Bales Ash

UK England South West England Devon Chulmleigh, Winkleigh & Umberleigh

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Staggered showering times
  • Contactless check in
  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Individual toilets per camping pitch
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
A small, green, pop-up campsite in the heart of North Devon

Like all the best campsites, there’s not much to see at Bales Ash for most of the year. It has a quietly ephemeral feel that almost makes you wonder whether a campsite really calls this patch of Devon's Taw Valley home at all. There’s no playground and just a few faint lines traced in the grass by vehicles that disappeared in mid September.

But summer is an altogether different story. Alive with the colour of canvas tents and infused by the sound of children's laughter, the distant strumming of a guitar and the evocative aroma of smouldering barbecues, you realise that the campsite is perfect entirely because of its lack of all things permanent. This is a lesson in how all campsites should be: pop-up, fuss free, sheep-mown aprons of grass and refreshingly understated.

Camping at Bales Ash is very much of the chilled-out variety. There are a handful of electric hook-ups for small campervans that don’t mind the country lanes and two spacious fields where up to 30 families or groups can spread themselves around. After that. It’s up to you to find the excitement, whether that be impromptu games of football that rope in strangers from the sidelines or communal evening campfires where kiddies gorge themselves on marshmallows.

That being said, animal lovers will enjoy checking in with the rabbits in ‘The Bunny House’ opposite the shower block, while parents and young children alike will revel in Hungry Gorilla’s Story tent where a friendly life-sized gorilla (don’t worry – he’s stuffed!) has taken up residence for the summer with a selection of children’s books for you to enjoy together.

Yet for all its simplicity, Bales Ash still has everything you could possibly need. Campfire pits are rented out at just £3 for your entire stay, high spec hot showers and top notch compost toilets are available for use and there’s even Wi-Fi. It’s the very antithesis of the holiday park scene, right down to the beautifully furnished bell tents (aka 'The Belles of Bales Ash') nestled against the hedge in the small field. If you don’t fancy putting up your own tent and seek a bit of luxury then one of the Belles may be the girl for you! And whilst we’re talking about luxury why not treat yourself to one of Ann, Debbie and Caro’s unbeatable cream teas whilst enjoying the view from outside their Victorian summer house shop and café? (Remember we’re in Devon here – cream first, jam after).

Beyond, views over the hedges to Exmoor draw you out from your camping cocoon. It’s a half hour drive to the national park, though footpaths closer to home offer similarly pleasant rambling routes even if not feeling quite so ‘remote’ – after all, who’s going to complain if you take in a few pubs en route? To the north, Barnstaple and the coast are closer still (about 20-35 minutes in the car) and boast some of the best surfing beaches in the country, with Croyde, Saunton Sands and Woolacombe all sharing the spoils of the swell that rolls in across the Atlantic. By the time winter comes back around you'll never look at an empty field the same way again.



3 super hot showers, 3 cold water basins, 3 compost toilets plus a portaloo, electric hookups, water taps in both fields, washing machine, drier, freezer. Free Wi-Fi available.  Campfires allowed in firepits (supplied by the campsite only). On site shop. 

Suitable For

Tents, camper vans, small motor homes ( up to 7m max) , family and group get togethers, couples children, dogs, awnings and event shelters – yes. Unsuitable for very large caravans and motorhomes. 


The campsite has direct access to a number of local walks – try the gentle one-hour route to the pubs in High Bicklington or visit the woods at Kingford Hill, owned by the Woodland Trust. The South West Coast Path is rightfully popular, and a great way to access some of the quieter, less accessible beaches. Croyde, Woolacombe, Saunton, Putsborough and Westward Ho! are the most well known beaches and all within around 30-minutes' drive. Backed by seaside towns, they're awash with places where you can rent surfboards, take lessons and enjoy fudge and clotted cream ice cream . For family cycling routes, the well known Tarka Trail is a short drive from the campsite; alternately cycle to one of the stations along the Tarka Line train route. For golf enthusiasts, Libbaton Golf Club (01769 560269) – an 18 hole, par 73 course – is less than a mile away.

Food & Drink

Homemade cream teas are available (and not to be missed) along with basic camping foods, fresh farm eggs and home baked cakes.  Gluten-free bakes (coeliac owner) and vegan bakes are a speciality. There is a well stocked community shop in the village, whilst nearby Barnstaple has all the shops for supplies (Tesco, Sainsburys, Lidl etc) and the coastal villages boast numerous pubs, restaurants and takeaways. There are two pubs in High Bicklington, a pleasant 20 minute walk across the fields from the campsite. The Golden Lion (01769 561006) is the newer of the two, relatively speaking – it's still a 19th century haunt with a single bar and grainy local pictures from yesteryear. The Old George Inn (01769 560513), meanwhile, is a thatched local from the 1500s that retains many original features. There's a cosy bar area with pub grub and a skittle alley. Less than 10 minutes drive gets you to a fab range of gastro pubs – try The Bell Inn (01769 540368) at Chittlehampton, The New Inn (01805 603247) at Roborough, The Rising Sun at Umberleigh (01769 56044 or Ram's Head (01805 804255) at Dolton.


Late May – early September.

Family Friendly

Summer comes and summer goes but the memories from this pop-up paradise will stick with little ones forever. If every empty meadow could be transformed in this way then the world would surely be a better place.

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The Owner Says

Bales Ash Campsite sits above the Taw Valley in beautiful North Devon countryside with views across to Exmoor providing complete escape from the pace of modern life. We offer relaxed camping in two beautiful sprawling fields for just 3 months each year. We welcome all types of tents and camper vans and you can even bring a gazebo or event shelter.  There is masses of room for everyone here. Sit and chat around a firepit, enjoy gazing at the stars and experience the complete stillness of being away from it all. Bales Ash is a place to chill out and get in touch with the other side of you. 


30 spacious camping pitches and 3 fully equipped 5m bell tents.

Grass Pitch with private toilet

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 3 Available
Suitable for any size tents and campervans ( less than 5.3m)

Grass with electric and private toilet

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 6 12 Available
Suitable for any size tents or campervans less than 5.3m


Bell tent Sleeps 5
Comfort and campfires are promised with stays in this simply furnished bell tent on a North Devon campsite.

The Beech Hut

Cabin Sleeps 4
A quirky wooden hut nestling amongst the beech trees in a rural setting.

The Horse Box

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 4
Quirky converted horse truck in a small North Devon campsite field with extensive rural views. Fabulous dark skies. Wood burning stove.

Grass Pitch with electric and shared toilet

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 10 3 Available
Suitable for any size tents and campervans ( less than 5.3m)

Grass Pitch with shared toilet

Grass pitch Sleeps 10 7 Available
Suitable for any size tents and campervans ( less than 5.3m)

The Shepherd's Hut

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 3
NEW IN 2021: Gorgeous new shepherd's hut with king size bed, comfy sofa, fully equipped kitchen, stove, indoor and outdoor table and bench seating, fire pit and bbq. Great showers and private loo a short walk from the hut.

