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The Wood Life

The Wood Life

A Fantastic Holiday Experience

Have you ever dreamed of waking up in a sunny woodland clearing to the sound of bird song?

Well look no further - The Wood Life offers a fantastic holiday experience. A huge and stylish hand-made tent combines the charm of camping with all the comforts of home.

You will have exclusive use of a beautiful, eight acre, Devon woodland and total privacy.

Imagine the magic of letting your kids run wild in a wood for a week – think of the freedom. But you’re not cramped in a cold wet tent, you’re warm and dry in a comfortable tent with real beds and a large wood burning stove.

While you relax with a drink round a proper camp fire, the kids are busy playing in the tree house, exploring or building a den. Or maybe it’s a romantic break you’re after or a wildlife watching experience.

Some people call it glamping or luxury camping, we call it a great escape!

The Camp

The tent sleeps six and measures 10 x 5 metres. It’s made by Albion Canvas and designed to give you plenty of space even on a wet day. Set on top of a wooden deck, enclosed by a hand made chestnut fence (with wood harvested from a few meters away) it really is pretty civilised.

There are two bedrooms (a double and a twin) and a sofa bed. The kitchen is very well-equipped and there’s a dining and sitting area with wood burning stove.  Cooking can be done inside or outside on the barbeque or, if you’re feeling adventurous, over an open fire. There's an oven too (wood-fired of course).
While we aim to provide most mod cons, the camp is off the grid so power is limited to a solar panel. There’s a fridge, wood powered shower and a separate composting loo.

And of course no proper camping experience is complete without a decent camp fire. There's a plentiful supply of logs, but if you'd like to split your own we'd be delighted - it's surprisingly therapeutic.

The Woodland

The woodland is the beautiful British broadleaved variety i.e. oak, ash, chestnut etc (not dark pine trees). The bluebells are breathtaking in May. There are badgers, foxes, deer and a wide range of birds from woodpeckers to owls.

This is an unspoilt natural woodland, we have made a circular path and you are welcome to explore. There is a tree house, a swing and there’s plenty of equipment for building dens.

If you’d like to work out some stresses and strains of city life, then you can chop your own firewood. We’ll show you where everything is when you arrive.

The camp is set up in a large sunny clearing in the middle of the wood, surrounded by farmland. But best of all - the woodland is all yours for the period of your stay.

The Area

The Wood Life is tucked away in a secret location in Devon, just outside the village of Kenn and only five miles from Exeter. We’re also within five miles of the beach at Dawlish in one direction and the wilds of Dartmoor in the other. And there’s a good country pub within walking distance.

While we recommend just unwinding in the wood and enjoying the experience, if you’d like to get out and about then there’s plenty to do.

For the sports enthusiast there’s horse riding 3 miles, golf 4 miles and fishing only half a mile away. There’s loads of cycle trails nearby too.

For families there are lots of attractions nearby from zoos to adventure parks, or if you’d rather there’s a wide selection of historic homes and gardens.

For nature enthusiasts the Exe estuary is famous for its bird life including lots of waders and wildfowl.

For honeymooners and romantics - privacy is the key and there are lots of good pubs and restaurants. We’ll leave it at that.

Please visit our website for full details:

Matt & Amanda Bate
Thornton Cottage

Tel: 01392 832509 or try Matt’s mobile: 07980 277971

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