Beaver's Lodge Safari Tent
Ottery St Mary
Glamping in Devon with a hot tub: From stargazing to bird watching, go wild in the country at this gorgeous safari tent - but you won't miss out on life's little luxuries, either. Glass of bubbly in the hot tub, anyone?
City slickers - attention please! Do you dream of freedom on your daily commute? Is every day full of stress and hassle? Are you yearning to get away from it all, to chill out, relax and simply be? Well, you've come to the right place. Because it's all about getting close to nature at Knightstone Farm's gorgeous glamping safari tent - which comes complete with its very own wood-fired hot tub. There's nary a tablet or laptop in sight (with no electricity in your luxury tent, you'll have absolutely no pressure to check those emails, though you can charge a mobile via the solar panel if you really have to…). Instead, in this remote rural idyll you can slow right down, switch right off and do nothing but breathe in the country air while enjoying the peaceful views of rolling hills and woodland.
Sit still enough for long enough and you may spot all sorts of wildlife around and about, from herons, deer and badgers to an otter (if you're lucky) and, incredibly, even wild beavers that have made a secret home by the river bank. Bliss. There's even a little cabin, complete with book exchange, games to play and wood store.
It all starts when you arrive at Knightstone Farm, in a little valley above the winding River Otter, where you'll find the farm's private track. Park up and transfer your kit into a wheelbarrow for the last few steps - and roll across to the superb safari tent, sitting in the corner of an enclosed one and half acre meadow. It's shared with Otter's Holt Shepherd's Hut, but don't worry, they're set at angles to each other to ensure maximum privacy. Outside, a large, south-facing deck looks down to a pretty copse, where a gate leads to a stream and on to a wildlife lake, while dairy cattle graze the nearby fields.
The hexagonal hot tub - yeah, baby! - is to one side, sheltered by a hedge, and is fired by a wood-burner (your first bag of logs is included and there's a small extra charge if you need more). Inside, there's a roomy living area with comfy seating, a dining table and chairs and a kitchen with a proper worktop and cupboards, plus a log-fired range for warming those cockles and cooking up yummy meals - with a generous supply of firewood provided for your whole stay (incidentally, on the covered deck there's also a fridge and a double gas ring and grill for those times when you're desperate for a quick cup of tea or a sausage sarnie).
Just because you're wild at heart it doesn't mean you'll miss out on any modern comforts, so there's also a double bedroom, a twin bedroom, a walk-in wardrobe/store room, and a separate shower-room with a flushing loo and lovely hot shower. We've said it before but we'll say it again. Bliss.
Whether you want to watch the sun rise from your verandah or gather round your fire pit to admire the sun set, the quiet beauty of this unique place will capture your heart. Listen for an owl or a fox, bird watch, fish the private lake, spot the constellations in the starry night sky or explore the 60 acres of farmland around, including a wide curve of the River Otter (do watch out for small children by the water, though). There's no agenda here; it's all just up to you.
Please note that the property may be unsuitable for babies during the months of October to April due to the colder weather. The power at Beaver's Lodge is solar-powered and therefore limited - there is enough power for the lights and to charge a phone. The owner has kindly provided an in-car hair dryer for guests' use.
Out and About
At Glamping at Knightstone you're just a few miles inland from the stunning World Heritage Jurassic Coast, not far from picturesque Budleigh Salterton, the Iron Age fort of Woodbury Castle and even - should you feel you're missing out on some urban action - the bustling city of Exeter. Alternatively, without expending too much energy you might wish to wander through Knightstone's fields, which include a beautiful meadow with lovely lake (please take care with kiddies), enclosed play area, picnic table and swing chair, and pick up the ancient riverside travellers' path to historic Ottery St Mary, birthplace of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, or head in the opposite direction to the traditional village of Tipton St John - don't miss the Golden Lion for a refreshing local ale.
Steps up to the open plan living-room with kitchen and dining areas. Small gas fridge and wood-fired range. Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds. Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin.
Availability, reservations and pricing : £418 to £1044 per week
All prices are £ per week per cottage. Where applicable the prices are inclusive of VAT. The prices are specified for Saturday changeover dates.
For weekly holidays or short breaks beginning on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday the price for the following Saturday applies. For those beginning on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday the price for the previous week applies.
Bed linen and towels are included in the price. In addition, many cottages also include electricity and central heating within the price and this should be taken into consideration when comparing prices. There are no extra charges for cots or high chairs where they are listed in the property description on the Web site.
A non-refundable booking fee of £38 is payable per booking.
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