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“Fabulous fun yurting!”
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Cuckoo Down Farm
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“Fabulous fun yurting!”
Reviewed April 14, 2012

We have just visited cuckoo down darn and stayed in one of the three yurts they currently have on site. We went with friends so the whole site was effectively ours. This is Glamping and the yurts were spacious and comfy and very cosy when the woodburners was going. Compost loos were surprisingly ok (I am a bit precious about toilets!) and the kitchen facilities great. Having a shower was nippy in April but there was plenty of hot water! Becky and John were lovely and the kids did horse riding on the farm and enjoyed the sheep, woods and chickens. Our group couldn't have done without our gazebo and firepit that we took with us as made a more communal area for meals and vino for the grown ups in the group! If you do go in April take plenty of layers and blankets as it is nippy!

  • Stayed April 2012
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Reviewed September 22, 2011

This was our third year at Cuckoo Down Farm. We had previously stayed in yurts, but this year headed down to the gipsy caravan with my two kids. There was also a big bell tent for us to use as a living room/ extra sleeping area. It was so wonderful to see the kids, aged 6 and 8, running about the field with huge grins on their faces, riding a pony, heading into the woods to explore...I couldn't believe that I even had a chance to read a book, my first bit of relaxation in the summer holidays. There was plenty to do in the area, including the lovely beach at Sidmouth, great play areas at Escot, but we also spent whole days playing at the farm. At night we had cosy campfires, and I will treasure the memory of snuggling up in the really comfy bed with the kids for a great nights sleep. Just a dreamy magical trip.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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CuckooDownFarm, Owner at Cuckoo Down Farm, responded to this review, April 10, 2012
Hello!

Thank you for such a lovely review - we appreciate it. Hopefully see you again this year.

Best wishes,

Becky, John and all the family
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 16, 2011

The Sheaves family very kindly entrusted us (a group of 19-21 year olds) with their beautiful yurts and gypsy caravan for a midweek break. I wanted to do something different for my 21st birthday - and this turned out to be perfect!
The facilities were excellent - the showers were always warm and spotlessly clean, the honesty shop and kitchens was well stocked and we were delighted to find upon arrival that there is now an extra 'living-room-yurt' attached to the gypsy caravan!
We decided to go with a 'circus' theme for the week - so lots of dressing up and juggling practice ensued - we even turning the gypsy caravan in a Kissing (photo) Booth one evening!
There was so much to do down there, that I felt we could have stayed an extra week! We went on day trips to Exmouth and Buddleigh Salterton (which for some reason, none of us can remember why, we now call Boomy Salterton...) ate fish and chips on the beach, sent the men out to buy meat for BBQs(!) and made popcorn and candy floss with the girls. We also played rounders, twister, cards, and had a temperance tea party. One of my friends even made me a yurt birthday cake!
Lots of my friends play instruments, so we spent a couple of evening singing round the campfire - which, under an incredibly bright full moon, was magical!
The weather was by no means great - in fact there were gale force winds the first night - but we didn't seem to notice. The yurts were perfectly warm and snug inside and most evenings we'd congregate in one and sort the world out! I think that this was the most relaxed I've ever seen my friends - many of whom had never met before! There are so many wonderful memories that we will always cherish and I can't thank Becky and her family enough for their generosity and kindness! Martha xxx

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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CuckooDownFarm, Owner at Cuckoo Down Farm, responded to this review, April 10, 2012
Dear Martha,

I've been meaning to say, you are very welcome! Glad you had a good time and hope Uni is going well.
Best wishes to you all,

Becky. John and family
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 29, 2011

In the early and nauseating stages of pregnancy with my second child and due to spend the week camping at Sidmouth Folk Festival with my very energetic three year old son, I was mightily relieved to find a very appealing alternative to standard camping at Cuckoo Down Farm. By a master stroke of luck, the Sheaves family’s gypsy caravan Daisy was free for the five days I required and I made a last minute booking for myself and my son. Imagining a rural ‘Danny the Champion of the World’ type adventure with my little boy, on arrival I was delighted to discover that location wise, I wasn’t far wrong with the caravan located close to the Sheaves farm house but in a beautiful meadow with thick hedgerows on two sides and oak woods on the others, teeming with wildlife and with Buzzards flying overhead. Most will be relieved to know, we didn’t spend the week trying to poach the buzzards or any pheasants though! The gypsy caravan itself is delightful. Beautifully restored and refurbished by the Sheaves with a larger than traditional pull out raised bed platform with an extremely comfortable futon mattress and fresh, clean linen, duvet and blankets. What wasn’t obvious from the website in advance was how well equipped the set up around the caravan was, with the equivalent facilities to the yurts. This included a very well appointed camp kitchen with two ring stove and a full range of cooking utensils, Ecover cleaning products and crockery/cutlery and a picnic table to eat at, There was also a surprisingly peaceful and non-smelly composting loo in a nicely appointed little wooden shed with a window and privacy curtain plus the necessary pine shavings, loo roll and a very convenient handbasin with organic soap, just a few metres from the caravan, ideal for late night face-washing and teeth brushing and for me to make toilet trips in the night, without having to traipse miles and most reassuringly not leave my son alone in a tent. On arrival we were given a very warm and very relaxed welcome by Becky and much to my sons delight, the families three very friendly collie dogs and shown around the barn near the farm house which all families staying on the farm can use and is equipped with hot showers, fridges for food and a useful socket for charging mobile phones. There was also a useful little honesty shop. Becky then walked us to the meadow where the gypsy caravan is situated, along with the three yurts. The space between the yurts and the caravan is huge (at least 100 metres or more) so while you get total peace and quiet, there is the comfort of knowing you aren’t completely alone in a field. My son was immediately entranced by the place and loved ‘our little caravan’. Each morning before we set off to the folk festival in Sidmouth, he happily pottered about in and out of the caravan, drawing and reading in the caravan and playing in the field and in the woods and stream. We also returned each tea time to cook at the caravan rather than eat expensively in town. He was also absolutely thrilled to have his first pony ride on the family’s lovely Dartmoor pony Ebony who is an ideal first ride for small children. This area of Devon is beautiful and the site is close by Sidmouth, Beere and Salcombe Regis which all have beautiful beaches. The set up at Cuckoo Down Farm provides you with the best of outdoor living, constant fresh air, cooking and eating and for children, playing in the open air but with the comfort of a proper bed and bedding and the convenience of everything you need for an ideal camping holiday being set up when you arrive. The gypsy caravan is quite small and once the bed is pulled out there is just enough floor space to have a little play area or to sit and read. However it is absolutely perfect for either a single parent travelling with one or two children, or a couple with a small child or baby to provide the excitement and thrill of an open air holiday but combined with the convenience of the best equipped camping set up you’ve ever had without the effort to set it all up and the comfort of a proper bed to sleep in with a roof over your head. I would love us to return, either to the caravan or perhaps with my partner and another family too to try one of the yurts. I couldn’t recommend Cuckoo Down Farm highly enough.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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CuckooDownFarm, Owner at Cuckoo Down Farm, responded to this review, April 10, 2012
Hello!
Just to say a big thank you for such a lovely review. Hopefully see you again some time here at Cuckoo Down Farm.

