Beryl's Campsite

UK England South West England Devon Salcombe

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
A secret, secluded campsite with wonderful views down to Start Bay

The only clue to this campsite’s existence is a hand-branded ‘camping’ sign nestled in a flowerbed. The site, which originally had no name and was known by locals simply as ‘the one run by Beryl’, has now been officially christened Beryl’s by the campers themselves. The friendly lady in question describes the secretive site, hidden at the end of a tunnel of trees in Beeson village, as her ‘unconventional camping haven’. Charming eccentricity is certainly apparent here, not only in the laissez-faire attitude to publicity, but also in the quirky names of the 29 pitches, such as ‘Panoramic’ and ‘Snug’.

The ‘haven’ part of Beryl’s description is equally apt for this lush little site, nestled as it is on a hill in the woods with a glorious view of Start Bay. Venture down the narrow access road and you’re rewarded with a real sanctuary from which to explore the surrounding delights of the Devon coast. You can spy on birds from the hide looking over the local nature reserve’s lake, watch sailing boats silently move across the bay, or take a walk around Slapton Ley lagoon just over the hill. The South West Coast Path is also easily reached, passing the award-winning beach at Beesands, just below the campsite.

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Facilities

Good facilities, with recycling bins, fridges, freezers, 4 toilets, 4 showers (coin-operated, 20p), 4 washing-up sinks, electric hook-ups, and power points for charging mobiles. Campfires permitted but must be raised off the grass (fire pits and logs available to hire). Woodland walks around the forest – get up up early enough you may even see some deer. There's plenty of space to play ball games and for some quiet contemplation.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, (narrow access track), dogs - yes. Groups - by arrangement. Caravans and motorhomes – no.

Nearby

Surrounded by beaches, both shingle and sandy, nearest being Beesands a 5-10 minute walk. If you like to explore there are several smaller quiet coves, please ask the owner for recommendations. We are located on the South West Coast path, plus there are plenty of other beautiful country walks and we are only half an hour from Dartmoor. Wanting a day away form the beach, the local towns of Salcombe, Kingsbridge, Totnes and Dartmouth are all within half an hours drive, and for the kids/big kids theres Woodlands Theme Park (01803 712598), great option incase the weather gets a bit grey! The almost Mediterranean-like Blackpool Sands bay and its secret gardens are well worth a visit.

Food & Drink

In Beesands there is the Cricket Inn (01548 580215), famous for its Seafood Pancake, and Britannia @ The Beach (01548 581168), who have a small ‘shack’ restaurant and a takeaway hatch. If you like cake, every Sunday St Andrews Church in Beesands sells drinks and cake (all home made). Over the hill in Torcross there is the Startbay Inn (01548 580553) renowned for its seafood dishes, and the Boat House (01548 580747), which serves excellent pizzas and more.

Opening Times

Late April – late September (weather dependant).

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The Owner Says

Beryl's is situated in the heart of South Devon surrounded by beaches and rolling hills. It is a beautiful, rustic site, with pitches which are spread out and each have their own individuality, whether you like views, shade, morning or evening sun. There are showers, toilets, fridge freezers and washing up facilities plus a few hook ups if required. There is plenty do to offsite and numerous pubs/cafes to suit every taste all within a few miles.

Pitches

20+ pitches over 7 paddocks (hook-ups are available on a few pitches).

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Location

Contact Beryl's Campsite, Beryl's Campsite, Beeson, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 2HW

Getting There

From the A379 either coming from Kingsbridge (east) or Dartmouth (west), turn off at a small roundabout when you get to the village of Stokenham and the signposts to Beesands. Follow the road for about 2 miles until you reach a left-hand T-junction where a sign points to Beeson/Beesands. Follow this road for another ¼-mile until you see the sign for Beeson. Continue to follow the road around a left bend and on the next right bend, in front of you, there is a wooden ‘Camping’ sign which directs you to the campsite. Buses usually run every hour during the day along the A379 from Kingsbridge to Dartmouth and back – Stokenham is the nearest stop but from there it is still almost 2 miles to the campsite.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 16 reviews

★★★★★

A beautiful, peaceful retreat.

This is a beautiful, special site. There is plenty of space and lots of features like a wood and lake. You really feel close to nature and the only sounds are of the water and birds and animals. You can hire a fire pit and they provide wood for fires. The owners are helpful and friendly. There is a lovely kitchen area with hot water for washing up. My only criticism is the 20p charge for a very short shower as it is a bit difficult with small kids. This is a really special place. I would recommend it and will go back.
Jun 16, 2019 by Sarah Shoraka
★★★★★

Outstanding!!!

