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Leafy Fields Glamping

UK England South West England Devon Cullompton

  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Family glamping in Devon's Culm Valley that offers an inspiring and safe space for children to play

It was a whirlwind start for Leafy Fields Glamping on the western edge of the Blackdown Hills in Devon. Owners Andrew and Dannie bought the two-acre paddock in the spring of 2016 and by that summer they were already welcoming their first few guests. The success of it – open for just 28 days with a couple of bell tents – confirmed for them just how special their location was and before long they’d re-planted hedgerows, refurbished old stable blocks and transformed the place into the fully-fledged glamping site it is today.

Set next door to a working dairy farm down the small, country lanes of rural Devon, Leafy Fields Glamping is hidden without being isolated. It’s just a few hundred yards to the nearest pub – a proper, low-beamed local built in 1835 – and an onsite shop sells breakfast essentials and West Country ice-cream. It’s a 5-minute drive or pleasant 30-minute walk to the riverside town of Uffculme, too, home to a couple of excellent pubs, a fish and chippie and a supermarket, plus a wonderfully restored woollen mill that opens regularly to the public.

The glamping site itself has been a real labour of love for the family. Formerly grazed by horses, they have transformed the space into a colourful, natural scene. Buttercups grow in abundance, a vegetable garden flourishes and hedges break-up the different pitches that line a central pathway – four spots populated by bell tents and two spaces at the top of the meadow occupied by family-sized safari tents.

Inside, the bell tents have a comfortable double bed for couples and two fold out singles for children, while the safari tents feature several different rooms, a quirky cupboard bed for kids and a spacious living area with sofas, dining furniture and a well-equipped kitchen. And, while the safari tents are fully en suite, every bell tent has its own shower room down in the main stable building area, where there is also a rainy day room with books and board games.

The opening of the glamping site hasn’t meant the demise of all things equine, though. There are still three miniature Shetland ponies that are exceptionally friendly and will nuzzle children’s palms as they spend hours watching them over the wooden fences. It’s one of a number of sensory experiences that Leafy Fields offers that has helped it win the National Autistic Society's “Autism Friendly Award” – the first glamping site to achieve such an accolade. A special sensory room in the stable building and clever touches like lights that change colour in the showerheads all show how they have gone the extra mile. It also shows their shear passion for running a glamping site that’s quite unlike anywhere else you would have stayed before.

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Facilities

Safari lodges have 2 bedrooms, one with bunks another with a king sized bed. There is a cabin bed is in the central living space, along with a sofa, table and chairs. Safari tents have en suite toilet and shower facilities. There is a deck outside. Bedding, lanterns, cooking utensils, pots, pans, crockery and cutlery are all provided, with a small stove, fridge and sink in the kitchen. Bell tents feature a double bed (bedding provided), 2 bedside tables and a blanket box, plus 2 foldaway single beds for children. Again, LED lanterns, cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery, a small stove, sink and fridge are all provided. Toilet facilities are in the nearby stable block and each tent has its own family shower room. Outside you'll find a fire pit (logs for sale), picnic bench and parking area next to you tent. Book a 'silver' tent for plastic crockery or book a 'gold' tent for proper china and the provision of towels and extra sheep fleeces. There's also a children's play area and a garden for use, plus a rainy day room with sofas and board games in the stable block and a laundry area with a coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Sensory room available to book. 3 miniature horses and 2 young cats live on site too.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Large group bookings welcome. The site is autism friendly too. Dogs not permitted.

Nearby

It's just under 3 miles to the Coldharbour Mill (01884 840960) beside the River Culm on the edge of Uffculme, where they invite you to experience a day in the life of a working Victorian woollen mill, producing beautiful yarns and textiles on their heritage looms, as well as telling the story of the Industrial Revolution. Opening times vary and there are special events throughout the year, particularly during school holidays. If you fancy something a bit more lively for the kids, get mucky and muddy at The Bear Trail (01392 881780), 7 miles south of Leafy Fields and a personal recommendation from the owners – "we've enjoyed it many times with our own children; it's well fenced, has good toilet facilities and food is sold on site". The Bear Trail offers an obstacle course with bear pits, zip lines, tunnels to crawl through and more, plus activities for toddlers and for those who don't want to get muddy at all. For more family fun, it's 5 miles to Diggerland Devon (0871 227 7007), while history lovers should drive the 30 minutes to Tiverton, where you can explore Tiverton Castle (01884 255200), visit the Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life (01884 256295), get a picture with the Victorian clock tower on Lowman Green or head just North of town to National Trust-owned Knightshayes Court (01884 254665), a sprawling Victorian mansion with formal gardens. It takes around 45 minutes to drive to the south coast (Sidmouth, Seaton and Lyme Regis are the nearest hotspots) and it's about 55 minutes to the north coast.

Food & Drink

Leafy Fields has an on site shop where you'll find breakfast essentials and local produce, plus little gift items and delicious West Country ice cream – it's at this same shop that you can buy logs and kindling for your campfire. It takes less than 5 minutes to walk to the nearest pub. White-washed Ashill Inn (01884 840506), a Grade II listed building, was built in 1835 and is just 500 metres down the lane. Inside there's a wide selection of craft beers sourced from local Devon and Somerset breweries, a skittles table, darts board and a wonderfully cosy atmosphere, while, out the back, the beer garden is the place to be in summer time.

Opening Times

March–October.

Family Friendly

Leafy Fields have gone the extra mile to accommodate families with autistic members. There's special colour-changing lights in the shower heads, a sensory room in the converted stable buildings, a rainy day room with books, cards and board games and a playground outside, along with the miniature ponies to pet. To keep things safe, the gate to the glamping site its also locked, with guests given a key to it on arrival.

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Accommodation

2 safari lodges (sleeping up to 6 each) and 4 bell tents (sleeping up to 4 each).

Location

Contact Leafy Fields Glamping , Leafy Fields Glamping, Ingleton Farm, Ashill Moor, Ashill, Devon EX15 3NP

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Getting There

Leave the M5 at Junction 27 onto the A38 towards Wellington. Turn right at the roundabout after the Waterloo Inn (before the Old Well garden centre) onto the B3181. Take the second left to Uffculme on Bridwell Ave, continue until the T-junction and then turn left onto Uffculme road. Follow commercial road to Uffculme Square, then follow the road as it bends to the right into Bridge Street, past a church on left and over the bridge. Take the next turning on the right towards Ashill. Take the second right, go straight over at cross roads, then left at the next junction. Then left again at Nibby Cross and left again at the next cross roads, 'Collet Down'. Follow the road towards Ashill. Leafy Fields is on the right after the dairy farm on the very edge of the village.


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