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Loveland Farm

UK England South West England Devon Bideford

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Stylish, eco-friendly and über luxurious glamping on a North Devon farm, with an indoor swimming pool cool accommodation.

Having toured the world as hotshot designer duo ‘Griffin’, fashionistas Jeff and Karina decided to trade in the glamorous world of haute couture for the simple pleasures of rural Devon. And what a pace they found. It wasn’t long before they trained their eye on the six-acre pastoral paradise of Loveland Farm. Around the 19th-century farmhouse, they turned ancient out buildings into a new design studio, kitted out an airy barn with an indoor swimming pool and pimpled the meadows with some of the finest glamping accommodation you’ve ever seen. When fashion, innovation and the great outdoors combine, Loveland Farm is what you get.

In total Loveland Farm plays host to six uniquely designed geo-domes and a trio of furnished tipis, all shot through with some serious designer flair. While the tipis each sleep four people, the geo-domes range in size, from the couples’ ‘Popla Pod’ to the enormous eight-person ‘Stargazer Pod’, which also has an adjoining cabin to maximise space. The domes all have the same level of detail and stylish design – think wooden floors, Edison bulbs and well-place ceiling panels so that you can stargaze from your bed – and most, like the ‘Loveland Pod’, have far reaching views all the way to the Devon coast. Inside, clever features break up the space, like a giant tipi within the ‘Eden’ and ‘Heartland’ domes that act like enclosed master bedrooms, while a couple have projectors for full-blown movie nights.

The tipis are the more budget-friendly option on site, plotted atop wooden decking and furnished with rugs, double beds and wood-burners. Tipi tenants have access to all the little extras that really make a stay at Loveland hassle-free, including a communal kitchen (with wood-fired pizza oven), designated shower rooms for each group and award-winning compost loos: plus the newest addition to the farm: an indoor swimming pool.

Loveland Farm isn't purely about the sartorial though – there's substance behind the style. Jeff and Karina are passionate about sustainability. In keeping with tradition, the Griffins have a veritable menagerie of animals onsite including pigs, sheep 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. The entire complex is run off solar panels, the pool is heated by a biomass boiler and they grow their own veg, rear their own pork and lamb, smoke their own bacon, make their own sausages and hope to even get milk and make mozzarella 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.

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Facilities

6 uniquely designed pods sleeping 2–7 people with their own private decked area with outdoor furniture. 3 Tipis sleeping up to 4 (complete with wood-burning stove). 3 composting loos set up on site inside the beach huts (one is specially designed for children) and a hot solar powered shower. An 11-metre indoor swimming pool. A communal washing up area sits next to the beach huts. Designated fire pits, barbecue and drinking water point are available. Recycling bins, waste  disposal points are also located on site.

Suitable For

Families, couples, children and well-behaved dogs.

Nearby

The surf in North Devon is great with popular beaches such as Woolacombe, Bude, Braunton and Westward Ho! just a few miles up the coast. There's loads of great surf schools in the area, check out Big Blue Surf School (01288 331764) in Bude for a session with Jon Price, coach to the British surfing team. If you just want to get out there visit eyeball surfcheck for live webcams, tide times and daily weather conditions for the entire North Devon Coast. The Tarka Trail runs for 180 miles from Barnstaple to Bideford. Whilst you can walk the route you can also cycle along the trail which is also connect to the National Cycle Network’s Devon coast to coast path which runs all the way down to Plymouth on the South Coast. Explore the famous Lundy Island. The island is managed by the Landmark trust and a fee of £5 upon admission. Accessible by boat from Clovelly (visit Clovelly Charters for more info) and Bideford (visit MS Oldenburg). There are also helicopter flights available during the winter months. Boats leave daily and cost around £35 for a day return.

Food & Drink

You'll find no fresher produce than the farm's own. Get ½ dozen fresh eggs for £1, outdoor reared Loveland pork sausages £6.50/kg and ham/bacon joints £9.50/kg. The Hart Inn (01237 441474) is a wonderful independent pub in the heart of the village. The Hart hosts an exceptionally presented eclectic menu using locally sourced ingredients, plus tasty dishes and well as a classic bar menu. The bar offers the best local ales and fine wines. The afternoon Sunday roasts are a popular local favourite so be sure to book at the weekends. The Old Smithy Inn (01288 331305) in Welcombe is a traditional friendly freehouse serving hearty pub grub and real ales. It's also the place to hear live music. Get down to the Smithy for the Tuesday night Jam night or the monthly folk club.

Opening Times

March–November.

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Location

Contact Loveland Farm, Loveland Farm, Hartland, Devon EX39 6AT

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