The Orchard Retreat

UK England South West England Devon Crediton

  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Hot Tubs
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Hot tubs
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
“Off-grid living at its very best”, set amongst some of the most glorious countryside in south-west England

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.

Details

Facilities

The 'Facilities Lodge' houses a private bathroom for each yurt and a further communal kitchen where guests can cook, eat and enjoy the large lawn for outdoor games. There is also 'The Gallery' with its Wi-Fi, games and books, loo, washing machine and tumble dryer. Cottage guests are welcome to use The Gallery during the yurt season, however, laundry facilities are available all year round. There is no (or very limited) mobile service; only Orange/EE work occasionally, but Wi-Fi is available in the cottages and The Gallery.

Suitable For

Glampers, couples, families, groups, and one well behaved dog per booking (except in Bramley yurt) – yes. Tents, campervans and caravans – no.

Nearby

Stroll along the river banks at Bickleigh (6 miles away) before dropping by the Devon Railway Centre (01884 855671) and Bickleigh Mill (01884 855419); the former boasts a restaurant and a small selection of shops. Yearlstone Vineyard (01884 855700), situated on a hillside just above the river Exe, offers wine tours as well as a café and shop. A little further on from Yearlstone lies Knightshayes (01884 254665), a lovely country house with extensive grounds and a walled kitchen garden, along with a wonderful café housed in the old stable block. Dogs are welcome in the café and grounds but not in the house or formal gardens. Slap-bang-centre of the county, the excellent Crediton Farmers' Market is a must visit, with virtually everything grown, reared, harvested, baked, cooked, smoked, or processed within 10 miles of the market site. Tiverton is the largest town in mid-Devon and has a number of tourist attractions including the Tiverton Canal Company (01884 253345). Hire a boat, enjoy a drink at the Ducks Ditty Cafe or see the last horse drawn barge in the West Country. There are also many lovely walks to take or enjoy shopping in the town and visit the Pannier Market (01884 243351) famous for its locally-handcrafted goods and produce.

Food & Drink

Wander next door to Thornes Farm Shop (01363 866541), where you can pick your own fruit (in season), have a coffee and a piece of homemade cake in the café, or purchase their local produce. The in-house butcher will be only too happy to help you out with your BBQ meat. For vegetarians, there are plenty of other delights to enjoy and most basics are available including local wines and ciders. Friendly Bev on the deli counter will assist you in choosing from a superb range of cheeses, pies, breads, cakes, ice creams and more. Have a drink and enjoy a lovely meal at the village pub, the Ring of Bells (01363 860111). Recently reopened, the owners are passionate about cooking local, seasonal produce as well as stocking local beer and cider. Plus, it’s only a 20 minute walk from The Orchard Retreat. Alternatively, you can travel a little bit further to the community-run Cadeleigh Arms (01884 855238) pub, just a 3 mile drive through the countryside and one that promises great food and a lovely atmosphere. The Lazy Toad (01392 841591) in Brampford Speke (7 miles away) is an award-winning pub. Pre-booking is essential. 

Opening Times

31st March – 1st October.

The Owner Says

Award 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.

Accommodation

3 locally-handcrafted yurts dotted around a 4 acre apple orchard, surrounded by fields and streams.

Location

Contact The Orchard Retreat, East Forde Farm, Cheriton Fitzpaine, Crediton, Devon EX17 4BA

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Getting There

From junction 27 of the M5 motorway go west on the A361 to Tiverton where you take the A396 south to Bickleigh. From here, go on the A3072 towards Crediton for 4 miles before turning right by Stockleigh Pomeroy (Thornes Farm Shop is signposted here), following signposts to Cheriton Fitzpaine. After about 1 mile the road forks to the right signposted Way Village. Take this turning and The Orchard Retreat will be facing you immediately on your right. Exeter St Davids railway station is only 7 miles away. The main line is considered to be the First Great Western service over the Bristol to Exeter line to London Paddington via Reading. There is also a service operated by South West Trains on their West of England Main Line to London Waterloo. Further long-distance services are operated by CrossCountry to Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle.

Reviews

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Amazing

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.
May 17, 2017 by Wendy
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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!
May 9, 2017 by Rebecca

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