GLAMPING in Devon can include tours of private islands and chowing down on fresh fish.
Reach for the stars in these fab treehouses, says Picture Editor Jenny Hodges.
Four pretty cedar-clad round treehouses, all named after birds, sit nestled in nine acres of woodland that’s just a five-minute drive (or 45-minute hilly walk) from the riverside village of Dittisham.
Light and spacious, you’ll find two en-suite bedrooms with power showers, Nespresso machine, dishwasher and a smart TV.
A wood burner and underfloor heating keeps things cosy, and there’s a view of the stars through a clear domed roof.
On the deck is a wood-fired hot tub, table football, chess, a barbecue and a double hammock to keep the whole family content – as will the fresh bread, wine and snacks in the welcome hamper.
Try crabbing off the pontoon in Dittisham, before ringing the bell for the ferryman to sail you across the River Dart to Agatha Christie’s grand holiday home, Greenway.
Single ferry tickets cost £3 per adult, £2.50 per child (Greenwayferry.co.uk).
Hidden on a private island, the elegant mansion is packed with mementoes, has stunning estuary views and a cute treasure hunt for kids.
You can even try “clock golf” on the top lawn, then meander through the woodland to the Boathouse, which found fame in Christie’s novel Dead’s Man Folly.
Entry costs £15.40 per adult, £7.70 per child (Nationaltrust.org.uk).
Blackpool Sands is a 15-minute drive away, and well worth it for its golden beach and giant standup paddleboarding.
The super-size boards hold up to six people and cost £55 per hour.
Warm up afterwards in a quirky barrel-shaped sauna, from £15 per person for one hour (Blackpoolsands.co.uk).
Alternatively, hit Pennywell Farm, a 35-minute drive away, for hands-on animal fun.
Entry costs £19.95 per adult, £15.95 per child (Pennywellfarm.co.uk).
Get ultimate beach vibes at the Blackpool Sands beach cafe, while tucking into divine daily-caught fish and rustic chips with extra-minty mushy peas, £16.
In Dittisham, the traditional Ferry Boat Inn offers cosy nooks and mouth-watering home-made pulled pork and barbecue sauce pizza, £17 (Fbidittisham.co.uk).
Or try nearby family-run Anchorstone Cafe, with its panoramic river views and delicious seafood.
Order the crisp Caesar salad topped with fresh scallops, £12.95, or go old-school with prawn cocktail served with lashings of Marie Rose sauce, £13 (Anchorstonecafe.co.uk). Food heaven!
Overnight stays at Dittisham Hideaway cost from £195 for a shepherd’s lodge for two people, or £275 for a treehouse sleeping up to six (Dittishamhideaway.co.uk).
Morello’s dessert parlour in Dartmouth has gorge ’50s-style decor and scrumptious ice-cream creations (Morellosdartmouth.co.uk).
A gorgeous scent in a reusable ceramic pot. Travel candle, £32, Maisonsplendid.com.
Stylish and made from recycled bottles, it’s a no-brainer. Weekend bag , £65, Kindbag.co.
The new pocket-sized camera to capture all the fun. Instax Pal, £89, Jessops.
published 2023-10-29 06:01:00