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  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Space for families to spread out and relax

Karrageen is all about giving its lucky occupants – young and slightly less young – plenty of room to breathe, think, play, and relax. There will be no tangle of guy ropes here, and there’s even room for those multi-bedroom monstrosities that can take up a good few pitches on their own. If you want to do some proverbial cat swinging there are few better camping patches in Devon.

It may well be that the abundance of space is allowed by the lack of all other things. You’ll find nothing fancy, nothing flash and nothing gimmicky here: just a simple, very well-maintained and nicely landscaped campsite in an ever-so-lovely location – with extra room to spare.

The immediate locality of Karrageen is very peaceful, accessed along a single-track Devon lane (with plenty of passing places) leading down to the sea at the lost world of Hope Cove and its little village. After wandering through the sleepy rows of fishermen’s cottages you’ll think it eminently possible that this is still a place of clandestine meetings of pirates and smugglers, and that a raid from ‘the revenue’ isn’t far off – such is the sense of detachment and timelessness in the air. If you fancy breakfast by your tent, why not devour one of Karrageen's locally renowned fresh croissants and pain au chocolats? There are a couple of pubs in the village serving decent food too. So there’s little need to stray far during your stay and, no doubt, very little want to either.



The camping field is a terraced hillside split into a series of quite small, intimate, and attractive cul-de-sacs, where no one overlooks anyone else. Facilities are excellent, with loos and 9 showers (4 womenss, 4 men's, 1 family/disabled room equipped for baby-changing). The 20p shower charge is to preserve Karrageen’s scarce spring-water supply. There are 50 hook-ups, and campers have access to the freezer. Downsides: some static caravans lurking about; no campfires, though BBQs off the ground are okay.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs – yes. Groups – no.


All the attractions of south Devon, including Torbay, are easily accessible from here, but locally – aside from walking the cliff paths – the boat trips on the rivers are the real treats: book a return sailing from Kingsbridge to Salcombe (01548 853607); or River Dart trip from Totnes to Dartmouth (01803 555872). Or take the sea tractor to Burgh Island.

Food & Drink

Posh nosh with a view can be found at the South Sands Hotel (01548 859000) in Salcombe, while in Hope the Sun Bay Hotel (01548 561371) does very good food, and the Hope and Anchor (01548 561295) offers economical prices.


Easter - end of September.

The Owner Says

Karrageen is situated in a beautiful valley surrounded by National Trust protected coastline on the southern tip of Devon, 1 mile from the pretty fishing village of Hope Cove and 4 miles from Salcombe. If peace and tranquility is what you are looking for then that is exactly what Karrageen offers. We do not have a club, bar or children’s playground but we do offer a well stocked shop with freshly cooked baguettes and croissants daily and plenty of space for children to play happily and safely. We have facilities for touring caravans, motor caravans and tents of all shapes and sizes. We take bookings for these pitches and recommend that you book ahead especially in the school holidays as we are not a large park and are usually full during these periods. Karrageen is family run and we do our utmost to ensure that your stay with us is an enjoyable experience which many of our guests like to repeat every year.
Availability for school holidays is always limited so best to book ahead.


Contact Karrageen, Bolberry, Malborough, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 3EN

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Getting There

From the A38 at Wrangaton take the A3121 south; left on to the B3196 to Kingsbridge; and A381 towards Salcombe, then after 3 miles take the second turn signposted Hope Cove and Bolberry, and the site is a further 2 narrow miles.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 13 reviews


Spacious, friendly and thoughtful camping holiday

It's the little things that make the difference - space to pitch up and not overlooked; friendly welcome and attentive check ins daily from Phil; felt safe to let young children wander; washing up liquid/hand soap/freezer/fridge/microwave available; freshly baked goods to order daily....really make this a standout site. Not to mention the location and the beautiful walk down to Hope Cove (fab pub and award winning cafe bar). 20p pieces at the ready required for showers and washing up. My only reason for not giving 5 stars is the lack (none) of recycling/bottle banks which is a little out of kilter with expectations.
Aug 2, 2017 by RoisinM


We stayed here for a long weekend in March and we were blessed with good weather. This is a very special place amazing views and pretty, peaceful countryside. We had two absolutely perfect sunsets. Wonderful beach and walks. The owners were so helpful, warm and welcoming.  Can't wait to return !

Apr 23, 2015 by Justusthree

Amazing Karrageen

This camp site is immaculate, it has lovely views and enjoys the peace and tranquility of the Devon countryside. The site also has wifi and home baked rolls and pasties which I hasten to add are beautiful. The site is a good size with a variety of different pitches available to cater for different tastes. There are kind of concealed pitches, pitches with great views to cater for all tastes and all pitches looked great so there are no worries about getting a poor pitch. I had a wonderful time and found the owners very friendly indeed and they couldn't do enough to help me.  There is a lovely village called hope cove with a decent pub and also The Cove Bar where I enjoyed many drinks and meals. I will definitely return next summer to Karrageen for more of the same. Thank you for such a great time!!!!!

