Frequently Asked Questions
Thinking of booking, or planning what to bring – here are the things you to know before you visit Pitt Farm Holiday Cottages. If we haven’t covered your particular question, do get in touch with us.
Do you take dogs?
No, Pitt Farm is a pet-free site. We don’t allow pet dogs or any other pets on our site or in the cottages.
How does use of the pool work?
Following overwhelmingly positive guest feedback our indoor heated pool continues to operate on a booking system, for exclusive use slots for all cottages. We have 11 sessions of 1 hour available each day from 9am- 8pm. Booking is available the evening before the relevant day.
What’s included - bedroom?
Crisp white bedlinen and fluffy towels (one bath sheet and one hand towel per person)
In each bathroom – a towelling bath mat, non-slip mat for the bath, small bar of guest soap and one loo roll per loo/bathroom. Additional loo roll is available to purchase in our shop.
We do not provide swimming pool or beach towels. The cottage towels are not to be used at the pool or beach.
All beds are fitted with mattress protectors – we ask that you do not remove these from the beds during your stay.
What’s included - kitchen?
Each kitchen has a good selection of crockery, cutlery, pots & pans, utensils and other essential cooking equipment. We also provide:
- tea towels, oven gloves, dishcloth and washing up sponge
- washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets (one per day of your stay), a few laundry tablets (enough for 1-2 washes during your stay)
- liquid hand soap
- Salt and pepper mills
What’s included – children / babies?
If you have younger guests in your party, details of our baby and toddler equipment is here. We don’t have bedrails or baby monitors.
Do the cottages have coffee machines?
The kitchens have cafetiere coffee makers. Locally blended coffee is available in our honesty shop.
Do the cottages have hairdryers?
Is the TV a Smart TV?
Yes, all cottages have a smart TV. We also have a freeview satellite feed directly into the TV. The speed of our internet connection is such that you may not be able to consistently stream on Netflix or BBC iPlayer in 4K but there will be plenty of channels for you to choose from in any event. If you do log into any tv streaming / download services, remember to log out at the end of your stay.
What about WIFI?
Each cottage has WIFI. We are in a rural area, so the speed may not be as fast as you are used to but the system is more than capable of allowing Zoom / Teams calling, internet browsing and social media.
Can I charge my electric vehicle?
We do not have the facility for you to charge an electric vehicle here at Pitt Farm. We are on limited single-phase power and can’t allow this through windows / patio doors etc. given the various safety and insurance implications.
There is a GeniePoint Fast Charge Station in Totnes (TQ9 5DF) which for most guests will be en-route. We suggest that you top-up there (and that you familiarise yourselves with the other EV charging options) in advance of your arrival. Ask us about other local options as there are a number of sites planning further capability.
Does the honesty shop sell milk, butter and fresh food?
Our honesty shop does not stock milk, butter or other fresh food – apart from fresh eggs from our chickens.
We do sell delicious locally made ice-cream, sausages from our pigs, locally made juices, jams and preserves and even wool from our alpacas as well as a few essentials (pasta, sauces, pizzas etc) and you can also order freshly baked bread, croissants and pastries for the mornings.
The BP garage at Totnes Cross is a mile away and sells a wider variety of food and drink. Otherwise there are supermarkets within a 10 minute drive.
Can we check in early and check out late?
No. Our check in and check out times have to be strict as we have a lot to do in preparing the cottages and ensuring the grounds are clean, maintained and safe. Please do not arrive at the site in advance of your check-in time as we will not be able to allow access to the cottage or any of the other facilities.
Where are the nearest supermarkets / can I book an online shop?
The nearest supermarkets are Tesco and Morrisons in Kingsbridge and Sainsbury’s, Lidl and Marks & Spencer Simply Food in Dartmouth.
All of the major supermarkets will deliver internet grocery orders. We are not able to take delivery of these for you, so you must ensure that you will be in when your order arrives and they should not be arranged for earlier than 4.30pm on your day of check-in, to allow for you being held up by traffic delays.
Before making a large online grocery shop please consider a more sustainable approach to food buying by shopping locally. Take a look at the “eating local” section of our website where we have identified a number of local suppliers selling beautiful local produce.
We have a little shop on site selling all manner of essentials (pizzas, pasta, snacks, sweets) and luxuries including freshly baked bread and croissants in the mornings.
Where is the nearest pub?
The Fortescue Arms is our local pub and is walkable in 15-20 minutes over the bridleway to East Allington.
Can we have visitors?
No, it is not possible to have guests on site. The site (including the cottages) is for the sole use of residents only.
Should we bring bikes?
There is nowhere on site to ride a bike. Bikes are generally not a good idea for children given the narrow and often steep local lanes making them unsuitable for leisure cycling. There are a couple of places further afield (around 30 to 60 mins drive away) but nowhere more local than this. Keen cyclists should look here.
We don’t mind sharing a bed with our children / having a blow-up bed, can we add extra guests?
No. We do not allow our guests to exceed the permitted occupancy of the cottages in any circumstances. The occupancy limits as set out on our website are the maximum for the cottages.
Do you have bedrooms on the ground floor?
Pelham has a ground floor bedroom. All of the other cottages require using the stairs (Kineton has 4 ground floor bedrooms but the living area is upstairs).
Are the cottages warm?
We have central heating fuelled by an eco-friendly biomass boiler.
What else should I bring?
Pool / beach towels (the bath towels provided must not be taken off site).
Wellies (especially if you want to join us for animal feeding – even in the summer we get heavy dew on the grass first thing).
Flip flops or similar are useful to get to and from the pool (bare feet is not an option).
Swim nappies for babies and young children that are not reliably toilet trained.
Where can I get everything else I might need?
We have some great local towns within 10 / 15 minutes drive. If there’s something in particular you need, just ask and we can recommend your best bet for finding it.