We thought we could probably assist with the preparation for your journey, and help keeping your packing down to a minimum. Under the headings ‘Packing’, ‘Directions’ and ‘Food and Drink’ we provide some useful information. This is very much work in progress, so let us know if you have any questions we haven’t addressed.
In the cottages, your beds are made and towels provided, bathrooms contain soap, shampoo and toilet roll, the kitchen includes salt and pepper, all cleaning detergents, kitchen roll and bin liners (the latter three will be replenished upon request). You will also find a small welcome selection of coffee, tea, sugar and milk.
There is a hairdryer in the cottage and (shared) laundry facilities are available in a separate laundry area. This is also home to an iron and ironing board.
We can provide the following baby and toddler equipment (free of charge): cots, high chairs, changing mats, sterilisers, baby monitors. We also have a pram you can borrow. Each cottage has a hair dryer, and there is a washing machine and a dryer in the central information room.
We have a large selection of outdoor and indoor toys available, good selection of DVD’s (children’s and adults), maps and guidebooks. We also have some books (children’s and adults) for you to borrow.
Directions (all open up as separate .pdf documents – we recommend you print the appropriate one before you set off)
- From London, Home Counties and East of England
- From the ferry ports at Dover, Folkstone and Harwich
- From South Coast
- From the North
- From South West and Exeter
You may wish to have a look here for some suggestions about an as stress free as possible journey. You can check in from 3pm (15.00 hours) on the day of arrival.
Food and drink
In our information room, we offer the following: frozen breads (croissants, baguettes, pain au chocs), meats (sausages, bacon, burgers, all from our own pigs – subject to availability) and seasonally we have fresh produce such as tomatoes, onions, potatoes, apples. We usually also have jams, chutneys and eggs.
In Ottery St. Mary, we are very fortunate to still have some great local shops (bakers, 2 butchers, green grocers, fish monger, award winning wine shop), as well as a fantastic, large farm shop, Joshua’s Harvest Store.
All major supermarkets deliver at Mazzard Farm, and there is a Sainsbury’s in Ottery St. Mary, but isn’t the great thing about being on holiday to sample local produce? And if there is one thing East Devon isn’t short of it is fantastic local produce! So by all means get your staples / basics delivered, but you may wish to source some produce once you have arrived. And people used to drinking bottled water may like to know that Mazzard Farm’s own water (our bore hole sources water from 180 ft under East Hill) is very tasty indeed!
If you fancy a gorgeous, home cooked meal, on your night of arrival, have a look at this page, and maybe contact one of the chefs. Some can produce great pre-cooked meals, or indeed come and cook in your cottage. Fees are very reasonable.