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Sunrise Camping at Penhill Farm
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17 reviews
· Exeter, England
40 acres
3 units
3 Glamping
A small off-grid glamping site on a hill-top Devon farm offering sustainable holidays in the great outdoors
There’s nothing quite like a spectacular sunset. Except, that is, for a spectacular sunrise. Some might even say that watching the sun come up, with the excitement of a new day, fewer witnesses and the springtime dawn chorus, is better than watching it set. But getting up at dawn is not for everyone – just a lucky few. The same could be said for Devon site, Sunrise Camping. The off-grid accommodation, the compost loos and the bucket showers will not be to everyone’s taste but if you’re after a sustainable holiday in the great outdoors, you’re in luck. This hill-top site is a socially and environmentally responsible place with comfy accommodation, campfires and, it’ll come as no surprise, amazing sunrise views. With just one yurt, one shepherd’s hut and one bell tent, this is a small site that’s home to a handful of campers at a time. But you won’t be lonely here, far from it. The glamping accommodation is set in a three-acre, east-facing meadow that’s backed by trees with an abundance of birds, butterflies and other wildlife. The meadow has recently been planted with 900 young trees – the work of Kate Bishop and Simon Gray, who own Penhill Farm. It’s one of the moves they have made to enhance the farm for wildlife along with replanting hedgerows and restoring wildflower meadows. The campsite has been built to fit in with all this; designed to have a low impact on the environment it seeks to showcase. While this focus is evident in the compost toilets and the bucket showers, it’s hidden in other ways. Just because it’s low impact, doesn’t mean you’ll be roughing it and although it’s called Sunrise Camping, there’s no denying this is a glamping site. The tents are set on level platforms and each has a double bed that’s made up with bedding and there are comfy single mattresses for kids too. Where it is rustic it’s enjoyably so; with cooking and hot water courtesy of campfires and an alarm clock in the form of the dawn chorus. The campsite has been set up with the aim of encouraging people to spend more time outdoors and the location naturally does its bit to help. When you’ve had enough of gazing out at the panoramic views, you can head down to explore what you see. There’s Haldon Forest Park a mile to the south, the edge of Dartmoor National Park a similar distance west and the Exe Estuary and South Devon coast around 10 miles away.
Activities
Biking
Boating
Hiking
Horseback riding
Natural features
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Farm
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Exeter, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Simon F.Joined in February 2020
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7 Ratings · 17 reviews
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Simon G.recommends
July 18, 2022
Apple Tree Yurt
Amazing weekend at Sunrise ☀
Sunrise Camping at Penhill Farm is a must. Wonderful, comfortable and spacious yurt for a family of four. Outdoor living at its best. Wonderful views of the Devon countryside, within easy reach of Holden Forest for a family cycle ride. Our host Simon was fantastic, very welcoming and offered great tips for our Kayaking trip to Stoke Gabriel. The bucket showers were an adventure in themselves and our 2 children loved them. Early morning breakfast with the sun coming up and dinner cooked on the campfire with the sun going down. We will be back 👍
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Om N.recommends
September 7, 2021
Apple Tree Yurt
A great location with beautiful sunset views. The hosts Simon and Kate were equally great in providing help.
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Robinson L.
August 31, 2021
Totally nature immersive experience of glamour glamping! The tent was magically set for us, it felt like we were in a private state alone, enjoying the views over the outstanding natural beauty and even over the river Exe Estuary, better still we saw the sunrise from the cosines of our bed. We felt rather at home with old friends than mere weekenders. We treasure these memories and would gladly come back again!
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Rosa D.recommends
August 31, 2021
Plum Tree Bell Tent
Amazing location with awesome views over the area of outstanding beauty and even the river Exe's stuary. The bell tent was magically set for us and hosted by heart warming attention on every aspect of the glamping experience.The sunrise was there, for us to watch from bed ! We felt secure and among old friends, specially when we volunteered for little farm chors, like potato digging :-) No rush, no frills just a relaxing experience we all enjoyed. A place we would gladly come back to.
