children loved the atmosphere of the place as well as meeting the animals. Would highly recommend!


We had the most wonderful stay, even though the weather was against us we were very warm and cosy with plenty of games and puzzles and dvds provided to keep the boys entertained, as well as the great little garden for them to escape to. We will certainly be going back without a doubt. We are missing the calm and peaceful surroundings already. Also have to mention the beautiful decor and furnishings. Attention to detail is second to none, even down to the ice cream scoop! Can't wait for a return visit.


A MUST - The Burrow is quite honestly absolute heaven. We've stayed there twice and have just booked a third trip . It is perfect for kids, for romantic couples, for family, for anyone. Situated in a sublime and tranquil part of East Devon the nearest town is Ottery St Mary which has all you need. There are excellent public footpaths around the cottage and views to die for. Nearby is Sidmouth, a perfect seaside town with fabulous shops and no amusement arcades. Claire, Ben and their family are incredibly warm and welcoming. Fantastic hosts. The Burrow is home from home. Cosy, clean, sumptuous.


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The neighbourhood

The Burrow is set on the slopes of East Hill, in the middle of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, two miles from the ancient town of Ottery St Mary where you’ll find great places to eat and shops for supplies. Four miles away is the seaside town of Sidmouth and the Jurassic coast - a World Heritage Site. There are many other picturesque villages and towns nearby, including Beer, Branscombe and Lyme Regis (great for fossil hunting) – most within a 20-minute drive.

Local points of interest from Claire Read

  • Wonderful selection of very tame pet farm animals that you can interact with - cuddle a pig or sheep, or hand feed a llama. All our animals are kept as pets and so are exceptionally friendly.
  • Superb rural walks and bike rides start straight from your doorstep! You can literally wander for miles on quiet single track lanes. In fact, you can reach the outskirts of the seaside town of Sidmouth, 4 miles away, having never touched a main road!
  • Set in the middle of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), surrounded by rolling Devon countryside, with wonderful far reaching views. You don't have to go far to view wildlife. Nature reserve nearby. World Heritage Jurassic Coast 5 miles away.
  • Superb picturesque villages and towns, most within 20 minutes drive - Beer, Branscombe, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Lyme Regis (great for fossil hunting), superb shopping to be found at the city of Exeter, wonderful array of Antique shops found locally.
  • Huge array of activities for children available locally, and within a 20 minute drive: Escot, Crealy, Pecorama, Bicton, Fossil hunting at Lyme Regis, Fishing trips from Beer, Llama trekking, quad biking, Exmouth World of Countrylife, to name but a few!
  • Multi award winning restaurant, The Rusty Pig, run by former River Cottage Chef, only 1.5 miles away. Wonderful selection of great restaurants and pubs, within a 10 minute drive.


Claire Read

The Burrow at Burrow Wood Farm is owned by mixed media artist Claire Read, (Little Burrow Designs), whose sculpture can be seen nationwide. Claire's studio is also located on the farm and she is always happy to give guests a tour. Claire and her family also have a passion for animals, and those found on the farm are rescued from various charities. They are also a wildlife release site, so you might be lucky enough to see an owl or fox being reintroduced to the wild.