I can’t take any credit for finding Berridon Farm it’s down to Instagram and one of my lovely IG friends, Laura (@circleofpines). Laura posted idyllic images of her stay and the more I investigated the more I fell down the rabbit hole of Canopy & Stars, the more I was convinced I had to find a week so we could do this.
The last time I camped properly was many years ago when Michael and I were backpacking round the world and although we traveled around in Gigi last year in France, we spent each night in a chalet! To be fair this is hardly the traditional sense of camping either, 5 luxurious part-cabin, part-tents are set in 8 acres of beautiful farmland. There may not be Wi-Fi or electricity but there’s running drinking water, a flushing toilet, a fully equipped kitchen and a wood-burning stove.
As it was still light until past 9pm using the paraffin lamps and solar lighting just added to the charm, perhaps in the winter months it will feel a little too restrictive.
The layout, structure, craftsmanship and design of the cabin is exquisite, it’s a delight from the moment you enter through the tent door flaps. There’s a shabby leather sofa, the farm table with its mismatched chairs and centrally, the wood-burning stove. The kitchen does indeed have everything you need equipment wise, including a coffee grinder.
The sleeping quarters are so clever, there’s an enclosed cabin bed with the cool box fridge and storage area beneath. And at the back a full double bedroom, and a second smaller bedroom with bunk beds. Both rooms even on the sunniest of days do remain very dark but for sleeping they are perfectly tranquil.
There’s a brief tour on arrival of how things work and then you are pretty much left to your own devices. The shower block and pantry are a walk away over the fields near the main house and on certain days the pizza oven is lit and it’s a lovely way to meet all your neighbours. We were surrounded by 4 lovely families all with children, which was so great for Eden & Haven to have some instant friends.
We collected fresh eggs every day, the hens providing a daily bounty and we chatted to the goats and pigs before heading to the beach, there are some beautiful and quiet sandy National Trust beaches a short drive away. The one day it rained we still managed to collect eggs and then head off to indoor play areas so all that toddler energy could be spent.
I think we all agreed this was an amazing time away. I don’t normally plan to do the same thing again but I can see us returning to Berridon Farm for many years to come.
You can find out more about Berridon Farm here
This post is not sponsored. The trip was paid by us, we just had a lovely time and wanted to share.