Hideaway Camping

UK England South West England Devon Okehampton

  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
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 them was the prime setting for a fairy glade, with tiny fairy doors, secret grottos and an enticing, natural entrance woven out of living willows. A tall cluster of young birch trees? 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, proper 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.

The grass camping pitches are accompanied by a handful of quirky glamping options that continue the creative trend. There’s currently a romantic wooden shepherd’s hut and a gypsy caravan with an accompanying kitchen cabin and private compost loo. Coming soon are a classic American Airstream trailer that has been painstakingly restored over several years, and a pair of moulded 'calving igloos’; dome-shaped cocoons with a wood-burner, beds and soft furnishings inside. All have their own unique charm but share in the general vibe of the campsite – chilled out, carefree and campfire-friendly.

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 run down, 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?

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Facilities

All tent pitches have their own firepit. Communal cabin space with sofas, log burner, 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. Range of 1-hour therapies on offer (reflexology, reiki, massage, shamanic healing) costing £30 (half price for under-16s). All glamping accommodation is fully furnished (including bedding and linen), with log-burners, cooking facilities, real beds and more. See website for further individual furnishing details.

Suitable For

Campers, glampers, tents, families, couples – yes. Campervans, caravans, dogs – no.

Nearby

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.

Opening Times

All year round

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The Owner Says

A beautiful secluded campsite in Rural Devon on the edge of Dartmoor. Nestled within 24 aces of fields and woodland Hideaway offers camping and glamping, ideal for family holidays, group bookings and romantic geataways

Accommodation

Tent camping across a grassy 24-acres, plus 1 shepherd's hut, 1 bowtop gypsy caravan, 1 Airstream trailer and 2 igloos (due for completion in late 2017).

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Location

Contact Hideaway Camping, Higher Melbury, Northlew, Okehampton, Devon EX20 3PG

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Getting There

From the Exeter direction, follow the A30, go past the first Okehampton turning then come off at the Sourton Cross turn-off towards Holsworthy. Turn right at the junction onto A386. Go past the Shell garage on your left and keep going straight until you reach the roundabout. Turn left at the roundabout and keep going straight along the A3079 (for approx 5 miles). You will go through Thorndon Cross and a few minutes later will see The Railway Cottages on your right and a sign for Hideaway Camping. Turn here, go over the little bridge, bear left, then bear right and keep on going until you find the campsite car park.

From Launceston direction, follow the A30 and turn off at Sourton Cross. Turn left onto the A386 and keep going (past the Shell garage on your left) until you reach the roundabout. Turn left at the roundabout and keep going straight along the A3079 (for approx 5 miles). You will go through Thorndon Cross and a few minutes later will see The Railway Cottages on your right and a sign for Hideaway Camping. Turn here, go over the little bridge, bear left, then bear right and keep on going until you find the campsite car park.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 12 reviews

★★★★★

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.
Sep 8, 2019 by Nelly Schokker
★★★★★

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 !
Aug 20, 2019 by nicola sheehy
★★★★★

excellent

lovely hosts, campfires, lots to do in local area, good clean facilities.Eddie even fixed my van! coming back!
Jul 19, 2019 by nathan
★★★★★

Beautiful campsite, great location

Peaceful, beautiful and friendly campsite with great accomodation (we stayed in one of the igloos).
Apr 23, 2019 by Rob
★★★★☆

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 :)
Feb 18, 2019 by Emmy
★★★★★

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
Sep 1, 2018 by 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.
Aug 21, 2018 by Neil
★★★★★

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.
Aug 18, 2018 by Kate
★★★★★

Lovely place

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.
Jul 1, 2018 by charlotte burford
★★★★★

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!!! 😂
May 7, 2018 by michelle searles
★★★★★

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 :-)
Apr 24, 2017 by Lorelei
★★★★★

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!
Mar 15, 2017 by Dom

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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