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Ruby Country Camping

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· Highampton, Devon, England
5 acres hosted by Marc And Dinah W.
3 glamping pitches · 1 motorhome/tent pitch · 2 tent pitches
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A natural, spacious meadow campsite perfect for exploring North Devon and Cornwall

Ruby Country Camping is a beautiful, natural, spacious meadow campsite. Named after this area of West Devon which takes its name from Devon’s Ruby Red cattle.

 

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, a Yurt and Lotus Belle Tent. These are fully furnished and the owners, Marc and Dinah, like to call them 'cosy camping'. They’re avoiding the G-word, as there’s no real glamour here, just good old-fashioned camping with natural surroundings and campfires, but the nearby hot showers and flushing toilets are very modern. 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 the beaches of Bude just half an hour 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.

 

If you are looking for a natural, spacious back to nature campsite but with flushing toilets (who wants to look down a compost loo) and lovely hot showers, Ruby Country Camping is the place for you and your family.

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Helen F.recommends
August 29, 2023
Solo Cyclist pitch
Great site, quiet and well kept
Lovely site, very friendly and helpful hosts. Fantastic shower cubicle and lots of hot water. Phone charger box, clean loos and camp fire facilities. Particularly liked the mop and broom available to clean the shower area for the next person!
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Saransh S.recommends
August 28, 2023
Lotus Belle Tent
10/10 Must go
Nestled in a picturesque landscape, Ruby Country offers an unparalleled camping experience. The gracious owners set the tone with their warm hospitality, making us feel at home from the start. The site boasts a stunning natural backdrop of grass fields, providing both a serene escape and ample opportunities for outdoor activities like volleyball, thanks to their well-equipped court. What sets this site apart is their dedication to cleanliness – the well-maintained toilets and showers added a touch of comfort to our adventure. For a remarkable getaway where friendly hosts, breathtaking scenery, and top-notch facilities converge,Ruby Country camping is an absolute must.
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Martin C.recommends
August 20, 2023
Tent Pitch
Friendly, clean, fun
Excellent facilities, good host. Pitches had good spacing, Ablutions were kept spotless and the showers were nice and warm. Also had a nice 1hr walk close by, handy for the dog. All in all, a good experience.
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Michael W.recommends
August 22, 2022
Campervan
Gorgeous site, very small, immaculate facilities, Marc & Dinah extremely welcoming and helpful. A great spot if you want to get away from the crowds. Highly recommended.
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Tom B.recommends
August 17, 2022
Campervan
Lovely hosts, super friendly!
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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.
Location
Highampton, Devon, 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
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.
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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