Fancy getting back to nature on a camping holiday but without having to erect your own tent in a muddy field or having to share any ghastly campsite toilets (my whole body shudders at the thought!)? Then Dunsdon Farm in Devon has the perfect solution for you by way of a lovely holiday cottage or a much more intriguing ‘glamping-style’ luxury quarry pod. This beautiful historic farm that dates as far back as the Domesday Book is set in beautiful North Devon, close to Bude and the North Cornwall coastline. Made up of 54 acres of grassland, Dunsdon Farm is also connected to the beautiful Dunsdon National Nature Reserve, a rare and protected culm grassland area.
The owners of the farm are really accommodating and happy to help with all your queries before your holiday and during your stay (they even send you a text when you arrive to let you know where they are in cased you need anything). In terms of accommodation, if you don’t fancy being too ‘out-door-sey’ then choose the Old Shippon Historic Luxury Farm Cottage, a beautifully restored stone barn with its own private entrance and garden. The cottage itself which sleeps up to six people, features a beautiful solid oak staircase and has been decorated with a contemporary feel, yet still retains the charm of its historic agricultural past. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous however, the quarry pods, also known as ‘hobbit houses’ are something completely different. Best described as ‘luxury wooden tents’, these quite beautiful, yet simple structures have been designed to keep you cool in summer and warm in winter with carpeting, double glazed windows with blinds, sheep’s wool insulated walls, mains electricity, an electric heater, rug and cool-box (for a nominal fee they can also provide aero beds, pillows, duvets and fitted sheets as well as a cooking stove, pans, utensils and fold down beds). The farm has five quarry pods: two standard size that sleep two and three ‘Supa Pods’ that sleep up to four people. Each pod also has its own private bathroom, with toilet, shower (with lovely hot water even in the coldest months!), sink and wash basin, situated in a block adjacent to the pods, so no need to slum-it and share your shower facilities like you would on a usual camping holiday – bliss!
Things to do
The farm is in a great location, really close to Bude and lots of lovely country pubs and because it’s set in the middle of acres of fields, there is minimal light pollution offering you the chance to glimpse some of the most amazing natural star shows at night – sit back with a hot chocolate or something a little stronger and let the universe remind you of how small you truly are. The surrounding ‘War Horse Country’ (Dartmoor in Devon was host to Michael Morpurgo’s story, War Horse, and the movie was filmed in Dartmoor National Park) offers numerous activities including: visiting the adjoining Dunsdon National Nature Reserve, Ruby Trail or Cookworthy Forest, all great for nature rambles; or you can go sailing, windsurfing and kayaking at Tamar Lakes; or watching sheep racing at The Big Sheep in Bideford, one of North Devon’s top attractions and of course while in Devon you must indulge in one of their fabulous cream teas!
Whether you are looking to relax in your own romantic luxury cottage or you fancy a more adventurous night under the stars with your family or friends in a luxury quarry pod, Dunsdon Farm and the gorgeous North Devon area has it all.
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