Koa Tree Camp

UK England South West England Devon Bideford

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Beaches
  • Walking
Relaxed, eco-friendly glamping in geodomes and cabins among the wildflowers of the North Devon coast

There are a lot of campsites and even more pitches named after the native trees of Britain. Oak, alder, beech and birch are commonplace in the UK, but there is only one Koa Tree Camp. Found in North Devon, named after a tree that’s indigenous to Hawaii and offering a mix of ultra modern geodomes and rustic, Norwegian-style log cabins; this place is a true one off – but it works. It’s revered namesake tree was used to make early surfboards and is said to be fast growing and able to reach impressive heights within five years. Suddenly the name, borrowed from halfway around the world, seems rather appropriate.

Koa Tree Camp put down roots on a smallholding in the Devon village of Welcombe in 2014. It’s changed hands since then but has kept a steady flow of returning guests thanks to its location close to surf-friendly, west-coast beaches and the laid-back vibe that’s continued through its evolution. It may be glamping only here but it has the communal feel of a campsite with a lovely shared Rainy Day Room where you can cook or simply hang out. If you don’t end up sharing stories of your surfing adventures with fellow guests here, there’s always the communal campfire outside. And there are regular pizza nights too – put on by your Koa Tree Camp hosts, Jack and Ilze, who’ll wow you with their circus skills if you’re lucky.

But what about the digs? Domes sleep up to six people, cabins up to four. They are all comfortably furnished with made-up beds, an electricity supply and a wood-burning stove. Outside, each has a deck with outdoor seating, a barbecue – and views; rolling Devonshire countryside by day and starlit Devonshire skies by night. Each dome and cabin has a bathroom allocated to it a little walk away. The luxurious feel (underfloor heating, hot water showers and flushing loos) belies the eco-friendly credentials which include waste water recycling, wood-fired hot water and a reed bed waste system. And the sustainability stretches further than the facilities as wildflower and woodland planting over the years has encouraged wildlife. You might spot the barn owls and hedgehogs at dusk but make sure to say aloha to the non native species too – a pair of resident alpacas.

It’s a large site and, with just nine glamping units, it never feels crowded. Cars are kept out of the glamping meadow and long grass separates the domes and cabins – except for a mown patch which is perfect for a spontaneous jumpers-for-goalposts kick-about. The land slopes away to a little woodland with a tree swing – and, well, that’s about it. It’s a place of simple pleasures; a relaxed but very comfortable base from which to explore the north coast of both Cornwall and Devon as it sits right on the border. It’s just three miles from the closest beach and nine miles from the surf at Sandymouth.

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Facilities

Geo-domes sleep six with a kingsize bed, two singles and two pull-out futons. Cabins sleep four in a kingsize and two single beds. Bedding and linen is provided and there’s electricity and a woodburning stove in every dome and cabin. Each its own private deck and BBQ. Other cooking equipment including full-size ovens, an electric kettle, toaster and fridges (one per unit) is in the large communal kitchen and Rainy Day Room where plates, cups, cutlery and cupboard space are all provided and allocated to each unit too. Wi-Fi is provided throughout. There are nine bathrooms (one allocated per unit) around the Rainy Day Room, each with toilet, sink and shower or bath. The hot water is run on renewable energy and recycled using grey water recycling systems. Campfires are allowed in the communal firepit.

Suitable For

Glampers only. Couples, families, groups (including stag and hen parties) – yes. Well-behaved dogs are allowed for a £20 charge, which means they’ll get their own water bowl and chewy treat.

Campers, caravans, motorhomes – no.

Nearby

The site is ideally situated to explore both the North Devon and Cornish coastlines. The South West Coast Path takes in some of the areas most stunning stretches including Welcombe Mouth, Clovelly, Hartland Quay and Lighthouse and the picturesque fishing village of Boscastle. Koa Tree can arrange plenty of activities such as horse riding, stand up paddleboarding, coasteering and surf lessons.

Food & Drink

There are regular sourdough pizza nights with pizzas cooked in the on-site wood-fired pizza oven (find out on arrival if one is taking place during your stay). Supplies can be bought from the volunteer-run Welcombe Community Shop which is next door to the campsite, sharing its car park as a camper’s drop-off point. It stocks a wide range of fair trade basics and groceries, which can even be pre-ordered and waiting for you on arrival. The closest pub is The Old Smithy Inn (01288 331305), a short drive from the site, which serves up some lovely pub grub and even lovelier ales and ciders – all under a 13th-century thatched roof. For a wider selection of restaurants and pubs, jump in the car and head to Bude (around 11 miles away).

Opening Times

April–November.

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The Owner Says

Luxury, glamping, adventure activities and viewsome vistas: what a fab fusion of features there is at Koa Tree Camp, close to the north Devon coast 25 minutes' drive from Bideford.

This is an eco-friendly site that tries to work as closely as possible with its surrounding nature, with wildflowers planted everywhere and long grass all around. The glamping facilities have a similar ethos of treading lightly on the environment (wood-fired hot water and waste water recycling are among the eco-conscious aspects thrown into the private bathrooms, and there's a reed bed waste system).

