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.
Devon Ex15 3 Tr, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Jodie & Tristan P.Joined in July 2015
53 Ratings · 69 reviews
August 2, 2022
Electric Grass Pitch
The site is beautifully kept and we loved the lakes!
Toilet and shower blocks spotless and hotel standard
August 1, 2022
Daisy Woodland Pitch with Electric
Lovely site, lovely pitch, so clean & tidy, definitely be returning
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.
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.
June 7, 2022
Bramble Woodland Pitch
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!
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.
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 and current guidance on social distancing during your stay.
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.