Safari tents

Nestled on the slopes of a two acre field full of buttercups, our luxury canvas lodges are perfect for families and couples. There are four tents, Bovey, Dart, Tamar and Yealm (named after our favourite Devon rivers), each facing in a slightly different direction to make the most of the awesome views and to maximise privacy.

  • Bovey looks down over the valley and welcomes up to two dogs (over one year old). There is a fire pit BBQ and an option to have a wood fired hot tub set up outside your tent for the duration of your stay. Bovey is great for babies and toddlers and those wanting early nights, as it is tucked into the corner of the field  and has a full baby pack included; wooden cot and high chair, baby bath and changing mat.
  • 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. Option to have electric hot tub outside your tent.
  • Tamar sits at the far end of the field and has a view up Brownscombe hill – great for those seeking more privacy. Up to 2 dogs (over one year old) are welcome in Tamar and there is also an option to have an electric hot tub set up outside your tent at 36 degrees for the duration of your stay.
  • Yealm is south west facing and is in it’s own field. It is on flat ground, so ideal if you have a sleeping toddler that you have to carry from the car or if anyone in your party would struggle climbing a hill. It has the option of an electric hot tub set at 36 degrees for the length of your stay. Great for babies and toddlers as full baby pack included; wooden cot and high chair, baby bath and changing mat.

There’s plenty of space (over 30 meters) between each Tent, ensuring your privacy but for families it probably won’t be long before your children make friends and you’re all getting together over pizza night in the Barn. The Glamping field 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 radiators in the bedrooms.

Each has two bedrooms – a double and a twin – plus the sweetest double cabin room. 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 sofa 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 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 and a heated towel rail 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). During the Spring and Autumn we have special couples breaks midweek, when it is particularly peaceful.

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 who both raised chicks this year, and as you drift off to sleep you will probably hear our resident Tawny Owls as they patrol the valley.

A natural wonderland

Berkshire Pigs at Brownscombe Luxury Glamping UK farm

Your children will love it here. They can roam to their heart’s content exploring the Brownscombe site, collecting eggs and helping to feed our friendly pigs, sheep, chickens and ducks. There’s a secret play area and den at the bottom of the meadow, enclosed by a willow hedge and with sawn-off logs for seats. And on rainy days there’s always the games room to fall back on.

Delicious local produce

Six brown and white eggs on a plate

You can order breakfast and barbecue hampers from our little shop, the Brownscombe Larder. Stock up on basics such as bread, milk, bacon and eggs, and try some of our amazing local produce. With a day’s notice we can also provide one-pot meals, so you can return from a boat trip or an outing to the beach to find something yummy simmering on the stove.

Discover Devon

Babbacombe Beach near Brownscome Luxury Glamping in Devon

This really is a great area for a family holiday. We’re just five miles from Totnes, close to any number of stunning beaches. Go walking or cycling, have a lazy day on the beach, or an active one surfing or canoeing. Explore Compton Castle, just five minutes walk away, take a boat trip along the River Dart, or a day out on the steam railway… The choices are endless.