“Delicious Devon is a treat for the senses and there's no finer setting for a sustainable self-catering vacation other than 21 acres of farmland featuring 4 exceptional eco-lodges.”
North Devonís UNESCO Biosphere Reserve | accommodation set amongst 21 acres of wildlife managed land | nearby arts centres, pubs and restaurants | excellent farm shop within walking distance | Tarka Trail | RHS Rosemoor | dogs welcome | visit the hens for egg collecting | mountain and electric bike hire | barbecue, badminton and campfire areas | more stars than you'd ever imagine |
Our top tip:
Plenty of chances to shop locally as an alternative to buying in bulk from the supermarket. Also, wellies and torches are 'must bring' pieces of kit.
4 fully-equipped self-catering eco-lodges featuring the award-winning Balebarn (sleeps 8), Beech (sleeps 6), Nuthatch and Honeysuckle (both sleep 4).
All accommodation is fully-equpped with kitchen, bathroom and living amenities including: wood burning stoves, microwave ovens and TV/DVD players.
Local produce can be delivered directly to your door and there is an excellent farm shop close by as well as a good choice of pubs.
Responsible tourism: Devon eco lodge accommodation, England
Wildlife The past 50 years have seen British farmland wildlife in steep decline. We strive to show that rather than competing with farming, wildlife is an asset. Our business has always been subtly different - it's not about making our tourism income green it's about using tourism to make a living from the land while also cherishing (and restoring) its biodiversity. You'll hear the tawny owls call, maybe see a barn owl, find orchids in the meadows in spring, and sleep as snug as our dormice at night.
Energy The farm produces more clean green energy than its consumes - and has done for several years now. We've achieved that by generating power with our 11kw wind turbine and solar PV panels, but equally importantly by analysing our energy consumption and improving efficiency. The lodges now use 75% less energy per occupied night than the averge UK home. Yet there's nothing particularly high tech or difficult. Come and see how we've done it - Ian is always ready to chat and you might get ideas and knowledge to use when you get back home.
Friends and neighbours We work hard to make sure your vacation also benefits our community - by recommending local pubs, putting you in touch with farm shops, our lovely local wine merchant, and Devon's fantasic produce suppliers. We find you local 'off the beaten track' places to visit -- check out our local events listings and 'days out' blog for ideas from paddling in a stream to taking a 40 mile 'train and bike' adventure -- all with tea shops along the way!
Campaigning for change We also campaign for tourism to 'do more with less', in particular using our green awards and speaking opportunities to challenge the UK tourism industry's obssession with 'luxury'. Of course everyone wants at luxury vacation, but it should come through quality, not disposable consumerism. For us, luxury is a treat to yourself, a fantastic environment, dark skies at night, birdsong in the mornings, a personal welcome and a genuinely rejuvenating vacation.
Reviews of Devon eco lodge accommodation, England
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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 20 Aug 2016 by Kath Cox
Great. Created some fun memories and yes I would recommend it to a friend.Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Aug 2016 by Matthias Vente
We had a great time in Devon and will come back one day hopefully.Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Jun 2016 by Rebecca Swarbrick
Staying at the eco lodge enables the nature reserve to be sustained and there are plenty of local farm shops, a fantastic local butchers (with lovely cheeses as well as very good meat and chutneys) and pubs close by to enjoy!Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Sep 2012 by Jenny Brace
Maggie, joint owner with Ian, took us on a walk through the wet grassland area of special scientific interest. Not only was it interesting from an ecological point of view it was such fun.Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Sep 2012 by Sue Stanwell
We'll remember the brightness of the stars on clear nights with no light pollution, watching bats flying around our lodge at sunset, waking late because it was so quiet and comfortable and the blackout blinds were so good, the ruby red cows really glowing like rubies at sunset, being content to just potter around the farm in the sunshine without getting bored.Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Apr 2011 by Jenna du Plessis
The most memorable part were the ...scones on arrival (they were the best I have ever tasted!), walking around the beautiful country side and the farm...Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Sep 2010 by Sarah Barrett
This is a very beautiful part of the country, and the place where we stayed was quiet and very private. The lodge was well equipped and incredibly warm and cosy even when the weather was wet and windy. We walked, read, cycled played badminton and had a barbeque.Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Aug 2010 by Heather McAdam
We all really enjoyed it - our children loved the freedom and we loved the peace and quiet.....Ian & Maggie were great and made us feel very welcome - really enjoyed the nature walk and pond dipping with Maggie.Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Aug 2010 by Susanna Robinson
Excellent for everyone as we could relax without worry whilst the children ran off their steam. My four children had the freedom to run around and make as much noise as they wanted. They used their imagination in the trees and the lovely tree house that the owner had made for his children, and allowed ours to use.Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Jul 2010 by Jane Huddlestone
Very enjoyable, nice simple accommodation. We had great weather too. Great beaches but a bit of a drive to them (we went to the north and south coasts).
