Tidicombe House consists of the Farmhouse, Cottage (where we live) and Barns surrounding a paved Farmyard.
The Farmhouse provides our self-catering guest accommodation, with private garden and views across a beautiful wooded valley (watch out for red deer!).
Freshly decorated and hung with original paintings, it has been thoroughly updated, while retaining its traditional country cottage charm - there really are roses and honeysuckle round the porch!
With full central heating and most windows double glazed, it provides light and airy accommodation, but is also warm and cosy, even in the depths of winter - and if the weather turns grey, you can toast your toes in front of a cheery log fire in the woodburner.
Our Great Barn (dated inside 1778), has roof lights and provides studio space for those who wish to come on a painting holiday. (We are both artists and Edward is a jazz and folk musician who also plays in a local Ceilidh Band)
Our Cottage is a traditional Devon ‘Longhouse’ - where folk once lived alongside their animals.
We have 5 acres of meadow, woodland and orchard, plus flower, vegetable and fruit gardens, which are still being added to. We are creating seats and ‘easel spots’ at points with particularly good views for people who wish to paint or draw, read - or just sit!
A trail meanders through the land and makes for an enjoyable and peaceful stroll, especially when the evening sun is slanting through the trees.
You may hear sheep, birds, wind, occasionally a tractor or the farmer losing his rag with his dog, but there is no sound of traffic....
On a still day - or night - the silence can be magical!
And on a clear night, look up at the Milky Way arching over the farmyard - and watch for shooting stars.
A completely dark sky is now rare in England and many of our guests marvel at the brilliance of the night sky.