Balebarn Eco Lodge
Balebarn Lodge is Wheatland Farm’s largest and most luxury Devon eco lodge. It’s also our most accessible holiday accommodation. Lime plastered and insulated with straw bales, it is sleek, modern yet rustic. Its huge veranda has ample room for a Hot Tub (optional) and gives you glorious views of the wildlife pond.
Award Winning Eco Lodge
Balebarn Eco Lodge was the main reason Wheatland Farm won GOLD for sustainability in the Visit England Tourism Awards 2015. The judges said it “Showed 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!”
This Devon eco lodge is an ultra-low carbon building with straw bale construction (grown 3 fields away), recycled bottle insulation, 100% renewable power (most generated on site), and a host of eco accommodation features from frosted porthole windows in the bathroom (recycled microwave turntables) to cushions stitched from silk ties.
Details like the original pillars and the wooden curtain supports (cut from our own hedgerows) give you a wonderful sense of place.
Eco Lodge Features
Balebarn Eco Lodge offers holiday accommodation with many features:
- Double bedroom with queen sized bed.
- Twin room that can become a king-sized double.
- Small double bedroom that can become a single to give more space.
- Bunk room with sturdy bunks.
- Open plan living area with wood burner and local Devon wood.
- Main bathroom with bath, over bath shower, loo, and basin.
- Second bathroom with loo, basin and wetroom style shower.
- Kitchen area with induction hob, oven, microwave combi oven, dishwasher and fridge freezer.
- Upright piano (tuned twice a year)
- Optional Hot Tub (£35 per stay).
Outside Facilities at the Eco Lodge
If you’re holidaying at Balebarn Eco Lodge you get the rest of Wheatland Farm’s facilities to enjoy too:
- Boats to borrow on the wildlife pond.
- Campfire site by the eco lodge
- Bikes to borrow (for kids and adults)
- 21 acres to explore (or take a free guided walk)
- Wildlife at your doorstep
- Mown badminton pitch
- Outdoor chess table
Eco Lodge Accommodation for Groups
For groups of up to 12, Balebarn Eco Lodge (sleeps 8) works well with Otter Cottage, which is just a stone’s throw away and sleeps a further 4. If you need space for an even bigger party, add 6 in Beech Eco Lodge (which also has a Hot Tub) or 4 in each of Honeysuckle and Nuthatch Eco Lodges
This is better than glamping venues that can hold your holiday hostage to the weather. It isn’t ‘out of a box’ or ‘on trend’ fashion either. 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.
Hot Tubs at Wheatland Farm’s Devon Eco Lodges
Love Hot Tubs? Or does the idea leave you cold? Don’t worry, the choice is yours. Both Beech Lodge and Balebarn Lodge have Hot Tubs, but Nuthatch and Honeysuckle Eco Lodges do not. Even in Beech and Balebarn Lodges, the Hot Tubs are an optional extra, at a cost of £35 per stay*. This covers the water, heating it with 100% renewable energy, pool chemicals, daily checks and an extra towel each.
What’s near this Devon eco lodge?
A short walk up the road from Wheatland Farm takes you to a great farm shop (Fiona will deliver, too). Winkleigh village is a mile and half away and has good pubs, a small convenience store and several other shops including a good butchers (The Mad Butcher of Winkleigh). Wine and groceries can be delivered.
After a great day exploring Devon, relax with a glass of wine, watch the birds from the Hot Tub, or dip your toes in the pond before enjoying a peaceful BBQ.
Don’t forget to check out our extensive list of things do do within 30 miles of Balebarn Eco Lodge – from sightseeing to adventure days and Devon beaches you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Eco Lodge Access Questions?
Need to know something specific about the eco accommodation? Check out our full access statement or email or ring us with queries. We can loan some equipment to save space in your car, make up the rooms to suit your needs, and hopefully help ensure your holiday is hitch free for everyone.
Looking for a Devon holiday with your dog?
Your dog is welcome at Wheatland Farm, but in Balebarn there is a £20 charge per pet, maximum of two per booking.
‘Small Print’ for Wheatland Farm’s Eco Lodges
Click here to see the terms and conditions – they’re pretty standard stuff.
*Price for hot tubs rose for bookings made from 28 May 2019.