Ten Acres Vineyard
Camping and glamping in the rolling Devon countryside and set within a vineyard.
Straw bales scattered across golden fields, a tractor humming on the road, sun baked south-facing slopes striped with the regimented lines of a vineyard, ripening grapes awaiting the busy harvest and all just 40 minutes' drive from a cluster of sandy beaches. Hang on though... surely there’s been a mistake here? Has an overzealous camper had too much of the local merlot? You say this bucolic summer haven is in England?!
Though it may sound like a scene plucked from France’s best Loire Valley guidebook, if you head to Devon and down a small country track beyond the thatched village of Winkleigh, you’ll see for yourself that this dreamy little campsite is more than a wine-induced mirage. Set on a grassy one acre meadow with just 15 pitches in total, Ten Acres Vineyard is a real rural gem – a secluded camping patch in the midst of a working vineyard. Take a stroll through the vines using the signposts and onsite information before popping into the winery to watch the grapes being pressed, breathing in the aroma of the fermenting juices. On weekends, the campsite’s shop always has a bottle of their best plonk uncorked, so after a tour you can taste the spoils of all that hard work... and more than likely take a bottle or two away with you – for your friends, of course.
With views over the vineyard to the agricultural landscapes beyond and the rugged moorland of Dartmoor National Park, Ten Acres has an eco-friendly simplicity that compliments its surroundings. There's a shower and a compost loo, along with a chemical-disposal point, while the shared campfire places are a good place to shoot the breeze with your fellow campers. Dogs are welcome, though kept on a lead so they don’t disturb the sheep, pigs or hens that also live on site.
For those who don't fancy lugging their camping gear with them, guests can opt for one (or both) of the two unfurnished 4 and 5m bell tents, sleeping a couple and up to 6 adults respectively (although there's ample room for families to squeeze in a few extra littl'uns). A brazier is also kindly provided. Or why not combine a bell tent break with a guided vineyard and winery tour and tasting? Whatever pitch you opt for, the fact that there's acres of space for just a few pitches ensures you'll find a spot to suit. The adjacent field next is heaven-sent – ideal for children to play in, dogs to be walked in or simply to unwind with the sounds of nature and a good book to get lost in.
If the rusticity of this pastoral smallholding isn't enough, a wander up the track lies the local village of Winkleigh – a quintessentially English settlement with thatched roofs and a traditional feel. Winkleigh has a fascinating history with two 12th century castles (now nothing more than large mounds), a 14th century church and an old wartime airfield where the rusting remains of a control tower still stands. A pair of pubs and pleasant tearooms make it an enjoyable place to have lunch before venturing further afield. By car the beaches of north and south Devon are just over a half hour's drive away, while the vast national park of Dartmoor with its famously picturesque granite scenery lies closer still. It's an ideal area for walking or cycling with the start of the Tarka Trail nearby as well as the Two Moors Way, a footpath connecting the two Devon coasts. Cruise the purpose built cycleways along old rail roads and viaducts with panoramic views, before pedalling the quiet lanes back to camp.
Back at camp, a quick blow on the embers will rekindle the morning's fire then all that remains is to dig out that corkscrew. Sit back with a glass of the site's own vino and enjoy the tranquility of Ten Acres Vineyard, a summer retreat without the air miles.
The view from the campsite to Dartmoor
The view from our bell tents
Some Ten Acres Vineyard wines
Join a vineyard tour any Saturday at 5pm
The vineyard in summer
Plenty of space to play
The vines in summer
A hazy summer's day in August
The vines enjoying the hot sun
The view from the campsite to Dartmoor
Our unfurnished 5m bell tent
Our furnished safari tent
Inside the safari tent
Relax on the deck of the safari tent
A summer's day on the campsite
Our unfurnished 5m bell tent
Our unfurnished 4m bell tent-perfect for a romantic weekend in the country
Meet at the wine shack for a vineyard tour and wine-tasting
Ten Acres wines for 2017
Through the green archway to the facilities
Our facilities include a compost loo, a chemical loo and a hot shower
The Owner Says
(info supplied by the campsite)
Here at Ten Acres Vineyard, we invite you to get away from the bright city lights to where the Milky Way shines bright. Stroll among the vines or read a book with only birdsong in the air. If it is peace and quiet you need and an opportunity to relax and unwind, our campsite could be the place for you.
