Bulstone Springs' Wild Earth

UK England South West England Devon Sidmouth & Seaton

  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Walking
A unique combination of off-grid glamping and spa days in Devon

If you’re seeking a break within the unspoiled wilderness, camping amid untamed woodland accessible across a babbling brook, at the head of a valley on an organic poultry farm with delightful roaming chickens, then chances are you’re looking to properly relax. Wild Earth’s eco-conscious campsite provides the above, and knows that its visitors are looking to truly unwind; it’s a good thing, then, that your trip can also be complemented by a masseuse and aromatherapist, in this unique combination of off-grid glamping and luxurious spa day.

Wild Earth is located in the 40 acres of a spring-fed wooded valley that make up Bulstone Springs farm, run by certified organic farmers Laura and Jon looking to share their land and its diverse ecology with guests. The spring in question runs down to the quiet village of Branscombe and then into the sea, and so Wild Earth’s hosts are respectful of the land they own and what they put into it. But that doesn’t mean that your spacious, furnished bell tent — heated by a wood burner — isn’t without its amenities; a fire pit sits beneath a separate, raised “parachute” tent, surrounded by benches for an evening natter, a hot shower looks out onto the woodland for sheltered but scenic bathing, and the camp kitchen and compost loo round off everything you need.

With the essentials comprehensively covered, all that’s left to do is relax in your surroundings. And what a place to relax — on top of the site being ideally situated close to the Jurassic Coast with its myriad of beaches, clifftops, and stunning walks, on-site you’re offered the luxury of holistic massages from aromatherapy studio Wyldlore. Book them before you arrive and get those aches and pains smoothed out from the comfort of your heated bell tent, with bespoke offerings available along with the likes of balm and perfume-making workshops. For more energetic activities, axe-throwing is also available, as is tracking and natural navigation that takes visitors on an adventure in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. And, if you’re hungry, a delicious batch of fresh local food can be pre-ordered before your arrival from In My Back Yard, the local producers' co-op that Bulstone Springs is proudly a part of. Laura and Jon want you to leave Wild Earth as relaxed as the site itself; with its flowing spring, valley setting, and on-site massages, they’re adeptly equipped to achieve this goal.

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Facilities

Wild Earth consists of one five-metre bell tent, furnished with a double futon and two singles, each with a wooden base. A wood burner keeps the tent nice and toasty, with a basket of seasoned logs provided while more can be purchased from Bulstone Springs’ farm. A battery charger is supplied for charging your phones, and a cool box with ice that’s regularly swapped out by your hosts to store your drinks and perishables. Although furnished for four, there is room for a fifth to join your group, though you'll need to supply your own bedding, and possibly mat or air bed (check with the hosts for further details). There is also room at Wild Earth for a second five-metre bell tent that hosts have available to hire unfurnished aside from its matting and fairy lights if you have a larger group wanting to visit — unfurnished aside from its matting and fairy lights — and/or you can bring extra tent(s); see the extras when booking.

Located right next to the tent is the “parachute” — raised shelter beneath which you can spend evenings cooking over the fire pit, that also has benches surrounding it for that communal feel. All your cooking utensils can be found in the camp kitchen, which also has a rocket stove (which you can use to make tea or heat your washing-up water), a dutch oven, a skillet, and other necessary accessories. There is a private compost loo located in a wooden outdoor unit just up the hill, while there’s a heated, gas-powered shower by the spring shared with the other pitch located on-site.

Suitable For

Groups of four or five (with room for more on request), children, dogs (though they must be well-behaved given that this is a poultry farm with free-range chickens) - yes. Camping, caravans, motorhomes, campervans - no.

Nearby

Wild Earth is exceptional for the range of on-site aromatherapy treatments it offers, along with workshops such as axe-throwing, tracking, and natural navigation. The site’s partnership with Wyld Lore (07758928727) means that guests can pre-book a therapy treatment that will be provided to them in their bell tent, with qualified aromatherapist Ella Staff. She also offers a range of aromatherapy balm and perfume-making workshops, and even the kids can join in on the latter for a day of creativity.

