How we started
The Sheaves family has lived at Cuckoo Down Farm since the 1950s.
In 2008 John and Becky Sheaves started offering glamping on their small family farm in beautiful East Devon. Beginning with just two yurts, the farm now has four stunning safari tents, each with its own hot tub. There is also one charming, secluded yurt, also with a hot tub.
John and Becky, together with their long-standing team of ace cleaners and housekeepers, pride themselves on offering beautiful accommodation in a truly gorgeous setting. The spacious glamping tents stand on sturdy larchwood bases in a huge, sunny seven-acre field. There is lots of room to run around and have fun. Each tent stands 30 metres from its neighbours so there is plenty of space to enjoy. On the farm you will find sheep, chickens, ponies and a very friendly collie dog as well as the chance to spot wonderful wild creatures including deer, badgers, owls and lots of butterflies.
Alongside the glamping field, through a secret gateway, is a 150-year old oak wood, three acres in size, which is all yours to explore. Think dens, walks, games and hide-and-seek. Running through the woods is an ankle-deep stream which is perfect for paddling and building dams.
Cuckoo Down Farm is easy to reach from London, the Midlands and the South East.
We are just a ten-minute drive into the countryside from the M5, the A30 and Exeter airport.
Things to do
The location of Cuckoo Down Farm is ideal for a countryside break close by the coast.
The farm itself is peaceful and beautiful, set in 30 acres of meadows and woodland. The World Heritage Jurassic Coast is six miles away and includes lovely beaches at Sidmouth, Exmouth, Beer and Branscombe. There are superb walks straight from the farm and also the renowned South West Coast Path nearby to explore. Find out more about what to do while you are here.
Food & Drink
East Devon is a real foodie hotspot, with great restaurants, gastro-pubs and cafes.
Home to fabulous food producers of everything from seafood to cider, cheese to cakes, you certainly won’t go hungry while you are here. We have teamed up with our friends at the neighbouring farm, so you can order hamper deliveries of wonderful treats to be delivered from the terrific Knights Farm Shop. Find out more here