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Contact Bales Ash, Bales Ash, High Bickington, near Umberleigh, North Devon EX37 9BL

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Getting There

From the B3127 come through the village of High Bickington (leaving Atherington behind you) and proceed out of the village passing a Community Centre sign. The road narrows and
bends with a high hedge on your left, drive past a white house and then the next building on your left is the brick built Whitebridge Boarding Kennels. Turn left immediately in front of

the kennels and drive on down the lane, take the first right following the blue arrow sign to Bales Ash (ignoring your sat nav which may try to take you straight ahead down a no through road - don’t!) and follow the lane down until you see a building on your right. Carry on beyond the closed wooden gate and then past the open black gates and enter the campsite through the metal barred gate on your right opposite an old stone barn. Please close the campsite gate behind you and then drive over to The Victorian Summerhouse on the right of the field to book in.

From the A377 at Kingford (between Portstmouth Arms and Umberleigh) follow the signs for High Bickington up the mile long Kingford Hill. Towards the top of the hill you pass holiday
lodge signs on your right, next a skidding car warning sign on your left and almost immediately a blue arrow sign to Bales Ash on your right. Turn right onto the lane and proceed uphill for about 1/4 mile. Campsite entrance is through a metal barred gate on your left (opposite a small stone barn on your right). Please close the campsite gate behind you and then drive over to The Victorian Summerhouse on the right of the field to book in.

The nearest train stations are Umberleigh (4 miles) or Portsmouth Arms (1½ miles; tell the conductor you want to get off there or they don’t stop!). Pick-up can often be arranged if needed. Ann, Debbie or Caro can often arrange to pick you up if needed.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 71 reviews


Glorious relaxation

Bales ash was more than a humble countryside glamping getaway, it was bijou and peaceful. I booked a weekend trip for my friend and I, the camp was clean and really well kept. The horsebox was full of glorious little hidden touches, super comfortable beds and clever space saving ideas to make the most of the set up. The enclosed garden was really lovely but the views over the hills and moorland was beautiful and dramatic. The team were really thoughtful and checked in on us, reguarlarly but respectful of our relaxation. A proper little peace of Devonshire paradise! Cannot wait to go back.
Sep 30, 2021 by Gemma Smith Verified Review

Shepherd’s Hut

This summer we had our 3rd stay at Bales Ash in almost as many years (let’s not count last year). We have previously stayed in a bell tent and a yurt, this summer we were lucky enough to book into their new shepherds hut. With a 3 year old and 3 months old in tow we weren’t entirely sure how it would go but were reassured by how well our previous visit, when our eldest was 3 months old, had gone and the facilities that were included in the shepherds hut- hot running water, yes please! We weren’t let down. The hut was perfect for us. A king sized bed, sofa bed and still room for a bassinet. We’re were fortunate with the weather which did help in the evenings especially as we could sit outside by the fire pit or BBQ (both provided) while the smalls slept. The decor is colourful and modern. The hut was warm and quiet. The facilities at Bales Ash are really good and Debbie, Ann and the team are always friendly, cheerful and helpful. We will be returning.
Sep 16, 2021 by HBC

Best little campsite we’ve visited

Didn’t really know what we had booked but it was in the roundabout area we wanted to stay. First time camping with our puppy! I thought I had booked an electric pitch with private loo but seems I forgot the electric part! The team were so helpful added an extra electric point just for us after offering us 3 different options, short walk to our loo but it was still just for us to use. The site is perfect for kids and dogs, we made friends on the site which was lovely, all campers seemed to have similar ethos of being friendly and helpful - mirroring the campsite team. We thought the shower booking system was genius, no queues, clean and not feeling rushed at all. Definitely going to return to this little gem.

Blissfully spacious quiet campsite

Loads of space. Really helpful owners. Did a great job of making things covid safe. I've read a few reviews of people moaning about the shower queuing system which was put in place to comply with covid regulations... Doesn't seem fair to me to give a rubbish review just because we're all a little inconvenienced this year.. we always had a hot shower, we never queued to wash up, nor did we have to hang around much at all to get a shower. The toilets were always super clean and lovely. Plenty of water points and really good access to firewood day and night. Big chest freezer for keeping your freezer blocks frozen and washing machines and dryers available for those who stay a little longer... The best Fresh eggs daily... Definitely a campsite for people who like being self sufficient. Kids had a great time, meeting and playing with other kids. Lots of well behaved dogs, having fun on and off their leads together. We had such a lovely time here we extended our stay for an extra week.. Not a bad word to say about the place..
Aug 31, 2021 by Martin Moss Verified Review

Brilliant campsite!

Huge plot with private toilet which was regularly inspected and emptied. Really clean, well tended and well run site. Staff were always available. They were all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the local area. I couldn’t praise them more. They were the best campsite team we’ve met to date and we’ve been camping for many years and met quite a few teams! A great family experience which we intend to repeat next year along with the new friends we met on site.
Aug 28, 2021 by Kara Verified Review

Beautiful well run campsite

We’ve just returned from a wonderful stay at Bales Ash. We had loads of space for a large tent and event shelter and the facilities were excellent, really clean and well organised. The staff couldn’t have been more helpful, particularly when our car battery ran flat and the little shop had all the basics. There’s loads to do locally and we loved cycling on the Tarka Trail, body boarding at Woolacombe beach, eating at great local pubs and of course a cream tea at the local community shop. Highly recommend.
Aug 15, 2021 by Mary Ion Verified Review

Super weekend in the Shepherd Hut

What a super place! Debbie and Ann couldn’t have been more helpful ensuring we had everything we needed. The Shepherd Hut was really clean, beautifully decorated and super comfortable - especially the king size bed. Had everything we needed and more! The campsite was clean and quiet with ample space for everyone and a fab little shop. A fantastic weekend had by all. We will be back!
Aug 9, 2021 by MrsG Verified Review

Gorgeous campsite with great facilities

We had a really lovely week at Bales Ash - it's a stunning, peaceful location and the campsite is so well set up - hot showers, a great little shop and really friendly, helpful people. My kids loved the freedom to explore and play with other children, especially feeding dandelion leaves to the rabbits. Shame about Storm Evert...but even that showed how well run it is, Basia came round to make sure we all knew a storm was coming and to add some tent pegs! We'll be back.
Jul 31, 2021 by Lucy McMahon Verified Review

Very friendly and clean campsite

We arrived on Friday to stay in Annabell , we travelled with 2 other family’s (who had there own tents) we was all plotted together , we was greeted by Ann who explained everything , Annabell has everything a novice camper needs , great time had by all . Ps defo have a cream tea
Jul 26, 2021 by Paul Turner

Beautiful, breathtaking, clean and friendly.

