Brownscombe Tabernacle

As most of you will know from my previous post (found here) we wanted to celebrate our wedding anniversary at one of the incredible Canopy and Stars properties. The toughest part of the search was actually deciding on the accommodation as their website is full to the brim of amazing properties, so after a few hours weighing up the different options we settled on Brownscombe Tabernacle in the heart of the Devon South Hams in Compton.

It wasn’t just the rolling hills of the Devon countryside that made me feel like we’d chosen the right location but also when pulling up the drive-way to Brownscombe and seeing roaming chickens and runner ducks, I just knew we’d picked the right place.

As we texted Kate when we were 30mins away it meant she was there to greet us on arrival and give us a quick tour of the site before dropping us and our zillion items off at the Tabernacle. Kate showed us into the property and you know that little warm feeling you get when you’ve found somewhere super lovely, yup, that’s what happened! We were shown around, informed how to light the wood burner and the wood burning hot tub and left to settle in with a bottle of prosecco which was chilling in the fridge just waiting for our arrival.

The Tabernacle is similar to a shepherds hut, if you’ve ever stayed in one you’ll be able to visualise it, but essentially the main space contains a bed, wood burner, kitchen and dining table, then through a door at the end is a wet room. This means you’re self-contained and no running outside to the bathroom on a chilly evening.

The bed was incredibly comfortable and the views you get from it in the morning make you almost not want to leave, and then you remember all the great things to do nearby and you can just about prize the duvet off and jump in the shower.

The wet room comes with all the toiletries you’d imagine; shampoo, conditioner, body wash – all eco friendly of course – and the shower itself is powerful enough even for those with thick hair, which considering you’re in the middle of a field is pretty impressive.

The kitchen contains everything you’d need from cutlery and crockery to chopping boards and frying pans, plus there is a cast iron pot on top the wood burner should you require it. And that bring me nicely onto the food you can order from Kate…from epic breakfasts to warming casseroles the menu is extensive. You just place an order and it’ll be ready for collection the following morning (breakfast) or that evening (dinner), and at reasonable prices you won’t regret it. There is also a shop on site so if you forgot to bring ketchup or you fancy a little treat, just write it up on your own chalk board and pay for it at the end of your stay.

I mentioned the animals earlier, and they really make the atmosphere on site extra friendly, there are sheeps, pigs, ducks, chickens, dogs and a cat, and if you have kids Kate will let you join her on her morning round to feed them – I’m sure if you are above the age of 12 you may also be allowed if you ask nicely enough!

The property is not overlooked one bit (unless you count the 3 sheep as nosy parkers, but they’re ever so friendly!) and so this place is all about privacy, which is perfect when it comes to hot tubs. We used the tub on two of three evenings, it takes about 3hrs for it to warm up and then you’re good to go for a dunk and gaze at the stars, with no light pollution (Londoners, you’ll know what I mean) it is incredible what you can see.

The Tabernacle is the kind of place everyone needs in their life, the perfect get away filled with exactly everything you need, from complimentary prosecco to tea lights for those dark evenings. It was such a magical stay, from the moment of check in all the way through to our departure three nights later. I actually can’t wait to return to Brownscombe someday, it is the best glamping experience I’ve had to date.

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