Cheglinch Farm Glamping

UK England South West England Devon Ilfracombe

Small-scale, eco-friendly glamping on a working Devon farm, and the West Country coast nearby – boasting long sandy beaches and quaint fishing villages

Utter the words "proper camping" and you may start some controversy. Is it possible to have a genuine, camping experience yet still enjoy the odd glamping luxury like a double bed and fully equipped outdoor kitchen? Cheglinch Farm Glamping is an eco-conscious site that splits the difference between traditional tenters and over-pampered glampers, by providing off-the-grid seclusion in comfortable canvas – all set in a family-run working dairy farm, amongst North Devon's picturesque agricultural scenery.

To call Cheglinch Farm Glamping a ‘site’ is perhaps a misstatement. The space consists of just three, five-person Lotus Bell Tents, with views across the open meadows and ample space for kids to run free while adults blissfully relax. There’s no huge plastic playground or gaudy reception building, just a car-free sheltered field to connect with nature. "We wish to keep the field as natural as possible, with the minimum environmental impact," says the owner Ella. The small-scale atmosphere makes the place feel remarkably exclusive, with not a soul to disturb you, well, apart from the local family of pheasants, visiting deer, or dairy cows grazing nearby.

The tents – which are set upon wooden standings within their own dedicated 4-acre field – proper beds are made-up ready for your arrival and come complete with blankets, hot water bottles and a wood burning stove set just outside of the tent, to keep you toasty. Everything needed to whip up a good meal is found in each tent's private outdoor kitchen area, equipped with a gas barbecue, as well as cooking equipment and crockery. The eco-friendly focus continues with the ablution facilities, with a private composting toilet housed in a portable wooden structure next to each tent and quirky, private shower rooms within a wooden building across the field.

After soaking in Cheglinch's winning ambiance (be warned, it may take a while), you’re left with North Devon, in all its glory. For a secluded swim, the Victorian bathing pool at the Tunnels Beaches should impress, as it's reached by a network of tunnels, hand-carved through the Ilfracombe cliffs by Welsh miners in 1823. If it’s wilderness you’re after, nothing beats the desolate beauty of Exmoor National Park. With one foot in Somerset, and the other in Devon, Exmoor's attractions include wild ponies, glittering night skies – the lack of light pollution made it Europe's first Dark Skies Reserve – and endless walking routes.

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The Owner Says

At Cheglinch Farm Glamping we aim to enable you to wind down, relax and get back to nature in beautiful rural North Devon, whilst still being able to enjoy your home comforts and the nearby coast.  Our luxurious furnished Lotus Belle tents will comfortably sleep four plus a little one.  They are equipped with proper beds, made up ready for your arrival, wooden cabinets and bistro table.  Outside you will find your own private toilet, shower room and kitchen area.  Our fire pits are great for toasting marshmallows but you may prefer the gas barbecue for cooking a proper meal!

The huge field really is a special place.  Sited on our working dairy farm, historically it was a wetland area. However, it has been sensitively drained, whilst maintaining small pockets of marshland which are great at attracting many different species of insects and birds.  Children love darting around in the longer grass, hiding behind the reeds and playing with the mud kitchen.  They can also collect the eggs from our farm chickens, meet our family of guinea pigs, watch the calves being fed in our nearby calf sheds and try to spot our herd of dairy cows grazing within the hamlet.  You are also sure to see the odd tractor or two going about their summer tasks.  Oh, and don't forget to visit the seaside.  We are a situated in a perfect location to visit North Devon's best sandy beaches.  Ilfracombe is just 3 miles away, Woolacombe a 10 minute drive and Croyde, Putsborough and Saunton are all within easy reach.

We hope that the weather is kind to you during your stay with us but if not you can always take shelter in our play barn.  Here you will find dining tables and chairs, a play area, fridge, freezer, washing machine, microwave and some electric points for charging your phone.

We are open from the beginning of May to the end of September.  In peak season we offer Friday to Monday, and Monday to Friday stays.  Off peak, we offer 2 & 3 night weekend stays (Friday arrival), 3 & 4 night midweek breaks (Monday arrival) as well as a selection of other short breaks.  Prices range from £55 per night per tent off peak to £105 in peak season.

