Exe Valley Glamping

UK England South West England Devon Tiverton

  • Campfires Allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Walking
Luxurious, eco-friendly glamping deep in the heart of the Devon countryside

Somewhere between Dartmoor and Exmoor, almost midway between the beaches of Devon’s southern and northern coastlines, is Exe Valley Glamping. We’re not being deliberately vague about its location; it’s just that it’s somewhere a little off the beaten track. Book here and you’ll need to set your sat nav for the village of Bickleigh. That’s as far as four wheels will get you. After that, it’s a five-minute stroll through woodland to reach the site’s luxurious but eco-friendly, family-orientated safari lodges.

Thankfully, site owner Patrick will cruise up to the village in his Land Rover to collect your luggage so you and the kids can walk unencumbered through the trees. Although it’s the lie of the land that’s made the woodland walk necessary, you wouldn’t blame Patrick if he’d designed it this way. It’s a perfect introduction to rural Devon, a chance to unwind from the journey and for holiday anticipation to grow. And when you emerge from the trees you won’t be disappointed as you find yourself in a grassy glamping meadow where your lodge is one of just three.

The countryside concierge feel does not end with Patrick’s luggage delivery. Step inside your safari lodge and you’ll find beds are made, hot water bottles provided and, if you’ve been sensible enough to pre-order from the site’s Larder Menu, the kitchen is stocked with your choice of goodies from locally-sourced breakfast packs to bottles of Champagne. These spacious lodges are luxurious but not showy; tastefully decorated and designed with the environment in mind. They are en suite but off-grid with solar energy for lighting and power for your fridge. Natural materials and muted colours mean that the great outdoors remains the big attraction. There’s no hot tubs or TVs but there are campfires, stars and board games instead.

The woodland walk, of course, provides a handy link back to Bickleigh, which is more than just a place to park the car. There’s a selection of crafty shops and a tearoom in a watermill, riverside walks, a railway museum and a pub that serves food. There’s wild swimming in the Exe too but if you fancy a dip in the sea, Exe Valley Glamping is within an hour’s drive of sandy North Devon beaches and closer to the shinglier ones of the south. It’s closer still to the adventures out on Exmoor and Dartmoor - and the market town of Tiverton is just three miles away. In fact, the ‘somewhere’ that Exe Valley Glamping belongs to is not that far from anywhere in Devon. Stay here and you might just find there’s nowhere you’d rather be.

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Facilities

Each lodge has three bedrooms; a double with a king-sized bed, a twin room (which can be converted into a superking) and a cabin bedroom with a double mattress that’s perfect for kids. Bedding, bed linen and towels are all provided. Each tent has its own toilet and shower room. Hot water is warmed by a wood-burning stove that you’ll need to light yourself. The kitchen-living-dining area of the tent is furnished with a sofa, a dining table and seating. There’s a log-burning oven, a fridge, kettle and sink as well as cookware, enamelware crockery, glasses, utensils and cutlery. Outside, there’s a gas hob, and seating on the veranda and each tent has an off-ground fire bowl. Firewood for this, and the wood-burning stoves inside, are supplied and sustainably sourced from within the farm. Power in the tents comes from solar energy.

Suitable For

Glampers only; families, couples, small groups, dogs (for an extra charge) – yes. Campers, campervans, motorhomes – no.

Nearby

You park your car by Bickleigh Mill (01884 855 419) - a rural shopping centre and tearoom/bistro within a working watermill that’s worth a visit. From here you can join a footpath along the banks of the River Exe for picnicking and wild swimming - or to walk the three miles to Tiverton. The village is also home to the Devon Railway Museum (01884 855671), and Bickleigh Castle gardens (01884 855363) which you can tour if booked in advance. There’s plenty for active families to do, including walking, cycling, horseriding and the Dartmoor-specific sport of letterboxing with both Dartmoor National Park and Exmoor National Parks within a 20-mile drive of site. There’s also the Bear Trail (01392 881780), a family adventure-assault course, 10 miles away. From Exeter quayside, 12 miles away, you can hire bikes or paddleboards from Saddles and Paddles (01392 424241). For beaches, you can choose either of Devon’s coastlines. Saunton Sands is about an hours’ drive (42 miles) north of site. It’s one of North Devon’s best-loved surf beaches with three miles of golden sands. You can book surf lessons for the whole family with Surf Saunton (07837 906428). Budleigh Salterton is a closer, shingle beach (22 miles, approx 45-min drive) on East Devon’s Jurassic Coast.

