A stylish glamping getaway for two with a wood-fired hot tub, fire pit and rustic outdoor kitchen in a tiny private woodland
Three-quarters of an acre of woodland, two people, and just one bell tent: Meriwood is a private glamping hideaway with impressive credentials in Devon. Tucked away in woodland on the edge of a tiny village in the Blackdown Hills, it’s a great place for a romantic rural retreat. With a fire pit, a wood-fired hot tub, and a rustic outdoor kitchen, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped into a Scandinavian fairy tale — and yet it’s just a five-minute walk to a traditional Devonshire pub.
Meriwood is hidden in a copse of trees beyond the owners’ house and, on arrival to their driveway, you might wonder if you’ve come to the right place for your glamping getaway. But, soon enough, Sarah or Giles will appear and show you the way to the little woodland wonderland they’ve created for their guests. You’ll walk through a tiny orchard and across a grassy paddock before you reach your private copse of trees.
Here, bedecked in neutral colours, is your bedroom in a bulbous Lotus Belle Tent and there’s your outdoor bath: a wood-fired hot tub in the trees. The kitchen, shower, and toilet are timber-and-corrugated-tin constructions. At first glance, the use of natural materials, the woodsmoke, and the trees give the appearance of a rustic camp suited to a woodsman from that fairy tale we mentioned. But look a little closer and you’ll see a softer, more stylish side: a well-made king-sized bed, soft rugs, fluffy towels, and delightful-smelling toiletries. Every element here, from fire pit to showerhead, has been carefully thought through to look good and function well in the outdoor environment.
Sarah and Giles escaped here from London and it’s likely that many of their guests will be doing the same. Those folk might be content whiling away the hours reading, cooking, and watching birds and butterflies in the dappled light of this leafy cocoon. But others will come for the location in the Blackdown Hills, close to the Devon-Somerset border. From here, you can explore glorious countryside and Devonshire towns like Axminster as well as the Jurassic Coast, Dartmoor, and Exmoor National Parks if you don’t mind a bit of a drive. However you spend your days, you won’t want to miss a visit to the nearby King’s Arms and you won’t be able to miss the stars that pepper the skies on cloudless nights. Millions of them twinkle above this three-quarter-acre wood where two people can have one very good time.
Honiton, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Sarah M.Joined in June 2021
2 Ratings · 2 reviews
September 10, 2021
Woodland Bell Tent
We spent a glorious 3 nights at Meriwood for our mini-moon!
Such wonderful memories made, everything was put together at such a high standard, clean, tidy and just perfect - we couldn’t have wished for more! Sarah was lovely and so welcoming. And so kind to leave little treats in the tent - such a nice touch!
We are already talking about booking again for our year anniversary!
July 25, 2021
Woodland Bell Tent
We stayed at Meriwood for two nights this week (July 2021) and well, where do I start.. for a ‘camping’ experience without the yucky parts, it’s definitely the place to go!! Me and my partner wanted to try out some camping but then found this place. Every attention to detail is just incredible. When we arrived we were greeted by the lovely Sarah who explained where to walk and we headed up there with our bags. When we found the area we were then greeted with a bottle of bubbly, home grown flowers and a homemade lemon cake! So so thoughtful. We thoroughly enjoyed cooking our dinners on the fire pit surround both nights. We enjoyed hot and cold baths in the tub, and cosy fire pit evenings with marshmallows! And what better way to top the stay by being proposed too there too!! Would definitely go back, especially now it holds a special place in our hearts. We spent some of our time down Lyme Regis beach which is around half hour drive away. Thankyou so so much Sarah for such a lovely stay and we can’t wait to come back one day xx
From the host
Newly opened in June 2021, Meriwood is a single beautiful Bell Tent set in its own secluded woodland. Perfect for couples seeking space to truly unwind. On the edge of a small Devon village with an outstanding local pub a few minutes walk from your tent, you will sleep nestled in a King Size bed with proper linen, enjoy a fully equipped outdoor kitchen, BBQ FirePit, Private Shower hut with towels and toiletries provided, Scandinavian designed wood-fired Hot Tub, and new for our 2022 Season, a fully flushing toilet - no more compost toilets! Simple pleasures with little luxuries are what Meriwood is all about.
Meriwood is located on the edge of the tiny village of Stockland in East Devon, in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The dark star-filled skies are one of the qualities that makes this area of Devon so special at night. By day there are numerous footpaths to explore in the village and further afield. Or you can head for the beaches of Lyme Regis and Charmouth, (14 miles and about 30 minutes in the car) or Exmouth (27 miles; 40 minutes), on the Jurassic Coast. Both Dartmoor and and Exmoor National Parks are both about an hour away.
Food and drink
The Kings Arms (01404 881686) in Stockland is your host's firm favourite and, handily, within walking distance. Make sure you reserve a table when you make your booking as it can get very busy. The Cotley Inn (01460 62348) and The Tuckers Arms (01404 881342) are both excellent pubs too and within five miles of site. Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall's outpost in Axminster (10 miles from site), The River Cottage Kitchen, is a lovely place to stop off for a bite to eat and Millers Farm Shop (01297 35290) in Kilmington (five miles away) is the place to head to for stocking up on provisions, though there are plenty of shops in Axminster and Honiton (six miles from site) too.