Cheglinch Farm Glamping

UK England South West England Devon Ilfracombe

  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Games room
  • Laundry
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Beaches
  • Short walk to the pub
Small-scale, eco-friendly glamping on a working Devon farm, and the West Country coast nearby – boasting long sandy beaches and quaint fishing villages

Utter the words "proper camping" and you may start some controversy. Is it possible to have a genuine, camping experience yet still enjoy the odd glamping luxury like a double bed and fully equipped outdoor kitchen? Cheglinch Farm Glamping is an eco-conscious site that splits the difference between traditional tenters and over-pampered glampers, by providing off-the-grid seclusion in comfortable canvas – all set in a family-run working dairy farm, amongst North Devon's picturesque agricultural scenery.

To call Cheglinch Farm Glamping a ‘site’ is perhaps a misstatement. The space consists of just three, five-person Lotus Bell Tents, with views across the open meadows and ample space for kids to run free while adults blissfully relax. There’s no huge plastic playground or gaudy reception building, just a car-free sheltered field to connect with nature. "We wish to keep the field as natural as possible, with the minimum environmental impact," says the owner Ella. The small-scale atmosphere makes the place feel remarkably exclusive, with not a soul to disturb you, well, apart from the local family of pheasants, visiting deer, or dairy cows grazing nearby.

The tents – which are set upon wooden standings within their own dedicated 4-acre field – proper beds are made-up ready for your arrival and come complete with blankets, hot water bottles and a wood burning stove set just outside of the tent, to keep you toasty. Everything needed to whip up a good meal is found in each tent's private outdoor kitchen area, equipped with a gas barbecue, as well as cooking equipment and crockery. The eco-friendly focus continues with the ablution facilities, with a private composting toilet housed in a portable wooden structure next to each tent and quirky, private shower rooms within a wooden building across the field.

After soaking in Cheglinch's winning ambiance (be warned, it may take a while), you’re left with North Devon, in all its glory. For a secluded swim, the Victorian bathing pool at the Tunnels Beaches should impress, as it's reached by a network of tunnels, hand-carved through the Ilfracombe cliffs by Welsh miners in 1823. If it’s wilderness you’re after, nothing beats the desolate beauty of Exmoor National Park. With one foot in Somerset, and the other in Devon, Exmoor's attractions include wild ponies, glittering night skies – the lack of light pollution made it Europe's first Dark Skies Reserve – and endless walking routes.

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Facilities

Each tent is set on a wooden standing within their own distinct area of the field. There's no electricity inside, lighting is provided by fairy lights and a rechargeable camping lantern. Outdoor kitchen area with a gas BBQ, utensils, crockery, seating area, wood burning stove and a firepit. Private compost toilet adjacent to each tent, plus a rustic wooden shower block, with 3 shower rooms – each has a gas-powered shower, mirror and sink. Towels are available to hire for a small fee. High chairs and travel cots available on request. Undercover dish-washing area. Play barn area, which also houses electric points, dining tables (one per tent), a washing machine, clothes drying area, fridge freezer and microwave. Introductory basket of wood provided, with further wood available to purchase. Indoor play area with sandpit, ball pit, board games and outdoor rustic area with balancing beams and areas to play hide and seek.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Families, couples, small adult groups (up to 4) – yes. Family groups can rent the whole site- contact us to discuss availability. Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs – no.'

Nearby

There are many family-friendly attractions nearby – visit the dinosaurs at Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park (01271 882486), the bees at Quince Honey Farm (01769 572401) in South Molton, the sheep at The Big Sheep at Bideford (01237 472366) and the family theme park and castle at Watermouth Castle (01271 867474) just outside Ilfracombe. Arlington Court and National Trust Carriage Museum (01271 850296) is less than 7 miles away and RHS Garden Rosemoor (01805 624067) can be reached in an hour. The traditional English seaside town of Ilfracombe is only a few minutes drive away (3 miles) and boasts a lovely harbour with Damian Hirst’s well-known and controversial statue Verity, as well as offering fishing trips, boat trips to Lundy Island – see if you can spot the puffins – and the chance to eat fish and chips by the seaside. Closer to Cheglinch, the village of West Down is just a short walk away. 

