Welcome to Brownscombe Tabernacle, a lovely unique little building, made to a traditional design by a Cornish company, now located in the simply blissful countryside of south Devon.
Based on the historic 'tin tabernacles' used by Methodist preachers throughout the south west, Brownscombe Tabernacle has been created from salvaged materials complete with a stained-glass window in the bedroom and its own bell tower atop the roof. Inside, it is like a grown-up's Wendy House. To guarantee comfort whatever the weather brings, a rocking chair sits in front of a little wood-burning stove, there is a luxurious comfy king-sized bed, as well as a kitchen with a small hob and fridge and a well fitted shower-room. The owner has furnished and decorated this wonderful property to a very high standard. Gorgeous woodland wallpaper - this isn't simply camping - sumptuous bed linens and towels, it's all here. And then just when you thought it couldn't get any better than this outside in a sheltered spot, is a lovely Hikki wood-fired bathtub, what could be better than sinking into the hot water, maybe with a glass of bubbles in hand, and looking up to the gorgeous Brownscombe Hill.
The location is quite frankly idyllic, with open clear skies at night with very little light pollution. Home to an abundance of wildlife, including deer in the early morning mist, rabbits, foxes, badgers and many species of wild birds, such as rare cirl bunting and even rarer greater horseshoe bats - although they are pretty difficult to spot. Lovely long walks on National Trust land, opposite Compton Castle (where they filmed part of Sense and Sensibility) are to be enjoyed before returning to your little haven. This is relaxation at its best and if you can actually bear to tear yourself away, the beauty of the South Hams is close by.
Fantastic beaches, pretty villages filled with thatched cottages, welcoming pubs and restaurants are all within easy reach. Totnes and Dartmouth are close and both offer a wealth of shops, restaurants and the combined river boat and steam railway trip between the two towns is well worth it. Agatha Christie's former home at Greenway is amazing and for a day out even closer to home is Compton Castle run by the National Trust.
However, the joy of this wonderful setting is the peace and quiet, the time to sit back, relax and unwind. The owner does have four glamping safari tents, Brownscombe Cabin (5228) and Brownscombe Roundhouse (5225) on site. However, you are tucked into a natural little dip of a meadow and have plenty of privacy. As you travel past the owner's home, you will spot the shop (Brownscombe Larder) where you can buy basics like bread, eggs and ice cream, as well as purchasing local crafts to take home. If you wish, the owner can also provide barbecue hampers, delicious casseroles served hot in a Le Creuset pot (please order before your holiday), just pick up each night from the barn and take back to the tabernacle to eat.
There is also a games-room with table-tennis and table-football (shared with the other guests at Brownscombe Luxury Glamping). On site you will also find The Lodge where you can book a table to enjoy fondue by the fire, as well as the Brownscombe Barn where pizza nights are hosted in the summer. If you fancy a little pamper during your stay you can book in with the on site beauty therapist for a relaxing massage, manicure and other various spa treatments. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the shared communal areas as well as the car park should you need it. You really must come and see for yourselves; a special place to call home for a little while.
Open plan living-room with kitchen, dining and bedroom areas. Wood-burner with hot plate. 2 ring electric hob, fridge (with ice-box) and king-size double bed (5')
Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Outside Access to
Shared Games-room with table-tennis and table-football
Please note a baby up to six months old (non crawler) is welcome. The extra on site facilities such as; the games-room, pizza barn, The Lodge, the shop (including hampers and hot meals), plus the beauty therapist are only available during the peak season. Please speak with the owner direct or contact our office to find out more. *A cot is not provided, please bring your own carry cot.
- No pets
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Hot tub/Outdoor bath
- Wood-burner/Open fire
- Private parking for 1 car
- No WiFi
- No smoking
- Pub 1 mile
- Garden furniture and fire-pit barbecue
- Logs for wood-burner and hot tub
- Charging point for electric vehicles, at cost (payable directly with owner)
The dreamy wood-fired bathtub completes the unique experience of a stay at Brownscombe Tabernacle.
This quirky abode has been lovingly created using reclaimed materials.
From its gorgeous woodland wallpaper to the pretty stained glass window, this hideaway is full of character.
The sweet kitchen area is superbly equipped.
The sumptuous king-sized bed boasts idyllic views of Branscombe Valley.
Keep toasty throughout the seasons or cook over the wood-burning stove.
Turn on the Roberts Radio, sit back and relax with a glass of your favourite tipple.
Or open the large windows and listen to birdsong on a sweet summers day.
The pretty shower-room sits at the end of the hideaway.
Freshen up after a day of adventures.
A truly captivating retreat.
Get cosy in the sweet wooden shelter complete with pretty festoon lighting.
Blissful views from every angle.
Encompassed by rolling hills in the idyllic south Devon countryside.
The lovely decking area is the perfect secluded spot for soaking up the Devonshire sunshine.
The magnificent bell tower.
Stock up on your daily essentials at Brownscombe Larder, the onsite shop.
Brownscombe pizza nights are hosted throughout the summer months in The Barn.
How does fondue by the fire sound at The Lodge?
And for those looking for a pamper, The Wellness Room is the idyllic spot for some much-needed 'me time'.
Head out and explore the stunning River Dart.
Visit the castle or take a boat trip along the river.
The glorious scenery of Dartmoor.
Enjoy fish and chips on the harbourside at Paignton.
Visit the Golden Hind docked at vibrant Brixham Harbour.