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Kingsmead Camping

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81 reviews
· Devon Ex15 3 Tr, England
10 acres
37 units
7 Glamping
18 Motorhome/tent
7 Motorhome
5 Tent
A range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes

A campsite that caters for everyone is a difficult thing to provide, and it’s fair to say that not everyone gets it right. Providing the luxury of high-end glamping, the off-grid natural atmosphere for campers and hard-standing spaces for caravans is always a tricky mix. But there are one or two places that pull it all off seamlessly. The Kingsmead Centre,on the border of Devon and Somerset, is just such a site, where everyone you meet wears the grin of utter contentment. Here there truly is something for everyone, and with only a few precious spots available it's a site to snap up fast, however you choose to stay.

Divided into a top and bottom field, the seven sloping acres of meadowy heathland boast a toilet block at either end of the gradient. In the lower field are open, well-spaced pitches that leave room for kids to play. Harder ground can be found in the upper field, along with electrified spots for caravans and campers. Some of the best areas, though, are found by delving into the woods and pitching a tent in one of the natural clearings dotted about – a real slice of wilderness within an already beautiful campsite.

Glampers hoping to arrive with just a toothbrush and their jim-jams are also in luck. There's a parked-up showman’s caravan (more of the modern day travellers kind, than the horse-drawn type of old!) decked from head to toe like a furnished, self-catered home, there’s a furnished Lily Pad Belle Tent, tall enough for parents to stand up in and there’s also a spectacular yurt, set in its own woodland glade. The lattice work of the traditional structure is wonderfully exposed inside, while the light, cream canvas gives an airy outdoor feel.

Along the lower end of the campsite, what we have named ‘the woods’ are, in fact, a shielding flank of trees that hide away another of the campsite’s features. Following a footpath beneath the canopy, it’s a 30-metre walk to the first of two fishing lakes, built for the exclusive use of Kingsmead Centre. Rod licenses are cheaply and easily available from the post office, so the lakes offer a good chance for families to try casting their very first fishing line. The lakes are also surrounded by forestry commission land and colourful wildflower meadows, and footpaths and bridleways stretch into the beautiful Blackdown Hills – top territory for walkers, cyclist and equestrians. If you’re particularly keen you can even bring along your own horse and graze it in the neighbouring field!

All in all the campsite exudes a warm, family-friendly atmosphere that reflects the welcoming personalities of hosts Tristan and Jodie (along with Pickles the dog). The site is also brilliantly placed for all the delights of this part of Devon, with beaches within easy driving distance, a cluster of pleasant market towns and a host of excellent village pubs.

