With all the fun of camping plus the comforts of home, glamping in Devon (it means glam camping: come on, keep up!) is the cool kids’ way to (not) rough it. If you fancy staying in something that feels like a tent but is more substantial, usually with proper beds and cooking facilities and sometimes plumbing and electrics, you’ll find a good range of options for glamping in Devon. From contemporary yurts to Medieval-style pavilions, renovated shepherd’s huts to purpose-built pods, glampsites are dotted all over, in beautiful country and coastal settings. Many also offer great ‘getting down with nature experiences’ too; expect foraging trips, campfire gatherings, woodland cafes, and the option to collect your own eggs in the morning.
Sound like your sort of thing? Read on for ten ways to go glamping in Devon
Idyllic glamping: Cuckoo Down Farm Yurts
Living the dream … Cuckoo Down’s three yurts and two safari tents (pictured right) are exactly what you imagine when it comes to glamping: wooden floors, country-chic styling, Kidston-esque prints and wood-burning stoves. Set in six acres of glorious countryside with a stream and a wood near Ottery St Mary, each is pretty private and self contained (with a loo and running fresh water). And thanks to the fact that Cuckoo Down is a working farm there are also sheep to visit, ponies for children to ride and eggs to collect.
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Kids’ glamping: Crealy Meadows Caravan & Camping Park
Stay in Medieval Pavilions (pictured below) or Luxury Safari Tents at Crealy Meadows on the outskirts of Devon’s Crealy Great Adventure Park near Sidmouth. Kids will love these jester- and old colonial- styled tents (with names such as Merlin, King Arthur, Zambezi and Serengeti), as well as the fact that they’re strolling distance to all the rides and fun next door. Both types come with a fully fitted kitchen (and wood burning stove) plus separate sleeping areas, lounge and open-air veranda. Check out Crealy’s special events for particularly good times to visit.
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Sociable glamping: Yurtcamp Devon
This lovely Dartmoor site (pictured below) is a great choice for those who fancy holidaying with a group of friends or extended family (it caters for weddings, parties and events too). There are twenty fully-equipped yurts in forty acres of woodland, and most are in small groups to create a village atmosphere, though some are more secluded. Each yurt has its own outdoor fire pit – perfect for perfect for barbeques or evening storytelling. The site also has a zip wire, adventure course, tennis court, children’s play areas, farm animals and a café-bar serving all day long.
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Official Devon Tip: Devon locals should try Yurtcamp’s Art in the Tipi and Mud and Marshmallow – 2 hour fun sessions for kids; then in September there will be yoga classes and introductions to nordic walking, both for adults.
Glamping with an indoor pool: Woodovis Park
Woodovis Park (pictured below), a caravan and camp site on the edge of the Tamar Valley, has just a few ‘pods’: little wooden houses. Each has about about the same amount of space as a tent and offers a similar experience, with cooking done outside, except that there’s a bit more shelter from the elements and your table and chairs converts to an off-the-floor bed. Of course, you’re also surrounded by glorious countryside, as well as the on-site facilities including an indoor pool, activities and a pub within walking distance. Any other goodies? Oh yes, the free foraging walks, and the prices: this is a good budget glamping option.
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Peaceful glamping: Blackdown Yurts
Though each yurt (pictured below left and right) on this Blackdown Hills site is furnished with sheepskins, thick rugs and organic bedlinen (as well as its own loo and field kitchen next door), the luxury is all inside. Outside, the owners pride themselves on providing a totally peaceful, non-commercial experience. All the activities and fun are yours to make using the 30 acres of smallholding that the yurts are set in, as well as the countryside beyond which provides lots of opportunity for walking, cycling, horse riding and exploring.
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Fish while you glamp: Yurts Away
Coarse fishing is free to anyone staying in these yurts near Holsworthy – and it’s worth doing, as there are two well-stocked lakes (NB: you need a license and to have experience and equipment). These yurts are open plan with picnic benches and barbecues outside (no fires allowed because of the wildlife), and of course are in a country- and lakeside setting. The site also has award-winning eco-friendly lodges complete with grass roofs by the side of the lakes too – not quite glamping, but they are lovely, and pretty close to nature!
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Four star glamping: Harford Bridge
Dartmoor’s Harford Bridge Park offers camping, touring … and one very posh little shepherd’s hut. Decorated in vintage-chic pinks and greens, it has an oak floor with under-floor heating (hands up if your own home doesn’t have that!) plus double-glazing, wood-burning stove, double bed, vintage tableware … and glorious views of Dartmoor. Visit England has awarded Harford Bridge four stars because this is such a well-maintained site with lots of facilities, including WiFi, tennis courts, fly fishing and children’s play area.
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Gift glamping: Langstone Manor
Struggling for a gift idea? Give them a glamping holiday! Langstone Manor near Tavistock on Dartmoor offers gift vouchers for a stay in one of their lovely little pods. The tent-sized (though you can stand in them) wooden structures have heating, insulation and light – and of course, lovely views from the covered front verandah. Plus, it’s good news for dog owners, as two accept pets. There’s even a Langstone Bar, which serves evening meals if you don’t fancy cooking outdoors.
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B&B glamping: Lower Cobberton
Can’t decide between a cosy farmhouse bed and breakfast and glamping? This is for you! Lower Cobberton is a lovely 300 year old farmhouse B&B near Totnes that also happens to have a yurt in its garden. After spending the night in the glamping comfort of a real bed under canvas, you can make your way indoors for a full English breakfast and a hot shower – you could even get a cream tea later. There’s also a basic barn and self catering unit that offer other ‘camping-plus’ options.
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Demi-glamping: Coope Farm
There’s just one shepherd’s hut at Coope Farm, a 25-acre organic smallholding near Beaworthy, making it pretty exclusive (but not expensive). The accommodation is described as ‘demi-glamping’ by the farm because of the pretty basic facilities: double bed (children’s beds could be made up on the floor and additional tents can be pitched), flushing toilet and a cold water sink. Cooking must be done outside, though there is a wood burning stove in the hut. Of course, part of the charm of Coope Farm is the gypsy experience that you get, plus the beautiful surroundings and on-site farm animals.
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