Reforge Retreat

UK England South West England Devon Okehampton

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Adults only
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Short walk to the pub
A verdant, inland Devon retreat that's equidistant from Dartmoor National Park and the beaches of the north coast

You don’t need to be Van Gogh to see the picture-worthy beauty of the place. A cute wooden bridges stretches across to a shaggy, shrub-covered island in the pond, bluebells brighten the woodland floor and tent pitches are mown into the long campsite grass, stitched together by trimmed pathways.  You’ll feel thoroughly at ease in this arboreal bolthole.

The textured 20-acres, complete with a wonderful renaissance courtyard and medieval clubhouse that they call 'The Reforge Inn', are all spread around a farm that is in the Domesday book that Faith and Jules Seager call home and have been running as a successful holiday business for years. It’s only recently that they’ve decided to extend their offering into the great outdoors, with furnished bell tents, gypsy caravans and a handful of regular camping pitches on offer.

Groups, in particular, have come to love the place. A cluster of six bell tents can be rented together and you can hire the whole sites for events, weddings and the like. They even have weekly games nights to please the geeks and acoustic nights in their courtyard!  Couples and families are in their element too – a private, lake-side bell tent, for example, has it’s own unique location, while a second bell tent, pitched amid an orchard, feels charmingly hidden away.

If you’ve got nippers to entertain, then petting the Kune Kune pigs and collecting eggs from the free-range hens is always a child-friendly crowd pleaser, while the semi-wilderness of the campsite grounds offer hours of intrigue and adventure. Visit the film location that was recently used in their woods where a hidden away hut still remains! Or throw in the flip-flops, buckets and spades and take off on day-trips to the beach. It’s around half an hour to Devon’s popular north coast, where the beaches of Westward Ho! and Bude await. A cyclepath just half a mile away affords you hours of cycling fun! You’ll be glad, when you see the jam-packed campsites of the coastline, that you choose this inland retreat – a genuine ‘refuge’ from the crowds.

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Facilities

There is a shower block, 3 toilets, a kitchen area, a fully licensed bar that open on request. Campfires permitted. The campsite is a designated wildlife conservation area with lakes woodlands and meadows. While 6 of the bell tents are in a glade, there is 1 bell tent on its own in the orchard and another on its own down by the lake. The group of bell tents can all be hired together by one group or individually. Bedding for 2 supplied in each bell tent (extra bedding available if required).

Suitable For

Glampers, campers, groups – yes. Campervans, motorhomes, caravans, dogs – no. 

Nearby

For something different, there is a local archery centre 2 miles away – Arms of Old (01409 231171) – but most folks are here for the good walking and day-trips to the beach. It takes less than 20 minutes to drive to Dartmoor National Park and only a little longer to reach the north coast, with the likes of Bude, Bideford, Clovelly and Westward Ho! around half an hour by car. There's also a local cycling route ½mile from the site.

Food & Drink

There is a bar open on certain days please check for opening days/times.  It's a 2 minute drive to the local shop in Highampton or continue on to Hatherleigh (5 miles away) where there is a supermarket. For pubs, try the excellent Black River Inn (01409 231243), a 10-minute walk away in Black Torrington, or head a half hour further to the Half Moon(01409 231888) in Sheepwash. By car, the George(01837 811755) and The Tally Ho! (01837 810306) in Hatherleigh are both great choices and allow for a worthy pit stop in what is a very pretty little market town.

Opening Times

May–end of October.

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The Owner Says

Reforge was set up as an idyllic 20 acre retreat in rural North Devon in order to preserve & share this beautiful location with others. We are passionate about conservation and wildlife and that can be reflected in the way we manage the 18 acre site of woodland, lakes and picturesque meadows and gardens. We are an exclusive campsite with only 20 pitches including bell tents, a gypsy caravan and an off-grid cabin in the woods. We have an onsite bar-  Reforge Inn with a renaissance courtyard which can be booked for group retreats (along with the bell tents and other accommodation.) Reforge Inn is in fact a fully licensed bar which is a time capsule - since it is full of family antiquities! Group retreats, yoga including yoga, dance, murder mystery and other fun activities can be organised here. Weddings & events can also be booked here at Reforge Retreat. Campfires are allowed in our firepits. We only allow children over the age of 12 because we are a retreat rather than a traditional 'campsite'. We don't allow dogs because of the wildlife here, and our resident cats. If you want a place that is different, relaxing, magical and quirky - this is for you! We are geek friendly and have lots of board games on site too!

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Accommodation

3 adult only woodland camping pitches, 3 adult only woodland pitches, 10 regular meadow camping pitches,10 pre-pitched bell tents (8 together and 2 in their own private areas) which can accommodate families. A gypsy caravan near a lake with a wood fired hot tub and an off grid cabin in the woods.
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Location

Contact Reforge Retreat, Reforge Retreat, Bonfire Hill, Black Torrington, Beaworthy, Devon

Getting There

From the A30 take the road to Hatherleigh. At the roundabout take the first exit onto A386 to Holsworthy. Pass through the village of Highampton and follow the road for 1 mile. There is a turning on your right, signposted Black Torrington, take this turning and ¾ mile on your right you will see three green garages on the road with the campsite entrance sign. The nearest train station is Exeter (0845 748 4950) about an hour away. The campsite can organise a lift from there if necessary at an extra charge.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 4 reviews

★★★★☆

lovely location and simplicity.

Faith and Jules were lovely hosts who are warm freindly well travelled wordly people..The simplicity and zero ego effect this place had on me will stay with me for a long time. British quirkiness and eccentricity at it's best. No signs saying don't do this or don't do that, just freedom to enjoy this wonderful part of the world at your own pace. Well done Faith and Jules, the only way is up....👍
Aug 20, 2018 by Erj Ramadan
★★★★★

Beautiful remote location with very welcoming hosts

Two friends and I spent 3 nights in a Belltent at Reforge Retreat, we had a lovely stay and would definetly reccomend to all. The location is nice and remote with peace and quiet and a good view of the stars but not too far down to Dartmoor or up to the North Devon coast. We had a great time seeing the animals and spending time in the 'Reforge Inn', the pub on site with it's eclecticlly decorated interior and great selection of drinks. Amazing hosts who show a real passion for the site, the area, and giving a great experience to the campers.
Aug 20, 2018 by Pierrot
★★★★★

Just Perfect stunning and peaceful

Just home after our Second Stay at Reforge Retreat. This place is simply stunning, peaceful and complimented with fabulous hosts. The Bell tent was huge and was very comfortable and we can't wait to come back again.
Aug 18, 2017 by Ross symons
★★★★★

Beautifully peaceful

Me and my wife and children stayed here recently and absolutely loved it. We stayed in a beautiful new bell tent. The camp has great clean facilities, tons of wildlife including dragonflies near the lakes and we even saw a deer in the woods. The owners are very helpful and even pointed out the local produce sellers and recommended a trip to bude which was great. Excellent place in a beautiful location. 5 star's is not enough. Amazing. Robbie and family x
Jul 11, 2017 by Pinky

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