Leaving your car by the barn, you’ll first glimpse your yurt, bell tent or log cabin after a brief stumble past the sheep field and after passing under a hand made arch. Considering the field it welcomes you to, it’s an approach that sets the tone well for a bit of weekend wild.
Koa Tree Camp sits on one side of a valley on the Devon side of the Devon/Cornwall border. For me and my girlfriends, this meant our coffee and dew infused mornings were spent chatting away on our cabin deck facing the sheep, hilly horizon, and rising sun. Our evenings (somewhat predictably) were whiled away with wine as the sun set and the stars came out and we circled in blankets around the fire pit each Koa Tree dwelling provides. Being this brilliantly rural and un-light-polluted corner of the UK, the stars were the perfect entertainment for those of us who had travelled from various cities in the UK and who had gotten used to smoggy skies.
The cabins we chose housed four of us comfortably under their roofs and were definition cosy. With a fire and an ample stash of logs to see you through chillier evenings, proper duvets and hot water bottles, Koa hit the nail on the head for us with a blissful balance of simplicity and comfort.
The communal space at Koa Tree is vast and well decked out too. The open plan kitchen/living room has a load of hobs, fridges, work spaces, tables and sofas so you can do your thing without stepping on other camp-goers toes. The living space has a world map wall so you can dream and plan out your adventures post Koa Tree, board games and a stash of hula hoops taking our evenings (post star-gazing) to a very competitive level of hula hooping knock outs.
A place really takes the biscuit for when the story behind who they are is an environmentally friendly one and the folk behind Koa Tree seemingly care about their impact. Recycling on site was a well organised affair and they have big plans for produce based on permaculture principles, an orchard and already have livestock that include goats (that will frequent your decking like they are part of your party) and rescued factory farm chickens.
A hearty recommendation!
Images by Rachel Lees