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Excellent stay at cheglinch glamping

Cheglinch glamping has everything you could possibly wish for!! I booked to stay to celebrate my birthday and everyone who came thought it was amazing, the tents were huge with plenty of space for 4 adults, all the beds were that comfy we all wanted to take them home including the duvets and pillows!!! Kitchen fantastic had everything you needed, and the shower rooms were lovely and spacious!! Nice and hot water too!! Toilets are echo friendly a little different but no problems, Fantastic for children, lovely and safe!! Guinea pigs, fresh eggs from the chickens perfect!!! We also had a huge fire pit at night which just made it perfect, I would thoroughly recommend cheglinch to all my family and friends, and now can’t wait to organise another stay there next year!! Thanks to Ella our host for an amazing time.
Sep 17, 2018 by Beth

A comfortable and relaxing stay with a 15 month old

What a wonderful stay we had a wonderful stay at Cheglinch Farm Glamping in July 2018! Everything was perfect! The tents are comfortable and very cosy, we all slept so well. The kitchen was delightful to cook in and has (more than) everything that you'll need. The shower rooms are clean and unlike some camping facilities, you can have a really good shower. Plus it was really great not to have to take everything with you each day - as you have an allocated shower room you can leave everything there for your entire stay. The eco-toilet was clean and despite it being extremely hot, it never smelt and we weren't bothered with flies. Ella, the host, is delightful and made us feel very welcome and relaxed throughout. Our little girl (15 months) loved toddling around the field, playing in the sandpit and exploring the mud-kitchen, as well as talking to the chickens and guinea pigs, meeting the calves and finding all the books and balls in the playbarn. It was extremely child friendly and we felt very lucky not to have to think about or pack a high chair and travel cot, and for an extra cost, also hired our towels. This was our first camping/glamping experience with our daughter and although we were a little apprehensive about what it would be like, all had a very happy and restful stay. We wish Cheglinch Farm Glamping all the very best for the future and look forward to returning!
Aug 3, 2018 by w12doran

Great family experience

We stayed for 4 nights last week and only wish we could have stayed longer! The beds were so comfy and the tents were spacious! Ella was very helpful and really has thought of everything! The kids had a great time, they loved it - especially the mud kitchen and the marshmallows on the fire!!😍 We’d definitely do it again!
Jul 29, 2018 by Mandy

Lovely spot, great facilities

We are usually campers but wanted to try something a little different so booked two nights here. We absolutely loved the tents and facilities at Cheglinch Farm Glamping. The tent was spacious and the beds were comfortable. The gamechangers for us were having your own private toilet right next to the tent, drinking water tap right next to the tent, a well equipped kitchen (again - next to the tent!) and then a short walk across the field is your own private shower room where you could leave your toiletries overnight if you wished. The field itself is lovely, my kids enjoyed visiting the animals, playing under the trees and throwing the frisbee about. We meant to go out for dinner one night but decided to cancel and stay by the camp fire. It was too nice to leave. On the Saturday we went to Woolacombe beach which is pretty close. Stunning beach, all the facilities you could want for a family trip to the beach. We are already talking about booking another weekend here. We had a super relaxing time.
Jul 17, 2018 by Zed


A glamping experience on a new level. Everything has been thought of and all you need to bring is your clothes and food. Every aspect has been covered, to make the experience of camping fun and enjoyable without having the hassle that camping can bring. All facilities are close to the tents, well put together and clean. All in all, an amazing experience that we will be doing again here.
Jul 9, 2018 by Hannah & Ian


I stayed there with my 2 children (8&10) for 2 nights. We all thought it was great, Ella had thought of everything u could possible need... extra blankets hot water bottles. The beds were so comfy, my 8year old wanted to “stay forever” 😂. The kitchen area was also like a home from home kitchen, again everything was thought of right down to tea coffee, salt and pepper. Toilet and showers very clean and no sharing 👍🏻. The kids loved seeing the chickens and watching the calves being fed. Everyone was Very friendly. The site was not to far from the beaches(10/15mins) and again lots to do near the site. Will def go back👍🏻😁😎.
Jul 9, 2018 by Alana

The natural beauty of the tents and the environment.

We only stayed for one night but came away wishing we had stayed longer. Ella has displayed simplicity at its best!! The tents are fabulous and all the amenities tick a massive box. We will definitely return.
Jun 11, 2018 by Debra Christopher

Fabulous, wish I could keep it a secret!

We spent Bank Holiday weekend at Cheglinch Glamping - it was their opening weekend, so I was a little aprehensive but there was no need. The setting is just lovely, there are 3 gorgeous 'Lotus Belle' tents along one side of a huge field. The tents are massive, there was a double bed and 2 singles, table and chairs and still plenty of space. The beds are full size, really comfy with lovely fluffy bedding and pillows. There is also a box of extra blankets and hot water bottles should you need it. Each tent is on its own large pitch which also has its own compost loo (I was a little dubious!) but they were perfectly fine. There is also your own 'outdoor kitchen' which is lovely - houses the gas BBQ and all the crockery, utensils and cooking bits and bobs your can think off - it was very well equipped. At the top of the field there are 3 shower rooms with sink - these are huge and each tent has there own dedicated shower room for their stay. There is also an area to wash dishes etc and even washing liquid/sponges are provided. The setting is just lovely, on a farm - my children loved seeing the chickens, guinea pigs and calfs. They even collected their own eggs for breakfast. The location of the farm is excellent, just 10 mins from Woolacombe/Morthoe etc. I absolutely loved this place, we had the best weekend, and I can't wait to return!
May 29, 2018 by Mrs_dlw

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