Food & Drink

The West Down Community Shop (01271 864264) stocks all the essentials and a wide variety of local produce, including speciality products. The Crown Inn (01271 862790) in West Down is the nearest pub at just half a mile away and serves a varied menu and specials board, and can be reached on foot or by car. Cook Island is a bar and restaurant within a mile of the site. It which can be reached by car via the main road (not safe to walk along). Ilfracombe (3 miles away), is a busy seaside town with butchers, bakers, fishmongers, pubs, and restaurants. There are local garages with essentials 5–10 minutes away, supermarkets in Ilfracombe and Braunton and a farmers market in Barnstaple (25 minute drive). Please be aware there are no onsite catering options.

Opening Times

Early May–October (Monday and Friday arrival days).

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The Owner Says

At Cheglinch Farm Glamping we aim to enable you to wind down, relax and get back to nature in beautiful rural North Devon, whilst still being able to enjoy your home comforts and the nearby coast.  Our luxurious furnished Lotus Belle tents will comfortably sleep four plus a little one.  They are equipped with proper beds, made up ready for your arrival, wooden cabinets and bistro table.  Outside you will find your own private toilet, shower room and kitchen area.  Our fire pits are great for toasting marshmallows but you may prefer the gas barbecue for cooking a proper meal!

The huge field really is a special place.  Sited on our working dairy farm, historically it was a wetland area. However, it has been sensitively drained, whilst maintaining small pockets of marshland which are great at attracting many different species of insects and birds.  Children love darting around in the longer grass, hiding behind the reeds and playing with the mud kitchen.  They can also collect the eggs from our farm chickens, meet our family of guinea pigs, watch the calves being fed in our nearby calf sheds and try to spot our herd of dairy cows grazing within the hamlet.  You are also sure to see the odd tractor or two going about their summer tasks.  Oh, and don't forget to visit the seaside.  We are a situated in a perfect location to visit North Devon's best sandy beaches.  Ilfracombe is just 3 miles away, Woolacombe a 10 minute drive and Croyde, Putsborough and Saunton are all within easy reach.

We hope that the weather is kind to you during your stay with us but if not you can always take shelter in our play barn.  Here you will find dining tables and chairs, a play area, fridge, freezer, washing machine, microwave and some electric points for charging your phone.

We are open from the beginning of May to the end of September.  In peak season we offer Friday to Monday, and Monday to Friday stays.  Off peak, we offer 2 & 3 night weekend stays (Friday arrival), 3 & 4 night midweek breaks (Monday arrival) as well as a selection of other short breaks.  Prices range from £55 per night per tent off peak to £105 in peak season.

Accommodation

3 furnished Lotus Belle tents in a 4-acre meadow. Check Availability

Location

Contact Cheglinch Farm Glamping, Cheglinch Farm Glamping, Fairfield House, Cheglinch, West Down, Ilfracombe, Devon EX34 8NW

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Getting There

From the M5 follow the A361 until Barnstaple &  head towards Ilfracombe. Take the road on your right signposted to Cheglinch approximately half a mile before Mullacott roundabout  and follow it into the hamlet.

Alternatively, from the M5 take the A361 to South Molton. Then take the A399  towards Ilfracombe, Woolacombe. Follow the road & continue on the A3123 following the signs for Woolacombe. At Mullacott roundabout turn left onto the A361. Half a mile later turn left towards Cheglinch & continue into the hamlet.

Fairfield House is the first house on your right hand side in Cheglinch. Drive past the house & continue until you see the entrance sign for Cheglinch Farm Glamping on your right hand side.

NB Sat navs may try to take you on some narrow country roads & tell you that you have arrived at your destination slightly further along the road from Fairfield House. Therefore, please keep to the main roads, ignore your Sat Nav and use our directions!

The nearest main coach station is in Barnstaple, 10 miles away. This is serviced by buses which stop at a local bus stop less than half a mile from the glamping site. The nearest train station is also 10 miles away, in Barnstaple.

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Why book with I Love This Campsite?

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