Camping here is back to nature, but with facilities to make life more comfortable. We have a hot shower and a compost loo, a freezer for guests to use as well as a socket for charging up phones, cameras etc. There is an on-site shop selling our wines (with free tastings at the weekend), our homemade apple juice and free-range eggs as well as local artwork and crafts. You can also see fruit presses and other equipment on display that we use to make our wines.
For the more adventurous, Dartmoor and Exmoor are a short drive away and the beautiful North Devon coast is a tempting trip on a hot summer's day. There is a pleasant walk into the village a mile away where there are numerous shops, pubs and cafes.
We look forward to welcoming you, your family and friends to Ten Acres Vineyard for a relaxing holiday. Cheers!
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We stayed here for 2 nights as a group of 4, 30 somethings, and we couldn't have had a better stay. Esther and Toby were really great hosts, incredibly friendly and hospitable. They are incredibly accommodating and generous. The wine tour which Toby does is really interesting and a really unique aspect to this site; try their wines, very nice! The facilities are simple yet very clean and well managed. The views of the rolling hills and the vineyard are very nice. The local village is worth a stroll, and if you're having a BBQ get your meat from the 'mad butcher'. We will be heading back again later this year, as Ten acres has what we want from a campsite; the feeling of really getting stuck into nature and getting away from it all, whilst having the home comforts of a warm shower, clean toilets, a unique selling point in its vineyard, and above all really friendly hosts, who are commendably promoting local business by selling some really great unique bespoke local works. We bought two great stoves built by friends of theirs. Worth a trip in itself! Long story short, go there and make it one of your favourites! Thanks again to Esther and Toby....Dave (15-17th May 2015)
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My partner and I were lucky enough to stumble across this fab campsite online and booked to stay for the first weekend of their camping season.
Despite the wind and rain when we arrived, the campsite lived up to our expectations. We were warmly greeted by Esther who showed us the essentials before leaving us to put up our tent. This is where things got interesting! Expecting soggy weather, friends had lent us a slightly larger tent for our trip. Unfortunately for us, this tent was missing some vital parts! After battling in the weather, we abandoned the mission and sought Esther's local knowledge on nearby tent retailers!! She came up trumps and kindly offered to lend us their tent for the evening. What a star!! What's more, she offered us emergency accommodation for our second night in the shape of their retro caravan.
This kindness and generosity sums up our experience at Ten Acres. It is a truly beautiful and peaceful campsite in a fantastic spot in the heart of Devon. The fact that they produce top notch wine is an absolute bonus! The site is peaceful and clean and within walking distance of Winkleigh village despite its remote feel. Toby and Esther are fantastic, warm hosts who make you feel like you're staying with friends. They saved our weekend and we will certainly be returning in the near future.
Thank you :-)
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We stayed with Esther & Toby in May half term and now we are looking for a site closer to home for the summer holidays we are struggling to find one which compares! Ten Acres is away from everything, with lovely views, not too many pitches, star filled skies and generous hosts. We really enjoyed learning all about English wine with Toby, and we especially enjoyed drinking it! English wine, it turns out, can be delicious when the vines are so carefully tended by a loving vintner. We were a little worried the one shower and one loo would not be enough, but even with a fair few guests we never wanted for more. It is a place away from it all to relax and recharge. If only you were closer than a 5 hour drive....
We have just spent a week at Ten Acres, the camp site was great with wonderful views over to Dartmoor. Esther and Toby are the best of hosts; nothing too much trouble. Will be visiting again this summer. Highly recommended if you want a quiet time in a lovely environment.
A lovely little campsite: very quiet; nothing was too much trouble for Esther and Toby. Would highly recommend the vineyard tour. We hope to be back soon!! Thank you :)
We've had a lovely camp at Ten Acres. It is perfect for families with young children where they can play safely.
The site is scenic and peaceful and a camp fire in the evening makes the perfect end to the day.
Toby and Esther are the owners of Ten Acres and are incredibly friendly and helpful. There is a small shop on site that sells wine, beer, firewood and basics. There is also a nice play area for children.
There is one toilet and shower on site though an extra chemical loo is added during busy periods. However the site is small and we never had to queue for the facilities (which were nice and clean!)
Just our kind of site; plenty of space for the kids to play, campfires a plenty, wine and big open skies. Facilities are basic, but perfectly adequate - perhaps they could benefit from one more compost loo and one more shower, and a covered washing up area - but we didn't have to wait too long to use the facilities. We would definitely return, thank you for a lovely week.
