Farm Animals at Widmouth Farm Cottages
ANIMAL FEEDING SESSIONS
These are usually between 9 & 10.30 a.m. and we encourage our visitors to join us. [No feeding sessions on Sundays nor Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year's Day]
Health & safety advice
Children 4 years old or less MUST be accompanied and Wellington boots are recommended (these can be washed when animal 'mess' is walked in) or walking boots or trainers. Open toed shoes and sandals are NOT suitable.
We expect people to wash their hands with soap, thoroughly, immediately after feeding the animals.
We provide anti-bacterial hand gel for parents/guardians to administer to the children & themselves whilst we are outside.
Pregnant women should avoid contact with the sheep as a precaution. Guidance notices are in all cottages.
What the feeding sessions include:
Please come and join us to get to know more about our wonderful creatures, including:
Alpacas - We have six Alpacas, all born in this country [but originating from the mountains of Peru]. Alpacas are very gentle creatures and have fabulous fine fleeces which create very high quality garments. They do not like being stroked but will come and feed from your hand (only their special food, when you are with us!).
Goats - Bianca the British Saanen and Cinnamon & Toast the Golden Guernsey's. Our goats love attention and stand for a long time just to be stroked, although a handful of grass or some raw fresh vegetables or fruits are even more appreciated! These three are great characters.
Pigs - Rapid Ron is a quiet character who either has a loyal following or inspires no interest - everyone reacts differently, but it is quite an experience to stroke a pig! He is a Vietnamese spotted. We also have two sows who produced 20 piglets between them in 2008, 2009 & 2010. One is a Landrace (plain pink pig) called Lollipop and the other is a Gloucester Old Spot called Trotters. However, this year they have been put on a diet, as they were too fat to have piglets which was very sad!
Sheep - Many hand reared and tame! Lucky Lamb, Barley, Flash, Zulu and Evie usually come when called. They love a treat of a plain biscuit or some special 'pasture mix'. The only trouble is that when you walk through the sheep fields carrying a plastic bag you may get a 'woolly following'!
Guinea Pigs and Rabbits - Adults and young children all seem to find it very therapeutic to stroke our guinea pigs and rabbits. It is also quite fun to see how visiting dogs (on leads) watch them through the wire of their enclosure and two of our cats spend most of the day lying on the wire above the cages, watching special 'cat television'.
Poultry - Chickens, ducks, and turkeys. In summer all our chickens and ducks live in houses kept behind ordinary fencing, then an inner electric fence, to protect them against foxes. However, those that can fly (we don't believe in clipping their wings) occasionally have a 'dispute' and half a dozen may fly out and start to wander around the grounds. The turkeys are fully free-range, except at night. So that is why visiting dogs have to be on leads (our own dogs are trained not to attack or chase them). We collect the eggs once a day and visitors are welcome to do this with/for us!
Dogs at Widmouth Farm Cottages
We are pleased to be able to welcome dogs to Widmouth Farm for a small charge of £25 per dog per week. If you are only here for a short break (4 nights or less) we charge £15 per dog per stay.
To help dog owners have a wonderful holiday with their pets we provide the following:
• fully fenced, sheep free, dog exercise field
• dog waste bins
• bucket and brush by outside tap in lower courtyard (for muddy paws)
• old towels (if you have forgotten yours) for muddy paws, for a small laundry charge
• stairgates to keep the dog(s) downstairs – free of charge
• ‘throws’ to protect the sitting room furniture ( if you have forgotten to bring your own) for a small laundry charge.
Dogs may be off lead on our private beach and on the coastal footpath, at your discretion and bearing in mind the ease of other people on the beach.
Dogs MUST be on leads when outside the cottages (unless in private garden areas or the dog exercise field, beach or coastal footpath) because of our free-range poultry, especially the turkeys, which may be lurking behind the next car in the car park and you might only see them when it was too late and we would be devastated, as they are our pets!
If you want to bring more than 2 dogs we would need to discuss this with you. Hold your cursor over 'Type of Holiday' on main menu bar then click on 'Dog friendly holidays' for more information!
Activities at Widmouth Farm Cottages
Widmouth Farm is an ideal location for walking, as the SW Coastal footpath runs around the property and we also have our own 35 acres, with the most superb views possible, for you to explore. So the types of activities which people engage in on the farm are:
• Swimming, paddling, rock-pooling, building sandcastles or simply relaxing on our private beach
• bird-watching, photography and painting
• sea fishing from the rocks around the headland (at your own risk)
• playing on the swings and slides and in the Wendy house in the orchard
• ball games, flying kites and picnics in our 3 huge fields (the sheep move out of the way!)
Just nearby you can also do the following, all within 15 minutes drive:
• horse riding
• coarse fishing
• quad biking
• surfing at Woolacombe or Croyde
• golf at Ilfracombe Golf Course, ¼ mile away or Saunton Sands (15 mins by car)
See the Local Area page for more details.