What a beautiful campsite and experience. We stayed for two nights and slept in our defender, was free to camp where we wanted. The toilet facilities are regularly cleaned, colourful and very cute with fairy lights, posters etc. The showers are also regularly cleaned and you’re given a 20 minute slot that you can book in just for yourselves, lovely hot running water. The water on site is filtered and cold with many stations around the camp site. Really cannot fault this place, it’s truly breathtaking. All staff are friendly and helpful for knowledge of the area. Big shout out to Basia who was super friendly and was able to give us fantastic advise and make us feel very at ease. Would definitely recommend.

Idyllic getaway

Just got home from a wonderful 2 nights away at Bales Ash. stayed in the Beech Hut with two old school friends and absolutely loved it. Simple but lovingly styled to look like a rustic beach cabin. It is snug and compact but had everything we needed. Very comfy beds-even the sofa bed- and a lovely outdoor seating area. A perfect step up from the basics of camping as a warm place to spend your evenings after exploring the coast of Devon or moorlands of Exmoor. The campsite had a lovely friendly feel to it, very dog friendly and the owners very happy to offer helpful local advice. Loved the honesty box for fresh local farm eggs and wood for the fire pit. The compost loo took a bit of getting used to and the outside sink could maybe benefit from a little shelter for washing up in the rain…other than that, no complaints and will be recommending to friends and family. A word of warning- you access the campsite via a very small and narrow lane with tufts of grass growing in the middle, we thought we’d made a wrong turn…we hadn’t, the campsite was tucked up on the left nestled in the gorgeous countryside.

Absolutely lovely

Beautiful campsite lots of space .Horse box perfect experience for those of us who like to have a comfy bed at night. Hosts friendly and welcoming. Not a criticism of the campsite but shame village pub not reopened post pandemic as would have been nice to walk for a drink in the evening


Reviews are strange things. Relative to what? This was my first time glamping and I have to say, it was right up my street. The horse box had everything we needed. The cooker hob is induction, with weird buttons. We were there for a week and I'd worked it out by the end. But - good lighting (and for reading), comfy bed, lots of space for everything. Several sockets. There's a kennels near enough to hear the barking but not too much of that. Missed a trick by planting a hedge (for privacy) right where the view would have been. You only get one if you sit at the top of the steps. But lots of bare wood. Helpful person onsite. Electricity failed once due to a lot of rain but was immediately fixed. Possible to get a nice through breeze if you want one and we had the radiator on one day for the cold. Fab showers and sinks, great compost loos. Campfires (take wood). I took my own bedding but that's because I'm allergic to virtually anything modern, including washing powder and fabric conditioner. Lovely walks nearby. Most enjoyable. Sadly no teapot, though there was supposed to be. I'd taken my own. C:
Jul 4, 2021 by Gill J. Verified Review

Comfortable camping

Bales Ash is a lovely camp site with its most friendly and helpful hosts, huge space, availability of individual toilets and great location. As a family of four, we stayed there for a week during which we visited beautiful beaches of North Devon, travelled with the nostalgic steam train and even experienced wild swimming. Overall, we had a very comfortable stay in Bales Ash and we would like to stay there again.
Jun 19, 2021 by Ahmet K Verified Review

A lovely, peaceful and very comfortable stay in The Beech House

We stayed in the Beech House for 4 nights in June 2021. It was so quiet and peaceful, and neatly tucked away from the main site. The house itself has everything you need and we loved all the little quirky touches. The bed was very comfortable - last night (back at home) I really missed the lovely feather duvet! It’s lovely to stay on a relaxed site where dogs are so welcome and to have you own fenced off section where they can sniff around outside, without you worrying they’ve raided someone else’s BBQ. A very friendly site, lots of space and privacy - we had a lovely, relaxing time and would highly recommend it - thank you.
Jun 19, 2021 by Hannah Lynch Verified Review

The most wonderful campsite!

We stayed at Bales Ash for a weekend in June and it's one of the best campsites we've been to. The owners are lovely, friendly and really helpful - nothing was too much trouble. They helped us with logistics and rescuing our air bed! There's a small shop which had everything you would need, and firepits to use as well. Also, fresh coffee in the mornings! Even though the campsite was officially full, the capacity is kept low and there was so much space! The location was amazing, it feels like you're in the middle of nowhere, with beautiful views, but the village of High Bickington and a few lovely pubs are within walking distance. All in all we're so glad we found this lovely campsite - thank you for a wonderful weekend!

Great family friendly campsite

We stayed at bales ash over half term and couldn’t fault it, we’ll definitely be back! Tents well spread out, many with private toilets; we didn’t have a private toilet but had access to 4 shared toilets that were fine. Plenty of hand sanitiser around the site and lovely warm showers; showers had to be booked every day which was fine though we struggled to get a reasonable slot because we were out when the lists went up and only managed to get one when someone else changed their mind.

Excellent campsite, highly recommended!

Beautiful little campsite, excellently run. Facilities kept very clean, spacious pitches with lots of room for the kid's to play. Will hopefully be back again next year!

A wonderful place to stay to get away from it all

Quirky cosy accommodation, great for an autumnal family break. Close by some lovely places and not too far from the beach.

Relaxing stay with excellent hosts

The Beech House was a joy of an escape, even as autumn suddenly hit Devon the little escape felt homely and special. The Debbie and Basia were friendly and went the extra mile to make sure I had a wonderful stay. I had to drag myself home!
Sep 28, 2020 by Laura

Relaxing, peaceful stay

We really enjoyed our stay and all the facilities on offer. So nice to have wood on site and bbq ready to use. The beech hut was very cosy with everything you need including WiFi, pots and pans and small hob and all. Would suggest you need a car to enjoy the area to the fullest Thanks again!
Sep 19, 2020 by Hattie Freeman

2 adults and 1 lively dog Stayed in the quirky Beech Hut.

Very impressed and couldn't fault the whole experience. The Hut itself is quirky, quiant and very well and thoughtfully kitted out. Slept very well. Felt very safe as everything is very clean and Covid treat. Even the showers cleaned before and after each person due to booking slots. The staff are all exceptional. Lots of local i fo on where to go and what to do. Our friendly dog was welcome to run free, making his holiday even better, and the fenced wooded area of the Beech Hut just contained him if needed to. So relaxed and organised. Very eco friendly with personnal peat toilet, own washing up facilities, outside furniture provided, firepit and bbq. Tried to extend our stay but not suprisingly, it was booked up. Would definately recommend and stay again, will be hard to find somewhere as ideal.

