- Sleeps: 4
- Bedrooms: 3
- Bathroom: 1
- Minimum stay: 2 nights
Surrounded by big skies, wide open countryside, and sweet-scented wildflower meadows on an ancient Devon farm, a stay at The Big Hoot Caravan feels like stepping gloriously back in time.
The retreat comprises two caravans, which are designed to join together to form a comfortable ‘showman’s living van’. Originally built in the 1970s, the van’s groovy restoration was featured on the popular BBC TV series, My Unique B&B – on which it was described by host Simon Parfett as his “funkiest project yet!”
A vibrant tribute to the Disco Decade, there’s plenty of zingy colour throughout, including a sunny orange kitchen, a lime-green-and-avocado shower room (“these colours actually work!” Simon exclaimed in amazement!) and eye-catching psychedelic wallpaper.
You’ll also find plenty of authentic ‘70s accessories, including a drinks globe and map wallpaper… cleverly ‘aged’ with tea! As you might expect, there are plenty of creatively upcycled elements, too. These include a breakfast-bar-with-a-view transformed from an old wardrobe, intricate glass lighting, and vintage furnishings from the owners’ family, brought imaginatively back to life.
Sleeping up to four time-travelling guests, there’s a double bedroom and two single beds to curl up in, making this an ideal bolthole for a small family – especially since there’s so much private space to run wild and free in outside!
There’s a built-in seat between the caravans’ A-frames, from which you can relax with a good book, or simply gaze across at the orchard and fields, letting your mind wander wherever it likes.
Feel free to explore the farm, too… saying hello to the resident ducks, hens, and friendly goats Kevin and Alfie on your way! There’s plenty of wildlife to spot, and if you’re lucky, you may also receive a warm welcome from the owners’ super-friendly dogs, Reggie and Pippin.Keep reading
At a glance
- An original showman’s living van, comprising two 1970s caravans joined together, transformed into a groovy retreat set on a peaceful, wildlife-steeped Devon farm.
- The van’s makeover was captured on the BBC TV show ‘My Unique B&B’, with the host declaring it his “funkiest project yet!”
- Self-contained facilities include a 70s inspired kitchen and bathroom, with vibrant décor and creative upcycling throughout.
- Sleeping up to 4 guests, there’s a double and two single beds to curl up in after a long day exploring the farm!
- There are children’s play areas and friendly goats to meet on the farm, while further afield the south coast is 40 minutes’ drive away. There are plenty of attractions and activities in the local area.
- Dog Friendly
- Family Friendly
Restored showman’s living van, sleeps 4 guests. Large double bedroom, 2 single bedrooms, large lounge with seating and upcycled breakfast bar with countryside and wildlife views. 70s inspired kitchen with cooker, hob, fridge/freezer, L-shaped seating area, table. Bathroom with shower, separate WC. Outdoor seating area with field and orchard views. On site: children’s play areas, circular walking routes, friendly farm animals.
Children’s play areas, wildlife-watching, country walks, beaches, watersports, historic sites, coastal villages, markets, festivals, independent shops, pubs
You’ll also find slides for the kids, and if the weather takes a turn for the worse, there’s an indoor barn, complete with a trampoline and ride-on toys.
Prefer exploring further afield? Lace up those walking boots – there are plenty of scenic circular walks on the farm, which join the local footpath network, so just choose your favourite direction!
The sweeping south coast is a mere 40-minute drive away, featuring some of the area’s loveliest beaches, or try heading to Exmoor or Dartmoor for the most picturesque picnic you’ll ever enjoy.
However you choose to spend your time in this beautiful part of the world, your hearts will soar at the prospect of curling up in those comfy beds again, as gentle owl’s hoots ease you into a sound night’s sleep.
Things to note
While one well-behaved dog is welcome to join you, they must be extremely well-behaved as the farm is sometimes home to sheep, and the owners have two friendly dogs themselves – from whom you may receive a welcoming visit!
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What the guests of The Big Hoot Caravan say
Tranquil and ideal for families to get away from everything! The caravan itself is perfect in every way. Sure, it has its quirks, it was made in the 70s! Yet it has been so well redesigned and decorated it has managed to keep so much charm and somehow also works perfectly for a modern holidaymaker (having said that, no TV and Wifi which was perfect for us). The shower (which has incredible water pressure) was very modern and way better than ours at home. The kitchen was well stocked and was perfectly functional with a double hob and oven, all the pots, pans etc you could need. We were very lucky with the weather and had a BBQ (check out the local farm shops for sausages) and a lovely fire pit each eve- perfect for marshmallows. Beds and bedding were all super comfy and storage in each room worked well for all of us. The play area was enormous and our daughter loved the huge trampoline and basketball hoop! What we loved most of all was the love, care and attention that our hosts Nigel and Maria put into making our stay so special. It makes all the difference and it is a stay we’ll always remember and wish we could relive for just one more night. Happy happy memories.”