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Devon Ex15 3 Tr, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Jodie & Tristan P.Joined in July 2015
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70 Ratings · 81 reviews
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Nicole F.doesn't recommend
November 30, 2022
Electric Hard Standing Pitch (no tents)
Probably not the best time of year to see it in its glory to be fair. If someone particularly wanted to go to that area, then I might suggest it. Not helped that the directions had not been updated from the Wellington bypass - there are no signs now for the Merry Harrier as it's been pulled down. The owner didn't seem to be expecting us although we were a bit later than intended. Having said that, he upped the heating in the toilet block for us. The shower was to be fair one of the best either of us have used at a campsite.
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Sandy E.recommends
November 5, 2022
Electric Hard Standing Pitch (no tents)
Great location - very peaceful and clean/tidy amenities. We hope to come back.
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Liz B.recommends
October 3, 2022
Electric Hard Standing Pitch (no tents)
Beautiful location, quiet. Showers and toilets clean. Hosts couldn’t do enough . Great facility to have fire pits to hire.
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Jill G.recommends
September 7, 2022
Bracken Woodland Pitch
Camping in the woods
Lovely woodland pitch tucked away from the main camping and ideal for campfires and star gazing - lots of wildlife and great location for exploring.
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Michelle H.recommends
September 1, 2022
Primrose Woodland Pitch
Primrose pitch was lovely and peaceful right next to the lily pond just what we needed for a couple of nights to relax. Having a firepit was great!! The showers etc were nice and clean. We will definitely be returning
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Judith R.recommends
August 28, 2022
Daisy Woodland Pitch with Electric
Quiet and private woodland pitch
We stayed on Daisy pitch which was just in the woodlands in one side of the site. It’s was quiet and private and exactly what we wanted from a quick weekend away to relax. Loved the fact that there was a picnic table and fire pit for our pitch. Shower and toilet facilities were clean and modern and the shop was well stocked with anything you may have forgotten.
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Craig S.recommends
August 26, 2022
Woodland Yurt
It was a great location and fantastic camp site. The Yurt was excellent.
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Becks S.recommends
August 21, 2022
Non-Electric Grass Pitch
Lovely location and nice chilled site. Site rules are quiet after 10pm at weekends and unusually for an English campsite, people actually respected that and I was able to get to sleep at a sensible time!
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Amanda D.recommends
August 19, 2022
Bluebell Woodland Pitch
The best campsite we’ve been to.
The best campsite we’ve been to. We stayed in the woodland pitch - Bluebell. It was idyllic and the shade was very much appreciated in the 30 degree heat. We loved how you have your own private area. The showers were clean and beautifully powerful. Having individual shower rooms was a real treat at a campsite. Bizarrely we never had to wait for a shower or a loo. Jodie and Tristan were really welcoming and the whole site was just delightful. We would definitely recommend Kingsmead.
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Lindsey L.recommends
August 18, 2022
Electric Grass Pitch
Lovely little site. Good walking areas for dogs. Good showers with no cut off. All facilities lovely and clean. Picnic tables by some pitches a nice touch. Hosts very friendly.
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Steve T.recommends
August 12, 2022
Bluebell Woodland Pitch
Camping in the woods
Amazing site and pitch. Our 7 year old Loved playing in the woods with his new friends. Shower blocks were lovely and the fire pits provided made the evenings magical.
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Julietsemails ?.recommends
August 7, 2022
Electric Grass Pitch
Great campsite ⛺️
Super campsite in a fabulous location! Great facilities, clean and showers lovely and hot! Good sized pitches which is always appreciated. Laid back vibe, so very relaxing, lots of walks nearby. We will definitely visit again.
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Carole M.recommends
August 2, 2022
Electric Grass Pitch
Highly recommend!
The site is beautifully kept and we loved the lakes! Toilet and shower blocks spotless and hotel standard
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Carol S.recommends
August 1, 2022
Daisy Woodland Pitch with Electric
Perfect!
Lovely site, lovely pitch, so clean & tidy, definitely be returning
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Lameredith1 M.recommends
July 10, 2022
Bracken Woodland Pitch
Beautiful, dog friendly site.
