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   A woodland garden retreat

Hidden amongst the deep lanes of West Devon is an extraordinary, off-grid retreat. Designed to offer cosy and comfortable, year-round accommodation, Devon Dens comes complete with two eco-friendly timber cabins, sleeping up to four and six.

This peaceful retreat is surrounded by woodland, wildlife and starry skies, close to Dartmoor and within easy reach of incredible Cornish beaches. So, if you're seeking a digital detox away from screen time to enjoy local walks, somewhere to use as a base to explore this amazing area, or just a space to sit, read and listen to the stream and birdsong, then escape to our award-winning, Devon cabins.

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   Previous guests

  •  Warm welcome complete with excellently equipped kitchen and bookshelves, cosy fire and lovely walks/beaches within a short drive. Hard to fault really, especially when operating during such tricky COVID times. Thanks Jo for creating a little oasis of magic. 

    Mungo and Rosie
  •  We stayed at Devon's Den in September and it was the best short holiday we have had. The Den we stayed in had everything we needed! We cooked outside and enjoyed the stars and peaceful sounds of the stream. We met our neighbors and the children played running around the beautiful land… Jo was fantastic at helping us during our stay and we can't recommend this place highly enough 

  •  The grounds are idyllic, beautiful and so peaceful, our grandchildren (12 and 14 year olds) and dogs loved it. In fact we loved the whole experience so much that when we got home, we booked to return again. If you are looking to switch off and de-stress Devon Dens is the absolutely perfect place to go to. Thank you Jo and Ben, you have succeeded in providing the most amazingly peaceful retreat imaginable 

  •  Fantastic place to retreat to and spend uninterrupted time with family. Loved it. 

  •  Thank you Jo for the lovely stay, the five of us and the dog had so much fun! The stream was a wonderful place to explore and the wilderness around us made for a perfect setting. We BBQ'd all but one meal over the five nights....I was in my element! We made special memories and will definitely be back again 

  •  A friend and I had the most amazing time in this beautiful cabin! The setting is perfect and the babbling brook and birdsong is the best soundtrack ever...Lots of blues guitar on the porch and by the fire! Will definitely return! Highly recommend this beautiful place 

  •  I wish I could give more than 5 stars! Our stay was so much more than we could have hoped for. Our only regret is we didn't book for longer but we will definitely be back. 

  •  This place is spot on if you are looking for a genuine eco getaway. They are the real deal, passionate about the environment, even down to all the timber being sourced within a 15 mile radius. Every little design detail is perfect too, and the setting could not be better. The stars at night were awesomely bright too. Heaven. 

  •  Just back from the most incredible nights stay in a Devon Den! Cannot recommend this place enough. If you want a total escape with complete rest and relaxation, then this is a must for you! First class, hand crafted little piece of heaven nestled in the Devon was so hard to leave! 

  •  We had a perfect weekend tucked away from the rest of civilisation. We loved it so much we're coming back next month for another three days! You've thought of everything to make a stay as comfortable as possible and it was completely delightful; a lovely way to spend our anniversary. 

  •  A stunning getaway in a beautifully handcrafted cabin. Everything has been thought about, down to the bunch of dried herbs in case you fancy making your glamping experience a gourmet one. The hot shower was too good to leave. We had a fantastic night off-grid and we are definitely coming back! 

  •  Had a lovely peaceful night away. Could have stayed indefinitely. Everything was thought about and the woodburner was so warm and kept us toasty all night. The cabin is beautiful, the work put in is amazing. A wonderful place right on our doorstep that felt like the only place on earth. 


   The Site:

Devon Dens is a private eco-hideaway set in two acres of woodland in the quiet, unspoilt countryside of West Devon. The site is owned by Jo Henderson and Ben Ranson, founders of Barrel Top Wagons who make remarkable timber cabins from sustainable local wood.

