Dreamfields Glamping

UK England South West England Devon Sidmouth & Seaton

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Beaches
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Bell tent glamping with stunning sea views, breakfasts included and an on-site bar in South Devon

Dreamfields… it sounds a bit like a festival doesn’t it? It looks a bit like one too with a few key elements missing; there’s no stage; no pumping music and definitely no crowds. “I suppose it’s a bit like the VIP chill-out area at Glastonbury,” says Lucy, one of the expert event organisers behind this pop-up glamping site. That sums it up nicely. This is a bell tent camping site with stunning sea views, a stylish tented bar for the adults and an outdoor cinema for the kids.

This is what happens when you let a bunch of experienced event organisers loose in a field. There’s festoon lighting, communal campfires, on-site catering and staff who keep everything running smoothly. These are not your average campsite wardens who’ve chosen an outdoor lifestyle but work-hungry execs from a high-end events company. When all their events were cancelled in 2020, they decided to put their skills and their kit to good use by running a pop-up glamping site. The CEO and the managing director helped pitch tents, the senior operations team welcomed guests and everyone had a good time. So good, in fact, that Dreamfields is returning for 2021 in a new and idyllic location.

This year, they are setting up their 31 bell tents on an organic farm high on a Devonshire clifftop. The location and the layout affords each tent a safe sea view. You’re a couple of fields, a footpath and a number of fences away from the cliff edge but that can’t detract from the scene that awaits every morning when you unzip the tent to receive your campsite breakfast. This is glamping for glampers; beds are made, electricity provided and breakfast is served. Over at the bar; campfires are lit, films are screened and drinks are poured.

It’s not just the hospitality that makes this place dreamy, it’s also its south coast location. Aside from the view, the space, sights and sounds of the surrounding farm; there’s the beach. The closest is a mere ten-minute walk away on the South West Coast Path (which, by the way, runs close by the site) but, for a nicer spot, we’d suggest you go further. Three miles east is elegant Sidmouth and the same distance west is charming Budleigh Salterton; both a lovely walk if your legs are long enough and a very short drive if they’re not. Hire paddleboards, eat Devonshire ice cream and then make your way back to Dreamfields for a G&T at sunset. Campfires are lit, films are screened, drinks are poured and memories are made.

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Facilities

Each five-metre bell tent is set up with a made-up double bed and air mattresses for extra guests and decorated with rugs, lanterns, bunting and fresh flowers inside. There’s a power supply and a kettle with tea and coffee-making kit too. There’s a communal area set up in a huge stretch tent which includes a fully-stocked bar. It is set up with hay bales, and communal fire pits outside. There’s also an outdoor cinema which screens kids’ films nightly. Barbecues and charcoal can be hired (extra charge).

Suitable For

Glampers only, adults, children, groups, dogs – yes. Campers, campervans, motorhomes, caravans – no.

Nearby

There are a choice of beaches within a few miles of site. The closest is Ladram Bay Beach, just a mile and a walk of about 15 minutes on the coast path away. It’s great for swimming and rockpooling and there are boats for hire too – but it can be busy as there’s a caravan park in prime position behind it. A little further, a four-mile drive or a three-mile walk, is another beach at Sidmouth, an elegant Victorian town with plenty of facilities including watersports, shops and places to eat and drink. In the other direction (south west) it’s about three miles to Budleigh Salterton, a charming town with a two-mile pebble beach where the River Otter meets the sea and a further five miles to Exmouth.

Food & Drink

A locally sourced breakfast is served to your bell tent each morning and there’s a fully-stocked bar in the communal area. There’s a regular pizza night and alternative catered options throughout the week. If you fancy eating out, the village of Otterton is a ten-minute walk from site. There’s a pub, The Kings Arms (01395 568416) and a cafe/restaurant at Otterton Mill (01395 567041) which is recommended. There’s also a farm shop within the mill where you can stock up on local goodies. If you’re in Budleigh Salterton, try the fresh crab at The Longboat Cafe (01395 445619) on the seafront (three miles from site) and don’t miss the Devon ice cream from The Creamery (01395 442064) which comes topped with clotted cream. For a highly-recommended lunch or dinner in Sidmouth try the relaxed seaside dining on offer at The Pea Green Boat (01395 514152) or the Pynes Bar and Restaurant at the Bedford Hotel (01395 513047). For something completely different, head for the River Exe Cafe which is on a floating pontoon offshore in the Exe Estuary. You’ll need to get to Exmouth Marina (eight miles from site) and then, excitingly, take a river taxi to reach the restaurant. If you prefer to dine on dry land you might like to try Rockfish Exmouth (01385 272100) instead.

