Hartpiece offers a welcoming environment.
Hartpiece is built on a slope and with buildings on two levels. We have endeavored to make the site as safe and as accessible as possible. Ample parking is close by and convenient. Outdoor areas between the buildings are flat and paved. Most rooms can be accessed via small flights of 3-5 steps however the upstairs rooms in the farm are only accessible via full flights of stairs.
Room layouts are shown here. The Hall and Farm are built on two levels, but like the Tappen, they offer the possibility of single-level living. The Rose Room in the Farm adjoins a double-size shower room and can be accessed directly from the outside by French doors with a meter clearance. A generous stable door welcomes you into the upper-storey of the Hall, where the en suite Sunflower room communicates directly with the kitchen and dining area (nb: the bathroom is rather small; please see layout on the website.)
Realistically, a car is necessary to take advantage of a stay in rural North Devon. Barnstaple is our closest town, which has a train station with services to Exeter and beyond. Local buses do stop at the end of the drive, however the service is not very regular. The closest shops, restaurants and pubs are at least mile away in Pilton, Barnstaple and Muddiford. Walking would be an invigorating hour’s hike along footpaths; we do not recommend walking the narrow B3230.
The advantage of being located a steep half mile off the main road will be apparent to parents and light sleepers, who will appreciate being away from traffic and pollution. The site is peaceful and private with very occasional in-house farm traffic passing. There are plenty of reasonably safe roaming areas, although please be aware of country hazards such as ponds, a stream, brambles and sheep fencing. We also have some 100 sheep, 15 cows and some young bullocks on the farm. Although the bullocks are seldom grazed in nearby fields.
The nearest neighbours are about a mile away. North Devon District Hospital and A& E are two miles from Hartpiece. Two landline telephones are provided. Mobile telephone reception is reasonable, especially to the front of the buildings. Internet access is available via WiFi. Collection of emails is not encrypted, and WiFi performance may be degraded if too many users log on at the same time.