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Fisherton Farm's Vintage Vardos

England / Atherington, Devon
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A beautifully wistful collection of off-grid, bow-top wagons nestled in the North Devon countryside.

If you're aching to unplug your laptop and leave your phone at home for a change, an off-grid glamping break at Fisherton Farm's Vintage Vardos is just the excuse you've been looking for.

Featured on the popular Channel 4 show George Clarke's Amazing Spaces, you'll know you're in for a special stay from the moment you arrive on the 100-acre North Devon working farm.  After all, this is a uniquely characterful, romantic Commu-filled setting, and as you follow the vintage tractor to your vardo (a traditional, intricately decorated bow-top gypsy wagon), you'll feel like you've just stepped into a refreshing new world.

There are three lovingly restored, individually-styled vardos to choose from,  plus a quirky 1960s tip-up trailer for groups of up to 14. You'll find them all nestled in a privately secluded meadow, right next to a babbling stream and idyllic woodland...what better way to unwind!

Each vardo is equipped with soft towels, downy bedding, solar lighting and fresh flowers (who said off-grid glamping couldn't be luxurious too?)  There's also a traditional wash bowl and plenty of storage, plus truly exquisite, original décor that will soothe your soul and make you smile.

At over 100 years old, traditionally-styled Big Ted is ideal if you're looking for an authentic wagon stay, and sleeps up to four people in comfort.

Earthy Red Rum, meanwhile, dates back to the 1940s and is ideal for two or three  You'll find a crackling woodburner, sheepskins and plenty of rich colour here.

Little Gem is a funky, firm favourite, offering a range of versatile sleeping options, and finally there's Tippin, an original 1960s tip-up trailer packed with board games and cosy bedding.

The camp is only rented as a ‘whole' so perfect for a group or large family gatherings . The  facilities are generously covered, with a piping hot outdoor shower, a washing area with sink and eco cleaning products, and composting toilets.  Oh, and the jewel in the crown has to be the wondrous woodland ‘living room', equipped with a hand-crafted dining table, a gas stove and huge firepit .  Peppered with cosy lanterns and pots and pans hanging from tree hooks, you'll be instantly enthralled.

Meanwhile, there are plenty of woodland trail pathways to explore, a hammock to laze in and a rope swing to cross the stream on!  Whether you're a little or a big kid, your imagination is free to roam here, so get dam-building, book reading, art-creating, or simply taking in all that pure, fresh air and star gazing .

You'll find the farm's friendly family owners are incredibly passionate about what they do, and there's an on-site honesty shop bursting with fresh produce, from home-reared beef and lamb to home-made jam and honey.  Why not pick your own fruit and vegetables from the fresh-scented kitchen garden, or collect some eggs for breakfast?  For a treat, you can also order freshly-prepared meals and hampers...a true foodie's delight!

Further afield, you'll find some of the best beaches the UK has to offer, not to mention Exmoor National Park, well within easy reach.  And with so much available for you to borrow on site, from wellies and waterproofs to boogie boards, buckets and spades, you can pack reassuringly light.

So go off-grid at Fisherton Farm's Vintage Vardos for your next break - however much you love that phone of yours, we're convinced you won't look back.

Things to note

Honesty shop is available onsite, as well as a kitchen garden. Hen & group parties are welcomed. Wagons are not rented individually. Check in from 3pm, check out 10:30am.


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The basics

Region: Atherington, Devon
Cost (from): £230 per night
Sleeps: Up to 14 guests
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: Communal
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Property ref: 413

Facilities

Big Ted sleeps up to 4, large double bed, 2 single beds, bedding & towels, flowers.

Red Rum sleeps up to 3, double bed, extra bed on request, bedding & towels, flowers, sheepskins, woodburner.

Little Gem sleeps up to 3, double bed, extra bed on request, bedding & towels, flowers, side seating.

Tippin sleeps up to 4, large double bed, 2 single beds, bedding & towels, flowers. Can also be used as a living room for group stays with a large table.

Communal living room, camp style kitchen, outdoor bathroom, hammock and tinny shack indoor games room and gallery barn room with table tennis, table football and darts are all available to use.

Local activities

Wild river swimming, yoga, clay shooting, felting, tarot reading, beaches, national parkland, hiking trails, kayaking, fishing, cycling, rock pooling, surfing, coastal walks, canoeing, horseriding, birdwatching.

At a glance

  • Three authentic bow-top gypsy caravans (vardos) and a coverted tip-up trailer, all privately nestled in an off-grid meadow on Fisherton Farm, North Devon. Close to Exmoor National Park and a wide selection of award-winning beaches.
  • Parking is available at the farm, with a vintage tractor available to transport your luggage to your chosen accommodation.
  • Each vardo sleeps between 2-4 people, with the tip-up trailer sleeping up to 4. Towels, bedding and solar lighting are included.
  • Generous facilities are nearby, including a shower, toilets and a washing area. Kitchen and dining facilities and equipment are also included, an there is also an honesty shop on-site selling fresh farm produce.
  • The nearest shop and post office are a short stroll away, and there are major supermarkets within a 15-minute drive.
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