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Owl Valley Glamping

UK England South West England Devon Bideford

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Games room
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Secluded, private glamping in a wooded dell with sun splintering the trees each morning and campfires glowing by night

There may not be any electricity at Owl Valley Glamping but it’s certainly a good place to re-charge your batteries. And it’s precisely because of its off-grid set-up that this rings true. Blending luxury with back-to-nature authenticity, this wooded hideaway in the bottom of a North Devon valley is a real glamping gem. “We think of it as wild camping in style”, owners Ray and Pauline tell us. It’s hard to disagree.

Comprised of just three bell tents and an enchanting woodland cabin, each set in quiet clearings among the trees, Owl Valley Glamping provides every comfort yet still has that essential camping essence. While the tents and cabin are furnished with double beds, wooden cabinets and each have their own private shower rooms, they’re also delightfully free of mod-cons. Internet evenings are traded in for nights around the campfire and day-time fun consists of real outdoor exploration. Dens can be built among the trees, there’s a pond where you can watch for dragonflies and a stream that bubbles through the site is like a magnet for children. Can they build a dam without getting soaking wet in the process? The answer is invariably no.

The real beauty of the place, though, is its privacy. A relic from days gone by, the site is actually situated beside what was once an ancient horse and cart road, with Pauline and Ray’s thatched cottage the old, official toll house. Today it has been transformed into a glorious nature reserve where native wildflowers flourish. Shielded among the trees glampers feel a million miles from anywhere, when in reality the campsite is based in one of the most popular tourist areas along the North Devon coast. Pauline and Ray have even put together a little folder with information about local attractions, though for most the nearby beaches are the main headline.

It’s equally easy, however, to spend all of your time simply hanging around the campsite. There are board games and wildlife books in the communal shack and, slightly higher up the wooded slope, a second hut with a wonderful BBQ terrace. It's the perfect place to sit and enjoy an evening drink. Gloriously off-grid, you can just sit back and take in the sounds of the woodland.

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Bell tents have a double futon bed (bedding included) and single fold-out beds, a dining table and chairs, cooking equipment, cutlery and crockery, a BBQ, cool box and a campfire bowl (logs provided onsite). The off-grid Owlet Cabin (sleeps 5) has a double-bed (with bedding) and king-sized mezzanine (without), plus a chase lounge an extra child can sleep on. It has a wood-burner (and initial supply of logs), fairly lights, lanterns and an outside sun-deck with a BBQ, plus a covered kitchen with a 2-ring gas burner, sink with cold water cooking equipment (including coolbox) and crockery. Each unit has its own private compost toilet with sink, eco shower, eco liquid soap and shampoo and an outside fresh water tap. The 'parliament' recreation room has a porch with gas hobs, washing up facilities, table and chairs, pot bellied log burner, books, board games, dart board and a mini billiards table. There's also a kettle pizza BBQ in the 'beater's hut'. Further up in the woods you'll also find the campfire site and there's a small pond for dipping and a stream for dam building.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Groups considered by request. No dogs.


One mile away, Bideford is the closest town, with independent shops and restaurants but it's the beaches beyond that most folks come here for. Famous Westward Ho!, Braunton Burrows, Croyde, Woolacombe and Bude are all popular sand and surf spots, while the pretty harbour town of Clovelly (01237 431781) is hugely popular for a non-beach related stroll. Take a boat out to Lundy Island (01271 863636) for the day or stay inland and cycle the famous Tarka Trail – miles upon miles of traffic-free cycle path passing close to the site and directly through Bideford.

Food & Drink

An honesty shop at the campsite sells milk, bread, beans and eggs – plus logs for the campfire and BBQ coals. There's also a great selection of nearby pubs. The Crealock Arms (01237 477065) is the closest – approximately one mile away (uphill going, downhill back!), while The Coach & Horses (01237 451214) in Hands Cross is also worth a visit, as is the nearby Thatched Inn (01237 471321) in Abbotsham.

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Rated ★★★★★ over 10 reviews


Had a lovely stay, such beautiful surroundings.

A big thanks to Pauline and Ray for an absolutely lovely stay in an extremely beautiful location. The amenities, despite being close to nature are very well thought out and we were able to get by nicely. Very close to the beach, where we spent most of our days I always looked forward to coming back to the tent and soaking up the scenery. Hope to come back again.
Aug 3, 2019 by Alan Revell

Response from Owl Valley Glamping

Thank you Alan, very pleased you enjoyed our little valley.  It was a pleasure to meet you all.


An amazing BH weekend!

We had the best early May BH weekend at Owl Valley & are planning to return, we couldn’t have asked for anything more! It is a beautiful place with an amazing cabin and 3 bell tents plus ‘parliament’ which is the hub of the valley where we spent most of our time. Pauline and Ray are fantastic hosts, they live next door and come down every morning to check all is ok and provide more logs and change the sawdust toilet buckets! The accommodation is spread out around the valley but close enough to each other if you are one group but far enough apart if you aren’t. Each site has its own toilet and pump shower. There are also the added touches of blankets and hot water bottles for the colder evenings. Cosy! There is an honesty shop which has the essentials you need and lots of freezer packs which you can keep swapping which is very useful in hot weather! It’s a fantastic place for kids of all ages (ours ranged from 6-15!), they spent loads of time in the stream and had the run of the valley. There’s a pizza oven area which is a sun trap! A den building area and the obvious campfire! Just perfect! I would highly recommend a visit!
Jul 16, 2018 by Julia Ford

Amazing weekend getaway

We loved our stay at Owl Valley Glamping! The tent and the facilities were well maintained and the setting was beautiful and tranquil. Ray and Pauline were lovely to communicate with, even despite a very late check-in. Would highly recommend for a weekend escape!
Jul 2, 2018 by Anna


We booked the whole site for the weekend, and what a weekend it was. Even the beautiful photos on the website don't do it justice. The Parliament shack is a brilliant communal area with everything you need to cook up storm, you could sit by the fire pit all night and retreat back to the super cosy tents and cabins. Unforgettable experiences at Pauline and Rays Valley...we will definetly be returning one day.
Jul 2, 2018 by Jack

Amazing! Beautiful and comfy, great for families.

