We moved to Halsbeer Farm in March 2016 with our children Mia and Felix, after searching all over Devon to find the right property to share with holidaymakers wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. After falling in love with the Blackdown Hills, we quickly realised that this beautiful, untouched valley, standing in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty would be a haven for wildlife and plants.
We take our role as custodians of this beautiful landscape seriously. So called ‘weeds’ help bring more wildlife for people to enjoy and we have planted our Devon banks with wildflowers.
A wildlife habitat has been created on the side of the hill behind the yurts, called ‘the steeps’. There is just one yurt up there, Buzzard, and if you are lucky you might spot deer, fox, owls, buzzards and the occasional badger. There are three yurts, Badger, Woodpecker and Willow down in the main yurt field.
Katie has a wealth of wildlife knowledge, having studied zoology and later specialising in bats (ask if you can borrow a bat detector or join her on a bat walk). Mark is an adventurer who has travelled all over the world creating programmes for television.
Blackdown Yurts has deliberately been kept as a small site, and we realise that people need time to relax in such peaceful surroundings. Children can roam free in a safe environment, make camps, play games and make new friends.
Most people like to just sit by the fire and watch the moon and stars while enjoying a glass of wine. But if you want to get out and about we can recommend lots of beautiful walks, cycles and visits to various attractions.
We look forward to meeting you,
Katie & Mark
In Devon's Hidden Valley, discover the abundance of nature and wildlife in beautiful surroundings with a unique glamping adventure.