At Just Retreats in Devon we pride ourselves on being a small, family run glamping site, consisting of our bell tent, Gabriel, in a two-acre copse and our shepherd’s hut, Bathsheba located in its own private four acre field. Escape from your busy life by retreating to the comfort of our hidden farm in the heart of the Mid Devon countryside. You will enjoy privacy and seclusion, with sole access. Both are perfect for romantic retreats, and the six-metre bell tent is ideal for families, sleeping up to six. A Devon cream tea will be waiting for you, with our compliments, allowing you the opportunity to relax after your journey while enjoying the delights of a homemade scone with lashings of cream and jam, washed down with a nice cup of tea.
Why not order a delicious homemade dish from the Farmer’s Wife’s Kitchen Menu, so that you can spend your holiday time unwinding in front of an open fire, listening to birdsong or the occasional bleat from a lamb as the sun sets and you sip your favourite tipple? Or perhaps you’ll feel more energetic and fancy a game of tennis or a walk around our beautiful farm? Decisions, decisions! But whatever you decide, we aim to make your stay as enjoyable and memorable as possible.
SHEPHERDS HUT – Bathshea
Bathsheba is set at the top of a sweeping field with incredible views with privacy and seclusion, although you may need to share with our resident owls and hares! When you arrive you will be warmly greeted and shown the way to your secluded and private field. Inside the shepherd’s hut you can boil the kettle for your morning brew on the wood-burning stove which will also keep you warm, should our English weather decide to be less than clement! The fridge is a top-of-the-range large ice-cool box capable of keeping cool for up to 72 hours, although icepacks can be replaced daily if requested. A washing line is provided should you wish to do some hand washing of laundry. There’s quality bed linen and towels to meet our high standards.
OUR BELL TENT – Gabriel
Gabriel our 6 metre bell tent is tucked away in the seclusion of a sunlit glade within an oak tree copse with privacy and seclusion. Inside the bell tent you have a kettle to boil your morning brew on the wood-burning stove. There is access to a fridge/freezer in a nearby barn and there is a large ice-cool box with ice-packs provided. A washing line is provided should you wish to do some hand washing of laundry. We provide all of your quality bed linen and towels.
A Devon cream tea will be waiting for you in the lovely outdoor kitchen and, if the weather is inclement, a fire will also be lit in the wood-burning stove. We can also light the firepit for you if you arrive late, so that you can start cooking your own provisions as soon as you have settled in. There is a wooden teak gazebo which houses the kitchen and dining areas, equipped with all that you need to cook. Essential condiments such as tomato ketchup, tea, coffee, marshmallows, salt, pepper and mayonnaise are also provided.
YOUR OWN PRIVATE WORKING KITCHENS AND BBQ AREAS
Your kitchen area is situated under a gazebo and includes
- Belfast sink
- Work surface and cupboards with crockery
- Condiments such as ketchup, mayonnaise, salad cream, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, teabags, instant coffee, filter coffee, a wine cooler, matches, cling film and aluminium foil are all included
- Firepit with a grill which acts as a BBQ and where you can cook marshmallows and bury jacket potatoes for slow cooking.
- Wooden table with tablecloth
- Two teak reclining chairs
- Coffee table, ideal for relaxing with your favourite tipple and watching the sun go down
- Picnic hamper basket should you wish to picnic somewhere else on or off the farm
YOUR OWN PRIVATE BATHROOM FACILITIES
The flushing loo is situated a little way from your hut or bell tent to offer privacy. There is a gas-powered hot water outdoor shower, which is an amazing experience in itself. Enjoy showering under the trees with the open sky above you, behind a private screened fence. Luxury bath towels are provided. The lighting is solar-powered and we also provide several torches.
Due to the remote location, there is no electricity; however, there is mains water.
WHAT YOU WON’T NEED TO BRING
We hope that we have thought of all the essentials, as well as some of the little things that make a mini-break memorable, so we have also included Faith in Nature shampoo, conditioner and bodywash along with torches, boardgames, puzzles, magazines, firelighters and plenty of logs. You may wish to bring wellies as the field can be very dewy in the morning. Oh, and don’t worry if you forget your toothbrushes: we can provide emergency spares!
THINGS TO DO ON THE FARM
There is a secluded tennis court should you wish to have a game. We have adult and child sized tennis rackets and plenty of balls for use at no additional expense, so…anyone for tennis?!
The farm has wonderful walks with outstanding views across the Devon countryside with both Dartmoor and Exmoor often visible. On a clear day you can see the peaks of Hay Tor, Dartmoor, from our famous ridge walk. There is a public footpath along this ridge which runs along one of the farm boundaries. So bring your walking boots or wellies and enjoy the delights of rural Devon.
Listen out for the following birds: the buzzard’s far cry from high above you, the pheasant’s echoing call, the raven’s distinct, haunting croak or perhaps the hoot or shriek of an owl. You may even be lucky enough to see a barn owl or a tawny owl (both spotted by guests on 2 July 2016) as we have both resident on the farm. Other wildlife that you may see includes sparrowhawks, buzzards, roe deer, badgers, foxes, stoats, weasels, hare, partridge, grass snakes and slow worms. (Don’t worry: we’ve never seen an adder… they like moorland!)
Depending on what time of year you come, you can see amazing flora. In March we have a paddock of dazzling daffodils; in May look out for beautiful bluebells among our woodland areas; in early June visit our lavish patch of wild orchids, both the common spotted and the early purple; and of course we have an abundance of foxgloves and a plethora of daisies in our Wedding Wood.
THINGS TO DO IN THE LOCAL AREA
- Shopping at Bickleigh Mill
- Thornes Farm Shop
- Creation Arts Centre
- Red earth Gallery
- Yearlstone Vineyard
- The Tivoli Cinema
Bell Tent from £65 per night
3 and 4 night stays from £250 and 7 nights from £450
Minimum stay three nights
Prices are per stay and based on two adults sharing. There is an additional charge of £5 per child, per night.
Shepherd’s Hut from £60 per night
2 night stays from £170
3 night stays from £195
4 night stays from £240
Minimum stay 2 nights
The price includes total privacy at your site, bed linen, towels, logs, kitchen cupboard essentials and a Devon cream tea upon arrival.
Please kindly note that bank holiday weekends are a minimum booking of three nights
Devon Cream Tea – food allergies can also be catered for, with advance notice
The lighting is solar-powered and we also provide several torches.
Times are check in at 4pm and check out at 10am
Bell Tent check in days are Fridays and Mondays
Shepherd’s hut check in days are Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays.
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