With covid majorly restricting holiday plans for 2020, I was desperate to find some sort of UK staycation to satisfy my travel needs and after browsing for longer than I care to admit on airbnb, I came across this rustic, super simplistic but very cute and highly reviewed stay in Mid Devon.
The listing makes it very clear that this space is basic however that’s mainly due to the lack of bathroom. The toilet is a compost toilet and about a 30 sec walk from the studio so not far at all and although definitely an experience, Roberta and the team has certainly made it a bit cuter by putting fairy lights inside – that being said, if it’s dark then definitely take a torch/phone with you. In terms of shower there is a solar powered shower available but as we stayed for only two nights we were actually fine to not shower until we were back home, kind of like camping I guess!
The Studio itself is much bigger than you would expect from the images and very nicely designed with a neutral colour palette making it both rustic and cosy. As it is a florist studio it was actually really nice to see Robertas work on one side and her eye for detail and design is definitely reflected in the interiors. All the plates and mugs were Zara home which was super cute and provided for some home inspiration for me. The view out the window overlooked the farm and I wish we had more time to explore/ the weather was in our favour but watching the rams and animals roam around provided enough joy for me.
Although such a roomy space, the studio itself was kept nice and warm from the log burner which you have to keep topped up – I can safely say both me and Daniel can now add fire starter to the CV. You can top up with logs and kindling from the shed and just leave a donation in the honesty box. The sofa doubles up as a bed and was so comfortable, honestly I was so cosy I felt like I was sleeping in a cloud (plus I had the side by the log burner so extra cosy). In terms of WiFi, considering it was full blown storms, my laptop was fine to stream netflix, minor buffering but nothing that ruined the realxing mood we were in.
Food and Drink
There are a number of options for restaurants in the local area but as we arrived on a Sunday most places closed pretty early so we opted for dinner from the land on our first night. We had a leek and chard crostata, garden salad with flowers and first of the season squash with pangrattato – 10/10 for presentation and taste, just what we needed. On the other days we had coffee in the studio (tea and coffee was available), we had brought our own oat milk and theres also a fridge where the honesty box is to store anything. Guests are encouraged not to cook on the studio but you can however use the pan on top of the log burner to heat up any food you brought.
We had lunch at the Three Little Pigs before exploring Dartmoor on day two and dinner from the tandoori in Crediton which we got to take away and enjoy in our little studio with a film.
We spent most of our time in the studio purely because we just loved it so much but we did however schedule one day to explore Dartmoor National Park and get some fresh air.
Exeter and Exmoor are also very close and Roberta and the team are happy to help you discover the local area, just ask!
A stay at this lovely studio was so much more relaxing and better than we could’ve ever expected. For £113 for two nights it honestly was exactly what we wanted from a cheap and cheerful break away from the city and with plans to develop a hot tub and sauna, you best believe we will definitely be back.
*I suggest booking a two night stay to enjoy the local area, obviously without the shower etc we found this the perfect amount. I would also recommend having a car when staying as local restaurants are about a 15minute drive