A few weeks ago, the first weekend of the school summer holidays, we packed our bags and headed to North Devon. We love this part of the world, and have visited many times before, falling in love with the rugged coastline of this beautiful region..You may remember our most recent trip here, with Sisterhood, at Loveland, only a few miles from Berridon Farm – and in actual fact, their kids go to the same school. Small world. :)
When we arrived we were greeted by owners Jenny and David, who showed us round. The boys hitching a lift in the trailer to David’s quad bike, over the meadow to our safari style tent. Canvas on the outside, but wooden inside. A tent / cabin. Jenny & David have made the inside so pretty and homely, with a large log burning stove to cook upon and a little oven to the side to heat up food or to cook bread.
The kitchen area is well equipped, with supplies of tea and coffee, and many pots, pans. There is a large leather sofa with views across the field and on the opposite side a huge farmhouse table with mix matched wooden chairs. The whole tent has no electricity, and is lit at night with candles and lanterns, which we found lovely, and made us go to bed once the sun had fully set.
Our first evening meal was already prepared for us by Jenny. A home cooked chicken pie was waiting for us in the cool box. Heating it up in the oven, we enjoyed a lovely meal together looking out over the meadow in the late evening sun.
Each tent had two bedrooms (one double and one with bunk beds) and one ‘cabin’ room – a small raised room off the dining area which housed a small double. My two chose to sleep separately, Ru in the top bunk and Charlie in the cabin. All beds were comfortable and soft, with white linen and thick duvets. Off the kitchen was a loo, but if you wanted a shower and bit more privacy there is a shower block near the farm house (just 2 minutes walk across the field).
In the neighbouring safari tents, were two other families. One from Amsterdam and the other from Somerset. Both had children of similar ages to ours, and so they all ran around the field, playing on the huge tree house and rope swings, collecting eggs from the chickens – all weekend. I love it when that happens – makes life so much easier!
Surrounding the courtyard next to the farm house, are a series of outbuildings and barns with a beautiful flower bed in the centre. At one is the farm shop – with all the essentials, if you need them. Next door is the shower block, and at the end is the games room / breakfast area. Outside the barn is a large pizza oven, which David fired up on Saturday night.
Saturday night was great fun. Wood fired pizza, kids running free and the adults sharing a glass of wine and a chance to chat and relax in the evening sun.
We loved staying at Berridon Farm, it was comfortable, relaxing and we felt connected to nature – which is surely what glamping is all about.
What we loved:
- Cooking our supper on the log stove
- Collecting the freshly laid eggs in the coop
- Listening to the Owl at night
- Chicken pie
- Running free & playing cricket until it got dark
- The Berridon Farm newspaper
What we did in the area:
- Hired a Canadian canoe on nearby Tamar lake
- Collected stripy pebbles on Sandymouth Beach
- Kite flying on Croyde Beach
- Lunch at Baggy Point National Trust
To book your stay at Berridon Farm – please visit their website for details.
Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.