8 tent pitches and 2 campervan pitches in a grassy one acre meadow above a vineyard. 2 unfurnished bell tents with awnings. 5m sleeps up to 6 adults or a large family. 4m perfect for couples. Furnished safari tent sleeps a family of four. Sorry, no dogs permitted in the glamping tents.
Tents, campervans, and dogs (max 2 per pitch) – yes. Noisy and single sex groups – no.
The campsite is situated above the vineyard in a grassy one acre meadow with great views. Onsite is the Devon Wine Shack selling their wines, apple juice, free range eggs and logs, with wine (and apple juice). Guided vineyard and winery tours and tastings on selected weekends. There are 10 pitches – 3 'rent-a-tent' spots and 7 general grass pitches. There's also a shower and a compost loo, washing up area, chemical disposal point, and firepits. Logs and kindling can be bought from the onsite shop. There's a play area for children (sandpit, tractor tyres) and a secure place for bikes to be stored if needed. Both the 5m and 4m bell tents have heavy-duty zipped in groundsheets and a large awning and we provide a brazier for cooking/campfires A brazier for off-ground fires is also provided. Chicken, sheep and kune kune pigs to see and, of course, the vineyard – campers are welcome to tour the vineyard any time (self-guided with information provided or £5 for guide).
The campsite lies on the edge of Winkleigh which is a small but pleasant place. Drive north to the coastal village of Bideford (01237 477676) with nearby beaches Instow and Westward Ho! or stop along the way at Rosemoor Garden (0845 265 8072) in the market town of Great Torrington. Winsford Walled Garden (01409 221477) is also close at hand, as is Dunsland, a large historic park abundant in wildlife. Finch Foundry (01837 840046) is an interesting National Trust site on the edge of Dartmoor National Park (01822 890414), the last working water-powered forge in the UK, it provides an insight into the areas industrial past. From here its a short step into the national park itself which is, of course, the perfect place for outdoors enthusiasts. The Granite Way (01837 53020) is an excellent purpose built cycleway, ideal for families, while The Two Moors Way is a long distance footpath that runs from Ivybridge on the southern edge of Dartmoor all the way up to Lynmouth on the North Coast of Devon. Just west of the campsite you'll also find the start of The Tarka Trail, one of the most famous routes in the area that heads north to Barnstable and the coastal towns. Families may also enjoy The Big Sheep (01237 472366) an award winning all-weather amusement park, while Exmoor Zoo (01598 763352) is also popular, though slightly further away.
Food & Drink
Winkleigh, though small, has plenty of good shops including a local butcher, fishmongers and a general store, along with a successful Cider Brewery (01837 83560). Fiona's Farm Shop (01837 83382) is the place to go for fresh local meat as well as freshly baked cakes, pastries and Devon cream teas. In the village square, Wright & Proper (01837 83038) is a smart café bistro, while The Seven Stars (01837 83344) is a friendly pub often hosting live music. The Duke of York (01837 810253) in Iddesleigh – a thatched 15th-century inn overlooking Dartmoor with a warm atmosphere and more top grub – is your hosts' personal recommendation. The Lymington Arms (01837 83572) in the neighbouring village of Wembworthy is worth a visit, while The Kings Arms (01837 83384) is a charming 16th century thatched inn that's ideal for a quiet pint.
Start of May - end of September.
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£7 per adult, £3.50 per child (5-16), under 5s free. Friday/Saturday arrivals two-night minimum stay.
5m bell tent is £35 per night & 4m bell tent £25 per night. Safari tent £60 per night. Two-night minimum stay. Sorry, no dogs permitted in the glamping tents.
Leave the A30 at Whiddon Down and follow the signs to Winkleigh/Torrington. From the A3124, turn towards Winkleigh village at Zuki's restaurant/takeaway. Immediately indicate right. Then turn at the sign and continue along the track for half a mile. The track is well-signed and will guide you
to the campsite.
The nearest train station to Winkleigh is Eggesford, 5 miles away. There is no bus service from Eggesford to Winkleigh but there are regular buses to Winkleigh from Exeter and Bideford. The Stagecoach 315 bus stops outside Zuki's restaurant/takeaway (request stop) whose car park is opposite the campsite entrance. It's a half mile walk from the entrance to the pitches.
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