Devon eco lodge accommodation, England
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.
13 Reviews of Devon eco lodge accommodation, England
Reviewed on 14 Oct 2020 by Lydia WatkinsonI really liked this site. The cabins are very comfortable and have a lovely view to the front. Its very relaxed. The owners are very helpful with suggestions for walks or other activities, and there is a supply of OS maps to borrow. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Oct 2020 by Liz LesterSuperb local scenery...It is a nature reserve so is not would not be everybody's ideal but we thought it was perfect Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Sep 2020 by KWBook longer than you think, you won't want to leave! Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Sep 2020 by Mary EdeBeautifully quiet place encouraging eco living. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Mar 2019 by Anna StraussBrilliant....Watching the wildlife in the morning while sitting with a cup of tea. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Aug 2017 by Amanda SmithThe 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 Linda WalkerSeeing the voles playing in the meadow was the most memorable. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Apr 2017 by Louise HironThe 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 Kath CoxGreat. Created some fun memories and yes I would recommend it to a friend. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Aug 2016 by Matthias VenteWe had a great time in Devon and will come back one day hopefully. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Jun 2016 by Rebecca SwarbrickStaying 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 BraceMaggie, 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 StanwellWe'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
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).
PeopleFriends 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.