Welcome from Katharyn and Ben
You’ve read the descriptive stuff, now here’s a little about the story behind Brooklands Farm Cottages!
I am Katharyn, a local girl, who flew the nest at 18 and met Ben from Up North back in 2007 in New Zealand, whilst we were both doing the travelling thing. We married in 2014 on a little Greek island. Just months later, we continued the adventuring and our love of travelling, and moved to Melbourne, Australia, where we lived for nearly six years. Our dream began there, exploring in our home-made converted campervan, we loved staying away for weekends and often thought, we’d love to do this one day!
One baby boy later, and another on the way, we moved back to Devon just weeks before the first lockdown, we couldn’t have timed it better if we tried! And so began our lockdown searching for our own business; we dreamt of owning a camping or caravan park and to create cottages for people to enjoy holidays as much as we do. As a midwife and a recruiter, we were brand new to this!
Discovering and buying Brooklands Farm was more than a dream come true. With a constant calming whistle of bird song, the regular clip clopping of horses walking by, the distinct fleeting visiting smell of local manure spreading from surrounding farms, Brooklands Farm offers constant reminders of being nestled away somewhere quiet, peaceful and magical. We quickly got started on renovating the cottages – a challenging task given we weren’t allowed to leave the house! But with focus, enthusiasm, family support (thanks Dad!), and even two tiny boys at our ankles, we finally got to open the doors, to what you see today.
We are so proud to say our first year’s feedback has been incredible. Our first ever guests complimented on how we had respected the history, but brought in the new, commenting how they ‘could tell we’d stayed in nice places before.’ We were delighted to have done exactly as we’d set out! With so much to do around here, or even doing nothing at all, these charming cottages will be a luxury home from home, whilst allowing you to indulge in the present, and leave feeling relaxed and ready to return to normal life.
We would love to see you, we do a tiny dance every time we get a booking, and now we can confidently say that you will love it. We look forward to welcoming you soon!
Read our reviews…
Garden View review by Paul
16th December 2021
A lovely quirky and cute holiday home. My wife and me and the dog had a wonderful stay here just before Christmas. Everything about our stay was lovely. The place is spacious and comfortable, with a very good large hot tub. The location was also perfect for us exploring south Devon and everything we wanted was just a short drive away. Would thoroughly recommend.
Garden View review by Amy
15th October 2021
What a little gem Garden View is! Ben and Katharyn are inviting host and are keen to ensure that your holiday is as comfortable as possible. The cottage has many relaxing and quirky features with lots of history behind it. From the local scenery, the cottage, the hot tub to the hosts, this was a perfect break away that we didnt want to end!!! We wouldnt hesitate to recommend to anyone thinking of staying here. We have already rebooked to return in May 2022.
Owls review by Tim
21st August 2021
Fantastic location and lovely clean cottage. The owners Ben and Katharine were really helpful and very friendly. I would definitely recommend this cottage to anyone who wishes to visit Exeter and surrounding area.
Owls Review by Farah
22nd January 2022
Lovely cottage, clean and comfortable. Hot tub is great after spending the day exploring Devon. Owners are approachable and friendly. Would recommend a stay here.
Poppies review by Jeff
24th September 2021
Katharyn and Ben could not have been more welcoming, The cottage is lovely and has everything we needed. The hot tub is great after a day exploring the south coast. I guess the ultimate test is “would we come again?”…You had better believe it, unless you get your booking in soon I might beat you to it!
Poppies review by Lucy
16th July 2021
We had the most amazing stay at Poppies cottage. The cottage was so cosy and clean and has everything you need! The owners are absolutely lovely and nothing is too much trouble. They even came round with some fresh flowers and potatos from their garden. We cant wait to come back again! My little boy cried when we left! We had such an amazing time!