Battisborough Glamping

UK England South West England Devon Plymouth

  • Campfires Allowed
  • Games room
  • Beaches
  • Walking
Glamping in the grounds of a grand country house, with sea views and access to a hidden beachy cove

In any other location you might be wooed by the comfort of the bell tents at Battisborough House. The sprung mattresses, the antique bedsteads, the bunting, the lanterns, the lights. But it takes a lot, here, for anything to grab your attention other than view. Set on a perfectly flat terrace of land above the country house's tennis court (which guests are welcome to use), a drop in the landscape reveals the sparkling blue of the sea. On a clear day it seems to merge into the blue of the open sky. 'Welcome to the coast', the view seems to say. Get any closer and you'll be camping in the sea.

There are just three bell tents in total, set beyond the Victorian house, which also offers self catering holidays and residential trips at other times of the year. The premium tent hire company, Ready Tent Hire, had been receiving requests to pitch tents here for years before they finally decided to bed down at the place for good and turn it into a bona fide glamping site. The result is a well-run site with good hot showers and loos, set within some six acres of gardens and grounds, which are largely left untamed so that wildlife can flourish. There's a communal firepit in the trees, a games room in the house that glampers have access to and a croquet lawn for garden games less than 100 metres from your tent.

Unsurprisingly, the most enticing feature is the access to the coast. A tiny stream – and a footpath – leads down in front of the house to Battisborough Cove, a small craggy beach usually occupied by a few guests from the glamping site and perhaps a sea-kayaker or a stand-up paddleboarder out to explore. There are stacks and rocky stumps and the water is an appealing turquoisey blue. Behind it the South West Coast Path runs along the clifftops – follow it east to find a slightly bigger, sandier beach at the mouth of the River Erme or follow it west for more hidden nooks and a picturesque undulating trail. Not that everything has to be found on foot. It's a 20-minute drive to Ivybridge, Dartmoor and popular beaches like Wembury and Bovisand and it's 30 minutes to Plymouth. But, it has to be said, there's something nice about coming somewhere as popular as South Devon and finding the space and the seclusion of Battisborough. It makes you want to simply stick around and enjoy a little quiet time. And perhaps a game of tennis or two.



Each of the three bell tents features a double bed, bedside tables, a storage trunk and a full-length mirror, as well as extra little furnishings to make you feel at home, like rugs, lanterns, bunting and fairy lights. Two single beds are added for family bookings. All bedding and linen is provided. There are two showers, two toilets and a kitchen on site, as well as a games room and TV room. Guests also get to make use of the on-site tennis court and croquet lawn throughout their stay, while in the woodland area there is a communal fire pit with logs available for purchase.

Suitable For

Glamping, kids – yes. Dogs, camping in your own tent, campervan or caravans – no.


From the site you can walk down a private coastal path that leads out to Mothecombe Beach, peaceful and unspoilt, the beach is a great place to swim and sunbathe while avoiding the summer crowds. From here you can also walk to several more isolates coves. Another beloved spot to take in the sea views from is South Battisborough Farm, home of the famed Surfing Cow Ice Cream. The farm is over an acre in size and has a BBQ and picnic area with views of the coastline and the iconic Jersey-Cross cows in action, all just a few minutes’ walk from Battisborough Glamping. Dartmoor National Park (01626 832093) is 20 minutes from Battisborough, great for hiking and generally getting out into the open, with the popular walk up Western Beacon amongst the closest points to the glamping site.

Food & Drink

There's nothing within strolling distance but there are plenty of options in the town of Ivybridge, 15–20 minutes away, including Hettie’s Coffee Shop and Rochelle’s River Café (01752 698576). The former serves a fresh and local menu with daily specials that can also be ordered to takeaway and boats a large terrace that overlooks the River Erme. Hettie’s Coffee Shop, meanwhile, is a lovely independent spot less than five minutes by car, serving refreshing smoothies and iced coffees as well as breakfasts, light lunches and vegan options. A little closer to Battisborough Glamping is the Schoolhouse Devon (01752 830552), just five minutes away in the car. The restaurant serves great fresh seafood and has a calendar full of events including tapas nights, indulgent specials and live music, all happening within a few minutes’ walk from the sea.

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The Owner Says

Battisborough Glamping is set in a stunning location designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, directly overlooking the sea. The house was built in 1898 for the Fox family, Plymouth business owners, who farmed at South Battisborough Farm before the land was amalgamated into the adjoining Flete Estate. For several years from the 1950’s, Battisborough House was run as a boarding school closely modelled on the famous Scottish school, Gordonstoun. In 1987, it became a residential centre set up and managed by Hall Grove School in Surrey. Our glamping site lies within six acres of private gardens on a broad terrace commanding exceptionally fine sea views. Battisborough Glamping is very well resourced. It includes use of a large indoor playroom, known as ‘The Old Pottery’, with its kitchenette, shower and toilet room. Within an attractive sheltered woodland there is a communal fire pit, pizza oven and large BBQ for guests. Logs are available for purchase on site. Use of the hard tennis court is permitted (though shared with guests of the house). Battisborough Glamping is within a quite exceptional setting providing our glampers with privileged access to one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the country. Guests will not be disappointed.

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Three luxury bell tents.

Bell Tent Zen

Bell tent Sleeps 4
With unspoilt sea views from each individual bell tent

Bell Tent Romantic

Bell tent Sleeps 4
With unspoilt sea views from each individual bell tent

Bell Tent Nautical

Bell tent Sleeps 4
With unspoilt sea views from each individual bell tent

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Contact Battisborough Glamping, Battisborough Cross, Plymouth, Devon PL8 1JX

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Getting There

If you are travelling South along the A38, head south-west on Devon Expy along the A38. Continue for just under a mile then take the A3121 exit towards Ermington and Modbury. Carry on for a quarter of a mile then turn right onto Kingsbridge Road before turning left onto B3213. Follow the road for three and a half miles untill you reach a roundabout, then continue straight onto Fore Street. After just under quarter of a mile Battisborough Glamping will be on your right.


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We were a group of 11, three families who booked Battisborough last minute after a foreign holiday was cancelled. A new experience for some of us, having never really camped before. The setting is amazing, the views are better in real life and the site is tranquil and well kept. The tents were clean, spacious and nicely designed, big enough for all of us and our things. The Pottery was fabulous, the table tennis table amused all the kids (and adults!). Plenty of storage (a big plastic box for food for each tent, and a fridge for each tent). Kettles and a microwave, cutlery and crockery are provided. We suggested a toaster would be a welcome addition for breakfasts etc. The toilets and showers were spotless and cleaned regularly throughout our stay. With eleven requiring showers the hot water did tend to run out for the last couple. As we were all in a group, it didn't matter too much to us, but if you were on site with other families it could cause an issue. We also felt that the two toilets and showers being in one lockable room could prove problematic if another family was using the facilities and had locked the main door, it effectively leaves everyone else without the use of a toilet, not ideal in the morning! The coastal walk to Mothecombe Beach was lovely, could be an issue for very small children or those with mobility issues. But our group enjoyed it to get to the beach, even when the cows were loose in the field! We made use of tennis court for football and cricket and enjoyed the fire pit at night for marshmallows and chit chat. We didn't use the pizza oven, but did have two BBQs, one under the wooden shelter on a drizzly evening which kept us dry. I have emailed some feedback to the owner, suggesting perhaps a few more lights on site (the solar ones would be great, expect some were not working). A tumble dryer in the Pottery would be an amazing addition to keep towels dry/clothes and keep the dreaded damp away. Overall, we loved our Devon break.
Aug 17, 2021 by Alison Thorp Verified Review

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