Unique, welcoming and utterly charming- what guests say about this Hotel in Devon

Here at Sampsons we like to think that we are unique and welcome our guests to so much more than just somewhere to rest their heads overnight.

That’s why we like to read such reviews as this one from guests that stayed with us recently.

“We were totally enchanted by Sampsons Farm and had a lovely room overlooking the garden.

An amazing welcome by hosts Nigel and Sarah who are also around at breakfast time to offer advice on where to go and what to do.


TOTNES- a beautiful, quirky town is only approx. 10 miles away

Food was excellent and all the produce they use is local. Great quality and value for money.


The children loved being able to feed the hens and help gather in the eggs for breakfast. We will definitely be going again as soon as we can.

chicken prepares for afternoon tea, 72dpi

All the rooms are quiet and you can choose between the traditional rooms in the main farmhouse with views out through the thatched roof – or more modern rooms in the outbuildings.

bed room 4




We also offer  Business meeting room facilities & Art Breaks with our resident Artist Sarah Bell.

Our restaurant is open to residents only- but word has got out about how good it is -

so we can now also accommodate small groups for BESPOKE DINNER PARTIES!

Contact Nigel on 01626 354913 or email nigel@sampsonsfarm.com 

Another pleasant weekend break at one of the best Hotels in Newton Abbot!

We always love to read our Tripadvisor Reviews and this latest one is no exception!

Especially as it highlights one of our self-catering options!






“I have just spent a long weekend down at Sampsons Farm with the family, and I must say I have been treated very well by all the staff at Sampsons – they really know how to make you feel welcome with a great family friendly environment.



We stayed in one of their self- catering apartments which had plenty of room and a warm cosy feel , my children love the farm with its chickens and especially the two Pigmy goats- Basil and Rocket.


The food in the restaurant is top class and service second to none , we were so impressed we have already booked our next stay .”





Newton Abbot Hotels Resident Artist- Sarah Bell- has painting featured in More Than TV Advert!

Here at Sampsons Farm, we now have our very own Celebrity!!

Our resident Artist- Sarah Bell has 1 of her semi- abstract paintings featured in the latest More Than Insurance Advert!

The painting featured is called “And Still the Tide Turns.”
It is an original acrylic painting and is a semi abstract of Lamorna Cove in Cornwall, painted in Penzance last summer.
lamorna Cove
It uses many painting techniques: painting with knives, fingers, sponges and  sprays as well as brushes. My wish was to capture the essence  of the light, the churning sea, the wind and rocky coastline of Cornwall.
The original painting is unfortunately not for sale, but exclusive signed,  limited edition canvasses, approx 36 ” x 36″ are available to buy direct from Sarah via sarahbell@sampsonsfarm.com.

Sarah is currently planning a Creative Acrylics painting workshop spanning two days with an optional extra day possible- SO WATCH THIS SPACE!!

Not quite ‘Old Macdonalds’ Farm but this Newton Abbot Hotels a close second!!


We loved reading this recent review on Tripadvisor entitled :

“Old Macdonald would have been proud!”

“My wife and I are part of a fairly large family and while we do look forward to Christmas and New Year with our children and grandchildren, I must admit that it does at times get a little (!) chaotic. I seem to end up surrounded by instruction books and batteries while my poor wife seems to spend hours chained to the oven.

So when the festive dust settles and January rears its wet and windy head, we are more than ready to get away from it all and lick our wounds.

We live in Plymouth so when we noticed an advertisement in our local paper for a short break at Sampson’s Farm in Newton Abbot (less than an hour away), we packed our bags and hit the road.

Room 7

Not having stayed there before, we didn’t know what to expect, although the many reviews on TA ( Tripadvisor) were by and large very favourable. Sadly, the weather was not, but on our arrival we were made very welcome by the owner Nigel and were shown to our room in the barn conversion………..and a very nice room it was. Not particularly large but very warm and cosy, with French blue woodwork and matching striped linen.Add to this a neat bathroom with complimentary toiletries and a small terrace (which would be lovely when the rain stopped) and we were more than happy.


The roaring log fire in the hotel lounge gave us an extra dollop of icing on an already large cake.

Weather permitting, Sampson’s Farm is perfectly placed for the adventurous tourist – The English Riviera (Torquay etc.), Dartmoor and Exeter are all within easy reach and many more local landmarks are only a day trip away.

Dartmoor in Autumn
We had booked our stay on half board and we were so glad we did. The food here is truly excellent. In fact I believe the place made a name for itself as a restaurant with rooms before it became a country hotel. Our evening meals and breakfasts were all terrific. Local produce (including their own eggs) and a top notch chef. Enough said.
Lousy weather……yes. Do I recommend Sampson’s…………as Old M. himself would say……….E-I-E-I-O!!!!”