Lovely relaxing stay

Our family of 4 just spent a lovely relaxing bank holiday weekend in a bell tent at Bales Ash. The owners were very friendly and all facilities were exceptionally clean with lots of space between pitches. The shower rota and 'personal portaloos' worked really well. The children are already asking when we can go back. Thank you for a lovely stay!
Sep 3, 2020 by Fiona

Lovely stay at the Horse Box

We’ve just came back from our long bank holiday weekend getaway at the Bales Ash. We stayed in the horse box, which was cozy and good size for 2 people. We used public transport and had no car during our stay, but we didn’t have much trouble. One day we used a taxi to get down to Barnstaple (£30 one way) and visited one of the beaches by bus. We also enjoyed a little walk around the area for the rest days. The owners were really friendly and they have organised so well dealing with COVID-19 situation. The shower needs to be pre-booked and cleaning was done before and after the booked slot. It didn’t get too busy as there weren’t many people on the site - they only allowed 14 pitches including the glamping sites/tents. A portaloo is allocated for each pitch, so you don’t share it with other groups. It was clean and didn’t smell at all - and also felt safe. I was really impressed with the management, and enjoyed the relaxing time. Sure we will be back for another staying.
Sep 2, 2020 by Jenny Park Verified Review

Perfect stop off point

Had a really nice couple of nights here with my son whilst exploring the North Devon and Cornwall coast. The grass pitch was a generous size and we loved the nice warm showers that the site offers. We will definitely look to stay again in the future.
Aug 30, 2020 by Simon Lilly Verified Review

Great Campsite

We were really impressed with Bales Ash Campsite! We stayed in the Beach Hut and it had everything we needed for our weekend away and was so comfortable. Our friends stayed in a Bell tent and they had so much room and also a separate kitchen gazebo. We had our own separate toilet and the shower facilities were great. The facilities went far beyond what I would expect for a campsite and nothing was too much trouble. Set in a lovely location with loads to explore we would definitely visit again. We brought our dog who had a great time too! Thank you for a lovely stay.

Great campsite & facilities

We were so impressed with this campsite! We stayed in the beach hut which was equipped with everything we could need for the weekend. Our friends stayed in a bell tent which was very spacious and also came with a separate kitchen tent. The campsite had a lovely shower unit which was kept very clean and also had ice and ice packs which is very handy. We forgot our camp chairs but the site had these too! We explored the local area and pubs and then went further afield for both coastal and national parks walks. We had a very pleasant weekend and would highly recommend this campsite.

Cute little hut on a friendly site

We found The Beech Hut to be a lovely cosy little place to stay; there were two of us plus dog and although small the hut is perfectly formed! The bed and sofa bed were really comfy and the little kitchenette is extremely well-equipped. It was great to have our own loo and sink, and the shower rota worked very well (the shower block is immaculate). I was so impressed with how the friendly owners of this beautiful campsite have adapted to the challenges of coronavirus. The site itself is extremely spacious and surrounded by lovely rolling countryside. The Beech Hut has its own fenced off area so the dog could go outside and make friends through the fence :) The site is also very friendly and rather than lots of signs asking you NOT to do things, there are signs encouraging you to do things / ideas of places to go, the best beaches etc! Honesty boxes for washer and dryer etc which makes for a lovely atmosphere. Highly recommended.
Aug 22, 2020 by Rachel Small Verified Review

Wonderful Campsite in Beautiful Rural North Devon

We have just returned from a wonderfully relaxing stay at Bales Ash Campsite. We should still be there now, packing up to come home, but sadly Storm Ellen cut short our stay! The owners are some of THE most friendly, welcoming and attentive we have ever come across and this alone would be enough to make us return! The campsite is extremely Covid-secure; Debbie and Ann have thought of absolutely everything and along with the lovely Basia, work extremely hard to keep it safe and secure for all their guests. Running at a lesser capacity than usual, this already huge site leaves acres of space for campers to enjoy. Each unit has its own portable toilet, and 20 minute shower slots are pre-booked the day or so before, so that only one family unit is at the shower block at one time. There is social distancing signage and hand sanitizer at each touch point. The Information Board is useful, and there is always someone around to have a chat with for more details of things to go, places to see/eat/visit. Dogs are allowed on site. There are fire pits to rent and logs/kindling to buy on site. We absolutely loved our time there - it was a good first run for our new bell tent. Although it withstood the first wave of Storm Ellen, we didn’t fancy the forecast 50-60mph gusts in the second wave of the Storm, so packed up to come home early. We will be back though!
Aug 22, 2020 by Lisa Clark Verified Review

Beautiful Rural Devon Campsite

We have just returned from a wonderfully relaxing stay at Bales Ash Campsite. We should still be there now, packing up to come home, but sadly Storm Ellen cut short our stay! The owners are some of THE most friendly, welcoming and attentive we have ever come across and this alone would be enough to make us return! The campsite is extremely Covid-secure; Debbie and Ann have thought of absolutely everything and along with the lovely Basia, work extremely hard to keep it safe and secure for all their guests. Running at a lesser capacity than usual, this already huge site leaves acres of space for campers to enjoy. Each unit has its own portable toilet, and 20 minute shower slots are pre-booked the day or so before, so that only one family unit is at the shower block at one time. There is social distancing signage and hand sanitizer at each touch point. The Information Board is useful, and there is always someone around to have a chat with for more details of things to go, places to see/eat/visit. Dogs are allowed on site. There are fire pits to rent and logs/kindling to buy on site. We absolutely loved our time there - it was a good first run for our new bell tent. Although it withstood the first wave of Storm Ellen, we didn’t fancy the forecast 50-60mph gusts in the second wave of the Storm, so packed up to come home early. We will be back though!
Aug 22, 2020 by Lisa Clark Verified Review

A brilliant, relaxing experience in a friendly atmosphere

Was a bit nervous about going away given all the unknowns. I didn't need to be. The campsite was in a lovely quiet, secluded spot. We stayed in the Beech Hut which was gorgeous - just a lovely environment to restore from the previous months' troubles. I loved being able to BBQ and sit outside with the firepit. The shower booking system worked perfectly and the facilities were lovely and clean. Debbie, Ann and Basia were so friendly and helpful. The rabbits, the eggs, the marshmallows, all little things thought of. I will definitely be coming back.
Aug 18, 2020 by Alex Worters Verified Review

Amazing spacious well kept & clean site

This campsite is the best find! A real gem in a rural part of North Devon about 40 minutes from the big beaches. The pitches are absolutely huge! You really do not need to worry about social distancing when you come here and the Covid measures they have in place are fantastic. They deep clean the shower block between each families showers and only one family can use this at a time. Each pitch has its own allocated to toilet and there is hand gel available all over the place. Debbie, Ann and Basia couldn’t be more helpful! Such a great team, really helpful and friendly. We will definitely return. If you want a very quiet, basic site to chill out, enjoy quality time, watch stunning sunsets and light campfires, this is your place! 😊
Aug 17, 2020 by Debbie Smith

Gorgeous Low Key Retreat

We had a fantastic time at Bales Ash - lovely welcoming people, great showers, washing machine (despite it being very natural this was a lovely bonus!) The location is fantastic - bang in the heart of North Devon with good access to beahes (we did Croyde and Woolacombe) and rivers/woods/pubs/lovely towns!

