Cheglinch Farm Glamping
Cheglinch Farm Glamping, Fairfield House, Cheglinch, West Down, Ilfracombe, Devon EX34 8NW
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 composting toilets housed in portable wooden structures and the shower block being a wooden, portable structure. So what might look like no-frills glamping facilities will be a godsend to the green brigade.
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.
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, and a wood burning stove. Outside you will find your own private toilet, bathroom 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 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.