Owl Valley Glamping

Owl Valley Glamping, Bideford, Devon EX39 5EQ
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Secluded, private glamping in a wooded dell with sun splintering the trees each morning and campfires glowing by night.

There may not be any electricity at Owl Valley Glamping but it’s certainly a good place to re-charge your batteries. And it’s precisely because of its off-grid set-up that this rings true. Blending luxury with back-to-nature authenticity, this wooded hideaway in the bottom of a North Devon valley is a real glamping gem. “We think of it as wild camping in style”, owners Ray and Pauline tell us. It’s hard to disagree.

Comprised of just three bell tents, each pitched on a flat wooden platform and set in a quiet clearing among the trees, Owl Valley Glamping provides every comfort yet still has that essential camping essence. While tents are furnished with double beds, wooden cabinets and have their own private shower rooms, they’re also delightfully free of mod-cons. Internet evenings are traded in for nights around the campfire and day-time fun consists of real outdoor exploration. Dens can be built among the trees, there’s a pond where you can watch for dragonflies and a stream that bubbles through the site is like a magnet for children. Can they build a dam without getting soaking wet in the process? The answer is invariably no.

The real beauty of the place, though, is its privacy. A relic from days gone by, the site is actually situated beside what was once an ancient horse and cart road, with Pauline and Ray’s thatched cottage the old, official toll house. Today it has been transformed into a glorious nature reserve where native wildflowers flourish. Shielded among the trees glampers feel a million miles from anywhere, when in reality the campsite is based in one of the most popular tourist areas along the North Devon coast. Pauline and Ray have even put together a little folder with information about local attractions, though for most the nearby beaches are the main headline.

It’s equally easy, however, to spend all of your time simply hanging around the campsite. There are board games and wildlife books in the communal shack and, slightly higher up the wooded slope, a second hut with a wonderful BBQ terrace. It's the perfect place to sit and enjoy an evening drink. Gloriously off-grid, you can just sit back and take in the sounds of the woodland.

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The Owner Says

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Having spent several years researching and looking for somewhere to start our eco glamping dream, we found this beautiful valley and the dream became a reality.

This quiet valley is the perfect antidote for the stresses of everyday. On a clear night the stars in this part of the country are amazing. Owls calling and nightingales singing, make a soothing accompaniment to dozing by your fire bowl. There are many beautiful areas to visit along the breath-taking north Devon coast ready to fill your days with delightful exploration. 

You can experience cooking on wood in your fire bowl/bbq or if you’re gasping for a cup of tea after an action-packed day, why not hire the rocket stove from us and see how quickly it boils a kettle! For the less adventurous, a gas stove is available to use in the communal recreation room, Parliament (the collective noun for owls).

The whole site is off grid so when night falls toilets and tents are lit by solar lights. There is limited/no signal in the valley so you really can escape modern life and be with nature, but with a few home comforts!

We strive to be as eco as possible, and most of our fixtures and fittings are recycled, reused and/or upcycled.

We hope you will love our valley and its many wild inhabitants as much as we do and enjoy sharing some time with mother nature.

Our motto: Please enjoy, love and respect our special place and leave no trace. 

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★★★★☆

Wonderful!

We were one of the first guests to stay at Owl Valley (Sorry for the late review!) It was our first time glamping, normally we are at home in rustic campsites, but what a wonderful change. Pauline and Ray met us at the carpark to help us down with our things, explain where everything was and were such wonderful and friendly hosts. The bell tent was fabulous, the kids loved all sleeping under the same roof, and they throughly enjoyed exploring the area splashing around in the stream. The Parliament Shack was a true delight, with a cosy log burner which we enjoyed playing chess around in the evening, our two boys 6 and 9 loved playing darts, and snooker and were up there in their dressing gowns early in the morning enjoying the space to themselves. It was a fabulous community space, but on our last night there, we had the whole place to ourselves! We tried out the pizza barbecue oven, which was fabulous, we lit the log burner and played games in candlelight together in the Parliament shack; truly wonderful. A total getaway from technology and the rest of the world. The compost loo was fab, the shower we found good but a little bit of a faff filling up, however we just used a jug of warm water to have a sit down wash - delightfully rustic. A truly special space with truly wonderful hosts, we wish them all the very best and may you have many very happy wild glampers! We will be back. :)

★★★★☆

Just what we needed!

We stayed at Owl Valley for 3 nights this summer and had a fantastic time in this beautiful, peaceful wilderness. The owners, Pauline and Ray, were fabulous and provided all of the information we needed and were on hand to meet us when we arrived to help with our things and show us around. The bell tent was beautiful with plenty of space for us all. We stayed in Barn Owl which is far enough away from the next tent along to feel private yet close enough to meet your neighbours and share tips for days out etc. The site is beautiful, with plenty of paths to explore and nature to enjoy. Our children loved visiting the Parliament shack to play games and chat to the other children staying on site and at night, it's a lovely place to sit by candlelight with the woodburner and listen to the stream and the wildlife. All facilities were great with the private compost loo and shower being a really nice touch. This was just what we needed for a short break away from things and to enjoy some proper family time. This is a newly opened site and feels very special, Pauline and Ray are lovely, very helpful and just want people to enjoy the space they have created. We will certainly look to return one day to see how the site develops and enjoy the beauty and peace.
Just enjoyed a lovely couple of days at owl valley glamping. This is a newly opened glamping site, run by a couple called Ray and Pauline. We booked two nights for around 75 pounds a night for 5 (one 6 months old!) which I thought was very reasonable. We had a really warm welcome and were made to feel at home from the get go. The Bell tents are great, warm and inviting with a few creature comforts. Easily enough room for us in the double bed and the kids in 2 singles. The tents are raised on new decking with your own private WC and shower. The shower requires filling and pressurising with hot water in the morning but actually works well. There is a free standing communal area next the the stream which runs along the valley floor. This had a nice log burner,dining table and chairs and 8 gas hobs for cooking. There is also a separate large fire pit area hidden in the woods and BBQ area. Thanks again Ray and Pauline for your hospitality and I'm sure we will see you again!

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Beautiful bell tent glamping near the North Devon coast with ample space for the three boutique family-sized bells.

Owl Valley Glamping: Beautiful bell tent glamping near the North Devon coast with ample space for the three boutique family-sized bells.

Beautiful bell tent glamping near the North Devon coast with ample space for the three boutique family-sized bells.

Owl Valley Glamping: Beautiful bell tent glamping near the North Devon coast with ample space for the three boutique family-sized bells.

Beautiful bell tent glamping near the North Devon coast with ample space for the three boutique family-sized bells.

Owl Valley Glamping: Beautiful bell tent glamping near the North Devon coast with ample space for the three boutique family-sized bells.

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