A woodland garden retreat

Hidden amongst the deep lanes of West Devon is a pretty and private off-grid sanctuary.

Designed to offer cosy and comfortable, year round accommodation, Devon Dens comes complete with an extraordinary solid timber cabin which sleeps up to four.

This unique wooden den is surrounded by woodland, wildlife and starry skies. Perfect for escaping from the hullabaloo. So, if you're seeking a tech-free break enjoying local walks or just time to sit and read, then this place will delight you.

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   Previous guests

  •  Thank you Jo for the lovely stay, the five of us and the dog had so much fun! The stream was a wonderful place to explore and the wilderness around us made for a perfect setting. We BBQ'd all but one meal over the five nights....I was in my element! We made special memories and will definitely be back again 

  •  A friend and I had the most amazing time in this beautiful cabin! The setting is perfect and the babbling brook and birdsong is the best soundtrack ever...Lots of blues guitar on the porch and by the fire! Will definitely return! Highly recommend this beautiful place 

  •  I wish I could give more than 5 stars! Our stay was so much more than we could have hoped for. Our only regret is we didn't book for longer but we will definitely be back. 

  •  This place is spot on if you are looking for a genuine eco getaway. They are the real deal, passionate about the environment, even down to all the timber being sourced within a 15 mile radius. Every little design detail is perfect too, and the setting could not be better. The stars at night were awesomely bright too. Heaven. 

  •  Just back from the most incredible nights stay in a Devon Den! Cannot recommend this place enough. If you want a total escape with complete rest and relaxation, then this is a must for you! First class, hand crafted little piece of heaven nestled in the Devon countryside.....it was so hard to leave! 

  •  We had a perfect weekend tucked away from the rest of civilisation. We loved it so much we're coming back next month for another three days! You've thought of everything to make a stay as comfortable as possible and it was completely delightful; a lovely way to spend our anniversary. 

  •  A stunning getaway in a beautifully handcrafted cabin. Everything has been thought about, down to the bunch of dried herbs in case you fancy making your glamping experience a gourmet one. The hot shower was too good to leave. We had a fantastic night off-grid and we are definitely coming back! 

  •  Had a lovely peaceful night away. Could have stayed indefinitely. Everything was thought about and the woodburner was so warm and kept us toasty all night. The cabin is beautiful, the work put in is amazing. A wonderful place right on our doorstep that felt like the only place on earth. 


   The Site:

Devon Dens is a little woodland treat set in two acres of woodland, in one of the least light-polluted areas in England. The site is open year round, and is private and south facing with a delightful stream babbling away - perfect for paddling. Located just eight miles from Dartmoor, we are surrounded by extraordinary countryside with lots of walks taking in a proper local pub and delightful villages. The site is owned by Jo Henderson and Ben Ranson, founders of Barrel Top Wagons - a Devon based company making extraordinary timber structures from sustainable local wood.

The eco ethos runs through both businesses, and Devon Dens is run very much with an intention for guests to holiday with a light foot print. Power is supplied by solar, toilets are compost, and grey water is treated through reed beds. Much is done to encourage wildlife and biodiversity.

We're big on food, and are keen as mustard to introduce you to the delights on offer in the area. Lovely local produce can be ordered - from wine and cider to bacon, sausages and eggs, veg, apple juice and cheese. The kitchen garden is also taking shape, and we love supplying guests with home grown goodies whenever possible.

With no WiFi or phone signal, this is the perfect place to escape from this sometimes crazy world, to stop, breathe, read, rest, walk, eat and reconnect. With nature, with loved ones and WITH YOURSELF.

Forget glamping - this is grown up camping for the clever crowd...

   The Den:

This sweet wooden cabin sleeps up to four (five at a push if there are small ones and you're happy to cosy up - just ask) with an amazing outdoor shower, private compost loo, fantastic fire pit area with log table, and everything you need for a stress free, tech-free break.

