Cheglinch Farm Glamping

UK England South West England Devon

Cheglinch Farm Glamping, Fairfield House, Cheglinch, West Down, Ilfracombe, Devon EX34 8NW
Small-scale, eco-friendly glamping on a working Devon farm, and the West Country coast nearby – boasting long sandy beaches and quaint fishing villages

Utter the words "proper camping" and you may start some controversy. Is it possible to have a genuine, camping experience yet still enjoy the odd glamping luxury like a double bed and wood burning stove? Cheglinch Farm Glamping is an eco-conscious site that splits the difference between traditional tenters and over-pampered glampers, by providing off-the-grid seclusion in comfortable canvas – all set in a family-run working dairy farm, amongst North Devon's picturesque agricultural scenery.

To call Cheglinch Farm Glamping a ‘site’ is perhaps a misstatement. The space consists of just three, five-person Lotus Bell Tents, with views across the open meadows and ample space for kids to run free while adults blissfully relax. There’s no huge plastic playground or gaudy reception building, just a car-free sheltered field to connect with nature. "We wish to keep the field as natural as possible, with the minimum environmental impact," says the owner Ella. The small-scale atmosphere makes the place feel remarkably exclusive, with not a soul to disturb you, well, apart from the local family of pheasants, visiting deer, or dairy cows grazing nearby.

The tents – which are set upon wooden standings within their own dedicated 4-acre field – proper beds are made-up ready for your arrival and come complete with blankets, hot water bottles and a wood burning stove to keep you toasty. Everything needed to whip up a good meal is found in each tent's private outdoor kitchen area, equipped with a gas barbecue, as well as cooking equipment and crockery. The eco-friendly focus continues with the ablution facilities, with a private composting toilet housed in a portable wooden structure next to each tent and quirky, private shower rooms within a wooden building across the field.

After soaking in Cheglinch's winning ambiance (be warned, it may take a while), you’re left with North Devon, in all its glory. For a secluded swim, the Victorian bathing pool at the Tunnels Beaches should impress, as it's reached by a network of tunnels, hand-carved through the Ilfracombe cliffs by Welsh miners in 1823. If it’s wilderness you’re after, nothing beats the desolate beauty of Exmoor National Park. With one foot in Somerset, and the other in Devon, Exmoor's attractions include wild ponies, glittering night skies – the lack of light pollution made it Europe's first Dark Skies Reserve – and endless walking routes.

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The Owner Says

At Cheglinch Farm Glamping we aim to enable you to wind down, relax and get back to nature in beautiful rural North Devon, whilst still being able to enjoy your home comforts and the nearby coast.  Our luxurious furnished Lotus Belle tents will comfortably sleep four plus a little one.  They are equipped with proper beds, made up ready for your arrival, wooden cabinets and bistro table and chairs.  Outside you will find your own private toilet, shower room and kitchen area for use by only you and your family during your stay.  Our fire pits are great for toasting marshmallows but you may prefer the gas barbecue for cooking a proper meal! 

The huge field really is a special place.  Sited on our working dairy farm, historically it was a wetland area. However,  it has been sensitively drained, whilst maintaining small pockets of marshland which are great at attracting many different species of insects and birds.  Children love darting around in the longer grass, hiding behind the reeds, playing with the mud kitchen and paddling in the small stream which transverses the field- just make sure they bring their wellies!  They can also collect the eggs from our farm chickens, meet our family of guinea pigs, watch the calves being fed in our nearby calf sheds and try to spot our herd of dairy cows grazing within the hamlet.  You are also sure to see the odd tractor or two going about their summer tasks.  Oh, and don't forget to visit the seaside.  Ilfracombe is just 3 miles away and Woolacombe a 10 minute drive.

We hope that the weather is kind to you during your stay with us but if not you can always take shelter in our play barn.  Here you will find dining tables and chairs, a play area, fridge, freezer, washing machine, microwave and some electric points for charging your phone.
We are open from the beginning of May to the end of September and offer 2, 3, 4 or 7 night stays, with arrivals on Mondays and Fridays.  Prices range from £55 per night per tent off peak to £105 in peak season.

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★★★★★

The natural beauty of the tents and the environment.

Jun 11, 2018 by Debra Christopher

We only stayed for one night but came away wishing we had stayed longer. Ella has displayed simplicity at its best!! The tents are fabulous and all the amenities tick a massive box. We will definitely return.

★★★★★

Fabulous, wish I could keep it a secret!

May 29, 2018 by Mrs_dlw

We spent Bank Holiday weekend at Cheglinch Glamping - it was their opening weekend, so I was a little aprehensive but there was no need. The setting is just lovely, there are 3 gorgeous 'Lotus Belle' tents along one side of a huge field. The tents are massive, there was a double bed and 2 singles, table and chairs and still plenty of space. The beds are full size, really comfy with lovely fluffy bedding and pillows. There is also a box of extra blankets and hot water bottles should you need it. Each tent is on its own large pitch which also has its own compost loo (I was a little dubious!) but they were perfectly fine. There is also your own 'outdoor kitchen' which is lovely - houses the gas BBQ and all the crockery, utensils and cooking bits and bobs your can think off - it was very well equipped. At the top of the field there are 3 shower rooms with sink - these are huge and each tent has there own dedicated shower room for their stay. There is also an area to wash dishes etc and even washing liquid/sponges are provided. The setting is just lovely, on a farm - my children loved seeing the chickens, guinea pigs and calfs. They even collected their own eggs for breakfast. The location of the farm is excellent, just 10 mins from Woolacombe/Morthoe etc. I absolutely loved this place, we had the best weekend, and I can't wait to return!

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