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 Otter's Holt, a shepherd's hut for four and Beaver's Lodge, a safari tent also for four.
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! Otter's Holt is a beautifully handcrafted shepherd's hut with a king-size double bed and pull-down/up bunk-beds (2'6" wide) within its clever, space saving design.
The fully fitted kitchen includes a mini fridge and mini oven with double hob (run on gas), and there is an en suite shower-room with shower, wash-basin and proper flushing loo. Set at an angle to Beaver's Lodge you will feel quite private and have your own large patio area - complete with a wood-fired hot tub and table and chairs to the front and sun loungers and delightful pizza oven to the side of the hut - a great place for soaking up the sun and enjoying the fabulous views and sounds of the countryside.
You will have a real taste of self-sufficiency at Otter's Holt as there is no electricity; instead, a generous supply of firewood is provided throughout your stay for the wood-burner, which will keep you cosy and warm (the hut is fully insulated too). There is a solar panel to power the lighting and charge your mobile if needs be. 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 even a fire-pit to complete the scene for this very special glamping experience. A little cabin in one corner of the meadow 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, dining and bedroom areas. Wood-burner, gas cooker (two ring hob and mini oven), mini gas fridge, king-size double bed (5') and pull down bunk-beds (2'6" recommended for children only)
Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Please note that the hut may be unsuitable for a baby during the months of October to April due to the colder weather. Otter's Holt can comfortably sleep 2 plus a cot, or 4 persons without a cot (due to limited space). The power at Otter's Holt 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 1 car
- No smoking
- Pub 1 mile
- Patio furniture and fire-pit barbecue
- Logs for the wood-burner
- Logs for the hot tub – first bag free thereafter pay Owner £5 per bag (At cost)
- Logs for the pizza oven (At cost)
Otter's Holt with its wood-fired hot tub, pizza oven and patio area with fabulous countryside views.
What a delightful retreat!
Enjoy a dip in the hot tub while the pizza is cooking in the oven - bliss!
What a great facility to have! Logs for the pizza oven can be purchased from the owner for £5 a bag.
The living space is surprisingly spacious.
There are fabulous views from every window (and the stable door too!).
The king-size double bed is positioned at one end.
The hut is very light and spacious and enjoys fabulous countryside views.
The kitchen window looks out over the patio and farmland beyond. There is a two-ring hob and mini oven and a gas fridge.
The quirky bunk beds are 2'6~7 wide (recommended for children only).
The bunk-beds can be used as a sitting-area too (the top bunk lifts up).
Great views from every angle.
Including the en suite shower-room window too!
The en suite shower-room is beautifully fitted.
In true luxury glamping style, there is hot running water, shower and proper flushing loo.
The cosy little wood-burner will keep you warm on cooler days (logs are inclusive).
More lovely homely touches.
And decorative pieces.
The bunk beds even have reading lamps for your convenience.
The owner kindly provides a courtesy pack for stays of a week of more.
A gorgeous retreat (you can just see the roof of Otter Holt's neighbour Beaver's Lodge, both have been made very private from eachother.
Cook up a scrummy pizza and dine al fresco.
There is a fire-pit barbecue provided too, perfect for toasting marshmallows!
Gather round together by day or night, this is a lovely feature.
These wooden steps lead from the glamping site down to the lower meadow, lake and network of footpaths beyond.
Take a picnic or relax 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 natural wildlife lake is in the lower meadow and is fully fenced but please take care with children.
The lower meadow is such a beautiful, spacious setting.
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.
An idyllic rural location for a luxury glamping holiday.