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The Bluebird Penthouse

England / High Bickington, Devon
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Full description
A lovingly retro-styled 1950s caravan, complete with a unique Land Rover hot tub and spectacular panoramic views of the Taw Valley.

Steeped in cosy luxury and beautiful handmade touches, The Bluebird Penthouse is quite unlike any other country retreat.

Surrounded by Devonshire countryside, the 1950s Bluebird caravan is set on a friendly farm, in the elevated rural village of High Bickington.   

Not only are stunning panoramic views of the Taw Valley guaranteed, but you'll have a choice of comfy spots to view them from... including the caravan's many windows, the hand-planked decking crafted from local trees, or the unique Land Rover hot tub!

Self-contained and furnished in authentic retro style, you'll feel as though you've escaped all the hectic demands of modern everyday life as you arrive with your loved one in tow.  

Owner Ralph is a seriously creative type who enjoys crafting fun and imaginative escapes, and you're sure to feel he's succeeded, as you put the whistling kettle on the hob and explore your vintage surroundings.

Furnished with all the facilities you'll need, there's a well-equipped kitchenette to help you whip up romantic country feasts, and a bathroom for evening soaks and morning freshen-ups (so there'll be no dashing out to a shower block, or queuing for a communal loo!)  

You'll be kept perfectly toasty with heat from the large biomass boiler, fuelled with plenty of sustainably grown wood from the farm. Oh, and your ridiculously downy double bed is surrounded by windows... one of which is beautifully positioned for you to watch the sunrise without having to move a muscle.

What else? Well, make sure you don't miss the caravan's wine cellar, which you'll find cleverly hidden in the floor tiles!

On sunny days, why not take a bottle of wine out to that furnished decking, where you'll find a gas barbecue and a chimenea to extend your al fresco evening? It's also the perfect spot for morning coffee... during which you could be treated to a curious visit from a few of the farm's friendly cows!

Don't forget to take a dip in the hot tub, too... a jaw-dropping, Insta-worthy conversion of one of the farm's vintage Land Rovers. Sit in the driver's seat and relax amongst the gently heated bubbles, or if you don't want to get your feet wet, you could opt for enjoying the views (or a good book!) on the bench seats at the back.

Things to do in the local area? You'll discover plenty, from National Trust properties and museums, to the delights of Exmoor Zoo.  Ralph is always happy to furnish you with details of the best local places to eat and drink, too.

But we've got a sneaking suspicion that once you've immersed yourselves in the tranquil serenity of this amazing retro retreat, you won't want to go anywhere.

Things to note

Flexible check-in time, check out by 10am. Not suitable for children or pets. Please note that you are not permitted to walk around the farm site or across the fields.
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The basics

The basics


Region: High Bickington, Devon
Cost (from): £143 per night
Sleeps: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Minimum stay: 1 night
Property ref: 1586

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Facilities

Facilities

Retro styled vintage caravan, sleeps 2 guests.  Kitchenette with fridge, sink, grill, oven, hobs, kettle, tea and coffee.  Dining table and chairs.  DAB radio.  Double bed with sunrise views. Wine cellar. Bathroom with WC, basin, bath and shower.  Outside: furnished decking with chimenea, gas barbecue, Land Rover hot tub with bench seats, parking.

Local Activities


Walking, cycling, wildlife watching, pubs, restaurants, National Trust properties, Exmoor Zoo, historic sites

At a glance

At a glance

  • Authentic 1950s Bluebird caravan for two, self-contained and furnished in retro style, privately set amongst Devonshire farmland with spectacular views of the Taw Valley.
  • Toasty heating, kitchen and bathroom facilities are provided... along with tea, coffee, and a wine cellar! Wake up to sunrise views from the comfort of your cosy double bed.
  • Outside, discover a furnished decking area with jaw-dropping views. There's a barbecue, chimenea, and a hot tub uniquely crafted from a vintage Land Rover.
  • Friendly owner Ralph is on hand for suggestions of local places to eat and drink, and there are plenty of tourist hot spots to visit in the surrounding area.
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