Introducing your hosts
Hello, we are Kieran and Helen, the husband and wife team behind Ravendere Retreats. We moved to the North Devon coast in the summer of 2016, after falling in love with the beauty and enchantment of the area. Having previously struggled to find exclusive adult only accommodation for short peaceful breaks between our hectic schedules, we decided to give it a go ourselves and Ravendere Retreats was born!
We set to work in the 12 acre woodland and have spent the last few years improving the pathways, building log stores and clearing ivy, wild privet and brambles. So many brambles, that we even contemplated drafting in a herd of goats to help...! We are almost at the stage where we're ready to begin planting saplings, and are very much looking forward to bringing new life to the woodland.
With the vision to create two luxurious, woodland retreats we began working on the designs for our first retreat, the Treehouse. We completed the build in 2018, two months after welcoming our son into the world - to say it was a hectic year would be reserved!
In 2019 we were overjoyed to win two awards at the Visit Devon Tourism Awards (Self Catering Accommodation of the Year, and Tourism Innovation Award) as well as the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2019 and 2020.
Following a very bumpy year in 2020 (thank you covid..!), we kept ourselves busy working on the revised designs for our second retreat. We had initially planned to build a hobbit home, as the hillside location by the pond and stream is such an idyllic setting. However after hearing the thoughts of our Treehouse guests ('will it have a hot tub?) our creative minds decided to take this one step further... and so the hobbit home became a woodland spa!
The build began in February 2021, where we made the most of the second lockdown to complete the groundworks and lay the foundations. Our hard working building team worked solidly throughout the summer and by August 2021, Wildwood Spa was born. We were incredibly lucky to collaborate with Wayfair again for the launch (who have done a brilliant job of styling the interiors) and we spent September welcoming stylists, photographers and a film crew (exciting news to come in early 2022 - watch this space!)
Kieran is very much the creative soul of the business - you'll most likely find him busy at work in the woodland, and Helen looks after the marketing, social media and accounts. We have been working incredibly hard testing local days out, pubs and restaurants (it's a tough life!) and would love to advise you on how to make your stay with us one to remember.
We look forward to welcoming you to Ravendere Retreats!
Kieran & Helen