Upcott Roundhouse - Devon
Suitable for children of all ages
Not suitable for pets
* please see 'Essentials' for details on child suitability. Dogs are welcome in the grounds around the Roundhouse, but not inside!
Above the ancient sweet chestnut groves of the manor of Upcott Barton and in a woodland awash with bluebells in the spring, you’ll find the bewitching Upcott Roundhouse. Shut the door and enter another world. A great big open hearth takes centre stage and fills the room with sweet wisps of wood smoke creating an untellable atmosphere which lends itself so brilliantly to romancing, storytelling, chattering, celebrating, toasting and roasting. Order homemade casseroles and jacket potatoes or let your own hearty fare simmer in a cooking pot hung low over the open fire.
Hand-woven carpets cover the beaten earth, and the chunky four-poster canopy bed is made from the farm’s own wood and piled Princess-and-the-Pea-high with a plump duvet and cushions. A torch lit walk through a narrow passageway leads to a mini roundhouse with a hot shower and compost loo that most iron-age dwellers would've battled over.
If you ever grow weary of lazing by the hearth and poking its embers, duck out under the thatched roof and book a course with the local blacksmith or treat your inner hunter-gatherer to some trout fishing. Looking for something a little less 8th Century BC? Stop at the local pub on your way back for a quiet crossword and a cheese and pickle sandwich.