Secret Gyspy Caravan | Hidden in South Devon

Tags: , ,

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’

Continue Reading

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

Continue Reading

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

Continue Reading

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

Continue Reading

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

Continue Reading

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

Continue Reading

Why we turned into an all yurt Devon camp – Bye Bye Bell Tents

A big change for Rocombe Retreat. We are now a Devon Yurt Camp!  This year we have changed from having two bell tents, one one yurt and a shepherds hut. We swapped the two Belltents for another 16 foot yurt and an 18 foot yurt.We have decided to continue investing into the accommodation and facilities, after all this is what makes us who we are. More comfort and snugness can’t be bad right? We found last year that the bell tents were not standing up to the weather conditions that  we had (Even though we HOPE that was a freak

Continue Reading

Kingfishers, Otters and Eels, gone Cuckoo in Torquay??!

I have had an interesting month. There seems to be a lot of wild life around here at the moment. There’s all the bird life which seems to increase every year I heard the cuckoo earlier in the month which I haven’t heard for quite a while, but I suppose that’s bad news for another unsuspecting bird! I haven’t seen the Kingfishers for a while so I expect they’re nesting. One thing I have seen is Otters that have turned up at the ponds 3 times in the past few weeks. The second time I saw them was at about

Continue Reading

Otters, Otters everywhere – and some here in Torbay!

In my last blog I said that I thought a mink was eating some of the carp in the lakes. I was wrong it turned out to be otters of which I have never seen in the wild before. I went up to check the ponds at about dawn one morning to chase off the cormorant that had been hanging around and to my surprise there where two others two otters happily swimming around in the middle lake when they saw me they didn’t hang round long. It was amazing to see them but having just restocked with fish I

Continue Reading