A lovely setting and camp site was very well maintained. Clean, well thought out toilet and shower facilities. We stayed in a woodland campsite, also well maintained and although there were other pitches it was very private and shady which we enjoyed very much as the weather was very hot, we had our dogs with us. They also have pitches that are in a more open areas for the sun lovers. A well stocked shop for all the necessities of camping. Jodie and Tristan were very friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend to friends and family and will certainly stay there again.
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Jack C.recommends
June 8, 2022
Non-Electric Grass Pitch
Lovely quiet spot amongst the trees
A lovely campsite with a remote feel, and a gorgeous location amidst the trees. Great facilities and lovely hosts.
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Phil G.recommends
June 7, 2022
Bramble Woodland Pitch
Secluded spot
We enjoyed our secluded spot within the campsite. We had great privacy in 'Bramble' which was kept cool and protected by the vegetation. This is by far our favourite camping site so far!
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Juliette S.recommends
June 7, 2022
Non-Electric Grass Pitch
Lovely few days of camping
Loved this campsite. Perfect location for 2 families meeting up from Cornwall and London. Staff were so friendly and toilets/showers always clean. Great that we could have a fire-pit, too. All in all a great few days, so thank you.
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Matthew W.recommends
June 7, 2022
Meadow Field Pitch
Family with young kids
Lovely location and facilities and really great hosts who went the extra mile when one of our children became unwell. Would definitely recommend.
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Suzanne Y.recommends
April 19, 2022
Electric Grass Pitch
Had a fabulous Easter Weekend at Kingsmead Centre. The owners are lovely and really welcoming, with the grounds great for whatever style of camping you choose. Some pitches are a little sloped so bring levellers if in a camper or caravan. The facilities are very clean and the whole place is quiet and peaceful. There are walks straight off the site either through the entrance or at the bottom near of the site, will definitely go back. Loved it.
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Debbie M.recommends
September 23, 2021
Bluebell Woodland Pitch
My partner, dog an I have just had a fantastic three nights at Kingsmead. We camped our tent on the Bluebell pitch which was truly magical, having electric was a new camping experience which we loved, a fire pit, wood and kiddling was there when we arrived. The site was spotlessly clean and the facilities were the best I have experienced when camping, very clean. The owner was lovely, helped us with ideas of fantastic walks near by and the Half moon Inn was a very nice pub. Thank you Kingsmead we had a very happy relaxing holiday and Maisie loved it 😊
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Joanne R.recommends
September 18, 2021
Bluebell Woodland Pitch
Great secluded campsite with great facilities we had a very chilled and relaxing week We all enjoyed our holiday with the facilities being some of the best the showers are exceptional compared to others
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Michael P.recommends
September 5, 2021
Non-Electric Grass Pitch
Fantastic week at Kingsmead. The facilities are great and well looked after. The site is beautiful with secluded woodland pitches and pitches out in the open. We had the latter which suited us well with our kids having the freedom to run around and meet the other children starting there. It feels like its miles from anywhere whilst being really easy to get to from the motorway and a short drive to Wellington, a pretty town with everything you could need. The owners and staff are lovely and very helpful, going the extra mile with the kids. Would love to return when our travels take us that way and will highly recommend to others.
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Heather P.recommends
September 3, 2021
Bramble Woodland Pitch
This was my first trip anywhere since covid started and I just wanted a few days to chill out and do not very much. Kingsmead was perfect! We had a secluded woodland pitch which had its own picnic bench and firepit. facilities were cleaned regularly, we had lazy walks around the lakes and stocked up on logs for the fire from the very friendly and welcoming owners. On the rare occasion we felt the need to move, it was only a half hour walk to a pub with great views. This was just what I needed
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Ashley S.recommends
September 2, 2021
Bracken Woodland Pitch
Lovely site. Very clean facilities. We had a woodland pitch which was secluded and relaxing. Owners were welcoming.
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Esther ?.recommends
September 1, 2021
Woodland Yurt
The Kingsmead Centre was a brilliant find, tucked away in a exquisite corner of the countryside. We stayed in the yurt which was spacious, beautiful, and comfortable. The amenities in the yurt were generous and all things had been thought of - it even had a little fridge! Staff at the Centre were super friendly and knowledgeable- recommending a local riding stables where we had a brilliant time. Great toilet facilities too. Definitely would recommend to friends.
