Koa Tree Camp

UK England South West England Devon

Welcombe, Bideford, EX39 6HE
Luxury eco-friendly yurt, cabin and bell tent site with its very own surf school and activities a'plenty.
"What's a Koa Tree", you ask? Well, in Hawaiian culture, the resourceful Koa Tree was used to whittle the hardy canoes and longboards used to ride the choppy Pacific waves. While the North Devon coast might be a few thousand miles (geographically, at least) from paradisical south sea islands, the "Aloha Spirit" is well and truly alive at this glamp-tastic new South West site. The brainchild of lifelong pals Andy and Sam, Koa Tree Camp encapsulates those twin totems of Hawaiian culture – nature and surfing.

Who says luxury camping has to just mean lazing about your fancy yurt, 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 also a jam-packed schedule of activities and events to suit everyone. From cookery courses to outdoor cinema evenings; pizza nights to performances by local musicians. Naturally of course, there's also an onsite surf school – perfect for the novice and the beach bunny alike. Be sure to check the calendar during your stay a few weeks before you arrive.

Despite all this luxury, Sam and Andy won't compromise their green credentials – water is recycled and renewable heating and woodburning stoves used throughout. The boys' philosophy even extends to the wonderful onsite community shop – positively blooming with organic fruit and veg from their very own market garden and orchard. For a true taste of life on a working farm, why not help out with the livestock and learn about permaculture from the farmers themselves?

Guests can even enjoy a spot of boules or get a game of headers 'n' volleys going on the mini football pitch. After all that exertion, while away your evenings round the communal firepit or supping scrumpy at sunset by the tranquil farmyard pond.

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The Owner Says

Luxury Camping and Adventure in Mongolian yurts, 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.

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★★★★★

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Jun 13, 2016 by Chilli van

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!!

★★★★★

Exceeded expectations

May 7, 2014 by Terry

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! 

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