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Ruby's Orchard

· Devon Ex21 5 Pw, Devon, England
2 acres hosted by Lynne P.
1 glamping pitch
A single yurt tucked among trees between Dartmoor and the beautiful North Devon coast

Hidden down rural lanes in North Devon, tucked amid the spruce and alder of a leafy woodland is where you’ll find Ruby’s Wild Orchard, an exclusive-use camping site. Book here and you’re guaranteed the whole two acres to yourself. Accommodation is provided in the suitably-named Green Hideaway Yurt which sleeps up to four and if you want to come with friends there’s space for your pals to pitch a tent too.

The 16-foot yurt is warmed by a log burner and has a king-sized bed and two single futons, each made up ready for your arrival thanks to host Lynne, who’ll welcome you here then leave you to enjoy the space. There’s a separate, spacious kitchen tent just outside and a little shed with a hot shower, compost loo and washing up. It’s all for you, but what’s more impressively “all yours” is the surrounding trees and green. You can watch great tits, chaffinches and squirrels come and go from the bird feeder and let kids (if you’ve come with them) build dens in the woods or dip in the pond. It’s hard to say who this site is best for. While families love the chance to let their kids get stuck into good old-fashioned fun, couples can enjoy a quiet getaway and the option to add a tent means small group getaways (there’s a maximum of eight on site) are a happy possibility too.

With campfires, den building, wildlife watching and a pond to dip nets into all available outside the yurt, you could while away lazy days right here but exploring further is advisable. There’s Sheepwash village and its pub less than two miles’ walk away and if you don’t fancy a walk then a bike is a good idea. Ruby’s Orchard is next to a lane that is part of the N27 National Cycle route and also just over a mile from the famous Tarka Trail. If you’re feeling energetic you can cycle all the way to Bideford, or drive there and hire kayaks to explore the Torridge Estuary. There’s swimming or surfing on Devon’s beaches or going for a hike in Dartmoor National Park. Just make sure that, whatever you choose, you’re back in time to get the campfire going, to hear the owls wake up and see the stars come out. Nights here are as special as the days.