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Megan L.recommends
September 1, 2021
Meadow Field Pitch
Kingsmead was our halfway one night stay on the way to Cornwall. The site was easy to find using Google Maps/SatNav. The arrival was easy and we felt welcomed. Ring the 'ring' bell on arrival if there is no one present. This is placed on the fence by the main house, we couldn't find this initially. The location was great, just 20 mins from the M5. Good services in Wellington (McDonald's and Costa) for a smooth late night or early exit snack. The host was polite and welcoming, and she had read my notes about potentially arriving around 8 pm. This was reassuring. We paid for a basic, non-electrical camping pitch in the Meadow Field. This was a very quiet field, most were asleep by 10 pm on a Friday evening. It is almost silent at times, (you can hear a very slight noise from the motorway but this is barely noticeable and didn't affect our rest). Perfect for us because we were very tired from travelling! There were toilets (portaloos) located at the end of the field. These were basic, toilet paper supplied. No light though, so bring a hand torch. Due to the field being surrounded by trees and at the bottom of a large hill, the night light (even from the sky) is minimal, and it feels almost pitch black *excuse the pun*. A tap was available on the field entrance. We didn't use any other facilities (showers or cleaning areas etc) so cannot comment. We did notice an adorable dog bath which was cute. One thing we noticed was that the field is on a definite slant/angle. This made our sleeping experience less comfortable as we kept sliding into one side of the tent during the night. Maybe try and arrive in good time to bagsy a flatter spot. Otherwise, a very basic but pleasant stay. Fit the needs of what we wanted! Would definitely return for a stop off visit in the future.
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Betsie G.recommends
August 30, 2021
Non-Electric Grass Pitch
Kingsmead is such a special campsite! We really loved it! The setting, with woodland and lakes is absolutely gorgeous, the facilities clean... absolutely perfect!
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Davy Y.recommends
August 23, 2021
Electric Grass Pitch
Thank you Kingsmead Centre, great to find out that it is ran by and old Queenian... Excellent and clean facility and they have a Fridge. Despite the rain, it was an enjoyable few days and not too muddy :) Thank you for the excellent experience.
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William F.recommends
August 23, 2021
Lilly Pad
A beautiful, quiet campground, set in some truly stunning woodland - birch, hazel, and rowan, to name a few. The Lilypad belle tent is well-equipped - electrical points, a fridge, gas-burners and a firepit with a grille for barbecues, plus a gorgeous little woodburner inside the tent, which is perfect for damper or colder evenings! There's a wealth of wildlife on site - we saw or heard tawny owls, little owls, ravens, woodpigeons, frogs, butterflies of all kinds, and even a bat or two overhead in the evenings! Lovely owners, spotlessly clean facilities, and access to a huge network of quiet roadways and footpaths from the site itself. A wonderful spot to stay - thoroughly recommended.
From the host
A traditional campsite set in the beautiful Blackdown Hills AONB. Set into the valley it offers secluded woodland, large grass and hardstanding pitches for tourers as well as our luxury glamping options of a woodland yurt or Lotus Belle Tents. Pets, campfires and children all welcome. Please be prepared to follow our 'no music' policy during your stay.
Nearby attractions
Explore the rest of the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (01823 680681) by foot, bike or on horseback. The site has maps and leaflets available explaining the best routes nearby and Jo and Tristan are also a wealth of local knowledge. Equestrians can also space in the neighbouring field to graze their horses. By car the coast is naturally a popular destination with top beaches within a 45 minute drive as well as beautiful Dartmoor National Park(01626 832093), but closer to home towns like Honiton(01404 43716), with its rows of red-brick Regency housing, and Tiverton, home to a fine Georgian church, make for fabulous stopping points to explore. Knightshays Court (01884 254665), Bickleigh Castle (01884 855363) and Killerton (01392 881345) also offer some extra history for those who enjoy exploring houses and gardens of the past.
Food and drink
Two miles away, the Half Moon Inn (01823 680291) is a good choice and makes for a pleasant walk from the campsite. The pub is located in the centre of Clayhidon Parish and offers a stunning view from their beer garden of the Culm Valley as it opens towards Hemyock. They offer a great selection of local food and are particularly famous for their Sunday lunch and Friday evening fish and chips (served between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m). The Holman Clavel (01823 421070) in Culmhead hosts a great range of locally made ales. Sheppy's Cider Farm is located about 10 minutes away with a great farmshop and restaurant. Local takeaways also deliver direct to the site.
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