Apple Tree Yurt
- Glorious location on the Haldon Hills with far-reaching views over the Exe Valley
- Traditional yurt sits on a bespoke wooden base with a veranda for watching the light fade or the sunrise
- Just down from the yurt lies a private fire semi-circle with seating looking out over the farm below
The Owner Says
Our Coronavirus Booking Guarantee
Book with complete confidence at Sunrise Camping at Penhill Farm with the Glampingly Coronavirus Booking Guarantee. We guarantee the following clear policy for your booking:
- A low deposit of 30% to secure your booking
- Balance not due until 30 days before your holiday, in case of late changes to Coronavirus guidance
- Complete flexibility to move bookings up to the end of 2021 in the event of Coronavirus restrictions
- In the event of a lack of 2021 availability, switch your dates to 2022
- Due to low deposit and late balance payment, no refunds are offered
Features & Facilities
Penhill Farm is a working farm in the beautiful Devon countryside. We currently have three bullocks and a bull on site, 25 acres of pasture, rough grassland and wildflower meadows, newly planted and managed woodland and a 1½ acre vegetable plot. We are in the middle of a 10-year programme of transforming the farm into one which contributes food and social/educational experiences to our local community whilst also providing space and food for birds and other wildlife. We are an off-grid campsite with no electricity or hot water. Water for washing, showering and washing up is heated on open fires or wood-burning stoves. We have two compost toilets, two bucket showers, one outdoor sink and two water points. The yurt and the bell tent both sleep up to five people and have a double bed and up to three single mattresses (travel cot available). The shepherd’s hut sleeps two (though there is also space to pitch a small tent alongside). Both the yurt and the shepherd’s hut have a wood-burning stove. All three units have a fire pit, with a grill, Dutch oven, and cooking apparatus.
Haldon Forest Park is a mile away with walking and mountain-biking trails as well as a high ropes adventure park by Go Ape (01603 895500) and a cafe. Haldon Belvedere (01392 833846), a small Georgian hilltop castle (occasionally open to the public), is also nearby and offers magnificent views over the Exe and Teign Valleys. Dartmoor National Park (01626 832093) is just three miles from site with seemingly endless opportunities for walking, road cycling, mountain-biking, wild-swimming, letter-boxing and sightseeing. Exeter is six miles away with canoeing and kayaking on the River Exe, a rock climbing centre and all the attractions of the city including its cathedral, museums, galleries, shops and eateries. The Exe Estuary with birdwatching, cruises and off-road cycling and running on the Exe Estuary Trail is eight miles and beaches at Dawlish, Teignmouth and Exmouth are all within 15 miles.
Food & Drink
Kate and Simon have links with local producers and can order local produce in advance as optional extras. The closest pub to site is The Nobody Inn (01647 252394) at Doddiscombsleigh, two miles from site. There’s a good range of pubs a little further away, including The Teign House Inn (01647 252 286), The Poachers (01392 273847), The Huntsman Inn (01598 763230) and The Cridford Inn (01626 853694), all within four miles of site. For a rewarding pint or bite to eat at the end of a long walk, run or cycle head for the recommended Fingle Bridge Inn (01647 281287), 10 miles away.
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From the A38, come off at the Exeter Racecourse Junction and head north for a mile towards Haldon Forest Park. Continue on the same road past the park for another one-and-a-half miles passing the Haldon Belvedere (a white hilltop folly) on your right and the turning to Doddiscombsleigh on your left. Keep following the road as it bears right at Penhill Cross (signposted to Exeter). The entrance to Penhill Farm is on your right about 100 metres further down the road. Continue down the drive, passing house on your right, until you reach the house/reception at the bottom of the drive on the left.
The nearest train stations are Exeter St Davids or Exeter Central. You can also get off in Newton Abbott if you’re coming from the south but the taxi fare will be higher and there’s no public transport option. From Exeter, bus number 360 from the city centre will drop you at the end of the drive. Ask for a ticket to “Penhill Farm at the top of the hill above Dunchideock”. Alternatively you can take a taxi for about £20. Those who make it by bicycle will be given a 10% discount but be warned – it’s quite a climb out of Exeter!