The eco-friendly ethos runs through both businesses, and our off-grid cabins are run very much with an intention for guests to enjoy a sustainable holiday. Solar provides power, toilets are dry with natural water filtration systems, all waste is composted and Freedom hives and a wildlife pond are just two examples of the measures taken to encourage biodiversity. We want nothing to detract from your authentic nature retreat.

We're keen as mustard to introduce you to the delights on offer in the area. Lovely local produce can be ordered in advance - breakfast, barbecue or afternoon tea hampers - and in summer, our kitchen garden provides home grown goodies whenever possible. From feasting with loved ones to forest bathing or wild swimming on Dartmoor, a stay in our Devon timber cabins will offer the perfect opportunity to tune out of the noise and news. We can arrange an on-site massage or there's the wood fired sauna to enjoy, before relaxing in one of the hammocks or curling up with one of the many books in front of the wood burner.

With no WiFi or phone signal, this is the perfect place to stop still, breathe deeply, and reconnect. With nature, with loved ones and WITH YOURSELF.

   The Den:

This stunning new timber cabin sleeps up to six with everything you need for a stress free, off-grid break. The veranda with sundowner chairs is just the spot for that evening glass of cider, listening to the sounds of the woods. The Den is powered by the sun, with radiators and a wood burner for comfort and heat. It is the perfect eco cabin in Devon for families and friends to gather and feast with your own outdoor space.

Here's what's in The Den:

  • one super king / twin
  • two singles on the mezzanine
  • one double sofa bed
  • AGA wood burner to keep you warm year round
  • radiators in each room
  • handcrafted dining table
  • four-ring gas burner, grill and standard size single oven
  • small fridge
  • good pans, knives, plates, cups, beakers, utensils
  • games, books, jigsaws - guitar on request
  • outdoor feasting table
  • DAB radio
  • fire pit and barbecue
  • solar lights and torch
  • internal great shower with eco friendly toiletries
  • internal dry toilet, urinal and sink
  • all bedding & towels
  • hammock

   The Cabin:

This super, off-grid cabin sleeps up to four (five at a push for small ones - just ask) in a double bedroom, on the mezzanine and on a double sofa bed, with an indoor bathroom, spacious living area, kitchenette, fancy pants solar set up and private decking area for the all-important fire pit. This beautiful space looks out over the pond and has everything you could possibly need for a relaxing nature retreat.

What's in The Cabin:

  • lounge area with two sofa beds
  • dining table
  • brilliant AGA wood burner to keep you warm year round
  • electric cool box
  • gas oven with grill
  • two-ring gas burner
  • good pans, knives, plates, cups, beakers, utensils
  • gas combi boiler
  • radiators in each room
  • mezzanine with two single mattresses
  • bedroom with king size bed
  • bathroom with spacious shower, dry toilet, urinal and sink
  • bath, hand and tea towels
  • games, books, jigsaws, guitar, maps, local info, binoculars
  • DAB radio
  • fire pit (and barbecue
  • solar panels for lights and charging points
  • hammock

For enquiries or more information call us on 01837 871417.
Our address is: Germansweek, Devon EX21 5AL.

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The Den Eco Heaven

The Den

Eco Heaven


A Place to feast For Families & Friends

A Place to feast

For Families & Friends


The Superking bed

which can become twins


A Place to stop still | Away from the noise & news

A Place to stop still

Away from the noise & news


A cosy snug | To read & rest

A cosy snug

To read & rest


Tune into Nature | Listen to the owls & the stream

Tune into Nature

Listen to the owls & the stream


Off-grid timber cabin

The Carpenters Cabin

Contemporary comfort


Interior of our timber cabin showing the bedroom area

Wake up to birdsong

In the king size bed


Interior of our timber cabin showing the kitchen area

Fully equipped

Just bring food, drink, clothes


Interior of our timber cabin showing the mezzanine sleeping area

Space for the kids

Or they get the bedroom, you sleep up here!


