Hidden amongst the deep lanes of West Devon is an extraordinary, off-grid sanctuary.
Designed to offer cosy and comfortable, year round accommodation, Devon Dens comes complete with
two extraordinary solid timber cabins, sleeping up to four and six.
This peaceful retreat is surrounded by woodland, wildlife and starry skies, close to Dartmoor and within easy reach of incredible beaches. So, if you're seeking a tech-free break enjoying local walks, somewhere to use as a base from which to explore this amazing area, or just looking for time to sit, read and listen to the stream and birdsong, then Devon Dens will delight you.
As seen in the Guardian "15 of the best off-grid places to stay in the UK"
We didn't want to leave, it was all just so lovelyChloe
Wonderful week in paradise - thank you so muchBron
This is a beautiful retreat, anyone wanting to escape everyday life and enjoy the great outdoors with a few creature comforts, should stay here. A fantastic winter alternative to campingVickie
Fantastic place to retreat to and spend uninterrupted time with family. Loved it.Ruth
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 againBrad
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 placePaul
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.Nicola
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.Kim
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!Tiffany
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.Sally
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!Amanda
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.David
Devon Dens is a private eco-hideaway set in two acres of woodland in the quiet, unspoilt
countryside of West Devon. The site is owned by Jo Henderson and Ben Ranson, founders of Barrel Top Wagons
who make remarkable 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 carbon foot print. The sun provides power, toilets are dry with natural water filtration systems, all waste is composted and there's bee hives and a wildlife pond to encourage biodiversity.
We're keen as mustard to introduce you to the delights on offer in the area. Lovely local produce can be ordered in advance - breakfast, barbecue or afternoon tea hampers - and in summer, our kitchen garden provides home grown goodies whenever possible. If it's calmness you seek, we can arrange an onsite massage or there's the wood fired sauna to enjoy, before relaxing in one of the hammocks or curling up with one of the many books in front of the wood burner.
With no WiFi or phone signal, this is the perfect place to stop still, breathe deeply, and reconnect. With nature, with loved ones and WITH YOURSELF.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions the sauna is not in use and massages are unavailable at present - hopefully these will be available from the end of the year.
We are very excited to share changes that will be made at Devon Dens in Autumn / Winter 2020. After four years of welcoming many happy guests, the existing Den will be toddling off to a new home, to be replaced with a larger, more deluxe cabin. Complete with internal shower room and dry toilet, this stunning structure will be a stretched out version of the existing Carpenter’s Cabin and will sleep up to six on a super king / twin, two x singles on a mezzanine and two x sofa beds.
With a long veranda complete with rocking chair for reading and listening to the sounds of the forest, the cabin will be powered by the sun, with LPG gas boiler for comfort and heat. A small fridge, full size oven and four ring gas hob mean this will be perfect for families and friends to gather and feast. There will be hammocks, fire pit and BBQ in your own area with huge outdoor table. The calendar is now open for December and beyond. See below for more info about what to expect in this glorious new space.
This spacious and stunning timber cabin sleeps up to six with an internal shower room and dry toilet, 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:
Our super, off-grid cabin sleeps up to four (five at a push for small ones - just ask) in a double bedroom, on the mezzanine and on a double sofa bed, with an indoor bathroom, spacious living area, kitchenette, fancy pants solar set up and private decking area for the all-important fire pit.
This beautiful space looks out over the pond and reed beds, with everything you could possibly need for a relaxing, digital detox.
What's in The Cabin:
For enquiries or more information call us on 01837 871417.
Our address is: Germansweek, Devon EX21 5AL.
Devon Den - from £ 135 / night
Carpenters Cabin - from £ 125 / nightJan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec
Devon Den - from £ 160 / night
Carpenters Cabin - from £ 140 / nightApr, May, Jun, Sept, Oct
Devon Den - from £ 195 / night
Carpenters Cabin - from £ 160 / nightJuly, Aug
We are going through an incredible time – of change, of different rules, guidelines and possibly a new "normal" when we emerge. Perhaps the respect owed to nature, the environment and to a simpler life will be abundant. We truly hope so.
For us here at Devon Dens, now is time to look at what needs to change. The following points are part of our strategy to offer assurance and keep everyone safe – guests, us and our surrounding neighbours and community.
This is not exhaustive and many of these measures were already being done.
If you have any questions about covid-19 or any other aspect of staying with us, get in touch.
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