Bernard’s Acre is the ideal location for families, walking, church or youth groups in self-catering chalet-style accommodation near the village of Belstone in Devon. Less than ten minutes from the A30, yet at the foot of some of the highest and wildest parts of Dartmoor, Bernard’s Acre has an unrivalled setting. We can accommodate 24 in 6 bedrooms with the option of 3 group camping pitches, and a hookup for a campervan.
We are a non-profit making charity with every penny being ploughed back into improving facilities and making sure the centre is fit for the next 50 years.
Originally purchased in memory of a Church Youth Worker in the 1970’s and set up as a Christian Charitable Trust, Bernard’s Acre still serves Christian groups, but is open for hire by anyone respecting our values.
Autumn 2016 saw the beginning of phased and extensive refurbishments which, when complete, will involve a complete internal rebuild. Bernard’s Acre will be able to accommodate visitors through the colder months as rooms are fully insulated and warm air from the lounge is pumped throughout the building.
Phase 1 Visitors since Easter 2017 have enjoyed internal changes to the lounge and kitchen areas, two rebuilt bedrooms as well as opened up grounds. Hidden behind the scenes is a complete rewiring, compliant fire alarm system, Nest controlled heating and hot waters systems, and a lot of insulation all round.
Phase 2 winter 2017 / Spring 2018 has seen the creation of a brand new bedroom and en-suite bathrooms for three of the rooms, as well as further internal rebuilding.
September 2018 Planning permission was granted for further extensions and improvements to the building.
Phase 3 winter 2018/Spring 2019 saw the completion of the upgrade and refurbishment of the existing building.
Phase 4 winter 2019 / Spring 2020 will see the erection of the two extensions for which we have planning permission. A new main entrance lobby and the veranda extension overlooking the circular lawn.
Bernard’s Acre has had good use out of its well loved navy blue mattresses for a number of years, but new legislation meant we had to replace 20 of our mattresses as soon as we possibly could. Thanks to the enormous generosity of our supporters, our mattress appeal raised the £2000 needed in record time so we are able to replace them this summer.
Bernard’s Acre is a company which is limited by guarantee (company registration no. 6932120) and is a registered charity (no. 1131269).
There are regular opportunities to volunteers to help, ranging from outside garden maintenance through to skilled building trades work and everything in between. If you would like to hear about these work days, help fund the work or just receive emailed news updates three times a year, please sign up here.