Carefree camping and glamping in Devon with a nature-friendly setting and imaginative owners
It takes an imaginative eye to create a place as special as Hideaway Camping, a remote, aptly named 24-acre campsite at the end of a private track in rural Devon. What to you and I may appear a rag-taggle of interwoven branches and overgrown trees, to Amy Rogers was the prime setting for a fairy glade,with tiny fairy doors, secret grottos and an enticing, natural entrance woven out of living willow trees. A tall cluster of young birches? Why that should become a hammock garden, of course. And those rocks? Well, roll them out, winch them up and we have our very own miniature Stonehenge, a ‘Hideaway Henge’ around the campfire.
It’s this synergy between the campsite owners’ creative ideas and the varied wilderness of the setting that makes Hideaway such a perfect spot. Great mature trees encircle the field, nature trails snake among the forest and the pond is left serene, untouched and wild. At its heart, of course, is the large, flat camping meadow itself, with heaps of space for pitching your tent and for little ones to run wild. A covered cabin offers plenty of facilities – showers, impressive throne-like loos, a shared kitchen area – and there’s a rainy day space with books, board games and the like. Such things also inject an extra social element to the place. Children will have made friends for life here by the end of day one – even if some of them happen to be fairies or the four gregarious kune kune pigs.
The well-spaced out grass camping pitches are accompanied by a handful of quirky glamping options that continue the creative trend. There’s a romantic wooden shepherd’s hut, a bow top gypsy caravan with an accompanying kitchen, a classic American Airstream trailer that was painstakingly restored over several years, and a pair of moulded igloos; dome-shaped cocoons with bubble windows, proper beds and soft furnishings. All have their own unique charm but share in the general vibe of the campsite – chilled out, carefree and condusive to nights beside a campfire.
Should you make your way along the farm track and back to the outside world, there’s ample opportunity to discover the rest of Devon. A convenient A-road whips you south to Dartmoor, which is less than 10 minute’s away by car, or, in the opposite direction, to Bude and the North Cornwall coast. And if the everyday hardships of ice-cream on the beach, walks in the moors and waterfall wandering in nearby Lydford Gorge leave you feeling rundown, you can even return to massage therapies and herbal treatments back at camp. Who knew that the official home of relaxation was hidden down a half-mile lane in rural Devon?
All tent pitches have their own firepit. Communal cabin space with sofas, electric heater, books, board games, kids corner, local info and ablutions (3 showers and 2 flushing loos). Extra, composting loos around the site. Shared kitchen with a cooker, microwave, fridge, pots and pans and basic utensils. Pond and wildlife area, nature trails, picnic benches and 'Hideaway Henge'. Recycling. Small shop selling logs for your campfire and other essentials. Range of 1-hour therapies on offer (reflexology, reiki, massage) costing £30 (half price for under-16s). All glamping accommodation is fully furnished (including bedding and linen), with heaters, cooking facilities, real beds and more. See 'Accommodation' for further individual furnishing details.
Campers, glampers, tents, small campervans, families, couples – yes. Caravans, motorhomes, dogs – no.
The top of the campsite's track meets a bridleway which runs through countryside from Okehampton to Holsworthy. It makes for a pleasant walk or cycling route directly from the site. The castle in Okehampton is a worthy destination too. It's the largest castle remains in Devon (03703 331181), set on a wooded spur above the rushing River Okement. It was originally a stone keep, built after the Norman conquest, but was transformed into a residence for the Earl of Devon in the 1300s. There is a riverside picnic area and beautiful woodland walks nearby. From Okehampton, it's easy to dive into Dartmoor National Park for walking, mountain biking and more. Visit Lydford Gorge (01822 820320), the deepest gorge in the South West with a spectacular 30m waterfall, or climb up the banks of impressive Meldon Reservoir. In the opposite direction it's an 35-minute drive to Bude and the beaches of the North Devon and Cornwall coast.
Food & Drink
The campsite is at the end of a long, private track, so it's a bit of a shlep to find the nearest pub. It's just under 4 miles to the excellent Clovelly Inn (01837 871447) in Bratton Clovelly but most things can be covered in Okehampton, including a superb fish and chippie (Kempley's Catch; 01837 52503). There are also 3 supermarkets, a butchers, grocers and newsagents, amongst other independent stores.
