Upcott Roundhouse | Devon | Canopy & Stars

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Upcott Roundhouse - Devon

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Upcott Barton

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!

Invite up to nine of your loved ones to rediscover the enchantment of an open fire with a fascinating and oh so romantic step back in time

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. 

Our guests say...

9 of us were celebrating a friends 60th birthday - all girls! The birthday girl had the bed, the rest of us stayed on futon mattresses on the floor. We had dinner of a delicious chicken casserole and baked potatoes provided by the owners. Otherwise we fended for ourselves. It was back to nature - wonderful chill , gorgeous position on top of a hill, lovely views - gorgeous outdoor fire pit to cook on (we bought cooked breakfast) or if raining you can cook inside on the wonderful open fire. Very well equipped and great inconspicuous support from the Cole family who were great when we ran out of anything - couldn't fault it. Thanks so much for everything, it was all we had hoped for.



The roundhouse is a fantastic building and very authentic. If you are looking for that Saxon or Viking feel to take you away from the 21st century then this is it. Very comfortable, warm and spacious inside and we loved cooking over the open fire for toast, bacon and hot water for coffee. Definitely recommend this for a real experience to get away and completely take your mind off things in this historical surrounding! Absolutely recommend the blacksmith course with Simon Ridley - so much fun!



A stunning building with everything you really 'need' supplied. We had a lovely three day break with two of our grandchildren and managed to play a whole game of Monopoly! Slow living and very relaxing. I really enjoyed watching my nine year old granddaughter helping light the fire in silence ! No words needed! Lots of space to spead out in and very comfortable bed.



The Roundhouse was beautiful. You could see the effort and love that had gone into building it. The location was serene even though we were on a working farm. You can really lose yourself from the reality of life here. We star-gazed, cow watched and toasted marshmallows and spent quality time together away from modern distractions. We appreciated the modern addition of a shower and compost loo though!



We had the most amazing stay at Upcott Roundhouse. We were determined to make this as close to a genuine Iron age experience as we possibly could (with a couple of modern items like torches and a compost toilet) and this was exactly the right place to do that. We had a wonderful time playing viking board games and telling stories round the fire. It really was a break from the 21st century; lovely to lay in bed and listen to the owls hooting and the animals moving around in the dark and realise the sounds would have been very similar in that time too. The owners made us feel very welcome and we would definitely come back to have this experience again!!



Wonderful experience. We stayed in February and while it was chilly at night, we were well-equipped with plenty of layers. The central hearth was brilliant and made for cosy evenings around the fire. The property is amazing and the remote location made it easy to disconnect from the 21st century. Very warm welcome from the owners and a delicious casserole on the first night.



A truly wonderful and magical experience we will definitely repeat --especially earlier in the year when we can enjoy the views during lighter evenings.



It was magical! Arriving at night was worthwhile, to approach by torchlight and open the door to reveal the fire and candles already lit. The place is very comfortable, but with authentic touches, like split rather than sawn wood used in building the furniture. We also appreciated the modern parts - like the huge tin of delicious brownies left for us and the solar charging station that meant we could have brighter light if needed and keep our phones topped up. Beds were comfortable, even the futons, fire kept us very snug, hot shower was a nice little luxury and the loo arrangements were fine, even without modern sewerage. Rekindling the fire in the morning from the hot embers from the night before is a great experience.



2 nights in late August. The weather was pretty dismal unfortunately but the roundhouse was warm and cosy and comfortable. Due to the poor sun I guess we had very little electricity, but personally I found that to be part of the fun.



Having a hectic and busy lifestyle this was heaven. So isolated, peaceful and quiet, the most comfortable and unique fourposter bed. No work, no TV, no phones ringing, just restful and relaxing. Family joined us for one evening sitting round the open fire. Maybe seems expensive but worth every penny. We will be back when we need to chill out again.



RECHARGING THE BATTERIES WITHOUT ELECTRICITY! Fantastic welcome, arrived to a lit fire and candles, along with a huge basket of eggs and a very large tin of homemade brownies as well as all the everyday essentials. We had the most relaxing weekend in perfect silence except for the birds. Sheer bliss. The roundhouse is a superb piece of craftsmanship.



We had an absolutely magical stay. The whole experience was perfect and so well thought out by the hosts, right down to the finest detail. We enjoyed cooking guinea fowl on a spit and keeping warm by the fire. The weather was kind to us too and we spent all afternoon sunbathing in a nearby field! I'm certain this will become a favourite on Canopy and Stars very quickly. Thank you! x



The hosts were very welcoming and the Roundhouse was clean, well equipped with a nice welcoming fire, fresh eggs and they even made us chocolate brownies. We had a great 3 days, the area is quiet and away from it all set in beautiful countryside. The roundhouse was a great experience, we loved cooking on an open fire and sitting around it in the evening chatting and playing games. It lived up to all our expectations. If you like getting away from it all and a complete wind down without internet, wifi, electricity and all the hassle of the 21st century this is the place for you!



An amazing, authentically Iron Age weekend in a beautiful traditionally-built roundhouse. Cooking on an open fire, lit entirely by candles, talking and reading by firelight, sleeping in a hand-built four-poster bed or on blankets around the fire - it was all bliss! The weather was dreadful outside, but inside the roundhouse you feel transported to a different world, under a thatched roof and living just as our ancestors might have. Perhaps not a weekend for everyone - there are no windows in the roundhouse, so it's very dark all the time, and the open fire will mean you'll leave with the rich aroma of woodsmoke clinging to you - but we loved it.



The C8th Roundhouse is about as perfect a remote hideaway as one could imagine it should be. Nestled in the rolling Devon countryside, overlooking wooded valleys, hill sides and fields. If you are yearning for an authentic, relaxed and off-grid, novel experience to come together as a family or chill with friends it instantly works. Life revolves around the roaring fire, located at its centre. Candle lighting is atmospheric with power on hand. Furnishing are sumptuously comfortable but do not distract from the authenticity and craftsmanship that has gone into building this wonderful space. Saying all that, the quality of provisions is impressive, the generosity of the tasteful brand new equipment (all the modern kitchen provisions) and the stylish but cleverly chosen extras; like the games box, the guitar and lazy boy cushions, stew pot, fire spit etc. The owners are very welcoming and the farm is truly beautiful but no attempt is made to interfere with your stay and soften the smoky and faithful private camping experience. When you emerge from the roundhouse after your stay, you will feel you have come back into the C21st relaxed, rejuvenated & traveled from another place in time



"This is a magical place. One can’t just visit Upcott Roundhouse and not be moved. I’d say it would be impossible to not engage with the space. It’s quite difficult to capture in words and indeed pictures what it feels like being here, and so hopefully we do it justice... I’m hoping to come back with the family! A truly special and inspiring place for a few days."


Tom, Canopy & Stars

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