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Berridon Farm Devon – Review

Situated on a working farm with gorgeous Devon scenery all around, the luxury wooden ‘tents’ at Berridon Farm Devon are the ultimate glamping getaway.

An overview of Berridon Farm Devon – Review

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The five luxury tents which were built by the hosts David and Jenny, have been perfectly placed along one edge of an eight acre meadow.

Each tent is nestled amongst beautiful old oak trees and provides just the right amount of privacy.

Berridon Farm

The meadow itself is absolutely stunning and dotted with wonderful mature oak trees complete with tire swings, playhouses, slides, and ladders. And generally heaps of places for children to have adventures.

Berridon Farm

On the other side of the field are animal enclosures with pigs, goats and chickens. The dutiful chickens lay daily and the morning egg collection provides much excitement.

Not to mention the most delicious breakfast too.

Meeting goats in Devon

Berridon Farm – the tents:

The tents themselves have a wonderfully nostalgic charm about them that harks back to yesteryear.

Lovely features adorn the tent. Like a wall-mounted coffee grinder, a vintage hat and coat stand and a box of old-fashioned board games.

On the large table there is an ‘edition’ of the Berridon Farm newspaper. Which serves as a tremendously helpful guest information book. It’s so much more interesting than the ubiquitous plastic binder with plastic pouches exploding with nearby attractions you’ll never visit.

What is particularly helpful is the detail provided on all the local beaches.

Berridon Farm Devon

The first thing you notice inside the tent is the gorgeous and wonderfully comfortable brown leather sofa. Yes, a leather sofa in a tent.

This is what makes Berridon so unique as a camping destination. It ensures that you experience all the wonderful aspects of camping – open fires, slow cooking, no electronic distractions. While at the same time removing all the camping turn-offs – uncomfortable beds, no loo, grotty shower blocks (I’ll come back to the shower block later, if you can call it that…).

Berridon is the sort of place where even the most camping-averse devotee will be ‘turned’.

Berridon Farm Devon

The tents have two really comfy bedrooms. A master bedroom with a large double bed complete with ironed white cotton sheets and duvets, and a second bedroom with a bunk bed.

It also has a quirky sleeping ‘cupboard’ sleeping two which we all wanted to sleep in and was finally decided over a few rounds of “scissors-paper-stone”.

Glamping in Devon

Berridon has the amazing effect of slowing life down. You could easily get into the wonderfully relaxing rhythm – firing up the stove, gathering eggs, long lazy breakfasts with fresh coffee.

However, Berridon is also uniquely placed for plenty of more active pursuits.

There is a plethora of beaches for surfing to suit all abilities, coastal walks, horse riding, and lakes for water sports. The Eden Project is also pretty close by.

Devon Beach

The Food:

The wood-fired stove is the heart and soul of the tent, providing meals, water for tea and coffee, and warmth.

It’s also really fun. Not as controllable as your average hob but produces amazing food Still.

There’s a sink with cold running water, just about every kitchen implement you can think of, and not a cheap bendy knife in sight.

Food at Berridon Farm

The farm pantry provides an enormous selection of essential and non-essential food. From tinned anchovies to fresh croissants.

They also have a good selection of wine, and local cider and ale.

Simply write down what you’ve taken and settle up at the end.

Berridon Farm pantry

Berridon Farm – the “Shower Block”:

The shower block at Berridon deserves a special mention, and will dash all previous perceptions that you may hold of grotty campsite shower blocks.

Stylish green tiles behind a double Belfast sink unit with quaint photos and an old oval mirror.

It’s both chic and vintage at the same time.

Not only are the showers wonderfully hot, but they’re super powerful. There’s also a little cast iron tub that’s been plumbed in that all our children chose to be bathed in.

On our walk back to the tent we were even discussed the feasibility of redesigning our bathroom at home to be a little more ‘Berridon’.

shower block

The best bits of our Berridon Farm, Devon review:

The picturesque setting, slow living, and candlelight after dark. There’s also superb access to some of the best surf beaches in the country.

Worth bearing in mind:

Rather obviously there is a wood-burning stove in the middle of the tent. Those with really small children may want to borrow the fire guard that’s offered at no charge.

There is no electricity in the tent and all the lighting is provided by candles and lanterns.

There’s also a brook running down one side of the meadow so if you have small children you may wish to keep a closer eye on them. But it’s almost too far for even the most adventurous toddler.

Grounds at Berridon Farm Devon

Berridon Farm – child-friendly:

. . . This is child-heaven and with swings, a wendy-houses and a tree house, the biggest problem is getting them to come back.

There are high chairs, cots and fire guards which you can borrow for no charge. All in all this was the most wonderful stay in a unique setting and we can’t wait to return.

Ready to book?

Visit the Berridon Farm website here.

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