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Rated ★★★★★ over 29 reviews
Attention to detail spot on
We haven’t been camping much and really didn’t want a big commercial place with loads of campervans and mobile homes. From the well positioned pitches, to the showers and little walks, this place was perfect and so individual. We went as a couple and enjoyed peace and nature. A family would be equally at home and have a great time. Thank you Hideaway Camping!
Response from Hideaway Camping
Thank you Charlotte for your lovely review, we really appreciate it. So pleased you had a good time here and we hope to see you again!
Had a great time at the hideaway was there for only 4 nights wish I could have stayed longer , the hideaway is a nice quiet site no load music, nice to be able to have a fire ( £5 a bucket for logs) . Great dark sky’s enjoyed looking at the stars, the shower/ toilets are good do the job you need. Private road down to site a bit bumpy just need to take your time and Take on the sites, will be going again
Response from Hideaway Camping
Thank you George for leaving us a lovely review, we really appreciate it. So glad you had a good time and hope to see you again.
The most perfect campsite
Yes it is hidden away down a long bumpy drive but it is so worth it. Warm welcome. Spacious sites with excellent showers and choice of flushing and compost loos. The best dark skies ever to watch the stars while listening to the owls. We will be back
Response from Hideaway Camping
Thank you so much for your great review, we really appreciate it! Hope to see you again
Great little hideaway!
Lovely little unique hideaway ‘hut’ in a beautiful location. Amenities all very good with separate showers and toilets, fire wood in literal bucket loads ready for an evening bbq or just to keep the chill off. Nice comfy bed with a nice gas heater inside to feel extra cosy. Spent 3 nights here and want to go again soon!
Response from Hideaway Camping
Thank you so much for your lovely review and hope to see you again!
Relaxing, spacious and welcoming
We booked camping for a few days before going back to school. Campsite was a fair way down a long drive so be careful of what car you choose to bring. Welcomed by a lovely lady who was very helpful and offered to drive our stuff to our pitch as the field was a bit muddy. Lovely layout very spacious, lovely little shop where you can buy essentials and also firewood. Loved how every pitch has its one Fire pit. Lovely fairy trial and swings for the little ones. Lots to keep them entertained. Lovely location and convenient enough for a day out at the beach. Will be coming back next year Definitely recommend
Response from Hideaway Camping
Thank you Harriet for your lovely review! Glad you had a good time and look forward to seeing you again !
Relaxing, peaceful and spacious
It was a lovely experience, owners were very helpful and welcoming. Nice little shop that sells essentials. Very spacious, lovely fairy trial and swings for little ones. Lots to see and in a good location for day out to the beach. Would definitely recommend and will be going back next year.
Calm, relaxing site
What a great site - down a very long farm track to be greeted with a small number of tents and a selection of glamping units all in a lot of woodland and space - not to mention the 4 pigs who were adorable! The cabin unit was a great addition for the glampers & campers and the compost toilets we’re an excellent addition. The only thing my kids and I would have liked would have been for the iglu’s to have been in the same field and the other glamping units rather than the main camping field as it was a bit of a walk to our allocated showers! The iglu itself was so well equipped and comfortable, we loved the hammocks by the side and the honesty shop for firewood! We hope to be back!
One of the best campsites I have visited. Beautiful site with lots of quirky extras. We stayed in jabba the hut and it had everything you needed. The bed was very comfy. The site is near some lovely places to go for a walk. We also drove to dawlish and bude which didn't take long. Would definitely recommend and visit again.
Response from Hideaway Camping
Thank you Emma for your lovely review. We are so pleased you had a good time and enjoyed staying in Jabba. Hope to see you again.
A Magical Hideaway
I love this place! A real hideaway, where you can pitch up your tent and camp with the kids and let them run free in the woods, splash in the stream, play with the pigs, explore the fairy glades and enjoy a campfire at the end of the day. All without having to give up the little luxuries like a really good hot shower in the best camping shower block I've ever come across! I loved it so much that came back again without the kids and enjoyed the romance of the Gyspy caravan, which is set back on its own in a secluded spot. After falling asleep listening to the owls twit too-ing at each other I had what I can honestly say was the best night's sleep I've ever had. Not a sound can be heard except the rushing of the stream and so warm and cosy! There is a little fire hut by the gypsy caravan with all you need to cook dinner for two comfortably, and then sit back and enjoy the stars together. We hope to be back for Easter, but it's a hard choice...camping or try the Airstream...or an igloo? Decisions, decisions!
