Four eco lodges and a cottage at Wheatland Farm
Balebarn Lodge | Beech Lodge | Honeysuckle Lodge | Nuthatch Lodge | Otter Cottage | Search availability
Balebarn Lodge is our most up-market and largest lodge, and is our flagship eco project. Built from a cow shed it is ultra-low carbon, with straw bale insulation (hence the name), huge bifold doors opening onto a phenomenal view, extremely efficient insulation (made from recycled bottles and newspaper), a stylish woodburner, and four bedrooms (a double, a twin/triple, a bunk and an single/double).
Beech Lodge, the biggest of our three wooden lodges, 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. It has a large veranda, big south facing windows, and is a comfortable and cosy place to holiday as a family or with friends.
Nuthatch and Honeysuckle Lodges 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 bathroom in Honeysuckle has a shower. In Nuthatch there’s a short bath and over-bath shower. All three lodges look onto grassland, managed for butterflies in summer and hunting owls in winter. They are screened from each other by trees on three sides.
Otter Cottage has a double bedroom (with a lovely view across the ponds to Dartmoor) 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. You can search availability through our online booking system. Each accommodation unit also has an access statement – or ring us if you have any specific queries. We’re happy to help.
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 local grocer or a supermarket to 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 or take a break from self catering and enjoy great local food at nearby pubs and restaurants. Back at the farm have a go at fishing, maybe play a game of outdoor chess (Spring – Autumn), try badminton or volleyball on the mown pitch or just take the paddle boat out on the wildlife pond. 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.
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. See our page specifically about coming with kids, and see our Trip Advisor reviews.
Our lodges and cottage are pet friendly – which means your dog can come on holiday too (max 2 per accommodation unit, there’s a charge of £20 per dog in Balebarn). There’s about 14 acres for dog walking!
Away from it all breaks for couples and singles
Some of the best times in Devon are reserved almost exclusively for adults, simply because they are outside the school holidays. Our wildlife 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.
Most of the year we offer short breaks. Why not book last minute when the weather is set fair and escape to Devon for the weekend! Devon has great walking (we can lend you maps) and there is cycling for all abilities nearby.
There’s no green wash here – we are a genuinely sustainable business. But we’re not eco warriors, fanatics or hippies either. 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.
We generate our own renewable electricity with an 11kW Gaia wind turbine (standing proud in a field) and solar PV panels (on Balebarn eco lodge). And when the wind isn’t blowing our electricity is still green – from a 100 percent renewables electricity company – Good Energy.
The eco lodges are extremely well insulated, making them cosy even in winter. All the lodges and the cottage have solar hot water (with immersions for top ups). Balebarn Lodge and Otter Cottage have 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.
It might be holiday accommodation, but you can recycle most things at Wheatland Farm, 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 for a car free Devon holiday.
Wheatland Farm has held Gold level approval from the Devon Wildlife Trust since 2007. In both 2012 and 2015 we won England’s top national award for sustainable tourism (the Gold award from Visit England). We’ve won the Gold award for sustainable tourism twice for both Devon (2011,2014) and for the South West region (2012, 2015). Wheatland Farm held Gold in the Green Tourism Business Scheme from 2008-2016 (we’ve now left the scheme because of concerns about some of their awards and expansion plans). We run the whole farm for wildlife, 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 business and our own lifestyles – if you want to know more, see our environmental policy, read our greening blogs or ask us a question.