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Unwind amidst Devon’s beautiful countryside, knowing your stay helps protect rare orchids, owls and dormice. Relax in comfortable low-impact lodges or a cottage (has woodburner). Borrow bikes, fish the pond, or explore 21 acres managed for wildlife.

Quote greentraveller when you book and you will receive freshly baked scones

Rooms: 4 lodges (sleep 8,6,4,4) & 1 cottage (sleeps 4)

Prices from £205-£590 per week. Short breaks also available.

Meals: Farm shop half a mile, village and pub (with great food) 1.5 miles, caterers available
Open: Year round
Address: Wheatland eco lodges and cottage, Wheatland Farm, Winkleigh, Devon, EX19 8DJ
Tel: +44(0)1837 83499
reviewed by greentraveller

Why we've chosen Wheatland Farm Eco Lodges and Cottage

Reviewed by Lucy Symons for Greentraveller: "You get a true sense that it was inspiring, exciting to create this space - to invent new things with second hand stuff and make it stylish and something for anyone to aspire to. They are not banging the eco-drum, instead they have left it handily nearby with the sticks all ready for you to have a little beat if you feel like it."

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What the owner says:

Stay in luxurious Balebarn Lodge overlooking the wildlife pond; one of three secluded wooden lodges overlooking a Devon meadow; or choose stone-built Otter Cottage by the fishing pond and light the woodburner for a cosy evening in. Your stay lets us manage the farm and our nationally-recognised nature reserve for wildlife – we are home to rare dormice, owls, orchids and 190 other plants and we’re always delighted if we can give you a tour.

Our ethos at Wheatland Farm is comfort and authentic sustainability. But you don’t need to be ultra green to stay here – it’s for everyone. Grown-ups appreciate our genuine welcome, the peace, and our fabulous surroundings. Children, even the youngest, revel in the space and freedom – it’s what childhood is meant to be.

Borrow a bike and explore the local lanes and pubs, catch a bus through the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere reserve, or just relax on the farm – you can play volleyball, fish, explore, or just sit on your veranda with a book or a glass of wine while the buzzards call above you.

Most people come by car, but holidaying without the car is easy too. Have your groceries and even wine delivered and try our well-research car free days out. If you arrive without a car we’ll collect you free from the station or bus. If you want to find out more about how we manage the farm sustainably, we're always happy to talk. And if you just want to hear nothing but the birds that's fine too! We’re open all year, including Christmas, for family holidays or weekend breaks. Well-behaved dogs welcomed (small charge in Balebarn).

We hold numerous gold awards - from the Green Tourism Business Scheme, the Devon Wildlife Trust and Visit England. Wheatland Farm Eco Lodges, near Winkleigh, won GOLD for sustainable tourism in the Visit England Tourism Excellence Awards 2015. Co-owner Ian Ripper said, “This is just great – we’ve won awards before but this year it was about our new Balebarn Eco Lodge, which I’ve put my heart and soul into over the last few years, so it’s wonderful to have that effort recognised’.

Summer 2016: Wheatland owners Maggie and Ian are offering free 2 hour courses to any summer family bookings - choose from green woodturning, other woodcraft (build a birdbox, make a sculpture etc) or pond dipping for younger ones and bicycle maintenance.

Eco credentials:

How do you reduce your draw on energy: Our lodges use 75% less than the UK average household per occupied night, and the cottage uses 50% less. They are on 100% green tariff electricity, have solar hot water (with immerison top up), excellent insulation, and A or A+ rated appliances.

How you minimise the amount of waste you send to landfill: A full year of monitoring confirms that our guests have helped us keep close on 80% of our waste out of landfill. We reccyle glass, metals, plastics, cardboard, waxed cartons, and all food waste (put in biodigesters). We offer things we no longer need on freecycle, and buy recycled products or, where quality permits, second hand items to reduce waste.

How you reduce your consumption of water: We have enough water butts (recycled industrial containers) for all outside needs including watering the gardens. Basins have restricted flows, toilets have reduced flushes. We monitor water use and use highly biodegradable cleaning products.

How much of the food your serve is sourced locally (where possible): We promote a neighbouring farm shop to guests who can order ahead - or go to the shop themselves! We promote the village pub, which does excellent local food.

Do you actively encourage guests to arrive on foot, by bike and by public transport?: We run a fleet of reconditioned bikes rescued from the council tip - free for guests to borrow. We collect and return car-free guests to the station or bus free of charge. We leave timetables and suggestions for car free days out in the accommodation - these are well researched days out that we've done ourselves. We accept supermarket deliveries ahead of arrival, and encourage people to order from the farm shop. We go out of our way to help car-free guests have a good time, sometimes giving them lifts to the pub or even further afield.

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Top Eco Features at Wheatland Farm

  • An 11kW Gaia Wind Turbine provides energy; Solar hot water system

  • Keeps nearly 80% of waste out of landfill by recycling & using biodigester cones

  • Offers free station transfers to those arriving by train

  • Hosts can loan guests free 'farm bikes'

  • 2015 Visit England Gold for Sustainable Tourism

  • Holds Gold level approval from the Devon Wildlife Trust

  • Awarded Best 'Low Carbon Business' in the Devon Environmental Business Initiative Awards 2011

  • Awarded Gold for Sustainable Tourism in the Devon Tourism Awards 2014.

  • Awarded Gold in the Green Tourism Business Scheme

  • 2015 Gold in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards



Wheatland Farm Eco Lodges and Cottage, Devon, England
Nearest train station: Eggesford Station is 4 miles away, the bus stop is 1.5 miles

Directions from station:
Free collection and return to train station or bus by arrangement. Eggesford Station on the scenic Tarka Line (Exeter to Barnstaple) 4 miles, approx 45 min walk with some hills. Bus is 315 Stagecoach Exeter to Barnstaple service (stop is Winkleigh Turn). Once here, you can borrow a free farm bike.

Plan your journey by train

Buy rail tickets online and then collect them at any main station.
Bookings usually open 10-12 weeks before your date of travel.