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Ruby Country Camping
18 reviews
· Devon Ex21 5 Lh, England
5 acres
11 units
3 Glamping
2 Motorhome/tent
6 Tent
A cycle-friendly, back-to-basics campsite, perfect for exploring North Devon and Cornwall
There’s a temptation to put on an American accent when you say you’re off to Ruby Country Camping. The name has a ring of the wild, wild west about it. And while it’s actually located in the wild west of Devon, there are a few things here that wouldn’t look out of place on the set of a cowboy film. There’s the long grass, the vast fields of cattle, the canvas bell tents and the rustic compost loos. The difference is that the grass in the camping field is a very English green and the cattle in the surrounding ones are a Devon-specific ruby red. It is, of course, the cattle that gives both the area and this campsite its name. This is farming country and the evidence is everywhere. The five-acre camping field is one of the few that isn’t filled with cows, sheep or crops. Instead, it’s sparsely populated with campers. There are just seven camping pitches and three pre-pitched tents; one an empty bell tent and two for what owners, Marc and Dinah, call 'cosy camping'. They’re avoiding the G-word, as there’s no real glamour here, just good old-fashioned camping with natural surroundings, campfires and simple facilities. The fact they’ve pitched the tents and made the beds for you is glampy enough for us but if you need a hot tub and hair straighteners, you’ll need to look elsewhere. This west Devon hinterland feels far from the tourist trail but it is, in fact, incredibly well-connected. Cyclists on the 99-mile Devon Coast-to-Coast cycle trail pass on one side and the road to Bude passes on the other. That road is worth a mention here. It’s separated from the site by a thick and leafy hedgerow, but you will hear the sound of cars and tractors passing by. The upside, of course, is a direct link to the coast and an easy way to get out and explore. Dartmoor’s walking and wild swimming spots are 20 minutes’ drive with seaside Bude 20 miles away. In fact, from here, all of North Devon and North Cornwall is easy to explore. Closer by, there’s Hatherleigh; the definition of a rural Devon market town. Walk or cycle the back route there for a pint at the Tally Ho pub or a cream-first scone at one of its cafes. On reflection, perhaps a strong Devonshire accent is more appropriate after all.
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Devon Ex21 5 Lh, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Marc And Dinah W.Joined in January 2021
19 Ratings · 18 reviews
Wendy M.recommends
July 7, 2022
Tent Pitch
Camping in a tiny tent
If I were to design my ideal campsite I could not better what Dinah and Marc have provided. Spacious plots, surrounded by nature, fire pit to huddle around whilst sitting under the Milky Way, a piping hot rainfall shower open to the sky above. Dinah and Marc were so welcoming, the whole site is spotless and well thought out and the Barn Owl hunting overhead was the icing on the cake.
Michael B.recommends
June 12, 2022
Tent Pitch
A very natural campsite
My wife and I stayed at Marc and Dinah’s campsite in June 2022. We couldn’t have been made more welcome. The facilities were clean and everything had been thought through. The camping pitches are nicely spaced and surrounded by wild meadow which gave a very rustic natural feel. Marc and Dinah clearly love nature and the outdoors and this comes across strongly in the way they have organised the site. There is a road nearby but it really has limited impact on one’s stay. There is a lovely walk to the pub in Hatherleigh and our dog Sybs was also very welcome. Thank you. We’d very much like to come and stay again.
S C.recommends
June 10, 2022
Renta Bell
The best shower ever!
It was a beautiful site, with wild flowers, a kestrel and an owl. The showers were amazing, especially the open-air one. Great to be able to look at the sky and trees whilst showering. All immaculately clean and well maintained. Lovely to have a badminton net and games provided. Marc & Dinah were friendly and helpful. We liked that the site wasn't too big, we will visit again.