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Emma T.recommends
August 23, 2021
Willow Hut
We had a wonderful long weekend staying at Penhill Farm, I wish we could have stayed longer! The shepherds hut was so comfortable and cosy, we slept extremely well. The views were incredible and we were treated to a fantastic sunrise on the last day, just stunning. We will certainly be back, might try the yurt next time! Thanks for having us!
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Ben D.
August 14, 2021
Loved our stay in the shepherd's hut! Can't imagine a finer place for a morning brew. Breathtaking views over the exe estuary. Stars and quiet at night. And only a few pedal strokes to haldon forest. Simon and Kate were fantastic hosts. Showed us everything we needed, making us welcome, but leaving us to enjoy the space.
From the host
There’s nothing quite like a spectacular sunset. Except, that is, for a spectacular sunrise. Some might even say that watching the sun come up, with the excitement of a new day, fewer witnesses and the springtime dawn chorus, is better than watching it set. But getting up at dawn is not for everyone – just a lucky few. The same could be said for Devon site, Sunrise Camping. The off-grid accommodation, the compost loos and the bucket showers will not be to everyone’s taste but if you’re after a sustainable holiday in the great outdoors, you’re in luck. This hill-top site is a socially and environmentally responsible place with comfy accommodation, campfires and, it’ll come as no surprise, amazing sunrise views. With just one yurt, one shepherd’s hut and one bell tent, this is a small site that’s home to a handful of campers at a time. But you won’t be lonely here, far from it. The glamping accommodation is set in a three-acre, east-facing meadow that’s backed by trees with an abundance of birds, butterflies and other wildlife. The meadow has recently been planted with 900 young trees – the work of Kate Bishop and Simon Gray, who own Penhill Farm. It’s one of the moves they have made to enhance the farm for wildlife along with, planting a 2500 tree wood pasture, replanting hedgerows and restoring wildflower meadows. The campsite has been built to fit in with all this; designed to have a low impact on the environment it seeks to showcase. While this focus is evident in the compost toilets and the bucket showers, it’s hidden in other ways. Just because it’s low impact, doesn’t mean you’ll be roughing it and although it’s called Sunrise Camping, there’s no denying this is a glamping site. The tent is set on a level platform and each has a double bed that’s made up with bedding and there are comfy single mattresses for kids too. Where it is rustic it’s enjoyably so; with cooking and hot water courtesy of campfires and an alarm clock in the form of the dawn chorus. The campsite has been set up with the aim of encouraging people to spend more time outdoors and the location naturally does its bit to help. When you’ve had enough of gazing out at the panoramic views, you can head down to explore what you see. There’s Haldon Forest Park a mile to the south, the edge of Dartmoor National Park a similar distance west and the Exe Estuary and South Devon coast around 10 miles away.
Nearby attractions
Haldon Forest Park is a mile away with walking and mountain-biking trails as well as a high ropes adventure park by Go Ape (01603 895500) and a cafe. Haldon Belvedere (01392 833846), a small Georgian hilltop castle (occasionally open to the public), is also nearby and offers magnificent views over the Exe and Teign Valleys. Dartmoor National Park (01626 832093) is just three miles from site with seemingly endless opportunities for walking, road cycling, mountain-biking, wild-swimming, letter-boxing and sightseeing. Exeter is six miles away with canoeing and kayaking on the River Exe, a rock climbing centre and all the attractions of the city including its cathedral, museums, galleries, shops and eateries. The Exe Estuary with birdwatching, cruises and off-road cycling and running on the Exe Estuary Trail is eight miles and beaches at Dawlish, Teignmouth and Exmouth are all within 15 miles.
Food and drink
Kate and Simon have links with local producers and can order local produce in advance as optional extras. The closest pub to site is The Nobody Inn (01647 252394) at Doddiscombsleigh, two miles from site. There’s a good range of pubs a little further away, including The Teign House Inn (01647 252 286), The Poachers (01392 273847), The Huntsman Inn (01598 763230) and The Cridford Inn (01626 853694), all within four miles of site. For a rewarding pint or bite to eat at the end of a long walk, run or cycle head for the recommended Fingle Bridge Inn (01647 281287), 10 miles away.
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