Wootten Deer Park

UK England South West England Devon Crediton

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Family-sized safari lodges on the crest of a hill, with meandering red deer as your closest neighbours

Hot showers, incredibly comfortable beds, fabulous views and deer. Set in an elevated position in a 15-acre field, this novel glamping site finds itself in the heart of a Devon deer park, with red deer nibbling at the grass around your safari tent veranda and strutting their stuff through the enclosure in front of the lodges. Owners Paul and Kylie describe it as 'a rural glamping haven with a difference’. And given most glamping sites don't boast hungry ruminants hoofing around in front of their safari tents, describing it as 'different' is probably an understatement.

At it's heart, of course, Wootten Deer Park is still a glamping site that helps fulfil the staples of a good holiday. The lodges are comfortably furnished with fully fitted kitchens, proper beds, shower rooms and cosy living spaces with wood burners and deep sofas. Comforts include WiFi and proper TVs – ideal should you get a rainy day. The tent interiors are wood-clad, with sliding barn style doors providing more privacy than usual glamping digs afford. Out front, meanwhile, each tent has a raised front deck that stretches through the fence of the deer enclosure so that the animals can wander right alongside.

Most of the deer here are farmed for the park's sustainable Devon venison (BBQ and breakfast packs can be delivered to your tent). But some have been hand reared and end up being family pets instead. Visit between May and September and you may well find you have the opportunity to help bottle feed orphaned fawns. Doing so comes with the disclaimer of possibly making a friend for life – the deer may want to see you just as often as you want to spend time with them.

Nearby Dartmoor (around 20 minutes in the car) means that, elsewhere, you can enjoy picnics with the famous Dartmoor ponies and the national park is also becoming particularly well known as a good spot for seeing otters (though they're still an elusive creature). Indeed, one of the closest places in the park is the West Okement River and the Meldon Reservoir, a wonderfully watery place to explore (and with good access for visitors). For wildlife, then, Wootten Deer Park is pretty tough to top. Handy, then, that it's so very comfortable too.

Details

Facilities

All facilities are within your lodge, fully fitted kitchen, shower room with shower, WC, sink and mirror, dining area with table and 6 chairs, sitting area with 2 x sofas & wood burner, both bedrooms have king size beds, shelving, dressing table area and hanging space, both with solid wood sliding doors for privacy. The lodge is wood clad internally to add cosiness, warmth and privacy, the front of the lodge and roof remains canvas and the whole of the front of the lodge will roll up or zip off, creating a fabulous open plan area on to the very large 6m x 6m decking.

We offer breakfast hampers - which will need to be ordered prior to arrival should you like one.

We sell our own venison on site, so if you are keen to try some, we have venison BBQ packs (sausages and burgers) and steaks here ready for your stay. Well behaved dogs are accepted.

Suitable For

Ideal for couples, friends and families looking for the ultimate glamping experience.

Nearby

We are only 20 minutes from the A30 and Dartmoor. West Devon is such a lovely place to stay, having the fabulous beaches at Bude just under an hour away with a really great surf school and a little further are other north Cornwall beaches and not to forget Newquay. The Eden Project is also just over an hour away for the perfect day trip. Dingles fairground is brilliant (our kids love the vintage rides) only 40 minutes away.
 
We are lucky enough to be in an area where the walks immediately around us are wonderful. We have a brewery within walking distance (1.7 miles), where you can take a tour and stock up on some lovely local ales.

Being so close to Dartmoor, you can find some great 'wild swimming' spots, enjoy picnics with the famous 'Dartmoor ponies', trek on horseback across Dartmoor, visit Castle Drogo, Stone Lane Gardens, RHS Rosemoor Gardens, visit the lovely picturesque towns of Chagford, Moretonhampstead and Ashburton - a really great shopping experience with lovely boutique shops, if you're craving some retail therapy.

Take high tea at Paschoe House or enjoying a fine dining evening meal, a fabulous cream tea at 'Mill End' Chagford, or sample some lovely local wines 'wine tasting' only 20 minutes away.

There really is an abundance of lovely things to do! Or, you can keep it simple and kick back and relax in your hammock ..... or enjoy everything that's on offer. So if you’re celebrating a special birthday, an anniversary, looking for just a few nights away, a long weekend or a week’s holiday, either way you’ll create lifelong memories.

Food & Drink

We have lovely local pubs to enjoy. Within walking distance (1.25 miles) is The Waie Inn. This is perfect if you have little ones, as they have a soft play area (named The Waie to Play). There is also an outdoor playground, swimming pool, tennis courts and squash courts a short 10 minutes drive away.
The New Inn at Sampford Courtenay is a 10 minute drive, and there are also the lovely pubs The Kings Arms, The Royal Oak and Paschoe House for some fine dining.
If you don't mind driving a little further, you will find many fabulous places to eat, for example The Cleave Inn in Lustleigh, Dartmoor, The Bearslake Inn & The Castle Inn at Lydford. For stocking up locally, we have a great Co-op in the Village of Bow (1.34 miles away), which should have everything you need for your glamping stay. There is also 'Blueberry Hill market garden' for organic goods.

