Wheatland Farm: a Wildlife Haven with Four Eco Lodges and a Cottage
Our small Devon Farm has wonderful places to stay. Our Otter Cottage and the smaller eco lodges (Honeysuckle and Nuthatch Lodges) are comfortable for a couple and cosy for up to four. Larger Beech Lodge sleeps six, while fabulous Balebarn Lodge sleeps 8, with an amazing view over the wildlife pond. Beech and Balebarn Lodges have optional Hot Tubs. And of course everyone gets bikes, boats, BBQs, birdsong etc thrown in! Wheatland Farm was awarded Silver and Commended in the 2019 Devon Tourism Awards in the sustainable tourism and self catering categories.
Balebarn Lodge is our most up-market and largest lodge, and is our flagship eco build. Fashioned 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), and with a stylish woodburner. Outside you’ll find a Hot Tub with views to the pond as well as a campfire spot. Balebarn has four bedrooms (a double, a twin or kingsize double, a bunk and a double that can be made single to give more floorspace). Level access throughout and a wet room shower make it particularly accessible. Sleeps 8, prices from £308 to £1100. Read more about Balebarn Lodge… or search availability
Beech Lodge, with Hot Tub, at Wheatland Farm’s Devon Eco Lodges
Beech Lodge, the biggest of our three wooden lodges, also comes equipped with an optional Hot Tub where you can enjoy the stars or watch life go by in the meadow. This lodge has a luxurious double bedroom with doors to a private veranda, a twin bedroom and a bunk room. The large open plan kitchen/living area has sliding glass doors onto the south-facing main veranda, with lovely views over the meadow. The bathroom has a generous bath with over-bath shower. Beech Lodge has three steps up and one internal step (to the bathroom), but is otherwise level inside. It is a comfortable place to holiday as a family or with friends. Sleeps 6, prices from £165 to £722. Read more about Beech Lodge… or search availability
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 and big sliding doors to the veranda. Outside you’ll find a porch swing and a BBQ at each lodge. The bathroom in Honeysuckle has a shower, making it more accessible. In Nuthatch there’s a short bath (can be good for young children) and over-bath shower. Both lodges look onto grassland, managed for butterflies in summer and hunting owls in winter. They sleep up to 4, prices range from £160 to £550. Read more about Nuthatch and about Honeysuckle Lodge… or search availability
Otter Cottage is a charming farm cottage. Its double bedroom has a lovely view across the ponds to Dartmoor, while the twin bedroom looks over the old farmyard. There’s a standard bathroom with an over bath shower. Downstairs, the cottage has an open plan living /kitchen area made extra cosy with a wood burning stove: and a stable door to a patio. The garden is right by the fishing pond, with lovely views, and has a low fence d designed as a toddler safety measure rather than a serious constraint. Otter Cottage quirky in style but is still the most traditional of Wheatland Farm’s holiday homes. It’s also the least accessible for anyone with mobility challenges, because of stairs and steps. However, you can park by the door! Sleeps up to 4, prices £160 to £550
Click on the links above for more information and pictures about each lodge or the cottage.
Everyone is welcome at Wheatland Farm Eco Lodges, and we’re here to help whenever we can. Some people just want to borrow cots and highchairs, others need chairs that are not too low, or want to borrow perching stools, shower stools or toilet surrounds. Some have queries about wheelchair access or hire. You’ll find more information throughout our website, but also gathered together on our Wheatland Farm access page (and each of our accommodation units has an individual access statement). But please ring us on 01837 83499 if you have any specific queries. We’re happy to help.
Wake up and look out over farmland and set your own timetable – self catering is a lovely way to ensure your Devon holiday is a truly relaxing break. 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. Winkleigh’s ‘Mad Butcher’ also sells local produce and milk. Or you can get a local grocer or a supermarket (Waitrose / Sainsburys / Tesco) 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, 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 hire or borrow farm bikes, explore Devon’s Tarka Trail, relax at RHS Rosemoor, shop at nearby pannier markets, 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, try badminton or volleyball on the mown pitch or just take the paddle boat out on the wildlife pond. See our things to do pages for more on entertaining the kids or just concentrating on some relaxing ‘me time’, and check for local events on our Facebook page.
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!
For couples and singles
Some of the best times in Devon are reserved almost exclusively for adults, simply because children are all in school. Our wildlife is at it’s absolute best in late spring and early summer. May and June are fabulous months for a Devon holiday. But every season has something. Daffodils will be out in March, beautiful dragonflies are still on the wing 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 and ethical business. But we’re not eco bores, fanatics or hippies. 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.
Wheatland Farm has won many awards for sustainable tourism. 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 take great care over the environmental impact of both the business and our own lifestyles – if you want to know more, see our environmental policies, read our blog posts or ask us a question.
By staying at Wheatland Farm you help make this management financially viable – Thank you!