Perfect glamping getaway

We had a totally relaxing mini break in the Beach hut . It had everything we needed including a perfect enclosed garden of its own which our puppy loved . The kitchen was well equipped and the hut has its own compost loo + WiFi so I was happy as was my teenage son ! I am already recommending this place to friends and we would defiantly be rebooking in the future . Thankyou Debbie and Basia for a brilliant break .
Jul 25, 2020 by Charlotte

A little piece of paradise!

Our first experience of glamping, we stayed in the horsebox at this welcoming, friendly, laidback venue. Excellent views of rolling open countryside. The horsebox contained everything we needed and the bed was so comfy we didn’t want to get out! Private portaloo outside due to covid (excellent idea). Lovely clean shower facilities. Firewood available on request for the fire pit. The owners were very friendly and welcoming, and very informative on any questions we asked about venues to visit. Most coastal towns were only 30-40 minutes drive away. Would thoroughly recommend this site and the horsebox and we will definitely be going back!
Jul 23, 2020 by Emma

A fabulous experience

This is a lovely campsite. I stayed in the horse box with my 2 daughters. We had a lovely stay. Neither of my girls particularly like camping but love being outdoors, so this was a great compromise. The beds were comfortable and the accommodation was cosy. The showers were clean and modern and you could book a slot in both the morning and evening. The site is in a good location- peace and quiet in the evening and only a short drive to beaches and restaurants. The owners were super helpful with any requests. We will definitely go back
Jul 18, 2020 by Zoe

Perfect peaceful and picturesque getaway

We were welcomed by Debbie and Basia who took very good care of us throughout our glamping stay. The ClariBell bell tent was beautiful, inside and out, with everything we could want - including a camping kitchen set up and our own portaloo. Everything was spotless, including the three showers - these were cleaned after each use. Would definitely recommend and would come again in a heartbeat. Thanks!
Jul 12, 2020 by Jean Mallo Verified Review

Perfect base for our last minute bank holiday getaway!

The bank holiday crept up on us as it always does and I had forgotten to book anywhere to stay. I stumbled across this campsite while doing a quick search online and the great reviews and low price sold me straight away. I booked in for two nights and we were warmly welcomed on arrival and given recommendations for the best spots to pitch and a cute pub nearby for a walk to dinner. I've been camping my whole life but this was definitely the friendliest/cleanest/most organised and also most laid back place I've ever stayed. If we're ever in the area again, we'll definitely be back. Thanks so much! :)
Aug 27, 2019 by Megan Patterson

A fantastic way to meet up with friends

We were looking for a campsite to accommodate 40 of us over a weekend in late July 2019 in Devon. Some of our group had camping equipment and others had none. Bales Ash was the perfect destination as there was a great mix of glamping with amazing Bell Tents, a Beach Hut and also a horsebox which had been converted into a sleeping area as well as areas for tents, motorhomes and campervans. We booked all glamping options which therefore gave us access to 3 x kitchen tents, our own portaloo, urinal and split toilet. Perfect for our large group of kids and adults. Those with camping equipment were then able to scatter themselves in between these tents to make a great community space. Ann, the most amazing and friendly host, recommended bringing the large fire pit into our area so we could all sit around the fire in the evenings. We also had access to football goals and rounders equipment. Ann also became our driver on Saturday evening as we had a party to attend in the next-door village. She was able to hire the community minibus and shuttle us to and from the party - just brilliant. The facilities were great, with fresh eggs to purchase from the local farm, a great shop catering for both kids and adult needs (ie ice cream and wine!), amazing showers and freezer space for cool packs to help keep things cool. We were a walk away from 2 pubs and a 30ins drive from beaches. We headed to Woolacombe beach due to there being a large car park there for our large group. We all had such a great time, we're looking to book for next year too.
Jul 30, 2019 by Alex Webb

Beautiful relaxed site with friendly & helpful owners

We had a fantastic few days camping here in July 2019. Beautiful quiet setting, short walk to two local pubs, great facilities, homemade cream teas on site, plus the friendliest owners who will help out however they can! We travelled by train to Umberleigh station. Debbie was kind enough to collect us from the train station, but if you are happy walking with your pack there is a cross country route from there or from Portsmouth Arms station. The latter is closer to the site but there’s only a couple of trains a day! Be aware that both stations are ‘request stops’ on the Tarka line between Exeter & Barnstaple so if you’re arriving this way, check times and ask the train guard to stop where you are going. Once on site, we collected our pre-booked fire pit and wood & kindling from the site mini-shop, and set up camp in one of the two good-sized fields. There are areas for campervans and some Glamping areas as well. The showers and the composting toilets are well set up and there is a shared freezer for ice packs as well as a couple of shared plug sockets for charging- very useful when you are travelling light :) We visited the local community shop a few times to pick up the essentials in nearby High Bickington- 20 minutes walk across country fields, but quicker in a car of course. Best of all we ordered a cream tea on site- Debbie & Ann have lovely checked tablecloths, teapots of all shapes and sizes, and homemade scones - gluten free available if you book in advance. They even have vegan options. We would definitely visit again - one of the best sites we have visited.
Jul 28, 2019 by Rebekah

Our stay at Bales Ash

Bales Ash is a fantastic campsite. We had a very warm welcome and nothing was too much trouble. We were very fortunate that it was a quiet week, as we had no children, we were pleased that we had the campsite almost to ourselves. Everything was very clean, the showers superb, with plenty of hot water. We had our small four legged friend, who was in doggy heaven, had beautiful walks down to High Bickington every morning. We then went to the beaches to body board. Altogether a wonderful week and will be coming back to Bales Ash, probably not in the school holidays as very geared up for children, wish I had brought mine here when they were younger.

Beautiful, classic camping

We really enjoyed our one night stay at Bales Ash, and look forward to going back. It’s not a fancy site, but it is charming and has some beautiful finishing touches. The host is friendly and helpful - she really wanted us to be ok with our slightly tricksy dog, and we were. What a lovely site.
Jul 14, 2019 by Emma

An amazing few days.

We turned up and the welcome was lovely. There was only one other vampervan on site. We had a whole field to ourselves. The facilities were immaculate and even the compost toilets were good, once you learnt how to use them. The weather was lovely and the peace and quiet was well earned. The local beaches are lovely and as we took a dog, they were all dog friendly.