This is a rather fab spot in which to settle for a Devon holiday: it's three miles from Welcombe Mouth beach, and surrounded by splendid coast path walks. Surfing can definitely be on the cards too: for that, you'll want to head to Sandymouth beach (nine miles away) or Bude (11 miles), which has surf lessons and other watersports as well as excellent stretches of beach.

Stays here are in cosy units that have proper beds and woodburning stoves, plus a deck with outdoor seating and a barbecue – just the spot for an alfresco evening looking out over the wildflower meadows. Elsewhere there’s a bigger communal kitchen, where each unit has its own cupboard full of all the kit you need to sort meals. As well as that, each unit has its own private bathroom, and a dedicated fridge to fill with whatever goodies you fancy.

Take a wander around the rest of the site to find picnic areas and a firepit for campfire evenings; you're also likely to meet the alpacas Al and Chewy and spot wildlife including hedgehogs, hawks, cranes and a resident barn owl.

Accommodation

Five geo-domes (sleeping six) and four log cabins (sleeping four).

Tiree - Geodesic Dome

Dome Sleeps 6 5 Available
A beautiful, spacious geodesic dome with views out over the farm towards Cornwall

Longpeak - Log Cabin

Cabin Sleeps 4 4 Available
A log cabin sleeping up to 4 people.

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Location

Contact Koa Tree Camp, Welcombe, Bideford, Devon EX39 6HE

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Getting There

From the M5 follow the A361 to Barnstaple. Follow the A39 to Bideford and then on towards Bude. At Hartland you will pass a series of sharp bends in the road. Carry on until you pass the West Country Inn on your left. After one more sharp right and then left turn you will reach the Welcombe cross roads. Turn right into Welcombe. Koa Tree Camp is the second property on the left after Little Hollacombe Farm. If using a SatNav enter the postcode EX39 6HE and it will take you almost to the door.

A car is recommended as getting to Koa Tree Camp and around the area by public transport is not easy with the closest railway station at Barnstaple, 25 miles away. There are very infrequent buses (which take around two hours) from Barnstaple to the closest bus stop at Welcombe Cross on the A39, a short walk from site. A better option would be to take a taxi from Barnstaple.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 7 reviews

★★★★★

A 5 star campsite with the most comfy beds

Koa Tree when out of there way to make it a special stay. The beds are incredibly comfortable and the cleaning standards were extremely high. It's a peaceful setting. The Geodomes were lovely and light. Far nicer than safari tent glamping. The kitchen area was well equipped and spacious. The showers were hot and we were allocated our own bathroom. I absolutely loved our stay there and will go back.
Aug 20, 2020 by Sarah Shore Verified Review
★★★★☆

Great place

We had a wonderful stay at Koa tree camp. We stayed in a geo dome which was very comfortable. Pizza night and fire show was great fun, our 4 kids loved the place, great facilities and really sensible approach in terms of cleaning and social distancing. Lots to do near by. We plan to come back again. My only slight criticism was the noise at night from a chicken processing factory close by, It made falling a sleep a bit tricky, other than that it was perfect 😀😀👌
★★★★★

Lovely place, friendly staff

We had a lovely long weekend staying at Koa Tree, very well looked after by the staff. Great facilities. Would recommend x
★★★★★

Wonderful few days

We have just spent 3 wonderful days at Koa Tree Camp, 2 mums, 2 dogs and 5 kids. The kids loved the excitement of staying in a Geodome, roasting marshmallows on the log burner while drying clothes after been caught in one of those English showers!!! We all had so much fun learning to surf at the Koa surf school. It was great to ride the waves even if it was lying on the board!!! We enjoyed pizza night, some of the best pizza we have had, with fresh home made ingredients. Only to be followed with movies night in a yurt with fresh sweet popcorn. Koa Tree Camp had 6 bathrooms so we never had to queue, grubby happy kids were bathed in plenty of hot water. The communal Kitchen and dining area was never crowded, with plenty of pots, pans and crockery for all. Excellent location with only a short drive to excellent dog friendly beaches. A wonderful space and location.
Aug 4, 2019 by Dawn
★★★★★

Perfect family getaway

We recently spent a glorious week at Koa with our two young boys and came away feeling both rejuvenated and re-centred. Even our dog had a ball! Owners Charlie, Hannah and Simon made our stay both effortless and fun. Pizza night is one not to miss - beautiful homemade sourdough pizza base with glorious toppings like goat's cheese and honey. The boys loved their morning surf lessons at nearby Sandymouth Beach, and the afternoons were spent walking along the stunning coastline, or sightseeing. I can highly recommend the cream tea at Docton Mill Gardens! Clovelly is a lovely day out and do grab lunch at The Glorious Oyster beach shack in Westward Ho! Be sure to book a massage at the Koa Beach Hut and bliss out. The camp was pretty full the week we visited, but everyone seemed to get along and manage sharing the communal spaces admirably. Book breakfast at the cafe on site if you can - the Shakshouka is real treat! Thanks for a wonderful stay, Koa Tree Camp!
Aug 17, 2018 by rochellegosling
★★★★★

Heavenly camping

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!!

Jun 13, 2016 by Chilli van
★★★★★

Exceeded expectations

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! 

May 7, 2014 by Terry

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