A magical Christmas at Flear Farm

It’s been a truly magical Christmas and New Year here at Flear farm, with crisp, cold but sunny days and cosy nights in by the fireside.

The cottages looked resplendent with beautifully decorated Christmas trees chosen by us and cut from nearby Dartmoor forest. Generally other holiday cottage owners think we’re crazy to do it, but the truth is you never regret spending money on a proper tree, and besides it’s worth it to see our families surprised and delighted by them when they arrive. After all, that’s why we’re in this business, it’s the main reason anyone should be.

So here’s a few pics of the cottages over the holiday. Enjoy!

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Flear House festive approach.

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Orchard Lodge Christmas tree.

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The living room in The Stables

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Christmas Eve in the Linhay

 

 

Winter work and play – We work, and the ponies just mess around showing off.

As usual here at Flear, the are lots of big jobs to do in the day-to-day running of the Estate, (to keep it looking beautiful). And last week we took to pruning trees in the orchard to smarten them up for a good harvest next year – this means apple juice and cider for our guests, subject to age (and inclination). Most are old Devon varieties – not only are they delicious but also important to nuture. There are also over a hundred… so we needed help and education from fruit tree expert Tom Nancarrow, and also our wonderful resident gardeners Jane and Marilese.

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Abbey and Gemma the ponies stood around and pretended to listen to the lessons, but soon got bored and start rolling and frolicking around instead!

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Despite the distraction we got 57 trees pruned and happy!

Only 45 more to go…

 

 

Swimming lessons for the little ones.

Kate, our Swimming Teacher here at Flear is an expert at building children’s confidence in the water, from babies to big school. The pool is really big so everyone can have a proper swim rather than just splashing around. Her lessons are gentle and fun and, best of all, she can win the kids round without getting bossy!

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Kate the Swim Teacher not being bossy.

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A proper swim!

 

Another wonderful Half Term at Flear – The bonfire and Fireworks

A big thanks to our fantastic families this year for again making another Half-Term such a lovely environment for us all here at Flear. We had beach days (!) and built a huge bonfire helped by some of the bigger kids, a big fireworks display in the pony paddock (even bigger than last year), dressing up for Trick or Treating and pumpkin judging in the Spooky Playbarn. What a brilliant week!

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Autumn at Flear, from the air!

Just because summer’s gone doesn’t mean the sun has. A good day to take some pics from the air…

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Just about the picnic lawn, looking towards the corner of Granary cottage and up to Duck’s Nest and Quarry cottages. Also the sun terrace, the BBQ terrace and the Pool complex.

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Looking South West to Cartwheel and Mangers cottage with the pine forest, Oxen wood in the background.

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Looking North West to Flear House and the Duck Pond. Also in the shot is Orchard Lodge and the Orchard. Flear Wood is in the middle right of the view.

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Looking West to the pitch and Putt course and tennis court. Flear House and some of the House gardens are just peeking in on the right.

October at Flear Farm

October is here, and for another year the weather continues to be warm and sunny! We’ve had this weather since sometime around April so we’ve had a glorious 6 months. We had a total of 10 minutes of rain in September but our flowers and shrubs are still looking happy and so are our families.

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The BBQ terrace today

It was a total beach day today and reports were coming back of several families swimming in the sea too!

Little boy packed and ready for the beach this morning.

Little boy packed and ready for the beach this morning.

 

 

A big welcome to George the Pony!

This week we have welcomed George as a new addition here at Flear, he’s a beautiful Welsh Grey pony with a lovely personality and a fondness for attention and carrots.

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George showing-off.

George has been busy getting to know Abby and Gemma who have been bossing him around quite a lot it seems.

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At home in the pony paddock.

Thanks to young Katie for riding him bare-back through the village to get him here safely!

Our Bluebells are coming out in Flear Wood

Flear Wood is becoming awash with these beautiful flowers in their millions!

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A view from the path…

We still have some cottages available for a break this Spring. If you are already booked to stay with us, you must put some time aside to wander through this truly magical place.

The duck pond at Flear last week.

Thanks to the Shaw family who stayed with us last week for this great photo of a pair of geese cooling-off on the duck pond. Lovely!

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Spring has sprung! There are bumblebees as big as golfballs and frogs in the Stream.

As soon as the last of the Winter storms blew over, the Sun has been a firm fixture here in South Devon and so we’re suddenly all drawn once more – back to a water’s edge…

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The flowers are springing up everywhere, birds are chittering and the Stream bubbles along happily.

There are a few special spots by the stream that are perfect for mini earth-works, playing pooh sticks and finding frogs. 

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Surveying the lie of the land (and sea), prior to the work commencing…