Spacious camping pitches, a quirky repurposed circus wagon, and a retro-styled cabin await guests at Gatcombe Park Farm, as do the alpacas happily grazing in the field adjacent to this one-of-a-kind campsite. Located just outside the historical South Devon town of Totnes, the English Riviera and its beaches are within reach, as are the fluffy heads of the farm’s adorable animal friends. There aren’t many sites that let you enjoy a cream tea next to an alpaca herd. It's an experience you’ll quickly get accustomed to here.
Fourteen grass pitches are situated in Gatcombe’s south-facing paddock along with spaces for motorhomes, all kept strictly adults-only for a more grown-up holiday. The glamping options are wonderfully unique, exemplified by a traditional showman’s circus wagon that has been completely restored and modernised, now a self-contained tiny home with a spacious living area along with scenic outdoor decking. The cosy timber cabin and the tipi next to a landscaped pond – complete with a swinging bench from which to admire it – round out its luxury camping alternatives, and it’s well-equipped with shared amenities such as heated showers and flushing toilets. The south-facing field means that you’ll be in prime position for the sun, and a barbecue is provided for glampers to take full advantage of the weather.
Two popular country pubs can be reached in under a 10-minute walk, while the River Dart is a little further on – slip in for some wild swimming if you’re brave enough, or bring your kayak to explore this 47-mile stretch of water. The town of Totnes is a short drive away, a lively hub of small independent retailers, cafés, and restaurants. But with this being South Devon, chances are you’re in the market for some sea and sunshine – so it’s a good thing some of the region’s best beaches are on your doorstep. Paignton and Torquay are within a 20-minute drive away, these seaside towns being an ideal destination for a day out, while the gorgeous, award-winning countryside beach of Broadsands is also close by.