Outside of the site, Wild Earth is located in the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with Branscombe village part of the Jurassic Coastline. As such, there are plenty of scenic views to admire and plenty of beaches to explore. Weston Beach is only a mile away, with this secret spot only accessible by a walk and, with its steep steps and rocky terrain, visitors will feel a sense of accomplishment when they’re relaxing on its pebbled beach looking out to the ocean. Sidmouth Beach is a little over five miles away from the site and more of a tourist spot than Weston, with its sand and shingle beach backed by the seaside town of the same name, where visitors can also find a variety of unique shops and eateries. It’s an ideal spot for a day out — take a trip to the immaculately presented Connaught Gardens (01395 517528), or keep walking down the seafront until you reach the picturesque Chit Rocks. Venture a little further out to Seaton, a 15-minute drive from the site, and you’ll be able to look out across Lyme Bay from its coast, where dolphins are spotted during periods of warm weather. A little further still is the town of Lyme Regis is a 20-minute drive from the site, where visitors can admire its harbour and the world-famous wall protecting it, named The Cobb.

Food & Drink

In My Back Yard (01297 680 680) is a co-op that Wild Earth visitors will be able to enjoy, given that Bulstone Springs is one of its partners. Order fresh produce during the week leading up to your arrival (note the Wednesday 10 pm cut off time), which will be delivered to your bell tent when you arrive. Elsewhere, The Fountain Head (01297 680 359) is a great local pub that can be reached in a 20-minute walk, with unfussy food and a log fire along with a selection of ales. The Masons Arms (01297680300) is a 10-minute drive, an award-winning 14th-century inn that proudly combines a classic and modern setting. The Kitchen is located next to the free-to-visit Donkey Sanctuary (01395 578222), offering good food, teas, coffees, and cakes in a spot where the kids can also learn more about these animals. One of the most popular local cafes is The Courtyard (01395 577553) in Sidmouth, with this botanically-inspired restaurant featuring a menu with locally sourced produce and a laid-back atmosphere.

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The Owner Says

A new off-grid, eco-glamping experience to fully unwind and reconnect with nature, in a spring-fed wooded valley close to East Devon’s Jurassic cliffs and beaches. Completely private, 'Wild Earth' is a sunny, secluded clearing with a large bell tent furnished for four. There's a covered fire pit area, camp kitchen, compost loo and hot shower in the woods. You can enjoy a holistic massage (Swedish / aromatherapy) in the heated bell tent, or book workshop activities such as aromatherapy / botanical balm and perfume making, tracking, natural navigation and axe-throwing.
Bulstone Springs is a small family farm producing organic eggs and poultry, and there's also a local sustainable food hub based here called 'In My Backyard'. Please see further info below. Our guests love arriving at their holiday destination to their pre-ordered box of delicious, local produce and other essentials for their stay.
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For larger families / groups, there is space for an additional 5m bell tent available for to hire unfurnished, or to bring your own extra tent(s).
You'll have access to the freshest, organic / natural local produce ready for your arrival (please see below) and we can arrange massages, bush craft, natural navigation and other activities for you to enjoy.
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We are a family of three humans, a dog, three cats, two alpacas and lots of chickens! We don't get to travel often so we love it when people travel to us! We have been hosting farm crew members from around the world for several years through the WWOOF and Workaway volunteering schemes, and we are now very excited to be able to host holidaying guests here too. We are passionate about our environment and love meeting people from all cultures and walks of life. We look forward to welcoming you!

Accommodation

One five-metre bell tent sleeping four, with the option of a fifth (though own bedding must be supplied) and an additional, unfurnished bell tent for more guests.

Wild Earth

Bell tent Sleeps 5
Bell Tent off-grid glamping in a private, sunny clearing on an organic farm on the East Devon Jurassic coast. With well equipped private camp kitchen and compost loo, and a shared woodland hot shower. Space for bigger group / family.

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Location

Contact Bulstone Springs' Wild Earth, Bulstone Springs Farm, Branscombe, Devon EX12 3BL

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Getting There

The site is located half a mile from the A3052 coast road between Sidmouth and Beer/Seaton. Take the turning at the Branscombe Cross junction signposted to 'Branscombe and Bulstone'. Drive for half a mile until the road goes steeply down a hill, around a sharp left-hand bend, and the entrance is immediately on the left after the cottage. It has around black and white sign titled 'Bulstone Springs Farm & Bulstone Barn'. Come down the track, where you will find parking and the cabin. The postcode will take you directly to the farm.

There’s parking on-site, however, the glamping is towards the centre of the valley and is not accessible by vehicle. There are wheelbarrows to help you move your gear, while the hosts are also happy to help.

The nearest train station is Honiton, on the London Waterloo–Exeter St David's train line. There are also taxis available from Honiton. Alternatively, you could get the train to Exeter and a bus from there.

There is a regular bus service along the A3052 that connects the site to Exeter, Lyme Regis, Weymouth, and other towns along the coast. The A3052 is only a 10-minute walk from the farm, and the site owners can collect you from the main road.

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