Welcome from Katharyn and Ben
You’ve read the descriptive stuff, now here’s a little about the story behind Brooklands Farm!
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 site and its 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 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.
Here at Brooklands Farm we also have three wonderful cottages that you can rent.
All our East Devon holiday cottages have been recently refurbished and stylishly decorated. Each property has its own private courtyard and hot tub so a relaxing break is guaranteed for you and your family in truly peaceful surroundings!