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Enjoy luxury & sleek contemporary design safe in the knowledge that your self-catered holiday cottage is leading the way in sustainability. Perfect for families, with woodland and play areas, Mazzard Farm is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Rooms: 6 cottages. Between them share 6 doubles, 6 twins and 1 bunk

Weekend / midweek £210 - £525; full week £350 - £1,395

Meals: Self-catering
Open: Year round
Address: Mazzard Farm, East Hill, Ottery St. Mary, Devon, EX11 1QQ
reviewed by greentraveller

Why we've chosen Mazzard Farm cottages:

Situated just 15 minutes from the Jurassic Coast at Sidmouth, half way up East Hill (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), are 17 acres of old apple farm, now home to six gorgeous, contemporary cottages, gardens, an orchard, private woods, play areas and a large courtyard with picnic tables and BBQ. It is heaven for children and relaxing for grown-ups, what with pampering treatments from Jacqueline (Indian head massages, Japanese facials) and heaps to do. Five of the six cottages (sleeping 2 - 10) were created by tastefully converting the 170 year old former apple stores, and are beautifully cared for both inside and out. You'll enjoy sweeping oak floors and a huge leather sofa, fashionable florals and a wood-burning stove, atmospheric lighting and courtyard views. The bathrooms are top-notch (fabulous fittings, delicious local soaps), the open-plan kitchen is a cook's delight and the bedrooms fit snugly under the eaves.

The owners live in the farmhouse: keen greens, foodies too – Jacqueline makes marmalade, lemon curd, apple juice and wonderful crumbles in season, putting an honesty box on the side; there's also meat from the farm next door, as well as pre-baked croissants, baguettes and pain au chocolats. And they provide an intelligent, home-produced Guide to the local area, listing all great local attractions, including Escot and Bicton Park for the children, Crealy Adventure Park for when it rains, the Jurassic Coast Hopper for a grand day out, and beaches at Sidmouth, Beer and Lyme Regis. There's also an information room full of local information, as well as an extensive DVD library. Additionally, a large selection of baby and toddler equipment, as well as books and toys are available, free of charge.

Despite being just two years young, Mazzard Farm has already picked up a hand full of awards, including the prestigious 2010 Gold Award for Sustainable Tourism as handed out by Visit Devon.

Reviewed by Holly Gee:

"Ruud and Jacqueline have done their best to ensure that there is never a dull moment at Mazzard Farm. Any child would probably be happy enough to go no further than the farm for a whole week."

Read Holly Gee's full review of Mazzard Farm

How does Mazzard Farm minimise its impact on the environment and contribute to a sense of place?

Heating and hot water is provided using a biomass central boiler fuelled by wood pellets sourced locally. The buildings have been fully insulated designed to ensure minimum necessary use of energy sources. Appliances are A rated as much as possible. They have a close system in terms of water consumption, whereby they draw water and have all waste water go back direct into the 'system' through use of a biological aerated filter private sewage treatment plant discharging cleansed final effluent to existing water courses running through the property. Water saving flushes and shower heads are in place. Full recycling facilities are provided and food waste is composted. Soaps, shampoos and all detergents are environmentally-friendly and hand-made. Cleaning products are all environmentally friendly and laundry is hung to dry.

Local produce is used as much as possible, from fresh produce from their garden to meat and ready-made meals from the local neighbours. To encouraging use of public transport, people coming to Mazzard Farm by public transport benefit from a £50 booking discount (£25 for weekends and midweeks) or complimentary use of bikes. The orchard, gardens, fields and woods provides a home for a large variety of wildlife, including bats, owls, deer, badgers, buzzards and many more. 

Top Eco Features at Mazzard Farm

  • Heating & hot water is generated through a Biomass Heating Boiler

  • Water is drawn from a borehole at the end of the farm

  • Car-free guests can use bikes free of charge or receive a discount

  • Soaps & shampoos are made in Ottery by Devon Naturals

  • Hosts use wood from their own forest for the wood burners

  • Awarded Gold in the Green Tourism Business Scheme



Mazzard Farm cottages, Devon
Nearest train station: Honiton (15 mins) or Exeter St. Davids (25 mins)

Directions from station:
Guests who join us by public transport qualify for a booking discount/free use of bikes* as well as free shuttle* to and from Honiton station. Guests using Exeter stations can either change for Honiton, or take a taxi or bus from Exeter to Ottery St Mary. [*offer only applies if entire party arrives by public transport, i.e. not bring a single car on site.]

Plan your journey by train

Buy rail tickets online and then collect them at any main station.
Bookings usually open 10-12 weeks before your date of travel.

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