Food & Drink

You can get the fridge and cupboards within your lodge stocked before you even arrive by pre-ordering (at least two weeks before arrival) from the Larder Menu at Exe Valley Glamping. For supplies whilst in situ, the closest farm shop is Exe Valley Farm Shop (01392 861239) a 10-minute drive away and there are plenty of shops and a couple of supermarkets in Tiverton. The town also has a farmers’ market on the fourth Friday of the month. For eating out you can’t get closer than The Fisherman’s Cot (01884 855237) and the tearoom/bistro at Bickleigh Mill (01884 855419 - open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea every day and for dinners on Fridays and Saturdays only). Both are just at the end of the woodland walk in Bickleigh. A little further away is the family-friendly Cadleigh Arms (01884 855238) and for a smart dinner, The Ring of Bells (01363 860111) is a recommended pub just over five miles from site at Cheriton Fitzpaine. To combine eating out with a little adventure try The Turf, a bike ride away from Exeter Quay or the River Exe Café (07761 116103) at Exmouth – reached by water taxi.

Opening Times

March–November.

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The Owner Says

Welcome to Exe Valley Glamping. Set within 150 acres on our family farm. Exe Valley Glamping is the perfect place to reconnect with nature.  Enjoy the breathtaking scenery and relax with friends & family - all without sacrificing home comforts.

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Accommodation

Three safari lodges – each sleeping up to six people.

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Safari tent Sleeps 6
Our Safari tents are equipped with everything you'll need for you stay, we provide you with everything from towels and bed linen to tea bags and sugar!

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Safari tent Sleeps 6
Our Safari tents are equipped with everything you'll need for you stay, we provide you with everything from towels and bed linen to tea bags and sugar!

Otter Holt

Safari tent Sleeps 6
Our Safari tents are equipped with everything you'll need for you stay, we provide you with everything from towels and bed linen to tea bags and sugar!

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Location

Contact Exe Valley Glamping, Bickleigh, Tiverton, Devon EX16 8RG

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Getting There

Exe Valley Glamping is around 10 miles from the M5 at Junction 27, between Tiverton and Exeter. You won't find the exact location on Google maps and there is no direct car car access. Instead, park in Bickleigh Village, where Patrick will meet you and transfer your luggage to his Land Rover while you walk for five to eight minutes through the woods to your tent.

There are mainline railway stations at Exeter and Tiverton Parkway, both around 11 miles from site. Taxis are available from both stations and buses stop at Bickleigh on the Exeter to Tiverton bus route. Tiverton Parkway Railway Station is outside the town and reaching Bickleigh requires a change of bus in Tiverton town centre.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 3 reviews

★★★★★

Excellent glamping experience!

Exe Valley Glamping is a wonderful camping experience for camping pros or first timers. We enjoyed the local area and really kicked back and relaxed at the site. There are some lovely Exe ricer walks locally where we caught little fish and taught the children to skim stones. We bought a canoe, which was also great fun and there are some lovely local canoe sites. The tent is equipped with everything you could possibly need and we loved our time.
Aug 19, 2020 by Fran Fox

Response from Exe Valley Glamping

So pleased you all had a wonderful time. Thanks for the review and we hope to see you back. All the best, patrick
★★★★★

Fabulous glamping experience

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Exe Valley Glamping. The safari tents are cleverly designed with everything you need for a luxurious camping experience. The beds are super comfortable and it was fun being off grid and cooking on a wood burning stove. It’s a stunning location with beautiful views across the valley. The kids all loved it and spent most of the week cooling off in the river. We had a very relaxing holiday and would definitely go again.
Aug 15, 2020 by Tom

Response from Exe Valley Glamping

Thanks for the review Tom. It's always very rewarding for the team who put everything together behind the scenes to see positive reviews and hear that you had a great time. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Many thanks. 
★★★★★

What a place!

Wow! What a place! Just spent a week there with our 3 children and we had a wonderful time. From the moment we got to the tent, having left our car 10 minutes down the hill, to the moment we left, we have loved our stay in our luxury tent. The tent itself is superbly equipped and the “off grid” experience is fantastic... time slows down and we have to learn to be patient again (wait for the water to heat, hing fired the wood stove, before our showers for instance). The site itself is great the boys explored and played around the tent every day discovering animals (we saw a slow worm, tiny frogs, etc) and just had fun in what felt like a super safe yet adventurous setting. And the views from across the valley are rather nice too. The location itself is great: perfect base to discover the region with Exmoor and Dartmoor as well as both coasts of Devon easily reachable. I also had some of the best mountain biking riding i have ever done in the UK as a bonus. The only suggestion for improvement would be to have a bit more information available about what to do in Devon or even a guest book for people to leave their suggestions. We will definitely come back to this little piece of paradise!
Aug 4, 2020 by Nic B

Response from Exe Valley Glamping

Thanks so much for the wonderful review. Super pleased you all had an amazing time and we hope you see you back again soon. 

Why book with Cool Camping?

  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
  • Instant booking confirmation
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