Nov 13, 2014 by michael casemore

Excellent site

I visited Karrageen recently with my family for a short break. The site was easy enough to find despite the lanes around there being extremely tight to negotiate.

The location was lovely and scenic-however the steep walk down to Hope Cove was not very safe with kids as the road is very narrow with only a few passing places(obviously no pavement either) and the walk through the meadow would have been lovely if we weren't constantly bitten by horse flies!!

Our pitch was easy to find and close to both a fresh water tap and electric hook up. The ground did slope away steeply in front of the pitch but was fine where we erected the tent so all happy!

The showers and toilets were well laid out and clean-the 20p charge for showers merely stopped me from dawdling! The site shop was well stocked and fresh bread/pasties every morning really did help to start the day well.

My only criticism unfortunately would be for Phil. Personally, I found him pretty friendly and outgoing. My gf however, really did object to him consistently going into the ladies shower block to clean. At one point he even knocked on the door of her cubicle which made her jump out of her skin!! I don't really understand why they can't have a female cleaner just to keep everybody happy......

He was also rather strict with the children and my daughter was apparently told off for standing up on a stool that was in front of the mirrors when she was brushing her teeth. Another little girl was told off for drying her hair with the hand dryers.

His manner did rather upset my gf and children who referred to him from then on as Mr Grumpy Man!! As I say, I had no problems at all with him but I do think that fixing those minor issues would really help their site to improve......

Aug 7, 2014 by Zanda73

Couldn't be better

I've tried other campsites but they don't compare, been here twice and will keep going back. Friendly welcome, site shop, beautiful tiered plots in gorgeous countryside, 15 min walk to lovely hope cove beach and pubs, brilliant recently renovated shower and facilities block, so much to do in locality. Love it! 

Jun 27, 2014 by Katewatts

Well Done!

I remember shuch a warm welcome arriving at Karrageen with my trusty little caravan, 2 young boys and our family dog. "Well done!" was the greeting as I stepped out, you see I always take my boys away when Daddy can't make it and this campsite is like home from home. Everybody respects the unspoken rules for peace, tidyness and solitude without having to be told what you can and can't do on arrival, it works. The scenery is stunning here and Salcombe is heavenly for a saunter with children licking locally made icrecream while Mummy licks her lips at the shops, as I say, heavenly :-)

Jul 15, 2013 by asiveyer


Great campsite, good sized pitches with lovely clear area in front so you are not looking directly at another tent. Plenty of space for kids to play. Owners friendly and very helpful. Absolutely beautiful location fab views and a great beach nearby ( in walking distance). Takeaway service for those nights when its wet and food was great. Also offered freshly baked croissants etc. for breakfast. Toilet and shower facilities clean and more than adequate. One of the best campsites we have ever stayed in!
Jun 27, 2012 by elainem


This is the first camping review we have ever been motivated to write. We just spent a wonderful 10 days at Karageen Camoping and Caravanning near Hope Cove in the South Hams. Whilst the rest of the UK had terrible weather we were basking in warm Spring sunshine for most of the time.( Hope Cove Micro-climate -ssshhh !) Weather cannot be guaranteed - but Phil and Nicky Higgin’s Karageen can be ! Its the second time we have stayed - As before we felt welcome and entirely looked after and the location, clean (updated) facilities and nearby amenities make for a really relaxing and fun time. We had the dogs,the teenager and the little ones with us and the other people on the site were really nice to be around - its a well managed site where common sense prevails without affecting the fun in any way. The beaches and the walks from the site are idyllic Phil and Nicky’s readiness to shere the local knowledge make decisions about teh countryside landmarks and watering holes easy - Lovely people. We love it and will be back there soon - Dont take my word - try it. The Joneses and The Harrises April 2012
Apr 17, 2012 by agj1965@msn.com


We had a great time here last bank holiday weekend.

The site is quite remote - hardly any phone signal - and very starry at night. The site is on a west facing slope towards the sea, but there are plenty of level terraces and space for games.

It is spotlessly clean and very well kept. The water all comes from a spring, and tastes delicious, so you quite understand the need to pay 20p for showers (60p for a generous 6 minutes).

There is a well stocked shop and the option of fresh bread daily is fantastic.

The site is very quiet. We had some neighbours who were rather noisy, and unlike one of the other reviewers here, we were really appreciative of Phil taking a moment to ask them to quieten down. 10pm doesn't suit everyone, but it is a small, family site and if you want noise, there are other places to go.

Hope Cove is a lovely bay and walkable - though the mile or so back is a little steep uphill. But worth it.

We will definitely be back.

Sep 5, 2011 by happycampers


Stayed here at the end of August and will definitely return. Pitches are huge and with plenty of space around. Loved walking on the cliffs nearby (all the way to Salcombe).Down the road is Hope which has a great beach and places to eat (wandered down there for full english on first morning). This site has a friendly, family orientated atmosphere and is peaceful and quiet, just the way I like it.

