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The Wood Life

Orchard Wagon and bath house
Large safari tent for up to 6, or a romantic shepherd's hut for 2, each set in seclusion in private woodland near Exeter

Devon, England

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The Wood Life offers all the charm of camping but with the comforts of home. The secluded Woodland Camp is ideal for family holidays and the Orchard Wagon a perfect retreat for couples. Located just outside Exeter, it's five miles from the beach in one direction and Dartmoor National Park in the other.

The Woodland Camp sleeps six and offers exclusive use of a beautiful Devon woodland with total privacy away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. 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 an amazing hand-made safari 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 treehouse, exploring, playing on the giant swing or building a den. Or maybe it’s a romantic break you’re after, gazing at the stars or a relaxing wildlife watching experience. The Wood Life offers all of these and more. It's a real opportunity to spend some quality time with the family and get back to basics.

The romantic old Orchard Wagon is also set exclusively on its own with stunning countryside views. At the end of a little country lane tucked under Haldon Hill in an old orchard you'll find a cosy shepherd's hut and amazing bathing wagon. This is a perfect retreat for couples to get back to the good old days. From here there are only miles of green lanes and old drovers paths.

For both sites, cooking can be done on gas hobs or over an open fire. Most mod cons are provided, plus fresh herbs, tea, coffee, Egyptian cotton sheets, towels.

The Woodland Camp is off the grid, there's a huge woodburner (with oven), gas powered fridge, wood powered shower and composting loo.

The Orchard Wagon has a shepherd's hut for sleeping and a wagon for a truly unique bathing experience - enjoy a bath with a view! An eco bathroom with hot water being provided by a wood burning stove. There is some mains power for lighting and the shepherd's hut has power and a fridge.

Short breaks are possible for the Woodland Camp 3/4 nights start at around £350 or a week from £575. Bookings are possible between April and September. Friday changeover for weekly stays in the Summer Holidays.

Orchard Wagon offers a minimum 2 night stay from £100 a night. Changeover days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, although there is some flexibility. It is open to guests all year round.

No pets at Woodland Camp, and only at Orchard Wagon by special arrangement.

Room Types:

  • Double
  • Family Rooms (2 Adults / 2 Kids)
  • Accommodation for 5+


  • Medium £85-£220

Nearest Airport: Exeter


  • Car parking
  • Family friendly
interior shot of the Orchard Wagon
The Swing
bathe with a lovely view
sit back and watch the kids play
spacious interior at Woodland Camp
Woodland Camp is great with kids
a treehouse camp
Woodland Camp safari tent
the tent
outdoor kitchen for Orchard Wagon
view from Orchard Wagon
interior of Orchard Wagon

Client reviews from our visitor book
by Amanda Bate
on May 23, 2017
"Very close to the perfect camping holiday" - Ben Ross, Travel Editor of The Independent

"Thankyou so much for a truly magical week in your little oasis in Devon"

"The wood life is magical! Memories that will stay with us all forever"

"We had such a wonderful time. Amanda and Matt really have thought of everything"