Green Hideaway Yurt is  in a woodland edge setting. The surrounding area is very rural, and the camp area very private, especially so as you’re getting it all to yourselves. The yurt has a comfortable king sized bed, and futon beds, along with a wood burner for chillier evenings. Everything you need for a relaxing camp is here, including a fire bowl, bucket barbecue, shower and a couple of hammocks. Your kitchen area is in a separate tent right next door, with table and chairs. There’s also a picnic bench right outside.  Just hang out in the wild garden/ orchard area by the pond, make dens in the spruce woods (whatever your age!), or take a walk along the many local footpaths. Bring your bikes, or hire them in Great Torrington 15 minutes drive away, or venture further afield to the coasts or moor if you’re feeling adventurous. The traffic free Tarka Trail is only a mile away, and takes you through the countryside and then along the stunning estuary. Theres a community shop and pub in the local village of Sheepwash. The inaptly named small town of Great Torrington provides independent shops, 360 acres of common land to explore, the Plough Arts Centre and RHS Garden Rosemoor.
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Devon Ex21 5 Pw, Devon, England, United KingdomTraditional, ancestral territory of various First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Lynne P.Joined in July 2017
2 Ratings · 3 reviews
Ian M.recommends
September 6, 2022
Green Hideaway Yurt
Amazing Place
Amazing place. Super comfortable, well equipped and clean. Lynne is a great host and the directions where perfect. You get the whole place to yourselves. My two young children had an amazing time pond dipping, laying in hammocks, toasting marshmallows, expolring and building dens in the forest. They didn't want to leave. Would love to return one day.
Jonny ?.
June 12, 2018
We had a fantastic few days in Ruby’s Orchard and would thoroughly recommend to others. Two friends and I wanted a relaxing camping trip to get away from it all and Ruby’s was exactly what we needed. The exclusive site is in a remote and private location yet with all the facilities and equipment we needed. This meant that we could relax, have the place for ourselves and be comfortable. We were extremely impressed by the set-up and Lynne, the owner, has clearly put in a huge amount of effort to ensure campers have a fantastic experience. The sleeping tent was very spacious and comfortable and the kitchen tent was fully equipped with everything we needed, including tables, chairs and a camping stove. It was particularly convenient when it rained! We also appreciated the eco-loos and showers which were surprisingly good! The entire campsite area is lovely and very well maintained, with various plants, flowers, chairs and benches dotted around and woodland to explore. The campfire area is where we spent the majority of our time which has plenty of seating, a large fire-bowl with a grill, a couple of barbecues and lots of firewood! The location is also convenient and the journeys to the coast and to supermarkets were a relatively easy drive. We certainly hope to have the opportunity to stay again!
Mathew R.
August 29, 2017
We stayed for 4 nights at Ruby's Orchard and the sun shone for us! We had 3 tents, all of which were well-supplied and positioned to take advantage of the sunshine. The loos and shower block are easy to use and clean. Lynne supplied us with the best cream tea and home-made food basket, and charcoal/wood for the BBQs to help us settle in. The kids loved their own private forest where we built a den; and became addicted to pond-dipping. Torrington is 15 minutes away and is a lovely market town. 4 nights around the fire pit listening to the wild life and watching the stars in a pitch black sky was very refreshing. We recommend Ruby's Orchard unreservedly and will be back next year!
From the host
Welcome to the leafy haven of Ruby’s Wild Orchard, home to Green Hideaway Yurt; an exclusive-to-you camp providing all you need for an escape to the lovely countryside of north Devon. Yes! You really do get the 2 acres all to yourselves. And all you need to bring are your torch and towels! The camp is off-grid, and managed in a way that brings you comfortable, easy camping, whilst encouraging the local wildlife to remain here too. The 16ft yurt has a king-sized bed, with the option to add up to 2 futon chair-beds (most suitable for children). All cotton bedding and extra blankets are provided. There’s a wood burner in the yurt for chillier evenings, as well as a fire bowl nearby. If you’d like to bring a slightly larger group you can add your own tent as an extra, to sleep up to another 4 (maximum 8 people on site please). Next to the yurt is a kitchen tent with all you need for cooking and eating. We have solar lights, a gas shower and compost toilet. A fire bowl is located a small distance from the yurt and plenty of seating is provided. Lynne the owner also has some fruit and veggie growing areas here. If you feel energetic there is access (all less than an hour’s drive, at most), to the coasts of north Cornwall and Devon, with sandy beaches, rocky coves. surfing and coasteering courses, the south-west coast path and the northern edge of Dartmoor for hiking. The traffic-free cycling and walkingTarka Trail route, taking you along the glorious Torridge river and estuary is just a mile away. Also within easy distance you’ll find the RHS garden at Rosemoor, a pony-trekking centre and numerous local footpaths. If all that sounds just too exhausting, and what you really crave is a rest, you can relax in a hammock with a book, while your kids, if you bring them, make dens in the spruce woodland. Watch the bird life visiting the feeders, or indulge in a gentle stroll by the river Torridge at Sheepwash bridge followed by a lazy pub lunch. Ruby’s Wild Orchard is in an area reclaimed from spruce- woodland and planted up with some apple trees (an orchard only in a very informal sense). We have a small pond which can be pond-dipped to discover the newts and dragonfly nymphs, plenty of areas left wild for the insects and birds, but all managed in a way that makes being here cosy and comfortable. You can accommodate up to 4 in the yurt, with the 2 futon chair-beds being most suitable for children. Add extra guests by bringing your own tent as an extra. (Max. 4 extra people, limit applies to tent size).
Nearby attractions
The famous Tarka Trail, a 30-mile, traffic-free cycle and walking trail following the route of a former railway line, is just 1½ miles from the campsite. Bring your own bikes to make the most of it, though you can also hire them 8 miles away in Great Torrington (which is on the route). While there, visit RHS Garden Rosemoor (01805 624067) or try The Plough Arts Centre (01805 624624) – it has a great mix of films, live music and a nice café (a place to remember for rainy days) – plus there’s also access to some 360 acres of common land. Back at trail, cycle inland to Devon Wildlife Trust's Meeth Quarry Reserve or head coastwards along the Taw/Torridge estuary as far as Braunton. The ginormous sand dune system at Braunton Burrows is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and an excellent spot for walking and wildlife watching. Further afield, North Dartmoor is a 45-minute drive away at Okehampton, while the North Devon and North Cornwall coasts are around 40 minutes drive.
Food and drink
The Half Moon (01409 231376) in Sheepwash is 1½ miles away and the place to go for a pint of Doom or an evening meal. It makes for a pleasant walk if you head cross-country on the footpaths. There are 2 pubs in Hatherleigh, one with a micro-brewery, while the best café stops by day are the Yarde Orchard Café (01805 601778) – an ethical café in an up-cycled railway shed on the Tarka Trail (2 miles) – and The Puffing Billy Trading Co (01805 623050), also by the Tarka Trail, located at Great Torrington's old railway station – it’s our pick for breakfasts and lunches.
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