Really lovely campsite

We had a really lovely weekend here and our son (5) has declared it to be the best campsite ever and we have to agree it is pretty hard to top! Everyone there were lovely and despite an exhaustingly late arrival on the Friday evening we were given a really warm welcome. The site is adorned with beautiful hand painted signs, flags and bunting giving it a lovely festival vibe. Help and advice was on hand whenever it is needed and we found there to be just the right balance of wild camping with a touch of luxury. A truly family friendly site where our son had the space to run free and play, stars can be seen at night and the fun of toasting marshmallows over a fire make this a wonderful camping experience. We are looking forward to visiting again.
Jun 26, 2019 by Team Tutti Verified Review

Response from Bales Ash

So glad you enjoyed your stay. Hattie and Humphrey the rabbits send their love. 

Lovely short stay

That it catered for our old dog with the beech huts fenced in area and gate. Private but at the same time we used the fire pit in the field with other campers! Comfortable stay and private toilet convienient!we couldnt use upstairs to sleep because our dog cant use the stairs but futon downstairs fine and used upstairs for storage. Kitchenette fine and great there was a heater. Lovely people and useful shop. Showers clean and gd! Thanks!!
May 28, 2019 by Laura Verified Review

Laid back site with lots of space!

This campsite was a great find! We were looking for a relaxed site that would be happy to allow groups and Bales Ash was very accomodating. The large size of the fields and limited number of pitches mean you can camp far away from other campers so making a bit of noise wasn't an issue! We loved sitting round the fire-pit in the evenings and looking at the stars. The owners Caro, Ann and Debbie were all very friendly and even invited us to join them round the big fire-pit one evening. The compost toilets are kept clean but take a bit of getting used to - instructions are provided - don't pee in the back! The showers were very good and clean. They could do with somewhere to put your contact lenses in, clean your teeth etc as the only sink was also for washing up but we managed ok. Overall, the vibe is very inclusive and laid back. We loved the lovely, quiet inland location away from the crowds but with good access to all the sights - great beaches, cute Clovelly, lovely Lynton/Lynmouth etc. It was also a lovely walk to the local pub in the village (Debbie provided great directions!), and not too far away, so we were able to go for an evening meal and walk back during the sunset. Also, don't miss the cakes and scones in High Bickington at Tea on the Lawn - I have never seen such large pieces of cake...and lots of gluten free options too. Thanks for a great experience Bales Ash - we will be back!
Aug 30, 2018 by Nimmo

This was our first camping.We were 3 couples ,All married in the last couple of years. The place was amazing,we had 2 nights stay.

Really enjoyed the time spent on your site. I recommend it to all the camping lovers.
Aug 28, 2018 by Ruben

Friendly welcome and personal experience

Well what a gem! We booked last minute and stumbled across this lovely campsite in the Devon countryside, a short drive (30mins) from the coast. We received a very warm welcome, and were offered good pitch advice before Ann kindly mowed our pitch (the grass had sudden started sprouting again after the long dry spell) - was such a lovely touch! We pitched up and felt very much at home. There's plenty of room for personal space but also the chance to chat with our neighbours. Showers are warm and clean, and the compost loos are practical, clean and quirky! For those that like cake and maybe (or maybe not) vegan and / or gluten free there are options! Much to our surprise in the Devon countryside, but also very much to our delight!! Highly recommend the cake and camping!
Aug 26, 2018 by Natural Flow

A hidden gem

We had a really lovely 5 night stay at Bales Ash. We normally stay on larger sites with pool, bar, café, games room, entertainment etc, etc but wanted to try a more back-to-basics experience this year – a decision we didn’t regret for one moment. Beautiful, peaceful location, relaxed atmosphere, very friendly owners and loads of green space for kids to run free (and for our huge tent!) plus a giant cuddly gorilla! Evenings spent sitting round the fire pit chatting, playing games, toasting marshmallows and stargazing. Perfectly location that is close enough to the coast to not have to spend too long in the car but away from the crowds. Can’t recommend Bales Ash highly enough. Thanks to Debbie. Ann, Caro and Kane – we hope to be back some day.
Aug 6, 2018 by brattlem

Lovely campsite, very dog friendly

We booked a weekend at Bales Ash for our wedding anniversary, to do something different and get away from the lure of technology while you're at home. When we arrived, Kane helped us check in and showed us around the site. We stayed in Annabelle, one of the bell tents, which was furnished beautifully. The kitchen tent (next to the bell tent) had everything you would need in it so you don't have to bring any kitchen items other than food. We loved sitting out next to the fire pit in the evenings. Showers were lovely and warm, with a board to tell you about the nearby area. They also had a shop on site although we didn't buy from there other than stuff for the fire pit. They also lit the big fire pit in the middle of the site one night for those that fancied a bit of a get together. Debbie made delicious homemade scones and we enjoyed sitting out in the sunshine in the main field and having cream tea. Best of all Bales Ash is incredibly dog friendly. I have never been at a campsite that is so wonderful for dogs. You can let your dogs off lead to play together providing that they are under control. We would definitely stay here again. Thank you to Debbie, Ann and Kane for a lovely weekend. Very nice people who clearly enjoy running such a nice site.
Aug 5, 2018 by Sally

Lovely break away with the pooch!

We stumbled upon Bales Ash campsite - The Beech Hut, after weeks off scouring the internet for somewhere cheap and cheerful for our first wedding anniversary and also somewhere we could take our puppy! When we arrived we were greeted by such a lovely lady I think her name was Karen, and her adorable pooch LuLu. With our puppy still learning to come back when she's called, we were reassured that the campsite is secure and she wouldn't be able to get out anywhere, and they had a lovely run round and play together. We were shown round all the areas of the campsite, and then into the Beech Hut where we were staying. It was small and cute and we just loved it. It was very basic inside but had everything we needed: pots, pans, cutlery, bed, fridge etc. We had our own private Eco-toilet (which I tried so hard to embrace) and our own little bbq area. Inside the camp shower block, there was a huge board filled with places to go: pubs, restaurants, shops and beaches including dog friendly! This was so helpful as we had no idea what was where. The weather on our first day was beautiful and hot, we went and had a pub lunch at the New Inn (one of the boards recommendations!) they made a big fuss of our pooch and we had a beer or two in the garden and some beautiful food! After this the weather took a turn and was horrible wind and rain. The rain finally stopped and we took a drive out to Saunton Sands, a dog friendly beach (again we got from the board recommends!). It was still wet and abit cold but it was fun and Rosie (our puppy) loved having a splash in the sea, a run around and there was plenty of other dogs for her to say hello too! There was also a beach side bar and grill which allow pets to sit outside, we sat down ready for something to eat and the heavens opened! Unfortunately the dogs weren't allowed inside and we had to leave. The rest of the weekend was rainy and cold and silly me only packed summer clothes because of the heatwave we were having (I've learnt my lesson!) so we went to the nearest supermarket, brought loads of goodies and relaxed in our little hut and pigged out. We had a lovely time, the hut was perfect for what we needed it for, the staff & people around the campsite we didn't get to see to much because of the weather but who we did meet were very smiley and friendly! It is a lovely place, and there are plenty of places to go in short driving distances. I would recommend this place to other people 100%, I just need to convince myself to use an Eco-toilet again!
Aug 2, 2018 by Jadene Bonfield

