Flora, fauna & valley views

The Woodland

Ravendere Retreats is situated in a 12 acre woodland in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Home to many deciduous and evergreen tree species including beech, ash, hazel, Douglas fir, horse chestnut and cedar, there is an array of wildlife to observe and admire. 

If you fancy exploring, the woodland has a meandering footpath that forms a loop taking approximately 20 minutes to walk. Hidden gems include the ruins of an old cottage, secluded picnic spots with valley views and a tranquil trickling stream.

The woodland is home to deer, badger, fox and pheasant. In the warmer months the woodland becomes alive with birdsong and you will often hear wren, chaffinch and willow warbler. Listen out for the woodpecker, and see if you can spot him! Relax on the decking watching buzzards soar over the treetops. As dusk falls, bats can be seen dancing and swooping in the twilight and you'll hear the call of the tawny owl at night. 

In winter months the paths are lined with an abundance of snowdrops. In late spring the woodland floor becomes covered by a carpet of native bluebells - as these fade the air becomes infused with a sweet scent similar to that of candy floss. In summer months the tree canopy casts dappled sunlight onto the path as bees and butterflies buzz between the wild flowers, and in Autumn the woodland floor is hidden by crisp leaves with red, yellow and orange hues. A truly beautiful walk in all seasons.

 

Cosy fires and twinkling stars

Fire Pit & Stargazing

At the top of the woodland we have created a rather magical fire pit and stargazing spot. Enjoy a sunny picnic in the day or watch the sunset over the valley in the evening with a glass of wine and a toasted marshmallow!