Holsome Park Camping

UK England South West England Devon Totnes

  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
A quiet, summer-only campsite with campfires in the heart of the Devon countryside, enjoying panoramic views towards Dartmoor

It seems strange to say that Holsome Park Camping is a place for night owls. With its prime location 10 miles from the coast, the endless footpaths directly from its boundary, and the family-friendly vibe of the whole place, you’d expect us to call it a site for sunny days. True as this may be, though, the wealth of attractions on the doorstep mean it’s easy to spend very little daytime here at all!

The reason, however, we so love this place at night, is the seclusion of it all. Perched on the perfectly flat top of a gentle hill, in the heart of the Devon countryside, Holsome Park Camping is a spectacular spot for that late evening light. As the August sun comes to the end of each day, it sits like an orange orb in the open space opposite the site ­– Dartmoor National Park, an endless stretch of green that rolls into the distance and bathes in a warming glow as the sun sets. The odd evening barbecue sends a white wisp of smoke across the sky, birds taking roost twitter the occasional sound into the night, but otherwise the campsite is quiet and serene. In short, it’s peaceful, rural bliss.

When morning comes there’s still plenty to sing and dance about. The campsite, with space for around 30 unmarked pitches, is a tents-only base with a wonderfully sociable feel and a simple, leave-you-to-it ethos. Owners Louise and Graham are friendly and on hand, but their house, on the opposite side of the tiny country lane, means they can to and fro helpfully from the site without being ever-present or overbearing. Facilities are simple but effective – a block with toilets, showers and wash basins – while a few electrical hook-ups are provided for those in need of this added ‘luxury’.

Off site, though the aforementioned footpaths make for excellent walking, most things around here are best reached by car. Head south and the coastline twists and curves around you, with the endless sands of Slapton on the eastern side and the craggy headlands of Hope and Thurleston to the west. The Kingsbridge Estuary sits in the middle like a watery centrepiece, clustered with picturesque villages along its banks. For something different, National Trust owned Saltram House is a Georgian era mansion edging Plymouth. It’s a fantastic spot en route to the city, which together make for the perfect rainy day cover if the weather decides to spoil your fun!

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  • A low deposit of 30% to secure your booking
  • Balance not due until 30 days before your holiday, in case of late changes to Coronavirus guidance
  • Complete flexibility to move bookings up to the end of 2021 in the event of Coronavirus restrictions
  • In the event of a lack of 2021 availability, switch your dates to 2022
  • Due to low deposit and late balance payment, no refunds are offered

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Details

Facilities

Toilets, showers and a covered washing up area (with two communal fridges) are all clean and new. Power point for phone recharging. Campfires permitted in firepits. Slide and swing area for children. Campers are welcome to go and look at the animals or take a walk around the farm – just ask Louise and Graham which is the best route to take. You can also feed the chickens and help collect the eggs in the morning!

Suitable For

Tents, couples, families, groups and dogs (max of 2 dogs per tent unless arranged otherwise) – yes. Campervans, caravans and motorhomes – no.

Nearby

Amble around the Avon valley with excellent footpaths right from the campsite's doorstep or drive to nearby attractions including the Pennywell Farm Activity Centre (01364 642023) or Paignton (01803 697500) and Dartmoor Zoo's (01752 837645). For something more cultural, it is a 25 minute drive to the National Trust's Saltram House (01752 333500) and a little further to medieval Cotehele (01579 351346) and Buckland Abbey (01822 853607). For many, though, the coast is the most obvious attraction. It's 10 miles to the nearest beaches, including Bigbury, Bantham, South Sands, Blackpool Sands, East Soar Cove, and Slapton.

Food & Drink

Campers can purchase meat, burgers, bacon, sausages and eggs right from the farm – BBQs permitted off the ground. The nearest pubs are a bit of a trek away, with the excellent New Inn (01548 821326), in Moreleigh, over 3 miles away and around 10 minutes in the car. The locals are worth the journey though. The Cott Inn (01803 863777) at Dartington, and the Ship (01752 892565) or Anchor (01752 690388) at Ugborough are all worth a visit.

Open

July and August only.

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The Owner Says

Graham and Louise welcome you to Holsome Park Camping, a family-run campsite situated in the heart of the Devon countryside, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We open for the month of August.

The campsite is flat and grassy making it an ideal camping ground. We offer generous pitch sizes for you to make the most of your holiday. The campsite is spacious and enjoys unspoilt panoramic views to Dartmoor. Conveniently located 10 minutes from the A38, between Dartmoor and the South Devon coast. The farm and campsite are run in an environmentally conscious fashion. Holsome Park Camping welcomes families with children and well behaved dogs. The campsite has toilets, showers and washing up facilities.