A peacefull campside in outstanding landscape with nice people! Wow👍
Dec 10, 2018 by Christian
★★★★★

Peaceful, friendly, well appointed and located

Excellent campsite. Peaceful, beautiful, well spaced pitches and good facilities. Liz was both very friendly and full of useful information and tips. Very short drive or a walk to Beesands, which is a lovely beach. The cafe and pub both I'd recommend highly, as I would the walk along the beach to Torcross and Slapton Sands. Stokely farm shop is also a short drive away and worth visiting to stock up on supplies. Good local beer selection.
Sep 1, 2018 by aljwoods
★★★★★

Top campsite in wonderful location!

Fantastic spot nestled in the quiet village of Beeson. Very helpful and accommodating staff. Clean with good amenities. Good sized pitches with plenty of space between campers. Walking distance to the beach! Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for quiet, peaceful camping in a great location.
Sep 1, 2018 by Imogen
★★★★☆

Peaceful, secluded and spacious- Beryl’s takes some beating

We loved the location of Beryl’s. My family and I stayed at C1, slightly elevated from the other pitches, making for a quiet, picturesque and exclusive experience. Located 10 minutes from Beesands, where the friendly public house allowed us to while away our evenings playing cards and quenching our thirst. The atmosphere on the campsite was relaxed and friendly. There were 4 smart showers which seemed a lot for a campsite of this size. Renting a fire pit to warm ourselves during the evening and simultaneously roasting marshmallows made for a cosy, memorable experience. We were happy in the haze of Beryl’s site, but Devon knows we’re miserable now.
Aug 30, 2018 by Pete McGrath
★★★★★

Perfect Campsite!

What a fantastic little gem Beryl’s campsite is, super clean, super friendly and in beautiful surroundings. We stayed for three nights with plenty to do, we walked on the coastal paths and explored all of the local area easily by foot. The campsite itself is very clean and there is plenty of space between pitches. Fire pits make the experience even better by having a homely feel at night. All the showers are immaculate and dare I say the best I’ve used whilst camping. Also the fridges and electric up at the main area make it that much easier to relax. Can’t thank Liz enough for everything and would like to come back next summer! Thank you :)
Aug 22, 2018 by Whippet and his family!
★★★★☆

Amazing location

Beryl's campsite is in a wonderful location and has fabulous views. The pitches are large so you never feel too close to your neighbours. Liz looks after the site very well and it is clean. It has a great recycling area and there are two new showers which are great. There is one small fridge and freezer. It is possible to order logs for a raised fire pit. The walk to the beach is more like 15-20 mins but well worth it. We stayed on the panoramic pitch. This had a wonderful sea view and view over the campsite, however, it felt very exposed and was very close to the amenities which were attached to a local (quite noisy) water bottling business which we were not expecting. I would recommend choosing a pitch further into the campsite if you are after peace and quiet. I would return as the positives far outweighed the negatives but I would definitely choose a different pitch the next time.
Aug 19, 2018 by CFlower
★★☆☆☆

Viewz

Please be aware that the A379 is closed on way to Beeson. Diversion inland and lengthy. Owners directions do not let you know this. Too few loos and not enough freezers.
Aug 15, 2018 by Lucy

Response from Beryl's Campsite

Thank you for pointing out the directions, i have now edited my info sent to campers to include the kingsbridge route only as this is the only route i would recommend to get to Beryls, I do tell campers never listen to the sat navs as they will take you on a windy coastal road or cross country down some Devon narrow lanes! Im sorry your camping experience wasnt a good one at Beryls.
★★★★★

Tranquil spot of Devon heaven

We stayed on the Snug pitch which was plenty big enough for our large 3 man tent, close to the facilities and benefitting from the shelter & screening of a grassy bank around it. The views across the pond to the sea were fabulous & it was wonderful to sit outside and watch or listen to the birds in the nearby woodland (including an owl, although not spotted sadly). We really appreciated attempts to make the site low impact with limited pitches, recycling bins & wild areas. Liz was friendly without being intrusive, helpful with booking details & clearly works hard to keep the facilities clean (and the thoughtful inclusion of fridges for campers’ use was hugely appreciated in the heat). Glorious place, would definitely stay again.
Jul 14, 2018 by Puddy
★★★★★

