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A ready-pitched campsite all to yourself, lost in a semi-wild orchard between Dartmoor and the beautiful North Devon coast

Who doesn’t love space? Not stars, satellites and UFOs but the more tangible stuff here on terra ferma. Wide, open space. Space to roam, space to explore and space to breathe in the great green goodness of planet earth. That’s certainly the sort of space that Ruby is a fan of – whoever Ruby is. For here in her orchard, run by the friendly – if confusingly named – Lynne, you’ll find it in abundance. Two-and-a-half acres to be precise. All just for you...

Hidden down rural lanes in North Devon and tucked amid mixed woodland of spruce, alder and many more, Ruby’s Orchard is an exclusive-use camping site – so, when you book, you’re guaranteed the entire place to yourself. It can accommodate up to eight people in its ready-pitched abodes – a pre erected vincent vango (sleeping 4) plus an extra tent if needed – and offers such modest comforts as a well-equipped off-grid kitchen, composting toilets and clever, pump-your-own showers. It’s certainly not quite glamping – you still need to bring your own bedding and there’s no electricity. But in all it has a ready-made back-to-basics feel, that allows you to travel light, sleep comfortably but still get in among the undergrowth and have a proper camping experience.

Above all, Ruby’s Orchard remains a wonderfully wild little site. Areas of bramble and gorse have been left to thrive and provide cover for nesting birds and small mammals, while the long grass allows grasshoppers and butterflies to breed, creating enchanted little mown pathways that weave through it like natural alleyways. It’s an idyllic scene to survey as you kick back in the campsite’s hammock or sit and soak it in by the tiny pond. The sort of place you never want to leave.

If you do make your way beyond the trees, however, then it’s best to bring a bike. Ruby’s Orchard is next to a lane that is part of the N27 National Cycle route and also just over a mile from the famous Tarka Trail. If you’re feeling energetic you can cycle all the way to Bideford, or drive there and hire kayaks to explore the Torridge Estuary. Or there’s swimming, or surfing, or going for a hike in Dartmoor National Park. Just make sure that, whatever you choose, you’re back in time to do a little stargazing. Ruby’s Orchard is blessed with blissfully dark and starry skies. Who knows, you might even spot that UFO.

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The Owner Says

Welcome to Ruby’s Orchard - a private camp just for you, whether you're looking for a quiet couples hideaway, some family fun in the outdoors or a small group escape. An exclusive-use rural camp, tucked away in the North Devon countryside between Dartmoor and the coast, with 2.5 acres just for your use, and access to lots of beautiful places and activities. Ruby’s Orchard is a semi-wild, exclusive-use camp where you are provided with pretty much all you need to enjoy some time discovering a lesser-known area of gorgeous north Devon. We are pretty easy-going here - you will be welcomed by the owner and shown around, and then left to enjoy your break. There are just a few basic rules to respect, as we hope that you will love the place as much as we do and want to keep it special.

We have a large Vango tent (known as Vincent), as our main sleeping accommodation, and this sleeps up to 4 people if you don't mind being cosy. There is another Vango tent you may add if you want more space (also sleeping up to 4). We also have a big canvas kitchen-tent with camping stove, tables and chairs, and all you need if you want to cook for yourselves.

If you are feeling energetic, you can walk or cycle the nearby Tarka Trail, explore the Taw/Torridge estuary, discover the local Ruby-Country trails or take a trip to the north Devon or north Cornish coasts for some swimming, surfing or coasteering.

Or… if you are in the mood for relaxing you can chill in a hammock, watch the local bird-life on the feeders, try to identify the damselflies and dragonflies flitting around the small pond, have a barbecue or fire on the edge of the woodland, listen to the tawny owls after dark, and starwatch.

Ruby’s Orchard is next to a lane which is part of the N27 National Cycle route, and well-sited for cyclists, walkers and those who just fancy a thoroughly relaxing easy – camping experience.

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★★★★★

Beautifully located exclusive campsite with everything you need! Highly recommended!

We had a fantastic few days in Ruby’s Orchard and would thoroughly recommend to others. Two friends and I wanted a relaxing camping trip to get away from it all and Ruby’s was exactly what we needed. The exclusive site is in a remote and private location yet with all the facilities and equipment we needed. This meant that we could relax, have the place for ourselves and be comfortable. We were extremely impressed by the set-up and Lynne, the owner, has clearly put in a huge amount of effort to ensure campers have a fantastic experience. The sleeping tent was very spacious and comfortable and the kitchen tent was fully equipped with everything we needed, including tables, chairs and a camping stove. It was particularly convenient when it rained! We also appreciated the eco-loos and showers which were surprisingly good! The entire campsite area is lovely and very well maintained, with various plants, flowers, chairs and benches dotted around and woodland to explore. The campfire area is where we spent the majority of our time which has plenty of seating, a large fire-bowl with a grill, a couple of barbecues and lots of firewood! The location is also convenient and the journeys to the coast and to supermarkets were a relatively easy drive. We certainly hope to have the opportunity to stay again!
Jun 12, 2018 by Jonny
★★★★★

Fabulous, semi-wild camping experience; ideal for families and friends

We stayed for 4 nights at Ruby's Orchard and the sun shone for us! We had 3 tents, all of which were well-supplied and positioned to take advantage of the sunshine. The loos and shower block are easy to use and clean. Lynne supplied us with the best cream tea and home-made food basket, and charcoal/wood for the BBQs to help us settle in. The kids loved their own private forest where we built a den; and became addicted to pond-dipping. Torrington is 15 minutes away and is a lovely market town. 4 nights around the fire pit listening to the wild life and watching the stars in a pitch black sky was very refreshing. We recommend Ruby's Orchard unreservedly and will be back next year!
Aug 29, 2017 by Mathew Riley

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