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Glamping &amp; Camping at Little Bray

Our two glamping pods are constructed from a repurposed "Nissen" Hut and situated on the site of the POW Camp established here during the Second World War.

Each pod features:

  • King Size bed, Sleeps 2 (up to 4 by request).
  • Good 4G signal on most networks.
  • Gas hob for cooking.
  • USB & 12v ports powered by solar.
  • Remote (< 100m) shared shower block - with hot water!
  • Stunning views across the valley and back to the house.
Please read on to the bottom of the page to learn more about the construction and history of our pods.
To book or enquire about availability, please use the contact us link.
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Beautiful remote location
Beautiful Rural Devon

Set in rolling countryside with amazing views.

Large east facing windows
Large Windows

Wake up to this view and the morning sun.

Large glamping space
Unprecented glamping space

25 sq meters of space. Considerably bigger than other glamping units.

Deluxe Pod
Two Pods Available

Our "Deluxe" pod features fitted kitchen, running tap and laminate floor.

Huge gardens to explore
Huge Garden Space

Beautiful gardens to explore with much to enjoy for both adults and children.

Two glamping pods
Quiet Glamping Site

Our glamping pods are set in their own 1/2 acre plot.

Sheep in the field
Rural Farmland

Set against working farmland.

Beautiful in all weathers
North Devon

Beautiful in all weathers

Wood burners in each glamping pods
Wood Burners

Wood burners in each pod, logs provided by honesty box.

The Construction and History of our Glamping Pods.

During the Second World War, the Little Bray Estate was requisition by the British Army and became the Devon Search Light Headquarters. Later in the war a POW camp was established in the grounds, featuring several large "Nissen" Huts. Please see our history pages for more information on this.

This site was dismantled some time in the 1950s, with one of these huts remaining on the farm. In the summer of 2020, this hut was removed to be replaced by a more modern agricultural building. It was then that the idea to repurpose it was formed!

The POW Camp, 1948
Staff of the POW Camp in 1946
Chapel inside one of the Nissen Huts.
Camp orchestra from Little Bray 1946.

Friederich Wilhelm Kliem

Friederich Wilhelm Kliem

Born in 1907, FW Kliem was conscripted into the German army in 1939 and was shot in the arm during battle. This saved him from the Russian front but was later captured by the British Army in Calais just after D-Day. He ended the war imprisoned here at Little Bray.

The camp here was very low security and no doubt a much better experience than battle. So much so, that Frederich Kliem, under much controversy later married the Minister's daughter, Dorothy Joan Brown. They stayed locally and had two children.

The site of the POW camp has been more or less waste-land, unusable for agricultural purposes since the 1950s. Aside from grazing sheep, the remaining concrete footings and steps etc made it dangerous for livestock and impossible to cultivate. We began excavating the remains a few years ago in a very wet October...

Beginning to excavate the remains of the POW Camp - very wet and muddy!
POW camp remains flattened and beginning to show
Features now clearly visible
Cast concrete steps which would have lead into one of the huts

Moving and Building the pods.

The images shown here document the dismantling of the old building from the farm yard, transporting to the site of the POW camp (using a 1940s tractor of course!) and reassembling.

Each pod has been heavily insulated with 100mm of insulation in the walls and floor, whilst the tin has been "spray foamed".

Spray foam has become quite controversial in roofs, but for this application it is perfect. The insulation adheres directly to the tin making it and insulating vapour barrier which completely eliminates condensation.

The galvanized steel window frames were made in our own workshops here and glazed with heavy duty polycarbonate for durability and thermal benefits. These windows are designed to be of a similar style to the originals, but giving more light and most importantly making the most of the views!

Low Carbon!

As well as being off-grid and solar powered, the timber cladding for the ends of the pods is very low carbon having been sourced from the forestry behind Little Bray.

Note on Nissen Huts.

Although we refer to this as a Nissen Hut, it is not absolutely correct. A true Nissen hut would have been double-skinned tin and insulated. We do not know why this building is so basic - perhaps it was simplified when moved. For more information on Nissen Huts, check out Wikipedia!

The Ablutions Block

Amongst the buildings and remains left behind by the British Army after WWII were the footings of a building which would have contained their toilets and shower/washup rooms.

Buried under 70 years of debris, we excavated this in the summer of 2022 and were amazed to find that after a morning of rodding the drains and fitting a new wheel-valve to the water supply that it is all in-tact!

The drains connect to that of the main house and the water is drinking water supplied by the mains.

With this in place we were able to design and construct a new building containing three toilets, two showers and a large wash-up area in record time!

Hot water is provided by a bottled gas instant boiler and provides an extremely pleasant shower!

  • Please note - the ablutions block is approximately 100m from the glamping/camping site.

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