Interior of our timber cabin showing the wood burner

Wood burner and central heating

Ideal for year round use


Interior of our timber cabin showing the spacious interior

Light and Space

Sleeps up to 4


Outside eating area at the Carpenters Cabin

Delicious local produce

Available to order before you come


The fire pit outside the Carpenters Cabin

The fire-pit...

The heart of your stay


The hammock outside the Devon Den

Hammocks, books, games

Even a guitar for camp fire strumming


The Poly Tunnel at Devon Dens eco campsite

People & Planet Friendly

From solar to water to waste


Homegrown produce in the polytunnel

Wood Fired Sauna

Do as the Scandinavians do...


Private seating areas

Private seating areas

In the two acre woodland


The stream

Our beautiful, babbling stream

Perfect for paddling (and chilling beers)


Eco camping in the woods at night

Wonderful Wildlife

From birdsong to bees


Reed beds on the eco campsite

Reed beds & pond

An essential part of our eco-system


Okehampton Castle

Okehampton castle

A hidden gem


Meldon Pool Datrmoor

Secret swimming spots

Heavenly, nearby Dartmoor


Nearby beaches

Beaches & Ice creams

Within easy reach


   Availability & Booking

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Cosy Cabin
Low season

Devon Den - from £ 145 / night

Carpenters Cabin - from £ 130 / night

Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec
Outward Bound

Outward Bound
Mid Season

Devon Den - from £ 160 / night

Carpenters Cabin - from £ 145 / night

Apr, May, Jun, Sept, Oct
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Summer Sizzler
High Season

Devon Den - from £ 195 / night

Carpenters Cabin - from £ 165 / night

July, Aug
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We are going through an incredible time – of change, of different rules, guidelines and perhaps as we move forward, the respect owed to nature, the environment and to a simpler life will be abundant. We truly hope so. For our own cabins here in Devon, we are adhering to government guidelines regarding Covid and our cancellation policy is as follows:

  • We are only taking 50% of the balance to secure your dates. The remaining balance will only be taken when we know for certain you are able to visit.
  • If your dates fall within a national or regional lockdown (for you or us), we will offer a refund of all money paid, less £50 admin fee, or you may carry the value over as a credit to use anytime before end 2022
  • We are pleased to now offer refund protection through our partnership with Booking Protect. This allows you to apply for a full refund on your booking should you, or anyone in your party, be unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances. This includes injury, illness, travel trouble and other unexpected events. Full details can be found in the terms and conditions.

  • The Covid strategy we have put in place for our cabins aims to offer assurance and keep everyone safe – guests, us, our surrounding neighbours and community. This is not exhaustive and many of the measures were already being done. If you have any questions about covid-19 or any other aspect of staying with us in our Devon timber cabins, please get in touch.

    Devon Dens cleaning Covid-19

    Things to know...

    • For prices and availability, see the calendar above
    • We have tried to keep the site as natural and wild as possible, with open water and various other hazards. Children are very welcome to stay in our Devon cabins - we have lots of families stay and return, however - parents bring small ones at their own risk.
    • At Devon Dens we make extraordinary timber cabins using Devon wood, sourced locally. If you have a project in mind, get in touch with us at @barreltopwagons
    • This is an off-grid site providing a true nature retreat. Solar provides power. Hair dryers / straighteners / irons won't work. The sheep won't mind what you look like. We hope you won't. Please come intending to share our eco ethos.
    • Furry friends. We welcome up to two dogs on the basis they are absolutely kept under control and all poo picked up!
    • This is a quiet, rural site perfect for a detox retreat. If you're looking for a boozy, crazy, noisy break - sorry, this isn’t for you. BUT, if gazing at stars next to a fire pit, or playing scrabble with loved ones in front of the wood burner, or doing a six mile circular walk (with a proper local pub thrown in), or even just stopping, reading, watching for the kingfisher and listening to the buzzards, sounds just the ticket, we can't wait to see you.

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