Flear’s largest and most luxurious guest house is a stunning solid oak barn. It has a huge open-plan space which includes the living, dining and kitchen areas. A large wood burning stove welcomes you into the living area where there is also a large flat-screen TV. Its state-of-the-art kitchen includes a duel fuel country style cooking range, plus extensive granite worktops. The lower floor contains three bedrooms each with an en suite bathroom. The master bedroom contains a shower for two and a jacuzzi bath. Its private outdoor area includes an expanse of decking with wooden garden furniture and a stylish outdoor cooking range. Orchard Lodge overlooks a beautiful apple orchard. Wood-burning Stove & Central Heating throughout & underfloor heating across the living area. Fully equipped kitchen, kitchen & bed linen, bath & hand towels are all provided, including a basket of logs for the fire. Private Laundry room. Cot, high chair, stair gates and children’s crockery included as required.
In the heart of the glorious South Hams, embraced by stunning beaches and coastline, nestle a cluster of luxurious period cottages & a manor house. Enclosed in a private estate, with parkland, meadows, orchards and woodland, Flear’s small river flows to the estuary towards sandy beaches and the sea beyond, whilst Dartmoor lies to the North. Our facilities are exceptional and offer a huge amount to our visiting families all seasons, all weathers. The magnificent indoor pool complex and giant indoor Play barn are perfect for rainy days, or dropping-in for some family leisure time without the need for an agenda. Relax in the playground & paddocks, take a turn on the Pitch & Putt course or stroll to our court for a game or two of tennis. Our ponies are always around and there are beautiful walks in the valley and through Flear Wood. The pretty town of Kingsbridge, with its cafés, restaurants and quirky shops is only 10 mins by car, and our village boasts a family gastro-pub within a pleasant mile or so's walk.
Flear Farm is family-owned and run by us, Camilla and Barney Fawcett, and assisted by our little boy Reuben. We have always loved the country and after several years chasing our tails in London, we decided that we wanted us and our children to have greater exposure to nature and a more traditional pace of life. Keeping the cottages and the estate looking beautiful has been challenging but very rewarding, and we get a lot of our satisfaction from giving our families a super holiday and seeing them come back again the next year.
We spent several years trudging around with estate agents and looking over properties and saw hundreds of them. Flear Farm, it's period cottages and the surrounding area was so arrestingly beautiful that we stopped our exhaustive search immediately. The estate is in the heart of the South Hams and fabulously situated in the rolling hills of some of England most celebrated countryside virtually surrounded by wonderful beaches and coastline. Flear is a private country estate set away from the holiday hot spots whilst allowing easy access to the regions finest beaches and countryside for those who forage out of the gates and beyond.
The facilities her at Flear are truly exceptional. The giant indoor play barn (well equipped for a variety of ages from toddlers to grown-ups); the magnificent 40' indoor pool (filled with natural Spring water and maintained at 30 Deg C.) with accompanying family sized sauna and hot tub; the tennis court; the 3 hole pitch and putt golf course; our secluded valley with it's fruit trees meadows and stream; our magical woods (a sea of bluebells in spring); and of course our Dartmoor ponies Abby & Gemma - are all part of what makes Flear unique. Starfish@Flear offers group and private swimming lessons for toddlers and children right up to secondary school age. Ask us about term-times for the group lessons.
“The perfect family holiday”
We spent five perfect fun-filled days at Flear Farm. We were made to feel very welcome by the new owners, who were incredibly helpful and friendly and helped make our stay one to remember for all the right reasons.
The cottages are set in a stunningly beautiful, tranquil valley and the cottage we stayed in was lovely, with its own private garden. We have an eighteen month old daughter, for whom the (surprisingly large) play-barn and indoor swimming pool were perfect. The pool area is well finished and the pool is warm and large enough to exercise in.
The nearby beaches are lovely.
We will definitely be returning next year, which will be a first, as we have never gone back to the same place twice for a holiday before.
Special interest holidays:
Excellent group and private swimming lessons.
Classes specialise by age and ability, 6mths to around 11 years.
There are at least a dozen beautiful beaches within 4-6 miles from the front door, to the South, East and West. A few of the famous ones are:
Bigbury-on-Sea, Bantham, Thurlstone Sands, Hope Cove, Salcombe South Sands, Salcombe North Sands, East Portlemouth, Mill Bay, Sunny Cove, Slapton Sands, Blackpool Sands, Beesands.
Exeter Airport 30 miles
Weymouth Ferry port 60 miles
Plymouth port 18 miles.
East Allington Dist. 1 mile.
Kingsbridge Dist. 4 miles.
Totnes Dist. 7 miles.