Balebarn eco lodge offers stunning view over the wildlife pond
Balebarn Lodge is our most up-market and largest Devon eco lodge, and is our flagship project. Refashioned from a cow shed it is sleek, modern yet rustic.
This award winnning eco lodge is an ultra-low carbon building, with straw bale insulation in the walls (hence the name) and a host of other energy saving features. Its huge bifold doors open onto a wrap round veranda with a phenomenal view out over our largest wildlife pond and with no other buildings in your line of sight.
It’s our most exclusive holiday accommodation with many features: two bathrooms, four bedrooms (a double, a twin, a bunk and a single/double), woodburner, two ovens, dishwasher, spacious living area and heaps of inspirational upcycled style. For groups of up to 12, it works well with Otter Cottage, which is just a stone’s throw away and sleeps a further 4.
Balebarn Eco Lodge was the main reason Wheatland Farm won GOLD for sustainability in the Visit England Tourism Awards 2015. The judges said, “The new eco lodge has allowed new opportunities to show what is possible in terms of efficiency, ethical purchasing and upcycling. It further adds to the existing all-embracing experience offered by Wheatland which helps people to re-connect with nature and the simple pleasures of life – without having to be ‘wacky green’. Inspiring stuff!”
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From frosted porthole windows in the bathroom (recycled microwave turntables) to cushions stitched from silk ties, everything in Balebarn lodge has been crafted to cosset you in truly sustainable comfort. Details like the original pillars and the wooden curtain supports (cut from our own hedgerows) give you a wonderful sense of place. From the straw that grew three fields away to the artwork on the walls, the eco lodge is part of the glorious Devon countryside.
This is not glamping that can hold your holiday hostage to the weather, nor is it ‘out of a box’ or ‘on trend’ fashion. It’s a completely individual Devon eco lodge that emanates an authentic belief that there’s a better life to be had through sustainability. Come and experience it for yourself, and take some of that inspiration home.
If you want to see more about the adventure of building it, see Balebarn’s own archive in our greening blog.
What’s near this Devon eco lodge?
A short walk up the road takes you to a great farm shop on the neighbouring farm. Winkleigh village is a mile and half away and has good pubs, a small convenience store and several other shops including a good butchers. Wine and groceries can be delivered.
After a great day exploring Devon, relax with a glass of wine, watch the birds, dip your toes in the pond, or enjoy a peaceful BBQ.
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Looking for a Devon holiday with your dog?
Your dog is welcome too, but in Balebarn there is a £20 charge per pet, maximum of two per booking.