Old Macdonald

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple

Help us to help you get cheaper UK Hotel Rates!

This isn’t our usual type of blogpost & forgive us if we offend by appearing to be political in anyway- as this isn’t our intention.

We come from a position of trying to help you, the Hotel Guest, Hoteliers throughout the UK and of course ourselves by trying to Cut Tourism VAT  here in the UK -to the much lower rate enjoyed by the Hotels in the European Union.


To lend your support to the campaign, please click here to sign a postcard which will mean cheaper Hotel rates for you; the guest & maybe more importantly, will ultimately go towards creating 80,000 jobs for people here in the UK.


To find out what exactly you’ll be supporting please read the following :-

“Cut Tourism VAT is campaigning for the rate of Tourism VAT to be brought into line with competitor destinations within the European Union.

There are a limited number of areas where EU  rules allow governments to implement a reduced rate of VAT. In the case of tourism the United Kingdom is one of only four countries not to take advantage of a reduced rate.

This means that British families or international visitors choosing a British holiday would pay almost three times as much VAT compared to a French or German break, and twice as much as one in Italy and Spain.

As such British tourism businesses are continuing to lose further ground to our European rivals in attracting domestic and international holidaymakers. The results of this can be seen in struggling popular tourist destinations, especially in coastal areas. Reducing tourism VAT would help lower prices, but also allow businesses to increase investment in these areas.

In addition this measure would increase revenue to HM Treasury. Independent research carried out by a Treasury adviser using the Government’s own economic model has concluded that lowering the rate of tourism VAT to 5% is “one of the most efficient, if not the most efficient, means of generating GDP gains at low cost to the Exchequer that we have seen with the CGE model”. Additional research by Deloitte/Tourism Respect found that such a reduction would contribute an extra £2.6 billion to HM Treasury over ten years and create 80,000 jobs.”

If, like us- you’d like to further register your concern & live locally to Newton Abbot, Devon- then please feel free to contact the following local MPs via Twitter

Hugo Swire (East Devon) can be reached here: @HugoSwire

Mel Stride ( Central Devon) @melstride

Anne-Marie Morris (Newton Abbot @AMMorrisMP

Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon)  @Geoffrey_Cox

Dr Sarah Wolaston (South Hams) @drwollastonmp

(Best to also use the @CutTourismVAT address in your messages.)

Many thanks, in anticipation


Yours truly,

Nigel & the team at Sampsons


What can you expect from a stay at One of the best Hotels in Newton Abbot?

And just where might one of the best places to stay in Devon be, perchance?


Why Sampsons Farm Country Hotel- of course!

Complete Sampsons Farm image

Sampson’s Thatched Farmhouse is indeed older than Shakespeare!


Sampsons provides the perfect retreat in which to relax & unwind.

Built in the 1500′s, the house features medieval oak beams & screens ( which originally separated the areas for family & cattle), inglenook fireplaces with log fires in the winter & even a priest’s hideaway hole!


Set in its own grounds in a sleepy village, Sampsons has been run by the Bell family for two generations & so creating the perfect conditions for a restful holiday or business trip, is second nature to them!


A range of pretty en-suite rooms are available in our purpose designed barn conversions around the courtyard. All rooms have central heating, television, Wi-fi, hot drinks facilities & on top of that, most have country views too!

For a special treat we also have two luxurious suites, one with balconies & sun deck!

IMG_0033 Our ground floor apartment is perfect for families and guests with dogs.

happy dog

Whilst cosy rooms under the Thatch offer quirky, comfy farmhouse accommodation.

bed room 4

After a Good Night’s Sleep

Breakfast is taken in the Farmhouse Dining room. Our happy hens provide the eggs!


Cereals, fresh fruit salad,  a home-made full English cooked breakfast & toast should send you off ready for anything- whether business or pleasure!

For those guests wishing for a constitutional ( with or without a four-legged friend), the River Teign, meandering through the meadows, makes a beautiful setting for walks and it’s just down the Lane!

Dog walking by the Teign



Discover Dartmoor, Archery, Hawking & Falconry and more- all from this beautiful Bed and Breakfast Newton Abbot

Sampsons Farm is a fascinating Hotel, offering B&B, Self-Catering and Residents Only Dining.

That said, should you wish to book a PRIVATE DINNER PARTY – our Chef Bruno will gladly devise a bespoke menu for you; and your guests, so that you can all be welcomed and looked after in the special way that is Sampsons!   Just give Nigel a call on 01626 354913 or email nigel@sampsonsfarm.com


But did you know that apart from boasting an Idyllic setting in Devon, this truly unique Tudor Farmhouse Hotel- also offers their guests the chance to partake in Country Pursuits?   These include  - Accompanied Walks, Fishing, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery, Land Rover Tours of Dartmoor, Bird watching to name but a few……….read more here  




Check out our other gems hidden away here in a very special piece of Heaven in Devon by reading some of our other blogposts!



happy dog

Unique Hotel in Devon that also offers Self-catering and so much more!

