A dreamy escape at Polly the Lorry

Penned on the 31st May 2024

A dreamy escape at Polly the Lorry

As the working week drew to a close, we excitedly found ourselves winding our way through the picturesque Devon countryside to our perfect hideaway for the weekend: Polly the Lorry, a beautifully converted horsebox. Nestled in the quaint village of Chittlehampton, where our only neighbours were the resident sheep and horses, we drove down the farm track and were greeted by our wonderful hosts. Wheelbarrow full of belongings, Nikki, Olly and Poppy led us down through the field where Polly the Lorry was tucked away in the private corner. 

Welcoming up to four guests, Polly the Lorry is a dreamy hideaway for couples and families alike, and is well-equipped with everything we could want for the perfect weekend getaway. 


An alfresco table at golden hour. A game of dominoes is in progress and there is a glass of white wine and a board of snacks sitting on it too..


With gorgeous, sunny weather, we quickly settled in as we explored the wonderful outside space with a glass of wine in hand. Soaking up the warm late afternoon sunshine meant the raised decking, with mesmerising views, became our haven for the evening. With the sound of birdsong filling the air, we got stuck into the variety of games available for guest use, letting out our competitive sides. With the lorry being off-grid this was a fun way to spend our evening.


A silver kettle being heated over the flames of a fire pit.

As the sun began to set and the stars started to fill the sky, we lit a match on the large fire pit. Wrapping ourselves up in a blanket, we used the outdoor stove kettle to warm up some water for our complimentary hot chocolate sticks. Whilst waiting for it to bubble away, we set to heating our fluffy marshmallows on the fire, a pastime which you are never too old for. Hours passed listening to music and chatting and once the sun had finally set and the firelight was burning low, we got ourselves ready for a restful night’s sleep. Using the hot shower and bathroom facilities in the separate smaller horsebox next to the main lorry, we headed back to Polly to nestle down for the night, climbing up the steps to the raised bunk ready to rest up for the following day’s adventures.


A view of a table surrounded by trees. There is breakfast laid out on the table. The sky above it is blue.

As the morning sun peeped through the curtains, I popped on my shoes and headed down to the private woodland area only for the use of guests staying at Polly. Listening to the sound of the birds whilst sipping my warm cup of coffee was the perfect morning of escapism. The neighbouring sheep also stopped by to wish us a good morning. 


The views from Polly The Lorry. There is a village surrounded by fields, with a hill rising in the background.

With the day ahead and the sun shining, we put on our walking boots and headed to the lovely village of Withypool. Here we walked along the picturesque footpath, passing by animals, streams, and meadows, taking in every ounce of the beauty around us. Once we had worked up an appetite, we made our way back to Withypool to the charming tea room. Sitting in the sunshine, we enjoyed a nice refreshing drink and a bite to eat  - the perfect pitstop for our adventure.


There is a bathtub in the foreground, containing water and bubbles. The wall next to it is made of corrugated steel. There is a bench in the corner with a blanket and a lit candle. 

We headed back to Polly ready for some relaxation. We found ourselves drawn back down the woodland area - our new favourite spot to enjoy a glass of wine before spending the evening at the local pub in Chittlehampton, 'The Bell Inn’. Following the footpath from Polly, across three fields we reached the local pub and enjoyed our delicious evening meal, listening to the friendly locals and feeling part of the community.  Returning to our hideaway felt like the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the newest addition of the alfresco bathtub. The sheltered space, previously home to the resident pony, means you can relax and enjoy your beautiful surroundings in all weather. Lovingly created, with complimentary bubble baths and salts, fairylights and a speaker, this was the most idyllic spot to end the day.


A path runs through a patch of woodland. There are trees on both sides and the sunlight is dappled through the leaves as it falls on the footpath. 

Not wanting to depart from this piece of paradise, we made the most of the sunshine and our last morning with a leisurely breakfast on the decking. While waiting for the gas kettle to whistle, we warmed up our pastries and took in our beautiful setting that we were so lucky to call home for the weekend. In the distance we were able to spot the historic village church, with every view from Polly as picture-perfect as the next. We then decided to explore the owner’s private woods, where we enjoyed a small circular walk, ideal for those with canine companies to stretch those morning legs with the ease of being close to Polly.


A view of Polly the Lorry, a horsebox which has been converted into accomodation. There is a raised deck outside with a table and chairs on it, shaded from the sun by an awning.

As our final morning came to an end, we bid our beautiful hideaway a fond farewell, leaving with amazing memories of a perfect staycation. Discover more about the lovely Polly the Lorry here.



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