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A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes

A campsite that caters for everyone is a difficult thing to provide, and it’s fair to say that not everyone gets it right. Providing the luxury of high-end glamping, the off-grid natural atmosphere for campers and hard-standing spaces for caravans is always a tricky mix. But there are one or two places that pull it all off seamlessly. The Kingsmead Centre,on the border of Devon and Somerset, is just such a site, where everyone you meet wears the grin of utter contentment. Here there truly is something for everyone, and with only a few precious spots available it's a site to snap up fast, however you choose to stay.

Divided into a top and bottom field, the seven sloping acres of meadowy heathland boast a toilet block at either end of the gradient. In the lower field are open, well-spaced pitches that leave room for kids to play. Harder ground can be found in the upper field, along with electrified spots for caravans and campers. Some of the best areas, though, are found by delving into the woods and pitching a tent in one of the natural clearings dotted about – a real slice of wilderness within an already beautiful campsite.

Glampers hoping to arrive with just a toothbrush and their jim-jams are also in luck. There's a parked-up showman’s caravan (more of the modern day travellers kind, than the horse-drawn type of old!) decked from head to toe like a furnished, self-catered home, there’s a furnished Lily Pad Belle Tent, tall enough for parents to stand up in and there’s also a spectacular yurt, set in its own woodland glade. The lattice work of the traditional structure is wonderfully exposed inside, while the light, cream canvas gives an airy outdoor feel.

Along the lower end of the campsite, what we have named ‘the woods’ are, in fact, a shielding flank of trees that hide away another of the campsite’s features. Following a footpath beneath the canopy, it’s a 30-metre walk to the first of two fishing lakes, built for the exclusive use of Kingsmead Centre. Rod licenses are cheaply and easily available from the post office, so the lakes offer a good chance for families to try casting their very first fishing line. The lakes are also surrounded by forestry commission land and colourful wildflower meadows, and footpaths and bridleways stretch into the beautiful Blackdown Hills – top territory for walkers, cyclist and equestrians. If you’re particularly keen you can even bring along your own horse and graze it in the neighbouring field!

All in all the campsite exudes a warm, family-friendly atmosphere that reflects the welcoming personalities of hosts Tristan and Jodie (along with Pickles the dog). The site is also brilliantly placed for all the delights of this part of Devon, with beaches within easy driving distance, a cluster of pleasant market towns and a host of excellent village pubs.

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The Owner Says

A traditional campsite set in the beautiful Blackdown Hills AONB. Set into the valley it offers secluded woodland, large grass and hardstanding pitches for tourers as well as our luxury glamping options of a woodland yurt, Showman's Caravan & Lotus Belle Tent. Pets, campfires and children all welcome


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Good campsite, good value.

We stayed in the medowfields with our dog. You can drive right up to your pitch. Very dog friendly and my dog made lots of other doggy friends on the campsite. If I were to give the sight a rating out of 100% I think I would give it a 98%, the only reason for the missing 2% is because the lock on the shower I used was broken and so was the thing that holds the shower to the wall. Over all I think the site is VERY GOOD VALUE for money. We stayed there because the site is about a 50 minute drive away from Lyme Regis and we enjoyed going there very much.
Aug 27, 2018 by Michaela

Peaceful woodland experience

Stayed in the Lily Pad Bell Tent for a few nights. Wonderful shade provided by the trees, and the pitch itself was very secluded. Spent some time in solitude by the lake; the site did get busier when the school holidays started but that didn't bother us. Excellent facilities, and very friendly. Will be returning.
Jul 22, 2018 by Nicola

Fantastic weekend

With the weather forecast as sunny we decided to do a last minute weekend away in the tent with the family. The campsite we originally planned to go to was fully booked and I'm glad it was as the kingmead was a great find!! We booked on the Thursday to go on the Friday online which was quick and easy. We added on the electric hook up so camped in the field closest to the toilet facilities and reception and were able to pitch up next to our other family members with loads of room around. We had 6 children between us who were on stop running around as there was so much space even with others around. Our dog had a fantastic time in the dog walking field and we had no issues with any other dogs. The toilet facilities were amazing and so clean! (Best shower I've had camping!) In the community area we had use of a fridge freezer which was needed for ice creams - we also had the use of 2 sinks for our dishes which was an added bonus. We have already recommend this place to family and are planning a return visit!
Jul 2, 2018 by Hannah White

Quiet, peaceful, remote, back to nature camping.

