Swimming pool, sauna, gym
Three Gates Farm has a large, indoor, heated swimming pool and sauna. The pool is open from 9.00am until 8.00pm daily and heated to 30 degrees all year round (no toe test needed!). It is 33ft by 16ft and has a shallow end and 7ft deep end. The pool building also houses a small gym with treadmill, rowing machine and exercise bike, as well as a changing room, shower and toilet. There are a range of toys and inflatables available for use in the pool. Please ask about swimming lessons, for all ages, including babies. Our swimming teacher (qualified and experienced) has recently had a baby, but will come here for lessons if she can. Please remember to bring towels for swimming and sauna!
Play area, games and toys
Children can have fun in the play area on the swings, slide, trapeze, seesaw and 12 ft trampoline (available from March to October). On the pool terrace is a permanent table tennis table and we also have a table football and small pool table. There is a grassy area for outdoor games and a selection of indoor and outdoor games, puzzles and preschool books and toys for you to borrow.
Pond area – ducks, chickens and rabbit
We have some super inhabitants of our enclosed pond area including chickens, ducks, moorhens, rabbit and coy carp. Let us know if you’d like to help feed our friendly chickens. We often have delicious fresh eggs available.
We have a wide range of birds visiting our feeding stations. If you’re interested in bird watching, we can lend you binoculars and a bird guide. Visitors include the marsh tit, great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, yellow hammer, linnet, bullfinch, goldfinch, swallow, skylark and a wealth of chattering sparrows. You’ll see plenty of other birds, including buzzards and pheasants as you walk, cycle or drive through the surrounding countryside.
Phones and broadband
We have landline telephones in Nuthatch and The Long Barn. Mobile phone signal is patchy in this area although you should be able to find a place to use your phone. Wireless Internet access is available free of charge for light access (eg accessing emails, surfing the Internet) in all cottages. Please note that our rural location means that we have a slow internet connection and there is a limited capacity for downloading large data files (eg downloading films, online gaming, streaming).
There are wood burners in The Smithy, Nuthatch and The Granary. We provide a complimentary first basket of logs. We can refill your basket at a cost of £5.00.
We have a laundry room with one washing machine and tumble dryer for guests to use. It costs £1 to use the washing machine and to use the dryer. Remember to bring detergent and £1 coins. We encourage use of the washing line and clothes airer (in each cottage) when it’s sunny!
Babysitting, cots, highchairs, stair gates
We can recommend local babysitters with extensive experience. Please give as much notice as possible (at least 2 weeks). Cots and highchairs are available at no extra charge. Please bring your own bedding for the cot (bottom sheet provided). Stair gates are fitted in the Granary, the only cottage with stairs!
You are welcome to borrow a BBQ for your al fresco dining! Remember to bring charcoal and firelighters.
If you are planning a day out without your dog, we can recommend a local kennels or experienced dog sitter (please give as much notice as possible). Dogs must not be left alone in the cottages.
Our nearest large supermarkets are in Tiverton (6 miles away) – Tesco and Morrisons. There is a good range of local shops in Bampton, only 3 miles away. If you’d like to have your groceries delivered, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Asda all deliver to Three Gates Farm. Please ensure your groceries arrive after you!
We have a car park at Three Gates Farm. The Granary has parking space in front. We have space for up to 2 cars for each cottage (1 for Nuthatch). The car park and facilities at Three Gates are for the use of our guests alone.