Luxury glamping in a beautiful location on the Devon/Dorset borders.
Situated in the heart of Devon’s Axe Valley, Lower Keates Glamping is the ultimate destination for luxury glamping in this part of Devon, close to the Dorset border and the fabled jurassic Coast. Their six canvas safari lodges, set in peaceful countryside adjacent to the river Axe, are a perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and they are as luxurious as glamping gets, with en-suite toilets and showers with hot running water in both, three comfy double or twin bedrooms (each lodge easily accommodates six people) and a kitchen with wood burning stove to keep you snug and warm. What's more, you can wake up and have your morning cuppa as each lodge is fitted with a double burner gas hob; the names of the lodges reflect the area – Cobb, Beer and Golden Cap, Deer, Stag and Pheasant – encouragement perhaps (if any was needed) to get out and explore what by any standards is a great location: Lyme Regis and the glorious Dorset coast is just a short drive away, as is the perhaps slightly lesser-known southeast coast of Devon, notably the resorts of Beer and Sidmouth; and there are loads of great walks you can do from the site, plus for the culturally inclined a fair number of National Trust properties too, including Tudor stunners like Barrington Court and Montacute House.
The site itself is great for kids, with a wildflower meadow and pigs and lambs to pet – plus chickens to collect eggs from in the morning. They are dog-friendly, and also an environmentally friendly place to stay, with locally made natural bathroom products available in the lodges, low-energy power sources, eco-friendly toilets and lots of recycled materials in the lodges and other buildings. They really have thought of everything, with an honesty shop selling local produce so you don't need to bring too much with you. It is, as they say, 'a little bit of paradise', and we're grateful that they decided to share it with the rest of us!
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Each Safari Lodge sleeps 6 (in 3 separate rooms) in a king-size bed, two single beds and a double 'cabin' bed.
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One week at Lower Keats Glamping costs £748–£1375; 3–4 night breaks cost £495–£795.
- Five-Star Luxury
- Getting Away from it All
- Something Different
Lowrr Keats Glamping is just off the A358 between Chard and Axminster, just 20 mins from Lyme Regis and the A303. It's also a 10-minutes' taxi journey from Axminster station.
Open all year.