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A welcoming and wild-ish camping and glamping site on the edge of a forest in East Devon
Pitch where you like, park alongside, let the kids run free and enjoy the campfire. Forest Edge is an easy going, down-to-earth campsite where the simplest of pleasures make for a delightful place to camp. We’re talking plenty of space, clean facilities and super-friendly, approachable owners. There’s no razzle-dazzle here, just back-to-basics camping and glamping with campfires allowed in the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Forest Edge occupies 26 acres of grassland that’s surrounded by trees. It’s a peaceful place but, considering the quiet, remarkably well connected. There’s a pub within walking distance, the riverside town of Ottery St Mary is just over two miles away and the site sits between Honiton and Sidmouth, which are four and six miles from here. In short, it’s a great base from which to explore East Devon as well as a pleasant place to hang out.
On arrival, you’ll meet Andy and Sarah, the couple who own and run the place. They’ve camped all their lives and know that it doesn’t take much to keep most of us campers happy. They hand you a list of sensible campsite rules (like quiet time from 10.30pm) and a handy black sack for your rubbish, then let you roam free to find your pitch. Glampers, who have a choice of a furnished or unfurnished bell tents, are sent towards the five-acre glamping meadow, while motorhomes and caravans are directed one way and tents in the other. But there are no designated pitches and no lining up of canvas and cars. You are free to choose your own pitch and take as much space as you want. Facilities are of a temporary nature but kept immaculately clean. Fires are allowed in off-ground fire pits which have to be hired on site.
You can walk into the woods or to the Hare and Hounds pub, less than a mile down the road and it’s an easy drive to pretty Ottery St Mary where the over-sized church is well worth a look. If you’re in the area around midsummer don’t miss Pixie Day, a charming local festival that centres around it. Days at the seaside are easy with Sidmouth just six miles away and nearby attractions include the Donkey Sanctuary and Crealy Theme Park.
Sidbury, Devon, England, United KingdomTraditional, ancestral territory of various First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Andy H.Joined in July 2021
20 Ratings · 16 reviews
August 30, 2023
Gorgeous site with loads of room
This was a gorgeous site - absolutely loads of room in a huge area, and the pitches were a decent distance from each other. Every tent had a large area mown into the wildflower meadow with plenty of room for a tent, car and space for games etc. We had a lovely fire pit one night (a bit pricey at £20 though) which was great for stargazing & we even saw a couple of shooting stars. Showers & loos were very clean with plenty of hot water. Would definitely return.
August 25, 2023
Very peaceful stay
Very peaceful no-frills stay, lovely view of the forest. Big sky and lots of birdsong. No freezer, power points or hot water for washing up - very much not a criticism but rather a profile of the site (solar powered showers were lovely and hot) .
Would stay again!
(Big bonus that there happened to be a massive slip and slide on site…. :) )
August 16, 2023
27 - Bell Tent - Bell Tent Unfurnished
I absolutely loved the few days we spent here! Perfect spot for stargazing and it’s just so peaceful! Beautiful land and I can’t wait to return! x
July 29, 2023
Fantastic Forest Edge
Forest Edge is a wonderful place. Massive flat pitches in a beautiful wild flower meadow in a fantastic location. The new (free) showers are fantastic and Andy and co are continually doing work to improve the site. Letting the meadow grass grow between the pitches is a great idea and gives the site a unique almost wild look. We had a fantastic stay.
July 24, 2023
Lovely spot. Very chilled. Andy was very welcoming and on hand with any questions or issues we had.
July 21, 2023
We were a little unlucky with the weather but Andy gave us the most sheltered pitch. This is a lovely camp site - virtually deserted while we were there. Well laid out, good sized pitches. Love that the pathways and pitches are mown but the rest is left wild - there were so many gold finches. The loos and showers were very clean. Andy was very welcoming. This is a campsite with no frills - no swings, no play areas just well organised pitches with a handy pub down the road.
From the host
Here at Forest Edge we pride ourselves on being able to provide a straight forward hassle free camping safe haven for all the family.
Our site is set in a 30 acre grassland with plenty to see and do in the local area.
We operate a camping facility with social evenings just a stones throw away from some of Devon’s greatest attractions…
As we enter our third year of being campsite owners following on from the great response we had from summer 2022 we’ve decided to add a few more utilities to the site including fresh running water and fully functional hot showers just like the ones you have at home.
The campsite is just over two miles from Ottery St Mary's and about four miles from the market town of Honiton in the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It's also just six miles from seaside Sidmouth on Devon's south coast, part of the Jurassic Coast. There's lots of good walking and cycling in the area and attractions within 10 miles of site include Bearhouse Alpaca Trekking (01395 597693), The Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth (01395 578222) and Beer Quarry Caves (01297 680 282). Crealy Theme Park is just over 10 miles away.
Food and drink
The Hare and Hounds (01404 41760) is just over half-a-mile along the road and serves food all day. For a more fancy meal out, made with homegrown and local produce, try The Pig at Coombe (01404 540 400) or head for the cosy Blue Ball Inn (01395 514062) in Sidford, five miles from site. For local produce to use in campsite feasts or picnics, head for the award-winning Coldharbour Farm Shop (01404 814220), which also has a cafe, a couple of miles down the road in Ottery St Mary. Ottery St Mary also has a supermarket, and there's a full range of options in Honiton.