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.



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.


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.


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.


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

Campion 1 Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
A sunny grass cut pitch, a stone throw from the beautiful Drew's Woodland, and close to the facilities with ample space surrounding.

Campion 2 Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
A sunny grass cut pitch, a stone throw from the beautiful Drew's Woodland, and close to the facilities with ample space surrounding.

Snug Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
As the name suggests, the Snug is nestled in a grassy bank which opens out to views over the valley towards the coast.

Garlands 1 Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
A lovely pitch with views down across the valley and woodlands, sheltered by trees behind and loads of space in front to play and relax.

Garlands 2 Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
A sunny pitch in a lovely paddock with plenty of space surrounding for kids to play.

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

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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.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 27 reviews


Fun free holibobs

The site is clean and well kelp, you are in the middled of nowhere so the place is so quiet and on a clear night I have never seen stars like it before. What I did have an issue with was the lack of welcome. And although a map and several pages of instructions where provided, it was still not clear how we announce our arrival Reading the previous review the owner has clearly stepped up her game with adhering to the rules but I feel it’s gone the other way. We had a film playing quietly and we were told by one of the neighbours they had a strict no noise policy after 10pm. It was 10.10pm and we of course were courteous, turned it off and went to bed. Next day we had the owner over to again explain the policy and then tell us a story of kicking a couple out due to too much noise! After that we felt like we were walking on eggshells and couldn’t enjoy ourselves. We left the next day so we could enjoy the rest of our holiday with no judgement. (Just want to add We are not ravers, we are a radio 2 Liza tarbuck listening chilled couple.) I just don’t think we were a right fit for this site. It’s more for octogenarians who bring their campers and sit quietly with a book and are in bed by 6. I’m concerned when it advertises for family friendly as I think the kids would be far too loud for this place! Also we had pitch L1 so no sea view. It’s right next to the loos so handy in one way but also annoying as you can hear everyone who visits down the gravel track day and night (plop plop). There are much nicer pitches than the one we were allocated. All in all a very beautiful campsite with no soul. Such a shame. Will not be returning.
Jun 20, 2021 by Tom

Response from Beryl's Campsite

Hi Tom, so sorry you didnt enjoy your stay at the campsite. I absolutely hate having to follow up on any possible disturbances, but If I dont follow up any complaints then I would get a negative review for not to be seen as caring, cant please everyone! During mid week out of school holidays it is more couples, the rest of the time there are children running free through the fields, but usually they are are wiped out by 10pm and crash if their parents are lucky! With regards to arrivals, it states in the email everyone is sent, that on arrival you just find your pitch and pitch up, we are a very rustic campsite with no reception, club house, play park or shop, and with the current situation of limiting mixing I have to be extra careful, so unless necessary I tend to just say hi from a distance. You are right we are in the middle of no where, the only light pollution being the light house beam on a misty night, perfect for the star gazing enthusiast! Best wishes liz 


Faff free check-in. Gorgeous, quiet campsite. Clean facilities. Would stay again in a heartbeat.

Super site - super location

A really lucky find given low availability in the area. The campsite is set in amazing rolling hills with views (and sounds) of the sea. Great facilities with super friendly hosts, just the right balance of attentive but unobtrusive. Will deffo be back!
Sep 19, 2020 by Jonny

Probably the nicest campsite we've stayed in

Lovely spot set in rolling hills with beautiful walks across the fields to Torcross, or down to quaint Beesands. Excellent facilities (Johnny keeps the site spotless). Don't miss Stokely farm shop just a couple of miles away. Great little brewery, wonderful produce. We loved Beryl's campsite.... Thanks Liz, we will be back!

Lovely spacious campsite

Beautiful, well maintained site in a lovely area. Friendly staff and enormous pitches.

Idyllic location and great experience

Great stay at Beryl's Campsite. Everything was perfect and Liz clearly runs the campsite very well. We will return!
Sep 7, 2020 by Rob Fell Verified Review

Second visit- still love it

Perfect spot for a few nights stay with toddler and dog. Showers are clean (but remember your 20p’s!) and facilities good. Short walk to dog friendly beach and great fish and chips from Britannia on the beach. There did seem to be an event on nearby which was quite noisy one evening but this wasn’t a problem the last time we stayed so think it was a one off. Don’t want to mark down the campsite for it.

Beautiful campsite in an idyllic location

This campsite is ideal for anyone wanting an authentic campsite experience but still with a degree of comfort! Shared fridges and freezer are really helpful and the showers are nice and hot, just remember to bring a stash of 20ps. The location is unbeatable - 20 min walk to the nearest beach at Beesands and, from there, you're on the coast path to walk in either direction. Torcross is only another half an hour along and again is a beautiful beach. Surrounding area is lovely, lots of gorgeous walks and beaches. Only slight negatives: the shower meters are outside the showers but start straight away so a little impractical and awkward if you don't want to flash your fellow campers! tbh, I'd rather pay a little more per night and not have to bother with the hassle of meters. Plus 20p for only 2 mins is a little mean (and you can't see how much time you have left so it's all a bit stressful :). Otherwise, we'd booked the Snug which has gorgeous views but is, well a little snug - our 5 man tent only just fit. But also, at least when we first arrived, we kept getting pongy wafts from the nearby portaloos. To be fair, that was only the first day and we actually moved just off the official pitch a little further down the field. Although it meant we were on a slight slope, we had a lot more space and were pong free! Finally, a shout out for Jonny who was helpful, friendly and v hard working, coping wonderfully with all the covid-related extra bleaching etc. He keeps the site spic and span and can't do enough to help you - thank you!!

Lovely chilled campsite in a nice location

Everything is great about this campsite, huge pitches nicely spaced out, facilities are small but good (only a few toilets and showers but then there’s not many people even when full). Showers are well maintained and clean (one word of warning they only accept 20p pieces so grab some beforehand!) and the inclusion of communal fridge and freezer is helpful. The walk to the pub is great for lunch but we didn’t fancy the walk up the narrow road in the dark, but the food there was also good. Everybody we met here were friendly and happy, though it’s difficult not to be in such a chilled place. We were lucky enough to have perfectly clear nights, so many stars........
Sep 6, 2019 by CraigyC

Our favourite campsite

This is our favourite campsite, been coming here for 16 years. Lovely relaxed atmosphere, basic but clean facilities. The new wash up area and showers are good. Owner Liz is very friendly. We've been to lots of other campsites but nothing compares to this little gem!
Aug 22, 2019 by Jones


Good recycling. Good and prompt communication with Liz pre stay and on arrival. Fridges and freezer so useful as is phone charging possibility. Most of all it is a beautiful site and peaceful with fab beaches super close.
Aug 20, 2019 by Cherry

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


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


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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