Open

July and August only.

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The Owner Says

A SECRET LUXURIOUS HIDEAWAY

Imagine sharing an unspoilt and intimate fourteen-acre field in rural Devon with all your favourite people. Waking up as the sun is rising over the sea to the east, and finishing your day with a beautiful sunset to the south-west, with nothing but miles and miles of unspoilt panormaic views in between.

After such a successful first year gathering rave reviews in rural Somerset, Dreamfields are excited to return for 2021 - bringing our luxurious glamping vibe to a beautiful spot on the South Devon Coast.

South Devon is often called the English Riviera due to its microclimate of sheltered coastline, low rainfall and long sunny days and the new Dreamfields site is a wonderful base for exploring the Jurassic Coastline.

Explore the local beaches and play in the surf, discover the nearby rockpools and sandy bays or take your time to simply enjoy the expanse of unspoilt countryside.

Our pop-up, luxury glamping venue is set within the stunning grounds of Stantyway, a working organic farm on the outskirts of the quaint village of Otterton and nestled on the cliffs between the stunning coastal towns of Budleigh Salterton and Sidmouth. It is a haven for nature and an area of outstanding beauty and you will find fields of beautiful lupins, dozens of wild hares and peregrine falcons nesting in the cliffs.

Built with social distancing in mind, every aspect of our location has been developed to ensure you can holiday safely and securely this summerImagine spending the days breathing in the fresh air as you explore the Devon beaches, delve into the local rockpools or take an excursion on a boat to discover the shoreline. Or head inland and lose yourself in the beautiful countryside listening to the birdsong in the woods nearby.

Imagine spending the night in your luxury bell tent after an evening under the stars, surrounded by glowing lanterns and the cosy warmth of a fire pit.

Our luxury glamping experience is a slice of indulgence in the wild countryside yet less than four hours from Central London.

Accommodation

There are over 30 bell tents, with plenty of space (and plenty of choice!).

Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 5 41 Available
A secret, luxurious hideaway, with nothing between you and the wide expanse of the ocean. Hidden in the beautiful Devon countryside.

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Location

Contact Dreamfields Glamping, Dreamfields Glamping, Budleigh Salterton, Devon EX9 7AY

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Getting There

From the main road through the pretty village of Otterton (Fore Street) take Bell Road, signposted towards Ladram Bay. After about 100 metres, turn right on to the narrow Stantway Road. Dreamfields is located on Stantyway Farm after another half a mile.

The closest railway station is at Exmouth (eight miles away). From there you can take a taxi or get the bus towards Sidmouth which stops in Otterton, a mile from site. If you’re walking on the South West Coast Path, the site is 50 metres off the footpath midway between Budleigh Salterton and Sidmouth, south west of Ladram Bay.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★☆☆ over 7 reviews

★★★★★

Amazing views & hassle free!

Being a big group of 15, we were warmly welcomed by the team and everything that we requested before our arrival (2xbbq sets with utensils, picnic tables and chairs for each tents, clean and well packed tents with extra beds, etc.) were all set up making our unpacking very easy and straightforward. We were also allowed to bring our own picnic table, tarp tent to cover us from the sun, and food & drinks which we really appreciated. The ocean views from our tents were amazing, toilets and showers were all well maintained, and the bar area was well looked after for those of us who wanted to stay up late with our own fire pits. Overall, Dreamfileds was one of the best and clean glamping spots that I've visited, even for big groups, so I will deffo recommend them and visit again soon!!!
Sep 6, 2021 by Jay Verified Review
★☆☆☆☆

Overpriced and not glamping

Hi just came back from here and sadly we didn’t rate it all and thought it very overpriced and to be honest think we are owed some money back. On the first night our daughter’s air mattress deflated and my husband and her ended up sleeping in the van at 3am. Our other daughter’s sleeping bag got soaked (see below about leak). The staff did provide proper mattresses for the kids the next day but this ruined that night and left us shattered the next day. Also noticed our bed frame was covered in dirt. For breakfast the second day we were served rancid bacon paninis. Reported to staff who apologised and did provide extra croissants. For breakfast the third day several of us had bit of onion in our yoghurts. Our tent (4) leaked quite badly in a few places and a lot of the kids stuff got soaked. I didn’t report this as it was day 2 before I realised why stuff was getting wet plus didn’t see the point (we couldn’t face packing and moving and simply placed cups in strategic places after that). The walk to the toilets and bar was completely sodden. Two of us slipped at various points. Not great for middle of the night wee trips. Not sure why there was matting by the loos but not on main paths? The sinks for washing when we went were blocked and very dirty. Area in front of our tent had nettles and thistles (though noted thistles had been burnt by next evening so no need to mention to staff). On the plus side the staff were lovely and extremely accommodating. Have sent two emails about this and no response
Aug 30, 2021 by Sam Mistry Verified Review
★★★☆☆

