Luckaborough glamping is all about the luxury of space in nature.
Rather than packing tents in like sardines, we have given each of our pitches several acres of land, allowing our guests the space and privacy to run feral. Through the provision of firepits, a swimming lake and 7 acres of private woodland, we encourage our guests to re-engage in the nostalgic joy of mucking about outdoors.
We feel passionately about living as sustainably as possible and pour our hearts into our own efforts as smallholders and wildlife conservationists. Our long-term goal is to create an environment where a great diversity of wildlife can flourish in harmony with the campsite and our smallholding. It would be our greatest delight if our guests go away having experienced a slice of that good life with us.
A big part of our own enjoyment of Luckaborough is the opportunity it has given us to slow down and experience the contentment of concentrating on the task at hand. Whether it’s cooking on a campfire, brewing tea in the woods, building a fort, finding bugs, hugging trees, doing an art project in craft corner, napping, swimming or just listening to the birds, we genuinely hope you can experience the same sense of peace and contentment during your stay at Luckaborough that we have come to enjoy ourselves over the years.
Justin and Emma Peer-Norton have nearly 30 years experience in the film business between them. Ems credits as VFX Producer include: Black Hawk Down, the Harry Potter films, Cinderella and, most recently, Wonder Woman. Jay also worked on the Potter films, as well as Pan, Fast and Furious,
X-men and World War Z.
The glamping plan came about five years ago. Having realised their increasing obsession with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s TV show, River Cottage, was perhaps indicating a lifestyle change was necessary, they began to plot a move to the countryside. But how to do it?
It was a weekend glamping trip that gave them the lightbulb moment. After a hugely enjoyable couple of days sleeping on a comfortable bed under canvas, cooking on the firepit and probably drinking one bottle too many, they worked out a business plan for a glamping site on a scrap of paper and the touch paper was lit.
One week later the London flat was on the market. One year after that (almost to the day), they pickedup the keys to Luckaborough Farm. And now, four years later, Ems and Jay live full time at Luckaborough with their two dogs, Fraggle and Muppet, several chickens and the odd pig or two. They run the campsite, work the smallholding and often goof off to muck about in the woods.
We will be running the following pitches from Friday 4th May until Monday 1st October 2018:
Lake side yurt – sleeps up to 6
Shepherds hut – sleeps 4
Stargazer Lotus Belle tent – sleeps 2
We can add an additional baby / toddler cot and a single camp bed to both the Yurt and the Stargazer. We may also possibly add another Lotus Belle pitch (sleeping 2) from July 2018.
All accommodation is self-catering and we provide everything that’s needed for cooking and living including: linens, towels and fully stocked kitchenette’s in all pitches. There is a central shower and washing up block, as well as a private, wood fired hot-tub at each pitch. The first load of wood is provided free, with each subsequent wheel-barrow full charged at £5.
Accommodation can be booked in the following blocks,
Week / 7 night booking Friday to Friday
Midweek / 4 night booking Mon to Fri
Weekend / 3 night booking Fri to Mon
Check in at 3pm
Check out at 10am
We will make last minute bookings for single nights if available on the day.
Sorry, we don’t do hard-standing / hook ups for caravans, or allow pitch-your-own tents or camper vans into the camping fields.
The only pitch with electricity is the Shepherds hut. The tents are all off-grid, but there is electricity at the central shower and washing up block. We provide key lockers with built in USB and plug socket charging points for your devices.
There is an information pack in each tent on arrival with lots of good suggestions for things to do, where to eat and how to get to various places. We will also post daily weather reports, and notices of events at the washblock.
All pitches are self-catering and contain individual kitchenette’s with small gas ovens and hobs (electric in the case of the Shepherds hut). You can also cook on the fire pits, which have griddles and pots that hang over the flames (trust us, everyone who’s tried this never switch to the Charcoal BBQ option – it’s dead easy and brilliant fun). On request, there is a communal charcoal BBQ and there is also a communal microwave in the wash up block.
Ice boxes are provided in every pitch and there is a communal fridge / freezer in the wash block. We are well served by the shops in the local towns of Torrington and Barnstaple. Or you can order food deliveries from Sainsbury, Tesco and Waitrose.
If you are intending on ordering a food delivery, it is worth noting that due to our rural location, the supermarkets tend to only deliver on certain days and you should book well in advance of your arrival to save disappointment. The delivery address is Luckaborough Farm, Yarnscombe, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 3NF (Tel: 01769 560 135). We share a post code with our neighbours 50 meters up the road, so it’s worth telling your driver to look out for the wooden gate at the top of the drive, with the sign that says ‘Luckaborough Glamping’ to save confusion!
If the food delivery arrives before you do, then we will put your shopping into the communal fridge in the wash block.
If you are going to arrive too late to organise food on your first night, then we are well served by the local pubs. Or we are happy to provide a first night hamper containing: milk, fresh baguette, cold cuts (*we can leave these out for a reduction of £5), selection of local cheese, fresh ground coffee, honey or marmalade, bottle wine (specify white or red) and chocolate for £35.
For special occasions we are happy to organise for a cold bottle of champagne (£40) and a special flower arrangement (£30) waiting for you on arrival.