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Reviewed on 30 Jun 2010 by Julie Friend
Just loved being away from it all! Take own towels and take your wellies if you want to explore the nature reserve. nearest supermarket is in Okehampton and although there is a lovely local farm shop it's best to stock up before you arrive.Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Jun 2010 by Katharine Rabson Stark
Being able to feel relaxed, have places that the children can play, feel that you are adding to a natural environment and enjoy the company of other like minded visitors and those who were running the vacation.Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Jan 2010 by Sheila Westwood
Apart from staying in such a quiet, beautiful scenic area we were so lucky to watch a barn owl and sparrow hawk hunting at dawn and dusk outside our lodge.Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Feb 2010 by Ruth Cottington-Bray
A wonderful short break and we did have good weather for the time of year and enjoyed some beautiful walks. Great for the dogs. Lovely people in the community and village, we were made to feel very welcome indeed throughout the
area.Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Mar 2009 by Jo Lacey
Having a selection of bikes at the farm is brilliant for getting around. We used the local village shop. It was great to be able to recycle, compost and know the energy we were using was coming from renewable sources.Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Mar 2009 by Claire Finbow
For the kids I imagine the experience of feeding three very boisterous lambs at a neighbouring farm will be remembered for a long time.
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Reviewed on 21 Feb 2009 by Dee Arinze
We found it all memorable this was the first time we had booked an eco-lodge so that was a really positive experience set in beautiful woodlands. We were met by Ian and some 'yummy' homemade scones made by his lovely wife Maggie, which went down very well after our long journey.Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Feb 2009 by Katy Brown
Very good. Most memorable was the freedom for the children to roam/play safely. Also owner gave us v informative guided tour of their SSSI.Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Jun 2008 by Hannah Reid
Ian and Maggie were hugely hospitable, helping with laundry when the washing machine broke, showing us round their nature reserve, letting our 2-year old play with all their children's toys, letting us help with feeding the fish and cows, letting us collect chicken eggs with them, cooking us lovely scones - the list goes on.
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Reviewed on 03 Jun 2008 by Kirsty Lowe
The log cabin was very cosy with plenty of hot water and spotlessly clean when we arrived. The children loved being in such a rural environment with the opportunity to roam freely and explore the surroundings.Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Apr 2008 by Stephen Perkins
Peaceful, rural, relaxing, away from it all... Just what we wanted.
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Reviewed on 26 Aug 2008 by Helen Veitch
It was very relaxed, a beautiful located cottage - with enough activities to keep our children happy (even in the rain!)
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Reviewed on 10 Apr 2008 by Philippa Silver
The most memorable part for us was seeing an owl at dusk fly along the margin of the meadow whilst we stood on our veranda. We also enjoyed exploring the SSSI ankle-deep in mud. It is quite a magical place.Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Sep 2007 by Claudine Schlieffers
The highlight was the delicious scones on arrival... Excellent - we may be back. This was the first time we used responsible travel, but we will definitely do so again and recommend you highly.Read full review
Reviewed on 28 May 2007 by Glyn Kirpalani
I would say that both the farm and Devon far exceeded our expectations. We had a wonderful family vacation, enjoyed genuine hospitality from Ian, Maggie and family and would not hesitate to return or recommend the farm to other visitors. Read full review