- Sleeps: 2
- Bedroom: 1
- Bathroom: 1
- Minimum stay: 2 nights
Featured on the popular BBC TV show, My Unique B&B, Xanadu is a mesmerising geodesic hideaway with an enormous sunrise-facing deck, and beautiful hand-made elements throughout.
Secluded on its own sparkling lake-island at Reforge Retreat, you’ll be surrounded by soothing meadows, woodlands, and gardens that characterise rural North Devon at its finest.
And if that wasn’t enough, there’s even a fully-licensed medieval pub – the Reforge Inn – and a sumptuous Mediterranean courtyard right on site, to help you while away lazy summer afternoons in style.
‘Xanadu’ is a metaphor for a mythical, magical place, and you’ll certainly feel as though you’ve arrived somewhere blissfully other-worldly as you make your way over the bridge. Coloured windows and hand-made copper roof tiling create a striking first impression, to help you feel immediately welcome.
The geodesic building itself is close to owner Faith’s heart, as it’s based around a 50- year-old structure originally created by her late father, a hugely innovative engineer and designer. Its design was adapted and enhanced to create not one but three domes, and an interconnected hub.
With help from the expert My Unique B&B team, Faith and her friends worked hard on transforming the beloved structure into a relaxed open-plan haven, with different sections based around enchanting celestial themes.
As such, many of the furnishings and accessories you’ll discover here are completely unique. A bespoke-crafted headboard, featuring the moon in its different phases, was created for the lunar-themed kingsize bedroom, while a shining, intricately-patterned copper platter features as flooring in the light-filled ‘sun’ area facing the deck.Keep reading
At a glance
- A completely unique, bespoke-crafted geodesic hideaway for two, secluded on its own lake-island at Reforge Retreat, a private 20-acre site in rural North Devon.
- Created from a 50 year-old structure and featuring an array of bespoke hand-made elements, Xanadu’s mesmerising transformation was captured on the BBC TV show, My Unique B&B.
- Sit out on the huge, sunrise-facing deck and savour the sights and sounds of nature at its finest.
- The site features a dedicated yoga tent/deck, a seasonal programme of arts and crafts workshops and events, and a fully-licensed pub and courtyard (see website for details and opening times).
- The Ruby Way cycle path is just half a mile from the site, and Dartmoor and the coasts of North Devon and Cornwall are just 20 minutes away. The nearest local supermarkets are within a 10-minute drive.
Unique lake-island retreat with hand-crafted elements, sleeps 2 guests. Access via footbridge. Open plan living, kitchen and bedroom space with kingsize bed and bespoke headboard, copper lighting, doors to large sunrise-facing deck. Zen space for yoga or meditation. Hexagonal bathroom. Boat moored at jetty. On site: yoga tent/deck, board games, seasonal programme of workshops, fully-licensed pub and courtyard.
Walking, cycling, nature-watching, yoga, picnic spots, boat trips, beaches, watersports, fishing, pubs
Add some quirky coloured triangular windows, geodesic panelling, cooper roof tiles and a pentagonal patterned floor you won’t know which wonder to feast your eyes upon first!
Laze on your deck with a glass of wine and take in the sights and sounds of nature. Who knows whom you’ll spot, since the site is teeming with wildlife: dragonflies, woodpeckers, owls, and grazing deer to name just a few.
Stay on site and indulge in a retro boardgame, an art and crafts workshop (see the owner’s website for details) or a spot of yoga in the dedicated bell tent. You can also take a romantic boat trip on the lake if you should feel so inclined!
But if you’re in the mood to explore, there’s plenty to see and do off-site, too. You’re just half a mile away from the Ruby Way cycle path, while both Dartmoor and the sweeping coasts of North Devon and Cornwall are just 20 minutes away…
…all ideal ways to spend your time before returning to Xanadu, sipping wine from the arabian floor sofa, and getting deliriously lost in the magic.
Things to note
There is a range of accommodation options available on site, and whole site-hire is available on request. Pets are not permitted.