Holnest Holidays outside events, one of the few remaining ancient Devon farmsteads. Humans have lived at Holnest for hundreds of years, farmed up until the 1950s. Currently providing serenity and refuge from busy lives to many happy holidaymakers from across the UK and beyond.
John and Heather are now embracing the events mindset and making their extensive outside space available for your event.
Here at Holnest we aim to provide all facilities you could possibly want for your outside events including the main features below:
2 Luxe Yurts
The Barn Stone Cottage
Bijou toilet and shower block
Canvas shade sail
A secluded, private location, John and Heather are welcoming hosts. They are happy to consider any request unusual or otherwise that will help you have a memorable outside event experience.
Set in the glorious Farway Valley in East Devon’s deep countryside this haven of tranquillity awaits your perfect outside event.
Included in the delightful grounds of Holnest Farmhouse you’ll discover the lawn, previously a menage but now ideal for tents, marquees or tipis.
The lawn has a view to die for reaching out over the Coly Valley check out our photos above.
Positively the easiest camp you’ll ever experience with sole access to the unbelievably civilised shower shack. No compost toilet here, this is fully plumbed, clean and equipped with a gas shower and outside washing up facilities. This is fed by mains water and plumbed into the farm’s sewage treatment plant.
If overnight guests are expected to exceed 12 people, we recommend arranging or requesting additional showers or washing facilities.
Event guests can overnight in yurts which are available from Easter until the end of September, furnished with a king-sized bed each, funky painted furniture and wood-burning stoves. Fire bowls are available for those bright starlit evenings. Our dark skies are a sight to behold with the Milkyway beautifully visible on a clear night.
Also included is a bespoke log cabin kitchen. The kitchen is also fully equipped with everything needed for camp cuisine. However, if you find you need a lemon zester or an oyster knife John and Heather have a very well equipped farmhouse kitchen on site.
For outside event guests who prefer a tiled roof, our ancient stone Holnest Barn is the perfect solution. Sleeping 4, the accommodation includes many features that are so helpful for those less mobile such as ramp access, ground floor bedroom and newly refurbished ground floor bathroom.
We consider nature and the environment vitally important here at Holnest. We encourage you to explore our seven acres. Where many photo opportunities await you. For example, take a walk along the mown path to the ancient oak tree where you’ll find a picnic bench ideal for sitting and taking time to absorb the beauty of this very special location.
Our hands-off land management policies over the years have resulted in a rich abundance of wildlife and we are proud to host a population of bats who overwinter at Beer Quarry Caves, a must-visit destination in its own right.
Owls, sparrow hawks, swifts, swallows, house martins and all manner of garden birds abound here.
John is a keen apiarist and his bees collect pollen from the many beneficial plants that attract so many other pollinators besides to our little corner of Eden.
Our Google My Business pin on Google Maps will ensure a trouble-free arrival. The country lanes become narrower the closer you get to Holnest. And although the lanes are narrow, with a twenty (mph) is plenty speed policy, they are safe to drive.
For easy setup and tear down of temporary structures and equipment, there is easy access to the lane at the end of the lawn.
However, guests will arrive through the front gate which is clearly sign-posted.
We are happy to accommodate up to 100 guests with ample parking in the lower paddock. Dogs and children are very welcome as are people from all walks of life.
Unique individual and quirky venue, this little gem is ideal for engagements, weddings, birthday parties, mini-festivals, hen parties, yoga retreats, meditation circles, home education social gatherings, astronomy groups, wildlife enthusiasts, groups of ramblers and cyclists, scout camps, dog shows, naturists and many more.
Please do get in touch with us, John and Heather, today to discuss the endless possibilities.
It’s easy to think that Holnest is in the middle of nowhere but in fact, we’re situated in the middle of everywhere. Nearby via a country lane drive to Honiton where you can find all the usual facilities of a country market town. Honiton is a very pleasant town to visit with many independent shops on its Roman Road High Street. The little rebel town of Colyton boasts a fascinatingly rich history and the church of St Andrews with its Saxon Cross which is widely considered the best Saxon carving in Devon. Colyton is also the starting point for a charming day out courtesy of Seaton Tramway which will transport you across the Seaton Wetlands to Seaton itself, another of our lovely coastal towns.
The Regency town of Sidmouth is 8 miles drive as is Lyme Regis and the fabulous Jurrasic Coast.