2016 | What went on at Rocombe Retreat

2016 | What went on at Rocombe Retreat

This summer seemed to go on and on, with long days of dry and sunny weather – even into the Autumn it stayed generally warm and dry which was perfect for the guests staying on site. Everybody really enjoyed their stay with quite a few people coming back for a second or even third stay in the same season. I have added some extra facilities this year with an extra toilet and shower block that is  nearer to the end yurt ,so much less distance to walk if you need them during the night . A big building project was

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Secret Gyspy Caravan | Hidden in South Devon

Just a quick post to introduce a new member to our beautiful retreats in the countryside. We managed to lay our hands on a totally original Gyspy Caravan that was hidden in a farm auction here in Devon. Up until very recently she was plying around the lanes of South Devon… Now she has retired to Rocombe Retreat… We are sympathetically restoring her, removing a few non-original fittings she has picked up along the way, replacing the canvas top and canopy, and building her a couple of legs to hold her steady. (If you got onboard as a ‘larger gentlemen’

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2015 was our best Glamping Season!

2015 was by far the best year we’ve had in our short time providing glamping holidays on our farm here in south Devon. The great thing has been the feed back from people staying, saying how much they’ve enjoyed their time with us  and what a great position we are in being near the coast, not far from Dartmoor, and within easy reach of local towns and villages with so much going on .The other thing people comment on is that I’ve thought of everything when it comes down to the accommodation and facilities ! However I’m constantly trying to

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Cows are calving | Ewefields Dazzler delivers!

The cows have begun calving this month and we have some lovely calves from the new bull called Ewefields Dazzler. Its always a bit worrying when you have a new bull as you never quite know whether you’ll run into calving problems, but all has gone well so far. There have been more bull calves than heifers this year but luckily my best cow has finally had a heifer so I can continue to breed from that line. I bought some more sheep and also 2 new rams, one is a Charolais  and the other a Suffolk so only time will

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Early start on the Yurts

We began putting the yurts up in early April this year, it doesn’t seem long ago that I had taken them down in mid October, time just seems to fly! This year we are straight in the swing of things with loads more bookings this month than the previous 2 years, many of these have been via word of mouth and return stays, things are really taking off! We had a bit of a problem to start off the year with the ties that keep the window  flap down which had been ripped from the canvas. But the guys from

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Long Time since last Torbay Yurt Blog

It’s a long time since my last blog! I find it hard to sit down with computer when so much needs doing around the farm all the time , but it needs to be done so no excuses – here we go. Rocombe Retreat has really taken off this year, after  3 years hard work the bookings are coming in much more freely ,word of mouth is helping with people coming after friends or relations have told them what a great spot it is, and also a lot more are coming back again having enjoyed it last time.Its really nice

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Start of the camping season on a South Devon farm

It is good to see the back of what has been a long and very wet season. The ewes and lambs have been munching their way through the stubble turnips all winter, and have come out the other end looking very good, considering the consistently wet weather that they have endured. I suppose it was quite warm all winter which has helped them out a little. On the 10th March I sold four lambs that weighed in very well at about 45kg each. I took them to Exeter Livestock Market, as they were holding a show and sale of new

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How the glamping season ended for us in South Devon

After a long hot summer, with the glamping having gone really well, we once again had to dismantle the yurts and store them ready for the next season.  This doesn’t take long but there always seems to be rain on the horizon at that time of year , which leaves me franticly try to get the canvas inside before the next downpour (they don’t  store well if they are damp! ) Once they were safely packed away my thoughts this year  then turned to the fishing lakes. I had restocked with carp two years ago but to my surprise we

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Communal Kitchens and Wildlife TV Presenters!

Things have been moving on very quickly here a Rocombe Retreat ,with a new communal kitchen area for washing up and undercover area in case the weather is not perfect. You can now cook by your yurt or under cover! People asked for something to keep milk (and wine!) cool, so we have also added a communal fridge in this area. We have planted more trees around the yurts this year and let the grass grow longer except for the paths to each yurt this is perfect habitat for wildlife. Most of the sheep have moved  down the road to

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New Arrivals on the Devon Farm – not just Yurts, Lambs as well!

There have been some new arrivals on the farm recently, I had a ewe produce lambs very late out of sink with the rest but I had a nice surprise as she had a lovely set of triplets and all are doing well. Also the 3 pedigree South Devon heifers all calved successfully to the Aberdeen Angus bull one had a heifer calf and the other two had bull calves all again  doing very well. We have been busy as usual, looking after the livestock. They have been eating their way through the hay and silage that we made in

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