Devon holds a very special place in my childhood memories. For many years my grandparents owned a house near Brixham. We’d spend Easter and Summer breaks eating fish n chips by the harbour in the rain, exploring the arcades in Paignton and strolling along the prom in Torquay. There’s something very wholesomely British about holidaying as a family in Devon. A traditional innocence that’s hardly changed for generations. That sense of tradition is certainly part of it’s appeal – along with stunning countryside, beautiful beaches and a slower pace of life…of course! Devon is still one of the places that calls to us every summer. It’s been a few years since we were last back West… perhaps this is the year? And if it is, I can tell you right now we’ll be heading straight to one these stunning family holiday hideaways as featured on the Unique hideaways website. Wagons, huts, yurts and safari tents these guys are speaking my language! Which of these utter beauts ticks your family vay-cay checklist?
Sleeps: 4 + Dog friendly
In a nutshell: Luxury, renovated wagon with ensuite, hot tub and epic views.
This luxury wagon offers the perfect blend of creature comfort and outdoor living. Secluded in your own private, fenced off haven you can spend peaceful evenings taking in the views from the hot tub before cosying up in the snug mezzanine for a good nights sleep. A perfect hideaway at any time of the year thanks to the log burner the whole family can bolt up, chill out and unwind together immersed in this glorious Devonshire landscape.
In a nutshell: Secluded and spacious yurt set in private meadowland offers families the opportunity to get back to nature in the most idyllic setting.
A stay at Poppy Yurt allows the time, space and opportunity to escape from the stresses of everyday life. Tucked away in it’s own corner of woodland and meadow you’ll be able to enjoy a sense of seclusion whilst having everything you need on your doorstep. The yurt provides sleeping accommodation for up to 5 with a kids bunk room enjoying it’s own mini yurt space away from the main living space. There’s also cooking facilities, shower and spacious decking area to take in the views or watch the stars under a clear night sky.
Sleeps: 5 + Dog friendly
In a nutshell: Spacious and high spec Shepherd’s Hut in the heart of farming life.
Step back in time down the winding lanes that lead to Shepherd’s Sky Super Hut. This gorgeous hut is kitted out to the max with a fully fitted kitchen, TV, en-suite shower room and a double and triple bedroom at either end. Kick back and explore the surrounding pretty villages and cosy pubs before sharing stories around the camp fire as the sun sets. Bliss….
In a nutshell: Luxury yurts (one big, one mini) in a secluded location with wood fuelled hot tub to boot.
Rosewood Yurt is less than 7 miles from the bustling seaside resort of Bude, but sat on the decking surrounded by meadows and woodland it feels as though you could miles away from anywhere. The yurt is divided into two living spaces – the main space offering a bright, clean open plan kitchen and king size bed; the smaller housing a cute set of bunk beds for the kids. Every aspect of comfort and relaxation has been thought about, there’s even a roll top bath! Yes please!
Where: Ottery St Mary
In a nutshell: Gorgeous shepherd’s hut on a working farm with hot tub and pizza oven.
Get a taste for the farming life with a stay in this beautifully kitted out traditional shepherd’s hut. You’ll enjoy the outdoors as much as snuggling up inside thanks to your very own wood fuelled hot tub, pizza oven and fire pit. Kick back and take the pace slow, or take an easy stroll to the local pub – one thing’s for certain you can’t help but unwind here.
This post has been written in collaboration with Unique hideaways and includes links to their properties.