We stayed at Owl Valley in the summer, what a magical place. The natural surroundings are beautiful and so quiet and relaxing and the bell tent was super comfy and roomy enough for our family of 5!! Loved the eco glamping experience, the lovely little extras and kitted out with everything you need. The parliament was a brilliant bonus especially as we went with friends, a great place to congregate and share food and evenings and has everything you need, I was so impressed at how kitted out it was and a log burner! Great having a covered area in case of rain too. Our kids 2, 4 and 11 absolutely loved the space and the surroundings to explore with the stream and pond and all the wildlife! Close to loads of lovely beaches and places to visit so good for the whole family. Will definitely be recommending to friends. Thank you to the lovely Ray and Pauline!
Mar 28, 2018 by Maryanne Walsh

Absolutely brilliant!

We booked the whole of Owl Valley as a group of friends with our children and what a totally fabulous time we had! There was everything you could want from an Eco glamping off grid experience and more. The kids had the time of their lives and we all enjoyed getting back to nature, getting away from it all, cooking on open fires, building dens, pond dipping and relaxing in the eve watching the stars and listening out for owls. FABULOUS!
Mar 28, 2018 by Suzie

Such a wonderful place!

My family stayed in Owl Valley in June 2017 for 2 nights. We had such a wonderful time! The tents and facilities are great, they had everything that we needed. My 5 year old loved looking for fishes and frogs in the stream, finding butterflies and finding deer tracks. It was so relaxing and perfect to get away from everything. Bideford is just a few minutes drive away to get supplies or go to the play area. Pauline and Ray were lovely and so very accommodating. They met us at the car park and brought everything down to the site. We look forward to stopping there again.
Jul 12, 2017 by Jen


We were one of the first guests to stay at Owl Valley (Sorry for the late review!) It was our first time glamping, normally we are at home in rustic campsites, but what a wonderful change. Pauline and Ray met us at the carpark to help us down with our things, explain where everything was and were such wonderful and friendly hosts. The bell tent was fabulous, the kids loved all sleeping under the same roof, and they throughly enjoyed exploring the area splashing around in the stream. The Parliament Shack was a true delight, with a cosy log burner which we enjoyed playing chess around in the evening, our two boys 6 and 9 loved playing darts, and snooker and were up there in their dressing gowns early in the morning enjoying the space to themselves. It was a fabulous community space, but on our last night there, we had the whole place to ourselves! We tried out the pizza barbecue oven, which was fabulous, we lit the log burner and played games in candlelight together in the Parliament shack; truly wonderful. A total getaway from technology and the rest of the world. The compost loo was fab, the shower we found good but a little bit of a faff filling up, however we just used a jug of warm water to have a sit down wash - delightfully rustic. A truly special space with truly wonderful hosts, we wish them all the very best and may you have many very happy wild glampers! We will be back. :)
Aug 23, 2016 by jemmasoper7

Just what we needed!

We stayed at Owl Valley for 3 nights this summer and had a fantastic time in this beautiful, peaceful wilderness. The owners, Pauline and Ray, were fabulous and provided all of the information we needed and were on hand to meet us when we arrived to help with our things and show us around. The bell tent was beautiful with plenty of space for us all. We stayed in Barn Owl which is far enough away from the next tent along to feel private yet close enough to meet your neighbours and share tips for days out etc. The site is beautiful, with plenty of paths to explore and nature to enjoy. Our children loved visiting the Parliament shack to play games and chat to the other children staying on site and at night, it's a lovely place to sit by candlelight with the woodburner and listen to the stream and the wildlife. All facilities were great with the private compost loo and shower being a really nice touch. This was just what we needed for a short break away from things and to enjoy some proper family time. This is a newly opened site and feels very special, Pauline and Ray are lovely, very helpful and just want people to enjoy the space they have created. We will certainly look to return one day to see how the site develops and enjoy the beauty and peace.
Aug 16, 2016 by Sarah

Lovely Weekend Away in a Quite Glamping Spot

Just enjoyed a lovely couple of days at owl valley glamping. This is a newly opened glamping site, run by a couple called Ray and Pauline. We booked two nights for around 75 pounds a night for 5 (one 6 months old!) which I thought was very reasonable. We had a really warm welcome and were made to feel at home from the get go. The Bell tents are great, warm and inviting with a few creature comforts. Easily enough room for us in the double bed and the kids in 2 singles. The tents are raised on new decking with your own private WC and shower. The shower requires filling and pressurising with hot water in the morning but actually works well. There is a free standing communal area next the the stream which runs along the valley floor. This had a nice log burner,dining table and chairs and 8 gas hobs for cooking. There is also a separate large fire pit area hidden in the woods and BBQ area. Thanks again Ray and Pauline for your hospitality and I'm sure we will see you again!
Aug 9, 2016 by Ben

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