If you need to contact us, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone 01837 83499 or phone, text or WhatsApp to 07780708747. WhatsApp is best – because wifi coverage is better than mobile signal here.
Arrival time is 4pm and departure time is 10 am
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY ring 999 and give your location as Wheatland Farm, EX19 8DJ. Nearest A&E departments are at North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple at EX31 4JB (well signposted) and at Exeter’s Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital at Wonford (signed from all major routes into Exeter).
NON-EMERGENCY HEALTH: For non emergencies, ring NHS 111. The number for the local surgery is 01769 580295 and there are branches in Winkleigh (2 miles) and Chulmleigh (4.5 miles).
Beech Eco Lodge – How It All Works
- BBQ in the meadow, never on the veranda
- Note the extinguisher and a fire blanket in the lodge.
- Induction hobs heat up as fast as gas – be aware.
- Leave the key attached to the veranda door – so you can always easily get out.
- Don’t burn candles.
- Please don’t smoke in the lodge.
Recycling and Waste
Please don’t let Devon go to waste! We’re relying on your help. Nearly everything gets recycled – but it needs to be clean. WE DO NOT HAVE A WAY TO DISPOSE OF MIXED WASTE.
- CLEAN tins, paper, cardboard, glass, tetrapak, plastic tubs, etc all go in the recycling centre in the old farmyard.
- All food waste, scraps and cooking oil goes in the food waste container, and when full, into the big caddy by the recycling centre. You can include kitchen paper, but not wet wipes. This waste is collected for biodigestion/energy reclamation.
- Please DON’T PUT ANY FOOD, OR FOOD-DIRTIED ITEMS, IN THE BIN.
- Rubbish is sanitary products, foil crisp packets, really irretrievably greasy BBQ foil, plastic-based wet wipes (but it’s so much better not to use them), broken shoes – things like that.
- Please take as much of your left over food as possible home with you. But if you really can’t please still don’t put it in the bin! Leave it on the kitchen table. If we can use it we will, if not we’ll add it to the biodigester waste.
- Batteries and electricals – leave these in a pot by the bin and we will ensure they don’t end up in landfill.
- Dog poo goes in the dog poo bin in the old farmyard (wrapped please).
Your hot water is solar, with immersion top up. You’ll find the switch in the small loo, above the sink. Press the grey lozenge button once for 30mins, twice for an hour, and three times for 2 hours (a fourth press switches it for off again).
The Induction Hob
Induction hobs need magnetic pans, so if you’ve brought your own, they may not work. Here’s a short video showing how the hob in Beech Lodge turns on and off.
If there’s a power cut, it’s usually very temporary. If it persists, ring Western Power Distribution on 08006738105 for more details and contact the farmhouse. The fuse box, should you need it, is in the low cupboard to the right of the sink..
Beech Lodge’s SSID is called Honeysuckle, and the password is honeysuckle (all lower case). Please don’t touch the modem, even if you think you know what you’re doing, as the set up is complex. Instead, contact Ian.
This accommodation is non-smoking. If you smoke outside, please dispose of butts responsibly.
If you find you need something, please ask. There’s a list of equipment to borrow on our accessibility pages (subject to availability).
- Most supermarkets deliver to Wheatland Farm.
- Fiona’s Farm Shop (01837 83382) offers lovely pies and quiches – good for first nights. They will deliver.
- Localfarmbox.co.uk will deliver.
- So will Grape and Grain wine and beer merchants. Ring 01363 777719 and tell Bruce you’re staying at Wheatland Farm.
We will show you how the hot tub works. Please read and understand the terms and conditions. We check the tub each day for water quality. Please note that if you don’t look after the water quality, we’ll have to empty the tub and refilling costs an additional £35 and takes time to reheat.
Around Wheatland Farm
Campfire site in the lodge field – please message Ian about wood if you’d like to have an evening fire in the meadow.
Handwashing and Hygeine – if your hand sanitizer needs refilling, contact us at the farmhouse. There are handwashing stations by the bikes, by Balebarn Lodge, and by the lodge field campfire site.
Exploring: here’s the map. You can go anywhere inside the red line. Please respect our neighbours’ privacy.
- Campfire site in the lodge field
- Tree house
- Bike sheds
- Turbine room
- Fishing pond
- Wind turbine
- Main wildlife pond
- End of the turbine walk
- Pedestrian entrance to Popehouse Moor
- Particularly wet area that eats shoes
- The woodland pond
- Please leave gates as you find them
- There’s a tree house amongst the trees at the far side of the field. You use it at your own risk – adults please decide whether you’re happy for kids to play there, and supervise them as needed.
- Please don’t pick wildflowers
- Expect common countryside hazards like uneven ground, barbed wire, mud, electric fences and ponds.
- Please don’t let children play around old farm buildings.
- Badminton: You can borrow equipment for the lodge field badminton/volleyball pitch from the farmhouse. Please return it to us personally, for cleaning between users.map
- Make sure you’ve read the terms and conditions.
- Children must be supervised
- Catch and immediate release
- Barbless hooks only
- Contact Ian if you want to borrow a rod
- Sweetcorn, or a little white bread, makes good bait.
- No night fishing
Dogs on leads please at all times: to protect our wildlife. Please don’t allow dogs into bedrooms. Don’t take them onto Popehouse Moor SSSI, even on a lead please. There is a dog waste bin in the old farmyard. See our terms and conditions for full ‘dog rules’.
Nature walks: are available with Maggie by appointment.
Boats: ask Ian for the briefing, then you can borrow the key. Please return the key, paddles and any buoyancy aids, directly to us, so we can clean the equipment between users. Please read the terms and conditions.
Wild swimming: the water between the pontoons gets deep quickly. Please only swim if you’re a confident swimmer and accept the inherent risks of wild swimming. You are responsible for your own and children’s safety. Please read the terms and conditions.
Bikes: Talk to Ian if you need anything specific, or if anything needs fixing. Please put bikes back in the shed when you’re not using them. If you want bikes for long trips, please come and chat. Please read the terms and conditions.
Wellies: we have a few to borrow, kept in the public area. Ask if you need help.
Local facilities and food
Please see the current information elsewhere on the Wheatland Farm website.