Glamping in Devon: the cool kids’ way to (not) rough it

Glamping in Devon is the cool kids’ way to (not) rough it. With all the fun of camping plus the comforts of home, glamping in Devon is perfect if you fancy staying in something that feels like a tent but is more substantial.

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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. Whatever option you choose, you’ll usually have beds and cooking facilities – and sometimes plumbing and electrics.

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? Then read on …

Classic Devon Glamping: the wild with en suite
It’s camping – but not as you know it. Get the best of the great outdoors, but with all the creature comforts you’d expect from a luxurious holiday home with Classic Glamping, who offer glamping sites around Devon (a small selection pictured top and above). Proper beds? Check. Comfy linens? Check. Fluffy towels? Check. Warm, dry and roasty-toasty cosy? Check, check and check. Every one of their destinations has a hot shower and private, flushing loo, whether it’s a glamorous yurt, a gorgeous shepherd’s hut or a fab safari tent.
Find out more: Classic Glamping

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Award-winning Devon Glamping: Longlands Devon
Named Glamping Business of the Year by Visit Devon, Longlands (pictured above) is a ’boutique hotel with canvas sides’. Its five, six-person luxury safari lodges are set in the idyllic surroundings of a secret valley overlooking the North Devon coast, and bordering Exmoor.
The owners go to great lengths to look after their guests – even providing a book of adventures and activities to enable guests explore the area, and providing food so they spend more time exploring – and less cooking.
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The Orchard Retreat
This idyllic family-run holiday site offers three locally handcrafted yurts (pictured above) nestled in a four acre apple orchard, as well two holiday cottages. The yurts are within a short stroll of their own private bathroom and further kitchen facilities, and all is within 15 acres – as well as dog friendly.
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Loveland Farm
Six-acre Loveland Farm is truly a one-off: as well as a 19th-century farmhouse plus tents, tipis and yurts, it has five quite stunning geodesic domes (pictured above). Domes range in size and include king-sized beds, wood-burning stoves and mod cons like Wi-Fi and movie projectors. This is also a place with principles; you’ll find solar panels, compost loos and eco-showers helping reduce your footprint, as well as milk provided by exotic alpacas and Asian water buffaloes.
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Idyllic Devon glamping: Cuckoo Down Farm Yurts
Living the dream … Cuckoo Down’s  three yurts and two safari tents (pictured above) 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.
Find out more: Cuckoo Down Farm Yurts 

 

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Kids’ Devon Glamping: Crealy Meadows Caravan & Camping Park
Stay in Medieval Pavilions (pictured above) 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.
Find out more: Crealy Meadows Caravan & Camping Park 

 

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Sociable Devon Glamping: Yurtcamp Devon
This lovely Dartmoor site (pictured above)  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.
Find out more: Yurtcamp Devon
Official Devon Tip: Devon locals should try Yurtcamp’s Art in the Tipi and Mud and Marshmallow – 2 hour fun sessions for kids; there are also sometimes yoga classes and introductions to nordic walking, both for adults.

 

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Glamping in Devon with an indoor pool: Woodovis Park
Woodovis Park (pictured above), 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.
Find out more: Woodovis Park
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Peaceful Devon Glamping: Blackdown Yurts
Though each yurt (pictured above) 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.
Find out more: Blackdown Yurts
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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.
Find out more: Harford Bridge

 

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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.
Find out more: Langstone Manor

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.
Find out more: Lower Cobberton

Demi-Glamping: Coope Farm
Glamping in Devon Coope FarmThere’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.
Find out more: Coope Farm

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