Michael H.recommends
September 21, 2021
Tent Pitch
We had four nights at Ruby Country Camping, pitching our own ridge tent on this excellent site. The pitch was flat and well spaced from other tents with well mown pathways. Showers, toilets, and washing-up facilities were beautifully designed and kept spotlessly clean. It all added up to a camping experience close to nature, yet with the comfort of outstanding facilities. The location of the site was very convenient, being within easy reach of Dartmoor, the coast and places like Rosemoor Gardens.
Jo W.recommends
September 11, 2021
Tent Pitch
A great site for anyone looking for a wild camping experience with facilities. The site has fabulous woodland vistas and large camping plots which are well spaced with lots of wild meadow in between. It’s a great site for dark skies, stars and the sound of owls at night, and grasshoppers, butterflies and bird song during the day. The facilities are very clean and rustic in style. We will definitely be back.
Martyn J.recommends
September 1, 2021
Tent Pitch
Starting with the warm welcome from Marc & Dinah, everything about this site is exactly what we wanted. Even though it is essentially camping at its most basic (exactly how it should be!) the facilities which are there are amazing. 2 very clean, hot showers and spotless toilet facilities are really all one needs when camping, so don't come expecting full-length mirrors, hairdryers and multiple power points! The pitches are very well spaced, with fire pits and plenty of logs to purchase; night time around the fire gazing at the stars is all the entertainment we needed :-) The location is great, with both Dartmoor and the coast within easy driving distance (although there are lovely walks and cycle routes on the doorstep). We'll definitely be returning !
From the host
Ruby Country Camping is a natural eco campsite set in a 5 acre meadow, with trees and a brook along its southern boundary. We are situated just outside the market town of Hatherleigh in West Devon. In an area known as Ruby Country. (Named after the Devon Ruby Red cattle) There are only 7 individual pitches mown into the meadow all with camp fires, with plenty of space, and cars are parked at the edge of site. There is a choice of compost loos or flushing loos if you prefer, with hot showers. If you want something more comfortable, then there is our Yurt or Lotus Belle, both are fully furnished with double beds, and a covered kitchen and eating area along with their own campfire and again plenty of space.There are cycle routes and footpaths from our gate, or we are only 20 minutes drive from Dartmoor or 30 minutes drive from the beautiful North Cornish coast and the lovely beaches of Bude. Ruby Country Camping is ideally situated for exploring Devon and Cornwall. We also have fishing lakes and rivers close by, as well as riding stables and an archery centre. NOTE - We are part of The Greener Camping Club. The £12 annual membership fee, (payable on booking) goes towards environmental projects and planting a tree for every new member so you can offset some of your carbon footprint. The £12 Greener Camping Fee Must be added at the booking stage. Existing members don't need to.
Nearby attractions
The Devon Coast-to-Coast, mostly traffic-free, cycle route linking Plymouth and Barnstaple passes right by site and provides a handy route for cyclists on local rides as well as longer ones. Dartmoor National Park with all its outdoor adventure is 10 miles away; ask Marc and Dinah for their favourite wild swimming spots. It's 20 miles to the nearest beach and seaside town at Bude on the Devon-Cornwall border. Surfing, swimming and exploring opportunities abound.
Food and drink
Once you're on site you can order a Breakfast Hamper from Marc and Dinah with local ingredients for a cooked breakfast. If you fancy  a trip to the pub, head two miles down the road to Hatherleigh, where you can choose between The George Hotel (01837 811755) which is more food orientated and the Tally Ho (01837 810306) which is a more traditional pub with its own brewery. In the next village, Sheepwash, is The Half Moon (01409 231376) which is a lovely country pub. There is a lovely cafe in Hatherleigh, One Market Street Café (01837 810582), which cooks delicious breakfasts and has marvellous cakes.  There's another cafe, Made-Well, 10 minutes' drive from site, where you can buy veg. It also has a small animal  farm, there are miniature Shetland ponies and pigs and chickens, and a lovely play area for smaller children. There's also a butcher at Brickyard Farm (01837 810204) two minutes' drive away for all your BBQ needs.
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