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Balebarn Eco Lodge

5 reviews
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Overview
4 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
8 guests
2 nights minimum
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Balebarn Eco Lodge was the main reason Wheatland Farm won the Gold award for Sustainable Tourism from VisitEngland in 2015. It is a gloriously welcoming low impact dwelling, fashioned from straw bales and many upcycled materials. But don't think it's hippy or basic - it's cool, stylish and luxurious. Enormous bi-fold windows open onto the veranda and give you a fabulous view out over a large pond (take the boat out for a spin...). You'll love the quirky detail, like the microwave turntable portholes in the bathroom and the coronation mug downlighters. There are 4 bedrooms: a master bedroom with a 5ft bed, a smaller room with a double, a twin room and a room with ultra-sturdy bunks (not just for kids). There's a large family bathroom and also a wetroom shower (with loo). Everything is on ...Balebarn Eco Lodge was the main reason Wheatland Farm won the Gold award for Sustainable Tourism from VisitEngland in 2015. It is a gloriously welcoming low impact dwelling, fashioned from straw bales and many upcycled materials. But don't think it's hippy or basic - it's cool, stylish and luxurious. Enormous bi-fold windows open onto the veranda and give you a fabulous view out over a large pond (take the boat out for a spin...). You'll love the quirky detail, like the microwave turntable portholes in the bathroom and the coronation mug downlighters. There are 4 bedrooms: a master bedroom with a 5ft bed, a smaller room with a double, a twin room and a room with ultra-sturdy bunks (not just for kids). There's a large family bathroom and also a wetroom shower (with loo). Everything is on level access, with a ramp to the door and veranda. So it's suitable for mixed generations holidaying together (and the owners are more than happy to help with any access needs). Adventurers of all ages can borrow free bikes, explore 21 acres managed for wildlife, and the bravest can take a swim in the wildlife pond. There's BBQ facilities, play equipment, hens, cows to visit (in the summer), and a small fishing pond (large lakes are nearby too). But if you want to curl up with a book by the wood burner you'll still have a wonderful view. Balebarn Lodge's kitchen has an oven and a microwave/combi oven, a fridge freezer, dishwasher, and induction hob. There's a washing machine just across the way. Grocery deliveries can be arranged, there are lots of pubs with good food nearby, or you can even order in a chef to cook for you. You certainly don't need to be an eco warrior to stay in Balebarn Lodge, but if it's a green holiday you're after, this is particularly right for you. Wheatland Farm has twice won England's top award for sustainable tourism (2012 and again in 2015). All your power is green, the lodge draws from a wind turbine and also has its own solar panels. Ian is always delighted to talk sustainable building techniques, but we won't bore you if you're not interested. Wheatland Farm has a 7 acre nationally-recognised nature reserve (a Site of Special Scientific Interest) and your stay helps make managing the whole farm for wildlife viable. Keep a look out at dusk, or dawn if you're still up, and you might see a ghostly barnowl hunting. They've even been known to perch on the veranda.More
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About the Owner
Maggie W
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:February 2012
Interaction with guests
We live on the farm and offer a free guided nature walk plus delight in talking through local walks and bike routes and other things to do.
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Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

I booked Balebarn Lodge for my husband’s 40th birthday. The booking process and information from Ian throughout was seamless. On arrival we were greeted with breathtaking Devon views and warm scones! So many positive things to say; beautiful setting, well thought out interior, fantastic hot...More

Date of stay: September 2018
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rippa700, VR Owner at Balebarn Eco Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2018

So glad the birthday weekend was a success, and I confess not all the left over chocolate cake made it to the chickens! We enjoyed seeing the children have fun on the bikes and hope you can come again so we can show them the...More

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Reviewed August 1, 2017 via mobile

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Date of stay: July 2017
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Reviewed February 20, 2017

Our special place. Balebarn is amazing. Stunning views, lovely, comfortable lodge and the hosts are great. Sitting admiring the scenary is a must. Fantastic place to stay 😄

Date of stay: February 2017
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rippa700, VR Owner at Balebarn Eco Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2017

Thanks and it's always great to welcome you here. We might have the outdoor pizza oven ready for next time....

Reviewed December 26, 2016 via mobile

Balebarn on Wheatland farm is a great place to stay. I almost don't want to mention how good it is in fear of it becoming to overbooked for us to stay again. The barn itself has been beautifully restored/converted into a great accommodation. Perfect for...More

Date of stay: September 2016
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rippa700, VR Owner at Balebarn Eco Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2016

We really enjoyed you all being here and delighted you had a good time. Every visitor helps us to manage the land in a wildlife-friendly way, so thanks for choosing us for your holiday and really hope we can welcome you all again. Ian &Maggie

Reviewed October 31, 2016

We went with extended family (11 in total) and stayed in Baelbarn and otter cottage. We arrived Friday to scones and vegan biscuits for the vegan in the party. The kids made maximum use of the pond, boat, large spaces and treehouse. It was such...More

Date of stay: October 2016
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rippa700, VR Owner at Balebarn Eco Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded November 2, 2016

Hi Helen It was great to have you and the family here and especially to see the children enjoy the wild spaces so much. Thanks for staying, as it is only the income from guests that allows us to manage the land for wildlife. Hope...More

Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Outdoor Dining Area
Towels Provided
Private Yard
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cycling Trips
TV
Parking
Shared Yard
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Playground
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Toaster
Swingset
Stove
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Local Guides/Maps
Central Heating
Water Views
Blender
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Boat Available
Balcony
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Shared Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Watersports Nearby
Terrace
Fireplace
Deck
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About the neighborhood
Winkleigh, in the middle of Devon, is ‘proper English countryside’. In summer the fields are full of old fashioned stooks of wheat (now grown for thatching). In autumn there's the renown display at the Sticklepath Fireshow, and nearby Hatherleigh holds its festival, complete with flaming tar barrels. Come winter, there’s wassailing in the orchards and crackling fires. Come spring again and orchids bloom among the hedgerow flowers. Explore the Devon countryside described so beautifully in the famous book Tarka the Otter, perhaps by cycling or walking the nearby Tarka Trail. Or visit the town of Torrington, site of the last major battle of the English civil war in the south west. You can experience a re-enactment at Torrington 1646 - complete with musket firing! If that's too dramatic, relax...
Getting around
2 miles from the bus stop in Winkleigh. Stagecoach 5 runs regularly from Exeter to Barnstaple through Winkleigh. Eggesford is the nearest train station, 5 miles from here and we offer free arrival / departure transfers for guests.
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