Kingsmead Centre

Kingsmead Centre Clayhidon, Devon EX15 3TR, United Kingdom
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There's not a single camper that wouldn't be happy here. A type of space for everyone and excellent facilities.

A campsite that caters for everyone is a difficult thing to provide, and it’s fair to say that not everyone gets it right. Providing the luxury of high-end glamping, the off-grid natural atmosphere for campers and hard-standing spaces for caravans is always a tricky mix. But there are one or two places that pull it all off seamlessly. The Kingsmead Centre,on the border of Devon and Somerset, is just such a site, where everyone you meet wears the grin of utter contentment. Here there truly is something for everyone, and with only a few precious spots available it's a site to snap up fast, however you choose to stay.

Divided into a top and bottom field, the seven sloping acres of meadowy heathland boast a toilet block at either end of the gradient. In the lower field are open, well-spaced pitches that leave room for kids to play. Harder ground can be found in the upper field, along with electrified spots for caravans and campers. Some of the best areas, though, are found by delving into the woods and pitching a tent in one of the natural clearings dotted about – a real slice of wilderness within an already beautiful campsite.

Glampers hoping to arrive with just a toothbrush and their jim-jams are also in luck. There's a parked-up showman’s caravan (more of the modern day travellers kind, than the horse-drawn type of old!) decked from head to toe like a furnished, self-catered home, there’s a furnished Lily Pad Belle Tent, tall enough for parents to stand up in and there’s also a spectacular yurt, set in its own woodland glade. The lattice work of the traditional structure is wonderfully exposed inside, while the light, cream canvas gives an airy outdoor feel.

Along the lower end of the campsite, what we have named ‘the woods’ are, in fact, a shielding flank of trees that hide away another of the campsite’s features. Following a footpath beneath the canopy, it’s a 30-metre walk to the first of two fishing lakes, built for the exclusive use of Kingsmead Centre. Rod licenses are cheaply and easily available from the post office, so the lakes offer a good chance for families to try casting their very first fishing line. The lakes are also surrounded by forestry commission land and colourful wildflower meadows, and footpaths and bridleways stretch into the beautiful Blackdown Hills – top territory for walkers, cyclist and equestrians. If you’re particularly keen you can even bring along your own horse and graze it in the neighbouring field!

All in all the campsite exudes a warm, family-friendly atmosphere that reflects the welcoming personalities of hosts Tristan and Jodie (along with Pickles the dog). The site is also brilliantly placed for all the delights of this part of Devon, with beaches within easy driving distance, a cluster of pleasant market towns and a host of excellent village pubs.

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Kingsmead Centre is a small family run site set in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Just 15 minutes from the M5 motorway and Taunton in Somerset it is an excellent base to explore the area or equally a remote tranquil place to simply relax and get away from it all.

Both Tristan and Jodie both grew up in the Blackdown Hills and together with our dog Pickles, we aim to offer a truly unique experience, which everyone can enjoy. Since 2010, we have been working to improve our site offering not only modern facilities but also all the little things that other sites don't, which we feel make a truly 'proper' campsite. Our new facilities block in the lower field boasts family sized shower rooms and a washing up area with fridge freezer. On arrival at Kingsmead you will always find a warm welcome to both you and your pets and our self catering accommodation includes everything you will need for your stay. Fire pits are available for hire and for the total traditional camping experience you can camp in one of our private woodland pitches.

For those who love the outdoors but prefer a few more cosy comforts, we have two Glamping options. Our woodland yurt, set in its own woodland glade is furnished with a full size double bed, cooking area and log fire. Our 1980's Showman's Caravan offers something totally unique with sparkling cut glass mirrors, handcrafted stainless steel trim and a log burner to keep you warm on cooler days and nights. Set on her own pitch on a lovely wooded site and outdoor seating area, this makes the perfect getaway.

The Blackdown Hills are an unique area abundant in flora and fauna. The campsite is 7.5 acres of unspoilt meadow and heathland with two purpose built fishing lakes exclusively for the use of guests at Kingsmead Centre.

There is a good network of footpaths and bridleways in the immediate area and other purpose built trails within a few miles. Running through the site is a public footpath, which leads one way to the pub and the other into the AONB and beyond!, making exploring on your holiday easy from our site.

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★★★★★

Three perfect summer nights

This was a really lovely stay. We'd attended a music festival in Devon and wanted to extend our trip for another three nights. Kingsmead was perfect. This is why: It was quiet and secluded. The owners were very friendly and welcoming with a laid-back manner. Clean toilets and good, hot showers were convenient. Little touches such as a full-length mirror in the Ladies' were appreciated. There was a fridge-freezer. We could hire fire pits and wood for campsite fires. Our August stay was greatly enhanced by the Wednesday night outdoor film showing, with excellent pizzas supplied by the Hilltop Pizza van.

★★★★☆

Exactly what we needed

We needed somewhere to stay to break our journey from Leicester to Fowey and this was ideal. For a start it was convenient, being only a few miles from the M5. But what was also important was how helpful and accommodating was the lady who dealt with my initial phone call and subsequent e-mails about the best way of accommodating our party, and further phone calls about our late arrival and where we could go to eat. She could not have been more friendly and helpful. Having arrived late and needing to be away the next morning we didn't get to see much of the site but what we did see we felt very positive about - a nice relaxed vibe with a slightly out-of-the-mainstream feel to it. We would happily stay again.

★★★★★

Home away from home

Having been to the kingsme ad center 4+times now I can tell you with my hand on my heart we will never camp anywhere else ever again! 

★★★★☆

Peaceful and relaxing

Stayed here for one night on the way to see family in 'Flossie' (T25). What a great place. Very quiet and peaceful with lovely grounds and all the facilities you need. Will def be going again... 

★★★★★

Secluded Sanctuary

The Kingsmead centre is a superb find, a secluded sanctuary offering woodlands, private fishing lakes and top notch newly built facilities.  The site comfortable houses its permanent static caravans alongside pitches for tents and tourers alike. The hosts are always on hand and to assist in any way they can.  Friends and I have stayed here a few times now and I can’t recommend it enough.  Looking forward to my next stay at kingsmead!

★★★★★

Great location

Kingsmead is a fantastic campsite, set in a beautiful location. Tristan and Jodie are always really helpful with any queries and made sure we had a great stay. The newly added toilet blocks are brilliant and we loved the fire pits for the evening marshmallows!

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A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

Kingsmead Centre: A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

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Kingsmead Centre: A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

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Woodland Yurt set in its own glade

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A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

Kingsmead Centre: A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

Kingsmead Centre: A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

Kingsmead Centre: A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

Kingsmead Centre: A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

Kingsmead Centre: A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

Kingsmead Centre: A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

Kingsmead Centre: A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

Kingsmead Centre: A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

Hand crafted door on one of our yurts

Kingsmead Centre: Hand crafted door on one of our yurts

Our 18ft locally crafted yurt comfortably sleeps four people

Kingsmead Centre: Our 18ft locally crafted yurt comfortably sleeps four people

Our Showmans van is situated in its own private woodland pitch complete with firepit and locally crafted picnic bench

Kingsmead Centre: Our Showmans van is situated in its own private woodland pitch complete with firepit and locally crafted picnic bench

A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

Kingsmead Centre: A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

Kingsmead Centre: A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

Kingsmead Centre: A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

Kingsmead Centre: A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

Kingsmead Centre: A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

Kingsmead Centre: A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

Kingsmead Centre: A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

Kingsmead Centre: A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

Kingsmead Centre: A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

Kingsmead Centre: A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

Kingsmead Centre: A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

Kingsmead Centre: A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes.

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