Pitches

30 unmarked pitches and 6 electric pitches.

Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 2 2 Available
Fully furnished 5m bell tent with a comfortable double bed or two singles, bedding, lighting and light furnishings

Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 24 Available
Standard pitch includes parking for 1 car and 2 adults.

Grass pitch with electricity

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 6 5 Available
Electric hookup pitch includes parking for 1 car and 2 adults.

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Location

Contact Holsome Park Camping, Holsome Park Camping, Diptford, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 7NA

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Getting There

From Exeter: Come down the A38 from Exeter and go past the junctions marked for Ashburton, Buckfastleigh and Rattery. Take the Marley Head junction signposted for South Brent, Totnes and Dartington. At the roundabout off the slip road, take the third exit on the right signposted Diptford. Go along this lane and at the crossroads go straight across. Turn right at the T-junction. Take the third road signposted for Diptford (Christone Cross). The farm lane is the next left (approximately 200 yards from the junction). Go down the lane past the farm buildings on the left, and Holsome Park is the next left.

From Plymouth: Come off the A38 at the Avonwick/South Brent junction; follow the road signposted for Avonwick and Totnes. Once you have gone past the Avon Arms on the left-hand side of the road and Cousins Garage on the right, you will go over a small bridge. Take the right-hand turning immediately past the bridge. Keep going along this road up to the village of Diptford. Take the third turning to the right signposted Moreleigh and Kingsbridge. When you are reaching the top of the hill before you get to the T-junction you will see a right turn with a triangle of grass. Turn right and go down the lane. The campsite is the third on the left just after the farm buildings (second left).

The nearest train station is Totnes, by bus the nearest are either South Brent or Totnes.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 13 reviews

★★★★★

Stunning sunsets, great facilities

This place was gorgeous, with views over the hills where the sun sets. The amenities were modern and worked well. I saw complaints in a couple of reviews about shower facilities but we had none. The showers are nice and hot, and are on a timer to help save water (like in a swimming pool) but you can press it as many times as you like. The water did sometimes very briefly change temperature when toilets were flushed in the block, but if you shower at a quieter time it's no problem. The owners were very friendly. No complaints!
★★★★★

Quiet location with beautiful views

We stayed for 2 nights over the August Bank Holiday. The pitches were spacious and we had EHU. It was a lovely site with the normal facilities which were kept clean and tidy. The extra bonus were the farm walk and the chicken and sheep feeding which the kids loved.
★★★★★

Great

Really lovely, clean site with excellent facilities. Very family friendly. The owners and their children are lovely. The owners kids run a little shop which is great, there's a walking tour of the farm and a chance to feed the animals. More than enough room for kids to play without them interfering with others. Swings and slides in the field too. Would certainly recommend it. The only thing I'd improve is the recycling facilities but I haven't knocked the star rating down for that as I don't know if this is down to the site or the local facilities.
Aug 31, 2021 by Claire lacy Verified Review
★★★★★

Glorious views

Lovely spot on the edge of Dartmoor, views are stunning! Site is a field on the owners farm with good shower/toilet facilities. Covered washing up area and access to fridge & freezer. There is charging for mobile phones in secure lockers but take plenty of change; cost £1 for 30 minutes. BBQs and fires are allowed which is a bonus. My only quibble is with the description on Cool Camping - the site is far from ‘perfectly flat!’ If you have an electric hook up or pitch in the middle of the field it is flat but it does slope away towards the boundary hedge.
★★★★★

Perfect family camping

Really nice quiet location. Lovely for kids. Great loo and shower blocks, and shop run by owner's kids. One thing - Pitches favour those with electric hook ups, so, as humble no-frills camping folk, we ended up down at the bottom of the hill, which meant we were sloping back down a bit, but all in all a lovely experience, with thankfully lovely weather! Watching the sun set over Dartmoor is the highlight of every day. Be prepared to do lots of reversing back up country lanes - Devon ones are so narrow.
★★★★★

Pitch Perfect!

