Wheatland Farm: a Wildlife Haven with Four Eco Lodges and a Cottage
Our small Devon Farm offers wonderful eco lodge accommodation. Our smaller eco lodges (Honeysuckle and Nuthatch Lodges) and Otter Cottage are spacious for a couple and comfortable for up to four. Larger Beech Lodge sleeps six, and fabulous Balebarn Lodge sleeps 8, with an amazing view over the wildlife pond. Beech and Balebarn Eco Lodges have optional Hot Tubs while Honeysuckle Eco Lodge has a bookable outside bath. And of course everyone gets bikes, boats, BBQs, birdsong etc thrown in! Wheatland Farm has a long history of awards for sustainable tourism over recent years at county, regional and national level.
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Devon Eco Lodge Accommodation
Balebarn Eco Lodge is our most up-market and largest accommodation, 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 the accommodaiton you’ll find a Hot Tub with views to the pond as well as a campfire spot. Balebarn Lodge has four bedrooms (a double, a twin that can also be made up as a king-size 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 £328 to £1380. Read more about Balebarn Lodge… or search availability
Beech Eco Lodge, with Hot Tub, at Wheatland Farm’s Devon Eco Lodges
Beech Eco 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 accommodation has a luxurious double bedroom with glass doors to a private veranda, a twin bedroom and a bunk room. The large open plan kitchen/living area (with dish washer) 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, and there’s a separate additional loo. 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 £250 to £946. Read more about Beech Eco 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. The bathroom in Honeysuckle has a shower, making it more accessible, and also an optional outside bathtub – an eco hot tub if you will. In Nuthatch there’s a short bath in the bathroom (can be good for young children) and over-bath shower. Both lodges look onto meadowland, managed for butterflies in summer and hunting owls in winter. They sleep up to 4, prices range from £200 to £749. Read more about Nuthatch and about Honeysuckle Lodge… or search availability
Otter Cottage at Wheatland Farm offers charming accommodation. Its double bedroom has a lovely view across the ponds to Dartmoor, while the twin bedroom looks over the old farmyard. A bathroom with modern shower completes the upper floor. 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 designed as a deterrent rather than a serious restraint. Otter Cottage is quirky in style but is still the most traditional of Wheatland Farm’s eco accommodation. It’s not as accessible as some of the other lodges, because of stairs and steps. However, you can park by the door! Sleeps up to 4, prices £200 to £749
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.
Eco Accommodation, Not Hard Graft!
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. If you eat meat, buying from the farm shop assures you of excellent environmental and welfare standards. Winkleigh’s ‘Mad Butcher’ also sells local produce and milk. Or treat yourself to eating out at one of the lovely nearby Devon pubs. More and more holiday guests ask us where they can get vegan food. Catkin Blooms florist and coffee shop in Winkleigh usually have vegan cakes (and of course non dairy coffee). More and more restaurants advertise vegan options, but Devon, being a big livestock rearing area isn’t at the cutting edge here. You can get a local grocer or a supermarket (Waitrose / Sainsburys / Tesco) to delivery to the cottage and lodges, of course, and we continue to gather local info and recommendations to share with you. Unfortunately, the stress that COVID put on food outlets hasn’t helped – some of our favourites didn’t survive the pandemic.
Wheatland Farm’s eco lodges are 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 borrow farm bikes for local rides, explore Devon’s Tarka Trail (guests usually rent bikes at their starting point), 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.
It’s lovely to see children enjoying the farm and getting in touch with nature. 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, but we do ask you to keep dogs on leads because the whole site is managed as a nature reserve.
Accommodation 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 take a few ideas 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!