Wendy House at Huxtable farm B&B, West Buckland near Filleigh

New children’s play area

Enjoying the children's play area at Huxtable Farm B&B, West Buckland, Devon

Enjoying the children’s play area

It lovely to see the smiles on children’s faces as they play in the new children’s play area, swings, sandpit and wendy house adding to the games room (table football, mini snooker table & table tennis table)

Children's play area at Huxtable Farm B&B Barnstaple

Children’s play area

 

 

 

Build a den in the woods

Build a den in the woods

 

 

 

 

There’s so many FREE things to see and do around the farm, in addition paid things to do within the local area

Treasure Trail at Huxtable farm B&B, near South Molton

Treasure Trail at Huxtable farm B&B, near South Molton

Bottle feeding orphan tame lambs at Huxtable Farm B&B North Devon

Bottle feeding orphan tame lambs

Bench with a panoramic view of North Devon

Bench with a panoramic view of North Devon

 

Enjoying the view South towards Dartmoor

Enjoying the view South towards Dartmoor

 

 

 

 

April – Lambs, primroses and Easter chicks

April - Lambs, primroses and Easter chicks

April – Lambs, primroses and Easter chicks

Spring flowers at Huxtable Farm

Spring flowers at Huxtable Farm

The spring garden is looking so colourful with bright sunshine yellow daffodils and primroses (Devon’s County Flower), blue grape hyacinths and beautiful pink camellias.

This is my favourite time of year; the birds are singing, the ewes have started #lambing (the Jacob lambs are so adorable) and we have a few broody hens sitting on eggs and some eggs in the incubator due to hatch on #Easter day

With Easter (16th April) approaching here are a few event’s occurring near to Huxtable Farm Bed and Breakfast (click on this link), in North Devon.

Not only is there so much to see and do on and around the farm, there are so many #Easter #Egg hunts to look forward to at all the attractions in the area; Quince Honey Farm, The Big Sheep, The Milky Way, NT Arlington Court, RHS Rosemoor, Hartland Abbey and find the Easter chicks at Clovelly!

hawthorn-blossom

Hawthorn blossom

Other events this March in the area include;

RHS Rosemoor Easter Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt (1st -17th April) & Easter crafts

Easter fun at National Trust Arlington Court & Cadburys Easter Eggs Hunt (14-17Th April)

April at Huxtable Farm B&B, Devon, Exmoor near Barnstaple and South Molton March at Huxtable Farm B&B, Devon, Exmoor near Barnstaple and South Molton

Running across countryside field

Running across countryside field

leveret

The March Hare

Leveret baby hare at Huxtable farm B&B, Barnstaple

Leveret baby hare at Huxtable farm B&B, Barnstaple

I can’t believe it’s been six years since I hand reared this beautiful hare. I hope it’s him I see on the farm occasionally because we reared him and released him back into the wild once he was acclimatised to feeding himself.

He was found, as a leveret, under some branches Antony was about burn. Having researched how to rear a hare on the internet I read that they can be fed ewes milk. Our ewes were lambing at the time so an extra bit of ewes milk was warmed up when feeding the orphan tame lambs, he took to the bottle well!

Leveret drinking at Huxtable Farm B&B, Devon

Leveret drinking at Huxtable Farm B&B, Devon

Known as the fastest mammal in the UK, the Brown Hare is capable of reaching speeds up to 45mph (72kph), making them able to outrun a predator.

A hare can be distinguished from their close relative the rabbit, by their distinctive long ears with black tips, powerful long hind legs and orange iris in contrast to rabbits eyes which are almost black.

The boxing behaviour that can be seen during March is usually female hares fending off amorous males.

The brown hare used to be a common sight in the British countryside but the population has declined since 1960 , due sadly to various reason such as  changes in agricultural practices & traffic deaths.

Hare in field at Huxtable Farm B&B, West Buckland, Barnstaple Devon,

Hare in field at Huxtable Farm B&B, West Buckland, Barnstaple Devon,

 

Hare at Huxtable Farm B&B Devon

Hare at Huxtable Farm B&B Devon

Easter chicks

Spring is in the air – Catkins, frogs spawn

Frog spawn in Huxtable Farm B&B's pond

Frog spawn in Huxtable Farm B&B’s pond

The wildlife at Huxtable Farm is starting to feel like spring is in the air;

The frogs have been busy laying their spawn in the pond and having seen a beautiful photograph of the delicate little flowers of the Hazel tree at the 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the year I have been keen to photograph the lovely delicate spider like flowers myself here on Huxtable Farm B&B’s Devon Wildlife Trail.

Hazel tee flowers and catkins

Hazel tee flowers and catkins

 

 

Broody hens are sitting on their eggs too!

To help you enjoy what’s going on in North Devon during March we have some SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATES at Huxtable Farm B&B until 30th March 2017.

Otherwise, please have a look at the fantastic variety of events due to take place in North Devon during 2017 by looking at Huxtable Farm B&B’s local Events/Farm Calendar

Watersmeet Exmoor

Watch North Devon on catch up TV

Our beautiful area of North Devon has had some great TV coverage this month, put them on your list of places to visit when you stay with us.