Sep 4, 2011 by murphyc


We’ve just had a wonderful 4 night stay & have thoroughly enjoyed both the location of the site and the tranquil space that Phil & his family have created. We had some fabulous days on the beaches (surfing & building sandcastles), amazing cliff walks and gentle wanders around some beautiful towns & villages. Returning happy & exhausted to this well run campsite was a joy. There’s a well stocked small shop where you can also order both fresh bread & croissants for the morning as well as delicious home cooked food for your evening meal should the day have exhausted you too much! Phil & his family work really hard to make sure that their guests have a brilliant stay. Phil often wanders round the site checking that all’s ok with you & your pitch, which was such a refreshing change to some of the places we’ve been before. We also really appreciated the quietness of this site. The facilities block is being refurbished at the end of this season which will, in my opinion, make this a 5 star review. We are definitely hoping to return next year. Thanks for a great stay.
Sep 4, 2011 by Sparkle123


We didn't enjoy our stay here, the location is good and the pitch sizes generous but we went with friends ( 4 adults , 3 x14 year olds) and found the rule of absolute silence after 10pm difficult to live with, we were really told off ( literally) for noise at 10.30- we were only playing Monopoly & we then had our card marked for the other nights.I appreciate they want a quiet site but there is a way to talk to your customers and I think expecting everyone to be in bed at 10pm is a little unrealistic. I camp lots and have never had a problem before or been spoken to as if I was a child.Ruined our break .

Aug 22, 2011 by mungos

Response from Karrageen

Your comments are noted and in fairness to other fellow Cool Campers we feel that a response and explanation are necessary.

One of the biggest concerns when running a camp site is ensuring that all guests enjoy their stay and feel welcome and comfortable. An important factor in this equation is the noise levels tolerated at night. After living at Karrageen for 25 years we feel that having a site rule of ‘noise to be kept to a minimum after 10.00pm, is a fair rule to all ages and denominations allowing children peace to sleep and adults enough time to enjoy their barbeques and evening soirees before (or just after, depending on the time of season) nightfall. This site rule is published in our booking conditions and signed by everyone booking either on paper or through the internet. We do monitor our site after 10.30pm and very occasionally must politely ask people to keep their noise levels down as they are disturbing others. Most of our guests, when asked to do so, are immediately apologetic and comply without question; they simply forgot the time and would never wish to disturb their neighbours deliberately.

Karrageen is advertised as a family friendly campsite and we are sorry that it was necessary to ask you to be quiet on several occasions. Our intervention was appreciated by many other guests on site at the time.



We spent an incredibly pleasant week in April 2011 at Karrageen Campsite and can thoroughly recommend. The site is huge and it was busy while we were there with lots of people coming and going, making the most of the extra bank holidays. Even so, the site never felt overcrowded and never lost a sense of being a home from home. The location is simply stunning. We were treated to some of the most spectacular sunsets I think I’ve ever seen in the UK as the sun sinks down over the sea. Choose your pitch wisely and you’ll be able to enjoy the views right from your tent door. The nearby village of Hope Cove is absolutely beautiful with chocolate box cottages and dramatic rugged rocks giving way to sheltered sands. The Hope and Anchor pub is great for local ale and food and sits next door to the Harbour Lights restaurant which we didn’t sample but which offers a slightly longer menu. Be warned, the walk to the village from the campsite is only a mile but it’s quite an up and down hill climb. There’s definitely no way you could attempt if you had any difficulties walking - it’s quite a climb. The journey back to camp is very steep and I have to admit we resorted to a taxi on at least one occasion when we’d sampled a few too many of those local ales to be able to tackle the ascent! The facilities on site are basic but completely adequate. Take plenty of 20 pence pieces for the hot water in the washing up room and the showers. 20p buys 2 mins which might seem a little steep but once you learn that they’re merely conserving the supply for all to enjoy as it comes from a natural spring it seems reasonable. As long as you’re forewarned so you can save up a few 20p pieces it’s not a problem at all. Only other thing to mention is that we couldn’t get any mobile phone signal on the site at all - so this is a great destination for those who really do want to get away from it all. Space is definitely it’s biggest asset. Although at first glance there isn’t much on offer for kids at Karrageen the oodles of space to run around, play football and cricket meant that the many kids on site were having a whale of a time. No review of Karrageen would be complete without a mention of the family-run atmosphere which truly lives up to its billing. Whilst many campsites claim to bring that friendly approach to running their sites, none have ever been as hospitable in my experience than Karrageen. Phil and his wife run a shop on site with lots of basics in terms of food and drink which they open for a couple of hours every morning and evening. They also run a take away food service and offer fresh bread daily - just put in your order the day before. All of the family get involved in running the site and we found them to be hugely warm and friendly and very willing to share their local knowledge and offer recommendations of where to eat and drink locally. Phil is also regularly seen around the site checking to see that all is alright and that all his campers are happy. We certainly were - and we met many others who keep coming back to Karrageen year after year assured of the friendly and welcoming reception they know they will receive. All in all we had a great holiday at Karrageen and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone wanting to visit this beautiful part of the country.
May 4, 2011 by skbates

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