We are very well served by the local pubs and restaurants (see the links on our ‘local’ page), including the fabulous Pig and Olive mobile wood-fired pizza service, which parks up locally every Weds night and Fraggle can highly recommend their food! https://www.pigandolive.co.uk
RECYCLING AND BINS
All tents have general rubbish and recycling bins. There are central recycling collection bins at the wash block, which we will empty regularly. We ask that everyone please take recycling as seriously as we do for the duration of their stay. Full recycling instructions are in the information packs.
We have a beautiful swimming lake, that is lined with clay and fed by spring water. It is roughly 7ft deep all the way through, with sharply shelved banks, so entrance to the water is from the end of the pontoon (where you can jump or dive in), or the wooden steps beside it. Everybody staying is welcome to swim in it – under the following rules:
All swimmers should be confident swimming in deep water.
Only enter and leave the lake via the wooden pontoon – the clay banks are
very slippery and impossible to get out of, without damage to the plant
life or the clay lining of the lake.
Children under 16 absolutely must be supervised by adults at all times. Please remember to bring swimming arm bands for children if needed.
No drinking alcohol and swimming.
We also have a nature pond at the other end of the site, but this is definitely for the wildlife only – no swimming in that one.
Being dog owners ourselves, we are a dog friendly site and welcome well behaved dogs. We are happy for dogs to be off the lead within the confines of your pitch – BUT ONLY if they are firmly under control. That means, they must be easily recalled and they must stay with the family and not wander off to say
hello to anyone else on site – who may not welcome a doggie interaction. This especially applies to protect children, who can be scared of a dog bounding
up to say hello, no matter how friendly.
There are also a lot of sheep and horses in adjacent fields to the camping site, so if there is any worry that your dog may try and jump a fence and chase sheep, then the dog must stay on the lead at all times on site. Please be aware of the countryside rule that it is completely within a farmers rights to shoot a dog that is bothering their sheep or other livesto ck. Even if the dog means no harm, sheep can become very stressed by a visit from a dog and can have heart attacks if chased. We would hate for an over excited family pet to get into trouble this way – so this warning is as much for your peace of mind as ours.
If your dog won’t stay close to hand and under control,
then we must ask they remain on a lead when outside
the tent. If a dog proves to be aggressive in any way,
or bothers the other campers, then we reserve
the right to either ask you to put the dog on a
permanent lead or, in extreme cases,
ask you to leave the site.
WHAT TO BRING
In theory – all you need to bring for your holiday are the usual holiday items you would take to any self-catering accommodation. But here are some suggestions of what you should also consider bringing for your comfort:
Hand torches – although there are LED lanterns, LED candles and fairy lights in the tents, you may want torches for night time excursions to the loos etc.
Bug spray – this is the countryside, so there are mosquito’s, horseies and the occasional tick around. It is well worth putting bug spray on any bare skin whether you are staying on site for the day, or going out and about. We also provide can’s of Raid in-case you have any unwelcome invaders into your tents.
Please remember personal prescriptions. We also advise you bring both a topical and a tablet antihistamine. As we are surrounded by farmland, there is often hay cutting, insects or other irritants that make antihistamines a must if you suffer from hayfever, or react strongly to insect bites and stings.
Wellie boots – if it does rain, then it can get a bit muddy as Devon has a lot of clay soil! So Wellies are very useful.
Charge cables – we provide a bank of key lockers in the wash block, which have USB and plug charging points in them. So don’t forget your charging cables for devices.
If you are bringing a very young child or baby, please give us notice if you need the use of a high-chair or crib, so we don’t have any clashes.
DEMS DA RULES
We really want you to enjoy a very relaxed and happy holiday at Luckaborough, but for everyone’s safety and comfort, please be advised of the following site rules.
There is ample parking on site, but we don’t allow cars down to the tent pitches. We will ferry your luggage to the tent on arrival and check out.
As soon as you come through our gate, please abide by the 5mile an hour on-site speed limit – there will always be loose animals and children to consider.
No glass on site – the only exception is drink & food packaging. The tents have good quality plastic drinking glasses.
No muddy / outdoor boots or shoes in the tents. All boots and shoes off at the tent door please – trays and mats provided for dirty shoe storage.
No naked flames in the tents – there are pillar candles in the covered candle lanterns, but you must not have naked candles, or any other naked flames.
No noise after 10pm. This is basic courtesy for everyone’s enjoyment of the peaceful environment.
Use of firepits must be supervised by a (reasonably) sober adult.. Although we encourage you to relax and have a drink, please be sensible when mixing alcohol with use of the firepits.
Children should be supervised at all times around the firepits.
No unsupervised children around the nature pond and swimming lake. Please be aware, we have left the landscape as wild and unfenced as possible for everyone’s enjoyment – so the responsibility for child safety and supervision is with you. There are rescue rings at both the pond and lake for emergencies.
If you are bringing a dog – you must pick up and dispose of all dog poo without exception. We provide poo bags in the tents and there is a central dog poo bin located at the shower block that will be emptied regularly.
Dog must be under control at all times.
Respect nature – we want everyone to engage with the beautiful land we have here at Luckaborough, but please just look and don’t touch when it comes to birds nests and plants.
Please don’t forage and eat any wild food if you do not know what you are doing – we are happy to arrange a foraging and bushcraft day in the woods with an expert during your stay if you are interested.
Boys, if you are using the composting loo, then you MUST sit down to pee, otherwise the urine separator will not work and it will smell bad