Smith & Family Parent Panel reviews
Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Weeke Barton – has been selected and approved by parents.
After a hearty home-cooked breakfast by co-owner Jo to start the day, you’ll be thoroughly set up to do as much, or as little, as you like: get out and explore the gloriously wild moorland, meet the pigs and chickens in the field next door, drive to one of Devon’s sandy beaches, or just lounge around in the guesthouse’s garden (there’s plenty of room for kids to run around safely – the owners have a young one of their own, so this is a decidedly family-friendly stay).
But while the great Southwestern outdoors is well worth roaming, this isn’t the sort of place that’s merely a bed for the night: both the bedrooms and the communal spaces are comfily, coolly stylish, with interesting art dotted throughout, and the book and DVD library’s at hand in case of bad weather (there’s no TV reception, but you can borrow DVDs to watch in your room). And you won’t go hungry, either: excellent dinners of classic British favourites are cooked by Jo on request. And, the owners (parents themselves) keep rates the same year round, so if you’re restricted to school-holiday travel you won’t find the prices hiked up.
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Reggae music and warmth of the log-burning fires put me under the illusion that we were at this B&B to wind down. No chance! I’m dragged by a tiny hand outside into the green, lush fairytale setting of Weeke Barton. After a locally sourced breakfast fit for king, it was time for a wild walk up on Dartmoor before a beach stroll... This is a land where there are camps to be built and picnics to be had. And for older children, bike rides and fishing awaits.
Back in the B&B it was so relaxed we sometimes wondered if anyone else was there… Kids can run free, and there’s no need to worry about noise – the walls are so thick you’d have trouble blasting them with a cannon. Later when the kids are arguing in the snug over the enormous DVD collection, gently close the door, and sit at a table under the stars, and thank your lucky ones you’re there in Devon.
Anonymously reviewed by
Lara Cazalet, actress