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Wheeldon Farm Adventure Cottages - Mad Nelly Cottage

Halwell, near Totnes, Devon
Grade 4 Star rating


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Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Pets 2
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There is fun for all the family with an indoor heated swimming pool and fitness centre, all set in the stunning, Devon countryside.

Set within 240 acres of unspoilt farmland with footpath

Heated indoor swimming pool, with private changing room and shower (open all year)

Fitness room with cross trainer and treadmill

Off-road biking

Games room, with full-size American pool table, table tennis and table football

Nestled within 240 acres of unspoilt farmland, in the glorious South Hams midway between Dartmoor and the stunning south Devon beaches, Wheeldon Farm Adventure Cottages are the perfect choice for family, friends and couples to enjoy a relaxing retreat or an action packed escape at any time of year. The four delightful, pet-friendly barn conversions (refs 27214, 27215, 27216 and UKC748), which could be booked together for larger parties, sit within a lovely courtyard setting surrounded by miles of footpaths and green lanes, ideal for walking or cycling. The master bedroom in each property features a flatscreen TV, and home-made meals can be pre-ordered and delivered to the cottage (arranged direct with the owner). The cottages lie just a short distance from some of south Devon’s finest beaches and tourist attractions, including the historic town of Totnes which is just 15 minutes away and sits on the River Dart with cruises down river to Greenway and Dartmouth. A cosmopolitan town, Totnes, 7 miles away, has a vast array of independent shops, weekly markets, galleries, leisure centre and many lovely restaurants, bistros and cafés. The seaside towns of Paignton and Torquay are 40 minutes’ drive, and it is just a 15-minute drive to the yachting haven of Dartmouth, and the coastline between Dartmouth and Kingsbridge, both 7 miles away, has many stunning beaches, hidden coves and fantastic coastal walks.

Guests of these cottages can also enjoy a range of on-site facilities suitable for all the family, including a heated indoor swimming pool with a private changing room and shower. There is a large games room set over two floors, including a fitness room with a cross trainer, treadmill, rowing machine and exercise bike. The top floor of the games room has a full-size American pool table, big sofa and Sky TV. The bottom floor has table tennis and table football. On-site there is also a laundry and ironing room. If you are looking for adventure and an adrenalin rush, then Wheeldon Farm Adventure Cottages will not disappoint. The Wheeldon Off-Road Centre, adjacent to Adventure Cottages, boasts a purpose-built, 30,000 square foot indoor arena and junior training circuit, and is the ideal year-round venue for the whole family to learn to ride a motorcycle in a fun and controlled environment. Discounted rates are available for children and adults during the school holidays (booking by arrangement and on arrival), providing children and adults with the opportunity to experience the ultimate, two-wheel off-road adventure for the first time. The instructors at Wheeldon Farm are all ACU accredited and will guide the children through their paces every step of the way. For some activities, all the kit, clothing, boots, gloves, helmets and fun bikes are provided. All that’s needed is the enthusiasm to have a great deal of fun! Suited to all ages from 7 years to fit seniors.

There is also a BMX and skate park with ramps, but visitors must bring their own helmet and safety wear otherwise they will not be admitted to use them. In addition to all the motorbike fun, a range of other activities can also be organised locally, including horse riding, golf, go-karting and trout and carp fishing. Also, clay pigeon shooting, air rifle and archery are available - these are run by a fully qualified instructor and all equipment is provided. The activities run on a Monday, Thursday and Sunday. Prices will be charged accordingly when bookings are made. Please note, extra activities and catering requests must be pre-booked with Wheeldon Farm Adventure Cottages prior to guests’ arrival at the site. Foxglove (ref 27214), Poppy (ref 27215), Monkshood (ref 27216) and Mad Nelly Cottage (ref UKC748) can be booked together to accommodate up to 29 guests. Beach 10 miles. Shop 3 miles, pub 2 miles and restaurant 6 miles.

Ground Floor:
Living room: With wood burner, Freeview TV and wooden floor.
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Dining room.
With gas/electric range, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, slate floor and door leading to courtyard.
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Bedroom 1: With double bed, beams and en-suite wet room with shower, toilet and tiled floor.
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First Floor:
Bedroom 2:
With kingsize bed, Freeview TV and wooden floor.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds and wooden floor.
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Shower room: With shower cubicle, toilet, Velux window and wooden floor.

Gas included. External utility room with washing machine. Garden with patio and garden furniture.

All properties: Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Logs for wood burner available locally. Shared sitting-out area with garden furniture and barbecue. Access to farmland. Shared indoor heated swimming pool with shower and changing facilities (open 8am to 8pm all year). Shared fitness room. Shared games room with full-size American pool table, table tennis and table football. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is a stream in the grounds and the properties have a natural water supply from a bore hole.

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  • Barbecue
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Games Room
    Games Room
  • Highchair
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • WiFi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Working Farm
    Working Farm
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Active Family Holidays
    Active Family Holidays

Customer Comments

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 03/11/2018
    The cottage had great facilities and we enjoyed our stay.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 19/10/2018
    excellent accommodation. Location a bit remote need a sat nav as roads take some getting use too. WI fi not available,overall had a good time. Grand kids loved it .

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 24/08/2018
    Lovely location and lovely, quirky cottage. Very friendly hosts. Kids loved the pool. Central location meant that we could access lots of different places to cater for the whole family.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 03/08/2018
    We had a fantastic week at Mad Nelly Cottage last week. The cottage was brilliant, the only reason I didn't give it a 10 was because the WIFI wasn't working for the majority of the week it was fixed on our last day. The games room and pool were fantastic and I would highly recommend it. The location was fantastic as a base to South Devon, with basically a 20 min drive to many beaches and Plymouth and Dartmouth etc. The only reason I didn't give it a 10 for location was the fact that it was too far to walk to a pub, you had to drive as it was about 3 miles from nearest village, however that is what rural is all about! The indoor motorcycling was fab and my 15 year old son went twice, the instruction and safety from both Andy & Jim was top class and would again strongly recommend it. I am already recommend Mad Nelly to my friends and family.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 27/07/2018
    We enjoyed the friendlynes of the owners Jim and justine who made us feel so welcome and our puppy Nelson also enjoyed the dog friendly place although his best friend was the black cow in the field we had the best of both world country retreat but also near to Totnes for sea and shoppingwe couldn’t wish for a more better place to spend our holiday it had swimming pool games room something for everybody I will definitely be going back

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 05/06/2018
    Absolutely amazing holiday Staying at Mad Nelly, not only was the accommodation wonderful the owners were fantastic host who actually made the trip.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 13/05/2018
    I stayed here with my family for a couple of nights before getting married and the owners are lovely. Calming and beautiful; exactly what I needed.

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9.3 out of 10 – based on 7 reviews collected by Reevoo
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