Koa Tree Camp
Welcombe, Bideford, Devon, EX39 6HE
Originally founded back in 2014 but under new management since summer 2017, Koa Tree Camp promises a relaxed, eco-friendly retreat near the surf-friendly Hartland Heritage Coast. While sustainability is central to the agenda here, there’s a pleasing balance between Koa Tree’s green ethos and the luxury touches Hannah and Simon have taken care to cultivate. As Hannah puts it, “We love quiet meadows, the sun on our faces, and the feeling of being closer to nature that comes with camping, but we also enjoy comfy beds, good linen, space to cook dinner, and no queues for the (flushing) loos. We like warm service and thoughtful touches, not overly attentive, watch-your-every-move intrusion”.
Who says luxury camping has to just mean lazing about in your fancy geo-dome, cabin or bell tent all weekend? Sure, the spacious digs, fully-equipped 'surf-shack' kitchen facilities, private underfloor-heated bathrooms and snug 'rainy-day room' call out to the inner loafer. But at Koa Tree Camp, there's plenty to get stuck into to keep your days – and evenings – active. From regular barbecues and pizza nights featuring locally sourced, organic produce, to a yurt cinema for kids, an indulgent on-site massage hut and, naturally, surf equipment hire so you can hit the nearby waves.
Hannah and Simon don't compromise their green credentials either – water is recycled and renewable heating and wood-burning stoves are used throughout. Koa Tree Camp sits on a working smallholding, with projects including permaculture, beekeeping, livestock keeping and the re-establishment of woodland and waterways. Kids are always welcome to come and meet and help feed the animals, and there’s always someone around to chat about the many sustainable, eco-focused projects on the go.
It’s a large site, which never feels crowded and a mowed mini-sports ground in the middle of the site means there’s plenty of room for new friends to set up cricket stumps, chuck a Frisbee, or break into a spontaneous jumpers-for-goalposts kick-about. And, after all that exertion, you can while away your evenings supping scrumpy around the communal firepit while enjoying the clearest night skies in the South West.
The Owner Says
Luxury Camping and Adventure in geodesic domes, Norwegian log cabins and classic British bell tents. Stay on our beautiful smallholding and feed the goats, chickens and pigs or explore the rugged beauty of the North Devon and Cornwall coastline.
Exhausted from London life and with a sigh of relief, we arrived Koa Tree Camp. Set in stunning countryside but 10mins drive from the coast, there is a peace here that draws you in...when I say peace that is peaceful enough without being too quiet....
A gentle buzz brings Koa Tree to life, Kat and Andy bustle around the site making people feel at home, the new yurt cafe brings real coffee and homemade cakes and the kitchen hub means that there are always happy campers preparing a meal.
Each yurt and cabin is beautifully presented with a log burning stove and fire pit / BBQ. We stayed in a cabin with stunning views over the valley, so comfortable and cosy.
Waking up Saturday morning, we wondered along to the next field to indulge in one of Linda's Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage, which put us in a trance of relaxation.
Followed by a good 8 mile coastal walk along cliffs covered with wild flowers, we needed Saturday happy but exhausted with a delicious BBQ, prepared by Andy, with home reared pulled pork and scrummy salads.
Revitalised on Sunday we headed for a pub lunch and then a surf lesson (yes they have a surf school on site!!) at Sandymouth beach.
Truly the perfect weekend, thank you... we will be back (with hoards of friends!!)
PS - we did the drive back to London in 4hrs!!
Koa Tree Camp by far exceeded expectations from all of those in our group. From the moment of booking to arrival, Andy did a wonderful job of keeping us fully informed and updated on all of the activities that would be available to us with the ever changing British weather. The drive to Koa Tree Camp through Devon is scenic and the turning into the site is well signposted and impossible to miss. Upon arrival, Gema gave a tour of the yurts, themed bathrooms (our favourite was Beano!) and the awesome 'rainy-day room' showing clever 'upcycling' designs and explaining the origins of creation behind them. Koa Tree Camp is ideally located close to the coast, which enabled us to enjoy surfing at Widemouth Bay and a trip to Westward Ho! The yurts are very spacious and warm, with views of rolling hills dotted with sheep and lambs to wake up to in spring. The Old Smithy Inn is highly recommended for an evening out, which demonstrates Andy, Sam & Gema's knowledge of and close ties with the local community. Cannot recommend this place enough and we will certainly be back. Thanks for a wonderful stay!