Hartland, Devon EX39 6AT
Having toured the world as hotshot designer duo Griffin, fashionistas Jeff and Karina decided to trade in the glamourous world of haute couture for the simple pleasures of rural Devon. And what a spot they found. Nestled between the lush undulating hills and wild North Devon coast, Loveland Farm is six acres of pastoral paradise. The small holding's 19th century farmhouse and ancient out buildings are today home to your wonderfully accommodating hosts and their design studio.
In keeping with tradition, the Griffins have a veritable menagerie of animals onsite including Oxford & Sandy Black pigs, Indian Running ducks, Alpacas and even a pair of Asian Water buffaloes (Bella and Shaggy) who spend their days beautifying in the stream at the bottom of the field.
Accommodation-wise, guests are truly spoilt for choice. Loveland's wholly inclusive ethos means tents, tipis, yurts, campervans and caravans are all welcome, without the site ever feeling cluttered. You can also bring your pooch – the Griffins have their own friendly pointers, Charlie and Luke.
Five uniquely designed pods mean there's accommodation to suit all sorts. The Popla Pod sleeps two adults and is perfect for those wanting their own exclusive getaway. The Welcombe Pod sleeps up to four in a bright and spacious dome. The mammoth twin Eden and Hartland Pods sleeps six a piece – both contain a gorgeous handmade tipi.
New for the 2017 season, Loveland's latest additions are a trio of beautifully finished tipis. Plotted atop wooden decking and furnished with cosy rugs, spacious double bed, and wood-burner to enhance the cosiness, these Nordic-tinged tipis offer camping with a luxurious twist. Tipis tenants have access to all the little extras that really make a stay at Loveland hassle-free, including a brand new communal kitchen (with wood-fired pizza oven), proper showers, and award-winning compost loos.
The catwalk queen here though is undoubtedly the Loveland Pod. Bright, modern and über luxurious, this geodesic glamping dome sits atop pristine raised decking with expansive views of the woodland meadow below and the sea beyond. Fitted with a designer's eye for detail, the pod comes with a king size bed and two spacious sofa beds, comfortably sleeping six. You'll find a beautiful wood burning stove for extra cosiness, plus a host of other mod cons. There's even a projector for your own private movie nights. All pods have their own separate cabins with eco loos, showers and fully equipped kitchenettes.
Loveland Farm isn't purely about the sartorial though – there's substance behind the style. Jeff and Karina are passionate about sustainability. The entire complex is run off solar panels, while the vibrant pastel beach huts house eco-showers and compost loos. They grow their own veg and even get milk from the aforementioned water buffaloes. Self-sufficiency indeed.
If you can drag yourself away from the farm, the local area is brimming with great day trips. The Hartland Peninsula is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a stunning array of unique flora, fauna and marine life. The historic fishing village of Clovelly is also worth a venture. Traipse its charming cobbled streets, drop in at the Charles Kingsley museum and visit the famous working Clovelly donkeys.
The Owner Says
Loveland Farm is the result of an ever-evolving dream which to this day continues to unfold. A campsite, yes… but with a difference, a place where sustainability comes first, the beautiful basics are encouraged and life is just that little bit simpler. A space that’s inspiring and completely unique, a solution to the busy modern world.
The dream began back in 2007 when fashion designer Jeff Griffin and his family took a trip to Canada, whilst there they met a man who hung wooden pods in trees. This got Jeff thinking… if we can combine our love for the outdoors and our passion for what we do across areas other than fashion, we could create something really unique. Three years on Griffin put these ideas into action.
Loveland Farm is a creative place where people come to relax in an environment that is fun and at one with the outdoors. Working with the local community to create a social atmosphere bringing together outdoor sports, lectures and live music. We dream of building a sustainable future and have developed the campsite using green technologies, for instance our composting toilets.