Travel: Fleurs Retreat, Devon

20150524_205329Over the Bank Holiday Weekend (Sunday – Wednesday to be exact) my boyfriend and I took the long drive from Cheshire to Devon. The boyfriend had booked us into Fleur’s Retreat in Stanford. About 20 miles from Exeter, situated in the rolling hills of Devon, we spent three nights in the field of a family home.

20150524_154709At the bottom of the field, tucked away is the beautifully furnished pod with the essentials; bed, storage, cooking utensils and everything you need to start the fire. There is a table with a couple of benches for you to enjoy the food you’ve made on the fire or gas stove provided. In the corner is a little hut which houses the compost loo, which indeed was an experience. Inside the pod are some blankets and board games, which led to many a game of Scrabble… yes we really are about 55 (and I won the ‘Scrabble Championship’ as I had named it). The ‘Poison Shed’ at the top of the hill, next to where you park your car has a kitchen with a seating area and all of the essentials (hob, toaster, microwave etc) and a bathroom with toilet and shower. These facilities are really good, and I like how it’s separate from the pod, but jeeez that hill definitely made up for the fact I couldn’t get to the gym!

20150524_21304520150524_184252 20150524_184914On arrival we were greeted by Bea (the owner and mother of Fleur, whom the pod is named after) who had left us a bottle of Cava and some cheeses. We were then left to settle in and wait for the lovely dinner Bea had cooked for us. Before our arrival Bea had sent over a menu of lovely meals she was able to cook for us; at a charge of £20. As we’d spent a fair few hours travelling down we decided to take her up on this offer, and went for the chicken, chips and salad – it was lovely and well worth the money.

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On Bank Holiday Monday we took a 45 minute drive to Powderham castle. The reviews online were really good so we had high hopes! We usually like to have a snoop around ourselves, but we couldn’t enter the castle unless we took a guided tour. This was included in the £10 (£11.50 for adults) admission fee, so after a walk around the grounds we only had a 5 minute wait for the next tour. I would 100% recommend this tour, the lady who took us round was really fun and engaging, and super knowledgeable! It’s was also really interesting to find that the family are actually moving back in soon – so it will be a working castle again!

20150525_14182520150525_141623After the tour we took a trip to the gift shop where I bought some fudge, yum! We then headed to the animals, which was again included in the price. The animal area was really good, with loads of chickens, horses, goats etc. My favourite was this tortoise who was roaming around munching on grass! The child in me wanted to plant a sunflower seed so I donned the watering can and took my little pot home.

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On the way back to the pod we stopped at Mill on the Exe for some food and a drink. I went with a local cider brewed in Devon and cajun fried chicken with chips. It was absolutely gorgeous – definitely the best chicken I’ve ever had! The views were amazing too – if you drive past, get yourself in there.

20150526_132747 20150526_133010On Tuesday we decided to take a drive to Dartmoor, and I’m so glad we did! The Sat Nav took us through some of the thinnest and windiest roads I’ve ever seen but when we arrived it was breathtaking. We spent a while taking in the views (whilst dodging the Dartmoor ponies and sheep!) and stopped off for an ice-cream.

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Tuesday night we stopped off for a quick meal at a local pub and then back to the pod to toast marshmallows by the fire, in prep for the long drive ahead the following day.

If you are looking for a few nights relaxing away from it all, Fleurs Retreat is perfect. It’s £90 a night for the pod and is an amazing experience. I’d definitely look into a glamping experience again… but maybe not one on such a huge hill! I also shared my trip on Instagram, so come over and say hey! 

Where is your favourite place to go in the UK? We are thinking York next!

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7 thoughts on “Travel: Fleurs Retreat, Devon

  1. Oh my word! This is my idea of heaven ❤️ I’ve always wanted to go Glamping, we were meant to go for my hen do but it all changed sadly. The weather looks gorgeous too!
    Bee xxx

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  2. Ooo I’ve always wanted to go glamping as I love the big outdoors but i’m not so keen on actual camping, y’know with the bugs and stuff aha. Devon is on my to-go list as well as it’s not too far from me. Cornwall is beautiful too though that really would be a mission for you aha as it takes us 5-7 hours and we’re just North of London. Great pics and glad you had a wonderful time xx

    http://www.kirstytalks.co.uk

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  3. What I wouldn’t give right now to be wrapped up away from the world in that pod! What a brilliant idea, glamping is right up my street that’s for sure!

    Pictures are lovely, like postcards, why is it everything in the countryside just looks so damn pretty? I love the city but it never photographs half as well as lush rolling green hills and the obligatory fluffy sheep!

    Sarah 🙂
    Saloca in Wonderland

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