Koa Tree Camp

UK England South West England Devon Bideford

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Eco-friendly glamping in the long grasses of North Devon with a permaculture garden, beekeeping and other sustainable projects at every turn – plus wetsuits and surfboards for the beach!

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.

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Geo-domes sleep 6, on a kingsize bed, 2 singles and either 2 single or 1 double pull-out futon. Cabins sleep 4 in a kingsize and 2 single beds (either standard or bunk). Bell tents sleep 3 in a kingsize and a single bed. Electricity in all geo-domes. Cabins run off solar panels and have electric lighting. Each unit has its own private deck and BBQ/Dutch oven. Large communal kitchen and 'Rainy Day Room' equipped with ping pong table, board games, books, woodburner and underfloor heating. Wi-Fi provided throughout. 6 bathrooms with bath/shower, WC and sink (cleaned daily). The hot water is run on renewable energy and recycled using grey water recycling systems. Campfires in the communal firepit. Surfboard and wetsuit hire. New for 2018, Koa Tree's onsite foraging expert and yoga teacher will be running regular courses. Massage therapy also available.

Suitable For

Couples, families, groups (including stag and hen parties) – yes. Well-behaved dogs are allowed for a £10 charge, which means they’ll get their own blanket for the weekend, a munchy treat, poop scoop and a water bowl.


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 (surf-hire available on-site)

Food & Drink

Food is a central part of the new management's ethos, so keep your eyes peeled for a brand new breakfast menu, supper clubs, and sourdough pizza nights courtesy of the newly-built wood-fired pizza oven. The on-site Welcombe Community shop is volunteer run and opens all year round. It stocks a wide range of fair trade basics and groceries, which can even be pre-ordered and waiting for you on arrival. The Old Smithy Inn (01288 331305) is just a short drive from the site and 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

15th April - 2nd November.

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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.

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5 geo-domes (sleeping 6), 2 bell tents (sleeping 3) and 2 log cabins (sleeping 4). Check Availability


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.)


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Rated ★★★★★ over 4 reviews


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

Why book with Cool Camping?

  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Trusted for over 10 years
  • A chance to win prizes in our regular competitions

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