Open

March–November.

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The Owner Says

Wootten Deer Park and Safari Lodges - a rural glamping haven with a difference!

Glamping really is the best way to experience the rugged outdoors, without having to compromise on any modern comforts -  hot showers and fabulously comfortable beds, enable you to drift off to sleep, to the natural sounds of the wildlife, settling in for the night.

Our wood and canvas Safari Lodge 'Fallow' benefits from an elevated position within a 15-acre field, overlooking the deer enclosure which is screened by woodland and hedging. There are wonderful far-reaching views across the deer park and the neighbouring countryside beyond, so you can observe the deer at your leisure, day and night.

Sleeping 6 guests (maximum 4 adults)  in 2 bedrooms both with king size beds and 2 cosy single cabin beds. Comfortably furnished throughout and benefiting from a fully fitted kitchen, shower room with flushing loo, mains electric, an LPG gas water heater for instant hot water, gas hob, wood burner / oven, TV and broadband.

A short distance from the lodge is a sunken communal woodfired firepit and seating area, perfect for you to enjoy a glass or mug of something you fancy and perhaps a s’more! (sadly whilst government restrictions are in place, the communal fit pit will be closed to guests, until these restrictions are lifted on communal areas - which should be from 21st June 2021)

Our deer have either been hand reared or handled on a regular basis, so should you wish to get even closer to the deer, we do offer the opportunity for you to feed the deer (the perfect photo / selfie opportunity) accompanied by one of our team, giving you and your family the chance to really observe the deer up close.

'Fallows' very large decked area juts out into the deer enclosure, enhancing your deer experience, the deer are every likely to pop their noses through the railing of your decking balustrade to say hello!

Accommodation

Two safari lodges, sleeping up to six guests, with a maximum of four adults.

Fallow

Safari tent Sleeps 6
Our wood and canvas Safari Lodge sleeps 6 (4 adults max) and benefits from an elevated position within a 15-acre field, overlooking the deer enclosure screened by woodland and hedging. 2 bedrooms both with king size beds and 2 cosy cabin beds, fully fitted kitchen, integral shower room, flushing loo, Instant hot water, mains electric & wood burner

Roe

Safari tent Sleeps 6
Our wood and canvas Safari Lodge sleeps 6 (max 4 adults) and benefits from an elevated position within a 15-acre field, overlooking the deer enclosure screened by woodland and hedging. 2 bedrooms both with king size beds and 2 cosy cabin beds, fully fitted kitchen, integral shower room, flushing loo, Instant hot water, mains electric & wood burner

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Getting There

From the M5 junction 31, take the A30. Come off at Whiddon Down services, take the first right just after the services. Stay on that road for around six miles to the end. At Debath Cross, turn right on to the A3072 towards Bow/Copplestone/Crediton and continue straight on this road. After two and a half miles, take the turning on the left towards Nichols Nymett. Continue along this road and up the hill to the T-junction called Nichols Nymett Cross, then turn right and continue on this road (don’t turn off this road, follow the road bend to the left at Chubs cross). Continue winding around the lanes and you will start to drop down the hill to Great Wooden Cross. At the junction, bare left towards Newton and Bondleigh. 30 yards from this junction (and before the humpback bridge), the entrance to Wootten Deer Park & Safari Lodges will be on your right.

The nearest bus stop is in Bow just under two miles away. You can catch the train from Copplestone, Sampford Courtnay or Lapford, but a car (or taxi) is required to get from these stations to the glamping site.

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Amazing stay in the most Incredible Setting

This has to be the most relaxing holiday I have ever been on. We stayed in the incredible safari lodges for 4 nights and it was absolutely perfect. Our neighbours were some lovely Deer who would come up and say hi every morning. I have never stayed in a place quite like this before. The lodge itself was gorgeous, it had a fully kitted out kitchen, a lovely shower and extremely comfortable beds. The log burner heated the entire lodge and was so relaxing. Those colder nights you were able to turn on the electric blanket for that extra comfort. We stayed with our young children who absolutely loved the place and didn’t want to leave. It was so safe and secure they could walk out the front door and go exploring on their own. They loved seeing the sheep and deer who surrounded our lodge. They were fortunate enough to be able to feed the deer with Kylie as well. She was so good with the kids, she showed them how to bottle feed one of the Deer and then we hand fed the others. It was an amazing experience for all of us. Kylie and Paul were so friendly and nothing was too much trouble, even down to coming out one evening to get the fire started again!!! Kylie and Paul are a lovely couple who were welcoming from the moment we got there. They told us about some amazing places to visit whilst we were staying at the Lodge and were always on the end of the phone if we needed anything. I would 100% recommend anyone to stay at the lodge. You wont regret it. It is paradise, in a gorgeous setting. It is the perfect place to recharge away from daily life. We will definitely be back next year
Sep 23, 2021 by Andy

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