Berridon Farm located in the beautiful North of Devon was our 6th Glamping break as a family. I am truly in love with this type of getaway. Each site offers something special to make the holiday memorable and Berridon Farm is no exception.
Jenny & Dave are both relaxed and welcoming, which meant we felt at home as soon as we arrived. They are kind, knowledgeable on the area & their love for where they live and what they do is apparent through every part of the farm.
The reason my husband and I love glamping so much is that it’s a retreat from the real world. No wifi, no screens, rustic living and quality food. Berridon Farm combines all the romance of camping with the stay at home comforts that make you feel like you’ve had a lovely break.
The combination of reconnecting as a family, watching Penny roam freely in the field, and seeing Bella become completely enchanted by the interiors of these gorgeous safari tents made for a pretty spectacular weekend.
The five safari tents are placed on the edge of an 8 acre meadow. They provide privacy & beauty in equal measure. We were hit and miss with the weather, which didn’t matter, as when it was sunny we explored the grounds, saw the animals and played in the park (there is a fantastic fort in the field with a tyre swing that kids will love…it is a haven for little adventurers) and when it was miserable we lit the fire & candles, opened the wine, snuggled up under some blankets and played games.
The safari tents have 3 bedrooms, with a double room that took Penny’s travel cot (kindly supplied by Berridon Farm – as was the fire guard), a cabin bed that Bella slept in, and a twin bedroom with bunkbeds. These cleverly designed retreats are stocked with beautiful final touches.
Luxurious bedding, a coffee grinder, beautiful lighting, a selection of books & games, the Berridon Farm newspaper packed full with fab information, and at the heart of the lodge a wood burning stove keeping you snug and enabling you to warm up any of the delicious meals you can order from the honesty shop. On the first night we inhaled the chicken pies prepared by Jenny which I wholeheartedly recommend.
There was a toilet within the tent and the showers were just down the field by the honesty shop. Penny splashing in the tin bath is still one of my favourite baby videos. For Bella it’s a whole weekend where she can play make believe. From dressing as a cowgirl & protecting sheriff Penny, to pretending she is an princess hiding in the woods, Berridon farm is a place where little imaginations will soar, and parents can watch with full glasses of something yummy.
Bella washed the dishes every day whilst we were away. She swept the floor. She collected eggs. She walked down to the shop to get some chocolate. She sketched, read, built, sang, danced, crafted, and had the absolute time of her life for 3 days. Berridon Farm for us was an unforgettable experience and was the epitome of family fun.
A few of the things we did in the area….
- On the Saturday we went to the North Devon Wakepark and I got to laugh at Bella & Daddy jumping into the lake and bouncing around on a load of giant inflatables. The is a lovely café attached to it as well where I had a ridiculously large portion of nachos for lunch.
- We took Bella for a pony ride at Gooseham Barton Riding. The lady was so lovely and answered Bella’s many many questions happily.
- We went for the most delicious Sunday lunch at The Beach House in Widemouth. If you go, reserve a table with a view (which is stunning), and for us also happened to be by a massive basket of toys perfect for the girls. It’s right on the beach so after lunch, but before dessert we went to play on the beach for an hour leaving the buggy and all other baby paraphernalia in situ.
- You can also go surfing, paddle boarding, water zorbing and visit the some high ropes all within the area too – information for all of the above and more you can find in the Berridon Farm newspaper.
Thank you to Jenny & David for being such wonderful hosts, and thank you again to Superdrug for inviting us for the weekend…next time you are in Superdrug have a look at their Make up range B – it’s 100% vegan and completely cruelty free, cheap as chips & fab quality…definitey worth a try.