Higher Melbury, Northlew, Okehampton, Devon EX20 3PG
It takes an imaginative eye to create a place as special as Hideaway Camping, a remote, aptly named 24-acre campsite at the end of a private track in rural Devon. What to you and I may appear a rag-taggle of interwoven branches and overgrown trees, to them was the prime setting for a fairy glade, with tiny fairy doors, secret grottos and an enticing, natural entrance woven out of living willows. A tall cluster of young birch trees? Why that should become a hammock garden, of course. And those rocks? Well, roll them out, winch them up and we have our very own miniature Stonehenge, a ‘Hideaway Henge’ around the campfire.
It’s this synergy between the campsite owners’ creative ideas and the varied wilderness of the setting that makes Hideaway such a perfect spot. Great mature trees encircle the field, nature trails snake among the forest and the pond is left serene, untouched and wild. At its heart, of course, is the large, flat camping meadow itself, with heaps of space for pitching your tent and for little ones to run wild. A covered cabin offers plenty of facilities – showers, proper loos, a shared kitchen area – and there’s a rainy day space with books, board games and the like. Such things also inject an extra social element to the place. Children will have made friends for life here by the end of day one – even if some of them happen to be fairies.
The grass camping pitches are accompanied by a handful of quirky glamping options that continue the creative trend. There’s currently a romantic wooden shepherd’s hut and a gypsy caravan with an accompanying kitchen cabin and private compost loo. Coming soon are a classic American Airstream trailer that has been painstakingly restored over several years, and a pair of moulded 'calving igloos’; dome-shaped cocoons with a wood-burner, beds and soft furnishings inside. All have their own unique charm but share in the general vibe of the campsite – chilled out, carefree and campfire-friendly.
Should you make your way along the farm track and back to the outside world there’s ample opportunity to discover the rest of Devon. A convenient A-road whips you south to Dartmoor, which is less than 10 minute’s away by car, or, in the opposite direction, to Bude and the North Cornwall coast. And if the everyday hardships of ice-cream on the beach, walks in the moors and waterfall wandering in nearby Lydford Gorge leave you feeling run down, you can even return to massage therapies and herbal treatments back at camp. Who knew that the official home of relaxation was hidden down a half-mile lane in rural Devon?
The Owner SaysA beautiful secluded campsite in Rural Devon on the edge of Dartmoor. Nestled within 24 aces of fields and woodland Hideaway offers camping and glamping, ideal for family holidays, group bookings and romantic geataways
Amazing - camping at it's best
This is a real hidden gem - the owners are lovely, they have the perfect combination of being on hand, friendly, welcoming but also just allowing you to relax and unwind. Wonderful setting, beautiful location, great little touches (like the hidden hammocks, the woodland walk, fairy glade). Can't recommend highly enough, we're already booked again for this year :-)
Great Friendly Camping
Our family and friends stayed at Hideaway Camping last summer. It is a great secluded site with loads of room and no crowding. Ours kids could go and explore around the area which has surprises around every corner, including a pond with a fairy glade, hammocks for a quiet time in the woods, and walking routes. We stayed in our own tent but the shepherds huts, bell tents and huge Airstream look great for future visits, some of our group already booked their holiday there for this year. The owners were great with nothing being too much trouble and even laying on a central bonfire in the stone circle in the evenings, this was a great way to socialise and meet other campers. A superb campsite in a great location, Looking forward to our return trip this year!