The Orchard Retreat
East Forde Farm, Cheriton Fitzpaine, Crediton, Devon EX17 4BA
There’s a good chance once you’ve found this removed farmland glamping site, you’ll never want to leave. Nestled amongst some of the most glorious countryside in south-west England, The Orchard Retreat offers three locally-handcrafted yurts – Bramley, Pippin and Russet (named after the surrounding apple trees); each dotted on a sloping four acre orchard, surrounded by fields, streams and pretty ponds. So why not swing over to Devon for a detox from the digital world?
Each dwelling comes furnished in a stylish and romantic way – from the stable doors, comprised of a mixture of ash, chestnut and hazel, to the wood-burning stove and warm rugs, guests can envelop themselves in a truly luxurious camping experience. This family run business is clearly a labour of love for owners Nick and Vicky, who understand that creating a memorable glampsite takes more than just plonking some yurts in a field. The ‘Facilities Lodge’ is testament to that. Follow the path lit by solar lanterns and you will find a private bathroom complete with shower, sink and flushing loo. There’s also a shared kitchen area for cooking, however most take advantage of their own BBQ and picnic table – perfect for a spot of al fresco dining at sunset.
And as for offsite activities? Thankfully nature has laid on a smorgasbord of adventures for you to savour. Bring a bike and explore the tranquil Grand Western Canal Cycle Route, which runs through the heart of Devon. Often along the towpath, this flat and mainly off-road route is ideal for families with children, offering sweeping landscape views, varying between sheltered woodlands and the lofty plateaus of the Blackdown Hills. But it’s not all about the great outdoors; the lively market towns of Tiverton and Crediton are both just a 15 minute drive away. The former was once a prime industrial centre and samples of local lace can be seen at the award-winning Tiverton Museum, whilst Crediton is best known for St. Boniface Church and boasts one of the country's finest farmers' markets.
Whether you want to wander through enchanted woods, play in streams, or simply escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, guests are free to revel at this sizeable slice of glamping perfection. “Off-grid living at its very best” is how Nick and Vicky describe a stay at The Orchard Retreat. And as you unwind outside your secluded, homely yurt, tucking into some tasty local produce and savouring those delightful countryside views, you can’t help but think that's a fair assessment.
The Owner SaysAward winning glamping site with 3 beautiful locally crafted yurts, all set in a 4 acre apple orchard. The yurts come fully carpeted, with a wood burning stove and comfy beds and each have their own private bathroom a short stroll away. There is also the Hidden Tubhouse, an open air private space with two cast iron baths and a shower. Enjoy a early morning shower, bath the children before bed or have a romantic soak side by side. Also, make use of The Gallery a communal space with games, both indoor and outdoor, plus WiFi. There is also a play area and communal kitchen, although each yurt has a gas stove for cooking.
From start to finish , this was the most amazing stay I have experienced and I have tried many different types of Holidays/weekends away.but this was magical , I was blown away by the Yurts I have to say, the cleanness , the location, the atmosphere, This weekend was a treat for me by my two Sons we had all three yurts, what a great family treat. and another sunrise was that they organised Yoga and a massage ,Done by some Fab Ladies. sorry folk but you HAVE to visit this Beautiful place, The Shower blocks were very stylish , but not for getting the outside bath, yes that's exactly what I said.to experience an outside .bath, was such fun !! And Now for the owners Byron & Dryden and I would like to say such a Huge Thank you, for not only having a lovely,amazing place. but for being so lovely, friendly and genuine people. We will definitely be staying again.
Heaven in Devon!
We recently stayed in a yurt at The Orchard Retreat - I can't recommend it highly enough! Our yurt was spacious, warm and super comfortable with plush rugs, proper beds and furniture, even a wood burner, hob and BBQ - they thought of everything. It was a real luxury to have our own private bathroom too and everywhere was exceptionally clean and well maintained. The grounds are absolutely stunning with areas of woodland, meadows and streams, so there was lots of plenty of wildlife to see and connect with nature. Definitely make sure to use the outdoor shower and hot tubs, bathing by starlight was so amazing! The owners Vicky and Nick were just lovely and made us very welcome, it was an absolute delight. We didn't want to ever leave and can't wait to go back next year!