April 25, 2017

Sunny Spring mornings at Berridon Farm with Canopy & Stars

As a young child, I grew up in Devon, on the edge of Dartmoor national park. Some of my earliest memories are of streams and moorland, woods and hollow trees. I sometimes feel as if that wildness became a part of who I am, of who I will always be. Over the Easter holidays, I took my own little family back with me to the same part of the world, where North Devon meets Cornwall, where wild countryside gives way to a dramatic coastline. We stayed on Berridon Farm with Canopy & Stars: a weekend of spring sunshine, rural bliss, and beach adventures.

Berridon Farm is a small family farm, a true taste of the rural idyll, where our children were delighted to visit the goats, gather eggs straight from chickens, splash in the stream, climb in the treehouse and swing on the tyre swings.

Our home for the duration of our stay was a charming wood framed ‘safari tent’, complete with wood burning stove, leather sofa and carefully selected vintage style table and chairs, it struck the perfect balance between camp life and comfort. The kitchen was furnished with enamelware, the beds made up with crisp white cotton, and at night, the rooms were lit by the flickering of tea light chandeliers.

Each morning we awoke to a soft misty dawn, the trees around the cabin casting soft shadows on the dewy grass. We lit the stove to boil a kettle for tea and, mug in hand, strolled across the field and down the tree-lined lane to the honesty shop at the farmhouse to collect a basket of croissants, fresh from the oven.

During the daytime, we met up with my best friend and one-time blogging partner, Annie, exploring the beach at Bude, braving a dip in the sea pool (well, some of us!), taking in the incredible coastal views at Hartland and flying a kite on the mirrored sands at Saunton. There are so many beautiful spots to visit in this part of Devon that we could easily have stayed for a month and never once got bored.

In the evenings, back at the farm, we cooked pizzas in the pizza oven, stocked up on essentials from the cute shop, and enjoyed the best showers of any campsite we’ve ever visited. Not only were they piping hot, but I wish that my own bathroom was as pretty!

With bluebells in the lane, primroses on the banks, catkins in the trees and gorse smothering the cliffs, our time at Berridon felt to us like the true beginning of spring. The boys thrived on the fresh air and freedom to roam, and we relished the simpler pace of life- tea boiled on the stove, days when we could watch the sun come up, and later go down again, candlelit evenings chatting by the fire. I was reminded, once again, that as a family, we are never happier than when we wake up together in the sunny countryside, with days of freedom stretching ahead of us. At Berridon Farm we found just that.

{If you’d like to find out more about booking a stay at Berridon Farm, you can do so here.}

{Our stay at Berridon Farm was gifted to us as part of the Canopy & Stars Collective, but all thoughts, opinions and images are my own. }

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