The owners at Hideaway are super lovely! We stayed in one of the igloos and had a marvellous time. We especially loved the double-bed bunk bed - grown ups on the bottom and children on top! We also enjoyed having our own picnic table, hammock and fire pit outside the igloo. We even had a massive communal campfire at ‘Hideaway Henge’ in the evening roasting marshmallows. It’s a special place and we can’t wait to go back again for more!
Friendliest site in an idyllic setting
We had a wonderful stay at Hideaway with our children. Hidden down a track in the middle of beautiful Devon Hideaway was such a treat to find! Showers were great and the lounge was a real treat on a wet day. So many beautiful spots around the site to enjoy the great outdoors, fantastic views, Woodlands, stream, open fires and so much space. The field shop came in handy for everything from camp wood to forgotten toothpaste and the owners were so so friendly and welcoming! See you again soon Hideaway x
Response from Hideaway Camping
Thank you Karen for leaving a review we really appreciate it!! See you again soon!
Wonderful , relaxing and tranquil
Lovely and clean camp site. Stayed on many occasions now, and will be going back again. Communal block is the best I've ever seen on a camp site, with pretty much every thing you would need for a comfortable stay. The owners are very helpful and friendly, with a smile they are always happy to help. 5 stars doesn't do it justice 👍
The very best of British camping
We have been visiting this wonderful place since the owners first year. We have had the joy of watching them nurture the beautiful landscape into a true gem. They have thought of everything to make your stay a joyous experience. Each accommodation is lovingly decorated and kitted out with thoughtful little extras. The hosts are super, friendly and will go the extra mile. This is not just a place to stay but a place to be and the best camping toilets and showers you will ever have the pleasure of using!
A piece of Heaven in Devon
We popped down to stay for a weekend at Hideaway 3 years ago and have become Seasoned visitors ever since! With its' stunning backdrop of rolling hills and fields and its' stunning setting it is above and beyond any other campsite we have visited.(Campers for over 40 years!) Their Camping Field is spaciously set, with far more non-pitch areas than pitches and has its' own circle of Standing Stones at its' centre. Each Pitch has its' own Firepit and there is an on-site Honesty Shop where Firekits: wood,firelighters and kindling, along with most things you may forget at really reasonable prices. We have enjoyed exploring and discovering their Fairy Glen, the wooded pond walk and the Hammock woods, set in tall Trees next to a babbling stream....idyllic! You will get to meet the lovely Jasper-he is the one in charge!!! You can also visit their rescue Piglets,but just as an FYI: camping scraps and leftovers cannot be shared with these little lovelies as they are on a Specialised diet🥰 The Clubhouse has a fridge, kettle, sink, microwave ,books and childrens and toys to utilise. It also has the most amazing, hot showers!( not token, coin or pushbutton,often a hidden cost and inconvenience at other sites.) There is a Therapy Room onsite where you can enjoy Reiki, Reflexology or a massage.....very Zen! If Glamping is more your style then we can reccomend both the Shepherds' Hut and Rosy,their Gypsy Caravan, with her dayroom/kitchen Treehouse....it has a fairylit tree through its middle. It is truly a little piece of 'Heaven in Devon",a must see! The Clubhouse
Magical, Peaceful, Home from Home
Hideaway is just the most wonderful place. Great for all age ranges. We cannot recommend it highly enough. The scenery is breath taking, the owners have thought of everything to make your stay the best ever. They are really friendly and will help you in any way they can. We have stayed in most of the units. The airstream is definitely our favourite (I shouldn't say that as I will never be able to rent it again if it gets more popular!) we have also camped. I can't actually express how beautifully wonderful it is! You must go see for yourself :)
We have stayed a few times and each time has been wonderful. Walks with the children around the various footpaths and through the woodlands. Amazing showers, the best I’ve ever seen or used on a campsite. The owners Amy and Ed are wonderful hosts and go out of their way to make you feel at home, nothing is too much trouble. Set in stunning site with views to die for. Highly recommended.
