Wootten Deer Park

UK England South West England Devon Crediton

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Family-sized safari lodges on the crest of a hill, with meandering red deer as your closest neighbours

Hot showers, incredibly comfortable beds, fabulous views and deer. Set in an elevated position in a 15-acre field, this novel glamping site finds itself in the heart of a Devon deer park, with red deer nibbling at the grass around your safari tent veranda and strutting their stuff through the enclosure in front of the lodges. Owners Paul and Kylie describe it as 'a rural glamping haven with a difference’. And given most glamping sites don't boast hungry ruminants hoofing around in front of their safari tents, describing it as 'different' is probably an understatement.

At it's heart, of course, Wootten Deer Park is still a glamping site that helps fulfil the staples of a good holiday. The lodges are comfortably furnished with fully fitted kitchens, proper beds, shower rooms and cosy living spaces with wood burners and deep sofas. Comforts include WiFi and proper TVs – ideal should you get a rainy day. The tent interiors are wood-clad, with sliding barn style doors providing more privacy than usual glamping digs afford. Out front, meanwhile, each tent has a raised front deck that stretches through the fence of the deer enclosure so that the animals can wander right alongside.

Most of the deer here are farmed for the park's sustainable Devon venison (BBQ and breakfast packs can be delivered to your tent). But some have been hand reared and end up being family pets instead. Visit between May and September and you may well find you have the opportunity to help bottle feed orphaned fawns. Doing so comes with the disclaimer of possibly making a friend for life – the deer may want to see you just as often as you want to spend time with them.

Nearby Dartmoor (around 20 minutes in the car) means that, elsewhere, you can enjoy picnics with the famous Dartmoor ponies and the national park is also becoming particularly well known as a good spot for seeing otters (though they're still an elusive creature). Indeed, one of the closest places in the park is the West Okement River and the Meldon Reservoir, a wonderfully watery place to explore (and with good access for visitors). For wildlife, then, Wootten Deer Park is pretty tough to top. Handy, then, that it's so very comfortable too.

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Facilities

Each lodge sleeps six guests, there are two bedrooms, both with king size beds and two cosy single cabin beds just off the dining area, shelving, a dressing table and solid wood sliding doors for privacy. The lodges also feature a fully fitted kitchen, a dining area, hammocks and a sitting area with two sofas and a wood burner (wood burner also works as an oven), plus a shower room with shower, loo, sink and mirror. There's mains electricity and instant hot water, as well as a TV and broadband. Breakfast hampers and BBQ packs are available to order (there's a BBQ out on the front deck). Car parking is 300m from the safari tents, however petrol buggies are provided to help transport you and your luggage the final stretch.

Suitable For

Glamping, families, groups, well-behaved dogs (max two) – yes. Regular camping in your own tent, caravan or motorhome – no.

Nearby

It's a 15-minute drive to Okehampton, home to the Museum of Dartmoor Life (01837 52295) and, ultimately, the gateway town into Dartmoor National Park itself. Just beyond the town is the last working water-powered forge in England, now cared for by the National Trust, and also the popular Meldon Reservoir, where there's a big car park that makes for a popular starting point for many of the top walks in the north of Dartmoor as well as giving access to the cycle path over dramatic Meldon Viaduct. Further afield, it's around half an hour to Exeter and 40 minutes to the coast beyond and just over an hour to the world-famous Eden Project.

Food & Drink

You can pre-order venison hampers, BBQ hampers and breakfast hampers with local produce as well as the farm's own goods. There is a Co-op in the Village of Bow (one and a half miles away), which should have everything you need for your glamping stay. It's just over a mile to The Waie Inn (01363 82348), with a soft play area for little'uns named 'The Waie to Play'. The New Inn at Sampford Courtenay (0183782247) is a 10-minute drive away and has a beer garden as well as paddocks and gardens for the kids to play in. Paschoe House (01363 84244) is another great option if you are in the mood for some fine dining. This beautiful spot is rapidly gaining the reputation of being the foodie destination of the South West, using local produce and a sense of artistry to wow everyone who dines for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Open

March–November.

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The Owner Says

Wootten Deer Park and Safari Lodges - a rural glamping haven with a difference!

Glamping really is the best way to experience the rugged outdoors, without having to compromise on any modern comforts -  hot showers and fabulously comfortable beds, enable you to drift off to sleep, to the natural sounds of the wildlife, settling in for the night.

Our wood and canvas Safari Lodge 'Fallow' benefits from an elevated position within a 15-acre field, overlooking the deer enclosure which is screened by woodland and hedging. There are wonderful far-reaching views across the deer park and the neighbouring countryside beyond, so you can observe the deer at your leisure, day and night.

Sleeping 6 guests (maximum 4 adults)  in 2 bedrooms both with king size beds and 2 cosy single cabin beds. Comfortably furnished throughout and benefiting from a fully fitted kitchen, shower room with flushing loo, mains electric, an LPG gas water heater for instant hot water, gas hob, wood burner / oven, TV and broadband.

A short distance from the lodge is a sunken communal woodfired firepit and seating area, perfect for you to enjoy a glass or mug of something you fancy and perhaps a s’more! (sadly whilst government restrictions are in place, the communal fit pit will be closed to guests, until these restrictions are lifted on communal areas - which should be from 21st June 2021)

Our deer have either been hand reared or handled on a regular basis, so should you wish to get even closer to the deer, we do offer the opportunity for you to feed the deer (the perfect photo / selfie opportunity) accompanied by one of our team, giving you and your family the chance to really observe the deer up close.

'Fallows' very large decked area juts out into the deer enclosure, enhancing your deer experience, the deer are every likely to pop their noses through the railing of your decking balustrade to say hello!

Accommodation

Two safari lodges, sleeping up to six guests, with a maximum of four adults.

Fallow

Safari tent Sleeps 6
Our wood and canvas Safari Lodge sleeps 6 (4 adults max) and benefits from an elevated position within a 15-acre field, overlooking the deer enclosure screened by woodland and hedging. 2 bedrooms both with king size beds and 2 cosy cabin beds, fully fitted kitchen, integral shower room, flushing loo, Instant hot water, mains electric & wood burner

Roe

Safari tent Sleeps 6
Our wood and canvas Safari Lodge sleeps 6 (max 4 adults) and benefits from an elevated position within a 15-acre field, overlooking the deer enclosure screened by woodland and hedging. 2 bedrooms both with king size beds and 2 cosy cabin beds, fully fitted kitchen, integral shower room, flushing loo, Instant hot water, mains electric & wood burner

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Location

Contact Wootten Deer Park, Wootten Deer Park & Safari Lodges, Great Wootten House, Bow, Crediton, Devon EX17 6LF

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Getting There

From the M5 junction 31, take the A30. Come off at Whiddon Down services, take the first right just after the services. Stay on that road for around six miles to the end. At Debath Cross, turn right on to the A3072 towards Bow/Copplestone/Crediton and continue straight on this road. After two and a half miles, take the turning on the left towards Nichols Nymett. Continue along this road and up the hill to the T-junction called Nichols Nymett Cross, then turn right and continue on this road (don’t turn off this road, follow the road bend to the left at Chubs cross). Continue winding around the lanes and you will start to drop down the hill to Great Wooden Cross. At the junction, bare left towards Newton and Bondleigh. 30 yards from this junction (and before the humpback bridge), the entrance to Wootten Deer Park & Safari Lodges will be on your right.

The nearest bus stop is in Bow just under two miles away. You can catch the train from Copplestone, Sampford Courtnay or Lapford, but a car (or taxi) is required to get from these stations to the glamping site.

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