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The Wood Life

Kenn, Devon, England
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Privacy for couples and views. 2 special properties near Exeter - a secluded treehouse in woodland or shepherd's hut & bathing wagon in an orchard.

The Wood Life offers all the charm of camping but with the comforts of home set in stunning scenery & total privacy. There are 2 distinctly different glamping units at separate locations either side of the little Devon village of Kenn. Both units are ideal for romantic breaks away from the hustle of modern life.

Woodman's Wagon is an unusual, hand-crafted treehouse with views through the tree tops and out to sea. It has been lovingly built by a woodsman, Matt Bate, and is set in its own 8 acre woodland. Imagine the freedom of a wild & wonderful woodland experience. 

Orchard Wagon offers a cosy Shepherd's Hut and amazing hand-crafted Bathing Wagon featuring 'a bath with a view'. Set in total privacy at the end of a little country lane in an old orchard with beautiful views of rolling hills and woodland.

The Wood Life is neatly located in the middle of Devon, just outside Exeter. The quaint little village of Kenn has a beautiful thatched pub, one of the oldest Yew trees in the country and a little river which runs out into the river Exe Estuary, a haven for wildlife and an internationally important conservation area. Kenn is under 5 miles from the historic Cathedral City of Exeter, tucked under the impressive Haldon Forest Park (full of walking and cycling trails) and only five miles from the beach at Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve in one direction and Dartmoor National Park in the other.

Imagine having a beautiful broadleaved woodland or an old orchard all to yourself with total privacy away from the hassles of everyday life. Think of the freedom - watching wildlife, lighting a fire and just getting back to basics - quite simply magic! There is no light pollution - just star gazing and spending quality time with your loved one.

Woodman's Wagon is a truly unique treehouse set all on its own in a woodland full of wildlife. The treehouse is accessed via a small bridge and there are double doors opening out onto a large sun deck area. This is a lovely area to relax and has an Indian fire bowl (& BBQ) with stunning views through the tree tops and right out to sea at Exmouth.  Hand-crafted interior features a unique king size bed, galley kitchen with gas rings, wood burner and comfy sofa. Hot water for the bath is heated by a wood burner or there is an outside shower on the deck. There are views through the treetops from both the bed and bath. Woodman's Wagon is off-grid, so there's a gas-powered fridge and solar powered lighting. The owners try to be as sustainable as possible, most of the treehouse being built from recycled materials. It's base is an old wagon chassis & the timber mostly is chestnut coppice grown only 200 meters away. Woodman's Wagon aims to welcome disabled visitors - please enquire if you have special needs.

The quirky accommodation at Orchard Wagon features a spacious Shepherd's Hut with a hand-made double bed & there's also a field kitchen and campfire, with all cooking equipment provided. Cooking can be done on gas hobs, over an open fire on a BBQ grill or even using an old fashioned Dutch over hanging from a tripod.  The wonderful bath with a view is set in its own hand-built wagon, featuring an eco bathroom with hot water provided by a wood burning stove and a compost loo. There is mains lighting and plug sockets in the bedroom and a fridge.

Both units are a perfect retreat for couples to take a break from modern life and get back to 'the good old days'. Fresh herbs are growing in pots, cooking oil, salt & pepper, tea & coffee are all provided free of charge.

No pets at Woodman's Wagon and only at Orchard Wagon by special prior arrangement.

Orchard Wagon prices are from £80 per night. Woodman's Wagon is priced from £180 per night. 2 night min stay. Open to guests February to December.

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