Perfect post Christmas break
Perfect and peaceful in the post Christmas pre New Year break, I can imagine it being very popular when the weather is better. Loved staying in the little shepherd’s hut which was wonderfully cozy, but the highlight had to be the piggies! The track down there has taken a bit of damage due to the very heavy rain and it being a farm track, so would guess more sporty cars might suffer getting there - but once you arrive it’ll be worth it.
felt like staying with family or friens
One of the most welcoming campsites we've ever stayed on. Spacious pitches and good ameneties.It was nice to have a fridge to our disposal in a cabin with diswashing facilities .The owners were very friendly and were very passonate about their work, still in progress to improve this site. A wonderful extra was the therapies that were offered like massage, Reiki ans reflexology. We would defenitely like to come back.
Excellent loved it
Stopped in the Iglula, had everything you needed and more. Lovely peaceful site and great facilities. Kids loved games room, fairy garden and pigs. Will definitely return. Recommended for everyone !
lovely hosts, campfires, lots to do in local area, good clean facilities.Eddie even fixed my van! coming back!
Beautiful campsite, great location
Peaceful, beautiful and friendly campsite with great accomodation (we stayed in one of the igloos).
A lovely cosy getaway
Me and two girl friends travelled from Somerset to stay in one of the igloos - iglula! It was so cosy with a fire inside and lots of warm fur blankets etc and a very comfortable double bunk! The igloo had everything we needed to a night stay and we didn’t want to leave! We would definitely come back again! The only thing we would say that was slightly negative is the road on the drive down to the camp is very uneven and my car had a few unlucky scrapes in some rather deep potholes! Take your time driving in and you are welcomed by a lovely lady that takes you to your camp :)
Beautiful, Relaxing, and Child Friendly
Hideaway Campsite is fantastic. The owners are incredibly helpful and thoughtful. Massive thank you for helping us out so generously when we had car stress on the first day! The facilities are just what you need - hot showers, chill out games room for rainy days, flushing loos as well as compost loos, fridge/freezer and washing up area. The site itself is gorgeous and spacious, with lots of hidden treasures to explore (with the kids). The pitches are generous and give a feeling of privacy. Loved having a fire pit to ourselves for late night marshmallowing! The children had a blast running free, making friends, exploring the fairie glade, hanging out in hammocks and going on all those wonderful kinds of adventures that happen when there's no electricity and plenty of space to let the imagination run wild. We had such a lovely time we're already thinking of coming back next year and getting some more family to join us! Hannah
A beautiful setting
This is our second visit to hideaway and we loved it so much,the campsite is beautiful and children adored exploring the area and saying hello to the pigs each morning. The owners are very accommodating and really do think of everything.
Excellent site, great hosts. A wonderful place to get away from it all.
It would be difficult to find more welcoming and accommodating hosts, we felt like we were visiting old friends. A beautiful site hidden away in the heart of the countryside with a limited number of individual pitches which are well spaced meaning a degree of privacy whilst still maintaining a feeling of community. Each pitch has its own fire pit with logs, 'Mystical Fire' and marshmallows to toast available in the on site shop. Lots for children to see and explore on site including the Fairy Glade, a stream and pond and The Cabin well equipped for those wet days. A haven of peace, quiet and tranquillity, a great place to get away from it all and relax with camp fires and stargazing.
Lovely campsite, large group of us and were pleasantly greeted by the owners upon arrival and given a tour. The owners are lovely, and the campsite is gorgeous. We especially enjoyed the hammocks hidden in the trees. Lovely place, would definitely recommend.
A hidden beauty!
A hidden place of beauty. My husband and I had a great time relaxing in peace and tranquility with nature all around. A truly wonderful weekend away. We would have stayed longer but the children needed us!!! 😂
Amazing - camping at it's best
This is a real hidden gem - the owners are lovely, they have the perfect combination of being on hand, friendly, welcoming but also just allowing you to relax and unwind. Wonderful setting, beautiful location, great little touches (like the hidden hammocks, the woodland walk, fairy glade). Can't recommend highly enough, we're already booked again for this year :-)
Great Friendly Camping
Our family and friends stayed at Hideaway Camping last summer. It is a great secluded site with loads of room and no crowding. Ours kids could go and explore around the area which has surprises around every corner, including a pond with a fairy glade, hammocks for a quiet time in the woods, and walking routes. We stayed in our own tent but the shepherds huts, bell tents and huge Airstream look great for future visits, some of our group already booked their holiday there for this year. The owners were great with nothing being too much trouble and even laying on a central bonfire in the stone circle in the evenings, this was a great way to socialise and meet other campers. A superb campsite in a great location, Looking forward to our return trip this year!