Devon eco lodge accommodation, England

“Delicious Devon is a treat for the senses and there's no finer setting for a sustainable self-catering holiday than 21 acres of farmland featuring 3 exceptional eco lodges.”


Accommodation set amongst 21 acres of wildlife managed land | nearby pubs and restaurants | local events list| farm shop with local food 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 | within North Devon’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve | more stars than you'd ever imagine |

Description of Devon eco lodge accommodation, England

We’re proud to be able to offer responsible travellers eco accommodation in our three characterful and comfy eco lodges. Each is surrounded on three sides by trees and faces south onto a Devon meadow.

Nature lovers won’t need to leave the farm, but our eco lodges also offer ideal accommodation that’s within easy access of Dartmoor and the beautiful North Devon countryside.

Our eco lodges in Devon are surrounded by 21 acres of farmland managed as a nature reserve that includes a nationally-recognised ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’. All three of our eco lodges open onto grassland where butterflies flit from April to October, where summer swallows dart above the grass, and where ghostly barn owls often hunt at dusk.

Night times at our eco lodges in Devon are also perfect for wide eyed astronomers. Expect dark skies and no light pollution. The Milky Way bisects the heavens and you’ll be amazed at the constellations on clear nights. We’re open all year round so you can take full advantage of star gazing in autumn’s earlier evenings.

But there’s something special in every season. Spring and early summer are best for wildlife (May and June are spectacular in this part of Devon). We’re perfect for summer family holidays, offering crafts like woodturning, bikes to borrow, boats for the pond, hens to visit, badminton pitch, camp fires, outdoor chess and more. In winter expect peace, quiet and cosy surroundings.

In the past few years our farm has twice won England’s top award for sustainable tourism, achieving Gold at the Visit England awards ceremony in 2012 and 2015. Our Devon eco lodges have also gained gold recognition from both the Devon Wildlife Trust (scheme now discontinued)

We pride ourselves on our genuinely high environmental standards and ensure sustainability is always a core concern. All our energy is 100% renewable (and most is generated onsite). Our subtle upcycled style helps us reuse materials without compromising the quality of your holiday and our recycling and waste management measures also make us recognised leaders in green tourism.

Our eco lodges welcome dogs (maximum of 2 in each lodge). Devon is great for dog friendly holidays, offering plenty of walks and welcoming pubs that serve good food. Just ask for local tips and advice.

Anyone who stays in the lodges is automatically contributing to our conservation work – your stay is what makes it possible to manage the farm for wildlife. Responsible tourism also means contributing to the local economy – and we promote local events and offer lots of ideas for nearby things to do, from exploring on the car free Tarka Trail, to kayaking on the river Taw or learning to surf on North Devon’s beaches.

But more and more we see guests ‘staying in’ and enjoying everything we have to offer on the farm. Many return year on year, often as groups or extended families. We hope you too will become an old friend.


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.
Room description:
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.
Low Carbon:
100% renewable energy (on site wind and PV, plus green grid) and accommodation designed for efficiency. Assistance for car free guests. Anyone can borrow bikes. Free charging for electric vehicles. Some lodges have hot tubs (also powered with renewable energy).

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

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.

But no-one can truly care for wildlife while ignore the climate crisis. So we put sustainability into every aspect of the business and our daily lives, from only using renewable energy to boycotting palm oil and hand-sorting recycling. We always strive to minimise the 'embodied energy' modern consumer lifestyles so easily waste. The farm produces its own clean green energy - and has done for many years now. We generate power with our 11kw wind turbine and solar PV panels. But energy efficiency is equally important. So we analyse our energy consumption and strive to improve efficiency. The lodges 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.

Lower Carbon Travel
Most people come by car, but you don’t have to, and there are ideas for car free adventure days.
Hassle-free electric vehicle recharging point.
All guests can borrow free push bikes for local trips - or we'll help you hire electric bikes for longer adventures.
Free arrival and departure pick up at Eggesford station (4 miles on the picturesque Tarka Line) or the Exeter-Barnstaple bus stop (1.5 miles, Winkleigh Village).

The Impacts of this Trip

Friends and neighbours
We work hard to make sure your holiday 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 and 'days out' ideas from paddling in a stream to taking a 40 mile 'train and bike' adventure (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 holiday, 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 holiday.


18 Reviews of Devon eco lodge accommodation, England

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2019 by

Brilliant....Watching the wildlife in the morning while sitting with a cup of tea. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2017 by

The setting of our accommodation was amazing. Absolutely amazing going to go again and will recommend it to lots of friends. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2017 by

Seeing the voles playing in the meadow was the most memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Apr 2017 by

The farm was fantastic for the kids, we have made lots of memories that we will treasure. Fantastic holiday and would definitely highly recommend. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2016 by

Great. Created some fun memories and yes I would recommend it to a friend. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2016 by

We had a great time in Devon and will come back one day hopefully. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2016 by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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). Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Jun 2010 by

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

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 holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Jan 2010 by

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

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

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