The stunning World Heritage Jurassic Coast stretches right into east Devon and, just a few miles inland from magical Budleigh Salterton on the coast, over Woodbury Common with its Iron Age fort on the skyline and close to Coleridge's historic home town of Ottery St Mary, a dedicated meadow at Knightstone Farm awaits you - the setting for Beaver's Lodge, a safari tent for four and Otter's Holt, a shepherd's hut also for four set at angles to each other for privacy.
This wonderful glamping site is in an enclosed meadow of approximately one and a half acres. Here you will share the setting with an intriguing range of wildlife; foxes, deer, badgers, an otter if you are lucky and, quite amazingly, the wild beavers that live secretly by the river bank - really!
At Beaver's Lodge you can lie back under the stars from your own wood-fired outdoor hot tub or enjoy al fresco cooking on the fire-pit. This spacious safari tent sits in a private, enclosed corner of rolling hillside with glorious views, and boasts a wonderful range of mod-cons on site. From running hot and cold water, comfortable beds and a fully fitted kitchen to a log-fired range and shower-room with shower, wash-basin and a proper flushing toilet, it has it all!
Park up at the end of the track, load your things into a wheelbarrow for the final few steps, open the gate and take in all that is on offer here.
You will have a real taste of self-sufficiency at Beaver's Lodge as there is no electricity; instead, a generous supply of firewood is provided throughout your stay for the range, which will keep you cosy and warm and doubles as a cooker. Your first bag of logs for the hot tub is included and the Owner will top-up your supplies as required - all at a very reasonable cost.
There is a solar panel to power the lighting in the living-room and shower-room (and you can also charge your mobile if needs be) and there is a two-ring and grill camping gas stove on the deck (under canvas cover) for al fresco cooking. The large, south-facing deck at the front of the tent has fabulous views and is a great place to start or end your day of adventures. There's even a little cabin in one corner of the meadow, which houses a book exchange and a few games to play, as well as doubling up as the log store.
Knightstone is a working family farm and therefore cattle from the dairy herd will be grazing in some of the fields, but the glamping meadow is completely enclosed.
On your doorstep, for you to explore and enjoy, are a further 60 acres of farmland, including a wide curve of the River Otter where nature has created an 'island'. Wander through a little copse where steps lead down to a bridge over a spring-fed stream that feeds a beautiful wildlife lake, set in a spacious meadow complete with enclosed play area, picnic table and swing chair. The wildlife lake is completely fenced but the river, though shallow and sandy in places, is not, so please take care. Walk on through the fields to pick up the ancient travellers' paths to Ottery St Mary (just a half-hour stroll) or further on to the traditional village of Tipton St John, where there is an excellent pub.
Open plan living-room with kitchen and dining areas. Wood-fired range
Bedroom 1 with double bed (4'6'')
Bedroom 2 with twin beds (3')
Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Deck with fridge and double ring camping stove/grill (both gas-fired)
Please note that the property may be unsuitable for babies during the months of October to April due to the colder weather. The power at Beaver’s Lodge is solar-powered and therefore limited - there is enough power for the lights and to charge a phone. The owner has kindly provided an in-car hair dryer for guests’ use.
- Regret no pets
- Travel cot and high chair
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Hot tub
- Private parking for 2 cars
- No smoking
- Pub 1 mile
- Patio furniture and fire-pit barbecue
- Logs for range
- Logs for the hot tub – first bag included thereafter £5 per bag pay Owner (At cost)
Beaver's Lodge and its wood-fired hot tub sit at the top of a gentle slope.
The hot tub is positioned around the far side of the safari tent for total privacy.
The fire-pit barbecue is perfect for cooking up a yummy supper or toasting marshmallows under the stars.
The lovely open plan interior.
The deck is a perfect place for relaxing with a good book.
Looking from the bedroom areas to the front of the tent.
A light and airy space, with plenty of room for everyone.
There are comfy sofas to relax on.
What lovely countryside views from the deck.
There is a log-fired range for cooking and heating, as well as a gas oven with two rings and a grill on the front deck.
The delightful double bedroom.
The pretty bedrooms are located at the back of the tent.
The second bedroom has cosy twin beds.
Lovely linens and towels are, of course, provided.
Looking through from the twin bedroom to the living space.
At the rear of the safari tent is a shower-room with hot shower, proper flushing toilet and wash-basin too.
The owner has thought of everything here - there are even hot water bottles for those chillier nights.
Fresh eggs are on offer too, perfect for adding to your morning fry up - a must when on holiday!
The kitchen is well-equipped, with all you could need for your luxury glamping holiday.
The owner kindly provides a wonderful hamper for guests that are staying 7 nights or more.
There are lovely touches throughout, to make you feel at home.
Lovely details everywhere you look.
Holidays are all about losing track of time and totally enjoying the experience.
There is a gas fridge and a gas combination oven out on the deck, as well as a table for food prep - perfect for al fresco cooking and dining.
What will you cook up? The fire-pit is such a lovely feature of the glamping experience.
Enjoy lighting the stove and heating the water for an open-air hot tub experience. A large basket of logs can be purchased from the owner for £5.
These wooden steps lead from the glamping site down to the lower meadow which has an enclosed play area, lake and network of footpaths beyond.
Take a picnic or relax on the hammock in the lower meadow, it's such a beautiful setting.
There is an enclosed play area in the lower meadow.
Lots of fun to be had here!
The pretty, fenced pond on-site (please take care with children).
The lower meadow is where you can see the lakes and trees, and the whole area around it is for guests' sole use. The glamp-site can be seen above with Ottery St Mary in the distance.
A fabulous setting, with both retreats enjoying lovely views, just a short drive from the east Devon coast.
Follow the footpaths into Ottery St Mary - a pretty little local town with an excellent range of shops for local produce.
The World Heritage Jurassic Coast starts in east Devon - this is the beach at the western end of Sidmouth. There is sand at low tide!
This is the fabulous pebble beach at Budleigh Salterton - this place will be a favourite with all the familiy. Best Fish and Chips in east Devon too!