Plenty of space, friendly owners, great facilities

We’re just on our way home from 4 nights at Bales Ash, and we will definitely return. We travel to Devon every year from Worcestershire to get family from Cornwall, and Bales Ash has is now our favourite Devon site. From the moment we arrived we could tell this was a little gem. Facilities are basic (although the shower block looks new and well maintained) which is how we like it, and the composting toilets were kept clean and odour free. We have used many composting toilets in our time, and these are some of the best we have seen. The dogs and kids were able to run free all week, and with fire pits and wood to buy onsite, plus a couple of pubs within walking distance, what more could you ask for? We will be back :)
Aug 2, 2018 by Simon

A fab few days

The kids and I had a fab few days at Bales Ash, all the staff were lovely and so helpful. Useful info for dog walks, local beaches and places to eat were all on display. We will definitely be returning - and with the dog too!
Aug 2, 2018 by Kirsty

"Fabulous fun"

I have just got home from a long weekend camping " Camping Out Event, totally and thoroughly enjoyed my time there, great facilities, food was excellent, and the entertainment was fab, lots of laughter and met a lot of great women !! Highly recommended :)
Jun 25, 2018 by Antonella Crastus

Stunning simple camping with great fires

Our first proper camping with the children (Age 9 and 5) and it was huge success and we all loved it. From arrival you are struck by the laid back, welcoming vibe and immediately the kids were running around in the stunning, flower filled field. Facilities are basic but all you need with excellent showers and a shop to stock up on the important things you might run out of (Marshmallows/ milk/ croissants). Very welcome. We made up a campfire every night which kept the boys busy while my daughter collected a few of the flowers for our table. The kids made friends and were off playing football and exploring the other tents etc. The pace of the whole place just slows you down - an amazing break (there is still wifi and phone signal though). So much to do near by. The Tarka trial is great for all with flat cycling and plenty places to hire/ start and stop if the full 100 odd miles not for you! We recommend starting outside Barnstaple and going south, very pretty. Did not take long to get the stunning beaches of Saunton Sands and Crowde where it is £7 nad £6 for the day for the car respectively but with hours of entertainment. Take a wettest or hire one really cheaply and you can all play in the water all day like we did. On our only wet day we went to Tarka Pottery and the kids and I did the potter wheel experience which was fabulous fun. A stunning setting - we planned on a few nights and stayed 5 .... highly recommended.
Jun 5, 2018 by Claire

A Brillant Experience

Had a great time glamping at bales ash, we stayed in a bell tent which was really cool and a new experience for us. Great facilities, electric hook up in our tent, private kitchen with all the necessities, hot showers and even a portal loo in the corner of our field ( which was great in the middle of the night ). A massive storm hit us one night and we stayed very dry & warm! The owners are very friendly and welcoming, Oh and extremely dog friendly! my girl loved it :)
May 31, 2018 by kimberley

The best Camp site ever!!

We had the best time at Bales Ash on the August bank holiday 2017 - Beautiful campsite with a chilled atmosphere. Our two children who were 9 & 2 at the time had am amazing time and could run free while we relaxed as it was so safe! Lovely hot showers & although we were a little dubious of the compost toilets - we needn't had of the hottest weekends of the year but thanks to the regular cleaning etc, there were absolutely fine! Lovely little extras like cream teas & the home made cakes were amazing ( My daughter has already expressed her delight at returning this year by letting us know she will be purchasing a cake as soon as we arrive!) The ladies were all wonderful & extremely helpful, nothing was too much trouble. Overall we cannot wait to return in May this year and I'm pertty sure that will also not be our last visit.
Apr 24, 2018 by Jess

Fantastic campsite

We had the most wonderful time at Bales Ash during the bank holiday weekend in August. Extremely spacious campsite with a very chilled out atmosphere - thanks to Debbie, Ann, and Caro. They are just wonderful ladies for whom nothing is too much. Extremely friendly and home-like, with campfires adding to the charm. Loved the fresh croissants for breakfast. Composting loos are the slight downside, but one knows that before going there, and it’s a pop-up campsite so doesn’t have permanent toilets obviously. On the day of departure Caro even told us a “secret” route back to London, savings us hours of motorway misery! Overall one of the best campsites we’ve been to. Will definitely go again!
Sep 27, 2017 by Rajiv

lovely serene place and lovely people

We all loved staying here (July 2017).. it suited us to have peace and quiet, with loads of space to run around and a location that felt deeply rural and far away from the crowds on the coast. We could choose where we pitched (in a huge field) and were never too near another tent, but with the advantage that the vast space in the middle was a playground for all the children. There was a football goal and that's it. Great! They made their own fun and games. Our 9 year old also enjoyed feeding dandelion leaves to the rescue rabbits and shopping for milk, matches and chocolate at the nice little shop in the summerhouse. She also had a guided tour of the cattery and loved helping the very obliging and kind owners get the glamping accommodation ready. We were rather unlucky with the weather, but had a great time in spite of the rain. The very civilised hot showers were a bonus, the board with local info was helpful, as was the freezer for ice blocks and the composting loos were fine and rather cute. It's a shame that some people didn't follow the simple instructions on how to use them .. On our last night, to avoid packing up a wet tent, we were kindly offered the use of a spare bell tent, which was fun and much appreciated. If you enjoy simple, peaceful camping, with few rules and regs and lighting a fire at night, this is a fantastic place. We took one of the owners' recommendations and visited the WONDERFUL Broomhill sculpture garden on our last day and would really urge everyone to go there. It's fantastic and they do really fab afternoon tea (and lunches).
Aug 25, 2017 by jane royce

Fantastic experience!