Here's what's in The Den:

  • a double sofa bed
  • brilliant Windy Smithy wood burner to keep you warm year round
  • two-ring gas burner with grill
  • good pans, knives, plates, cups, beakers, utensils
  • Igloo cool box
  • games, books, guitar, jigsaws, colouring books, cards
  • radio
  • maps, binoculars, local info
  • fire pit (and wood) and barbecue
  • solar lights and torches
  • washing up area with tea towel, sponges and washing up liquid
  • outdoor shower
  • compost loo with recycled toilet roll, hand soap, towel and sawdust

   The Cabin:

In spring 2018, our new cabin will be ready to welcome guests. Sleeping up to six in a double bedroom, on the mezzanine and on a double sofa bed, with an indoor bathroom, spacious relaxing area, kitchenette, top drawer solar set up and private decking area for the all-important fire pit.

This is going to be a beautiful space, looking out over the pond and reed beds, with everything you could possibly need for an off-grid digital detox.

What will be in The Cabin:

  • lounge area with 2 x sofas
  • dining table seating up to 6
  • brilliant Windy Smithy wood burner to keep you warm year round
  • cool box / fridge (varies depending on season)
  • gas oven
  • two-ring gas burner
  • good pans, knives, plates, cups, beakers, utensils
  • gas combi boiler
  • radiators in each room
  • mezzanine with 2 x single mattresses with protector sheets and pillows
  • compost loo with recycled toilet roll, hand soap, towel and sawdust
  • bedroom with king size mattress, protector sheet and pillow, drawers and hanging space
  • bathroom with shower, dry toilet, urinal and sink
  • games, books, jigsaws, ukulele, maps, local info, binoculars
  • radio
  • fire pit (and wood) and barbecue
  • solar panels for lights and charging points

For enquiries or more information call us on 07969 948 631.
Our address is: Germansweek, Devon EX21 5AL.

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Off-grid timber cabin with outdoor shower

Solid timber cabin

Sleeps up to 4


Interior of our timber cabin howing sleeping and living areas

The cosy Den

perfect for switching off


Glamping in the hot outdoor shower

The outdoor shower

Too good to leave!


Wooden bridge over the river on Devon Dens eco campsite

For toe dangling

And pondering


The camp fire, picnic table and hammock

The essential camp fire

Hammock & picnic table


Homegrown produce in the polytunnel

Enjoy homegrown produce

From our kitchen garden


The timber compost loo

Compost toilet

Just a hop away from the cabin


Eco camping in the woods at night

Starry skies

Sit back and be astounded


Reed beds on the eco campsite

Reed beds

Not just pretty plants


Okehampton Castle

Okehampton castle

A hidden gem


Meldon Pool Datrmoor

Secret swimming spots

Pure, clean, joy


Nearby beaches

Beaches & Ice creams

Within easy reach


   Availability & Booking

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Low season

Den from £ 60 / night

Cabin from £ 85 / night

Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec
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Mid Season

Den from £ 72.50 / night

Cabin from £ 100 / night

Apr, May, Jun, Sept, Oct
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High Season

Den from £ 85 / night

Cabin from £ 120 / night

July, Aug
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Things to know...

  • For prices, availability and to book, click the button above.
  • We have tried to keep the site as natural and wild as possible, with open water and various other hazards. Children are very welcome at Devon Dens - we have lots of families stay and return, however - parents bring small ones at their own risk.
  • This is an off-grid site. Solar provides power. Hair dryers / straighteners / irons won't work. The sheep won't mind what you look like. We hope you won't. Please come intending to share our eco ethos.
  • Furry friends. We welcome up to two dogs on the basis they are absolutely kept under control and all poo picked up!
  • This is a quiet, rural site. If you’re looking for a boozy, crazy, noisy break - sorry, this isn’t for you. BUT, if gazing at stars next to a fire pit, or playing scrabble with loved ones in front of the wood burner, or doing a six mile circular walk (with a proper local pub thrown in), or even just stopping, reading, watching for the kingfisher and listening to the buzzards, sounds just the ticket, we can't wait to see you.

   Contact us

Enquiries, bookings or more information

By phone

Call 07969 948 631

By email

Email enquiries@devondens.co.uk


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