A woodland garden retreat

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.

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   Previous guests

  •  We didn't want to leave, it was all just so lovely 

  •  Wonderful week in paradise - thank you so much 

  •  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 camping 

  •  Fantastic place to retreat to and spend uninterrupted time with family. Loved it. 

  •  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 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.

   The Den - coming Autumn / Winter 2020:

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:

  • one super king / twin
  • two singles on the mezzanine
  • one double sofa bed
  • AGA wood burner to keep you warm year round
  • radiators in each room
  • handcrafted dining table
  • four-ring gas burner, grill and standard size single oven
  • small fridge
  • good pans, knives, plates, cups, beakers, utensils
  • games, books, jigsaws - guitar on request
  • fire pit (and wood) and barbecue
  • DAB radio
  • fire pit and barbecue
  • solar lights and torch
  • internal great shower with eco friendly toiletries
  • internal dry toilet, urinal and sink
  • all bedding & towels
  • hammock

   The Cabin:

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:

  • lounge area with two sofa beds
  • dining table
  • brilliant AGA wood burner to keep you warm year round
  • electric cool box
  • gas oven with grill
  • two-ring gas burner
  • good pans, knives, plates, cups, beakers, utensils
  • gas combi boiler
  • radiators in each room
  • mezzanine with two single mattresses
  • bbedroom with king size bed
  • bathroom with spacious shower, dry toilet, urinal and sink
  • bath, hand and tea towels
  • games, books, jigsaws, guitar, maps, local info, binoculars
  • DAB radio
  • fire pit (and barbecue
  • solar panels for lights and charging points
  • hammock

For enquiries or more information call us on 01837 871417.
Our address is: Germansweek, Devon EX21 5AL.

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Off-grid timber cabin

The Carpenters Cabin

Contemporary comfort


Interior of our timber cabin showing the bedroom area

Wake up to birdsong

In the king size bed


Interior of our timber cabin showing the kitchen area

Fully equipped

Just bring food, drink, clothes


Interior of our timber cabin showing the mezzanine sleeping area

Space for the kids

Or they get the bedroom, you sleep up here!


Interior of our timber cabin showing the wood burner

Wood burner and central heating

Ideal for year round use


Interior of our timber cabin showing the spacious interior

Light and Space

Sleeps up to 4


Outside eating area at the Carpenters Cabin

Delicious local produce

Available to order before you come


The fire pit outside the Carpenters Cabin

The fire-pit...

The heart of your stay


The hammock outside the Devon Den

Hammocks, books, games

Even a guitar for camp fire strumming


The Poly Tunnel at Devon Dens eco campsite

People, planet & wildlife friendly

From solar to water to waste


Private seating areas

Private seating areas

In the two acre woodland


Homegrown produce in the polytunnel

Enjoy home-grown produce

From our own kitchen garden


The stream

Our beautiful, babbling stream

Perfect for paddling (and chilling beers)


Eco camping in the woods at night

Starry skies

Sit back and be astounded


Reed beds on the eco campsite

Reed beds & pond

An essential part of our eco-system


Okehampton Castle

Okehampton castle

A hidden gem


Meldon Pool Datrmoor

Secret swimming spots

Heavenly, nearby Dartmoor


Nearby beaches

Beaches & Ice creams

Within easy reach


   Availability & Booking

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Cosy Cabin
Low season

Devon Den - from £ 135 / night

Carpenters Cabin - from £ 125 / night

Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec
Outward Bound

Outward Bound
Mid Season

Devon Den - from £ 160 / night

Carpenters Cabin - from £ 140 / night

Apr, May, Jun, Sept, Oct
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Summer Sizzler
High Season

Devon Den - from £ 195 / night

Carpenters Cabin - from £ 160 / night

July, Aug
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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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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 01837 871417

By email

Email enquiries@devondens.co.uk


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