There’s a 16th Century quirky little Hotel nr Newton Abbot in Devon, UK called Sampsons Farm that is so much more than just a Hotel!


This is the main Farmhouse building which offers excellent farmhouse accommodation but that’s not all that’s on offer!

Apart from Farmhouse & Courtyard rooms- this establishment also offers a magnificent Penthouse Suite


Seen here with it’s balcony providing guests with  views over Dartmoor

Furthermore Sampsons Farm also offer a Luxury Self-Catering Cottage & a self-contained Self-Catering Apartment.

Self catering kitchen


So whether you want the ease of a Hotel break, or the convenience of Self-catering in South Devon.

Sampsons Farm Country Hotel- ticks all the boxes!

View their latest enchanting Video to check out the ambience for yourself!

Short breaks in Devon- on the trail of ancient Priest Holes!



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Why not stop off here at Sampsons Farm- nr Newton Abbot, Devon, UK as part of an historic tour of Priest Holes in the area.

A Priest Hole is the term given to hiding places for priests built into many of the principal Catholic houses of England during the period when Catholics were persecuted by law in England, from the beginning of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I in 1558.

As Sampsons dates from the early 1500′s it’s not surprising to know that it does indeed have its very own Priest’s hideaway hole!

The property also features medieval oak beams and screens- which originally separated the areas between family & Cattle!


Which now separates our restaurant from our lounge area!


Not far from Sampsons is Bovey House that also boasts its own Priest Hole – so that’s 2 within 5 miles- I’m sure on investigation you’ll be able to fine even more!

Come and discover your very own Hideaway & little piece of Heaven in Devon at Sampsons Farm Hotel, B & B & Self Catering! 

Hotel in Devon holds their 1st Art Workshop of 2014- Sketchbook and Travel Journals

Coming up next Monday & Tuesday the 13th & 14th of January- Sampsons Farm Country Hotel nr Newton Abbot in Devon holds their first ( of many) Art Workshops of 2014.

It will be on- site in their very own Artist’s Studio.


Their very own Artist being resident Artist Sarah Bell.


The first Workshop of the year is entitled

Sketchbooks and Travel Journals

( Taken from Sarah’s own website ) This is an exciting new workshop which is huge fun. We explore lots of interesting and speedy ways of drawing with dry media, then on day two we begin adding colour with tiny watercolour kits, soluble felt pens and pencils. We also go on a little sketching trip to the beach at Teignmouth: a fantastic seaside location with boats and  beach huts galore. If weather is not good we will sketch at a beautiful local Medieval church. Free hard- backed sketchbook included.


Sarah is a professional artist and illustrator, who illustrated the Radio 4 “The Archers Cookbook”,winner of the Gourmand Best British Cookbook of the Year Award. She has been featured on the “Country Lives” and “Arts and Crafts” programmes on television, and wrote and illustrated her popular “Country Tales” column for “Devon Life” magazine for five years.

In her paintings Sarah specialises in vibrant watercolour, and acrylics on canvas, and her work can be found in private collections the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia and Europe. Before her move to Devon fifteen years ago, Sarah trained in illustration at Kingston University, followed by a spell as Artist in Residence for actor Kenneth Brannagh’s theatre company. She then moved to Amsterdam where she worked as a professional illustrator, and a costume visualiser for films.Clients included J Walter Thompson, KLM Airlines, several banks, and the editorial and advertising industries.

With an Honours degree in Illustration and Graphic Design from Kingston University, Surrey and fifteen years of experience of working as a professional freelance illustrator, Sarah is well used to producing high quality, engaging illustration to tight deadlines.

An excellent draftsperson and painter, she has wide ranging experience of working for book publishers, magazines, the advertising and packaging industries, and particularly enjoys creating logos and corporate identities for companies, large and small. She illustrates her own range of greetings cards, and has also just had some designs published by Henhouse Greetings Cards.

She is particularly versatile as an illustrator, as she works in a wide range of styles and techniques: from a free, bold black brush technique; more traditional woodcut effects; bright contemporary watercolours, more delicate pen and wash, and stunning fashion illustration, she is able to accommodate most clients’ illustration requirements.

Right from the initial briefing, to the delivery of final artwork, Sarah has a professional, flexible and good humoured approach to her work, and enjoys a good rapport with her clients, who have included ABN AMRO Bank, Dartmouth Pottery, The Carved Angel, Casa Italia and Ruud van Haneghem.

Would you like to discuss ideas? Email sarahbell@sampsonsfarm.com or call 07866 415111 to have a relaxed, no obligation chat about your ideas.