Reforge Retreat

UK England South West England Devon Okehampton

  • 10m + spacing between camping pitches
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Adults only
  • Adults Only
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Beaches
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
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.

Our Coronavirus Booking Guarantee

Book with complete confidence at Reforge Retreat with the Cool Camping Coronavirus Booking Guarantee. We guarantee the following clear policy for your booking:

  • A low deposit of 20% to secure your booking
  • Balance due 10 days before your holiday
  • Complete flexibility to move bookings for up to 18 months in the event of Coronavirus restrictions
  • Due to the flexibility provided we are unable to offer refunds
  • This guarantee supersedes any other policies

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Details

Facilities

There are exclusive use bathroom facilities for each unit. Each unit has its own private area of more than an acre. There is a fully licensed bar that open on request - though closed currently due to Covid-19. 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 one 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 two supplied in each bell tent (extra bedding available if required).

Suitable For

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

Nearby

For something different, there is a local archery centre two 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. closed currently due to Covid 19. It's a two minute drive to the local shop in Highampton or continue on to Hatherleigh (five 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.

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 isolated glampsite with only 3 belltents each with their own bathroom facilities during Covid-19. We are a very rural isolated site with 20 acres to explore. so there is no worry about social distancing or hygiene as we are following guidelines religiously and there can only be a small number of people here at at one time each with their own exclsuive area. We also have an off-grid cabin in the woods and an apartment on site. We have an onsite bar – Reforge Inn – with a renaissance courtyard which can be booked along with the meadow belltents. Reforge Inn is in fact a fully licensed bar which is a time capsule - since it is full of family antiquities! It is only available with the meadow belltetns as an exclusive extra at the moment. Weddings & events can also be booked here at Reforge Retreat but are currently on hold. 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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Social Distancing Measures

We have completely redesigned our site to reflect safety and hygiene. We only have 3 belltent pitches - each with their own bathroom facilities exclusively for your use. Units will be thoroughly cleaned between stays in line with guidance. We have a 20 acre site with a lot of space so there will be no problem with social distancing since this is the perfect rural isolated getaway.

This site offers our Coronavirus Booking Guarantee

Location

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

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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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