South Allington House

UK England South West England Devon Salcombe

Undiscovered camping on the South Devon coast in the civilised surroundings of a Georgian manor house

South Allington House may be slap bang in the middle of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty between Start and Prawle Points along a sweep of South Devon’s coastline, but the fact that you can camp in its grounds is a rather closely guarded secret – the owners don’t even mention it on their website. So don’t tell them we think their secretive site a bit of a camping oasis, with its facilities offering a cocoon to the least intrepid of campers, while its location in a beautiful valley surrounded by farmland will gently coax the toughest city nuts back to nature.

You can treat yourself to a highly civilised cream tea with dollops of home-made jam at the Georgian manor house while the kids mooch off in search of woodland wildlife. Little ones are kept happy making friends with the grazing sheep, marvelling at frogs in the pond, and trying to keep up with ducklings as they wander around the manicured grounds.And if the weather goes pear-shaped you can always opt for a room in the manor house B&B or other self-catering options. Just be sure to book early during school holidays.

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Just magical- I love this place. Our second stay and even more magical than the first (-partly as it was quiet due to variable weather!). Dragonflies, shooting stars and several types of owl calling around our tent at night. Lovely friendly vibe. I also have to give a special shout out to Wendy Garland- she makes the most amazing jams and chutneys and should you be lucky enough to be there when she's just made a batch be sure to buy some- simply the best chutneys and jams we've ever had and getting through them at the rate of knotts!
Sep 4, 2017 by Genmaxwell


We just had ten nights at South Allington - and it was great - really good combination of very back to basics vibe in terms of the site itself - and actually very good facilities (showers, washers, dryers etc). The further you go up the field the further away from the showers you are - and the more back to basics you feel - so take your pick. Local area stunning - lots of great beaches - Mill Bay being the family favourite! Cream Teas at the house a must too! 

Aug 28, 2014 by jesse

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