Nestled on the slopes of a two acre field full of buttercups, our luxury canvas lodges are perfect for families and friends and each sleep six. There are three tents, Bovey, Dart and Tamar (named after our favourite Devon rivers), each facing in a slightly different direction to make the most of the awesome views.
- Bovey is the first tent, high up in the corner of the field. It looks down over the valley and across to the children’s secret play area, so you can keep an eye on them having loads of fun. Dogs are welcome in Bovey and in 2017 there is an option to have a wood fired hot tub with a heater set up outside your tent for the duration of your stay. Get it to 36 degrees via the wood burner on your first night and it will stay at that temperature all weekend!
- Dart is in the middle of the field, and has a particularly high deck. You get lovely views of the windmill tower in the distance. No dogs allowed in Dart and all bedding is hypo-allergenic.
- Tamar sits at the far end of the field and has a view up Brownscombe hill – great for spotting deer in the morning mist. Dogs are welcome in Tamar and there is also an option to have a wood fired Dutch tub set up outside your tent for the duration of your stay.
There’s plenty of space (over 30 meters) between each one, ensuring your privacy. You don’t have to talk to your neighbours if you don’t want to – but it probably won’t be long before your children make friends and you’re all getting together, sipping wine and toasting marshmallows over the fire pits provided for each tent. The site is car-free for total tranquillity, once you have unloaded your car outside of your tent and returned it to the car park – no need for wheel barrows, unless the children insist!
“this is the type of holiday that childhood memories are made of and your attention to detail and comfy beds have made it perfect for us too!”
This is camping, but not as you know it
About as far away from a cramped, cold, leaky, flapping bit of canvas as you can get, these safari tents are spacious and luxurious with a wood burning stove and ensuite bathroom.
Each has two bedrooms – a double and a twin – plus the sweetest cabin bed in the living area. Comfy beds and sumptuous bed linens make certain everyone will sleep like a baby – especially after all that fresh air. There is even a socket to charge your phone or to use a hairdryer, next to the bedside light.
A sitting area features a day bed piled high with cushions, and there’s a roomy dining space and a cooking area kitted out with everything you’ll need. No worries about where to store the milk or how to make supper: there’s running hot and cold water, a larder fridge, electric hob and a large, log-fired range for both cooking and heating.
Last but by no means least, an en suite shower-room has piping hot water with organic paraben free hair and body wash products and there’s also a separate cloakroom with a proper flushing loo and a wash-basin with delicious handmade Cornish soap and hand cream.
Closer to nature
Each safari tent is built on a raised platform, with a huge timber deck. There’s plenty of space to kick back and relax on the Adirondack chairs. Read a book, nap, sip a coffee or do nothing but stare up at the sky, watching the scudding clouds or, at night, the twinkling stars (no light pollution here).
At dusk you may spot the barn owl hunting in the valley or catch a glimpse of a deer in the early morning mists.
In fact, the wildlife here is amazing: rabbits, foxes, badgers and many types of wild bird, including the rare cirl bunting. And you never know, you might just spot the even rarer greater horseshoe bat. We have bird boxes for our Barn Owl and Kestrels, and as you drift off to sleep you will probably hear our resident Tawny Owls as they patrol the valley.