Great location but let down by management and facilities

The location at Budleigh Salterton was great - amazing views, but glamping is more than just bell tents with fairy lights and bunting. The tents were well presented when we arrived with tea, coffee and kettle, but it would be nice if these were replenished each day. There was no where to sit outside the tent other than two damp crumbling bales and a tiny table. There was an area for washing up but it was pretty basic and felt more like scout camp once the cheap gazebo collapsed and had to be removed (actually just dumped next to the toilets). The toilets and showers were just about adequate, but there were queues for showers and only 2 tiny hand rinse sinks - no basins for face washing or teeth brushing - a problem when you have children. Two of the mens urinals were blocked for the 4 days we were there despite notifying the staff every day - not pleasant. The toilets and showers should have be checked and cleaned hourly - there were not, and it showed. Overall the site could have been maintained better - tables and chairs cleaned neatly rearranged each morning. It was good to have a bar and pizza's on site, even if they were pricey - £5 for small can of Brewdog, £13 for a small not brilliantly made margahrita. Breakfast was a bit better, with a nice menu of fruit, yoghurt, granola and pastries - but pretty small portions for a family of 5. The staff were on the whole attentive and seemed to be trying their best but they seemed very inexperienced, and not particularly pro-active in making sure that the whole glamping experience was the best it could and should be. We expected a clean, tidy, well maintained site and facilities, reasonably priced quality food and drinks, 'luxury' tent, with lights and area to sit and have breakfast, but unfortunately this wasn't what was provided.
★★★★☆

A lovely location

A stunning location with cracking views of the ocean and Budleigh Salterton below. A warm welcome on arrival and very helpful staff on hand. The breakfast was delicious and set the day up very nicely. Showers, loos and washing up area were well maintained. Hot water for washing up being a nice bonus. Enjoyed the outdoor cinema and hanging out in the bar. Pizza's were good too. Would consider going back next year for sure.
Aug 22, 2021 by Gary BILHAM Verified Review
★★★★☆

Great location, scenic walks

A warm welcome met us at Dreamfields. The site was well organised and in a beautiful location with fantastic local walks. The tents were quite close together and our tent was a bit cramped for 2 adults and 2 teenagers on blow up mattresses. The toilets and showers were well maintained as was the washing up area. The drinks in the bar were quite expensive given the captive audience and it would have been good to have a wider selection of DVDs.
Aug 11, 2021 by sian Verified Review
★☆☆☆☆

Faulty equipment and poor customer service

We stayed at the end of July. Initially we were impressed with the bell tent although the location was not as close to the sea as the website suggests. The website suggests lots of games for children, we saw volleyball and table tennis (which had a missing bat) Outside of the tent was one haybale and a coffee table, this seemed to be the same outside of every tent. To enjoy alfresco dining we needed to borrow some of the communal deck chairs and bring them back to our tent. These deck chairs are faulty and are a hazard. The majority have been put together incorrectly. The supports that hold the back rest in the various positions are upside down. This means that when you sit on the chair on the first setting the back slips out of the support and the chair collapses with the wood folding like scissors. My son got his fingers trapped and suffered quite a deep cut…smaller children may sustain a more serious injury. Our mattress had a sharp spring sticking out of it and our tent flooded very quickly in the rain. Leaving us with wet bedding, clothes and little choice but to cut our break short. We’ve contacted the company 3 or 4 times in the last 3 weeks to ask that the chairs are sorted out - so far we’ve had no response to our complaint. This is even more disappointing as it smacks of a lack of care. At £250 a night for “luxury” camping we expected more. The facilities and experience were poor.
★★★★☆

Amazing setting / experience, a few minor issues that would have made the trip even better

I felt that it was a bit much for you to charge such high prices at the bar for drink. As a result a lot of people bought there own food and drink and ate at their tent as a result meaning the atmosphere at the bar wasnt as it could have been. There were only about 6 DVDs for us to choose to put on the big screen which was disappointing especially for the kids. I was also a bit surprised you didnt do more with the local farm shop to promote / cook etc.. We used their food and it was amazing. Having this on your menu or cooking it would have been much better.
Jul 20, 2021 by sam excell Verified Review

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