Self catering is a lovely way to ensure your Devon holiday is a truly relaxing break. Wake up and look out over farmland and set your own timetable. But you don't need to do all the catering yourself! Why not order Devon pies and quiches ahead to save yourself some cooking while on holiday? You can have local produce delivered to your accommodation from the farm shop up the road. You're assured of top quality meat and seasonal veg, produced with excellent environmental and welfare standards. You can get a supermarket delivery to the cottage and lodges too - or treat yourself to eating out at one of the lovely nearby Devon pubs.
Wheatland Farm is at the edge of North Devon's UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, which covers the catchments of the Taw and Torridge Rivers, with Braunton Burrows at its core. So you'll be well placed for exploring glorious Devon countryside. Dartmoor is to the south, with Okehampton just 11 miles from the farm. You can borrow farm bikes, or hire mountain bikes and have them delivered to your accommodation. Explore Devon's Tarka Trail, relax at RHS Rosemoor, shop at nearby pannier markets, catch a performance organised by the Plough Arts Centre or Beaford Arts, walk - we'll lend you maps - or take a break from self catering and enjoy great local food at nearby pubs and restaurants. We're developing blogs about great days out in this part of Devon, with or without your car (please add your comments) and we also have a diary of local Devon events and details of Dartmoor guided walks near us.
They might be set in the Devon countryside, but the lodges are scandinavian designed, and extremely well insulated. That makes your holiday accommodation cosy even in winter. Beech Lodge, the biggest, has a double bedroom, a twin bedroom and a bunk room, plus a bathroom with over-bath shower and a large open plan kitchen/living area. NuthatchandHoneysuckleLodges offer smaller accommodation, and each have a double bedroom and a cross-over bunk room, with a good-sized open plan living/cooking area. The bathrooms have a short bath and over-bath shower. All three lodges have verandas overlooking the meadow. Otter Cottage has a double bedroom (with the best view on the farm, across the ponds) and a twin bedroom upstairs. There's a standard bathroom with an over bath shower. Downstairs, the cottage has an open plan living /kitchen area with a wood burning stove. Click on the links above for more information and pictures about each lodge or the cottage. Each accommodation unit also has an access statement - or ring us if you have any specific queries. We're happy to help.
We generate our own renewable electricity with an 11kW Gaia wind turbine. And when the wind isn't blowing our electricity is still green - from a 100 percent renewables electricity company - Good Energy. The lodges are extremely well insulated, making them cosy even in winter. All three lodges and the cottage have solar hot water (with immersions for top ups). Otter Cottage has a wood-burning stove and we use our own well-managed wood. Your electricity is included in the price, and our accommodation is very energy efficient. But we still track consumption with meter readings and usually email you a summary once you've gone. We hope you'll be impressed at how comfortable and easy a green holiday can be, and perhaps you'll find a few ideas for cutting costs at home.
You can recycle most things at the accommodation, including all food waste, which goes into biodigesters. We have bikes for you to borrow (free) and we can collect you from the nearby station if you come car free.
Wheatland Farm holds gold in the Green Tourism Business Scheme and has held gold level approval from the Devon Wildlife Trust for 2007-2011 . We run the whole farm for wildife, and one third of it, Popehouse Moor, is a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its culm grassland habitats and rare plants and animals. We use traditional management techniques here in consultation with Natural England and the Devon Wildlife Trust. By staying here you help make this management financially viable. We take great care over the environmental impact of both the buisness and our own lifestyles - if you want to know more, see our environmental policy read our greening blog or ask us a question.
(double, crossover bunk, sofabed)
(double, crossover bunk, sofabed)
(double, twin, bunk & sofabed)
(double & twin)
Your self catering Devon holiday
Inside the eco lodges and cottage
Things to do, places to visit in this part of Devon
How your Devon holiday accommodation is 'green'
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Some of the best times in Devon are actually outside the school holidays. So if you don't have kids, that can be the time to come. Our wildife is at it's absolute best in late spring and early summer. But every season has something. Daffodils will be out in March, beautiful moths fly in September, barn owls are regular visitors in late autumn and winter. When the weather is good Devon is fabulous - and empty. And if it's not so kind, put your feet up with a book or take a trip to a traditional thatched pub for local beer and cider and a good Devon meal.
Family and pet friendly holidays
'Away from it all' breaks for couples and singles
We have kids ourselves, and it's lovely to see children enjoying the farm. In the school holidays, you'll often find other children here.
Our lodges and cottage are pet friendly - which means your dog can come on holiday too. There's 14 acres for dog walking! Most of the year we offer short breaks. Why not book last minute when the weather is good and escape to Devon for the weekend! Devon has great walking (we can lend you maps) and there is cycling for all abilities nearby.