We certainly recommend Holsome Park in Devon on the South Hams. Big field on top of the hills with amazing scenery, great for sunsets, BBQs and fire pits allowed, clean washing up and bathroom building, nice farming family that run it, their kids take the visiting children round to feeds the lambs and chickens everyday at 9am and they run a little shop. The beef farmers fillet steak was lovely! Visiting children just all play with each other around the swings and slide, it just become their focal point. Electric hook ups available as well. 20 mins from Totnes, half an hour from Plymouth, and half an hour to loads of other places to visit. We’ll certainly be back again in the future.
★★★★★

Lovely and tranquil campsite

We stayed for 4 nights in July 2021. The campsite was wonderful and tranquil and the owners extremely helpful. The kids loved feeding the animals and the farm tour was great , lovely views … will definitely come back !!! Thanks Neil
Jul 27, 2021 by Neil Gaskell Verified Review
★★★★★

Lovely quiet park

We loved our stay at this seasonal park (it's only open for the summer season). As the title suggests, it is a quiet park meaning you can relax and take in the glorious sunsets, views and the stars (little light pollution). We were greeted by the lovely owner (Louise) upon our arrival (we had to make a call to her). She showed us the facilities and then to our pitch. She said for us to visit the bungalow if she could help with anything. We did and she was fantastic. There's a small play area for the children as well as plenty of space for ball games. The daily feeding of the animals was also popular with our children. The facilities have been improved. We found them very clean and they met our needs. There are a couple of fridges and a freezer you can use without charge. There's a number of mobile phone charging stations that you can use for a reasonable cost. The campsite acts as a good base to visit lots of other places in Devon as the likes of Torquay, Brixham, Teignmouth and Dawlish are all between 25-45 mins drive away. We would have no hesitation in recommending others to visit the campsite. We will certainly bear it in mind for a return visit when we holiday in South Devon again.
Jul 24, 2021 by Lee Bengough Verified Review
★★★★★

Chilled and spacious with incredible views

Oh where to start with the incredible views!! Just amazing! Lovely, chilled out vibe with lots of space. Toilet and shower block obviously had an upgrade as they were all brand new and were great, especially the family room, just made everything a bit easier. Kids loved feeding the lambs and chickens in the morning! Thank you for a brilliant stay!
Jul 19, 2021 by Becky Badger Verified Review
★★★★★

Peaceful, beautiful sunsets and views.

Just far enough out of the way to be stunningly quiet at night, the light pollution is minimal so if you like star gazing you are in for a treat. the toilet/shower facility is kept clean although with just 3 showers you will have to wait when the campsite is busy. lovely big field with ample room between tents, this campsite is run by some thoughtful people who want to make sure your visit is a good as it could be. on this occasion we had a very loud snorer in the tent next to us, not the campsites fault obviously but would be lovely if we could stick all the snorers in their own field a couple of miles away ;) we will definitely be back to this gem of a campsite, can totally recommend.
★★★★★

Relaxed, friendly and clean

The campsite is in a beautiful location with stunning scenery. The owners were very friendly and each day the children were able to help out at the farm. We bought eggs and bacon from the farm and they were delicious. There's also the use of a fridge if needed. We travelled from there to Paignton, Kingsbridge and Blackpool Sands and all were very easy to reach. I would thoroughly recommend this campsite to anyone.
Jul 24, 2020 by Jennifer Caddick
★★★★★

Amazing Views, Peaceful Location

We arrived on a Friday evening and were warmly welcomed by Louise who explained where things were and where we could pitch. Plenty of space with amazing views up towards Dartmoor. Very centrally located for visiting the local area, everywhere we wanted to go was within 10-15 miles. We had a really relaxing time chilling by our campfire and enjoying the peace and quiet.
Jul 23, 2020 by Matt Verified Review
★★★★★

Great value for money

A quiet, relaxed campsite in a rural area with great views of Dartmoor. The shower and toilet facilities are basic but perfectly adequate, with additional washing up facilities and the use of fridge/freezer if required. The camping field is not entirely flat but there was plenty of space for us to choose a suitable pitch and we spent two comfortable nights mid-July. We were met by the owner (Louise) on arrival who was very friendly and welcoming. There was a very "common-sense" approach to the extra Covid-19 precautions and we felt safe but not "watched over". My 5-star rating of the site reflects the price, which was the cheapest by far that I found in the area. If you're looking for luxury this is not for you, but for a relaxed camping experience in a beautiful area this is great value for money! Although there aren't any attractions within walking distance this is still a great location for exploring South Devon and Dartmoor. You are 30 to 40 minutes from various beaches, half an hour from Dartmoor Zoo in one direction or Paignton Zoo in the other, and about 15-20 minutes from Buckfastleigh - where I would urge you to visit the otters!! There are also a number of National Trust and English Heritage sites within a hour's drive of the campsite. We will definitely be back to visit when everything opens up again post-lockdown!
Jul 22, 2020 by Charlotte Verified Review

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