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.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 7 reviews

★★★★★

Outstanding Holiday - cant wait to go back

This has to be the most relaxing holiday I have ever been on. We stayed in the incredible safari lodges for 4 nights and it was absolutely perfect. Our neighbours were some lovely Deer who would come up and say hi every morning. I have never stayed in a place quite like this before. The lodge itself was gorgeous, it had a fully kitted out kitchen, a lovely shower and extremely comfortable beds. The log burner heated the entire lodge and was so relaxing. Those colder nights you were able to turn on the electric blanket for that extra comfort. We stayed with our young children who absolutely loved the place and didn’t want to leave. It was so safe and secure they could walk out the front door and go exploring on their own. They loved seeing the sheep and deer who surrounded our lodge. They were fortunate enough to be able to feed the deer with Kylie as well. She was so good with the kids, she showed them how to bottle feed one of the Deer and then we hand fed the others. It was an amazing experience for all of us. Kylie and Paul were so friendly and nothing was too much trouble, even down to coming out one evening to get the fire started again!!! Kylie and Paul are a lovely couple who were welcoming from the moment we got there. They told us about some amazing places to visit whilst we were staying at the Lodge and were always on the end of the phone if we needed anything. I would 100% recommend anyone to stay at the lodge. You wont regret it. It is paradise, in a gorgeous setting. It is the perfect place to recharge away from daily life. We will definitely be back next year
Oct 10, 2021 by Andy
★★★★★

Wonderful Family Break

We stayed at Wootten Deer Park with our 2 boys (aged 5 and 9) and pup in July 2021. The experience and attention to detail from the lovely hosts Kylie and Paul was fantastic throughout. From being greeted by the friendly deer and travelling to our lodge in our own buggy, to cooking the parks own venison on the BBQ, toasting marshmallows on the firepit and snuggling round the fire on cooler evenings. The welcome pack was a very happy addition and the lodge provided for all our needs and more whatever the weather (including the pup). The boys loved being able to get up close and feed the deer! The park is positioned well to be able to explore Dartmoor and Devon. We made lots of happy memories, thank you Kylie and Paul x
Sep 24, 2021 by Gatehouse Family
★★★★★

Faultless stay at Wootten Deer Park!

From start to finish our experience at the Deer Park was outstanding! Kylie had thought of everything, both inside and out. The lodge was immaculately clean with the most beautiful decor to make it really feel like home. We stayed for 5 nights and loved every second. The children were able to run free and play with all the outdoor games in the day (knowing that they were safe and couldn’t get out anywhere!) and help feed the deer which was a highlight for all of us. We toasted marshmallows by night and sat on the decking taking the gorgeous views in. The bunk beds were amazing, the kids loved them and the beds were so comfortable we were all well rested! We had a bbq pack from Kylie which was amazing so if you stay be sure to book your bbq food through the hosts, you won’t regret it! We can’t fault our stay, we’ll definitely be back!
Sep 2, 2021 by Victoria C
★★★★★

The most wonderful place to stay

This place is a must to visit. We visited for 4 nights, booking out both lodges for our party. From the moment we arrived our stay was perfect. Kylie greeted us, having collected and packed our online shopping order and delivered it to our buggy, which we had for our entire stay to get to and from our lodge. The children loved driving past the deer. The lodge was beautiful. Rustic touches throughout. The welcome hamper of scones, clotted cream, jam, all the essentials and the chilled fizz, we’re a gorgeous surprise. The lodge had everything we needed. It was so cosy. The fire was ready to light. Kylie has given details on everything we needed for the lodge. The rooms were clean and spacious. The bathroom was huge. We enjoyed nights on the balcony and down by the gorgeous fire pit. We had asked if there would be anywhere for a game of cricket and Kylie and her husband had marked out a pitch and even bought a cricket set which was out ready for us. Everything had been thought about. We joined in with feeding time with the deers one evening. The kids loved getting up close to the deer. So tame, eating out of our hands. We had a bbq pack, which was outstanding. The venison steak was delicious. I would give our stay 11/10. Everything was perfect. We would love to visit again.
Aug 31, 2021 by Sarah W
★★★★★

A lovely break in lovely surroundings.

We spent three nights at the Wootten Deer park and we all loved it. The hosts Kylie and Paul seemed to have thought of everything and were very friendly and accommodating. The lodge was well equipped, comfortable and in a brilliant location. The deer were fascinating to watch and having the opportunity to feed them was a real pleasure. Although in a rural location, there was a pub in walking distance and many places to visit in the car. I would highly recommend Wootten Deer Park and hope to visit again next year.
Aug 12, 2021 by Marion
★★★★★

Just Fabulous

Just back from a fabulous four night stay in a safari tent at Wootten Deer Park with my husband, Brian. From the moment we arrived both Kylie and Paul made us feel so welcome and went above and beyond to make our stay enjoyable. Glamping was on my wish list for my 60th birthday this year and Wootten Deer Park ✔️ you did me proud - thank you. So much attention to detail, the list is long from the golf buggy from the car park to our tent; luxury accommodation; fantastic views; our welcome hamper; feeding the deer; so much more - the list goes on! Would highly recommend Wootten Deer Park to anyone and we will definitely be back. Again, thank you so much Kylie and Paul.

Response from Wootten Deer Park

Lyn, thank you soo very much for your wonderful review. We thoroughly enjoyed hosting you both and we are so thrilled you enjoyed your time here. We very much hope to welcome you back again someday. Very best wishes Kylie
★★★★★

Your in for a treat...

safari lodge : Well, what can I say! What a FABULOUS experience. Couldn’t rate this place enough. Having stayed in so many different types of accommodations and even working in travel and getting nice upgrades everywhere, it’s very hard to find a place that ‘sets the bar’ higher. Until you stay at Wootten Deer Park. Myself, husband and 3YO daughter booked 3 nights in April 2021 and were smiling from the moment we pulled up in the car, until check out. The safari cart was so much fun and our daughter loved riding in it. The glamming experience was equally as enjoyable, with deers strolling around infront of the decking and a bbq to watch the sunset. The lodge itself is fully equipped, clean and cosy. With the added quirkiness of hidden kids bunk beds (our daughter got ready for bed at 4pm - anyone with toddlers knows this doesn’t happen). The hosts couldn’t do enough to ensure our stay was perfect. Giving us great recommendations. We even fed the deers breakfast each morning too. There are plenty of places nearby for families - highly recommend Fingle bridge, and the granite trail of you have bikes. The breakfast hampers and bbq packs are a must if your into a bit of luxury / are foodies. highly enjoyable stay. Just hope I can get a booking again in the future, as this gem is going to be popular.
Apr 26, 2021 by Claire

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