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Upcott Roundhouse

England / Crediton, Devon
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Take a break from everyday life and soothe your senses with a naturally unique, off-grid Devon break that's magically infused with atmospheric Iron-age history.

Lovingly built from wood and thatch, perfect for secluded contemplation and simply enjoying life at its most free, Upcott Roundhouse is a welcoming, cathedral-like holiday home that has been constructed in the style of an authentic Iron-age house.  The result is a truly unforgettable glamping experience for up to ten people, imbued with natural quality and a blissful sense of tranquillity.

Discover this historic haven in an ancient sweet-chestnut grove that overlooks the wondrous Devon woodlands and lush fields, for the most stunning views as you survey your very own slice of ancient land and imagine yourself as historic royalty! 

Upcott Roundhouse, expertly built by its welcoming owners, the enterprising and history-loving Cole family, is the ideal setting for rustic breaks of any description, whether family, romantic or celebratory.  Everything has been taken care of to provide a realistic sense of what life was like in simpler times past, whilst still ensuring you spend your days in peaceful comfort.

A mini-roundhouse joined to the main living building houses a hot shower, cold-water basin and compost toilet, and some electricity is provided from the solar-power station, dependent of course on sunlight!  Light is otherwise provided from a rechargeable lantern, candles...and the Roundhouse's jewel in the crown and provider of welcoming warmth, the central hearth with its roaring open fire.  Gather around, drinks in hand, and chatter endlessly about life, love and everything in between.

The Roundhouse has no windows, so you'll feel delightfully cosy throughout your stay, blocking out the demands of the modern world as you relax and unwind.  You'll find the furnishings and décor inside blend beautifully with the woodland setting outside, with furniture hand-made from farm wood. 

Prepare your meals on the central hearth, or perhaps head for the local pub instead, if you don't feel like cooking!  A meal for your first night can be ordered in advance, prepared and left on the hearth for you to enjoy as soon as you arrive.  The firebowl barbecue outside is ideal if you prefer to dine al fresco, perhaps finishing with coffee under the stars.

Curl up in the comfy king-sized bed, with futon mattresses also provided which can be made up as needed.

Following a hearty hearth-prepared breakfast, why not begin your holiday adventure by exploring the local area?  The imposing manor house of Upcott, with its terraced Elizabethan gardens, are situated just below the Roundhouse, perfect for a leisurely royal-style stroll!  

Rolling moors, including Dartmoor and Exmouth, are the ideal backdrop for bracing walks, and Devon beaches are among the very best in the UK, with Salcombe and Torquay nearby - and Croyde and Saunton both the setting for a surfer's paradise.

To continue the authentic historical experience, why not visit a castle - there are several in the area including Tiverton and Powderham, and then finish up with a meal in the Grade II listed Ring of Bells pub in Cheriton Fitzpaine?  Tiverton itself is a thriving market town...and for a traditional city experience that includes shopping, a trip to Exeter offers something for everyone.

Throughout your stay, the friendly Cole family are on hand to help with any questions...and if you fancy leaving the kids at home for an evening, babysitting services can be arranged.  So why wait? - get ready to relax in naturally historic style, leaving all your cares firmly in the 21st Century back home.

Things to note

Pets are permitted but not inside the roundhouse itself and must be well controlled, check in time is from 3pm, please note there is no wifi connection, it is possible to purchase meals onsite if ordered one day in advance, children are permitted but should exercise caution around the open fire, travel cots and highchairs may be provided upon prior arrangement, certified babysitter is available, please note there is no refrigerator in the roundhouse. Prices are for four guests, with £25 per person per night for each extra guest.

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The basics

Region: Crediton, Devon
Cost (from): £170 per night
Sleeps: Up to 10
Bedrooms: Studio
Bathrooms: 1
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Property ref: 318

Facilities

Sleeps up to 10, king size bed, extra futon mattresses, bedding & towels provided, central open hearth fire, candlelight, lanterns, solar power, washing up bowl, cutlery, gas-powered hot shower, toilet, solar plus sockets, fire bowl BBQ, parking.

Local activities

Angling, forest walking, cycling, brewery tours, art galleries, museums, city walls, castles, horse riding.

At a glance

  • Devon-based off-grid roundhouse on farmland, constructed from wood and thatch in the style of an Iron Age house and sleeping up to 10 people. There is a separate mini-roundhouse containing washing and toilet facilities.
  • The roundhouse is easily accessible by road, though the ancient lanes and roads leading directly to its location may not be suitable for some cars. There is plenty of parking available.
  • The roundhouse may not be suited to very young children due to the hearth's open fire and smoky atmosphere. There is no equipment available for babies.
  • All linens and towels are provided, along with utensils and an in-house manual. Futons will need to be made up as needed.
  • Bring a strong pair of wellies...and some comfy slippers!
  • There is a selection of local pubs nearby, with plenty of bracing walks, beaches, historic sites, shopping and dining venues within easy reach.
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