Perfect for getting away from it all

We’re just back from a four night stay at Beryl’s. We originally booked the Panoramic pitch, which does have an amazing view across to the sea. We stayed there for the first night but then decided we wanted to be a bit further into the main campsite itself - the Panoramic pitch is right at the edge of the site. Liz was brilliant at finding us a new pitch and was really helpful with everything else too. The site is basic but has everything that you need. The showers are clean and hot. What’s really nice is that there aren’t too many pitches so you don’t feel crowded at all. The village of Beesands is a short walk away that has a pub & a fish & chip shop - what more do you need! We would definitely go back!
Jun 20, 2018 by Pippa
★★★★★

Well thought out campsite in a lovely location

Good location not far from a couple of beaches (nearest is 4mins drive / 20mins walk..although we didn't walk!). Kingsbridge is about a 25min drive (for stocking up at morrisons and tescos etc.). View from the site is down a small treed valley leading to a view of the sea. Good shower block: 2 x showers which take 20p coins & 2 x newer showers which take tokens (buy for 20p each). 3 x communal fridges. Discrete electric supply points (if required). Friendly owner who is happy to help. Family friendly.
Jun 3, 2018 by Jamie
★★★★★

A beautiful, tranquil idyll.

We highly recommend Beryl's; it's a great little campsite. The pitches are well spaced, each quite individual, and each with plenty of flat space to pitch on despite the site being on a slope. The slope means you get beautiful views down the valley and to the sea, which you can enjoy in the blissful tranquillity of the site. The facilities are certainly basic but are adequate for the site and are kept clean, with plenty of hot water for the 20p/5 mins showers. Keeping in touch with Liz the owner was easy, and within a day after we booked online she sent us directions and a plan showing where our pitch was. We found the directions and little wooden signs easy to follow, having come in to Beeson from the North. Beesands is a short walk down the hill by the road (as we didn't have a map we didn't try the longer footpath route), where you can find an excellent but quite pricey fish and chip place and the Cricket Inn pub. We didn't have much time to explore the rest of the local area as camping was our base whilst we went to a wedding a few miles away, but we'd love to come back and stay at Beryl's with some more free time, and hopefully just as good weather, to explore a bit more.
Sep 28, 2017 by Francesca Frascina
★★★★★

Absolutely stunning!!!

Ive visited the area for years but this was my first time camping. As a first time camper I was worried about the camping experience but I fell in love with beryls campsite! Even the rain could not dampen our first family holiday camping. The stunning views, massive pitches and laid back site blew me away. We had booked the snug which is a small pitch tent wise but with so much free empty space around us for the kids and the puppy to roam it was perfect!! We will definately return again. Beryl and Liz have an absolute gem of a site and care for it perfectly. I did not want to come home, can't wait to be back!!!!
Aug 13, 2017 by Louise
★★★★☆

Wonderful location & tranquil environment

We had a wonderful two nights stay at Beryl's. The location is a hidden gem - we truly felt like we were going somewhere special driving down the narrow green lanes before arriving - and the pitches are well laid out and spacious. The best bits about the site? The location, the tranquillity, and the closeness to Beesands (we took an easy walk to get fish and chips on our first night. We sat and watched a seal in the bay as the sun was setting and really felt as if we had escaped real life.) Truly magical. The worst bits about the site? Probably the slightly too basic facilities for us. Not enough toilet / washing facilities / obvious systems in place in our opinion. The children didn't find it easy to know exactly how they should wash their hands when they were by themselves, when there was hot water available only from one sink, which sometimes was being used by other guests doing their washing up (fair enough, not clear where to wash hands, and where to wash your bowls!) This wouldn't stop us from returning, however, if a small investment on this front were to be made then we would definitely consider staying longer than our two nights.
Sep 2, 2016 by Elsie
★★★★★

Beautiful, relaxing site

We had a great time at Beryl's. I like the way they've planned the pitches so you have bags of room, and it is a lovely peaceful site. The sea views from the Panoramic pitch were fab! Facilities are fine - I think I only ended up queuing for a shower once, not bad. It's a brilliant location - Beesands beach was remarkably quiet, even at peak season, and we also loved East Portlemouth and South Sands (Salcombe) beaches.
Aug 31, 2016 by ClaireM
★★★★★

Brilliant time at Beryl's

Just returned from a fantastic stay. The campsite is beautiful, spacious and quiet at night with lovely views. Liz and Beryl are lovely and helpful. The toilets and showers (need 20p but v lovely and hot) are clean. Great for kids and dogs and short walk to beech with lovely pub and fish takeaway/restaurant. Beautiful surfing beaches relatively short drive away - we had a lovely afternoon at bigbury on sea. South Milton sands is great for rock pooling at low tide. Lovely coastal walks. Great stay, hope to be back soon.
Jul 30, 2016 by Ellen

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