Robson Green visiting The Tunnels Beaches at Ilfracombe, the historic harbour Clovelly and beautiful Lundy Island situated 11 miles off the North Devon Coast. Catch up on ITV hub -Tales from the Coast with Robson Green Series 1 Episode 1

Julia Bradbury walking Lynton/Lynmouth to Watersmeet.  Britain’s Best Walks with Julia Bradbury Series 2 Episode 5

Both are programmes illustrate how stunning and how much North Devon has to offer, all within easy access of Huxtable Farm B&B

Huxtable Farm B&B is situated on the Tarka Trail and Macmillan Way West, a days walk from Barnstaple and two days walk to Lynton/Lynmouth, stopping over night at Challacombe. With walks from it’s doorstep including it’s own Devon Wildlife Farm Trail this is a an ideal hideaway for those wishing to do some Walking in North Devon

 

 

First snow of 2016 winter

First flurry of snow! Lambing to commence about April fools day 2017

Snow on Devon Wildlife Farm Trail & Farm B&B North Devon

Snow on Devon Wildlife Farm Trail & Farm B&B North Devon 

Jacob ram at Barnstaple B&B

Jacob ram at Barnstaple B&B

November 18th 2016 we have our first flurry of snow making us feel a little Christmassy!

Also, the rams have been with the ewes since the 1st November so the ewes should start lambing round about April Fools day in 2017 for the month of April.

 

If you’re looking for some beautiful unique Jacob wool gifts for Christmas we have some beautiful, throws, cushions, scarves and other products made from Huxtable Farm B&B’s Jacob wool, click here to see what’s available.

RHS Rosemoor hot garden

Things to do in September

 

September - Harvest time - Blackberries, hazelnuts and apples

September – Harvest time – Blackberries, hazelnuts and apples

September and here at Huxtable Farm B&B, we are busy harvesting natures delicious, natural food from the hedgerows and trees, blackberries, elderberries, sloes, hazelnuts and a wide variety of apples from small crab apples to pippins.

The forbidden fruit – Apples, are well used in Devon to produce delicious apple juice and Devon Cider/Scrumpy! You can sample local apple juice at Huxtable Farms’ breakfast. Two of Devon’s Cider makers are situated within 10 miles of Huxtable Farm; Hancocks Cider, Clapworthy Mill was established over 50 yrs ago and uses 35 tons of Devon apples to produce about 5,000 gallons of Cider a year. Ostlers Scrumpy Cider is based at Goodleigh near Barnstaple.

There is still so much to do in North Devon during September, from enjoying autumnal walks from Huxtable Farm, through woods amongst the glorious golden colours of the tree canopy, to tasting delicious west country food at food festivals, book and craft fairs, or enjoying all the fun & excitement of Barnstaple and South Molton Carnivals & Fun Fairs.

North Devon Food Festivals

North Devon Food Festivals

Click to see what ‘Things you can do for free at Huxtable Farm’ or to find out what’s going on in the local area throughout the year please click here and within the next few weeks click on the following links;

RHS Rosemoor Craft, Food & Art Weekends 2-4, 10-11, 17-18th September

RHS Rosemoor ‘The Artists’ Garden Art Exhibition 2nd – 18th September

Clovelly Lobster & Crab Feast 4th September

National Trust Arlington Court Autumnal Woollen Woods display 27th August – 30th October

Barnstaple Fair 14th – 17th September and Barnstaple Carnival 17th September

South Molton Carnival 24th September

Appledore Book Festival 23rd September – 2nd October

Devon Artists Network Open Studios 10 – 25th September


Click to see what ‘Things you can do for free at Huxtable Farm’ or to find out what’s going on in the local area throughout the year please click here and within the next few weeks click on the following links;

Bees visiting wild flowers at Devon farm B&B

August – Insects and wild flower meadows

Bees visiting wild flowers at Devon farm B&B

Bees visiting wild flowers at Devon farm B&B

 

 

 

The insects are enjoying the August sunshine, busy visiting the meadow wild flowers at Huxtable Farm B&B, North Devon near Exmoor.

 

 

Bella enjoying the long meadow grass

Bella enjoying the long meadow grass

 

 

Bella, the springer spaniel is also enjoying racing through the long meadow grass.

 

 

 

A variety of wildlife at Huxtable Farm B&B, Devon

A variety of wildlife at Huxtable Farm B&B, Devon

 

 

The variety of wildlife is beautiful, from fungi to dragonflies

 

 

 

 

 

Events to look forward to in the area;

Woollen Woods at National Trust Arlington Court 27th August – 30th October.

North Devon Art Trek 10 – 25th September

Hidden Dunster Guided walk 14th September & other Exmoor National Park Events

Exmoors Bats at Simonsbath 17th September

Appledore book festival 23rd September – 2nd October

RHS Rosemoor Gardens Events

 

Blackberries at Huxtable Farm B&B, North Devon near Exmoor

August – Foraging wild food for free!

Foraging at Huxtable Farm B&B, North Devon, near Exmoor

Foraging at Huxtable Farm B&B, North Devon, near Exmoor

 

Foraging blackberries, elderberries, hazelnuts, wild mushrooms & apples to name a few of the wonderful foods we can gather at this time of year from the hedges and around the fields at Huxtable Farm B&B.

Gatekeeper butterfly at Huxtable Farm B&B

Foraging at Huxtable Farm B&B, North Devon, near Exmoor

A wide variety of moths and butterflies visiting the farm can also be seen during August in addition to seeing bats fly around the courtyard at dusk.

Click to see what ‘Things you can do for free at Huxtable Farm’ or to find out what’s going on in the local area within the next few weeks please click here and on the following links;

RHS Rosemoor Gardens – Rocket Science

National Trust Arlington Court – Summer family fun

Exmoor Zoo

The Big Sheep – See Peppa Pig

We all look forward to welcoming you to Huxtable Farm and Bella, the springer spaniel to showing you around ‘Huxtable Farm’s Devon Wildlife Farm Trail’