I feel refreshed. For the first time in over 6 months, my brain is a little calmer. We’ve just returned from 2 days in rural Exmoor, on a Digital Detox at West Withy Farm. Ian and Lorena invited us down to come and enjoy the tranquility at West Withy Farm Cottages. With a focus on switching off and enjoying the surroundings and nature, I knew a digital detox was just the thing I needed.
West Withy Farm is located around 20 miles west of Taunton. The cottages are set within the 23 acre farm, the nearest neighbour is half a mile away. The cottages were converted from two Exmoor stone barns in the mid 1980’s to create charming holiday cottages perfect for a quiet getaway. West Withy Farm have been welcoming visitors for 30 years.
Each cottage oozes character – from huge beams to 50 cm solid stone walls. The cottages are now complemented by modern internal facilities. With a lovely kitchen space, dining corner and lounge, plus bedrooms with oh-so-comfy beds. All the cottages have their own garden, ours had a view of the pond so we could watch the geese from the kitchen in the morning.
We arrived and were greeted by Ian, who showed us around. He explained they collect their own rain water, which supplies the cottages. They also make their own bread, butter and jam, and grow many of their own fruit and vegetables. They have cows, horses, sheep, geese and many other animals in their farm. He had even thought to arrange a telescope for us, in the hope we could catch some star gazing time in, but unfortunately the clear skies were not in our favour and it was cloudy both evenings.
After a lovely, deep nights sleep, we spent Saturday exploring Exmoor and the surrounding Devon areas. We walked over the misty, foggy moors and up to Dunkery Beacon. Unfortunately the impending weather meant we couldn’t see much, but it was good to stomp around the soggy moors, walking in the dregs of the March snow that had fallen the week before. We headed on to Lynton and Lynmouth, two small villages sitting on top of each other on a cliff, connected by a very steep path or a cliff railway. We found a cosy pub to grab an early lunch, and then headed for a walk along to the Valley of the Rocks. We spent the afternoon exploring the coast path as the weather lifted slightly. We arrived back at Withy Farm, tired and content, hoping to see some stars, but the clouds hadn’t lifted enough for us to view anything other than dark, black mass.
After a lazy Sunday breakfast of Ian’s homemade bread and damson jam it was time to say goodbye to Ian and West Withy Farm. We left the peaceful countryside and headed back to the coast to explore more of the South West Coastal path. The clouds had cleared and we spent the day walking the coast, stopping at rocky bays and taking in the views across to Wales. We arrived home that evening rested and calm. I kept my phone off for the evening and enjoyed the last few moments of switching fully off.
Since this trip, I am so much more aware of how much time I spend (waste) on my phone. I love Instagram and the other social channels are an important part of having my blog, but switching off now and again is so good. I’ve noticed an increase in my energy levels since spending less time on my phone. Will you try a Digital Detox sometime soon? I am thinking once a month, who wants to join me?
Disclaimer – West Withy Farm Cottages invited me to come and stay and enjoy a Digital Detox at West Withy Farm. I was not paid to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.