We had a lovely welcome from Jodie, a really pleasant person. The pitch was wonderful surrounded by trees and wildlife. Wonderful toilet and showers, you could have fitted a double bed in both! The only downside for us was on the second day when Tristan ambled over with his dog off it's lead (States dogs to be kept on leads at all times) and reprimanded us about our radio being on at 11.00 in the morning! My wife and I are in our 60's and don't like excessive noise ourselves and we were chatting quite happily as the radio was not loud. Add to that, we were the only one's in that particular field did not make me very happy at all. After he left, he was smoking a cigarette and dropped it on the ground! Well, I suppose it is his site! And his dog left a deposit outside our awning, which I did not see and trod in with my slippers on! But apart from Tristan, we did enjoy our stay but would not go again after being told off like a couple of teenagers! Pete & Megs
Jun 15, 2018 by Pete

Excellent Atmosphere under trees

It was fantastic, quiet and green. three excellent stays under the huge trees... The owners were very friendly, Thank you Jodie & Tristan.... The toilets and hot showers were clean and good. You can keep your meals in a fridge-freezer. If you want to forget and have a fresh time-break in your life it is a good choice
May 8, 2018 by OMER AYAN

Three perfect summer nights

This was a really lovely stay. We'd attended a music festival in Devon and wanted to extend our trip for another three nights. Kingsmead was perfect. This is why: It was quiet and secluded. The owners were very friendly and welcoming with a laid-back manner. Clean toilets and good, hot showers were convenient. Little touches such as a full-length mirror in the Ladies' were appreciated. There was a fridge-freezer. We could hire fire pits and wood for campsite fires. Our August stay was greatly enhanced by the Wednesday night outdoor film showing, with excellent pizzas supplied by the Hilltop Pizza van.
Aug 30, 2016 by Katreya

Exactly what we needed

We needed somewhere to stay to break our journey from Leicester to Fowey and this was ideal. For a start it was convenient, being only a few miles from the M5. But what was also important was how helpful and accommodating was the lady who dealt with my initial phone call and subsequent e-mails about the best way of accommodating our party, and further phone calls about our late arrival and where we could go to eat. She could not have been more friendly and helpful. Having arrived late and needing to be away the next morning we didn't get to see much of the site but what we did see we felt very positive about - a nice relaxed vibe with a slightly out-of-the-mainstream feel to it. We would happily stay again.
Aug 23, 2016 by Tony Booth

Home away from home

Having been to the kingsme ad center 4+times now I can tell you with my hand on my heart we will never camp anywhere else ever again! 

May 15, 2016 by Ems wilson

Peaceful and relaxing

Stayed here for one night on the way to see family in 'Flossie' (T25). What a great place. Very quiet and peaceful with lovely grounds and all the facilities you need. Will def be going again... 

Sep 13, 2015 by Cookie Plymouth

Secluded Sanctuary

The Kingsmead centre is a superb find, a secluded sanctuary offering woodlands, private fishing lakes and top notch newly built facilities.  The site comfortable houses its permanent static caravans alongside pitches for tents and tourers alike. The hosts are always on hand and to assist in any way they can.  Friends and I have stayed here a few times now and I can’t recommend it enough.  Looking forward to my next stay at kingsmead!

Jul 19, 2015 by Dave T

Great location

Kingsmead is a fantastic campsite, set in a beautiful location. Tristan and Jodie are always really helpful with any queries and made sure we had a great stay. The newly added toilet blocks are brilliant and we loved the fire pits for the evening marshmallows!

Jul 16, 2015 by Andi

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