Clayhidon, Cullompton, Devon EX15 3TR
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.
The Owner Says
A traditional campsite set in the beautiful Blackdown Hills AONB. Set into the valley it offers secluded woodland, large grass and hardstanding pitches for tourers as well as our luxury glamping options of a woodland yurt, Showman's Caravan & Lotus Belle Tent. Pets, campfires and children all welcome
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...
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!
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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!