Best wishes,

Becky, John and family
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 31, 2011

We have 2 boys (aged 2 and 4) who are extremely lively and love the outdoor life. Staying at Cuckoo Down Farm gave my husband and I the first properly enjoyable holiday with our children which we have had as parents. The farm is located at the end of a half mile track, and the 3 yurts are in a field behind the farmhouse/showerblock area, giving the children wonderful freedom in an entirely safe environment to play, explore and have the time of their lives. The 3 friendly sheepdogs on the farm proved great holiday pals for the boys and entertained them for hours.

Beccy and John who own the farm provide a unique holiday experience for a family - luxury camping with the comfort of beds and futons, toyboxes for the children which are put together with real care and thought and detailed information on tried and tested days out for families in the beautiful East Devon area.

The highlight of the holiday for my 4 year old was having a pony ride on the farm's Ebony. For my 2 year old, it was making a dam on the farm's stream. For my husband and I, it was the glorious uninterrupted stretches of peace to read and drink red wine by the fire, listening to the boys exploring and having fun.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 4, 2011

We've camped quite a bit as a family but never stayed in a yurt before. It really is a fab holiday and sooo much more civilised than camping - we even did proper cooking! The bonuses at Cuckoo Down are that you have your own 'compost loo' right behind your yurt (with running water so you can wash hands/brush teeth), so no traipsing in the middle of the night and also I like the fact the kitchen area was sheltered outside, leaving you more space in your yurt to hang out and feeling safer with young chilldren. Nicely kitted out, especially loved the solar powered fairy lights! We all had such a fun and relaxing time, both our 2 year old and 4 year old girls loved it so much. Cuckoo Down Farm is brilliant; lovely owners, resident dogs Buster, Moss and Lily are gorgeous and were a massive hit with the girls and lots to do locally. Would also highly recommend Reiki and the children's yogini classes too held by Kara of Rainbow Warriors. Do this holiday, it was brilliant, my only regret is that it wasn't for longer - but hey we'll definitely be back!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 5, 2011

Camping....with a touch of luxury!
The good stuff:-
Fantastic, peaceful, idyllic location.
Great 'posh camping' accomodation, 3 double beds, wood burning stove, well equipped kitchen area.
Access to a wood with stream running through it, my son & his friend (11 yrs old) just love going in there, making 'dens', rope swings & damming the stream.
Lovely welcome from Becky & John as well as the 3 Sheepdogs, Buster, Moss & Lillie.
The bad stuff:-
There isn't any....!!
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We've been May half term & can be chilly at night so take sleeping bags if only to put on beds, wellies required as grass can be damp in the morning. Old clothes for the children as they will get dirty in the woods. Torch is essential for night trips to the compost (really doesn't smell) loo.
Places to visit nearby:-
Beer, nice fishing village, mackerel fishing a must!
Lyme Regis, a bit touristy but nice beach area, great harbour (cobb) for crab fishing
Summary:-
Great location, fantastic accomodation, wonderful warm greeting from the Sheeves family, already planning next year......!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Cuckoo Down Farm
Address: Cuckoo Down Farm Lower Broad Oak Road | The Barn, Cuckoo Down Farm, Ottery St. Mary EX11 1UE, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Ottery St. Mary
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Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Ottery St. Mary
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come to Cuckoo Down Farm near Sidmouth in Devon for relaxed, easy glamping for families or couples. Chose from three large safari tents and three spacious yurts, all with woodburners, kitchens, double beds, sofas plus all cooking equipment. Cuckoo Down Farm is 2.5 hours drive from London and SE, 10 mins from the M5 and A30. Stay in 25 acres of pretty meadows, light a campfire and explore three acres of bluebell woods. The farm is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, four miles inland from the World Heritage Coast at Sidmouth, Beer and Branscombe. Lovely beaches and great gastro pubs nearby. Collect eggs, have pony rides and explore unspoilt Devon countryside on a beautiful farm. ... more   less 
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Cuckoo Down Farm Ottery St. Mary, Devon

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