Sleeps 2

Brownscombe Tabernacle

4.7 miles NE of Totnes

From £39 per person per night

Sleeps 2 people

Tabernacle in Devon: Hands up - who didn't love playing house when they were little? Well, now grown-ups have the chance. Our timber wendy house with a difference is in the most idyllic rural location, is deeply luxurious inside - and even has a hot tub, too.


To say that this fabulous glamping destination is unique would be an understatement. What exactly is it? Well, our tabernacle is based on the historic design of traditional, prefab 'tin tabernacles' that were once used by Methodist preachers throughout the South West. It was created by a very lovely Cornish company to the same standards as a timber-framed house, only using reclaimed materials to give it heaps of personality. Hand-crafted from the stained glass window to the bell tower, it's both cute and supremely comfortable.

You come in through a pretty porch (you and your luggage will be magically transported from the car park by the owner) that leads into an open-plan living-room/kitchen/diner. The first thing you'll see is a rocking chair, snugly gathered around a wood-burning stove. Think toasted marshmallows or even pancakes on the hot plate. The handy-dandy kitchen area boasts a worktop with a sink, electric hob and small fridge with ice box, while at the far end there's a built-in bed which simply couldn't be more cosy. At the other end is a well-fitted shower-room with a flushing loo and wash-basin (hot water on tap, of course). Everywhere you look, the attention to detail is amazing, from the sumptuous bed linen, to the built-in bookshelves to the woodland wallpaper. This is not ordinary camping; it's extraordinary camping!

And then... just when you thought it couldn't get any better, in a sheltered spot outside is - ta da! - a hot tub. Pour out the fizz while you wait for the wood-burning stove to heat it to temperature and, hey presto, you're sipping bubbly in the hot tub! Outside, there's also a barbecue fire pit and garden furniture for you to while away the time gazing at the view towards Brownscombe Hill, staring at the stars (no light pollution here) or listening to birdsong (this is a car-free zone, so perfectly peaceful). In this gorgeous part of the South Devon countryside there's an abundance of wildlife, including deer, rabbits, foxes, badgers and many species of wild bird, including the rare cirl bunting, and you never know, you just might spot the even rarer greater horseshoe bat.

Another lovely touch is the owner's shop, Brownscombe Larder, en route to the Tabernacle, where you can order breakfast and barbecue hampers, and stock up on basics such as bread, milk, bacon and eggs. With a day's notice she can also cook you up a one-pot meal, so you can return from a boat trip or an outing to the beach to find something yummy simmering on the wood-burner. The Tabernacle is tucked into a natural dip in the hilly meadow (climbing the fairly steep slope is a good way to get fit...), so although you pass three luxury glamping safari tents on your way to it, you'll feel completely private.

Out and About

There are wonderful long walks on National Trust land and all the glories of Dartmoor and the South Hams countryside are right on your doorstep, as well as great beaches and pretty villages with thatched cottages and welcoming pubs and restaurants. The combined river-boat and steam railway trip between Totnes and Dartmouth is one not to miss, while both towns offer a fab day out shopping and exploring. Agatha Christie's former holiday home at Greenway is another must-see and, for a day out right on your doorstep, the National Trust's Compton Castle (where part of Sense & Sensibility was filmed) is in the village just a short walk away.


Steps into open plan living-room with kitchen, dining and bedroom areas. Wood-burner with hot plate, 2 ring electric hob, fridge (with ice-box), Roberts radio and double bed (5'). Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin.

Availability, reservations and pricing : £552 to £795 per week Powered by Classic Cottages

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All prices are £ per week per cottage. Where applicable the prices are inclusive of VAT. The prices are specified for Saturday changeover dates.

For weekly holidays or short breaks beginning on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday the price for the following Saturday applies. For those beginning on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday the price for the previous week applies.

Bed linen and towels are included in the price. In addition, many cottages also include electricity and central heating within the price and this should be taken into consideration when comparing prices. There are no extra charges for cots or high chairs where they are listed in the property description on the Web site.

A non-refundable booking fee of £24 is payable per booking.

Seasons Book Now

Dates 2017 Price Band (£552 to £795 )
1 Jan - 1 Apr : 552
1 Apr - 15 Jul : 690
15 Jul - 26 Aug : 795
26 Aug - 28 Oct : 690
28 Oct - 31 Dec : 552

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