Carefree camping and glamping in Devon with a nature-friendly setting and imaginative owners
It takes an imaginative eye to create a place as special as Hideaway Camping, a remote, aptly named 24-acre campsite at the end of a private track in rural Devon. What to you and I may appear a rag-taggle of interwoven branches and overgrown trees, to Amy Rogers was the prime setting for a fairy glade,with tiny fairy doors, secret grottos and an enticing, natural entrance woven out of living willow trees. A tall cluster of young birches? Why that should become a hammock garden, of course. And those rocks? Well, roll them out, winch them up and we have our very own miniature Stonehenge, a ‘Hideaway Henge’ around the campfire.
It’s this synergy between the campsite owners’ creative ideas and the varied wilderness of the setting that makes Hideaway such a perfect spot. Great mature trees encircle the field, nature trails snake among the forest and the pond is left serene, untouched and wild. At its heart, of course, is the large, flat camping meadow itself, with heaps of space for pitching your tent and for little ones to run wild. A covered cabin offers plenty of facilities – showers, impressive throne-like loos, a shared kitchen area – and there’s a rainy day space with books, board games and the like. Such things also inject an extra social element to the place. Children will have made friends for life here by the end of day one – even if some of them happen to be fairies or the four gregarious kune kune pigs.
The well-spaced out grass camping pitches are accompanied by a handful of quirky glamping options that continue the creative trend. There’s a romantic wooden shepherd’s hut, a bow top gypsy caravan with an accompanying kitchen, a classic American Airstream trailer that was painstakingly restored over several years, and a pair of moulded igloos; dome-shaped cocoons with bubble windows, proper beds and soft furnishings. All have their own unique charm but share in the general vibe of the campsite – chilled out, carefree and condusive to nights beside a campfire.
Should you make your way along the farm track and back to the outside world, there’s ample opportunity to discover the rest of Devon. A convenient A-road whips you south to Dartmoor, which is less than 10 minute’s away by car, or, in the opposite direction, to Bude and the North Cornwall coast. And if the everyday hardships of ice-cream on the beach, walks in the moors and waterfall wandering in nearby Lydford Gorge leave you feeling rundown, you can even return to massage therapies and herbal treatments back at camp. Who knew that the official home of relaxation was hidden down a half-mile lane in rural Devon?
Okehampton, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Amy R.Joined in February 2017
28 Ratings · 49 reviews
January 24, 2022
Meadow tent pitch
Very friendly campsite very thoughtfully put together. Perfect place to get away from the rat race, especially if you can get down the very rutted lane. Could not want for a better site or a more welcoming owner.
November 2, 2021
Meadow tent pitch
We stayed at the iglulu pod. I made a last minute change to this from pitching a tent and the wonderful Amy was sweet and accommodating.
When we arrived the weather decided to take a plunge into autumnal sorts and yet we were welcomed with warm smiles and the children were chatted to as if we were old friends. It was lovely. True, the path down to the countryside idyll is rickety and pock marked with huge pools and crevices but the loving care of the owners shines through - there are helpful signs like “ nearly there!” And “ passing place” to guide your down and our children loved the 5 minute drive looking out the window to spot cows or the odd mischievous gnome or very plump pig!
The iglulu itself was neatly and cleverly arranged and had good facilities - we had a few hiccups with needing gas cylinders changed etc but the owners were very solicitous and keen to compensate for our every need and available all of the time. It was very appreciated and reassuring. You can feel that they run such a beautiful and happy place for the love of it and the general experience was that we left happy of heart and so pleased that we stayed. Memories of pigs, fairy glens, hooting owls and deliciously hot showers will stay with us always. I’ve not a doubt we shall be booking again soon! Thank you Hideaway - what a refreshing solace from the crazy world you offer! X
August 14, 2021
Rosie the Gypsy Caravan
We stayed at Rosie the Gypsy caravan and enjoyed every minute of it! It was such fun, like stepping back in time, Rose is beautiful & cosy with a log burner to keep you warm if needed. Set in a secluded spot with hammocks to relax in, or sit by an open fire with woodland views and a lounge area with everything you need, its the perfect spot to truly relax and escape in. The owner was very helpful and friendly, so thank you, we can't wait for our next stay!
August 10, 2021
Excella - 80's American Airstream
We spent Friday to Monday in the airstream (myself, my husband and our 3 year old) we had a wonderful time. The campsite is on beautiful grounds and all the accommodations are spaced out, particular the airstream has its own private space. A lovely little fairy garden, adorable pig pen and a great little walk through the woods along side a stream. The airstream itself was great, all the home comforts which were perfect for us having our son with us but still a glamping feel with the outside toilet (which was private for us) and it's beautifully decorated. Very friendly owners too. We would love to come back, a very unique and peaceful campsite, obviously run with lots of love!
July 24, 2021
Meadow tent pitch
We totally l loved the set up here. Really chilled, lots of space and everything you need without feeling it’s gone over the top.
Ideal location for exploring Devon and popping over the border to Cornwall. No noisy roads nearby and you really feel magically removed from the outside world. This is definitely on the visit again list.
July 22, 2021
This is the second year we've stayed and its our favourite site. Really spacious with lots of space between pitches and to play in general. The kids love exploring the site and visiting the pigs. We love the space and quiet feel. Campfires also a bonus. Really happy with our stay and cant wait to go back.
From the host
A beautiful secluded campsite in Rural Devon on the edge of Dartmoor. Nestled within 24 aces of fields and woodland Hideaway offers camping and glamping, ideal for family holidays, group bookings and romantic geataways
The top of the campsite's track meets a bridleway which runs through countryside from Okehampton to Holsworthy. It makes for a pleasant walk or cycling route directly from the site. The castle in Okehampton is a worthy destination too. It's the largest castle remains in Devon (03703 331181), set on a wooded spur above the rushing River Okement. It was originally a stone keep, built after the Norman conquest, but was transformed into a residence for the Earl of Devon in the 1300s. There is a riverside picnic area and beautiful woodland walks nearby. From Okehampton, it's easy to dive into Dartmoor National Park for walking, mountain biking and more. Visit Lydford Gorge (01822 820320), the deepest gorge in the South West with a spectacular 30m waterfall, or climb up the banks of impressive Meldon Reservoir. In the opposite direction it's an 35-minute drive to Bude and the beaches of the North Devon and Cornwall coast.
Food and drink
The campsite is at the end of a long, private track, so it's a bit of a shlep to find the nearest pub. It's just under 4 miles to the excellent Clovelly Inn (01837 871447) in Bratton Clovelly but most things can be covered in Okehampton, including a superb fish and chippie (Kempley's Catch; 01837 52503). There are also 3 supermarkets, a butchers, grocers and newsagents, amongst other independent stores.