The Old Piggery, Kerswell Farm

Bideford, Devon

Forget the demands of modern life at this dog-friendly rural retreat with its lovely views, walks from the door and cream tea to welcome you


4 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


Peace and quiet reign at your 19th-century barn, where nothing but birdsong disturbs you. Set among 20 acres of conservation land, including lakes, woods and meadows, it’s perfect for a close group of friends or a couple seeking a romantic break. You’ll feel right at home in the light-filled open-plan living/kitchen/dining area, its fun fabrics and art adding character and wood-burner making everything wonderfully cosy.  Bedrooms are small but comfortable with one king-sized bed, and the shower room modern and spotless. You are warmly welcomed by owners Elaine and Adrian – who live in the nearby farmhouse and are on hand should you need them – as are four-legged friends, with treats and towels available and even a dog shower outside for muddy days. Nature-lovers will delight in roaming the surrounding land, spotting wildlife along the way, there are Elaine’s cookery courses for the crafty and coastal paths, the Tarka trail and Bude’s wonderful surfing beaches for the adventurous. Hop in the car and try one of the great restaurants in the area or enjoy one of Elaine’s home-cooked meals, sit out in the garden and gaze up at the stars. 


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pubs/restaurants 4 miles.


Nightly price
from £65
Weekly price
from £450
1 Barn for 4
From £654 beds2 bedrooms


Cosy, beautifully styled (with amazing attention to detail) and such a delightful place to stay! Outside there are three carefully designed seating areas all benefiting from the sunshine, and perfect for whether you want to relax in a lounger with a book, have one of Elaine's delicious cream teas or dine on her most fantastic homemade food. The setting is lovely too, with plenty of grounds to explore and the perfect place to slow down and just be ..

Sue, Bramhall

Beautiful cottage that has every comfort you can think of to make your stay perfect. Thank you to Elaine, Adrian and Ralph for making us feel so at home. Incredible gardens around the farm to explore and close to many interesting places to visit. Special mention for the scones, clotted cream and jam that Elaine kindly makes. Highly recommended, 10/10. Steve, Virginia, James and Claudia. Madrid, Spain.

Stephen, Madrid

Our stay in The Piggery at Kerswell Farm was truly delightful. It is located in a very tranquil spot not far from the north Devon coast with easy access to Cornwall. There is plenty of outdoor space to wander around in with beautiful starry night skies and you don’t even hear the sound of aeroplanes flying overhead. Elaine and Adrian Arnold made us, and our dog, feel extremely welcome. The cottage is furnished to a very high standard and the bed was very comfortable. We had everything that we needed for an enjoyable stay – even an outside dog shower. Fabulous home cooked food if you want

Ian, Winchester

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Elaine & Adrian Arnold

  • Explore the 20 beautiful acres at Kerswell Farm. Lakes, woodland, culm meadow and a big field for letting dogs run free. The lakes are so peaceful and the wildlife is amazing! Just sit, enjoy the dragonflies over the waterlilies and feel yourself unwind.
  • The variety and numbers of birds around the land is astonishing - every type of tit imaginable, finches galore, woodpeckers, waterfowl, jays and of course our resident owls never fail to entertain. Plenty of good spots to watch from.
  • Some of the very best North Devon beaches are close by; spectacular Bucks Mills, Sandymouth, Welcombe Mouth, Northam Burrows and Peppercombe to name just a few. Fabulous for surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, walks, beachcombing and rock-pooling!
  • Quaint Clovelly is just 10 minutes away with its steep cobbled streets leading down to the ancient harbour. Festivals like crab and lobster and herring are regularly held and it's a great place to spend a day. Visit the walled garden at Clovelly Court too.
  • Spectacular gardens abound in the area, RHS Rosemoor, Docton Mill, Hartland Abbey and Marwood Hill gardens are all wonderful and full of ideas to inspire you. Discover the great variety of local cafes and pubs along the way for a sustaining break!
  • The skies here are truly dark and stargazing is a real treat on a clear night. Lie back with a blanket and a warming drink and just marvel at what is above you (so romantic). Use our binoculars to bring the stars and moon even closer...


Elaine & Adrian Arnold

Exchanging globetrotting careers in medical industries to follow their passion for rural living and conservation, the Arnolds chose Kerswell Farm as their home, and project. They’ve carefully converted two, totally independent, detached farm buildings, The Old Piggery and The Old Shippen (cowshed) for guests to take a coastal countryside break. Very much part of the community, they are a great source of local info. And Elaine’s an excellent cook.