I absolutely loved this campsite. Our family aren't interested in big commercial campsites, and this one was perfect! (Friendly staff, composting toilets, WiFi, clean showers, dog friendly, washing up station, wild camping, washing machine etc.) All staff were so kind and were relaxed with us arriving a couple hours late due to traffic. Having the small summer house/shop on site was so useful and a brilliant idea, especially when we'd run out of matches & marshmallows and fancied some chocolate! The only reason why I am giving a 4 star review is because of the toilets. I know that composting toilets aren't always fabulous and clean, but the smell and hygiene of these ones impacted our stay. We would never leave the toilets feeling clean and we'd often hold it until we could go to an off-site toilet in a nearby village. I don't blame the staff for the condition of the toilets, I think that its due to people not reading the obvious signs about how to use their toilets. I'm sure that this problem could be easily resolved with a set of air fresheners and staff cleaning the toilet seat at least once a day, also tell people how to use the toilets at the start of their stay, as some people don't read them if they're with little ones etc. Maybe a second set of toilets on the site would be a good idea, so the amount of people using them is distributed and they don't become as dirty and full, plus it would make parent's lives easier not having to walk to the other end of the campsite when their children need the loo at 4a.m! I hope you can improve this problem, we'll be back nevertheless!
Aug 17, 2017 by Bella Clarke


When we arrived it was the first week in June and it was raining sideways! We were shown to our tent (Annabelle) and had a full and detailed explanation of what was where and given everything we needed for our stay. The tent was so cosy inside and surprisingly secure in the howling gales! The kitchen area again sheltered you really well from the awful weather so we could cook in comfort and absolutely everything had been thought of, there was all the equipment you'd have in your home kitchen. The showers were frequently cleaned and I was very pleased that they were inside a brick building after our last campsite having theirs in a wooden shed! The compostable toilets are a brilliant idea, and if you're worried about them smelling etc then don't, they really are perfectly hygienic! There's plenty to do within short driving distance and lots of information is up in the shower area which is really handy. We had a wonderful stay and would certainly recommend it.
Jun 8, 2017 by Milly15


We've just left for home with three incredibly miserable boys. They have had the time of their lives at this stunning little campsite and desperately didn't want to leave. From the moment we arrived we could not have been treated better. A beautiful welcome from Debbie and Anne, gorgeous homemade cakes, fresh hot pastries and coffee each morning. Nothing was too much trouble. Three great showers, with copious amounts of hot water, spotlessly clean compost loos. We pitched our 8 man tent in record time, thanks to the lovely flat pitch and high hedges providing shelter, yet we still had a beautiful view. Both the boys and dog were allowed to free range, some campsites bombard you with rules, not at Bales Ash. We made friends with another family and enjoyed time together around the campfire, and on our last night we saw a meteor!! A magical end to a perfect camping holiday. There's so much to do in this part of Devon we'll definitely be back and Bales Ash is where we'll be heading to.
Jun 2, 2017 by The Jacksons


An amazing 5 days spent in the Devon countryside. Unfortunately we managed to get a flat on the last day, but thanks to some friends of Carrow's, they managed to fix it for me (I have no idea about any sort of car mechanics at all - I'd be stuffed without them!) Thank you so much - we had such a great time.
Aug 30, 2016 by Jwalf

A Real Find

We arrived at the campsite late in the dark of evening, tired and disorientated. We were warmly greeted by the owners with a cup of tea to lift our spirits. The hospitality at this site is excellent. The owners are friendly, their dogs, rabbits and cats are friendly, and so too are all the relaxed campers. Our young daughter quickly made friends with other children and set off on her own adventures. Even our dog was made to feel welcome! Bales Ash is a very large site with much space between tents and stunning views of Exmoor, plus great walks amongst the hedges with gaps providing more rural views. We were able to find many blackberries and wild strawberries along the paths. One of the evenings provided a crystal clear night sky where shooting stars and satellites were clear to the naked eye. A campsite well worth another visit.
Aug 26, 2016 by ajp

Quiet and relaxing!

We are just traveling home from our second stay in he Beach Hut. For us it's the perfect retreat. Good value for money, homely, walking distance to the pub and great for the dogs. The beach hut is compact and bijou and has everything you need for that home from home feel. Debbie and the ladies are friendly and always make sure you have everything you need while you stay at Bales Ash. Don't miss out on this peaceful retreat.... The only reason we aren't giving 5 stars cause they have compost loos... We don't mind and understand they are becoming very common now and are good for the environment:-)
Aug 22, 2016 by Emily

The perfect stay with a personal touch

We stayed in a the bluebell tent for 2 nights. On arrival we got such a warm friendly welcome and felt instantly comfortable. The tent itself was lovely, spacious but still with a cosy feel and we had everything we needed. The attention to detail was considerate and made it feel even more homely. Showers are lovely, warm and clean. Little shop for basic and firewood is a great extra. The best thing about this site is the owners, Such lovely welcoming people. We will be staying here again on our next trip to Devon and recommending to friends. Thank you for the perfect stay x
Aug 6, 2016 by Emerald

Beautiful site

Thank you for a fantastic weekend!! Beautiful site and location. Very clean facilities. Extremely friendly staff. The use of a fire pit made it a perfect weekend for my granddaughters 3rd birthday. Will be booking to come again.
Jul 24, 2016 by Esther Clark

Beech Hut

We stayed in the Beech Hut for 5 nights and really enjoyed our holiday. The owners were extremely friendly and on-hand if we needed anything. The hut was cosy and had everything we needed for our stay. Bales Ash is in an ideal location for exploring Devon and Cornwall and we could have spent another week seeing the sites as there is so much to see and do. Thanks for a great stay - we hope to return in the future!
Jul 15, 2016 by AmyRen

Beautiful and peaceful

Wonderful weekend enjoying the peaceful surroundings at Bales Ash. Warm welcome received from Debbie even though we were late.  Plenty of space and the opportunity to have a fire pit if required. Compostable toilets spotless and easy to use. Showers hot and free 😀 If you want to get away from it all give Bales Ash a visit.

Jul 10, 2016 by Sue

Cracking site - spacious, clean, friendly, relaxed

This is a site with a few (3 I think) areas for pitching tents, in typically picturesque Devon surroundings. It is relatively new and as such the facilities are in great condition (best showers I've ever seen on a campsite). I've marked down one star because the organic loos could be better (too few, not enough privacy), but importantly they were kept pretty clean. The site had roughly 15-20 pitches over the late May bank holiday weekend and was nowhere near feeling congested - there was masses of room for everyone to have their own area. We were a large group of 5 families and inevitably made a bit of noise but the owners were super relaxed and the space on site probably helped. We had brilliant cream teas on one day too. Owners were also very helpful at all times. Firepits and logs provided (at a reasonable charge). Focus meant to be on tents, but I noticed they did let one large motorhome-style caravan onto the site while we were there.
Definitely one of the better campsites we've been to. Highly recommended, unless it gets too popular and they let too many in - the 2 loos would not cope for sure...

Jun 2, 2016 by Rick G


We have just returned from a long bank holiday weekend at Bales Ash and I cannot sing its praises enough! So much space, great facilities (with the added bonus of it being eco friendly), dog friendly, beautiful views, fun days on the many beaches,  lazy evenings toasting marshmallows on the fire pit with the neighbours and extremely friendly hosts who make the most delicious lemon drizzle! We did not want to leave and cannot wait to go back...possibly the best campsite we have stayed at! 

May 30, 2016 by Helen

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