Kingsmead Centre

UK England South West England Devon Cullompton

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
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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Facilities

The Kingsmead Centre has a very gentle slope with a stepper slope dividing the upper field, where a toilet block is located, and the lower field, with a second ablutions block. Electric hook ups are available in both spaces, or for a more wild experience you can also pitch off-grid in the woods at the bottom of the site. Shower and toilet facilities are simple and clean, with no shortage of free hot water. Campfires are allowed in fire-pits only (you can bring your own or rent onsite) and there is a communal fire area located in the a central wooded copse. The campsite has two fishing lakes. The Woodland lake is the smaller of the two, located on the same level as the lower camping field. The Kingsmead Centre's yurt, set in its own woodland glade, features: a double bed, double futon, wood burner including logs and cooking facilities. The 1980's showman's wagon is exceedingly well equipped with a fully fitted kitchen, glamorous furnishings and absolutely everything you require including WiFi, TV with freeview box and a selection of games, cards and books.

Suitable For

Everyone! Tents, trailer tents, caravans, motorhomes, campervans, glampers, campers, families, couples, dogs...

Nearby

Explore the rest of the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (01823 680681) by foot, bike or on horseback. The site has maps and leaflets available explaining the best routes nearby and Jo and Tristan are also a wealth of local knowledge. Equestrians can also space in the neighbouring field to graze their horses. By car the coast is naturally a popular destination with top beaches within a 45 minute drive as well as beautiful Dartmoor National Park(01626 832093), but closer to home towns like Honiton(01404 43716), with its rows of red-brick Regency housing, and Tiverton, home to a fine Georgian church, make for fabulous stopping points to explore. Knightshays Court (01884 254665), Bickleigh Castle (01884 855363) and Killerton (01392 881345) also offer some extra history for those who enjoy exploring houses and gardens of the past.

Food & Drink

Two miles away, the Half Moon Inn (01823 680291) is also a good choice and makes for a pleasant walk from the campsite. The pub is located in the centre of Clayhidon Parish and offers a stunning view from their beer garden of the Culm Valley as it opens towards Hemyock. They offer a great selection of local food at affordable prices; particularly famous for their Sunday lunch and Friday evening fish and chips (served between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m). The Holman Clavel(01823 421070) in Culmhead hosts a great range of locally made ales and their very own ‘Tricky’ Cider. Local takeaways also deliver direct to the site.

Opening Times

All year, weather permitting. Please call to check for bookings between October and March.

Family Friendly

Recharge your fading batteries by plugging into some woodland relaxation. You'll find a sprinkling of campfire magic plus a handy dose of chilling by a lake will do the trick.

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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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Accommodation

Grass pitches suitable for tents and caravans across the site. The upper area has spaces reserved for those requiring hard standings, although during the summer months most vehicles can pitch anywhere. Woodland camping pitches are tent only and do not have electrical hook up. There is a modern showman's caravan, a  Lotus Pad belle tent and a beautiful yurt in the woods.

Electric Grass Pitch

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 6 8 Available
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Location

Contact Kingsmead Centre, Clayhidon, Cullompton, Devon EX15 3TR

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Getting There

From the M5 Junction 26: Take the A38 Southbound and stay on it around Wellington. You will come to a staggered crossroads with Ford Street and Clayhidon signposted left, along with a brown tourist sign for The Merry Harriers Pub. Turn left and continue to the top of the hill where you will come out at another crossroads with Kingsmead Centre signposted left. Turn left and continue until you see the Merry Harriers pub on your right and a signpost for Kingsmead Centre on your left. Turn right immediately beside the pub. The site entrance is 1/4 mile down the road on your left.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 21 reviews

★★★★★

Best campsite this holiday!

Beautiful woodland campsite with excellent facilities and pitches. We loved our private pitch nestled in the forest. It was peaceful and beautiful. The owners were also very accomodating of our late arrival. Our only wish is that we had booked more nights there!
Aug 31, 2019 by Mrs R
★★★★★

Beautiful and relaxing

Had a lovely weekend. Had a hiccup with the booking over the internet. No fault of either side. But the owners sorted everything out once we got there so friendly and helpful. Place was beautiful there were loads of things to buy in the little shop on site and rent fire pits and everything nice and clean. Location was great right in the middle, went to Torquay one day and Ilfracombe the next about 1hr either way the drive and scenery were lovely. Plenty around to do. Very pleased with our little family holiday. Thank you very much. Will see you soon. X
Aug 27, 2019 by Cerian Price
★★★★★

Beautiful and relaxing

Had a lovely weekend. Had a hiccup with the booking over the internet. No fault of either side. But the owners sorted everything out once we got there so friendly and helpful. Place was beautiful there were loads of things to buy in the little shop on site and rent fire pits and everything nice and clean. Location was great right in the middle, went to Torquay one day and Ilfracombe the next about 1hr either way the drive and scenery were lovely. Plenty around to do. Very pleased with our little family holiday. Thank you very much. Will see you soon. X
Aug 27, 2019 by Cerian Price
★★★★★

Fabulous friendly site

A beautiful location and very relaxed site. Dogs and fires allowed are a bonus. The owners were really friendly and helpful. We had a great stay.
Aug 25, 2019 by Ethangm
★★★★★

A beautiful and chilled out site

A beautiful and chilled out site that encourages camp fires with fire pits provided - We stayed in one of the Woodland clearings which created a natural vibe and a personal space. We felt as if we were deep in the woods yet it was only a short stroll to the clean shower and toilet facilities.
Jul 29, 2019 by Keith
★★★★★

Back to nature!

A beautiful and peaceful site that encourages camp fires with fire pits provided - a winning combination. We stayed in one of the Woodland clearings for an authentically natural stay. The lakes are well stocked but mostly tiddlers at the moment so patience needed but this was perfect for our first family foray into coarse fishing.
Jul 15, 2019 by Allison
★★★★★

Blissful and perfect

Beautiful site among the trees, lovely grounds to walk around. We were lucky with a quiet weekend so could nestle away in the corner of the site with a campfire. Good clean facilities, helpful owners and an excellent pub a 30 minute walk away!
Jun 24, 2019 by Alison Lawley
★★★★☆

Lovely but a bit crowded

The grounds are nice and the staff friendly, good for if you don't particularly want to do wild camping. A bit crowded and family friendly so can be noisy
May 6, 2019 by Victoria
★★★★★

Lovely peaceful setting

Lovely peaceful setting with very new facilities in excellent condition, Good WiFi signal and very easy to find. Would highly recommend!
Feb 25, 2019 by John Don
★★★★★

Lovely location

We stayed on this site for 2 nights in our motorhome, it was such a lovely site with great space for our accommodation. It was very peaceful and quiet, the facilities were very good and we were more than happy with the cost of our pitch
Feb 17, 2019 by Mr & Mrs S
★★★★★

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

Why book with Cool Camping?

  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Trusted for over 10 years
  • A chance to win prizes in our regular competitions

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