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A Time for Reflection & Inspiration

Autumn and Winter are a wonderful time for reflection and inspiration here at The Orchard Retreat.


Looking back at yet another cracking season, we were just delighted with how it all went.  There was a huge increase in repeat and recommended guests this year, many of which have booked again for 2018.  We also welcomed many new guests and the feedback was incredible.

We saw a rise in the number of celebration weekends here, with families and friends hiring out the whole site.  It really is the perfect place for group bookings, as there is a little bit of everything for everyone.  The comfort of our four star luxury cottages (which together can sleep up to 10) as well as our yurts (which together can sleep up to 12) for those who enjoy the glamping lifestyle!  A great mix for all.

We can honestly say the outdoor baths have been a massive hit – used just how we hoped they would be used.   Outdoor showers in the morning, bathing the children before bed and relaxing soaks for the adults under the stars.  Perfect!


It is also a great time for inspirational ideas for next year, which we start to think about and implement during the colder months.  It is as exciting as the main season itself.  With so many ideas brimming away we can’t wait to share them with you.

We have already extended The Cider Barn’s garden, so there is now a lovely lawned area too.  This offers gorgeous views up the meadow and we hope to add a hammock and fire pit! In fact, we are looking to do this in both cottage gardens to add a touch more of the outdoor life for our cottage guests.  Watch this space!

The yurts will have a general zhuzh too, with the addition of mattress toppers to add further comfort and warmth and more rugs for that extra cozy factor.  Plus we are creating a designated badminton area and planning to cover the decking outside the facilities block so more all weather alfresco dining will be possible.

We just love continuing to improve and update everything here at The Orchard Retreat, not only for the guest experience but to keep everything in tip top condition which is so important to us.  It makes us so happy to see guests relax and enjoy the space.  It is so perfect for families and couples – everyone really.

Cottages all Year Round

The amazing thing about having two cottages as well as our yurts is that we can welcome guests all year round.  We have had a lot of guests from far and wide since the yurt season ended who have loved using them as a base to explore Devon.  Plus we have a large family who have hired both cottages for Christmas – it is such a joy to see guests enjoy such special family time here.  Oh a warm and fuzzy moment!

Come and Stay

Having gained four star ratings for our cottages and gold for our glamping via Visit England for the second year running, plus are finalists in the Devon Tourism Awards ‘Glamping Accommodation of the Year’ – we really are worth a visit.

Feedback on our new website, launched early this year, has been amazing.  People are loving booking directly.  It gives flexibility to be able to check the availability and then book straight away.  That said, we welcome email and telephone bookings as well – whatever is easier for our  guests.

Holiday – tick!

Did you know you can get a quote before you press the ‘book now’ button if you want to share costs with family and friends before you make a decision?

  • Choose your check in date via the book now dates found in the top right hand corner of each property page.
  •  Choose your check out date (this will automatically fill to the next check out date, so if you want to stay for longer just amend the check out date by clicking on it and choosing your preferred check out date).
  • Click down to fill in the other required information and the price will be shown before you press the book now button.

But do hurry and take a look – availability is filling up fast for 2018!

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