The Beech Hut

UK England South West England Devon Chulmleigh, Winkleigh & Umberleigh Bales Ash

  • Sleeps 4 (max 4 adults, 3 children)
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
A cute little cabin that’s perfect for couples or small families (and the dog!) on a campsite near the Taw Valley and Exmoor.
  • Sleeping, eating and cooking space inside a quirky wooden cabin with small fenced garden
  • Electricity and basic equipped kitchen inside, water supply and own compost toilet outside
  • The only cabin on this relaxed 10-acre meadow-based camping and glamping site

The Owner Says

The Beech Hut has a beautiful location in rural North Devon hiding in amongst the trees with its own fenced woodland garden, perfect if you're bringing a canine friend along with you. Painted in fun colours and perfectly furnished for a relaxing break away from it all you can walk straight from the door, just curl up inside for some serious chill time or light the fire pit or barbecue in the field just five metres away and get those marshmallows toasting!  Inside the hut there is a well equipped kitchen area with two-ring electric burner, microwave, toaster, electric kettle, small fridge and all your basic crockery, cutlery and utensils.  Upstairs there is a mezzanine area with comfortable double bed whilst downstairs there is a double sofa bed, retro dining table and chairs and the kitchen area. The Beech Hut has its own eco friendly modern compostable toilet and just a short walk through the adjoining small field there are three lovely hot water showers (which are shared with our small campsite during May to August). The Beech Hut is a perfect romantic getaway for a couple but it is also possible to sleep one or two more people on the double sofa bed if you book for additional people. Never been to rural North Devon?  Wait until you see those endless starry skies! You can add up to two well behaved dogs to your Beech Hut booking provided they get on well with other dogs and with people. 

Our Coronavirus Booking Guarantee

Book with complete confidence at Bales Ash with the Cool Camping Coronavirus Booking Guarantee. We guarantee the following clear policy for your booking:

  • A low deposit of 20% to secure your booking
  • Balance due 10 days before your holiday
  • Complete flexibility to move bookings for up to 18 months in the event of Coronavirus restrictions
  • Due to the flexibility provided we are unable to offer refunds
  • This guarantee supersedes any other policies

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About Bales Ash

Suitable For

Tents, camper vans, small motor homes, 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.

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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Bales Ash is located at 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.